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DAYTON DAILY NEWS . DAYTON, OHIO, NOVEMBER 9, 1947 SPORTS BUILDERS PAGES FINANCIAL NEWS SECTION 12 PAGES 2 Wotre Dame Conquers Army, , : SUings, by 27 -7; Miami Beats Dayton, 12-0 Si Sunlc& HEWS SPORTS EDITOR Notre Dame "Man Of Distinction" SOUTH BEND, Ind., Nov. 8. At the impressive Notre Dame rally last night, one distinction belonged to Jess Harper, athletic director'and coach of the Irish back in 1913 when the rivalry with West Point was inaugurated. "Old Man" Harper, now Kansas cattle rancher or some " wealth, was the only important personage there who did not crowd on the too-well-filled stage; he just stood in the mob below, one of 10,000 or more sardines, until Frank Leahy, who apparently thinks of everything, called for his appearance before he microphone. Leahy thought the old coach was on the dais, and no trick play by Army in today's game could have shocked him any more than when he learned the famous Harper was down with the mob. When Jess finally worked his way to the platform, somewhat out of breath and out of words, he did say, however, "I started this series more years ago than I really care to remember. It was lots of fun while it lasted. I'm sorry to see it end and I hope it's revived in a hurry." Notre Dame's cheer leaders made Harper a "man of distinction Immediately by calling for a cheer that is reserved only for the great the Irish clarion called "He's a Man." No other person present was similarly honored. How Army Series Got Its Start HARPER, incidentally, gave the lie to the legend that it was a Cadet manager at West Point who was responsible for starting the series by writing Notre Dame for a game -simply because the little known midwestern school had won a contest the year before from a place called called St. Viator's by something like 113-0. "We had as much trouble filling our schedule then as Frank Leahy seems to be having now, except on a smaller scale, of course," Harper allowed. "I had come over from a similar job at Wabash to take over here at Notre Dame and what I did was to write letters to colleges all over the country. Apparently, Army needed a date to fill out its schedule. When they wrote back favorably, we grabbed the opportunity, though our total guarantee for making the trip was only $1000. We won the ball game and showed a profit of exactly $87. Only 18 players made the trip and the starting 11 was in there from start to finish. We showed that profit because I was the only coach who went we left the line coach home and because we weren't charged for our meals the day we spent at West Point. Otherwise, we'd have gone into the hole. "While I'm about it," Harper concluded, "I'd like to set one record straight on the forward-passing that was done that day. All you ever hear of is the Dorais-to-Rockne combination that ruined Army after those two fellows had .spent the summer tossing to each other on the beach at Sandusky, O. Do you know that we came off the field leading, 13-0, after trying only two passes, both of which fell to the ground incomplete? In the second halt, Dorais threw 13 in succession, not all of them to Rockne. There was a back in there named Joe Pliska, now dead, too, who caught as many that day as Rock did, and at this late date, I think the poor fellow deserves credit, too." XIarper also made a public confession last night that deserves a niche in history. "I confess," he said, "that I know nothing of football as it's played today." Mutual Benefit Proposition T)URING Red Blaik's brief stay here, the West Point coach was " asked if he was surprised by the success that had come Stu Hol- comb's way in the young man's first season at the coaching helm of the "Old Purdues." "Not at all," said Red. "He was a bright young man when he came to us as a private from Miami university in 1944 to coach our ends. He helped us a lot, both scouting and coaching. And, then, with a twinkle In his eyes, the Dayton Scot added, "I'm sure that Stuart would gladly admit that during his three years with us, we helped him a little as a coach, too." Leahy High On Flyers' Mentor WHAT do you suppose Frank Leahy is worrying about right now ' His opening game next year, which happens to be against Purdue. "We are losing many good men, we do not have too many good freshmen, and I hear that Stuart Holcomb has an abundance of material, said the