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1954 Otterbein College vs. Oberlin College Football Film



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Otterbein wearing white jerseys; Oberlin wearing dark jerseys.

Oberlin upsets favored Otterbein scoring most of their points in the first half. Otterbein athletic department information claims score was Oberlin 28 – Otterbein 14. Oberlin records and newspaper reports list score as 27-14.

Oberlin coach Lysle K. Butler (1903-1973) 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. (information from his Oberlin Hall of Fame inductee page, https://goyeo.com/hof.aspx?hof=13&path=hc&kiosk=)

Tan & Cardinal recap, 10.08.1954, pg. 3.References:

Columbus Sunday Dispatch game report, 10.03.1954

Game Date


Game Score

27-14 (Oberlin Yeoman)


Coaches: Otterbein – Harry Ewing (Nebraska ’09), Oberlin – Lysle K. Butler (Oberlin ‘25)

Game Location

Otterbein's Memorial Stadium

Game Film # and Reel #

Game Film #11, Reel #24

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1954 Otterbein College vs. Oberlin College Football Film