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Face slight the average another Sunday, to so- in credi Yan with ove which anc on wa con ' - 15. and Pi 'New Offense but Win 13-7 By JIM KLOBUCHAR MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Roger Hagberg, Sanford Stephens and Bill Kauth will be the wheelhorses of Minnesota's offense in the 1959 'ootball season, it seemed evident today. Together or individually they were summond to do Ihe heavy work in Ihe crilical momenls of Saturday's varsity-alumni game and they'delivered enough punch to help fashion a 13-7 varsity victory. victory. It was not a day of triumph for the Gopher offense, however. It thrashed ineffectually most of the afternoon against a vasl alumni alumni line that averaged close lo 240 pounds a man. And whether he is reserving some new maneuvers for next fall and whether he plans to stick with his present patterns, Coach Murray, Murray, Warmath showed litlle Saturday Saturday that wasn't seen last year. In the end the Gophers needed a pass interference call in the end zone—against player-coach Dick Larson of all people—to pull out the victory in the last 2V4 minute. While the alumni may have lacked some of their recent power, however, they had enough defensive defensive talent to trouble any young Big Ten team. In winning the Gophers showed these encouraging encouraging signs: A better than expected pass defense defense that produced five interceptions. interceptions. • A fine late-game show of poise and take charge ability by Stephens, the freshman quarterback. quarterback. Aggressive running by Kauth and Hagberg. Strong defensive game by cen ter Greg Larson, guards Tom Brown and Jerry Shetler and two reserve tackles, Frank Brlxlui and Arnie Osmundson. "We did a good job of checking all eliglbles close to the line of scrimmage on pass plays," Warmath Warmath said. "True, they completed completed 16 of 40, but our interception! helped us a lot." Larry Johnson, the nominal first string quarterback, Inter cepted three himself and made an important important open field tackle to indicate indicate he may be one of the Gophers' Gophers' better defensive backs next fall. On the debit side the Gophers' play execution was s h a b b y at times. Their passing, while it clicked on nine of 17 attempts, suffered suffered from lack of sharpness on the catching end. The grads out- gained and out first downed tha varsity and no unusual speed wax in evidence in the .Gopher backfield, backfield, although Warmath believes it is the fastest he has fielded for five years. The sunny-day crowd of 13,514 had little excitement the first three quarters. The varsity scored in the second period on a 31-yard thrust, Stephens counting from the one. Jim Reese's passes and Ken Bombardier's line shots put tha alumni in position for the matching matching touchdown 10 minutes deep in the fourth period. Reese hit Bob McNamara for the touchdown from the five and Gordie Soltau'i conversion made it 7-6. Stephens reentered the game at this point, completed passes to Tom Hall and Bruce Hammond, ran a couple of keeper plays and brought the varsity to the 15 with the help of a penalty. Larson was called for jostling Hall in the end zone on a second down pass and Hagberg went over from the one. anc 5 first 3 Veterans to Start

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  1. The Austin Daily Herald,
  2. 18 May 1959, Mon,
  3. Page 12

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