1939, Stanford vs UCLA

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Stanford Indians right end ANDY STOJKOVICH (# 43) is far too late with his outside rush to prevent UCLA Bruins fullback BILL OVERLIN from punting the football away as two-time First Team All-Pacific Coast selection KENNY WASHINGTON (# 13), serving as a backfield blocker in this kicking situation, watches the play unfold during this Pacific Coast Conference tilt at Stanford Stadium in northern California.
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October 14, 1939
Stanford Stadium – Palo Alto
Attendance : 30,000

STANFORD INDIANS vs UCLA BRUINS

UCLA starting line-up
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LE – # 9 ….. Ray BARTLETT ……………. LH – # 45 … Chuck FENENBOCK
LT – # 10 … Ernest HILL ………………….. FB – # 2 ….. Leo CANTOR
LG – # 31 … Nate DEFRANCISCO …….. QB – # 16 … Ben KVITKY
OC – # 37 … Ted JONES …………………… RH – # 25 … Dale GILMORE
RG – # 35 … Robin WILLIAMS
RT – # 24 … Mladen ZARUBICA
RE – # 54 … Chuck CASCALES

substitutions (complete list)
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E – Woody STRODE (# 27), Don MACPHERSON (# 38), Jim MITCHELL (# 41)
T – Del LYMAN (# 15), Jack COHEN (# 14)
G – Jack SOMMERS (# 11), John FRAWLEY (# 12)
C – Martin MATHESON (# 6)
LH – Kenny WASHINGTON (# 13)
FB – Bill OVERLIN (# 5)
QB – Ned MATTHEWS (# 55)
RH – Jackie ROBINSON (# 28)

(source : Berkeley Daily Gazette – Oct 14, 1939)

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UCLA BRUINS 14 – STANFORD INDIANS 14

Game Statistics
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plays from scrimmage (incl. punts) ……. UCLA 57, Stan 72
net total yardage ………………………………. UCLA 162, Stan 226
first downs ……………………………………….. UCLA 8, Stan 10
net rushing yardage ………………………….. UCLA 127, Stan 189
net passing yardage ………………………….. UCLA 35, Stan 37
passes completed / attempted …………… UCLA 2/8, Stan 4/8
passes intercepted by ……………………….. UCLA 2, Stan 1
fumbles recovered by ……………………….. UCLA 1, Stan 0
times stopped on fourth down …………… UCLA 0, Stan 3
missed field goal attempts …………………. UCLA 0, Stan 1
punts – punting average ……………………. UCLA 9 – 24.6 , Stan 5 – 40.2
punt returns – yards gained ………………. UCLA 4-17, Stan 5-35
kickoff returns – yards gained …………… UCLA 3-62, Stan 3-53
penalty yardage lost ………………………….. UCLA 55, Stan 30

scoring plays
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2nd qtr : BRUINS 7-0
Bill OVERLIN 11 yard run (John FRAWLEY kick)
2nd qtr : INDIANS 7-7
Jim GROVES 19 yard pass from Frankie ALBERT (ALBERT kick)
3rd qtr : INDIANS 14-7
Hugh GALLARNEAU 13 yard pass from Frankie ALBERT (ALBERT kick)
4th qtr : BRUINS 14-14
Leo CANTOR 2 yard run (Jackie ROBINSON kick)

UCLA individual net rushing statistics
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RH – Jackie ROBINSON ……………. 4 carries … 62 yards
LH – Kenny WASHINGTON ……. 20 carries … 25 yards
FB – Bill OVERLIN ……………………. 4 carries … 21 yards
FB – Leo CANTOR …………………….. 6 carries ….. 9 yards
QB – Ned MATTHEWS ……………… 1 carry …….. 5 yards
RH – Dale GILMORE …………………. 2 carries ….. 0 yards
LH – Chuck FENENBOCK ………….. 3 carries … – 1 yard

Note — the Bruins left halfback Washington was credited with – 28 yards rushing on one particularly disastrous UCLA passing play which was very well defensed by the Stanford Indians

(all statistics as reported by Berkeley Daily Gazette on Oct 14, 1939)

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STANFORD INDIANS vs UCLA BRUINS
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For the second week in succession, first-year UCLA head coach BABE HORRELL decided to deploy his entire second-string unit to begin the Bruins’ contest on the road against against Stanford University. This exact same tactic had actually backfired against the University of Washington in Seattle seven days earlier (an early first quarter fumble led directly to the Huskies’ only touchdown of the game) but Horrell was obviously strongly influenced by the fact that the Indians had been shutout by both the Oregon State Beavers and the Oregon Ducks in their first two games of this 1939 NCAA season. Once again, however, this particular strategy failed to yield positive results and, before the scoreless first period was over, surprising Stanford forced the UCLA bench boss to rush his first-string into action.

UCLA right halfback JACKIE ROBINSON, the transfer from Pasadena Junior College playing just his third collegiate game for the Bruins, ripped off a 52-yard gain to the Stanford 36-yard line the very first time he touched the football from scrimmage in the first quarter. Not surprisingly, Robinson’s long jaunt came on the reverse play run out of the Bruins’ new “Man-In-Motion” offensive scheme. A week earlier, it had been a 64-yard punt return by Robinson that sparked UCLA to a fourth quarter comeback against Washington in Seattle, but, here in Palo Alto, Stanford immediately stiffened and stopped the Bruins’ drive.

