The webfoots of the University of Oregon have had some mighty wet and sticky going since that day in football's paleolithic age when they made their first Rose Bowl appearance—against Pennsylvania in 1917. This year, while their neighbors to the south, UCLA and USC, have been mired by ineligibility penalties for over-enthusiastic subsidizing, Oregon has assembled its first outstanding football team in more years than most West Coast fans can remember. Last Saturday, with Fullback Jack Morris leading the way, the Ducks invaded the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the scene of several decades of humiliation at the hands of the southern California football powers, and finally soared to success. They beat USC 16-7 and thereby earned the privilege of representing the Pacific Coast Conference in the Rose Bowl.
Not many people envy Oregon's assignment for New Year's Day. In Pasadena they must face an Ohio State team which might have done well on the Somme in 1915. It is a heavy, well-armored organization that shuns such modern tactics as an aerial offensive. As they were overpowering Iowa last Saturday and cementing the Big Ten championship, the Buckeyes bulldozed their way through an excellent Iowa line for almost 300 yards, while using the pass for only 37 more. The final score of this tight game was 17-13.
While overshadowed throughout most of the 1957 season by teams like Oklahoma and Texas A&M, both of whom had their comeuppance last Saturday, Ohio State and Oregon have given the current football season some names worth remembering. Ohio State's Don Clark, for instance, who is perhaps one of the best running backs around in the tradition of the three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust type of football coached by Woody Hayes. Oregon has two fine backs in Jim Shanley, a man of speed, and Jack Morris, a comparative featherweight as fullbacks go.
Last Saturday, as the accompanying pictures so well demonstrate, it was the 188-pound Morris who carried the Oregon load. Of the 292 yards Oregon gained in rushing against USC's fairly inept defenses, Morris carried the ball for 212 yards. He also did the punting and place-kicked a field goal in the first quarter. Come New Year's Day it will be seen what he can do against the tanks of OSU.