Varsity Football Vanishes
Football Returns to NU
section from The
Tale of the Wildcats, a Centennial History of
University Athletics, by Walter Paulison. Tale of
the Wildcats gave an 'official' history of
NU football and its milestones, including the temporary end of NU's
storm of criticism
followed the 1905 season. The brutality and danger of football
the overemphasis placed upon the game were viewed with alarm in many
A nationwide survey by The Chicago Tribune showed 18 deaths
none at NU] during the year from injuries.
In the midst of all
this clamor against
football, Northwestern University, along with Columbia and Union
in the East, took the drastic action of abolishing football.
action is summed up in the following extract from the report of a
committee, headed by Dean Thomas F. Holgate, to consider the athletic
of the University: 'After full consideration of the place accorded to
contests in educational institutions at the present time, and in
to intercollegiate football contests, and with full knowledge of the
recently made to eliminate the evils from such intercollegiate
your committee is of the opinion that the wisest course for the
. . is to discontinue all intercollegiate football contests for a
period of time, if not permanently; and it accordingly recommends
that from and after Commencement Day, June 21, 1906, all
football contests be discontinued for a period of five years.'
The Board of
Trustees adopted the report
and intercollegiate football vanished from the campus. Louis
director of physical education at the Evanston Y.M.C.A. was appointed
Director. He instituted a program of inter-class football.
In his annual report... in 1906-07, President Harris said, 'Fully four
times as many students as under the old system have taken the regular
and competed in vigorous games.'
In order to correct
the abuses that
had developed in the conduct of intercollegiate football, the [Big Ten]
Conference adopted a set of regulations at a special meeting, March 10,
1906. These reforms included the following provisions: one year
residence was necessary for eligibility; only three years of
were permitted, with no graduate student eligible; the season was
to five games; no training table or training quarters were permitted;
and faculty tickets were not to cost over fifty cents; coaches were to
be appointed only by University bodies and at moderate salaries; steps
were to be taken to reduce receipts and expenses of athletic contests.
At the same time,
the football rules
committee modified the game by adopting new rules which included the
provisions: playing time of each half was shortened to 30 minutes, six
men were required on the line of scrimmage, one forward pass was
to each scrimmage, hurdling was forbidden, and the neutral zone was
The 'reform' rules
established by the
Conference encountered much criticism, especially those concerning the
three-year limit and the training table. The Conference stuck by
its guns, however, and insisted that there must be full observance if a
school wished to retain full membership. Michigan bitterly
a number of the rules and withdrew from the Conference, not to return
The First Homecoming
Tale of the Wildcats, a Centennial History of
University Athletics by Walter Paulison. Here Paulison
the return of varsity football to campus in 1908, after a two-year
. . Northwestern
students and alumni were none too happy about the abolition of
football [in 1906]. Although the inter-class games resulted in
men playing the game than formerly, the feeling gradually developed
the system of home football could not be maintained without the
and inspiration of some intercollegiate competition. During the
of 1907, a widespread demand for the return of intercollegiate football
was made by both students and alumni. In December a petition
by nearly 90 percent of the student body was presented to the Board of
Trustees asking permission to play three intercollegiate games during
In a report to the
Board of Trustees
reviewing the football situation at the University, President Harris
out that 'the request of the students deserved respectful
first, because of the very remarkable way in which the students had
themselves loyal to the action of 1905. It is not possible to say
too much for their self-control and public spirit. Second, the
character of the student body was assurance that the game, if allowed,
would be conducted on a high moral plane. Third, it deserved
because the principle of democracy, which is vital to the development
the right college spirit, demands that no part of the University, the
the faculty, or the students, shall disregard the desires of any other
part, or unnecessarily override them. This request was very dear
to the students, and it was felt their wishes ought to be
unless there are better reasons to the contrary.'
. . . It was finally
agreed that the
football reforms instituted by the rules committee and the Conference
been effective and that the reasons for abolishing the game as an
sport had been remedied. As a result, the Trustees agreed to
the petition with the provision 'that the alumni be asked to make up a
guarantee fund of $1,000 to cover any possible deficit.'
And so, after a
intercollegiate football returned to Northwestern in 1908.
of the game did not mean that the University was able to field a team
in any way equaled the fine 1905 squad. Coach McCornack had left
to enter the practice of law in Chicago, most of the players with
experience had graduated, and, more important, many rule changes had
made in the game, including the introduction of the forward pass.
Indeed, it was to take years before Northwestern recovered from the
of the two-year layoff from football.
