Two Birds With One Stone : Scouting 1939 USC vs Washington State Game Available On YouTube

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USC Trojans star quarterback GRENVILLE LANSDELL, the two-time consensus First Team All-Pacific Coast honoree who exceeded 100 yards rushing in five of his team’s ten regular season contests during the 1939 NCAA campaign and was then the tenth overall player taken in the 1940 National Football League Draft when chosen in the first round by the New York Giants, hammers the ball across the goal line to score a touchdown in the first quarter of the Pacific Coast Conference clash with the visiting Washington State Cougars at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in early October, 1939.
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The can be little doubt that on October 7th, 1939 — a date on which the UCLA football team, itself, was up in Seattle playing against the University of Washington Huskies — Bruins head coach BABE HORRELL still left a trusted associate (or perhaps maybe more) sitting in the stands at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in order to take a few notes as the arch-rival USC TROJANS tangled with the WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS in an early-season Pacific Coast Conference engagement.

As it was, the Washington State Cougars and the cross-town adversary USC Trojans just so happened to be the last two football teams that the were on the regular season schedule of the UCLA Bruins in 1939.

Thanks to the Manuscripts, Archives & Special Collections department of the Washington State University Libraries, many of the Cougars’ varsity football games from the 1939 NCAA season are available for viewing pleasure via the magic of YOUTUBE and the Washington State vs Southern California contest in Los Angeles would be no exception :

http://www.youtube.com

(search – “Southern California vs Washington State College, 1939”)

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The mighty USC TROJANS, the defending Rose Bowl champions who had been held to a draw by the Oregon Ducks to open their 1939 NCAA campaign the previous, had entirely too much size, speed and depth for the visiting WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS in this early-season Pacific Coast Conference encounter at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.

Despite being held in check throughout most of the first half, thanks, in part, to a 63-yard Washington State quick kick on third down that left the Trojans to start a drive on their own three-yard line early in the game, USC came out strong in the second half and thoroughly dominated. In the end, the Trojans finished with an impressive 283 yards rushing and four unanswered touchdowns on the ground. The secret to USC’s success could easily be found at the line of scrimmage — the Trojans’ front seven outweighed their counterparts for the Cougars by an average of more than nineteen pounds per player.

The most important cog in the USC machine, senior quarterback GRENVILLE LANSDELL, was almost unstoppable in gaining 114 yards by land (7.6 avg, 2 tds) while adding another 58 yards through the air against Washington State … Viewers watching the contest on YouTube will want to remember that, in the terminology used by Trojans head coach HOWARD JONES, the backfield player referred to as the “Quarterback” in USC’s version of the standard Carlisle Single Wing formation is the same exact positional player in the backfield known as the “Left Halfback” in the standard Carlisle Single Wing formation that was used by countless college & professional football teams in the late 1930s including the Washington State Cougars (and, of course, the UCLA Bruins).

Viewers might also find it interesting to observe that, in the second half, Washington State ran five of its paltry total of nine offensive plays from what modern football fans would recognize as a standard punt formation.

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USC Trojans fullback BILL SANGSTER, the undersized senior (5’10” 170 lbs) from San Gabriel who recovered a Washington State fumble at the start of the third quarter and then, fittingly, carried the football over goal line for a touchdown on the ensuing drive, hurdles into the end zone from a yard out during the lopsided Pacific Coast Conference tussle with the Cougars at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 7th, 1939.
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USC TROJANS 27 – WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS 0

Game Statisitics
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net total yardage …………………….. USC 352, Wash St 65
first downs ……………………………… USC 18, Wash St 1
net rushing yards …………………….. USC 283, Wash St 31
net passing yards …………………….. USC 69, Wash St 34
passes completed / attempted ….. USC 7/14, Wash St 3/13
passes intercepted by ………………. USC 3, Wash St 0
fumbles recovered by ………………. USC 1, Wash St 0
punts / average ………………………… USC 7 – 32.0 , Wash St 10 – 44.0
kick & punt return yards …………… USC 78, Wash St 97
penalty yardage lost …………………. USC 50, Wash St 5

scoring plays
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1st qtr : TROJANS 7-0
Grenville LANSDELL 1 yard run (Phil GASPAR kick)
3rd qtr : TROJANS 13-0
Bill SANGSTER 1 yard run (kick failed)
3rd qtr : TROJANS 20-0
Grenville LANSDELL 39 yard run (Phil GASPAR kick)
4th qtr : TROJANS 27-0
Jerry BOWMAN 6 yard run (Bob DE LAUER kick)

