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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 23, 1946)
By BERNIE HAMMERBECK
Looking over the 1946 football season, it appears that Ore
gon should have lost only one game. The Webfoots were not
ready for USC in any way, shape or form, but there is no rea
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games should not have been
won. The finale today against
Oregon State is the most un
predictable battle of the year
and although the Aggies are.
odds-on favorites, the Ducks
can overcome those odds if they
play the brand of ball they are
capable of playing.
After the first game against
College of the Pacific the ex
perts said Oregon wouldn’t
have a chance in the confer
ence if they couldn’t run up '
a higher margin of victory
over nttie tnan one point. I ne odds-makers gave Cali
fornia a one point nod in Berkeley and the Webfoots man
aged to squeeze out a one point victory over the Bears. The
Oregon team showed a great deal of improvement in that
game and came home to prepare for Montana the following
week. The Grizzly PRO really beat the drum preceding
the game, but Tex Oliver’s charges ignored the publicity and
posted an impressive 34 to 0 win. Although the opponent
was weak, it is our opinion that the Ducks reached their
peak in that game.
The next weekend was homecoming and the Cougars from
the Palouse country came to town. In previous games the
Washington State crew had bad breaks and they were not
regarded as push-overs by the book makers although Oregon
was rated as the winner. Phil Sorboe’s crew held the Ducks to
a scoreless tie in the mud, but Oliver's crew won a “statistical"
victory. On a dry field it would have been a wide-open battle,
but it should.have been an Oregon victory all the way.
Vandals Were Stubborn
A breather with Idaho was next, but the Vandals were stub
born. The Ducks came home with a 26 to 13 win, and William
son dropped the Oregon rating on his chart because of the un
impressive win. Granted, the 13 point win did not look good
against Idaho, but the two Vandal touchdowns were in the
last quarter against reserves. Furthermore, it was Idaho’s
homecoming and they probably played their best game of the
year against the Webfoots.
Then came the Trojan debacle. When Oregon State
opened against UCLA and limped home on the short end of
a 50 to 7 count we chuckled. When USC clobbered Oregon 43
to 0 we felt like going to Corn Valley for a sob session with
northern editors. November 2 was not Oregon’s day to play
football and the Trojans had that one all the way with no
Since then the Webfoots have dropped two straight. They
were underdogs in both games, but should have won. In Port
land, Oliver’s crew looked great during the first half, but allowed
the bowl bound Bruins two touchdowns in the final half. That
particular game will be talked about for some time and we are
not alone when we say it should have been an Oregon victory.
Opening Minute Scores Were Demoralizers
The Webfoots should have beaten Washington in a close
^game, but they muffed their chances to score and the Huskies
%ook full advantage of all Oregon mistakes. The Ducks seemed
demoralized when USC scored in the opening minutes and
Washington’s touchdown on their first play of the game might
have had the same effect.
Today the Webfoot eleven plays its final game of the
season against the traditional rival and Coach Tex Oliver
sipgs his swan song. They should realize that although past
games are history, they were the losing team in only one
instance, and they certainly know they are capable of dump
ing the once-beaten Beaver. The weather cannot be over
looked, and if Bell field is wet, the Oregon chances of winning
look much better. Wet or dry, however, odds mean nothing in
this game and Oregon can win if they have the will.
Dedicate This One to Puddles
Tex Oliver would like to finish his coaching career at Ore
gon with a victory over the Beavers and the squad members,
especially those who are playing their last game, should want
to prove"that they are not in the- slump everybody thinks they
are in. And don’t forget Puddles. What a miserable week the
poor soul must have spent in the hands of our country cousins.
Perhaps this game should be dedicated to our beloved mascot.
Post mortems and prophecies prove very little, but it
is consoling to know that the home team was capable of win
ning although they have dropped three in a row and are go
ing into the finale as underdogs.
AT Os Grab l-M Title;
Down Chi Psis, 7 to 6
Team W. L. Pet Pt. Op.
Firs .2 0 1.000 91 57
JVs .2 0 1.000 87 67
Eagles.1 1 .500 81 79
Oilers .1 1 .500 67 73
Pirates .0 2 .000 64 95
Outdoor .0 2 .000 61 92
The city Basketball league goes
back into action Monday night with
three games at McArthur court.
The Jayvees pit their clean slate
against the Coos Bay Pirates at 7
p.m., the Outdoor Store’s hoopsters
run against the Richfield Oilers in
the second tilt, and the lanky Ore
gon Lumber “Firs,” victorious in
both battles, meet the Eagles lodge
quintet in the closing session at 9.