word-choosey Notre Dame coach. He was asked about a boy named Jerry Groom. Not even the sombre Leahy could keep his eyes from lighting up at the boy's name. "Oh, yes," he said, "Jerry is an interesting lad. I would say that he is definitely a prospect. If you must know, the lad is 17 years old, weighs, 235, stands six-four, and is still growing. His home is Des Moines, where he was all-state center for two years. "He also won the award as the state's outstanding football player in those two seasons. There is no danger of losing him academically because his high school average for four years was 88 and he is doing as well here. That lad loves nothing more than to scrimmage our varsity and he is truly unhappy when football practice especially contact work is over. I am thinking very strongly," mused the coach, "of trying the lad at tackle next fall." When Mr. Leahy speaks that frankly of a football player, beware. The Notre Dame mentor also took time to ask a visitor from Dayton to convey his best regards and wishes to his "old friend, Joseph Gavin." "I have known Joseph for many years," said Frank, "and the lad has always had the ability to be a good college coach. I am not at all surprised that he has made such a strong impression at Dayton. You have, in Joseph, one of the very best." , r- '"iwm nm.j- '" " . 1 r iT " 4 'V r ' w A . J"T ; ahx fv tUAKl ifV u$f :t WINNING TOUCHDOWN. Columbus, Nov. 8. Pandel Savic (25) Ohio State quarterback passes to Jim Clark, Ohio State halfback for a touchdown in the end zone. The play was allowed after time ran -out and Northwestern was offsides on play before game ended. The play cost Northwestern a victory as Ohio State won, 7-6. Note how fans had already surged down on the field anticipating a Buck defeat. (AP Wire-photo.) OS U WINS 4 PL A YS AFTER GAME'S END Bucks Down Wildcats In Remarkable Finish, 7-6 BY TOM CARROLL Daily News Staff Writer OLUMBUS, Nov. 8. Ohio State's victory-hungry partisans, starved for any kind of a win since the Buckeyes' initial-game triumph over Missouri, finallv had that lone- awaited verdict this afternoon but they had to sweat through a full three minutes and four plays which were allowed after time had run out, to get that lone point wnicn gave tne bucks a r-6 margin over Worth western, Today's spectacular finish brought a reminder of a similar climatic windup, That was in the 1943 Ohio State-Illinois game in which John Stungis kicked a field goal 12 minutes after the teams had left the field to win the game lor the Buckeyes, 29-26, Actually, Northwestern, which had scored its touchdown in the first 40 seconds of the fourth quar ter, gave Ohio State its victory. The Yardstick Ota la Northwrtiera mate Ffret Down II la Yard! KiMhing ISA 122 Passr Attempted J 2 PuoM Conipirted t Yard PaMlnjr IS S4 Forwards Intrrrrpird ....J S Piffltinr Avern SB SS Oppniipnt Kumblri Rfrovered t t Yard! Lost By Prnalllrt n 10 How Army, Irish Backs Compared SOUTH BEND, Ind., Nov. 8. UP) Individual statistics on leaders in the Army-Notre Dame game follow: RUSHING No. of Net I Rushea Gain Aver. Gall f fa, Armjr , 32 B.S Slunrt, Army ft !l 4.2 Rowan. Army is S3 ft, 2 (iillrtte. Army T. Hrennan, Notre Dain 18 l.lljark, Notre I lame ,. 1 Livingstone, Notre Dame S Sltko, Notre Pame .... 5 Simmons, Notre Dame 1 Panelll, Notre name .. (outre, Notre Dame .. It Sb Into win, Notre litme 1 Martin, Notre Dame PASSING A. Galltta, Army S Rowan, Army 2 Dielens, Army S I.njaek, Notre Dame . S Trtpurka, Notre Dame 28 77 14 20 8 lft 14 S4 7 47 .1.1 4.3 14.0 2. a 11. IS. 0 4.7 .8 4.8 8.4 Stiver Ties Riser, 12-12 But Panthers Clinch Big Six Title - ' BY ED CFNEIL JR. TWLL STOVER'S Kiser Panthers clinched undisputed possession of f the Big Six title at the University of Dayton stadium last night, bu it was only the fact that no losses had been charged against them that they were able to wind up on top. Kiser ended Its season with a league record of three wins, no losses and two ties. Fairview finished second with three wins, one loss and one tie. Kiser, scoring twice in the open- Ing stanza against stivers, linaiiy ended up in a 12-12 deadlock with Stivers. The Tigers pushed across two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to gain a 12-12 tie. Those two touchdowns brought Stivers' scoring total for the season to 18 points. Their only other touchdown was in losing to Oakwood, 7-6. Don Hortman