The Birmingham News from Birmingham, Alabama on November 9, 1941 · 19
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SPORT SECTION SUNDAY edition-the BIRMINGHAM AGE. HERALD COMBINED JUNE 1. CLASSIFIED FINANCIAL BOTH YEAR NO. 9 BIRMINGHAM, ALA., SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1941 PRICE: 10 CENTS TIDE OUTSCORES IN' TULANE. 19 TO 14 Blondy Black Rallies Mississippi State To 14-7 Victory Over Auburn Maroon Races 75 Yards For One Counter Tigers Stop Dragon In First And All But Win Until Last Half BY ZIP P NEWMAN Sports Editor, Birmingham News LEGION FIELD, BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Johnnie Black, the blond Hragon from Philadelphia, Miss., revived a drooping Mississippi State Saturday. And when the great dragon from Philadelphia had finished going haywire he had swept his own left end for a 75-yard touchdown run and had bucked over a second touchdown from the nine-yard line in two plays, giving Mississippi State its first victory over Auburn, 14 to 7, since 1930. Johnnie Black stamped himself Saturday as one of the most bril-, liant backs to play at Legion Field j this year and this isn't forgetting ; Red Malley and Presto Johnston, of S. M. U.. Jimmy Nelson of Alabama and Frankie Sinkwich, of Georgia nor little Jimmy Tarrant of Howard College. Black was the difference in the two teams. He punted, passed and ran like the dragons of those fearful, blood curdling legends. Black raced through and around the Tigers for 176 yards, ending up with a net of 156 yards. He was as versatile as Jimmy Nelson and every bit as powerful, charging runner as Frankie Sinkwich. The Tigers had done a swell job of stopping the dragon in the first half. They had throttled him at their seven-yard line in the first period when the Maroons went from their 39-yard line to Auburns seven. He was thrown for a three and then an ll-.vard loss. Second Mostly All Auburn The second period was most.y all Auburn with the Tigers starting from their 34 and carrying right on over the Maroons' goal line. Gafford and Reynolds were the ground gainers in the drive with Lloyd Cheatham hitting his 1940 form in blocking. Monk Gafford got the Tigers moving when he flipped a 25-yard pass to Charley Finney to the right. No five-yard off-side penalty was going to stop the Tigers. They had felt the Maroons out and were quite sure they could go. Gafford lost a yard at right tackle but the play set up the pass Gafford was to throw to Finney, this time to the left side, for 22 yards. It came off the T-formation. With the ball on the Maroons 31-yard line, spinning. plunging. Jim Reynolds went to drilling for a touchdown. He went over right tackle twice for 12 yards. He got one at left tackle and came over right tackle for eight, putting the ball on Mississippi State's 10. Monk Gafford picked up four at right end. Reynolds knifed a yard through right guard and "ame back to go five more through left guard for the touchdown. Frenchy Chateau converted and it looked like Auburn's j afternoon. It did with Auburn holding the Maroons at their 39-yard line as the half closed after the Maroons had picked up 26 yards, deducting an 11-yard loss When Murphy went back to pass. Before Auburn scored in the second period Mississippi State had a touchdown pass called back for being offside. Murphy passed 30 yards to Hermit Davis, a Tuscaloosa boy who ran 26 yards without a hand being laid on him. loosa boy, who ran 26 yards with-1 Tigers Hold For Downs Auburn took the kickoff to start the third period and worked the ball to its 45-yard line before Gafford punted to Miss. State's 21. The Maroons, showing more precision than in the first half, took the ball in nine plays to Auburns 39-yard line where the Tigers held for downs. And here for a lack of a yard the whole picture of the hard fought game was to change. Reynolds and Finney made nine yard! on the first two downs Reynolds failed to gain on the third down and some one mentioned that Auburn should try for a first down which would have put the ball on Auburn's 48-yard line. Gafford kicked out of bounds on Mississippi State's 20 and little did the crowd of 11.000 suspect this Johnnie Black of being a dragon. Auburn drew a five-yard penalty for delaying the game. Johnnie Black took a direct pass from center. He ran to his left and feinted to start through left tackle, instead he circled five yards back