After the two nights of action a
scoring battle appeared to be in the
offing between four men, according
to unofficial Emerald statistics.
Chuck Taylor of the Eagles leads
the circuit with 22 counters, but he
is closely pursued by the Firs’ Ted
Sarpola with 21, Paul Sowers of the
JVs with 20, and Chuck Stamper of
the Pirates with 19.
The top scorers in the league are
Taylor, Eagles .... 9
Sarpola, Firs. 9
Sowers, JVs . 9
Stamper, Pirates 8
Applegate, Eagles 6
King, Outdoor .... 5
Plath .Outdoor .... 6
Warber, Oilers .. 7
Leading meanies of the action so
far are Bobby Anet of the Firs and
Harold Hagg of the Oilers, both of
whom have seven personal fouls.
By The Associated Press
The weather bureau yesterday is
sued the following report of ski
Santiam Pass: 8 a.m. temperature
35 degrees, partly cloudy to cloudy;
41 inches snow, 17 new, wet; tow
operating; forecast, occasional
snow and rain, rain Saturday and
Sunday changing to snow Sunday
afternoon; temperature range 33-40
Willamette pass: no snow report
available but forecast same as for
The pioneer father has never
tipped his hat.
Aerial to Hume Nets Winning Tally
On Drive Starting From Own 42
A determined, smooth-operating ATO grid machine pow
ered its way to the 1946 intramural touchball crown yesterday
afternoon as it out-classed a hardfighting Chi-Psi club 7-0 in
the final clash of the 1946 season. The winners overcame the
0-0 deadlock jinx that has plagued every IM contest the past
week by hitting the end zone early in the game on a scoring
Minturn hall (CC) over Stitzer
(A) 15-13 and 15-6.
SAM over Chi Psi, 15-6 and 15-4.
Sig Eps over Pi Kaps, 15-9 and
Delts over SAE, 6-15, 15-12, and
Kappa Sigma won over Minturn
(C) by forfeit. In the game between
Stan Ray (B) and (BB) neither
3:50—Court 40, Theta Chi vs.
Vets’ Dorm (D);
Court 43, Sigma Nu vs. Phi Gam
4:35—Court 40, Villard hall vs.
Court 43, Vets’ Dorm (DD) vs.
5:15—Court 40, Yeomen vs. Beta
Court 43, Vets’ Dorm (E) vs.
LON STINER, Oregon State grid
mentor, whose team meets Oregon
in classic clash on their home field.
The law school steps are made to
stand on . . . and stare from.
Oyster shells in colonial days
were used widely as blast furnace
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After a pair of attempted
passes had been knoeked down
by an alert Chi Psi secondary,
Dick Stoinoff faded back and
unfurled an aerial to Ramsey
Fendall for 17 yards and a first
Flashback Stoinoff then packed
the ball through center himself for
7, and the ATO boys racked up
another first down on an eight
yard pass to Wilbur Craig. An
other heave to Craig with the ball
within the 20 yard stripe picked
up 8, and Tom Gurney snagged
one for six more valuable yards.
Next Play Scores
On the next play the ATOs
chalked up their victory margin,
as left end Ken Hume broke into
the clear and jumped high into the
air to gather in an aerial for the
lone TD of the game. Fendall
made a wild dive and grabbed an
other aerial before it touched the
ground to add the conversion at
Only once during the game
was the usually potent Chi Psi
attack able to click for any sig
The Millrace aggregation took
possession of the ball after an ATO
drive was halted on the enemy 25.
Chuck Rufner shot a pass to Reims
for a first down on the 44, and theh
Rufner raced around the flank to
the ATO 40.
After a five yard pass to Bill
Leader, however, the ATO defen
sive tactic proved too strong and
the “champs” took the oval on
Whistle Ends Drive
The winners threatened again in
the closing minutes of the payoff
tilt as a pair of passes to burly
Bob Aiken carried the ball from
the 46 to the 17. However, a clip
ping penalty was called against
the offensive club and the final
whistle sounded before another
play could be attempted.
ATO (7) Chi Psi (0)
George .C. Neiderholzer
Rouch .R G. Ruble
Gernie .L G. Hoeffel
Fendall .R E. Ellison
Hamer .L E. Riems
PLENTY OF OPPOSITION . . . Brains for the Beavers and plenty of
brawn are pictured above. Head Coach Lon Stiner has been boss at Ore
gon State since 1933. The husky trio that will fill the center of the Orange
line are from left Hay Crane, Paul Evenson, and Martin Chaves.