Florida State Football - 1952 Year In Review

Florida State Football - 1952 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Don Veller, Head Coach
Bob Harbison, Assistant Coach
Ken MacLean, Graduate Assistant
Vaughn Mancha, Assistant Coach

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From the Florida Times Union, November 23, 1951, page 17

TALLAHASSEE, FL, November 22, 1951 - Florida State University today boosted the value of its athletic scholarships and served notice it is going to compete with the major colleges of the south for football talent. Athletic Director Howard G. Danford said next year will offer outstanding high school and junior college players as much as the Southeastern and Southern Conference teams are allowed by their rules to give.

"We won't be able to give out as many scholarships next year as some schools in the two big conferences do," he said, "but we hope, by being able to offer the better athletes the same scholarships, to get our share of the top college prospects."

Danford said the new policy authorized by the University Committee on Athletics permits an award of tuition, room, board, books and $15 a month for laundry and dry cleaning to an athlete.

Most of the money will come from FSU's share of athletic scholarship funds raised for Florida state colleges by an extra day of horse and dog racing at each track in the state. FSU got about $67,000 this year, and Danford said he hopes to get a bigger cut next year. Up to now, the Board of Control has given the University of Florida more, in proportion to its enrollment, than FSU and Florida A&M College for Negroes.

FSU, a woman's college until it became co-educational in 1947, started out in intercollegiate athletics as a charter member of the Dixie Conference which allowed no athletic scholarships at all. But last year (1950) it resigned from the conference and offered tuition, board and room - no books or laundry money.

Dr. Danford said Florida State won't go beyond the 55 football scholarships it offered last year.

Head Coach Don Veller has contended no college needs more than 55 football scholarships, and has been critical of those which offer many more than that. He says more numerous scholarships amount to paying students not to play football because no team can use 125 to 140 football players.

Veller, mentioned frequently for the head coaching spot at his alma mater Indiana University, has lost only four games in his four seasons at FSU - two of them this year (1951) to the University of Miami and the University of Tampa.

Even as the more liberal scholarship policy was announced, Veller disclosed he has obtained agreements from two mainstays of the Tallahassee Leon High School team to enroll at FSU next year. They are Halfback Billy Kelley and Tackle Ted Williams, who played their last high school games against Pensacola Wednesday night.


From the Florida Times Union, August 24, 1952, page 51

TALLAHASSEE, FL, August 23, 1952 - Florida State University's outstanding end, Curt Campbell of Pensacola, has been named on Francis Wallace's 1952 pre-season Little All-America team appearing in the August 30 issue of Colliers Magazine.

Campbell, co-captain of the 1952 Seminole eleven, had a great year in 1951 and was chosen on the Williamson system Middle Group All-America team. Last season Campbell caught 17 aerials for 264 yards, scored four touchdowns.

"Curt is one of the finest pass receivers I've ever seen" states Seminole Head Coach Dr. Don Veller. "In addition to his excellent pass catching ability he knows what to do with the ball after he gets it. That is, he is a dangerous runner, and is anexcellent pass defender."

Campbell, a senior, weighs 175 pounds and stands 6-1. He is a physical education major.


1952 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

From the Tallahassee Democrat

Bobby Ammons, 6-2, 190, C, Columbus, GA

Gene Arcamonte, 6-0, 235, T, Miami - All-City

Robert Barnes, 6-1, 152, HB, Jacksonville

Troy Barnes, 6-2, 184, T, Chickasaw, AL

Irvin Barwick, 5-11, 188, G, Groveland

Ken Bazo, 6-0, 190, C, Key West - Little All-State

Lindy Boatwright, 5-10, 170, G, Moultrie, GA - All-State, All-Region, All-South Georgia

Leonard Booth, 5-10, 178, G, Miami - All-City linebacker

George Boyer, 6-2, 240, C, Jacksonville Beach

Ronald Breger, 5-11, 245, T, East Chicago, IN

Leo Brooks, 5-9, 168, HB, Bainbridge, GA

Joe Ben Cassedy, 5-10, 170, HB, Statesboro, GA

Ed Cluster, 6-0, 182, G, Largo - All-Tampa Bay Conference, All-County

Bob Crenshaw, 5-9, 170, C, Miami

John Danewicz, 6-1, 203, E, Calumet City, IL - Honorable Mention All-Chicago

James Dean, 6-0, 195, T, Montgomery, AL

Tom Dellahan, 6-0, 185, F, East Chicago, IN

Stan Dobosz, 5-9, 175, HB-K, East Chicago, IN - All-State

Everett Donaldson, 5-11, 185, T, East Chicago, IN

Eddie Dykes, 5-11, 180, HB, Brunswick, GA

Keith Garman, 5-11, 175, E, Largo

B.F. Garrett, 5-10, 179, HB, Thomaston, GA

Fred Greene, 6-0, 170, E, Thomaston, GA

John Griner, 5-11, 170, LH, Jacksonville

James Hall, 6-0, 185, C, Orlando

Frank Hanna, 6-3, 185, E, Moultrie, GA - Honorable Mention All-State

Frank Henico, 6-1, 175, HB, Linton, IN

Wayne Hodges, 6-1, 201, C, Dade City - Little All-State '48, All-Conference

Bob Hudson, 5-11, 165, HB, Sarasota

Charlie Jacobs, 5-8, 182, G, Miami

Jerry Jacobs, 6-0, 185, G, South Bend, IN

Eddie Johnson, 5-10, 188, T, Charleston, WV

Gene Kahlich, 5-11, 217, G, High Springs

Billy Kelley, 6-0, 165, HB, Tallahassee - Honorable Mention All-NEC

Fred Kendall, 5-8, 195, C, Fort Pierce

Lowell Lander, Pittsburgh, PA

Lou Leonhardt, 5-10, 185, G, Louisville, KY - All-City

Ed Mann, 6-2, 185, E, Ashford, AL - All-Conference

Jose Martinez, 5-11, 162, HB, Miami - All-City QB and All-City Defensive HB

Jimmy McDonald, 5-11, 192, E, Chattahoochee

Jimmy Messinese, 5-10, 170, HB, Jacksonville Beach All-State, All-NEC, All-City

Roland Moore, 5-10, 180, HB, East Gary, IN - All-Conference

Tom Moore, 6-2, 200, E, Thomasville, GA

Don Powell, 5-11, 190, G, Birmingham, AL

Hal Powell, 6-0, 175, E, Miami - All-City, Second Team All-State

Tommy Priest, 5-11, 180, FB, Miami

Billy Rabon, 6-1, 170, HB, Fitzgerald, GA - All-State Class A, All-Region, All-Southern Georgia All-State