NU's First Star
of the Wildcats, a Centennial History of Northwestern University
by Walter Paulison.
a practice of returning for a football celebration for a number of
before 1911, but it was not until that fall that the event was
labeled 'Homecoming.' The Daily Northwestern announced
affair as follows:
For the first time
in its history Northwestern is to have a
one on which all the "old grads" can
have a good time. . . .
the Daily, 'elaborate preparations are underway to make this
big day of the season, and in addition it is hoped that this will
an annual event.'
realized, for during the succeeding years Homecoming grew into
stupendous affair with elaborate torchlight parades, lavish decorations
of fraternity and sorority houses, and huge pep rallies and bonfires on
Compared to these
the first Homecoming was tame indeed, but it was a start, and it can't
be said that the affair was taken half-heartedly. The
Association appropriated funds to cover expenses; the Evanston
Association passed a resolution to decorate business places; the
Department reserved choice seats for alumni at the football game with
and President A.W. Harris sent a letter to alumni urging them to attend.
In urging a big
turnout for the Friday
night parade and rally, The Daily Northwestern said:
Bring your tin pans, lard buckets, whistles,
muskets-- anything and
listens LOUD and come along to
tonight . . . forget your
the board bill,
forget everything but
that you are alive.
. . . . A crowd of
7,500, many of whom
were 'old grads,' attended the game and saw Stagg's Maroons defeat the
Purple, 9 to 3.
The following year
an inspired Purple
eleven gave the Homecoming celebrants something to cheer about by
Illinois, 6-0. After the game, students and alumni formed a snake
dance that wound its way to Fountain Square for an impromptu
A student circus
with fraternity and
sorority acts was one of the highlights of the 1915 Homecoming, while
1917 a near riot prevailed as the Homecoming crowd celebrated a victory
over Michigan. In 1919 a spectacular pep rally and reunion day
held in honor of the termination of World War I.
set a pattern which has been adhered to in recent years. The only
break occurred during World War II, when the parade and house
were discontinued for a three-year period. They were resumed in
on a grander scale than ever before. Over 50 floats were in the
of march and the house decorations bordered on the colossal.
was a featured article from NU's athletic department. The
column, written to commemorate Paddy Driscoll's 1974 induction into the
National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, gives an account of
Northwestern's phenom 90 years ago.
it all." -- Waldo Fisher, retired Northwestern associate athletic
spoken about a legend, a memory, and most important, a tradition.
They describe Northwestern's immortal John Leo "Paddy" Driscoll.
full of successes which most only dream about, Paddy won recognition as
an All-American and election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
[At the 1974 NU-Purdue game], Paddy was remembered for all of his
as he was honored for his induction into the National Football Hall of
native of Evanston,
Paddy began his career at Evanston High School as a 128 pound
After [becoming] a prep legend, he chose to continue his exploits at
were treated to a preview of his tremendous talents when he returned
opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in his first varsity game--
Iowa in 1915. From then on, there was little doubt Paddy would
stardom. Driscoll added weight and became a 145 pound triple
All-American at Northwestern. His collegiate coach, W.L. Kennedy,
termed Driscoll "the greatest football player ever produced in the
remembered forever as an artist and devotee of the dropkick. He
simply sensational. Once he was knocked unconscious, only to
and boot a 55 yard field goal, the longest of his career. As a
player, Driscoll still holds the NFL records for the most field goals
during a career (40), the most dropkicked in a game (4), and the
dropkicked field goal (50 yards, on two occasions).
I cut short his Northwestern career, he went on to lead Great Lakes to
a 17-0 Rose Bowl triumph. He teamed up with George Halas on a
pass, and averaged 47 yards on six punts in the game.
became player-coach for the Chicago Cardinals, where he established all
his professional dropkicking records. A three sport star in
basketball, and football in both high school and college, Driscoll
infield for the Chicago Cubs baseball team during one summer between
seasons. A further example of his athletic versatility was when
led St. Mel's prep cagers to a National Interscholastic basketball
to advance in the cage coaching profession, moving to Marquette in 1936
for five years. Then he switched sports again and became an
backfield coach under former teammate George Halas with the Chicago
in 1941. When Halas stepped down as head coach in 1956, Driscoll
received the head coach position and immediately directed the Bears to
a 9-2-1 record and the Western Conference Championship. He
with the Bears until his death in 1968.
