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Otterbein 19 vs Oberlin 12
September 29, 1956
Memorial Stadium, Westerville, Ohio
Time: #1: 14:04; #2: 7:09 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. In 2010, its name was changed back from Otterbein College to Otterbein University because of an increasing number of graduate and undergraduate programs. Colors: Tan and Cardinal. Mascot: Cardinals
Oberlin College is a private liberal arts college and conservatory of music in Oberlin, Ohio. It is the oldest coeducational liberal arts college in the United States and the second oldest continuously operating coeducational institute of higher learning in the world. In 1835 Oberlin became one of the first colleges in the United States to admit African Americans, and in 1837 the first to admit women. It has been known since its founding for progressive student activism. Colors: Crimson and Gold. Mascot: Yeomen (In 1886 Oberlin began intercollegiate athletics. Varsity lettermen were referred to as “Ye O Men.” As a result of a student contest the “Yeomen” mascot was adopted in 1926. When women’s sports were added to the program in 1973, they were referred to as “Yeowomen.” As for a physical mascot the school chose an albino squirrel, a fixture on campus, named “Yobe” in 2014.)
Pio, Chris, Gryphons, Gorloks and Gusties: A History of NCAA Division III Nicknames and Mascots, Privately Published, Las Vegas, NV, 2021, pp. 135-136.
Coaches: Otterbein – Robert “Moe” Agler (March 13, 1924 – September 16, 2005, Otterbein ‘48) A 1941 graduate of Dublin (Ohio)High School he enrolled in Otterbein College where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. After serving in the Navy during World War II, and participating in the D-Day invasion, Agler returned to Otterbein in 1946 where he was a member of, arguably, the best team in school history. He was instrumental in the school’s most memorable game, a 13-7 loss to the University of West Virginia with the Cardinals threatening to score as time expired. After graduating in 1948 he played professionally for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL) and the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Returning to central Ohio in 1950 Agler was hired as head football coach at his alma mater, Dublin High School, where he won the Franklin County Championship. He moved to Johnstown High School in 1952 before returning to Otterbein the next year as an assistant to Harry Ewing. In 1955 Agler replaced Ewing as head coach serving two stints, from 1955 to 1965 and 1970 to 1974, compiling a record of 74–63–5. He was also the head basketball coach at Otterbein from 1955 to 1958, tallying a mark of 13–39, and served as Athletic Director (1955-1975). Following his retirement, he was instrumental in the construction of the new Memorial Stadium.
Oberlin – Lysle K. Butler (1903-July 6, 1973, Oberlin, Ohio; Oberlin ‘26) Butler graduated from Oberlin in 1926. After graduation he coached at Ashtabula High School from 1926-27 when he moved on to Franklin (Indiana) College (1928-29) before returning to his alma mater, Oberlin. Butler earned numerous laurels as a student at Oberlin - basketball team captain as a junior, captain of the football team in his senior year and named All-Ohio football in '23 and '24. Butler coached the Yeomen football teams for 28 seasons (1930–1957) guiding his teams to 83 wins, number one on the all-time Oberlin football coaches win list. His ‘43 and '45 teams were undefeated, the latter being the last Oberlin football squad to compile a perfect season. He retired from Oberlin as athletic director in 1970 after 40 years of service to the institution. Butler was the founder of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). He was inducted into the Oberlin College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987.
Otterbein wearing gold helmets, shoulder stripes with tan pants; Oberlin wearing yellow helmets, Northwestern stripes and light pants. Reel #1 shows pre-game warm-up for the first :30; Reel #2 at 5:16 begins end of game, scoreboard showing final score, teams shake hands and leave the field. For more game details see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked to this page.
Otte, Dick, “Accent On Night Games,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, September 28, 1956, p. 5B.
Otte, Dick, “Compiling Records Is Endless, Thankless Job,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, September 28, 1956, p. 4B
“Otterbein Gets Second Triumph,” Columbus Sunday Dispatch, September 30, 1956, p. 35B.
Otterbein 19-Oberlin 12
Coaches: Otterbein – Robert “Moe” Agler (Otterbein ‘48), Oberlin – Lysle K. Butler (Oberlin ‘25)
Memorial Stadium, Otterbein College, Westerville, OH
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Game Film #16, Reel #20
Archives, "1956 Otterbein College (19) vs. Oberlin College (12) Football Film - (Film 2 of 2)" (1956). 1950-1956 Sports Films. 16.
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