The Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 39, No. 4, Ed. 1 Friday, October 12, 1951 Page: 4 of 6
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by Howard Martin
Billy Hair of Clemson is everything they said he was: an
outstanding tailback. Hair was one of the primary reasons fdr
Clemson's 20-14 win over Rice.
But, under Clemson's single wing attack, Hair was a
marked man. The Owl defense could focus its foremost atten-
tion on stopping Hair. As
By Thresher Sports Staff
By Thresher Sports Staff
Last week, the Texas Aggies,
Texas Longhorns, and Baylor
Bears continued their undefeat-
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Williams' winning field goal.
One reason for the T-formation's
popularity is that any one of the
four backs can be carrying the ball
LSI CwMn't Give It
Away; Rice Loses, 7-6
By Howard Martin
To the cheers of some 40,000 fans, the LSU Tigers tried
and failed to give away a football game last Saturday night to
the Rice Owls. The young Owls, having slightly more trouble
than the Bengals with the wet ball, dropped loss number 2, 7-6.
A record was probably set for the number of times the ball
changed hands during ttie . „ ,,. , _ ~
—wiC uou . , . ball. They kicked on first down, a
under highly deceptive conditions. ^arne' There were 14 lost fum- stUnt they repeated later in the eve-
A standard signle wing puts the bles (16 all told), 4 intercepted ning.
result, though Hair turned in
an excellent performance, he
had to take a physical beating
to do it.
Elbert Van Buren of LSU, now
of the professional Philadelphia
Eagles, had a similar late last year.
Van Buren, the
big fullback, was
the man that
gave the Owls
trouble, and took
t h e ruggedness
that went with it.
The past five
years of closely
observing Rice football brings one
sharp conclusion: no Owl has ever
become the marked man of the big
Blue attack. This is perhaps the
finest tribute that a coach can at-
tain for his product. And this bal-
ance of power is definitely part of
the Neely system.
Rice has had All-Americans in
their attacking teams. Take James
"Froggie" Williams, for instance.
Froggie was a great pass receiver—
a target to be covered at all costs.
Texas succeeded pretty well in cov-
ering Williams in 1949. Result:
Vernon Glass' passes to Jack Wol-
cott and Billy Burkhalter set up
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weight of the attack on the tail-
back and fullback. Sure, wingback,
or even blocking back reverse is
possible, but the deception possible is
limited. It is hard to conceive a
single-wing play in which any of the
four backs could have the ball.
Credit to Neely
The credit, though, does not be-
long to the formation. Texas A&M,
last year, had all their troubles
hung on one peg: when Bob Smith
was stopped, the Aggies' attack was
stopped. This year a new coach,
Ray George, may have developed a
passing attack to compliment
Smith's running. Thus UCLA stop-
ped Smith, but lost in doing it.
But last year, it was a different
story in the Rice-Cadet game.
The Owls have had outstanding
backs, but always in bunches:
George Walmsley, Huey Kenney,
Buddy Russ, "Red" Anderson, and
Eikenberg; Sonny Wyatt, Bobby
Lantrip, Tobin Rote and Vernon
Glass — to name two sets.
Nope, it's not the system or the
players. The credit belongs to one
passes, 22 punts, and 4 kick-offs. The
dew on the grass was heavy in Lou-
isiana Saturday night.
Play At Its Worst
Play at its worst went something
like this: midway in the second
quarter, Horton Nesrsta took a Jim-
my Barton punt on his own 39 and
raced 50 yards to the Tiger 11. Dick-
ie Bob Haddox picked up two to the
9. On the next play, the hard charg-
ing Tigers found a loose ball on
the 15 and pounced on it.
Then W. C. Treadway, Owl guard,
took a handoff on the 11. Billy
Burkhalter went off-tackle to the 6.
On the next play, Moose Potter of
the Tigers grabbed the ball carrier
and the ball on the 10.
By this time, the Tigers had had
enough of ball, ball, who's got the
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THE RICE INSTITUTE
Owl Defense Good
Even without the aid of the wet
ball, the Owls showed up very well
on defense. The play of Don Rhoden,
Leo Rucka (both line backers), mid-
dleman W. C. Treadway, tackleB
John Hudson and Dick Chapman,
and end Sonny McCurry gave Rice
a very tight defense, especially when
the Tigers were close to the Owl
The Owls held once on their 20,
again on their 48, again on their 12,
again on their 23, and managed to
stop the last-gap Tiger drive on the
15. And only twice are these drives
stopped by pass interceptions.
The Rice offense never got going.
The only encouraging item was the
running of Haddox, who picked up
some 45 yards. LSU's attack got
a distinct lift when Jimmy Barton
was shifted to left half from quar-
ter, which enabled the Tigers to get
full value from his running poten-
Sportsmanship was heard at its
best when the Owl request for quiet
on the extra-point attempt was
greeted with louder cheering. But
even a tie would not have added to
the punchless Owl attack.
The wet ball hampered punting
a great deal. The Owls led in the
poor-punt department as well as
the fumble department, getting off
two bad ones to the Tigers'' one.
Even penalties hurt the Owls. Al-
though their fourth quarter afidJone
drive was twice aided by offside pen-
alties against the Tigers, its failure
could be laid to an unnecessary
roughness call on the Tiger 22.
Some of these days the Owls may
find themselves. Rice has commit-
ted numerous errors in their first
two games, and, if we do indeed
learn from our mistakes, the Feath-
ered Flock may give somebody a
rough Saturday one of these weeks.
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