Pappy Rozman, 5-9, 160, HB, Tallahassee

Dan Simatovich, 6-2, 195, E, East Chicago, IN

Don Smith, 5-10, 165, G, Vero Beach

Dan Strickland, 6-2, 215, T, Sopchoppy - Little All-State

Bob Taylor, 5-10, 182, T, Quitman, GA

Ralph Tyre, 6-3, 212, G, Lake City - All-State

Norman White, 5-8, 190, G, Birmingham, AL

Ted Williams, 5-10, 190, T, Tallahassee - Honorable Mention All-NEC

Lindy Willis, 5-10, 150, B, Savannah, GA


1952 Roster - By Name

From the roster in the 1952 football folder in the FSU Sports Information Department
and the November 8, 1952 game program vs Mississippi Southern
L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  36 Bobby Ammons          C       6-2   190  Fr        Columbus, GA
     Gene Arcamonte        T       6-0   235  Fr        Miami (Jackson)
  14 Robert Barnes         HB      6-1   152  Fr        Jacksonville (Landon)
  48 Troy Barnes           T       6-2   184  Fr        Chickasaw, AL
  49 Irvin Barwick         G       5-11  188  Fr        Groveland (Groveland)
  19 Ken Bazo              C       6-0   190  Fr        Key West (Key West)
     Lindy Boatwright      G       5-10  170  Fr        Moultrie, GA (Moultrie)
* 18 Charlie Booth         G       5-11  185  Jr   *    Lakeland
     Leonard Booth         G       5-10  178  Fr        Miami (Miami Senior)
* 55 George Boyer          C       6-2   240  Fr        Jacksonville Beach (Fletcher)
  27 Preston Bradley       G       5-7   180  Sr-R **   Lake Wales (Tampa)
  69 Ronald Breger         T       5-11  245  Fr        East Chicago, IN
* 49 Harry Bringger        HB      5-11  165  Sr   ***  Winter Haven (Winter Haven)
  12 Leo Brooks            HB      5-9   168  Fr        Bainbridge, GA
  53 Charlie Brown         G       5-11  190  Sr   *    Monongahela, PA
* 20 Tommy Brown           HB      5-10  150  Sr   **   Tallahassee (Leon/West Point)
* 12 Buddy Bryant          E       6-3   190  Jr-R *    Perry (Perry)
* 45 Curt Campbell         E       6-1   175  Sr   **   Pensacola (Tate)
* 26 George Carnes         G       5-11  175  So        Tampa
* 14 Joe Ben Cassedy       HB      5-10  170  Fr        Statesboro, GA
  13 Ed Cluster            G       6-0   182  Fr        Largo (Largo)
* 59 Bob Crenshaw          C       5-9   170  Fr        Miami
     John Danewicz         E       6-1   203  Fr        Calumet City, IL (Thornton)
  54 James Dean            T       6-0   195  Fr        Montgomery, AL (Lanier)
  25 Tom Dellahan          F       6-0   185  Fr        East Chicago, IN (Roosevelt)
* 46 Stan Dobosz           HB-K    5-9   175  Fr        East Chicago, IN (Roosevelt)
  52 Everett Donaldson     T       5-11  185  Fr        East Chicago, IN
     Bill Driver           QB-E    6-2   205  Sr   **   Girard, IL (Community/Indiana)
  56 Bob Duckworth         T       6-0   228  Sr   *    Daytona Beach (Mainland)
  27 Eddie Dykes           HB      5-11  180  Fr        Brunswick, GA
* 28 Bobby Fiveash         HB      5-9   180  Jr   *    Bainbridge, GA
  38 Keith Garman          E       5-11  175  Fr        Largo
  41 B.F. Garrett          HB      5-10  179  Fr        Thomaston, GA
  23 Fred Greene           E       6-0   170  Fr        Thomaston, GA
* 21 John Griner           LH      5-11  170  Fr        Jacksonville (Lee)
  15 James Hall            C       6-0   185  Fr        Orlando
     Frank Hanna           E       6-3   185  Fr        Moultrie, GA (Moultrie)
  40 Frank Henico          HB      6-1   175  Fr        Linton, IN
  25 Wayne Hodges          C       6-1   201  Fr        Dade City (Dade City)
  40 Bob Hudson            HB      5-11  165  Jr        Sarasota
  53 Mac Huey              HB      5-10  218  Jr   **   Tampa (Hillsborough)
  44 Ray Inlow             HB      5-11  170  So        Bainbridge, GA (Bainbridge)
* 42 Nelson Italiano       HB      5-11  165  Sr-R **   Tampa (Plant/Florida)
  16 Charlie Jacobs        G       5-8   182  Fr        Miami
* 24 Jerry Jacobs          G       6-0   185  Fr        South Bend, IN
* 39 Eddie Johnson         T       5-10  188  Fr        Charleston, WV
  56 Gene Kahlich          G       5-11  217  Fr        High Springs
* 35 Steve Kalenich        E       5-11  188  Jr   **   Akron, OH
* 58 John Karlowicz        G       5-11  200  Sr   *    Fairbank, PA
  10 Billy Kelley          HB      6-0   165  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
  38 Fred Kendall          C       5-8   195  Fr        Fort Pierce
* 66 Ronnie King           E       6-1   205  So-R      Daytona Beach
     Lowell Lander                                      Pittsburgh, PA
* 32 Lou Leonhardt         G       5-10  185  Fr        Louisville, KY (DuPont Manual)
* 16 Ed Mann               E       6-2   185  Fr        Ashford, AL (Ashford)
  15 Jose Martinez         HB      5-11  162  Fr        Miami (Edison)
* 65 Jimmy McDonald        E       5-11  192  Fr        Chattahoochee
* 67 Dossey Merritt        T       6-3   243  So        Lakeland
* 52 Jimmy Messinese       HB      5-10  170  Fr        Jacksonville Beach (Fletcher)
  43 Roland Moore          HB      5-10  180  Fr        East Gary, IN (Edison)
  61 Tom Moore             E       6-2   200  Fr        Thomasville, GA
* 13 Ted Morrill           T       6-1   185  So        Miami
  43 Buddy Newsome         T       6-0   195  So        Plant City
* 57 Earl O'Neal           T       6-0   205  Sr   **   Valdosta, GA
* 50 Nat Polak             T       5-10  190  So        Miami
* 51 Don Powell            G       5-11  190  Fr        Birmingham, AL (Woodlawn)
  29 Hal Powell            E       6-0   175  Fr        Miami
     Tommy Priest          FB      5-11  180  Fr        Miami (Edison)
* 17 Billy Rabon           HB      6-1   170  Fr        Fitzgerald, GA (Fitzgerald)
  19 Pappy Rozman          HB      5-9   160  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
  17 Tom Sebring           HB      6-0   191  Sr        Tallahassee (Leon)
  22 Dan Simatovich        E       6-2   195  Fr        East Chicago, IN
  21 Don Smith             G       5-10  165  Fr        Vero Beach
  64 Dan Strickland        T       6-2   215  Fr        Sopchoppy (Sopchoppy)
* 30 Vic Szczepanik        T       5-10  180  Sr   ***  East Rochester, PA (Freedom)
  25 Bob Taylor            T       5-10  182  Fr        Quitman, GA
* 31 Jimmy Lee Taylor      B       5-10  185  So   *    Tampa
* 11 Roy Thompson          HB      5-10  180  Sr   *    Wrightsville, GA (Georgia Tech)
  34 Dick Turk             FB-QB   5-10  185  Sr   **   South Bend, IN (Riley)
     Ralph Tyre            G       6-3   212  Fr        Lake City (Columbia)
  47 Bill Whaley           C       5-10  185  So        Ocala
  60 Norman White          G       5-8   190  Fr        Birmingham, AL
  62 Ted Williams          T       5-10  190  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
  22 Lindy Willis          B       5-10  150  Fr        Savannah, GA
* 33 Bob Wodrich           T       6-2   203  Jr   **   Miami (Miami Senior)
* 37 Al Woodham            HB      5-10  170  Jr-R      Albany, GA