and then started selling out down the sideline. There were five Maroons running interference for him as he swept beyond his own 45-yard line. And as he reached Auburns 45 line, five more Maroons ran out in front of him. And they screened out two Jtuburtl players. Black went the ast 30 yards alone. Sonny Bruce converted. Turn to Page 2, Column 4 Auburn-Miss. State Statistics Auburn Min Atm Included punt And kickoff. INDIVIDUAL STATISTIC MISSISSIPPI STATI " Record Crowd Sees Crimsons Show Cunning Alabama Scores Early And Late To Turn Back Tulane's Power BY BOB PHILLIPS TIGERS SCORE ON STATE Auburn made a determined bid for victory over a favored Mississippi State team at Legion Field Saturday afternoon. The 'Tigers held a 7-0 lead at the half, only to see Blondy Black come back with a whirlwind third period rally to give State a 14-7 victory. Here is the Auburn touchdown play: Jim Reyn olds (in circle) plunging through from the five-yard line in the second period. Reynolds crashed through left guard for the touchdown. Three Mississippi State players are shown on their feet behind or near the goal line. They are Hillard Thorpe No. 36), Blondy Black (No. 18) and Walter Craig (No. 5). Elbert Corley (No. 11), Missis sippi State end, is shown on the ground in a vain effort to stop Reynolds, who had made one yard before the touchdown play. Joe Eddins (No. 18) is the Auburn player on his knees at the left, while Andy Kowalski is the Mississippi State spectator at the extreme left. Tex Williams (No. 63) is the Auburn player (light jersey) next to Eddins. Gophers Down Nebraska, 9-0, In Hard Fight Minnesota Wins 15th Straight Grid Battle, But Is Given BY JAY VESSELS MINNEAPOLIS (P) Minnesota's Golden Gophers won their 15th straight football game Satur-' day, defeating Nebraska, 9 to 0, in a stubbornly fought contest. Stepping methodically along toward another perfect season, ; Coach Bernie Bierman's outfit held i the upper hand from the start. They threatened several times but found the going mighty tough whon the Cornhuskers' goal was threatened. There was no score yet, at the start of the second quarter and it took that sensational little man Bud Higgins to shoot into the game and begin taking that pigskin places. Midget Bud showed the big fellows how it should be done by skipping 10 yards for a first down on the Nebraska one. Then, Heavyweight Bob Sweiger powered it over. But the Huskers smashed through i and blocked the try for the extra j point and were still very much in j the ball game. That was the way things remained right on through the third period, with Minnesota warily trying to pick up a safe margin and Nebraska desperately trying to connect with a payoff pass. Early in the fourth period. Bill Daley tried for a field goal from the Huskers' 22 but it was wide Then came a punt exhibition and Bill began plunging for substantial yardage. He battered to the Nebraska seven where on fourth down, Bill Garnaas booted a field goal. And Minnesota's championship stride thus was finally protected with just a few minutes remaining. Nebraska, handicapped without Fullback Mike Francis, gamely gathered in considerable yardage. But its long and short pass game was thoroughly covered by an alert secondary and Minnesota's brilliant Tackle Dick Wildung took care of the ground attack by repeatedly breaking through and tossing the ball carriers for losses. Most of Minnesotas troubles on the offensive were cooked up by Marvin Thompson. Nebraska's right end. He was in there harassing the Golden Gophers from start to finish and just wouldn't be taken out of the play. Nebraska made its first and last serious bid for a touchdown Just as the first half ended when Bradley completed a 20-yard forward to Metheny to put the ball on the Minnesota 23 But the gun sounded before another play could be attempted. 