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The 1942 Season Through The Words Of The Past, 11/14/1942, Illinois, Day 51

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November 14, 2017 at 6:25am

Today's paper was accidentally posted yesterday. Go here if you would like to read the article that was supposed to be posted on Monday. 

76-Yard TD

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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 Smash Illinois

Ohio State romped to a 44-to-20 victory over Illinois before 68,656 fans here this afternoon to remain very much in the race for the Western Conference championship.

The Buckeye victory eliminated Illinois from the title race.

With Minnesota winning from Iowa, 27-7, Ohio State took over undisputed first place by defeating Illinois and breaking the three-way tie for the lead which existed among Ohio, Illinois and Iowa at the start of today's play.

The Bucks now can win an undisputed Western Conference title by defeating Michigan in next Saturday's game with the Wolverines in Columbus. 

The Bucks handed the Illini their worst defeat of the season. Their worst previous defeat of was 28-14 at the hands of Michigan.

Tommy James Stars 

Tommy James, little sophomore halfback from Massillon, came into his own here today. While the Illini were concentrating on trying to stop Fekete, Sarringhaus and Norvath (sic), Tommy ran them ragged early in the game and then was taken out.

He ripped off one 76-yard run for Ohio's second touchdown and a few moments later he raced 33 for the third Buckeye score.

Then, after Fekete had place-kicked from the 15-yard line to make it 23 to 0, Ohio, the Illini got started and scored 13 points of their own in the second quarter.

Cold Hampers Passing

Ohio took over again in the third quarter and it was an easy victory and might have been by a bigger margin had not Coach Paul Brown been saving his stars and his punch for the all-important Michigan game next Saturday in Columbus.

A slimy field and cold weather hampered the passing attack of both teams, but in spite of it, they gave Cleveland quite a football show.

With better weather, Cleveland officials are confident the crowd would have surpassed the all-time football attendance record of 79,000 which saw the Notre Dame-Navy game here in 1939.

Now, the only thing standing in the way of the 1942 Big Ten title is that team from up north.  

Statistics Show Buck Edge

Official statistics give a graphic idea of Ohio's superiority. The Bucks made better than 300 yards by rushing to only 87 for Illinois and the vaunted Illinois passing attack only bettered Ohio's passing gains by 50 yards.

Here are the complete statistics on the game's running and passing:

1942 Game 8 Rushing Box Score
JAMES 5 122 24.4 2
HORVATH 12 68 5.7 2
FEKETE 22 56 2.5 1
SARRINGHAUS 15 46 3.1 2
PALMER 6 16 2..7 0
SMITH 8 46 5.7 0
BUTKOVICH 5 14 2.8 1
GRIFFIN 6 11 1.8 0
CORRELL 2 4 2.0 0


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FT. KNOX 9/22/42 9/23/42 9/24/42 9/25/42 9/26/42 9/27/42  
INDIANA 10/1/42 10/2/42 10/3/42     10/4/42  
USC 10/5/42 10/6/42 10/7/42 10/8/42 10/9/42 10/10/42 10/11/42
PURDUE 10/12/42 10/13/42 10/14/42 10/15/42 10/16/42 10/17/42 10/18/42
N'WESTERN 10/19/42 10/20/42 10/21/42 10/22/42 10/23/42 10/24/42 10/25/42
WISCONSIN 10/26/42 10/27/42 10/28/42 10/29/42 10/30/42 10/31/42 11/1/42
PITTSBURGH 11/2/42 11/3/42 11/4/42 11/5/42 11/6/42 11/7/42 11/8/42
ILLINOIS 11/9/42 11/10/42 11/11/42 11/12/42 11/13/42    

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