Rose Bowl

1952

 

Illinois 40

Stanford 7

 

Illinois Fight Song

 

PASADENA, Cal., Jan. 1 (AP)- Unbeatable Illinois, set ablaze when a Stanford pass backfired in the third quarter, swept over the gambling Indians 40-7 in the Rose Bowl today and stretched the Big Ten supremacy over the Pacific Coast Conference to six straight victories.

 

The Illini, with a running attack that worked like a meat grinder against the Coast champions, thus completed a winning cycle in this oldest of all post-season classics. For, it was Illinois which started the Big Ten domination by walloping a UCLA team, 45-14 in 1947.

 

The Big Ten champions turned today's engagement into a rout with four touchdowns in the fourth quarter, and as the score mounted many of the 100,000 or more spectators were heading for the exits and for the Stanford supporters, a long, weary journey back to Palo Alto.

 

For the first two quarters they had seen a dead even, bitter battle, with Stanford clinging to a 7-3 lead at the end of the first half.

 

But midway in the third the game was broken wide open when an Illinois sophomore, Stan Wallace, romped in to intercept a pass thrown by Stanford's star quarterback, Gary Kerkorian, and race it back 54 yards to the Indian 12 yard mark.

 

It took three plays and on the third fullback Bill Tate turned right end and traveled the final five yards for what would have been the winning touchdown.

 

But the Illinois team was far from through, and its terrific set of backs, Tate, Pete Bachouros, Johnny Karras, and sophomore quarterback, Tommy O'Connell, roared on in high gear.

 

When the massacre was over, the Illini had broken one Rose Bowl record for the number of points scored in one quarter. Twenty-seven points decorated the fourth period panel, five more than the great combination of Dixie Howell and Don Hutson and the Alabama team scored in beating a Stanford eleven in 1935.

 

A hint of what was to come was signaled after the opening kickoff when Illinois took the ball and paraded 76 yards in six plays. Tate led the sequence with a 41 gallop over his right tackle to the Stanford three, and Bachouros finished the scoring thrust.

 

Sam Rebecca's place kick was blocked by Don Sanders and six points went up for the Illini.

 

Stanford took to the airways on the next series of downs, and Kerkorian sent the Indians sailing for 84 yards, 74 of them on five straight pass completions to halfback Harry Hugasian and All-America end Bill McColl.

 

Hugasian hit the Illinois line for the final yard, and while no one realized as much .it the time, that was the one and only Stanford touchdown due this bright afternoon. Kekorian booted the extra point and the Stanfords were out in front by one slim point.

 

There was no score in the second quarter, and things were still tough all over well into the third period.

 

Then came Wallace's interception and brilliant run down the sidelines, and the roof began to crack.

 

Illinois drove 68 yards in 13 grinding ground plays, with the 187 pound Tate, a junior from Mattoon, Ill., still the big gun in the drive. Karras was the lad to escort the ball the last eight yards.

 

Wallace, remaining on the alert, snagged another Stanford pass in Indian territory, and the Illini were off again, this time for 43 yards and a touchdown by Tate.

 

With the sun beginning to duck behind the surrounding mountains, the Illinois reserves took over. Clarence De Moss, a halfback, let go with a 45-yard run from scrimmage to the Indian seven, and halfback Don Stevens finished the punch.

 

A Stanford punt was blocked in the final moments and Illinois was over again soon after. John Byan catching a pass in the end zone from reserve quarterback Don Engels.

 

Stanford, represented in the bowl for the first time since its great 1941 triumph over Nebraska, trudged forlornly off the field. Illini rooters filled the air of the Arroyo Seco for many minutes after the end of this, the 38th edition, of Rose Bowl history

 

Illinois' Pete Bachourus scores the first touchdown of the 1952 Rose Bowl.

 

Bachourus tumbles into endzone to right of pile.

 

Stanford's Harry Hugasian carries the ball in for the Indian's first (and only) touchdown.

 

Stanford's Bob Garrett carries around end.

 

Johnny Karas scores Illinois' third touchdown on 7 yard run.

 

Kerkorian was chased by Illinois throughout the second half.

 

Oakland Tribune cartoon.

 

Attendance- 96,825

 

Scoring Summary

 

First Quarter

UI- Bachourus 6 run (Kick failed)

SU- Hugasian 1 run (Kerkorian kick)

 

Third Quarter

UI- Tate 5 run (Rebecca kick)

 

Fourth Quarter

UI- Karras 7 run (Rebecca kick)

UI- Tate 8 run (Rebecca kick)

UI- Stevens 7 run (Kick blocked)

UI- Ryan 6 yard pass from Engels (Rebecca kick)

 

Individual Statistics

 

Rushing

UI- Tate 20-150, Karras 13-58

SU- Hugasian 14-41

 

Passing

UI- O'Connell 6-14-67

SU- Kerkorian 11-22-166

 

Receiving

UI- Bachouras 3-36

SU- McColl 4-62, Hugasian 4-49

 

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