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.
Ohio State evened the score with Southern California Saturday afternoon by defeating the Trojans 28 to 12 before 55,436 fans in Ohio Stadium.
It was the second consecutive Buckeye victory over the Trojans and evened the all-time count between the two teams at two victories each.
The Trojans had won in 1937, 13 to 12 and in 1938 14 to 7. Last year, at Los Angeles, Paul Brown's first Buckeye team swamped the Trojans 33 to 0 and the Bucks did it again yesterday almost as convincingly although not by as large a score.
1946 would mark the next time the storied programs would meet. Ohio State won 21-0 and took the lead for the first time in the series. So, how did the Buckeyes earn a victory against the speedy Men of Troy?
Out in Front
Counting Ohio State's ill fated Rose Bowl effort against California on Jan. 1, 1921, the Bucks have now played West Coast teams five times, losing three and winning two. They lost that Rose Bowl game 28 to 0 but yesterday's victory put them out in front 80 to 67 on total scores against the boys from the golden west.
Yesterday's Buckeye victory was more convincing than the score indicates. From the time the Trojans scored, following a Buckeye fumble, in the first few minutes of play, Ohio State dominated the girdiron until the closing moment of the game when a flock of subs flooded the field after the Bucks had rolled up a 28 to 6 margin.
Bucks Complete Masters
The Bucks looked better yesterday than in swamping Ft. Knox 59 to 0 or defeating Indiana 32 to 21. They were more completely master of the situation when they needed to master it.
To cap the climax Gene Fekete who was the Buck offensive star throughout the afternoon, kicked all four points after touch on an ideal football day---from an Ohio State standpoint.
Again it was a dear triumph for the Buckeyes. They showed smooth team play, superb blocking, hard and sure tackling, fine passing and kicking.
Bob Shaw snared a couple of great pass receptions to get the Bucks off in front.
Fekete, Horvath, Sarringaus and Frye did some great running.
Lynn did some fine blocking and then climaxed it, the one time he carried the ball, by sliding off guard on a fine bit of deception for the final Buckeye score.
Trojans Had Spirit
Coach Jeff Cravath, Southern California's new mentor, fielded a good football team. It had speed, condition and spirit. It kept on fighting even after the score was hopeleslly one-sided against it.
But it just didn't quite have what it took to match the superbly conditioned Buckeyes Paul Brown put on the field for Ohio State.
The touted flashy running backs the coast team had in such plentitude may be faster than Ohio State's ball carriers on a cinder track, but on a gridiron lugging a football they're not quite the equals of the Buckeyes backfield array.
The heavier Trojans line was definitely outplayed from tackle to tackle. When a Buck back needed a hole it was there for him.
Guess the Buckeyes were faster and stronger than the track stars from Cali.
Summarizing First Half
Most of the thrills in the first half came in the first few minutes of play.
The Buckeye machine was sputtering and backfiring a bit at the start. Two Buckeye offsides nullified a pair of nice smacks by Sarringhaus and Horvath. Then Sarringhaus fumbled when tackled and McCall, Trojan tackle, recovered on the Buckeye 25.
The Trojans tried two plunges with a total gain of one yard. Then McCardle flipped a forward pass to Trout behind the Ohio goal line and the visitors were leading 6 to 0 with only four minutes and 37 seconds of play gone. Hal Dean broke through and partially blocked Musick's try for the additional point.
The Bucks didn't wait. They struck hard with tiger-like speed.
Lynn downed Musick's kickoff on the Buckeye 25. Fekete hit the hole for one run.
|STAT CATEGORY||OHIO STATE||FT. KNOX|
|1st DOWN BY RUSH||12||7|
|1st DOWN BY PASS||3||2|
|1st DOWN BY PENALTY||0||0|
|TOTAL 1st DOWNS||15||9|
|NUMBER OF RUSHES||54||29|
|YARDS INT RETURNED||2||26|
|NUMBER OF PUNTS||6||8|
|NUMBER OF KICKOFFS||5||3|
|KO YARDS RETURNED||47||49|
|NUMBER OF FUMBLES||3||6|
Smashing of a counterfeit football ticket ring was claimed by police today as they questioned 10 suspects arrested at Ohio State University Stadium yesterday afternoon.
Seven negroes and three white men were nabbed in the round-up which went on just before the game and during the first quarter.
U.S. deputy marshalls assisted in the arrests, because of a technical violation of internal revenue laws, since football tickets are taxed.
Ringleader of the counterfeiters is still sought, but he is believed to be a Cleveland racketeer, according to Capt. Robert Wynn, head of the police vice squad.
All the counterfeit tickets, described as close duplicates of the real thing, were for general admission seats. They were being sold around the gates for $1.10. Regular stadium general admission tickets cost $1.50 for yesterday's game.
One of the suspects, questioned by Capt. Wynn, said he was given 10 of the counterfeit tickets for $7 by "the big shot." He was to get $11 back by selling them for $1.10 each.
It is believed that several hundred persons got past the gates with the counterfeit tickets a week ago yesterday and yesterday because of the failure of gatekeepers to recognize the phony pasteboards.
By offering general admission tickets, the counterfeiters ran into no chance of discovery due to customers arguing over reserved seats.
All the men arrested were slated for investigation. They may face charges in both state and federal courts.
I'd bet money that the "big shot" wasn't from Cleveland, but was a Marionaire. Anybody else have a feeling that his last name might have even rhymed with "turns"?