1952 Roster - By Number

From the roster in the 1952 football folder in the FSU Sports Information Department
and the November 8, 1952 game program vs Mississippi Southern
L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
     Gene Arcamonte        T       6-0   235  Fr        Miami (Jackson)
     Lindy Boatwright      G       5-10  170  Fr        Moultrie, GA (Moultrie)
     Leonard Booth         G       5-10  178  Fr        Miami (Miami Senior)
     John Danewicz         E       6-1   203  Fr        Calumet City, IL (Thornton)
     Bill Driver           QB-E    6-2   205  Sr   **   Girard, IL (Community/Indiana)
     Frank Hanna           E       6-3   185  Fr        Moultrie, GA (Moultrie)
     Lowell Lander                                      Pittsburgh, PA
     Tommy Priest          FB      5-11  180  Fr        Miami (Edison)
     Ralph Tyre            G       6-3   212  Fr        Lake City (Columbia)
  10 Billy Kelley          HB      6-0   165  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 11 Roy Thompson          HB      5-10  180  Sr   *    Wrightsville, GA (Georgia Tech)
  12 Leo Brooks            HB      5-9   168  Fr        Bainbridge, GA
* 12 Buddy Bryant          E       6-3   190  Jr-R *    Perry (Perry)
  13 Ed Cluster            G       6-0   182  Fr        Largo (Largo)
* 13 Ted Morrill           T       6-1   185  So        Miami
  14 Robert Barnes         HB      6-1   152  Fr        Jacksonville (Landon)
* 14 Joe Ben Cassedy       HB      5-10  170  Fr        Statesboro, GA
  15 James Hall            C       6-0   185  Fr        Orlando
  15 Jose Martinez         HB      5-11  162  Fr        Miami (Edison)
  16 Charlie Jacobs        G       5-8   182  Fr        Miami
* 16 Ed Mann               E       6-2   185  Fr        Ashford, AL (Ashford)
* 17 Billy Rabon           HB      6-1   170  Fr        Fitzgerald, GA (Fitzgerald)
  17 Tom Sebring           HB      6-0   191  Sr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 18 Charlie Booth         G       5-11  185  Jr   *    Lakeland
  19 Ken Bazo              C       6-0   190  Fr        Key West (Key West)
  19 Pappy Rozman          HB      5-9   160  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 20 Tommy Brown           HB      5-10  150  Sr   **   Tallahassee (Leon/West Point)
* 21 John Griner           LH      5-11  170  Fr        Jacksonville (Lee)
  21 Don Smith             G       5-10  165  Fr        Vero Beach
  22 Dan Simatovich        E       6-2   195  Fr        East Chicago, IN
  22 Lindy Willis          B       5-10  150  Fr        Savannah, GA
  23 Fred Greene           E       6-0   170  Fr        Thomaston, GA
* 24 Jerry Jacobs          G       6-0   185  Fr        South Bend, IN
  25 Tom Dellahan          F       6-0   185  Fr        East Chicago, IN (Roosevelt)
  25 Wayne Hodges          C       6-1   201  Fr        Dade City (Dade City)
  25 Bob Taylor            T       5-10  182  Fr        Quitman, GA
* 26 George Carnes         G       5-11  175  So        Tampa
  27 Preston Bradley       G       5-7   180  Sr-R **   Lake Wales (Tampa)
  27 Eddie Dykes           HB      5-11  180  Fr        Brunswick, GA
* 28 Bobby Fiveash         HB      5-9   180  Jr   *    Bainbridge, GA
  29 Hal Powell            E       6-0   175  Fr        Miami
* 30 Vic Szczepanik        T       5-10  180  Sr   ***  East Rochester, PA (Freedom)
* 31 Jimmy Lee Taylor      B       5-10  185  So   *    Tampa
* 32 Lou Leonhardt         G       5-10  185  Fr        Louisville, KY (DuPont Manual)
* 33 Bob Wodrich           T       6-2   203  Jr   **   Miami (Miami Senior)
  34 Dick Turk             FB-QB   5-10  185  Sr   **   South Bend, IN (Riley)
* 35 Steve Kalenich        E       5-11  188  Jr   **   Akron, OH
  36 Bobby Ammons          C       6-2   190  Fr        Columbus, GA
* 37 Al Woodham            HB      5-10  170  Jr-R      Albany, GA
  38 Keith Garman          E       5-11  175  Fr        Largo
  38 Fred Kendall          C       5-8   195  Fr        Fort Pierce
* 39 Eddie Johnson         T       5-10  188  Fr        Charleston, WV
  40 Frank Henico          HB      6-1   175  Fr        Linton, IN
  40 Bob Hudson            HB      5-11  165  Jr        Sarasota
  41 B.F. Garrett          HB      5-10  179  Fr        Thomaston, GA
* 42 Nelson Italiano       HB      5-11  165  Sr-R **   Tampa (Plant/Florida)
  43 Roland Moore          HB      5-10  180  Fr        East Gary, IN (Edison)
  43 Buddy Newsome         T       6-0   195  So        Plant City
  44 Ray Inlow             HB      5-11  170  So        Bainbridge, GA (Bainbridge)
* 45 Curt Campbell         E       6-1   175  Sr   **   Pensacola (Tate)
* 46 Stan Dobosz           HB-K    5-9   175  Fr        East Chicago, IN (Roosevelt)
  47 Bill Whaley           C       5-10  185  So        Ocala
  48 Troy Barnes           T       6-2   184  Fr        Chickasaw, AL
  49 Irvin Barwick         G       5-11  188  Fr        Groveland (Groveland)
* 49 Harry Bringger        HB      5-11  165  Sr   ***  Winter Haven (Winter Haven)
* 50 Nat Polak             T       5-10  190  So        Miami
* 51 Don Powell            G       5-11  190  Fr        Birmingham, AL (Woodlawn)
  52 Everett Donaldson     T       5-11  185  Fr        East Chicago, IN
* 52 Jimmy Messinese       HB      5-10  170  Fr        Jacksonville Beach (Fletcher)
  53 Charlie Brown         G       5-11  190  Sr   *    Monongahela, PA
  53 Mac Huey              HB      5-10  218  Jr   **   Tampa (Hillsborough)
  54 James Dean            T       6-0   195  Fr        Montgomery, AL (Lanier)
* 55 George Boyer          C       6-2   240  Fr        Jacksonville Beach (Fletcher)
  56 Bob Duckworth         T       6-0   228  Sr   *    Daytona Beach (Mainland)
  56 Gene Kahlich          G       5-11  217  Fr        High Springs
* 57 Earl O'Neal           T       6-0   205  Sr   **   Valdosta, GA
* 58 John Karlowicz        G       5-11  200  Sr   *    Fairbank, PA
* 59 Bob Crenshaw          C       5-9   170  Fr        Miami
  60 Norman White          G       5-8   190  Fr        Birmingham, AL
  61 Tom Moore             E       6-2   200  Fr        Thomasville, GA
  62 Ted Williams          T       5-10  190  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
  64 Dan Strickland        T       6-2   215  Fr        Sopchoppy (Sopchoppy)
* 65 Jimmy McDonald        E       5-11  192  Fr        Chattahoochee
* 66 Ronnie King           E       6-1   205  So-R      Daytona Beach
* 67 Dossey Merritt        T       6-3   243  So        Lakeland
  69 Ronald Breger         T       5-11  245  Fr        East Chicago, IN
N = Freshman Numeral

Underclassmen lettermen are listed in the Florida Times-Union, February 10, 1953, page 19.
Lettermen listed in the 1953 Florida State Football Handbook, page 8.