NFL Hall of Fame bust
Tribune's Wallace Abbey is credited with giving NU's
Purple team the
nickname "Wildcats," after its valiant effort in a close loss to
Below is Abbey's famous quote from the front page of the Tribune,
in the context of the first three paragraphs of his column.
than ordinary wildcats are required to subdue wildcats gone completely
vicious, entirely aroused, by the temptation of a great prize, a big,
piece of "meat." Let us call that "meat" the Big Ten football
and consider the following situation at Stagg Field yesterday
to which 32,000 hoarse fans will attest today:
It was the fourth
quarter of the annual Chicago-Northwestern grid battle. Football
players had not come down from Evanston: wildcats would be a name
suited to Thistlethwaite's boys.
Baker was there, and he was the chief wildcat giving his supreme effort.
his pride, the eleven that had tied Illinois a week ago, were unable to
score. Once they had been on the 9 yard line and had been stopped
stone dead by a Purple wall of wildcats. The game was fast
. . .
The Soldier Field Shocker
following article appeared in the winter 1995 edition of Northwestern's
Alumni News magazine. It was written by George
Beres , a former NU Sports Information Director.
to the Alumni News , Beres was told the story of NU's 1925 epic
game against Michigan by the late Tug Wilson, "a key figure in one of
the legendary victories of Northwestern Football history."
Following the Beres article, I have also included
a passage describing the game from Walter Paulison's 1951 book, Tale
of the Wildcats.
infamous game at Soldier Field ranks #8 on the HailToPurple.com
list of the 25
greatest games in Northwestern History. It is also on Northwestern's
official list of NU's greatest games from 1882 to 1982.
NU and the Mud
The 20th century still was young as two men stood
hunched together under
the stands of Chicago's Soldier Field, watching the rain fall in
It was the morning of November 7, 1925-- 40 years before anyone
of carpeting a football field with water-resistant plastic grass.
that day, lightly regarded Northwestern was to play the nation's #1
Michigan, in the lakefront stadium. Never would the weather play
more dominant role in deciding the outcome of a football game.
had rained most of the week, and the gridiron was a quagmire. As
the two brooding figures watched, sections of the field disappeared
their eyes under growing puddles of water. The playing field was
to resemble choppy Lake Michigan, which churned just beyond the
east gates. The shorter of the two men, Michigan coach Fielding
wanted nothing to do with it.
I coach a football team, not a swimming team. How can I tell them
to play a game on a field we can hardly see?"
Wilson was the young Northwestern director of athletics, later
of the Big Ten Conference. He told me years later, "I said to
'Look, we've already sold 40,000 tickets to this game. You know
can't afford to call it off."
Michigan team had outscored its five previous opponents 180 to 0.
But he knew, as Wilson did, that rain was the great equalizer,
ally of the underdog. His Wolverines were well on their way to a
championship, and he wanted nothing to do with a game neutralized by
elements. He stared balefully at the water-logged gridiron and
to plead that the game be postponed. But he knew it was a lost
that the one thing he couldn't argue with was gate receipts. So
and the budget-- prevailed, and Michigan sloshed out into the mud to do
Ironically, fewer than 20,000 fans showed up for the game, as
of the advance sale ticket holders refused to venture out into the
as he might to the weather, Yost was shrewd enough to adapt to it
as best he could. He held pre-game practice on higher ground
of the gridiron and dressed his squad in rubber trousers.
Eckersall, University of Chicago Hall of Famer who refereed the game,
told Wilson afterward: "In my 25 years of football, I never saw worse
There were pools of water on the field, and in some places the
feet sank into the field two or three inches."
Michigan student manager grabbed a life preserver off a Chicago bridge
and brandished it on the sidelines. The hapless Wolverines could
used it. Northwestern took the opening kickoff and was stopped
its 30. The Wildcats immediately established the stalemate
for the game by punting on first down. Clearly, it was a
to have possession of the ball on your side of midfield.
first punt became the game's pivotal point. Michigan's
quarterback, Benny Friedman, fumbled the ball, and Northwestern
deep in Wolverine territory. Three attempts into the line gained
Then Wildcat fullback, Tiny Lewis, moved back to the Wolverine 18
try a drop-kicked field goal. The kick had just enough distance
get over the crossbar, barely missing one of the uprights. For
first time in six games, Michigan had been scored upon!
field goal, coming on the first series of the game, was with a
dry ball. Soon the ball became waterlogged, making it even harder
handle and further neutralizing the offenses. The supply of balls
limited. Eckersall was able to put new ones into play only twice:
the start of the third and fourth quarters. For the rest of the
nature dictated identical game plans for both teams: make two attempts
gain, then punt on third down. When two plays failed to gain a
down (there was only one in the game), it became routine for Eckersall
call time so he could wipe the ball for the anticipated third down punt.
