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1948 Otterbein College (0) vs. Mount Union College (19) Football Film

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Otterbein 0 vs Mount Union 19

Saturday, October 2, 1948, 1:30 PM

Memorial Stadium, Westerville, Ohio

Time: 14:46 Type: B &W Program: No

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

The University of Mt. Union is a private university in Alliance, Ohio. Founded in 1846, the university was affiliated with the Methodist Church until the spring of 2019. Mount Union was founded by Orville Nelson Hartshorn as "a place where men and women could be educated with equal opportunity, science would parallel the humanities, and there would be no distinction due to race, color, or sex." Mount Union College was renamed the University of Mount Union effective August 1, 2010. Colors: Purple and white. Mascot: Purple Raiders. (The term Raiders have been used for Mt. Union teams since the latter part of the 19th century. In the 1890s new uniforms were ordered but came in the wrong colors. Since it was too close to the start of the season, they kept the uniforms and were known as the “Purple Raiders” since.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Mount_Union

Pio, Chris, Gryphons, Gorlois and Gusties: A History of NCAA Division III Nicknames and Mascots, Privately Published, Las Vegas, NV, 2021, p. 198.

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.

Mount Union – Willard Merrill “Pete” Pederson (October 28, 1910, Pueblo, Colorado - September 8, 1982, Avila Beach, California; Western State College of Colorado ’34) Pederson played football and basketball for Western State College of Colorado graduating in 1934. Following his collegiate career, he coached basketball at his alma mater before playing professionally in the National Basketball League (the forerunner of the NBA) for the Oshkosh All-Stars and the Toledo Jim White Chevrolets from 1939-1941. He coached football at Mt. Union from 1942-49 before moving to Marshall (1950-52) ultimately returning to Western State from 1953-1960. Pederson coached basketball at Mt. Union from 1945-1950 and Western State from 1935-39 and 1958-1961. His overall record as a football coach was 68–73–7 (Mt. Union 22-20-1), and in basketball was 113–108.

Notes:

Mt. Union is wearing white helmets. This was the first home defeat for Otterbein 16 games, a 6-0 loss to Denison in 1942. Rosters are available in Dispatch articles attached. This was also the first game in the new Memorial Stadium. For more game details see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked to this page.

References:

“Mt. Union Threatens Otterbein Record,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, September 30, 1948, p. 22A.

“Otterbein Beaten By Mt. Union, 19-0,” Columbus Sunday Dispatch, October 3, 1948, p.6D.

Game Date

10-2-1948

Game Score

Otterbein 0 - Mt. Union 19

Coaches

Otterbein – George W. Novotny (OSU ‘38)

Mount Union – Willard Merrill “Pete” Pederson (October 28, 1910, Pueblo, Colorado - September 8, 1982, Avila Beach, California; Western State College of Colorado ’34)

Game Location

Memorial Stadium, Otterbein College, Westerville, OH

Comments

Mt. Union is wearing white helmets. This was the first home defeat for Otterbein in 16 games, since a 6-0 loss to Denison in 1942. This was also the first game in Otterbein's new Memorial Stadium. For more game details see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked to this page.

Game Film # and Reel #

Game Film #3, Reel #14

Film Time

14:46

Keywords

College Football, Football Programs, Game Films

1948 Otterbein College (0) vs. Mount Union College (19) Football Film

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