1952 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Curt Campbell            Associated Press - Little All-American

All-Americans -  1

1952 Schedule and Results

         
GAME DAY
 
         
FSU
OPP
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
REC
09/27
Ref
H
LOUISIANA TECH
L 13-32
 
 
 
 
 
 
6-1-2
10/04
Ref
H
LOUISVILLE
L 14-41
 
 
 
 
 
 
3-5
10/10
Ref
H
VIRGINIA MILITARY
L 7-28
 
 
 
 
 
 
3-6-1
10/25
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
L 7-13
 
 
 
 
 
 
3-7
11/01
Ref
N
STETSON
Orlando, Fl
T 6- 6
 
 
 
 
 
 
3-4-3
11/08
Ref
H
MISSISSIPPI SOUTHERN
L 21-50
 
 
 
 
 
 
10-2
11/15
Ref
H
FURMAN
L 0- 9
 
 
 
 
 
 
6-3-1
11/22
Ref
A
GEORGIA TECH
L 0-30
 
 
2
2
2
2
12-0
11/29
Ref
A
WOFFORD COLLEGE
W 27-13
 
 
 
 
 
 
6-5
12/06
Ref
H
TAMPA
L 6-39
 
 
 
 
 
 
8-3-1
                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS    1- 8-1   0-6     1-2     0-0-1
AGAINST TOP 25   0- 1     0-0     0-1     0-0

NOTE: The first Poll of the year was not conducted until the middle of October



1952 - 100 Yard Rushing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Stan Dobosz 11/15/1952 FURMAN 22 109 4.95 0

1952 - 100 Yard Receiving Club

Name Date Opponent Rec Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ None

1952 - 300 Yard Passing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Cmp Yds Int Avg TDs --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- None

1952 EOY Stats

Overall Team Statistics TEAM STATISTICS FSU OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 101 261 Points Per Game............. 10.1 26.1 TOUCHDOWNS.................... 15 38 TDs Rushing................. 9 26 TDs Passing................. 6 9 TDs Fumble Return........... 0 0 TDs Punt Return............. 0 2 TDs Interception............ 0 1 TDs Kickoff Return.......... 0 0 TDs Lateral................. 0 0 TDs Free Kick............... 0 0 PAT-ATTEMPTS.................. 11-15 26-38 Kick........................ 11-15 25-37 Pass........................ 0- 0 1- 1 Run......................... 0- 0 0- 0 FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS.......... 0- 0 1- 2 SAFETY........................ 0 2 FIRST DOWNS................... 129 140 Rushing..................... 92 94 Passing..................... 30 39 Penalty..................... 7 7 RUSHING YARDAGE............... 1600 2048 Yards gained rushing........ 2013 2423 Yards lost rushing.......... 413 375 Rushing Attempts............ 640 626 Average Per Rush............ 2.5 3.3 Average Per Game............ 160.0 204.8 PASSING YARDAGE............... 821 1162 Att-Comp-Int................ 174- 64-20 153- 74-15 Efficiency.................. 64.81 111.97 Average Per Pass............ 4.7 7.6 Average Per Catch........... 12.8 15.7 Average Per Game............ 82.1 116.2 TOTAL OFFENSE................. 2421 3210 Total Plays................. 814 779 Average Per Play............ 3.0 4.1 Average Per Game............ 242.1 321.0 KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 48- 986 24- 350 Average Per Return.......... 20.5 14.6 PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 28-215 26-390 Average Per Return.......... 7.7 15.0 INT RETURNS: #-YARDS.......... 15-186 20-254 Average Per Return.......... 12.4 12.7 FUMBLES-LOST.................. 34-19 28-18 PENALTIES-YARDS............... 61- 427 64- 518 Average Per Game............ 42.7 51.8 PUNTS-YARDS................... 57-2127 51-1947 Average Per Punt............ 37.3 38.2 Net punt average............ 30.5 34.0 ATTENDANCE.................... 41,724 35,000 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 6- 6,954 3-11,667 ATTENDANCE-NEUTRAL FIELD...... 9,000 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 1- 9,000
 1st2nd3rd4th Total
Florida State
7
40
20
34
101
Opponents
60
73
79
49
261
Overall Individual Statistics

RUSHING              G  Att Gain  Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Stan Dobosz             145  624   15   609   4.2   2     
Nelson Italiano          60  306   17   289   4.8   3     
Roy Thompson             70  307   80   227   3.2   1     
Al Woodham               41  230   51   179   4.4   1     
Bobby Fiveash            62  261   96   165   2.7   2     
Harry Bringger           13   58   14    44   3.4   0     
Curt Campbell             7   35    0    35   5.0   0     
Jimmy Lee Taylor         13   37    4    33   2.5   0     
Dick Turk                 8   26    5    21   2.6   0     
Tommy Brown               5   33   14    19   3.8   0     
Joe Ben Cassedy           4   27   17    10   2.5   0     
Frank Henico             10   28   18    10   1.0   0     
Ronnie King               5   11    4     7   1.4   0     
Steve Kalenich            1    3    0     3   3.0   0     
Mac Huey                  1    0    0     0   0.0   0     
Jimmy Messinese          11   27   28    -1  -0.1   0     
Billy Rabon               2    0   14   -14  -7.0   0     
 Team                     3    0   50   -50 -16.7   0     

Total.........      10  640 2013  413  1600   2.5   9       160.0
Opponents.....      10  626 2423  375  2048   3.3  26       204.8


PASSING              G   Effic Att-Cmp-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Long  Avg/G
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Bobby Fiveash            73.62  76- 26- 0   .342  278   2     
Roy Thompson             85.22  33- 13- 4   .394  236   1  52 
Nelson Italiano         140.76  32- 19- 1   .594  216   3     
Al Woodham               -1.20   5-  1- 2   .200   35   0     
Frank Henico             20.51   7-  3- 2   .429   29   0     
Billy Rabon              14.18  16-  4- 2   .250   27   0     
Stan Dobosz               0.00   1-  0- 0   .000    0   0     
Tommy Brown               0.00   1-  0- 0   .000    0   0     
Harry Bringger            0.00   1-  0- 0   .000    0   0     
Jimmy Messinese           0.00   1-  0- 0   .000    0   0     
Dick Turk                 0.00   1-  0- 0   .000    0   0     

Total.........      10   64.81 174- 64-20   .368  821   6        82.1
Opponents.....      10  111.97 153- 74-15   .484 1162   9       116.2


RECEIVING            G  No   Yds   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------
Curt Campbell           24   290  12.1   1     
Ronnie King              9   130  14.4   3     
Al Woodham               5    79  15.8   1     
Stan Dobosz              3    71  23.7   1     
Harry Bringger           2    63  31.5   0  52 
Jimmy Lee Taylor         9    61   6.8   0     
Steve Kalenich           6    57   9.5   0     
Joe Ben Cassedy          1    28  28.0   0     
Jimmy Messinese          2    22  11.0   0     
Roy Thompson             1     8   8.0   0     
Jimmy McDonald           1     8   8.0   0     
Nelson Italiano          1     4   4.0   0     

Total.........      10  64   821  12.8   6        82.1
Opponents.....      10  74  1162  15.7   9       116.2


PUNT RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Tommy Brown          13   98   7.5  0     
Curt Campbell         6   61  10.2  0     
Harry Bringger        5   30   6.0  0     
Billy Kelley          3   14   4.7  0     
Roy Thompson          1    2   2.0  0     

Total.........       28  215   7.7  0     
Opponent......       26  390  15.0  2     


INTERCEPTIONS        No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Tommy Brown           6   97  16.2  0     
Curt Campbell         2   12   6.0  0     
Buddy Bryant          1   25  25.0  0     
John Griner           1   19  19.0  0     
Joe Ben Cassedy       1   16  16.0  0     
Billy Rabon           1    6   6.0  0     
Bob Crenshaw          1    5   5.0  0     
Fred Greene           1    4   4.0  0     
Eddie Johnson         1    2   2.0  0     
Vic Szczepanik        1        0.0  0     