of Kiser and Rill Rasor of Stivers, each attempting to contribute the extra point after his team's two touchdowns, failed. Kiser scored the first time it gained possession of the ball. The opening Panther kickoff went into the end zone and Stivers, taking the ball on the 20, attempted a pass by Quarterback Bill Tucker. However, Douglas took Rasor's pass, thrown from the five, on his own 10 and ran- it over for the first score of the evening. A bad pass from center spoiled Hort-nian's attempted conversion. THE SECOND PANTHER touchdown came on the last play of the 6ame quarter. Rasor's kick, from his own 12, had sailed straight into the air, coming down on the 20. Three plays later Kiser Quarterback Al Lipovsky passed to Bob Maddox for the score and again Hortmah's failed to convert. Both teams were unable to punch across in the next two stanzas but Stivers started to work midway in the fourth quarter. Starting at midfield, Lamb moved the ball to the Kiser 39 from where Tucker fired a pass to End Gene Seman, who took it over from the 10. Rasor's kick was wide. Fallowing a Kisrr punt which we.i, out on the Stivers 30, the Tigelrs with Rasor and Charley Yount alternating in carrying the hall, moved down to tho Kiser 20. 1 stivers T!nl T.innvKkv intpiventpd a Tucker: Touchdowns ....v J . i - T. 27 1.4 0 28 0 when he lost the ball on a fumble on the 12. Rasor picked up three yards at center, Yount got six more off tackle and then picked up a first down on the two after which Tucker went over via a quarterback sneak. Rasor was called upon to attempt a run for the tie breaking point but a bad pass from center saw him smeared before he could pick up up the ball. Kiser then drove all the way to the Stivers one but the game ended there. Stivers Pos. Kiser Seman Ij-E Douglas May L.T Boyd Wllhelm L.O Ferraro Bartels C Koenix Clark ...n.O Harris Pnntlsso Tate .. Tucker Yount . Miller Rasor pass on his own 12 and gave the Cr,eot. L,n,hnn. Moran. hall back to Stivers a minute later savers', cheeiham and i R.T Zubrik ,...R.E Buy ,,..y.B Lipovsky ,...I..H (Sparks ,...R.H Seet , ,.,F B Maddox ,.12 ii n 12 0 n o 12 12 Pouptss. Millar nnd Frman. Substitutions -"Kisrr: Peck. Yodhes, Horimao. Ruby. The Buckeyes shouldn't have had a touchdown and certainly shouldn't have had the game winning extra point. But the Wildcats threw away the ball game when they were penalised three times after the clock had run out and the game should have been theirs by a 6-0 score.' As if giving Ohio State a touchdown wasn't enough, the Wildcats gave Emil Moldea two chances at the game winning extra point. His first one was blocked but Northwestern was offside on the play. His second try cleared the bar and 70,203 fans, who sat chilled to the bone through a game which was loosely played through the first three quarters, literally went wild. The story of Ohio's 7-6 victory goes like this: There was less than four minutes remaining in the game when Jimmy Clark, dusky Buckeye scat-back, took a Northwestern punt on his own 41 and returned it to the Ohio 46. Before the Buckeyes could swing into action, Pandel Savic, the starting quarterback whose earlier mistakes had sent him to the bench in favor of Pete Perini, came back into the ball game. His first play called for Mother WhisJ ler's boy, Joe, to hit the line. Joe, who hadn't been stopped all afternoon, this time got only two yards. Then came a pass, from Savic to Bob Demmel, which the latter took on the Northwestern 40 and carried three yards before being thrown out by Worthington. , Whisler got exactly nothing on the next play but another aerial, Savic throwing thiB time to End Fred Morrison, set the ball down on the Northwestern 10. THERE WERE THREE minutes and 28 second remaining. Clark scampered to the right side and picked up three yards after which Northwestern called time and Ohio State Coach Wesley Fesler, to the dismay of Buckeye partisans, sent Rod Swinehart in to replace Clark. On the next play Whisler bulled to the four and Demmel got another yard, putting the ball down on the three with fourth down coming up. The ball went to Swinehart this time hut the 177-pound sophomore from Wooster was stopped at the one-yard stripe. He attempted to hurdle the last yard but he was picked up bodily hy Joe Ziiravleff. Northwestern end, and held aloft there. Now there was a minute and 4 Northwestern, leading 6-0, was in