Friedman's early disaster, neither team risked fielding a punt.
was no danger of the ball rolling. When it landed, it stopped
in the mud. The game's only first down came when Michigan back
Hernstein slipped and slid for a gain of 11 yards. Conditions
Michigan of its potent pass weapon, Friedman to Bennie Oosterbaan.
one pass was thrown, and it fell incomplete.
Wolverines refused to panic. Their willingness to play a waiting
game looked as if it would pay off late in the third quarter.
had used three plays in a a desperate but unsuccessful attempt to move
ball beyond its own 10.
came the play that haunted Yost the rest of his career. Instead
of punting on fourth down, Wildcat captain Tim Lowry had Lewis down the
in the end zone for a safety, giving Michigan two points.
rules of the day gave Northwestern the ball again with first down on
its own 30. When Lewis eventually punted on third down, his kick
well into Michigan territory. Neither team threatened again.
kept the remaining action near midfield, and Northwestern floated away
a stunning 3 to 2 victory.
still went on to win the Big Ten crown. But the loss in the
rain washed away its chances for the mythical national championship.
took little comfort from the fact that on the same day his team was
in the mud, similar conditions existed throughout the Midwest.
weather was so bad 160 miles to the south in Champaign that the great
Grange of Illinois came up with negative rushing yardage against
national rules meetings after the season, Yost demanded and got a
of the safety rule that Northwestern had exploited against Michigan.
new rule required the team that suffers the safety to give up the ball,
to its opponent from the 20-yard line.
the legislation came too late to retrieve the 1925 national title Yost
always insisted he deserved-- the title Michigan left buried in the mud
Tale of the Wildcats, by Walter Paulison:
game] was against Michigan, the site was Soldier Field, and the weather
was so miserable that postponement was seriously considered. More
75,000 persons had purchased tickets, but so bad was the day that only
40,000 were in the stands at the kickoff [yes, this is double what
Wilson claimed in the article posted above. Apparently no one was
concerned with getting accurate attendance numbers during the monsoon].
The field was deep in mud and standing water, and rain continued
to pour down throughout the game.
after the opening kickoff Benny Friedman fumbled a punt [return],
and Barney Matthews recovered for Northwestern on the Michigan
line. Lewis was stopped at the line in two attempts [or maybe
three; who knows?], so stepped back and kicked a field goal.
the game developed into a kicking duel, as proper ball handling was
almost impossible. In the fourth quarter [or maybe late in the
] Michigan marched to the 10-yard line before the Wildcats dug in and
for downs. A gale was blowing directly in the faces of the
players, so it was decided to take a deliberate safety rather than run
risk of a blocked punt. The ball was snapped back to Lewis, who
on it back of the goal line for a safety. A few minutes later the
ended with Northwestern ahead by the strange score of 3 to 2.
safety," says Capt. Lowry, "was a joint decision made by quarterback
Bill Christmann and myself. I don't know why he never received
credit, as I think he always played a heads-up game."
and Michigan slog through the first quarter in Soldier Field.
Photo NU Archives
Waldorf's Irish Killers
The next two
are from Pappy: The Gentle Bear, by Steve Cameron and
Greenburg. Pappy tells the story of Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf,
Northwestern's longest-serving and most winning coach. The book
on Waldorf's tenure at Cal, but gives some wonderful insight into his
at NU as well (Greenburg lives in Evanston and has written extensively
about NU's 1949 Rose Bowl). The book is in print.
NU had won the
Big Ten title in 1930 and '31, but by the time Pappy arrived-- prior to
the '35 season-- the 'Cats had slumped. Waldorf decided to focus
on the Notre Dame game. One week before the NU-ND matchup, the
Irish had beaten Ohio State in the first "Game of the Century."
assessed his first Northwestern team, he decided that the players were
decent, but not overwhelming. So he dusted off a strategy he
remember his advice,' Waldorf said. 'He told me, "When you're
with one of those years when your material is only fair and you're not
going to win many games, put your eggs in one basket. Pick a
team and lay for it. Knock it off, and you've got yourself a
what I did my first year at Northwestern. The target I chose was
. . . . Waldorf
stressed that playing on a college football team was only part of the
educational experience a university offers, and players were at school
primarily to get an education. In addition, he told them his door
was always open. He invited players to discuss their courses with
him and he saw to it there were no conflicts between practices and
His players were allowed to miss practices or games if their studies
. . . . When
Northwestern hosted Purdue in the first night football game in Big Ten
history, the Boilermakers took a 7-0 lead by returning a punt for a
Following the kickoff, the Wildcats marched down to Purdue's 2-yard
With first and goal to go, the ball was snapped to sophomore fullback
Vanzo, who fumbled just as he was about to score. Purdue
and went on to win by that same 7-0 margin.