1 I f - NO BLACKOUT" HERE There wasnt a blackout in the above picture. At least, not until Blondy Black, Mississippi State halfback (No. 18), had made five yards on a sweep around right end in the Auburn game at Legion Field Saturday. Black was finally stopped by Tex Williams, Auburn center, not in picture; James Samford (No. 43), Auburn end, and Joe Eddins, Auburn tackle, not in picture. Jack Ferrell (No. 36), the Birmingham boy playing at guard for Auburn, also is shown in the picture. Black made five yards on the play in the first period. The play put the ball on Auburns 15-yard line. Mississippi State went on to win the game, 14-7. (Walter Rosser Photo.) Dartmouth Takes Wild Vandy Scores Game From Princeton Only In First As 30,000 Gel Treat For 20-0 Win The Citadel Rambles Over Wofford, 42-7 CHARLESTON, S. C.tiP) The Citadel's Light Brigade ran and passed Its way to a convincing 42-7 victory over an outclassed Wofford Terrier team Saturday. The Cadets registered two touchdowns in both the first and third periods and tingle touchdowns in the second and fourth, adding all the extra points. Wofford's lone score came in the first period. Penalties And Fumbles Add To Circus Show; Indian Chances Fail BY WHITNEY MARTIN PRINCETON. N. J (JPh Dart mouth defeated Princeton, 20 to 13, Saturday in a football game which needed only a wild man from Borneo to pass as a three-ring circus. The 30,000 fans In the Palmer Stadium were treated to everything a football game should have, and a great many things which it should not, including a baffling first-half exchange of fumbles, penalties and blocked kicks, Dartmouth came back with some fine football in the third period. A punt and a penalty had set the Indians hack to their seven-yard line, I George Troxcll took the ball, eased through his left tackle and rambled 93 yards to score. A Princeton pass intercepted by Hast on the Princeton 28 a couple of minutes later set up another , score. Tom Douglas passed to Hast j on the five, and Douglas then roared around his right end to ! score. Kast's placekick was good. That was Dartmouth's show. In I (he fading momenta of the third ; quarter Paul Uusse intercepted a Dartmouth pass on the Dartmouth ! 24, and Perina pitched a pass into the flat which Lawry grabbed for a touchdown, Starting the final period. Perina ; started pitching in earnest. With Lawry doing most of the receiving, ' the Tigers advanced to the Dartmouth 46, where Perina shot a long ball down the field. Charley Killian took it over the head of the safety man and ran over the goal i untouched Perina made good his placekick thia time. 4,000 Fans See Three Initial Period Scores Over Sewonee's Eleven BY NORMAN BRADLEY NASHVILLE, Tenn (P) 1 Three first-quarter touchdowns gave Vanderbilt all its points in a 20-0 victory over Sewanee Saturday. Some 4.000 chilled fans saw the 50th renewal of the schools half-century-long rivalry. The Commodores took the open-1 ing kickoff, marched 80 yards in 15 plays and seven minutes for its first score. An intercepted pass which Endman Julian Olsen re-turneef 57 yards to the Sewanee 17 set up the second touchdown and recovery of the succeeding kickoff. touched by Sewanee's Frank Walker on the Tiger 21, paved the way for the third. Vandy lost two other scores by the skin of its teeth. A holding penalty nullified Art Rebrovich's 97-yard run on a fnked punt from behind his own goal line in the fourth quarter. In the third, Bernie Hohling fumbled as he crossed the last stripe in a line plunge and Hyall Smith of the Tigers recovered. The Tigers only threat was stopped on the one-yard line late In the fourth quarter. Lineups and summary: MywNnft1 Walker, left end ; Atkinson. ; left tackle; Mtuke. lift guard, Goad, ran- N. C. State Loses ToV. P. I., 14-13 WINSTON-SALEM, N. C .UP) Two sophomore backs who refused to quit even when their team seemed hopelessly whipped, led a brave Virginia Tech eleven to a 14-13 victory over N. C. State College in a Southern Conference thriller played Saturday before 10,-000 shivering fans. Trailing 0-13 at the end of the first quarter, the underdog Virginians came gamely back, forging into their one-point lead just three minutes before the final whistle. The sophs who sparked the Gobblers were Jack Let-'Er-Go Gallagher, who tossed a pass which accounted for Virginia Tech's first touchdown in the second quarter, and Bob Smith, who scored the other touchdown. Dick ( Killer) Watts, N. C. State's ace tailback, personally accounted for the Wolfpack's two touchdowns and played probably the greatest game of his career. V. P. 1 0 7 0 614 N. C. State 13 0 0 013 Virginia Tech Scoring Touch-dmvns, Clark . Smith Point after touchdown, McClure 2. N. C. State Scoring Touchdown, Watts (2); point after touchdown, Faircloth. Detroit Eleven Downs Temple Comes From Behind To Nose Out Villanova By 14 To 13 Substitute Back Throws 42-Yard Pass To Give Winners last Marker PHILADELPHIA UP A 42-yard pass from Substitute