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Otterbein 14 vs Oberlin 27

October 2, 1954, 2:15 PM

Memorial Stadium, Westerville, Ohio

Time: 14:52 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 – Harry Walter “Buck” Ewing (July 18, 1888, Lincoln, Nebraska – March 11, 1962, Westerville, Ohio; Nebraska ’09), Otterbein coach and athletic director Harry Ewing returned to the sidelines in 1951 after George Novotny resigned to further is graduate studies. Ewing’s extensive coaching experience started after his graduation as an assistant at Nebraska, then as head football coach at Morningside College (Iowa - 1911), South Dakota State University (1912-17), Ohio Wesleyan (1919-21), Miami University (1922-23) and finally at Otterbein. Known as “Mr. Athletics” at Otterbein he coached football coach from 1935-1938, 1942-1945 and 1951-1954. Besides football he coached basketball, track and served as athletic director. The indoor track in the Otterbein Rike Center is named in his memory and he was named to the Otterbein College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

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 is wearing white jerseys and Oberlin dark jerseys. Oberlin upsets favored Otterbein scoring most of their points in the first half. For more game details see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked to this page.


Otte, Dick, “Area College Teams Launch Home Seasons,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, October 2, 1954, p. 8.

“Yeomen Hit Early, Sink Otters, 27-14,” Columbus Sunday Dispatch, October 3, 1954, p. 4D.

Game Date


Game Score

Otterbein 14-Oberlin 27


Otterbein – Harry Walter “Buck” Ewing (July 18, 1888, Lincoln, Nebraska – March 11, 1962, Westerville, Ohio; Nebraska ’09)

Oberlin – Lysle K. Butler (1903-July 6, 1973, Oberlin, Ohio; Oberlin ‘26)

Game Location

Memorial Stadium, Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio

Game Film # and Reel #

Game Film #11, Reel #24

Film Time

14:52 minutes


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1954 Otterbein College (14) vs. Oberlin College (27) Football Film