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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 3, 1951)
\ he hall was handed to the r|iiarterhack. Vicious linemen
exploded against the enemy forward wall and opened up a hole.
A teammate smashed through the gap for a touchdown.
!>ut he didn t stop at the goal-line. Ilis momentum carried
him an additional 30 feet he stopped somewhere on the other
side of the goalposts.
Santa Clara had scored against the greatest Nevada grid
iron machine ever seen. The tremendous drive of that Bronco
hall <■ artier and his teammates during that game provided an
t '.i client example of the fierce aggressiveness characteristic of
Coach hen Casanova's Santa Clara squads.
Casanova, Oregon* new football mentor, had fashioned
careful plans for that memorable 1948 meeting with the Wolf
pack and who wouldnt:' Nevada had a gigantic line and a
powerful I hackficld. Quarterback Stan Heath was one of the
nation’s top passers.
I he \Volfpack team was so strong that almost all of its
starters were individually scouted by professional football
organizations during the 1948 campaign.
J lie heno eleven fielded th<- grcati-t ground-consuming of
fense in the country that season. Spearheaded by a deadly aerial
.' ■tack, the Nevada gridders were expected to grind the poor
Santa C lara Broncos into hamburger.
Casanova did not fully appreciate the value of such an
occurence. Aided by Hackficld Coach Jack Roche, who accom
panied "Ca*" when the latter moved to Oregon last summer.
Ire strengthened the Bronco defense while painstaking]v per
fecting careful offensive plans.
One of the main problems, of course, was Mr. Heath. How
tier, “Cas,” apparently operating under the theory that “the
best defense is a non-existent enemy offense,” decided that it
would be undesirable to have Heath throwing parses through
out the game.
Since Nevada probably wouldn't cooperate in this matter, the
present Duck head man devised."slyw-count plays,” which had
the purpose of keeping the ball in Bronco hands as long as
possible. As a result, Santa Clara enjoyed pigskin possession for
■15 minutes of playing time, while Nevada held the ball for
I he Broncs found a use for the inflated pig-exterior when
it was in their hands. An excellent scouting report had located
two weak spots in the Wolfpack line—their right tackle and
their left guard. Bronco ball carriers galloped through those
two vulnerable positions a total of 50 times during the game.
Only about eight separate plays were used by Casanova's
gridders during the clash, but they moved down the field for
two valuable touchdowns.
When Nevada had the ball, which was not often, their
vaunted aerial attack failed to click. That scouting report was
.^vorth its weight in uranium that eventful afternoon.
Santa Clara captured a 14-0 victory, and Nevada moved in
side the Bronco 20 only once during the game. This was the
same \\ olfpack team which still holds the all-time major col
lege single season record for most yards per game—they
averaged 487 while crushing nine of ten regular season oppo
nents—losing only to Santa Clara.
It was the same Nevada squad which averaged 47.2 points
per game while setting three all-time passing records which
still exist—most passing yards per gain* (255), most TO passes
during a season (27), and most aerials completed per game
Although scouts and coaches termed the Bromjo upset “the
most perfect coaching job” on the Pacific Coast during a period
of several seasons, it was only one of many surprising per
formances by Casanova’s Santa Clara teams.
COPs Caught Flatfooted
His 1947 squad dropped Stanford 13-7 and upset one of
College of Pacific’s great teams 21-20. That was the only loss
during an 11-game schedule for Quarterback Eddie LeBaron
and his COP teammates, who captured two bowl victories and
scored 373 points to their opponents’ 111. Santa Clara was
forced to overcome a 20-0 halftime deficit to win.
The Santa Clara team which upset Nevada also shocked
Oklahoma 20-17, dropped Stanford 27-14. and tied Michigan
State 21-21. The Oklahoma loss was the Sooners’ onlyr setback
in an 11-game campaign and was one of their only two losses
in their past 31 games (the other was their Sugar Bowl loss
to Kentucky last January).
The deadlock with Michigan State also was a shocker, since
the Spartans,,averaged 35.9 points per game during the season
and lost to Michigan's national champs only 13;7,
Webfoot Gridders Practice,
Prepare For COP Machine
Jayvees Also Scrimmage
On Rain-Soaked Fields
By Bill Gurney
The "Casanova Kids” clearly aren’t resting on their laurels
«iftf-r their impressive win over Arizona. Tuesday night they
hustled through a hard session on the rain-soaked practice field
emphasizing passing and line blocking in preparation for the
College of 1 acific I igers at Stockton Saturday. The junior
varsity team, which faces the Portland Air Base club Saturdav
October 6, at Eugene, also went, ----AT ‘^Urelay,
through its paces against a unit
consisting of most of the first team
Head Coach Len Casanova and
Line Coach Gene Harlow handled1
the instruction in forward wall l
play as the practice began, while :
Jack Roche and Johnny McKay!
coached the backs and ends in!
passing, pass defense and protec
tion with a three-man defensive
line and a four man defensive back
\arslly Men Annexed
Later the unit handled by Roche
and McKay annexed some varsity
linemen and began offensive prac
tice against a team of reserves.
