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 day before the game, the CJ focused on Purdue and its personnel. Elmer Burnham is tinkering with his starting lineup and Paul Brown will face a former player.
A kid named Cecil Souders will get a shot at left end for Ohio State and the University is offering a free movie.
Four years ago at Massillon, Coach Paul Brown had a certain Vincent Snyder on his football team. He taught him the fundamentals and the basic strategy of football. Tomorrow Paul Brown---now Ohio State coach---will get another look at Snyder but this time from another angle.
In a last-minute change in his lineup, Coach Elmer Burnham has decided to start Snyder at quarterback for the Purdue team. Appointed honorary captain for the game, Snyder will replace Bob Hajzyk in the starting quartet for the Boilermakers. He will call signals and be the blocking back in the Purdue short-punt formation.
The Purdue team, 36 strong, will arrive in Columbus at 8:17 tonight from Lafayette and will go directly to the Deahler-Wallack Hotel to stay until game time tomorrow.
That's a bold move by Burnham to use Snyder. However, I think the advantage is to Brown and the Buckeyes. Brown coached Snyder and will know his strengths and weaknesses. It will be interesting to see how it plays out on Saturday.
"Purdue is coming to meet Ohio State with a wholesome respect fofr the Buckeyes," said Coach Burnham at the close of the final practice yesterday afternoon, "but that won't stop us from playing our own game. The experts all predicted Northwestern would wallop us by three touchdowns but that didn't keep us from going out there to win and we were able to get a one-point victory. We know Ohio State is tough but we'll be out to win if we can."
There are several good reasons why Burnham's team can win, not the least of which is the outstanding spirit of his team. This is Burnham's first year as head coach at Purdue and he has his squad in such high spirits that the players staged an impromptu pep rally and victory parade around the Wildcat stadium with the coach on their shoulders before retiring to the dressing room after the win last week.
If the game is determined by "spirit" it appears the Buckeyes are in trouble. What would happen today if a team carried their coach around the stadium of an opposing team after a victory? I'm sure Paul Brown is using these news reports as motivation to keep this scene from playing out in Ohio Stadium.
The only other change in the Purdue lineup for tomorrow's game may find center Alex Luego on the sidelines with sophomore Otto Hurrle on (in) his place. Luego injured his hand in the Northwestern game and may not be ready for heavy duty. But the team will not be weakened by the substitution of Hurrle. He is a six-footer, weighs 180 pounds, and has been threatening to replace Luego on the first team all through the season.
The remainder of the backfield will find Kenny Smock and John Andretich at the halves with Bill Buffington at the fullback spot.
On the line, Charlie Harris and Bill Shimer will operate at the ends, Harry French will be in at offensive tackle opposite either Ewell O'Bryan or Bruce Warren, and Dick Barwegen will pair up with Frank Ruggierl to man the guards.
Aside from Luego who may play in the game although he probably will not start, the Purdue team is in excellent physical condition. The offense of the club was polished up in the workout yesterday as was the defense. Special attention was given to the problem of stopping big Bob Shaw and the Buckeye aerial attack.
Ohio State, meanwhile, concluded the week's work with a short session of defense followed by the longest and snappiest offensive drill of the week. The first and second teams ran against the third-stringers and polished their timing and ball-handling.
Souders to Start
The only change in the Ohio State lineup for the week will put Cecil Souders in at left end in place of the injured Dante Lavelli.
Hopefully the stage isn't too big and this Souders kid can step in and play. Lavelli was having a fine season until the knee injury against USC.
Visitors to the Ohio State-Purdue game will have an opportunity to view free of charge the new 22 minute sound film, "The University and the War" produced by the Ohio State faculty to show the vital role a university plays in this war.
Showing will be in University Hall chapel at 11, 11:30 and 12 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Everyone is welcome. There is no charge.
I'm not sure why Ohio State would show the film at 11, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., then wait until midnight to air the last screening. My guess is the release incorrectly had 12 a.m. instead of noon or 12 p.m.
Today's Old School Alcohol Ad
Bond & Lillard went with the rich and elite angle with marketing its whiskey. I'm sure many people in the '40s had butlers at their beck and call.
At the bottom of the ad was this pitch:
Treat yourself to some real southern hospitality tonight. Serve Bond & Lillard---the grand, glorious Kentucky bourbon that's even more popular today than it was in the good old days.
To partake with this Kentucky straight Bourbon Whiskey would set you back $1.18 for a pint and $3.38 for a quart.