The target showdown
came on November 9, and it set up perfectly for Waldorf, since Notre
was coming off a stunning 18-13 upset of a supposedly unbeatable Ohio
juggernaut. . . Notre Dame boasted passing and punting sensation
William Shakespeare - yes, a direct descendant of the English
This chain of
events set up one of the most literary match ups in college football:
against Northwestern end Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. . . . As the
afternoon wore on, the Northwestern defense continued to befuddle Notre
Dame's attack. As for Longfellow, Henry made two huge plays as
scored a 14-7 upset in a game which propelled Waldorf to national Coach
of the Year honors.
[After the game,
line coach Burt Ingwersen found Waldorf worried about the next game,
than celebrating the victory] 'Aw, Lynn,' drawled Burt, 'You should be
kickin' up your heels. . . Remember when they took us to that nightclub
a few months ago and all those guys started dancin' with the
You just sat there nursin' a drink and that ol' boy kept callin' you an
ol' pappy. How'd you like it if we started callin' you
And the name
As one of the
rewards for the national coaching honor, Waldorf's picture appeared on
boxes of Wheaties. 'Unfortunately, General Mills didn't send me
cash. Instead, they sent cases of that breakfast food to our
Waldorf said. 'I got tired of eating Wheaties, Louise got tired
eating Wheaties, our two daughters got tired of eating Wheaties, and
our dog Pixie got tired of eating Wheaties.'
authors did not
include it, but the GoUPurple research
team dug it
up: above, a
copy of the Pappy Waldorf
a Season of Dominance
We conclude our
quote from Pappy: The Gentle Bear with an account
the Ohio State and Minnesota games during the 1936 season, which
with its fifth Big Ten title.
In the fourth
quarter of their game with Ohio State, Northwestern lined up in a
no one had ever seen before-- an unbalanced line with two tackles and
quarterback just to the right of the center, left end Johnny Kovatch
a yard off the line of scrimmage in a wing position and right half Don
Geyer a yard off the line in a gap between the right tackle and right
Waldorf called it 'The Cockeyed Formation,' but in fact, it became
first slot formation and it gave tailback Heap four targets in the days
when most teams sent out only two receivers.
with Kovatch on a 42-yard gainer. Three plays later, Heap scored
from five yards out and Northwestern had scrambled to a 14-13 victory.
. . . That cardiac comeback injected NU with the confidence they
needed to take on Minnesota, which had used the infamous "buck lateral"
move to score four touchdowns in its previous two games.
1936, was Northwestern's first home sellout in six years, and Pappy had
a trick planned for the Gophers-- yet another defensive wrinkle in
a tackle would not charge from the line of scrimmage. This was
first attempt at a 'read and react' defense, and it also involved
of what now is known as the zone blitz.
to Evanston with a 28-game unbeaten streak, and hundreds of sports
from coast to coast were present to chronicle the momentous
In addition, there were nine radio hookups, including the CBS and NBC
second play, Andy Uram broke loose on the buck lateral as Northwestern
blew its special coverage. Uram should have scored, but he
on the rain-soaked field and went out of bounds at the Wildcat 23-yard
line. Ultimately, the Gophers got nothing when a fake field goal
went awry and the game stayed scoreless at halftime. . . .
Pappy described the final minutes of that game, saying, 'There were
minutes to go, Minnesota had the ball on their 20-yard line and called
for an off-tackle play. Uram came off tackle. Vanzo, who
been in all 55 minutes, was in at the right side to tackle him.
as he was tackling Uram, he flipped the ball to (Rudy) Gmitro, their
man. Gmitro, in the 100-yard dash, could beat Vanzo by 10 yards.
'Our films showed
that, as Vanzo was coming up on his knees after making the hit on Uram,
Gmitro was six yards down the field, and yet 40 yards further down the
field, just as Gmitro dodged our safety and had a clear field for a
it was Vanzo who caught him from behind. How he got there, I will
'After 55 minutes
of awfully hard football, as hard as any boy ever played, he had the
to get up and go after what seemed to be the impossible, and it saved
game for us.'
