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The 1942 Season Through The Words Of The Past, 10/3/1942

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October 3, 2017 at 6:31am
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2017 is the 75th anniversary of Ohio State's first national championship season. To honor the achievement, this series will post articles from the Columbus Citizen Journal on the day they ran in 1942.

The Citizen Journal did not run a preview the day of the game. Due to this, let's take a look at the front page article by Lew Byrer that ran on Sunday. Think of this as the Instacap. Tomorrow you will get to read the multiple articles that were in the CJ's Sunday Sports section.

Bucks Outlast Hoosiers

Ohio's Superior Condition Tells Story; Long Runs Thrill Crowd of 48,277

Condition and coaching told at Ohio Stadium yesterday afternoon as Ohio State surprised most of 48,277 spectators by defeating one of the best Indiana teams in years, 32-to-21, in another of these scoring jamboree games.

The battle was remindful of Ohio State's 46-to-34 triumph over Wisconsin in a similar nip-and-tuck battle last year.

Ohio got off in front. Then Indiana came from behind and took the lead.

That's usually enough to take the wind out of sails of an ordinary team. But the Bucks just hitched up their belts, spat on their hands, waded in and scored a couple more touchdowns. 

OHIO STATE/FT. KNOX GAME STATS
STAT CATEGORY OHIO STATE FT. KNOX
1st DOWN BY RUSH 14 5
1st DOWN BY PASS 5 4
1st DOWN BY PENALTY 0 1
TOTAL 1st DOWNS 19 10
NUMBER OF RUSHES 67 36
RUSHING YARDS 341 179
PASS ATTEMPTS 15 16
PASSES COMPLETED 5 5
PASSES INTERCEPTED 2 4
YARDS INT RETURNED  11 14
NUMBER OF PUNTS 5 5
AVG PUNT 31.0 37.0
NUMBER OF KICKOFFS 7 3
AVG KICKOFF 29.0 49.0
KICKOFF RETURNS 2 2
KO YARDS RETURNED 37 55
NUMBER OF FUMBLES 4 3
FUMBLES LOST 1 1
PENALTIES 6 6
PENALTY YARDS NA NA

If Lew Byer thought a combined total of 53 points was a scoring jamboree, I wonder how he would describe today's scoring orgies? With 48,277 souls in the seats, Ohio Stadium would be just over half capacity.

Hoosiers Badly Spent

When it ended the Bucks were still in there swinging and the Hoosiers were hanging on the ropes, a badly battered and used up football team. 

When you remember that Indiana had the superior team--on paper--with more experience, greater poundage and a highly touted national star in Billy Hillenbrand, you can see why press box observers were handing Head Coach Paul Brown, his staff and his fighting squad a lot of credit for a superb job.

Paul was up against one of the craftiest veterans in the conference in Bo McMillin. Bo seemed to have the most guns. But when it was all over there was little doubt as to which was the better football team on the playing field.

Lavelli
A long pass from Halfback Paul Sarringhaus to End Dante Lavelli netted Ohio a 22-yard gain before Lavelli was speared on the Indiana 45. Here is Lavelli, just before Indiana's Lou Saban bored in for the tackle. Sprawling is Indiana's pride Billy Hillenbrand, Coach Bo McMillin's "Greates back since Grange."

If you remember from the previous articles, Hillenbrand was from Granville. I'm sure the Buckeyes wanted the native son to return to Indiana after suffering another loss in Ohio Stadium.  

Another Team Triumph

Again it was a team triumph. If you try to name the Ohio stars you'll have to name almost every man on the team. Sparkling ball carriers were: Horvath, Fekete, Sarringhaus, Frye, James and even Capt. Lynn carried the ball a couple of times---once for a touchdown.

Sarringhaus more than mathced Hillenbrand's passes. Several Buckeye backs matched his ball carrying in effectiveness if not brilliance.

Tommy James made a couple of the greatest pass interceptions Ohio Stadium has ever seen. Bob Shaw made a couple of the greatest catches.

Durtschl Punts Ably

Durtschl got off one swell punt and several good ones. Willis, Suri, Houston, Dean, Shaw and McCafferty starred on the line.

In short, it was another great all-around performance by a great Ohio State team---a team which will start on even terms with any Western Conference opponent it meets from here on and will be favored against Southern California in Ohio Stadium next Saturday.

The Buckeyes met and defeated a great team and did it in decisive fashion.

With this game in the books, it is now time for the Buckeyes to turn their attention to USC. To this point, Ohio State was 1–2 against the Trojans. However, the boys from Columbus had a little confidence because they defeated Southern Cal 33-0 in Los Angeles in 1941.

1942 Game 2 Rushing Box Score
OHIO STATE
PLAYER ATT YARDS AVG TD
SARRINGHAUS 11 63 5.7 1
FEKETE 23 132 5.7 3
HORVATH 13 84 6.4 0
LYNN 3 2 0.7 1
FRYE 5 34 6.8 0
PRIDAY 3 9 3.0 0
PALMER 2 5 2.5 0
JAMES 2 6 3.0 0
INDIANA
PLAYER ATT YARDS AVG TD
HILLENBRAND 11 64 3.8 1
McKINNIS 6 18 3.0 0
JACOBY 1 -4 -4.0 0
DOLAWAY 3 14 3.7 0
GAMBINO 2 -4 -2.0 0
SABAN 1 1 1.0 0
DEAN 3 6 2.0 0
COWAN 7 55 7.5 1
DEWAR 3 32 10.7 0

 

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