USC net rushing
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QB – # 78 … Grenville LANSDELL ……. 15 att ….. 114 yrd …. 2 tds
QB – # 31 … Bob BERRYMAN ………….. 13 att …… 55 yrd
FB – # 21 …. Bob PEOPLES ………………… 7 att …… 31 yrd
FB – # 33 …. Jack BANTA ………………….. 7 att …… 30 yrd
QB – # 40 … Doyle NAVE …………………. 10 att ….. 24 yrd
QB – # 18 …. Jerry BOWMAN …………….. 2 att …… 18 yrd ….. 1 td
FB – # 27 …. Bill SANGSTER ………………. 5 att …… 16 yrd ….. 1 td
RH – # 28 … Bob ROBERTSON …………… 3 att …….. 3 yrd
QB – # 75 … Frank SWIRLES ………………. 1 att …….. 2 yrd
FB – # 15 …. Coye DUNN ……………………. 1 att ……… 1 yrd
LE – # 62 …. Al KRUEGER ………………….. 1 att ….. – 1 yrd
RH – # 53 … Jim SLATTER …………………. 1 att … – 10 yrd

USC passing
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QB – # 78 … Grenville LANSDELL ……. 4-7 comp/att … 58 yrd
QB – # 75 … Frank SWIRLES ……………. 2-2 comp/att ….. 6 yrd
QB – # 40 … Doyle NAVE …………………. 1-2 comp/att ….. 5 yrd
QB – # 31 …. Bob BERRYMAN …………. 0-3 comp/att ….. 0 yrd

USC receiving
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LH – # 45 … Bob HOFFMAN …………….. 2 rec ….. 43 yrd
RE – # 73 … Bob WINSLOW …………….. 1 rec …… 14 yrd
FB – # 33 … Jack BANTA …………………. 1 rec …….. 5 yrd
LH – # 20 … Phil DUBOSKI ………………. 1 rec ……. 4 yrd
LE – # 62 …. Al KRUEGER ……………….. 1 rec …….. 2 yrd
FB – # 27 …. Bill SANGSTER ……………. 1 rec …….. 1 yrd

USC interceptions
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RH – # 53 … Jim SLATTER ……………….. 1 int ….. 15 yrd
RT – # 42 … Bob DE LAUER ……………… 1 int ……. 2 yrd
LG – # 39 …. Floyd PHILLIPS ……………. 1 int ……. 2 yrd

USC fumble recoveries
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FB – # 27 …. Bill SANGSTER ……………… 1 fum rec

USC kick returns
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FB – # 21 …. Bob PEOPLES ……………….. 1 ret ….. 33 yrd

USC punt returns
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QB – # 40 … Doyle NAVE ………………….. 2 ret ….. 20 yrd
FB – # 27 …. Bill SANGSTER ……………… 1 ret ….. 13 yrd
QB – # 78 … Grenville LANSDELL ……… 1 ret ….. 10 yrd
QB – # 31 …. Bob BERRYMAN …………… 1 ret ……. 2 yrd

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Washington State net rushing
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FB – # 66 … Don MCLENNAN …………… 5 att ….. 14 yrd
LH – # 36 … Dick EMERSON …………….. 4 att ……. 6 yrd
QB – # 17 … Don GREELEY ……………….. 3 att ……. 5 yrd
FB – # 4 ….. Rex BANTZ ……………………. 4 att ……. 4 yrd
FB – # 3 ….. Ford SEXTON ………………… 2 att …….. 2 yrd

Washington State passing
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LH – # 36 … Don EMERSON ……….. 3-10 comp/att … 34 yrd … 1 int
LH – # 23 … Bill SEWELL ……………. 0-3 comp/att ……. 0 yrd … 2 int

Washington State receiving
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RH – # 2 ….. Earle ROSS …………………….. 2 rec ….. 27 yrd
QB – # 17 …. Don GREELEY ……………….. 1 rec ……. 7 yrd

Washington State kick returns
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QB – # 17 …. Don GREELEY ……………….. 1 ret ….. 24 yrd
LH – # 36 … Dick EMERSON ………………. 1 ret ….. 18 yrd
RH – # 2 ….. Earle ROSS ……………………… 1 ret ……. 9 yrd

Washington State punt returns
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LH – # 36 … Dick EMERSON ……………….. 6 ret ….. 34 yrd
LH – # 23 … Bill SEWELL …………………….. 1 ret …… 12 yrd

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