Oregon State Beavers – By 1939’s Numbers

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Oregon State Beavers right halfback DON DURDAN (# 39), the undersized sophomore who, as a senior, would be voted Most Valuable Player of the 1942 Rose Bowl Game, appears to have crossed the Washington Huskies goal line but was ruled to have been stopped short during the Pacific Coast Conference tussle at Husky Stadium in Seattle on October 21, 1939.
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’39 OREGON STATE Offense : yards per game
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vs Stanford ……………….. 190 rush ……. 71 pass ……. 261 total …… 12 points
vs Idaho ……………………. 237 rush ……. 49 pass …… 286 total …….. 7 points
vs Portland ……………………………………….. unavailable ………………. 14 points
vs Washington …………… 172 rush ………. 7 pass …… 179 total …… 13 points
vs Washington State ….. 237 rush …….. 56 pass …… 293 total …… 13 points
vs USC ………………………… 37 rush ……. 80 pass …… 117 total …….. 7 points
vs Oregon ………………….. 183 rush ……. 34 pass …… 217 total …… 19 points
vs California ………………. 180 rush ……. 80 pass …… 260 total ….. 21 points
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average ……….. rush = 177.0 … pass = 53.9 … total = 230.9 … points = 13.25

(Note — Oregon State’s average points per game does reflect all eight contests but the figures for rushing & passing do not include the Beavers’ non-conference game against the Portland Pilots)

Oregon State Touchdowns Scored (15)
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FB – Kisselburgh 4, QB – G. Peters 2, LHB – Dethman 2, LHB – Olson 2, FB – Dow 2, RHB – M. Kohler 1, RHB – Durdan 1, LHB – V. Kohler 1

Oregon State Extra Points Scored (11)
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G – Younce 10, RE – Hammers 1 (pass rec)

Oregon State Field Goals Made (1)
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G – Younce 1

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oregon-state-younce-53Oregon State guard LEN YOUNCE (# 53) was a two-time consensus All-Pacific Coast selection before graduating to a rather successful (albeit oft interrupted) professional career in the National Football League with the New York Giants.

Younce served as New York’s regular placekicker for only one season (his final one, in 1948) but converted 36 of 37 extra point attempts despite making just 1 of 7 field goal attempts for the Giants that year.

’39 OREGON STATE Defense : yards per game
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vs Stanford ………………… 115 rush …….. 23 pass …… 138 total ……. 0 points
vs Idaho ………………………. 27 rush …….. 13 pass ……. 40 total ……. 6 points
vs Portland ………………………………………… unavailable ……………… 12 points
vs Washington ……………. 117 rush …… 159 pass …… 276 total ……. 7 points
vs Washington State …….. 59 rush …….. 51 pass …… 110 total ……. 0 points
vs USC ……………………….. 137 rush …… 167 pass ….. 304 total ….. 19 points
vs Oregon …………………….. 62 rush ….. 200 pass …… 262 total ….. 14 points
vs California ………………… 44 rush …… 120 pass …… 164 total ……. 0 points
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average …………. rush = 80.1 … pass = 104.7 … total = 184.8 … points = 7.25

(Note — Oregon State’s points per game conceded does reflect all eight contests but the figures for rushing & passing do not include the Beavers’ non-conference game with the Portland Pilots)

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