Despite the Gophers'
remarkable rushing statistics on a muddy track of 256 yards on 36
an average of 7.1 yards per rush, they had been shut out. Their
unbeaten streak had come to an end.
a Season of Dominance, Part Two
The current installment
was a featured article from NU's athletic department. Written in
1986, the article is not credited, but Frank J. Mack and Charles
were contributing writers for the department during that autumn.
The department's account of the 1936 Wisconsin game, given below in its
entirety, provides a nice continuation of the previous passage, which
on Pappy Walforf and the beginning of the 1936 season.
It was Saturday,
the day of the Wisconsin game. Just last Monday, Northwestern
had celebrated a 6-0 victory over Minnesota by striking classes to
and prance about campus in a euphoric stupor.
And now, the Badgers
were in town, about to provide the Wildcats with a form-fitting glass
to cap a cinderella story.
A perfect fit;
NU took a 26-18 victory in front of more than 30,000 fans at Dyche
and with that the Cats brought home their first (and last) undisputed
title [Ed. note: not much
optimism exuded here-- clearly
NU's staff in '86 were still in the midst of the Dark Ages].
the season minus eight lettermen, four of which had started the
year. They were regarded in the media as a second division team,
and victories over Ohio State and Minnesota were considered major
and NU] traded punts, Northwestern, known as a safe, steady and
team, struck first when halfback Don Heap of Evanston returned a punt
yards to the Badger 28. After a Badger offsides penalty, Heap
the Cats rolling when he found an opening and dashed 15 yards to the
line. After a running play gained two, NU went back to Heap, who
tore through the line for the touchdown. The extra point made it
But that's when
the Wisconsin passing game introduced itself to the Evanston
Right halfback Clarence Tommerson did most of the damage on the
After the NU score, he drove the Badgers from their own 33 to the
19 before a penalty and a sack pushed them back and forced a punt.
defense held on the ensuing series, and Tommerson and Company were back
on the go. The 6-2 halfback marched his squad from its own 28 to
the score. Roy Bellin highlighted the charge with a 35-yard run
end, and he finished it when he caught a pass in the endzone from
The extra point was no good and NU held the lead, 7-6.
The Wildcats answered
Tommerson's challenge with a 67-yard scoring drive. Fred Vanzo
the kickoff 15 yards to the NU 33, where it was fullback Steve Toth's
to cut up the Wisconsin defense. After he and Ollie Adelman
combined for a first down, Adelman connected with Toth to the Wisconsin
38. Four running plays moved the Cats down to the 15, and then
sprinted through a gaping hole, eluded the Badger safety and scored
up. Toth kicked the extra point for a 14-6 lead, and that's how
The Wildcats almost
broke things open just before intermission when Adelman fielded a punt
at his own 15 and ran 85 yards into the endzone. The play was
back, though, because Adelman's knee was on the ground when he fielded
While the first
half was nothing to yawn about, the action in the second half provided
"some of the flashiest football seen here for some time," as The
Northwestern put it.
The Wildcats widened
their lead just four plays into the period. Heap received the
broke several tackles and went 77 yards before being brought down at
Wisconsin 18. After two runs up the middle gained no yardage,
Kovatch took an end around in for the score. The extra point was
blocked for a 20-6 NU lead.
to be outdone, worked double time for its second score. Starting
at their own 45, the Badgers moved to the seven-yard line on the seven
plays. Bellin scored on a sweep on the next play, but the
was called back because of an offsides penalty. Tommerson brought
Wisconsin back to the five, and on third and goal, he ran it in.
The extra point was missed and NU led, 20-12.
The Wildcats put
their title on ice on NU's next possession. After the kickoff,
powered its way to another score without throwing the ball once.
Heap, Toth and halfback Bernard Jefferson carried the load, and Toth
barreled his way in from three yards out. His extra point attempt
was wide and NU was up 26-12.
once more behind its passing attack. The Badgers started at their
own 18 and completed six passes en route to the score with three
left in the game. The final toss went from Howie Weiss to Vernon
Peake for seven yards. The extra point was no good.
But the clock
struck midnight on the Badgers' upset bid. For the year-long
Cats, though, the bell never tolled. Though NU had to face
the following week (Northwestern won 9-0 for a perfect 6-0 conference
the victory over Wisconsin clinched the title. It also sparked
celebration on the Evanston campus, as an official day without classes
was scheduled for the end of the season.