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McCormick, Bart E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 28, Number 2 (Dec. 1926)

Gage, L. R.
U-rah-rah, Wisconsin,   pp. 66-68


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6 December, 1926
U-Rah-Rah, Wisconsin
            FOOTBALL
 (_EORGE Little's Cardinal team has
     had a good season. This year s
 eleven is not a title contender nor is it in
 order to state that it has failed to fulfill
 predictions. Wisconsin's team is a fight-
ing aggregation that has battled, against
tremendous odds, two of the country's
most powerful machines, losing two
important games to the same. They
have been wonderful- in defeat, and be-
cause of their never-ceasing doggedness
very nearly took the measure of Dr.
Spears' Gophers, an outfit with a great
handicap in man-power.
   Those who have been close to the
 football situation here at Madison have
 long been convinced that there was no
 semblance of the material at Camp
 Randall' that has been available to
 several of the other Big Ten coaches.
 These same fans, however, have watched
 the Wisconsin team develop and im-
 prove through coaching and have seen a
 brand of spectacular football in every
 contest. None of her competitors have
 had greater spirit nor desire to win than
 the Cardinal.
   In the first local attraction of the Big
 Ten slate, Little's men handed Pat
 Page, formerly of Butler, a thoughtless
 , reception to the tune -of '7 to 2. The
 following Saturday, in conjunction with
 Dad's Day, the hard driving Gophers
        By L. R. GAGE, '23
were saved from a trimming by Wiscon-
sin through Nydahl's brilliant return -of
a punt for a touchdown in the closing
minutes of play. Michigan took the
measure of the Cards on November 6 at
Ann Arbor in a game featured by a
sparkling  over-head attack  by   the
Wolverines. The count was 37 to 0, a
score for whi~h no apologies are being
made in the Badger camp, as it is safe
to say that no eleven in the country
could have stopped Yost's attack' on
that particular Saturday   afternoon.
Presenting a remodeled backfield for the
approval of 40,000 Homecoming fans,
Mr. Little keyed his boys for a supreme
effort and sent the Iowa Hawkeyes back
home at the short end of a .20 to IO
score on November i3.
  Wisconsin outclassed Indiana in every
department of the game. Their running
attack was effective and a good per-
centage of th6 forward passes thrown
were completed.    Page's, attack :was
effective in midfield but useless when in
the Wisconsin territory. The contest
would-have been a shut-out had it not
been for the awarding of a safety to the
visitors in the last few minutes of play,
when a Badger back punted from be-
yond the end zone.
  Regardless of the failure of the Badger
offense against Minnesota, ai, d the in-
ability of the forwards to stop the
dashes and thrusts of Joesting and Alm-
quest; Little's proteges were on their
toes every minute. By taking advan-
tage of every break and pouncing upon
fumbles like hawks, they came Within
three minutes of winning without count-
ing.a single first down. Had the score re-
mained io to 9, this great battle would
have gone down- in history as a most
weird and unusual performance."
  Michigan was met at Ferry Field with
three veterans, Burrus, Straubel, and
Leitl on thp bench nursing injuries
received the previous Saturday. The
younger men gave their best and for the
majority of the first half had the Maize
and Blue Homecoming crowd on edge.
However, in the later periods Gilbert,
Weber, Friedman, and Oosterban got
under way and their powerful forward
wall' assisted them in'the touchdowns
that. won for the Yostmen. Mi6higan's
defeat by the Navy was a large factor in
the outcome 6f this game, as was the
fact that the Badgers had 'been keyed to
the utmost for their tilt With Minne-
sota.
  A perfectly functioning passing at-
tack, mixed with some profitable line-
plunging and off-tackle driving, netted
Wisconsin three touchdowns and their
victory over the Hawkeyes November
13. Rose and Kresky, sophomore backs,
covered themselves with glory in this
game, defensively as well as offensively.
This pair made many- more than their
An exciting moment in the Homecoming game. They're all after 7oe Kresky,
one of our Homecoming stars.
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