Total.........       15  186  12.4  0     
Opponent......       20  254  12.7  1     


KICK RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Roy Thompson         21   485 23.1  0  45 
Al Woodham            9   206 22.9  0     
Curt Campbell         8   135 16.9  0     
Ronnie King           3    53 17.7  0     
Harry Bringger        2    37 18.5  0     
John Griner           2    36 18.0  0     
Billy Kelley          1    18 18.0  0     
Tommy Brown           1    13 13.0  0     
Steve Kalenich        1     3  3.0  0     

Total.........       48   986 20.5  0     
Opponent......       24   350 14.6  0     


                                            Fum
FUMBLE RETURNS       No  Yds   Avg TD Long  For
-----------------------------------------------
Vic Szczepanik        2    0   0.0  0   .    0
Nat Polak             2    0   0.0  0   .    0
Curt Campbell         1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Bobby Fiveash         1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Ronnie King           1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Ted Morrill           1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Troy Barnes           1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Joe Ben Cassedy       1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Bob Crenshaw          1    0   0.0  0   .    0

Total.........       18        0.0  0        0
Opponent......       19        0.0  0     


                               |-------- PATs --------|
Name                 TD   FGs    Kick   Rush  Rcv Pass  DXP Saf Points
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Stan Dobosz           3   0-0    11-15   0-0   0   0-0   0   0    29
Nelson Italiano       3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Ronnie King           3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Bobby Fiveash         2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Al Woodham            2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Curt Campbell         1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Roy Thompson          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
====================================================================
FSU                  15   0-0    11-15   0-0   0   0-0   0   0   101
Opponent             38   1-3    25-37   0-0   1   1-1   0   2   261

Runs and receptions after a touchdown were worth 1 point before 1958
Touchdowns
R
C
P
I
FR
PR
KR
L
FK
Stan Dobosz
2
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Nelson Italiano
3
.
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
Ronnie King
.
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Bobby Fiveash
2
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
Al Woodham
1
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Curt Campbell
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Roy Thompson
1
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
Total
9
6
6
.
.
.
.
.
.
Opponents
26
9
9
1
.
2
.
.
.
R = Rushing
C = Catch
P = Pass
I = Interception
FR = Fumble Recovery/Return
PR = Punt Return/Blocked Punt
KR = Kickoff Return
L = Lateral
FK = Free Kick Return


TOTAL OFFENSE        G Plays Rush Pass Total Avg/G
--------------------------------------------------
Stan Dobosz             146   609    0   609
Nelson Italiano          92   289  216   505
Roy Thompson            103   227  236   463
Bobby Fiveash           138   165  278   443
Al Woodham               46   179   35   214
Harry Bringger           14    44    0    44
Frank Henico             17    10   29    39
Curt Campbell             7    35    0    35
Jimmy Lee Taylor         13    33    0    33
Dick Turk                 9    21    0    21
Tommy Brown               6    19    0    19
Billy Rabon              18   -14   27    13
Joe Ben Cassedy           4    10    0    10
Ronnie King               5     7    0     7
Steve Kalenich            1     3    0     3
Jimmy Messinese          12    -1    0    -1
 Team                     3   -50    0   -50

Total.........      10  814  1600  821  2421 242.1
Opponent......      10  779  2048 1162  3210 321.0


PUNTING             No  Yds   Avg Long  TB  FC I20 Blkd
-------------------------------------------------------
Tommy Brown         42 1654  39.4                    0
Jimmy Messinese     15  473  31.5                    0

Total.........      57 2127  37.3                    0
Opponent......      51 1947  38.2                    0


ALL PURPOSE          G Rush   Rec   PR   KR   IR   FR  Tot Avg/G
----------------------------------------------------------------
Roy Thompson            227     8    2  485    0    0  722
Stan Dobosz             609    71    0    0    0    0  680
Curt Campbell            35   290   61  135   12    0  533
Al Woodham              179    79    0  206    0    0  464
Nelson Italiano         289     4    0    0    0    0  293
Tommy Brown              19     0   98   13   97    0  227
Ronnie King               7   130    0   53    0    0  190
Harry Bringger           44    63   30   37    0    0  174
Bobby Fiveash           165     0    0    0    0    0  165
Jimmy Lee Taylor         33    61    0    0    0    0   94
Steve Kalenich            3    57    0    3    0    0   63
John Griner               0     0    0   36   19    0   55
Joe Ben Cassedy          10    28    0    0   16    0   54
Billy Kelley              0     0   14   18    0    0   32
Buddy Bryant              0     0    0    0   25    0   25
Jimmy Messinese          -1    22    0    0    0    0   21
Dick Turk                21     0    0    0    0    0   21
Frank Henico             10     0    0    0    0    0   10
Jimmy McDonald            0     8    0    0    0    0    8
Bob Crenshaw              0     0    0    0    5    0    5
Fred Greene               0     0    0    0    4    0    4
Eddie Johnson             0     0    0    0    2    0    2
Billy Rabon             -14     0    0    0    6    0   -8
 Team                   -50     0    0    0    0    0  -50

Total.........      10 1600   821  215  986  186    0 3808 380.8
Opponent......      10 2048  1162  390  350  254    0 4204 420.4


                        |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd
DEFENSIVE LEADERS   GP   UT   AT  Total   ForLoss     No - Yards  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tommy Brown               .    .     .      .            .          6- 97   .    .    .      .   .   .
Nat Polak                 .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   2-  0   .   .   .
Vic Szczepanik            .    .     .      .            .          1-      .    .   2-  0   .   1   .
Curt Campbell             .    .     .      .            .          2- 12   .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Bob Crenshaw              .    .     .      .            .          1-  5   .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Buddy Bryant              .    .     .      .            .          1- 25   .    .    .      .   .   .
John Griner               .    .     .      .            .          1- 19   .    .    .      .   .   .
Joe Ben Cassedy           .    .     .      .            .          1- 16   .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Billy Rabon               .    .     .      .            .          1-  6   .    .    .      .   .   .
Fred Greene               .    .     .      .            .          1-  4   .    .    .      .   .   .
Eddie Johnson             .    .     .      .            .          1-  2   .    .    .      .   .   .
Bobby Fiveash             .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Ted Morrill               .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Ronnie King               .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Troy Barnes               .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .


Game Participation
##  Player                       GP-GS  LTU     UL      VMI     NCS     SU      USM     FU      GT      WC      UT      
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
36  Bobby Ammons                  0- 0                                                                           
    Gene Arcamonte                0- 0                                                                           
14  Robert Barnes                 1- 0          xx                                                               
48  Troy Barnes                   2- 0          xx                                      xx                       
49  Irvin Barwick                 0- 0                                                                           
19  Ken Bazo                      0- 0                                                                           
    Lindy Boatwright              0- 0                                                                           
18  Charlie Booth                10-10  O-LT    O-LT    O-LT    O-LT    O-LT    O-LT    O-LT    O-LT    O-LT    O-LT  
    Leonard Booth                 0- 0                                                                           
55  George Boyer                 10-10  O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D
27  Preston Bradley               1- 0          xx                                                               
69  Ronald Breger                10-10  D-RG    D-RG    D-RG    D-RG    D-RG    D-RG    D-RG    D-RG    D-RG    D-RG  
49  Harry Bringger               10-10  O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   D-RH    D-RH    D-RH    D-RH  
12  Leo Brooks                    0- 0                                                                           
53  Charlie Brown                 0- 0                                                                           
20  Tommy Brown                  10-10  D-S     D-S     D-S     D-S     D-S     D-S     D-S     D-S     D-S     D-S   
12  Buddy Bryant                  2- 0                          xx                      xx                       
45  Curt Campbell                10-10  O-LE    O-LE    O-LE    O-LE    O-LE    O-LE    O-LE    O-LE    O-LE    O-LE  
26  George Carnes                 2- 0          xx                                                      xx       
14  Joe Ben Cassedy               3- 0  xx      xx                                      xx                       
13  Ed Cluster                    0- 0                                                                           
59  Bob Crenshaw                  4- 0          xx      xx      xx              xx                               
    John Danewicz                 0- 0                                                                           
54  James Dean                    0- 0                                                                           
25  Tom Dellahan                  0- 0                                                                           
46  Stan Dobosz                  10-10  O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB    O-FB  
52  Everett Donaldson             0- 0                                                                           
    Bill Driver                   0- 0                                                                           
56  Bob Duckworth                 1- 0          xx                                                               
27  Eddie Dykes                   0- 0                                                                           
28  Bobby Fiveash                 9- 0  xx      xx              xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx      xx
38  Keith Garman                  0- 0                                                                           
41  B.F. Garrett                  0- 0                                                                           
23  Fred Greene                   2- 0          xx      xx                                                       
21  John Griner                   2- 0          xx                                              xx               
15  James Hall                    0- 0                                                                           
    Frank Hanna                   0- 0                                                                           
40  Frank Henico                  1- 0                          xx                                               
25  Wayne Hodges                  0- 0                                                                           
40  Bob Hudson                    0- 0                                                                           
53  Mac Huey                     10-10  D-LG    D-LG    D-LG    D-LG    D-LG    D-LG    D-LG    D-LG    D-LG    D-LG  
44  Ray Inlow                     0- 0                                                                           
42  Nelson Italiano              10-10  O-LH    O-LH    O-LH    O-LH    O-LH    O-LH    O-LH    O-LH    O-LH    O-LH  
16  Charlie Jacobs                0- 0                                                                           
24  Jerry Jacobs                 10-10  O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D
39  Eddie Johnson                 0- 0                                                                           
56  Gene Kahlich                  0- 0                                                                           
35  Steve Kalenich                7- 6  O-RE    O-RE    O-RE    O-RE    O-RE    O-RE                    xx       
58  John Karlowicz                1- 0          xx                                                               
10  Billy Kelley                  0- 0                                                                           
38  Fred Kendall                  0- 0                                                                           
66  Ronnie King                   9- 4  xx      xx      xx              xx      xx      O-RE    O-RE    O-RE    O-RE  
    Lowell Lander                 0- 0                                                                           
32  Lou Leonhardt                10-10  D-RLB   D-RLB   D-RLB   D-RLB   D-RLB   D-RLB   D-RLB   D-RLB   D-RLB   D-RLB 
16  Ed Mann                       1- 0          xx                                                               
15  Jose Martinez                 1- 0          xx                                                               
65  Jimmy McDonald               10-10  D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE    D-LE  
67  Dossey Merritt                1- 0                          xx                                               
52  Jimmy Messinese               1- 0                                                                          xx
43  Roland Moore                  0- 0                                                                           
61  Tom Moore                     0- 0                                                                           
13  Ted Morrill                   1- 0  xx                                                                       
43  Buddy Newsome                 1- 0          xx                                                               
57  Earl O'Neal                  10-10  O-RT    O-RT    O-RT    O-RT    O-RT    O-RT    O-RT    O-RT    O-RT    O-RT  
50  Nat Polak                     2- 0          xx                              xx                               
51  Don Powell                    0- 0                                                                           
29  Hal Powell                    1- 0          xx                                                               
    Tommy Priest                  0- 0                                                                           
17  Billy Rabon                  10-10  D-LH    D-LH    D-LH    D-LH    D-LH    D-LH    D-LH    D-LH    D-LH    D-LH  
19  Pappy Rozman                  0- 0                                                                           
17  Tom Sebring                   0- 0                                                                           
22  Dan Simatovich                0- 0                                                                           
21  Don Smith                     0- 0                                                                           
64  Dan Strickland                0- 0                                                                           
30  Vic Szczepanik                3- 0                          xx      xx                              xx       
25  Bob Taylor                    0- 0                                                                           
31  Jimmy Lee Taylor             10-10  O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D   O & D
11  Roy Thompson                  8- 4  xx      xx      xx              xx              O-RH    O-RH    O-RH    O-RH  
34  Dick Turk                     2- 0  xx      xx                                                               
    Ralph Tyre                    0- 0                                                                           
47  Bill Whaley                  10-10  D-LLB   D-LLB   D-LLB   D-LLB   D-LLB   D-LLB   D-LLB   D-LLB   D-LLB   D-LLB 
60  Norman White                  1- 0          xx                                                               
62  Ted Williams                  0- 0                                                                           
22  Lindy Willis                  0- 0                                                                           
33  Bob Wodrich                  10-10  O-LG    O-LG    O-LG    O-LG    O-LG    O-LG    O-LG    O-LG    O-LG    O-LG  
37  Al Woodham                    7- 0  xx      xx      xx                              xx      xx      xx      xx

LOUISIANA TECH 32, FLORIDA STATE 13

09/27/1952, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, September 28, 1952, page 10, by Fred P. Pettijohn.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State University opened what has been billed as the the "biggest football season" in its history by getting the greatest shock of its young football life in a 32-13 setback at the hands of a smartly-drilled, hard-hitting Louisiana Tech eleven. A crowd that appeared much larger than the 7,843 figure announced saw the shocking opener.

The little-known and underrated Bulldog squad from Rushton, La., handed the Seminoles their first defeat at home in five years under Dr. Don Veller with a triumph that was just as convincing as the score indicates. FSU had won 17 straight games here until Coach Joe Aillet's eleven exploded last night.

With a line that outcharged the FSU forwards all night, and a set of backs who chewed yardage out of the middle and around ends, the Rushton aggregation rocketed to a 32-0 lead before the stunned Seminoles could strike back for two TDs in the fourth period on a five-yard blast through the middle by Nelson Italiano and a 20-yard pass from Roy Thompson to Ronnie King.

By that time FSU's fate had been sealed by a pair of scoring sweeps around end by slim Jackie Martin and single touchdown drives through the line by Jim Oliver, Gayle Wise and Charles Wyly.

Martin Scores First

Martin got the initial TD in the second period to give Tech a 6-0 halftime lead and set up the second half fireworks.

Martin wheeled three yards around end early in the third period, and Oliver slammed 13 yards over the middle on a guard-trap play to boost the Bulldogs margin to 19-0 at the end of the third quarter.

Wise whipped around right end on the first play of the fourth period for number four, and Wyly cracked off left tackle from 16 yards to tack on the fifth tally.

Milford Andrews converted after touchdowns three and four. Stan Dobosz spilt the uprights after the Seminoles' first score.

Tech ground out a fat 353 yards along the ground and added 93 yards in the air. The Seminoles, aided by their fourth quart3er flurry, gained 127 rushing and 144 passing.

Veller, who has worried all during the pre-season practices bout his defense, found his fears justified shortly after the second half kickoff.

After probing the Seminole line for two periods, Tech found the lanes it liked up the middle an off the tackles, and set about riddling FSU with one of the hardest running set of backs ever to lug the leather for an underrated eleven.

