Tangerine Bowl



Houston 49

Miami of Ohio 21

Houston Fight Song


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)- Sparked by the sensational running of sophomore halfback Joe Lopasky, the University of Houston steamrollered over Miami of Ohio 49-21 Saturday in the 17th annual Tangerine Bowl football game.


Lopasky exploded for four touchdowns, including a 70-yard punt return, and kept a crowd of 7,500 on its feet much of the game.


The fast Texas team swapped touchdowns with a gallant but outclassed Ohio squad in the first, third and fourth periods. The telling quarter was the second when the Cougars slashed through the Redskin line on the ground and through the air for four tallies.


Miami struck fast and hard in the opening minutes of the first period, scoring after intercepting a pass by Houston quarterback Billy Roland. Halfback Scott Tayler scooped the aerial in and put Miami on the Houston 27. Three plays later Mami scored on an 8-yard pass from quarterback Ernie Kellerman to end Gerald Myers. End Bob Jencks converted for the extra point.


The Texas squad then broke loose and scored five touchdowns before the halftime gun. Lopasky scored the first Cougar touchdown on a 3-yard run. McMillan kicked the first of his six conversions.


It was all Houston in the second quarter. Fullback Bobby Brezina plunged over from the 1 for the second tally, and took a pass from quarterback Bill Roland for the third.


Lopasky capped the half with a blazing 70-yard punt return to put Houston ahead at halftime 35-7.


It looked like a total rout when the Cougars scored again at the start of the third quarter on a Roland pass to McMillan. However, Miami was still to be contended with.


Quarterback Ernie Kellerman switched to the shotgun system and caught the Houston defense off guard. The 167-pound sophomore uncorked a barrage of left-handed passes, and runs that finally connected for another Redskins tally when he plunged over from the 1. Jencks again converted.


But the Cougars put the finishing touches on their second bowl victory; moving to the Miami 4 where Lopasky bulled his way through the line for another score.


Still fighting, Miami moved the ball to the Houston 10 in the fourth period and sent halfback Bill Neumeier over for another score.


But Houston, apparently better acclimated to the warm southern temperatures, added an insurance touchdown when Lopasky bulled in a pass from Roland for his fourth score of the game.


This is Houston's second bowl victory in as many appearances. The Cougars beat Dayton 26-21 in the 1951 Salad Bowl at Phoenix.


Bobby Brezina scores in second quarter for Houston.


Bill Van Osdel catches 8 yard pass as Miamiís Tom Longsworth brings him down.


Houston fan watches game at home in Texas.  


Attendance- 7,500


Scoring Summary


First Quarter

MO- Myers 8 pass from Kellerman (Jencks kick)

UH- Lopasky 3 run (McMillan kick)


Second Quarter

UH- Brezina 1 run (McMillan kick)

UH- Brezina 44 pass from Roland (McMillan kick)

UH- Lopasky 70 run (McMillan kick)

UH- McMillan 3 pass from Roland (McMillan kick)


Third Quarter

MO- Kellerman 1 run (Jencks kick)

UH- Lopasky 4 run (McMillan kick)


Fourth Quarter

MO- Neumeier 10 run (Jencks kick)

UH- Lopasky 13 pass from Roland (McMillan kick)


Individual Statistics



UH- Brezina 11-55, Roland, 7-48

MO- Longsworth 6-27



UH- Roland 11-17-199

MO- Kellerman 17-40-205



UH- Lopasky 3-81, Brezina 2-58

MOH- Myers 5-75, Jencks 5-75