A1 Dito-mo to Cliff Seaver and Tackle Hank Zajkowski's accurate place kicking enabled Temple University, to come from behind to nose out Villanova, 14-13, before a crowd of 30.000 Saturday. The result was a bitter blow to Villanova, which had got off to a 7-0 first quarter lead and then forged ahead again with a third 1 quarter touchdown after Temple i had tied the score at 7-7 in the second period. Both teams did their scoring the spectacular way. Temple's first touchdown resulted from Capt. Andy Tomasic's 12-yard pass to , Seaver while Villanova scored in the first period on a 47-yard aerial thrown by A1 Postus to Ed Smith, the veteran halfback traveling 20 yards after catching the hall. Postus returned Tomasic's punt 40 yards for the Wildcats' third quarter touchdowns. Marquette Team, 7-6 Washington State Wins Over Idaho DETROIT (Pi T h e University of Detroit football team cashed in on ita sole scoring opportunity Saturday and 'by the margin of Quarterback Arthur Link's placekick for extra point defeated Marquette, 7-6. before 16,541 homecoming fans. Detroit scored In the second period. Elmer (Tippy) Maradik tossing a four-yard pass to Joe Gcn-sheimer, Marquette went 97 yards for its score in the late minutes. Jimmy Richardson passing 19 yards to John Harrington. Charles Beyer's conversion kick was low. PULLMAN. Wash (Ab In a wild third period featured by a touchdown donation on the opening kickoff, Washington State defeated the University of Idaho, 26 to 0 Saturday Aside from that period, when the only scoring was made. Idaho played the touted State College Cougars into the ground and for most of the time was carrying the fight into W, Penn's Passes Beat Columbia By 19-16 Score Aerials Set Up Two Touchdowns And Score Another For Quakers PHILADELPHIA (yP) Pennsylvania beat Columbia at its own game Saturday, completing 11 of 14 forward passes that scored one touchdown and paved the way for two others, to defeat the Lions, 19-16. A crowd of 50,000 saw the Red and Blue score first in the opening minutes of play on a 27-yard aerial. Bert Stiff to Bernie Kuczyn-sku; shuddered as tricky Paul Gov-ernali passed the Lions to a 7-6 half time lead; cheered as Penn shoved over two third period touchdowns, then, held their breath as the Lions nearly turned defeat into victory in the last quarter. A disputed ruling midway of the final period that nullified a 53-yard gain for the Lions to the Penn 40, was the turning point of the up-and-down struggle. Penn was ahead at the time. 19-14, and Columbia had the ball on its own 18. Governali, who put on a one-man show by throwing 12 of 29 passes for 181 yards, was trapped on the five, but somehow tossed the ball underhand to Stew Mcllvennan, who raced through the entire Penn team before being caught from behind. The officials explained Gov-ernalis knee had touched the ground before he threw the ball. The Lions capitalized on a poor kick by Pax Gifford to the Red and Blue 40 in the second. Mcllvennan ran to the 28, then John Kelleher hung on to one of Governalis heaves for a 27-yard gain to the one. Governali bucked over guard and Ferrarini converted to put Lou Little's club ahead. Penn struck swiftly for its two touchdowns in the third period. The first came on a 67-yard advance, Bob Odell bucking over. A 60-yard drive accounted for the second, Joe Kane lunging over from the one. Governali's passes sparked a 62-yard advance that accounted for Columbia's last touchdown early in the fourth period. With three minutes to play. Odell ran backwards 38 yards over his goal line to give the Lions an intentional safety. Kansas State Upsets South Carolina, 3-0, On Late Field Goal MANHATTAN, Kan. (flb Sophomore Earl Williams foot felt like a leaden weight that's how numb it was from the cold but he lifted it, as light as a ballet dancer would, to boot a 25-yard field goal. That kick, executed from a sharp angle. Just barely trickled over the cross-bar to give Kansas State, the upset king of the Big Six. a 3-0 triumph over South Carolina, More than 8.000 customers saw Williams boot the goal in the last five minutes. It was Kansas State's second surprise session in a row. Only a week ago it brushed aside Nebraska, Big Six defending champion. The Gamecocks, never able to get the chill out of their bones, crossed touchdown bridges before coming to them. They had three scoring opportunities, chiefly through passing