possession. One crack at the Ohio line moved the ball up to the five but on the next play the Wildcats were penalized back to the one for taking too much time. That was the first in a series of disastrous penalties against the visiting team. On the next play an Ohio man jumped out of line and Northwestern got the bail back on the six. Again Northwestern was offside and again the ball was moved back to the one. So it was still second and 10. Another crack at the tine gained nothing and again there was an offside penalty against Northwest-em coming up but Ohio refused it. This time Quarterback Jim Farrar brought the ball out to the four and Ohio called time. There remained but 13 seconds in the game. With so little time remaining and its six-point margin looming so large, Northwestern kicked out. Demmel took it on the 60 and stepped up to the Wildcats 35 before he was brought down. The 182-pound sophomore halfback next tucked a Savic heave in his Michigan In Easy Triumph Over Indiana ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 8. (UP) Mighty Michigan, hot on the trail of the Big Nine title and the Rose Bowl, crushed hapless Indiana, ZB to 0, today for its seventh straight victory of the season before a sellout crowd of 85,938 football fans at Michigan stadium. Reeling off yardage like an ex press train, the rampaging Wol verines ripped through the out- The Yardstick Michigan Indian First Downs 17 14 Yards Kuthlnr 248 114 Yards Passim lit 72 Forwards Attempted .... 14 1.1 Forwards Completed .... 7 7 F'orwards Intercepted .... a I PantlnK Average -.44 St Ralls Lost On Fumbles 4LT I I Yards Penalised II 40 Turnto OSU, Page 4, Col. 6 classed Hoosiers for five touchdowns to move within two games of its first undefeated and untied season in 15 years, the Western Conference crown and the Pasa dena Classic. Only Wisconsin and Ohio Slate remain as possible stumbling blocks in (he next two weeks, and after Michigan's tre mendous performance today, they are expected to offer little opposition. With their ace Negro halfback George Taliaferro in the ' lineup the Hoosiers acted like a real threat in the first phases of today's duel. But, when he was sidelined with a cracked rib and a bruised shoulder in the second Turn to MICHIGAN, Page 3, Col. 5! Flyers Held Scoreless First Time This Season BY BILL BARTON Daily News Sports Writer OXFORD. Nov. 8. University of Dayton's "T" attack was made impotent for the first time this season and Miami university kept it own defeatless football record intact with a 12-to-0 victory hture today before 11.421 fans. Miami's own "T" attack proved good enough for one of the touchdowns in the first quarter while its tight defense turned a Dayton pass into the second score in the last period. ine Kedskins dominated tne STEUBENVILLE, Nov7. 8. piay in wieeany part oi tne game Dayton Fairview, which closes out and the Flyers, who lost thir! jta season against Dayton Dunbar third contest ofthe season but, next weei bowed to Steubenville IstlGckoff Tally Helps Beat Cadets Rrennan Scampers 97 Yards To Score Bulldogs Lose At Steubenville were held scoreless for the first time, were frustrated every time they reached Miami territory. The losers never were nearer the Miami goal than the 26-yard line, a spot thev reached in the final period of the bitter battle. In the first period the Flyers reached the Miami 36: in the second the 39: m the third the 30, and in the fourth the 26 as mentioned before. DAYTON COULD NOT even gain a mite of satisfaction from the statistics, for they also indi Central Catholic, 39-6, here to- nipht. The loss was Fairview s fourth as against three wins and one tie. Included in those losses is a forfeit to Stivers. fumbled three times and recovered two of them. Both teams and both coaches admitted before the game that they, had pointed for the game and afterwards the jubilation in the M;iami dressing room wm as cated Miami's superiority. Miami' d,Ktl.nf.t (?,8 wath.e, dlaPn"' . 