Quarterbacks Hal Dunham and
George Shaw were hitting well
with aerials to sueh targets as
Knds Monte Brethauer, Leroy
Campbell, and frosh phenom I)lck
Davenport from Grant High.
Fullback Tom Novikoff looked
fit as a Cossack as he ripped off
several good gains, as did old re
liable;; Don Sloan and Tommy Ed
wards. Sophomore Halfback Cecil
Hodges also ran well.
On the other side of the field
i Coach Casanova assembled the
athletes who will probably com
pose the Junior Varsity club. With
sophomore Barney Holland at the
quarterback slot, the JVs turned in
a very creditable performance
against the defensive veteran
Van Leuvan Fast
Freshman Dean Van Leuvan,
running out of a halfback slot,
showed speed and shiftiness on one
occasion when he slanted off tac
kle, broke in the open with good
blocking, and reversed his field to
go through the entire defending
Another yearling ex-fullback
Jim Jones Of Grant High, looked
right at home In his new end slot
as he snagged a short Holland pass
over center and broke loose for
The Duck machine will be minus
at least three gridders, all backs,
for Saturday’s tilt with the tough
COP Tigers. Offensive halfback
and possible starter Tom Lyons is
out for three weeks with back and
leg injuries incurred against the
aptly-named Arizona Wildcats, and
sterling defensive back Ray Kar
nofski will nurse a dislocated el
bow for the same length of time.
Speedy sophomore Halfback Ted
Anderson is still out with an in
jured knee, but hopes to start con
ditioning it with running and cal
isthenics next week.
Shaw Will Be Ready
Capable Jerry Shaw, 225 pounds
of stalwart tackle, has his injured
. knee back in shape and should be
ready to go Saturday. Halfback
Bog Ashworth who caught a TD
pass against Stanford, re-injured
his ankle Monday, but will prob
To SU Directorate
Pat Gustin, sophomore in busi
ness, was named to the position
of Student Union Board directorate
secretary at the SU directorate
Miss Gustin was secretary of
the SU cultural and Browsing
Room committee last year. She is
a member of Kwama, sophomore
women’s honorary, and has been
active in work on campus com
ably make the California trip.
Thin Oregon team so far is quite
a ground gainer. In Uvo game**
the Ducks have gained 406 yards
rushing and 301 yards passing,
while rolling up 59 points.
Workhorse of the squad has been
210-pound Fullback Tom Novikoff,
whose driving, shifty running
style has accounted for 157 yards
rushing and two touchdowns. The
rambling Russian has also booted
four extra points.
Tommy Edwards is next with
134 yards for a team-leading 7.1
yards per try and with one touch
That deadly new optional run or
pass play has split up the passing
more than in the past, and regular
Quarterback Dunham is trailed
closely by Novikoff, who can ex
ecute the necessary fake to per
Dunham has 9 complete in 27
attempts for a .333 mark and 106
yards, while Novikoff leads him in
percentage with a sparkling 5 for
7 and is close behind in yards
gained with 93.
Outstanding pass receiver in the
initial two games has been six
foot, two-inch, 175-pound Dick
Davenport, a freshman displaying
remarkable speed and poise in his
first collegiate action. Davenport
has snagged seven aerials for two
touchdowms and 181 yards.
Monte Brethauer, junior end and
star last year, needs only two
passes to top the all-time Oregon
reeieving record of 39 set by Dar
rell Robinson in 1947-8-9. Bret
hauer has raught five- this season
for 39 yards gain.
The Oregon team spent Mon
day and Tuesday evenings at
chalktalks, viewing films of the
SU Committee Interview
Petitions tor the two vacanciea
on the Student Union Board, a
senior in journalism and a senior
in Health and Physical Educa
tion, are due at 5 p.m. Friday in
the petition oox outside the pro
gram director’s office in the Stu
Petitions may be picked up at
the program director’s office.
Students who petitioned for Stu
dent Union committees, but were
not interviewed Monday or Tues
day, will have an opportunity to be
interviewed tonight, beginning at
7 p.m. in the SU.
All petitioners are to meet in
room 313 of the SU prior to their
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