and a punt return. News-Age-Herald Staff Writer TULANE STADIUM, New Or-leans Combining courage and cunning to offset the running power and passing of a magnificent Tu-lane football team, Alabama's Crimson Tide outscored the Greenies, 19 to 14, here Saturday afternoon before a crowd estimated at 55,000, and if the estimate's correct, the largest crowd ever to witness a regularly scheduled football game in the South. In one of the finest performances ever given by an Alabama eleven, the lads from the Capstone lived up to fondest dreams of their followers, and upset the mighty but in-and-out Tulane squad on one of its definitely in days. Alabama, early sensing that the 1 battle would be unequal if it developed into a show of sheer : strength, struck swiftly in the first three minutes on a beautiful trick ! play that had been practiced all ! season, but never resorted to. Dave Brown took a lateral from Jimmy I Nelson after Nelson had caught i Bob Glass punt and sped 65 yards j down the right sideline for a touchdown in the first three minutes of action. A1 Sabo, who got in 60 min-i utes of a possible 60 at blocking back, knocked down an unidenti fied Greenie near the middle of the field for the most important of several timely blocks that helped Brown on his brilliant journey. Brown ran deftly ail the way, however, and no Greenie save the one Sabo grounded got really close to him once he had gathered speed. George Hecht's placement for point was wide, and if anybody had the slightest idea that Alabama was going to be allowed to do any coasting behind that six-point lead, it was rudely dissipated before the half ended. The Green Wave quit the field at mid-game with two full touchdowns and the score-boards reading of Tulane 14, Alabama 6, sent the red-shirted crowd into the dressing room with the outlook decidedly discouraging. And the prospects of making two touchdowns or a touchdown and a field goal in the second half and J the while holding Tulane scoreless I were gloomier than gloomy. The more so because Tulane had barely missed tallying a third touchdown in the fleeting seconds at the end of the half, a 31-yard pass having I carried the ball to the Tide's five on the next to last play and a pass over the goal on the last play having barely missed. That, then, was the dismal outlook for everybody but the Tides-men. Less than five minutes after their return to the field they had , marched 75 yards to a touchdown, the score coming on a short pass from Nelson to Holt Rast over the goal after three first downs handrunning had set the Wave back on its three. Hecht's placement was good after this touchdown, but the Tide was still a point to the rear. There was time and more time, however, including plenty for the Greenies to increase their margin, and the Crimson Tide, with Rast calling a marvelous game, didn't get excited. Calmness in the face of defeat paid handsome dividends, and with about four minutes to go, the most j masterly stroke of the game was ! delivered. Receiving the ball on its j own 22 after Bob Glass 42-yard punt, Alabama quick-kicked on the first play. Dropping back hurriedly I from customary position in the standard T, Nelson zoomed the ball up field and over Tulane's unsuspecting safety man. The ball went 66 yards before rolling dead on the 1 Tulane 12. That was the beginning of the end for the home boys, for after Alabama's inspired defense held big Jim Thibaut and Glass to three yards gain in two plays. Glass punted and his mediocre kick of 28 I yards was run back by Nelson three yards to the Tulane 40. Four minutes left, said the score-board's official electric clock. Alabama had the hall. First down on tiie Tulane 40. Tulane 14. Alabama 13. Here was a chance for the Tide to show whether it had what it 1 takes or not. A chance for the Wave to show what it had. May the best I man win. Best Man Wins In seven plays eight, counting a double offsides on which Alabama I scored Alabama had run and passed its way across the Tulane goal, and the best man had won. Don Sails, the Tide's dynamic little fullback, who played the entire game in the absence back home in a Tuscaloosa hospital of his erstwhile superior, Paul Spencer, charged over from the two-yard line for the counter, and that waa the hall game, Turn to Page 2, Column S Alabama Tulane Statistics ALABAMA -TUl-AN V'

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