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Otterbein 20 at Ohio Wesleyan 28

October 4, 1947, 1:30 PM

Selby Stadium, Delaware, Ohio

Time: 14:20 Type: B&W Program: Yes

Schools: Otterbein University is a private university in Westerville, Ohio. The university was founded in 1847 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and named for United Brethren founder the Rev. Philip William Otterbein. After the merger of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church, in 1968, Otterbein has been associated with the United Methodist Church.

Colors: Tan and Cardinal. Mascot: Cardinals

Ohio Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts college in Delaware, Ohio. It was founded in 1842 by Methodist leaders and Central Ohio residents as a nonsectarian institution, and is a member of the Ohio Five – a consortium of Ohio liberal arts colleges. Ohio Wesleyan has always admitted students irrespective of religion or race and maintained that the university "is forever to be conducted on the most liberal principles."

Colors: Red and Black. Mascot: The Battling Bishops (The first athletic teams of the college date back to 1875, the year of the first organized football team, although fifteen years passed before official colors were selected and the football team started playing its intercollegiate contest. In 1925 a contest was held to decide a mascot other than “the Red & Black,” and “the Methodists” which were used up to that time. The Battling Bishops won out.)

Pio, Chris, Gryphons, Gorloks and Gusties: A History of NCAA Division III Nicknames and Mascots, Privately Published, Las Vegas, NV, 2021, pp. 137-138.

Coaches: Otterbein – George W. Novotny (OSU ‘38) Novotny played tackle for Ohio State during his undergraduate career, graduating in 1938. He came to Otterbein shortly thereafter as assistant football coach. In 1939 Novotny became head coach at Lima Central High School before joining the Navy in 1942, rising to the rank of Lieutenant (j.g.), seeing action in both the European and Pacific Theaters during World War II. Following the war Novotny took over the head coaching duties at Otterbein in 1946. The Cardinals went 8-1 that year, with their only defeat coming at West Virginia University 13-6. Novotny’s tenure lasted until his resignation in 1950. He went on to become the athletic and recreation director for North American Aviation in Columbus and was also a member of the Westerville School Board.

Ohio Wesleyan – Glenn M. Fraser (Minnesota ’29) Glenn Fraser came to OWU from Cleveland (Ohio) Lincoln High School where he won 29 straight games and six city championships. At Ohio Wesleyan he served as professor of physical education, football coach and assistant athletic director. He had an outstanding coaching record for both the football and tennis teams. As head football coach from 1947-63, Fraser coached 12 winning campaigns, compiling a 92-58-8 record for a .639 won-loss percentage. Fraser's first eight seasons he had winning records and his gridders captured Ohio Athletic Conference crowns in 1951 and 1953, the latter Ohio Wesleyan's first undefeated season since 1891. Fraser's tennis teams captured 7 OAC titles in 19 years. This was also Ohio Wesleyan’s first season in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) after the demise of the Buckeye Conference.

Notes:

Rosters are available in the program.

Otterbein is wearing dark jerseys while Ohio Wesleyan is wearing white jerseys. Otterbein was 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. For more game details see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked to this page.

References:

“Lame, Halt Hinder Otter and Cap Hopes,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, October 2, 1947, p. 8B.

“Wesleyan Wins Thriller From Otterbein 28-20,” Columbus Sunday Dispatch, October 5, 1947, p.6B.

Game Date

10-4-1947

Game Score

Ohio Wesleyan 28-Otterbein 20

Coaches

Coaches: Otterbein – George W. Novotny (OSU ‘38), Ohio Wesleyan – Glenn Fraser (Minnesota ’29)

Game Location

Selby Stadium, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH

Comments

Otterbein is wearing dark jerseys while Ohio Wesleyan is wearing white jerseys. Otterbein was 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 began a 17-year career (1947-1963, 92-52-8, .632) as head coach of the Battling Bishops. For more game details see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked to this page.

Game Film # and Reel #

Game Film #2, Reel #5

Film Time

14:20

Keywords

College Football, Football Programs, Football Films

1947 Otterbein College (20) at Ohio Wesleyan University (28) Football Film

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