The visitors took the lead early in the second quarter after Bruins co-captain JOHN FRAWLEY jumped on a fumble by Indians right halfback JIM GROVES at the Stanford 42-yard line. KENNY WASHINGTON, the “hula-hipped left halfback”, was thrown for a short loss but UCLA fullback BILL OVERLIN soon plunged to the Indians 31-yard line. Washington then connected with right end DON MACPHERSON for a 20-yard pass completion and then Overlin burst straight up the middle on an 11-yard touchdown run … fittingly, it was senior from Miles City, Montana, who successfully booted the extra point.

Not so long afterwards, however, Overlin found himself behind his own goal line in punt formation in the wake off a 15-yard penalty assessment. A short kick resulted in the Indians starting their next possession on the Bruins 30-yard line and, within short order, the hosts were level thanks to a 19-yard scoring toss from substitute left halfback FRANKIE ALBERT to Groves, the right halfback who had coughed up the football previously. Groves, a senior who had lettered in 1937 but sat out the entire 1938 campaign on account of injury, also added the extra point after recording Stanford’s first touchdown of the 1939 season.

stan-standlee-jump-passThe first half ended in a 7-7 deadlock on the scoreboard although Stanford had clearly demonstrated it could move the football against UCLA via air or land. Indians fullback NORM STANDLEE, the bruising (6’0″ 217 lbs) junior from Long Beach, had rumbled for 67 yards on 19 carries against the Oregon Ducks a week earlier while his teammates collectively managed exactly two net yards on a combined sixteen attempts in that same game. Allowed to consistently hammer away at the Bruins defensive line all throughout the game in Palo Alto, Standlee, the 2nd Team All-Pacific Coast choice of the Associated Press in 1939, was already well on his way to piling up 115 yards on 32 attempts.

In fact, on top of Standlee’s standout productivity, Stanford back-up fullback THOR PETERSON also picked up 27 yards on six carries lugging the pigskin against UCLA; the two Indians fullbacks teamed to gain 75.1% of Stanford’s total net rushing yards (142/189) in the contest with the Bruins with the other Stanford backfield players being only able to average just over two yards per try (21 carries for 47 yards).

A dismal exhibition of punting from the visitors in the third quarter directly led to a second touchdown from Stanford. With UCLA — by now sans the services of the injured fullback Overlin — snapping the ball on its own 29-yard line, a poor kick from the explosive Robinson hit the turf at midfield and took a very strange hop back towards the original line of scrimmage. In the end, the unlucky UCLA right halfback would be officially credited with a punt of minus four yards!

Despite swiftly driving down to the Bruins 2-yard line, the Indians ultimately lost the ball on downs but yet another dreadful kick, this one from co-captain and right halfback DALE GILMORE, went out of bounds at the UCLA 13-yard stripe. Stanford were effectively able to cash in on this opportunity as Albert, the diminutive sophomore passing specialist in the exact same mold as 1938 Heisman Trophy winner Davey O’Brien from Texas Christian University, promptly hooked up with substitute right halfback HUGH GALLARNEAU for his second aerial touchdown on the day. With the Bruins’ attack now completely stalled as time marched on in the final frame, it might have appeared as if the home side had done enough to celebrate its first triumph of the year.

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Stanford were in possession of the pigskin and driving very late in the fourth quarter when, for the second time in as many weeks, UCLA’s much ballyhooed junior college transfer made a very big play for his team inside the last fifteen minutes of a contest. Robinson jumped high into the air to intercept a pass from Albert at the Bruins 28-yard line and proceeded to return the ball 51 yards to the Indians 21-yard line. Yet another 15-yard penalty against the undisciplined visitors set the football back thirty-six yards away from the desired goal line but it would make little difference.

Although Washington had been uncharacteristically held at bay by the stingy Stanford defense all afternoon long, UCLA’s senior UCLA leader came through in the clutch when the Westwood school needed him most. A critical 17-yard pass completion from the Kingfish to Robinson provided the Bruins with a fresh set of downs at the Indians 9-yard line. Seven hard yards gained after three consecutive runs by Washington left the visitors staring at a real do-or-die situation on fourth down and then, “while the cardinal defenders were watching Robinson”, or so wrote James L. Sullivan of the United Press, “(sophomore) fullback LEO CANTOR took the ball and went over for a touchdown.”

There was still a bit of work to do in Stanford Stadium but the influential Robinson, who had also notched an extra point for UCLA the previous week against the University of Washington, as well, sent his kick high and squarely through the uprights to save the Bruins’ collective skin.

Attendance according to newspaper reports
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30,000 …… Eugene Register Guard ………… 10/15/39
25,000 …… San Jose Evening News ………… 10/16/39
none ………. Berkeley Daily Gazette …………. 10/14/39
none ………. The Pittsburgh Press ……………. 10/15/39
none ………. San Bernardino County Sun ….. 10/15/39

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