Salad Bowl

1951

 

Miami, OH 34

Arizona State 21

Miami, OH Fight Song

 

By Tony Tselentis

Tucson Daily Citizen

January 2, 1951

 

PHOENIX, Jan. 2- The Larry Grill Memorial Trophy goes back to Ohio today with the Miami University Redskins who slammed out a 34-21 victory over Arizona State College at Tempe in the Salad Bowl yesterday. Norbert Wirkowski filled the Salad Bowl full of passes to lead Miami to a 34-21 win. And the apple of Salt River Valley folks' eyes, Wilford White, came through with a great performance in his final gridiron appearance before the faithful. His running, pass-snagging, and kicking were peerless.

 

The Whizzer walked off the field late in the fourth quarter with his bare head bowed to a standing ovation. Then, in a very un-White-like fashion, the tears came as he stumbled into the arms of Sun Devil team members on the sideline.

 

However, as a certain old-time broadcaster would have said, “It was a great big Miami afternoon."

 

The Redskins grabbed a Tempe fumble by Marvin Wahlin during the first series of downs. A pair of Wirkowski aerials moved the ball from the Sun Devil 30 to the 4 yard line, but two plays later an endzone fumble recovered by Tempe ended the threat.

 

Late in the first period, Wirkowski hit again with two successive passes to put the Redskins on Tempe's one-foot line. Halfback Johnny Pont crashed over for the score. The conversion was made on a second attempt after the Devils had been penalized.

 

Pont, Jim Bailey and Jerry Beckrest teamed up to run the ball over for the Redskins' second tally on a series of downs beginning from the midfield stripe. Beckrest went around right end on a pitchout to score and Paul Sautter's second conversion put the Oxford boys ahead 14-0, with over nine minutes left in the half.

 

A 28-yard heave by Wirkowski to Pont highlighted the third parade to the double stripes by Miami. Sautter converted again and it looked like an unexpected rout was on as the Skins lead 21-0.

 

With fourth down and four on the next series of plays for Tempe, White brought the crowd to its feet by dashing to his own 40 instead of punting. The pepped-up Devils moved to Miami's 34 on an Aja to White pass.

 

Three plays later, White jumped high in the end zone to pull down another Aja pass in the play of the game as he had Redskins in front and behind him. Barefoot Boy Bobby Fuller made the count read 21-7 with 55 seconds left in the half.

 

The chilled, crowd of over 23,000 (it was 54 degrees despite the sun) sat through a long half-time show climaxed by the Tempe band's playing “After You’ve Gone” and “Auld Lang Syne” as they formed the name of Ed in honor of ASC’s departing coach.

 

A 62-yard sustained drive seven plays after the second half opened gave Miami its fourth TD. Wirkowski hit End Al Maccioli with a short bullet pass to make the score 27-7. Sautter missed the extra point try.

 

Tempe came passing and rushing back to score in five plays with Marvin Wahlin lugging it over around his right end from the four. Fuller came through again and Tempe trailed 27-14.

 

A nifty trap play in the final period broke Bailey loose down the middle and he went 50 yards to score Miami's final touchdown with nine minutes to play. Sautter made the point and with the score 34-14, the crowd started to leave.

 

Three minutes later, White roared over from the 15-yard line and Fuller's third straight conversion closed the scoring.

 

Outstanding Sun Devil performances were turned in by Marko Markivhevich and Tony Balsamo.

 

John Pont barrels through the Arizona State defense.

 

Bobby Fuller barefoots an extra point through the uprights for Arizona State.

 

ASC's Hank Rich goes high  to intercept a Nobby Wirkowski pass.

 

Jerry Beckrest carries for Miami. He scored a second quarter TD for Miami.

 

ASC star, Wilford White, with actor Joe E. Brown.

 

Attendance: 24,000

 

Scoring Summary

 

First Quarter

MU- Pont 1 run (Sautter kick)

 

Second Quarter

MU- Beckrest 8 yard pass from Wirkowski (Sautter kick)

MU- Bailey 2 run (Sautter kick)

ASU- White 29 yard pass from Aja (Fuller kick)

 

Third Quarter

MU- Maccioli 7 pass from Wirkowski (kick failed)

ASU- Wahlin 4 run (Fuller kick)

 

Fourth Quarter

MU- Bailey 50 run (Sautter kick)

ASU- White 16 run (Fuller kick)

 

Individual Statistics

 

Rushing

ASU- White 17-106, Wahlin 14-76

MU: Bailey 21-108, Pont 15-67

 

Passing

ASU- Aja 8-18-139

MU- Wirkowski 16-24-231

 

Receiving

ASU- White 4-87, Rippel 3-52

MU- Maccioli 4-73, Urich 3-48

 

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