In that third and fourth period assault, the Bulldogs moved 67 yards in five plays for their second touchdown, sped 65 yards in five plays for the third, rambled 73 yards in 10 plays for the fourth and whisked 89 yards in just six plays for the final TD.

While they didn't crack the scoring tables, quarterback Jimmy Brown, halfbacks John McMichael, Russ Rainbolt and Billy Ray Wiggins and fullback Gordon Brown were the big hatchet men along the ground. McMichael was the leading ground gainer with 91 yards in 10 carries.

FSU, limited to four first downs and 92 yards rushing and passing in the first half, and knocked back on the defense most of the third period, looked like the Indians of old only in the waning minutes of the fourth period.

Indians on Warpath

Faced with the first shutout in their history under Veller, and trailing 32-0, the Seminoles finally started to the wars with 6:10 left in the ball game.

Thompson brought the kickoff from his 10 to the 42, then cranked up his pitching arm. He hit Joe Ben Cassedy on the Tech 31 with a 27-yarder, nailed Ronnie King down the middle with q 12-yarder to the 18 and passed four yards to Taylor on the fourteen.

Tech drew an offside penalty to the nine, and Thompson slammed four yards to the five.

Nelson Italiano, obscured in practice but the Indians leading runner last night, rocketed through the middle for the score and Stan Dobosz\ converted to make it 32-7.

Racing the Clock

After Tech worked the following kickoff out to its 47, Ted Morrill flopped on a 'Dog fumble, and FSU started racing the clock for the score.

Italiano hit Co-Capt Curt Campbell with a jump pass to the 36. After one failure, Thompson connected with Jimmy Lee Taylor to the Tech 15, then lofted one to Ronnie King in the end zone for the score.

Dobosz missed, and that was all she wrote.

Veteran Steve Kalenich, playing his first season on the defense, was a standout performer at this linebacker post, particularly in the first half when he was credited with nine tackles and two assists. Morrill knifed through to halt the rampaging Bulldogs on three occasions, and other Indians performed well in spots, but in the main it was a case of Tech's line bowling FSU's defenders out of the way and opening alleys that its backs shot through.

George Ferington, Gordon Brown, Billy Joe Adcock and Billy Golden were defensive standouts for the victorious Bulldogs who chalked up their second win of the season here last night. They had beaten unknown McNeese 6-0 in their opener.

First half, FSU-Louisiana Tech

Louisiana Tech's red-shirted Bulldogs dominated all but the last four minutes of the first half as they ground out a 6-0 lead over the Seminoles at the halftime.

The Bulldogs wasted no time flashing their running power, stopping the Seminoles after the opening kickoff and quickly putting together three straight first downs that moved them from their own 12 over into Seminole territory on the 47.

Divorcing the ground game that was clicking, Jimmy Brown took to the air here and had his first toss intercepted by Tommy Brown on the FSU 20. Brown raced back to his 44. Thompson speared Taylor with a 12-yard pass for FSU's first successful offensive thrust, but when the Seminoles tried to roll along the ground the Bulldog line pinned them down and T. Brown and McMichael engaged in a punting duel for the remainder of the period with Brown kicking out on first the five and then the 10.

With McMichael running and Jimmy Brown passing Tech got underway again as the second period opened, hustling to the State 47 before a clipping penalty crippled the drive and forced McMichael to punt out on the 11.

T. Brown, whose punting had kept the Bulldogs backed up all night, tried to kick out of danger but got off a wobbly, broken-wing boot that only went eight yards to his own 25.

Tech cashed in on that break in four plays. Martin banged to the 20, and on a double-reverse Rainbolt crushed to the 9. Martin swept around right end, stumbled and then dove headlong into paydirt. Gayle Dick's kick was wide but Tech led 6-0, with 8:12 gone in the quarter. Woodham carried the kickoff 22 yards to his 22. Thompson ripped off 10 and Italiano 18 up the middle, but again the Seminoles faltered and Brown kicked out to the five again.

McMichael booted back out to the 46, and Brown sped back to the 35. With four minutes remaining FSU finally began to hit.

Italiano passed to Campbell for 12, then got 12 himself at the middle.

Italiano banged to the six and Fiveash to the three. But Fiveash fumbled, Woodham recovered on the 14, and the half ended as Italiano threw a frantic pass, incomplete, into the end zone.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
LOUISIANA TECH
0
6
13
13
32
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
13
13

2nd   0- 6  Opp, 9, run (kick failed), 6:48 
3rd   0-12  Opp, 6, pass (kick failed)
      0-19  Opp, 14, run (kick)
4th   0-26  Opp, 3, run (kick)
      0-32  Opp, 16, run (kick failed)
      7-32  Nelson Italiano, 8, run (Stan Dobosz, kick)
     13-32  Ronnie King, 20, pass from Roy Thompson (Stan Dobosz, kick failed)


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 12 16 Rushes-yards 127 353 Passing 144 93 Att-Comp-Int 18-9-1 9-4-1 Total Yards 271 446 Interception Ret. 1-24 1- Fumble Returns 1-0 0-0 Punts 7-36.4 4-39.0 Fumbles-Lost 0 1 Penalties-Yds 2-10 8-80 Attendance 7,843 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Nelson Italiano 10- 77 Roy Thompson 11- 41 Dick Turk 5- 17 Receiving Ronnie King 0- 0 Passing Roy Thompson 12- 7-0-120 Nelson Italiano 3- 2-0- 24 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Steve Kalenich 9 2 11 . . . . . . . . . Ted Morrill . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Tommy Brown . . . . . 1- 24 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
LT   18  Charlie Booth
RG   24  Jerry Jacobs
QB   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
LG   33  Bob Wodrich
RE   35  Steve Kalenich
LH   42  Nelson Italiano
LE   45  Curt Campbell
FB   46  Stan Dobosz
RH   49  Harry Bringger
C    55  George Boyer
RT   57  Earl O'Neal
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
LH   17  Billy Rabon
S    20  Tommy Brown
RT   24  Jerry Jacobs
RE   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
RLB  32  Lou Leonhardt
LLB  47  Bill Whaley
RH   49  Harry Bringger
LG   53  Mac Huey
LT   55  George Boyer
LE   65  Jimmy McDonald
RG   69  Ronald Breger
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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11  Roy Thompson
13  Ted Morrill
14  Joe Ben Cassedy
28  Bobby Fiveash
##  NAME
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34  Dick Turk
37  Al Woodham
66  Ronnie King

LOUISVILLE 41, FLORIDA STATE 14

10/04/1952, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 5, 1952, page 8, by Fred P. Pettijohn.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Making their first appearance on Florida soil since 1950 when they stunned the football world by tying the University of Miami's Orange Bowl-bound Hurricanes, the University of Louisville Cardinals rumbled to a 41-14 victory over Florida State University last night before a crowd of 10,636 that included 1,622 "Band Day" performers.

With fullback Jim Williams battering the Seminoles into submission on the ground and quarterback Johnny Unitas passing them dizzy in the air, the burly Cardinals from Kentucky rolled up the highest score any team has racked up against Florida State in its six seasons of modern football.

Williams, a 205-pounder who could double for a tank if he had treads, was a one man gang along the ground. The "Bulldozer" churned up 143 yards rushing and scored three times. He went 44 yards with a screen pass in the first period, trampled 13 yards through the middle in the second period and rumbled 68 yards with a pitchout in the third period.

Unitas put on the finest passing show ever staged in Campbell Stadium. He completed 15 out of 21 for 195 yards and three touchdowns, with two of the paydirt pitches going to his favorite target, end Dave Rivenbark. The other was Williams' screen.

