Otterbein wearing Tan and Cardinal; Adrian wearing black and gold. Rosters are available in Dispatch game wrap-up article.
First meeting between the two schools. Adrian Bulldogs, Otterbein Cardinals.
Lyman E. Abbott (March 1, 1912 – January 17, 1981) was the head football coach at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan for four seasons, from 1946 to 1949, compiling a record of 12–20–1. Abbott was also the head basketball coach at Adrian from 1946 to 1950, tallying a mark of 21–63. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyman_E._Abbott)
References: Columbus Dispatch pre-game report 1948.11.18, pg. 24A. Columbus Sunday Dispatch game report, 1948.11.21, D3
Mt. Union wearing white helmets. Rosters are available in Dispatch article. Willard M. Pederson (1910-1982) coached Mt. Union from 1942-1949 compiling a record of 22-20-1.
First Otterbein home loss in 16-games - 1943 Denison. First game in Memorial Stadium, $80,000, seats 1,680, with all seats between the 40-yard lines.
References: Columbus Evening Dispatch pre-game report, Thursday, 09.30.1948
Rosters are available in the program.
Otterbein suffering a number of injuries to key players from a 59-0 defeat at the University of West Virginia the week before.
OWU head Glenn Fraser coach begins a 17-year career (1947-1963, 92-52-8, .632) as head coach of the Battling Bishops. He starts his career with 8 straight winning seasons. This is also Ohio Wesleyan’s first season in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) after the demise of the Buckeye Conference.
References: Columbus Dispatch pre-game report, 10.02.1947
The game was contested in a cold constant rain and was the final home game for the Otterbein Cardinals in 1940.
Otterbein coach Sam T. Selby, a Middletown, Ohio native, played for Ohio State University under Sam Willaman graduating in 1931. During his senior season Selby served as team captain and earned All-East Team honors in addition to being named Honorable Mention All-American. He spent three years at Otterbein (1939-1931) before serving in the US Navy during World War II. Following the war he was employed in the insurance business.
Bluffton was coached by Andrew C. Burcky, a 1922 Bluffton
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