1 . man, in t ho nanrhl llavlnn Hcnu, had 15 first downs to Dayton's nine. Miami made 215 yards rushing to Dayton's 148. Miami ran up 114 yards from seven completed passes of 19 attempted to Dayton's 45 yards on three completed of 18 attempted, and Miami intercepted five Dayton passes while Dayton was intercepting one. Only in fumbling did Dayton lead and then, sadly enough, they failed to equal Miami's recovery record. Dayton fumbled five times and re covered one of them, while Miami ment in the nearby Dayton dress ing room. Both Miami Coach Sid Gillman and Dayton Coach Joe Gavin praised the play and ability of the other's team. The Miami team was sparked by the excellent passing and ball-handling of Quarterback Mel Olix and the running of Ara Parseg-hian, Sam Wippel and , Paul Shoults. They were aided by some terrific play of the linemen, chief- Turn to DAYTON, Page 4, Col. 1 BY SI BURICK Daily Newt Sports Editor SOUTH BEND, Ind., Nov. 8. On a note of thrills and chills pro vided, alike, by the players and the elements this bitter cold day riotre Dame ended its 35-year football rivalry with Army the way it began with a victory that left no doubt as to which team was superior yet was attained with difficulty. That was the way it was in 1!)13 when Gus Dorais passed to Knute Rockne for a 35-to-13 victory in comparative privacy on the plains of West Point. And that's the way it was before a record local crowd of 59,171 today in the first game ever played here between them as Notre Dame magnificently won, 2.1 to 7. It wasn't the forward pasn that gave Notre Dame this 23rd .victory of the series in which Army won seven and four others were tied. It was good solid running and terrifying blocking in which a Notre Dame team that had a great lust for revenge simply was not to be denied The Yardstick Notre. . . lMme. Arnif First Downs 22 m lards Hushing ...Slil lft lards Passing 2H 40 Forwards Attempted ....18 14 Forwards Completed ..... 4 ft Forwards Intercepted ... S Punting Average 35 Sft Ball Lost On Fumblei ... 1 Yards Penalised (W St starting with the first possibla play of the game. Notre Dame may not have fully avenged the 59-to-0 and 48-to-0 beatings administered by Army in wartima but this was satisfying enough. Terry Brennan took the first legal kickoff and ran it back 97 yards for a touchdown. Terrible Terry scored again before the first period was over with the helD of vicious blocking: by Capt. George Unnor, Bill Fischer. Ziggv. Cza- robski, Marty Wendell, Bill Walsh, Jim Martin and Leon Hart. They are the linemen, usually unsung, whose charge was so great that there was no stopping the churning ball-carriers like Brennan and his fellows. There was no need for Johnnv Luick to exereiso passing skill. The runners and the blockers took care of everything. AS THE SERIES closed Coach Red Blaik of Army did manage one "victory" over Coach Frank Leahy of Notre Dame. They had met four times before. There had been two - scoreless ties, and Leahy's Irish had fashioned two victories during1 their r- personal rivalry. In no previous game did Blaik's Black Knights of the Hudson manage so much as a score. Today, in the fourth period, his outclassed but never surrendering Cadets got him a touchdown. It was toq late but it was welcome and honorable. Notre Dame, in no sense, routed the Army, though it seemed in the early stages the Irish would. It was a battle all the way. But it was superiority on the ground that spelled the difference. The Irish, making 22 first downs to 13, made 361 yards from scrimmage by rush ing. Army made 19.J. the pass went back to '.'first principles" in this game. It was used only as a threat. Notre Dame made only 28 yards by air on four Lujack completions. Army completed five for 40 yards. You don't see football played on the ground like this one very often, where large , and willing young men crash into each other like so many tanks. After Brennan's two touchdowns Turn to Notre Dame, Page 4, Col. 4 .jiiihi iiiwpni- gpsw ;iwuu' S !SKf n ! ,1; f C - til ! VC . - . . :-. iWi -w-1 -i". .. ..: i ..-a-: :. - vv . - . . - y-y v v ; -A-y .. .-. ; . - - ' '- i ' , j & t V . , ff ? H t , , J' 12 YARDS TO THE GOOD. Oxford. Nov. 8. Stan Oi-orne (extreme left).. Dayton halfback who played a good ramp. offensively and defensively in n losing cause, is shown as he is hauled down after a VI yard gain here todav fltminst Miami, which won. VJ to (. The Hay oeeurred in Ihe first seconds SiSin'rganieandi quarter and was good for a first down on the Miami 45. Groeue it bein tackled by Sam 'Wippel, while another Miami man is beneath (Jroene's elm ruins feet. Other Miami men shown are: Paul MeOeevy (34), Harold I'aul fTh'i ami David Putts (52). The No. 32 is oil the jersey of Day ton Dob Wagner.

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