Rivenbark gathered in a 13-yard shot in the second period for one TD, and latched on to a nine-yarder in the fourth quarter for the final Cardinal score. The rangy end also kicked five of six placements, missing only after the fourth score.

The Kentuckians' other touchdown was scored by halfback Wyman Townsell on a one-yard buck in the third quarter after a 15-yard penalty had set up the score.

Florida State, dropping its third straight game in a two-year span and its second of the season, interrupted the Cardinal scoring parade with one tally in the second quarter and wound up the action with a final TD in the fourth quarter with 5:37 left as they battled to the finish.

Al "Crazylegs" Woodham scored in the second period, taking a handoff from freshman fullback Stan Dobosz and weaving his way 34 yards around right end.

Rambling Roy Thompson, who twice almost got away for touchdowns on kickoffs, finally hit paydirt with his three-yard dash around left end in the fourth period.

Dobosz, who converted after both touchdowns for the Seminoles, was one of the bright spots of the State defeat, along with Thompson, defensive ends Ed Mann and Jimmy McDonald and guard Bob Duckworth. The chunky frosh galloped 87 yards in 17 carries and played a key role in that first TD. It was Dobosz who churned 11 yards to the 34 to set up Woodham's touchdown dash.

When you speak of runners, of course, you inevitably come back to Williams. He ran through tacklers and over tacklers, bowling them over or shaking them off in a tremendously impressive display of sheer strength. At times it was like a big boy playing in the back yard with his younger brothers, as the Seminoles failed to make their tackles stick.

On occasions an Indian would sift through and chill the big boy - Steve Kalenich did once, and Johnny Griner did it another time - but generally it was a case of too much power, particularly on screen passes when the big Card star could get up a head of steam.

Unitas was just as impressive, though with deftness and not brute strength. The 185-pound sophomore, ranked as one of the South's top sharpshooters, lived up to his reputation in every respect. He threw sharply and right on the button, often getting his tosses off when Seminoles were hanging on his jersey or threatening to swarm him under.

Without Williams and Unitas this could have evolved into a real battle, possibly a Seminole victory. With them the Cards were superior, possibly the most impressive team ever to tackle the Seminoles under the reign of Dr. Don Veller. And that includes the 1951 Miami Hurricanes.

First Quarter

Campbell Field got its first look at Big Jim Williams when the 205-pound Louisville fullback took Kahlich's opening kickoff on his 14 and rumbled back to the 38. An offside penalty rocked the Cards back to the 33 before they could get started, and Prehn punted to Tommy Brown who came back a yard to the 16.

Neither team was able to make much headway, and Brown and Prehn engaged in a punting duel in the first five minutes, keeping the two teams bottled up around their own 35.

Louisville made the first offensive move of the night when Williams crushed for 8, 6 and 18 yards to the FSU 26, a penalty nullified a Unitas pass, but the Cards slinging star tossed a screen pass to Williams and he shook off an arm tackle by Bringger on the 32 and galloped over to score. Rivenbark converted and it was 7-0 with 6:54 remaining in the period.

Roy Thompson almost put the Seminoles right back in the ball game, taking the kickoff a yard deep in the end zone, Thompson steamed up field, cut to the west sideline and fought and stumbled his way to the Louisville 28 before he was caught from behind.

FSU was caught clipping and moved back to the 49, but Dobosz picked the Seminoles up, ramming to the 33 in two carries. Fiveash fled around right end to the 17, but the drive died on the 15. The Seminoles kept the Cards backed up and Prehn punted to Brown who came back from the 31 to the 33 as the quarter ended.

Second Quarter

Still unable to make any serious dents in the big Louisville line, FSU sent Brown back to kick, and he booted to the Cardinal 20. Now the Louisville running and passing punch started to hurt. Unitas pitched 21 yards to Rivenbark and nine to Howard, moving the ball to the FSU 49. With Wilson running hard the Cards rolled to the 25, then brought Williams back in to do the hatchet work. Williams banged to the 18. Unitas hit Anderson at the 8. A penalty cost the Cards five, but Unitas speared Rivenbark in the end zone for the score and when Rivenbark converted it was 14-0 with 9:32 left in the half.

FSU bottled up until now, finally showed some striking power. Woodham carried the kickoff back 25 yards to his 28. Dobosz drove 21 yards to the Louisville 49, then ploughed to the 42. Thompson circled right end to the 33, but the drive fizzled and T. Brown punted dead to the six.

When Prehn punted out to Campbell on the 48 and the FSU co-captain came back 10 the Indians were off to paydirt. A penalty slowed them, but Dobosz picked them right up, going 11 yards to the Card 34. On the next play Dobosz handed off to Woodham and "Crazylegs" head-faked his way around left end and threaded his way to score. Dobosz converted and it was 14-7 with only 3:15 left.

Those three minutes were all Louisville needed as the Cards took the kickoff out to their 31 and then sped 69 yards in six plays to beat the halftime clock by 26 seconds. Unitas passed four times for 16, 6, 11 and 13 yards. Williams went the last 13 at the middle, blasting through the entire Seminole team.

Third Quarter

After a hectic second period, action slowed. FSU could make no headway after the kickoff and the defenses took over as Louisville also stalled. The Cards got a break when Campbell fumbled Prehn's punt and H. Bethea recovered. FSU again stopped the Kentuckians, and when Brown carried Prehn's punt back 15 yards to his own 35 the Seminoles kicked up the first flurry of the second half. Thompson went to the 44 after being trapped trying to pass and Dobosz cracked for a first down on the 46.

Woodham slipped and fell on his own 33, but Brown, running from punt formation, sprinted 20 yards to the Louisville 21. Wilshere recovered Turk's fumble on the next play and the complexion changed quickly. Williams took a pitchout and barreled 68 yards down the sidelines. Rivenbark's kick was no good and it was 27-7 with 4:25 left.

Woodham carried the kickoff out to his 27, and on the first play Lichvar intercepted Thompson's pass on the 25 and returned to the 16. A penalty moved the ball to the one and Townsel scored from there to make it 33-7. Rivenbark converted and Louisville led 34-7 with 3:33 remaining in the period.

Louisville got another chance when Kalenich fumbled on an end-around and Valvo recovered on the Seminole 34 on the second play after the kickoff, but this time the Indians held and took over on their own 35 as the period ended.

Fourth Period

Louisville, in full control, wasted no time scoring again.

Starting on their own 20 after Brown's kick over goal, the Cards went 80 yards in seven plays. The big bite was Wilson's 58-yard run to the Seminole 17. A Unitas-Rivenbark pass covered the last eight yards and Rivenbark converted again, 41-7.

Thompson almost got away again on a kickoff, flashing 43 yards before being dropped. Woodham ran 11 to the Louisville 46 and Rabon hit Campbell with FSU's first pass completion to the 33. Pass interference moved FSU to the 10 and Thompson whirled around right end to the three. Thompson scored standing up at left end. Dobosz kick was good, 41-14.

Louisville drove out to its 33 after the kickoff, but Townsel fumbled, and with Thompson pitching to King for 8 and running for 10 the Seminoles were on the Cardinal 20 when the game ended.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
LOUISVILLE
7
14
13
7
41
FLORIDA STATE
0
7
0
7
14

1st   0- 7  Opp, 50, pass (kick), 6:54 
2nd   0-14  Opp, 13, pass (kick), 9:32 
      7-14  Al Woodham, 34, run (Stan Dobosz, kick), 3:15 
      7-21  Opp, 16, run (kick), 0:26 
3rd   7-27  Opp, 68, run (kick failed), 4:25 
      7-34  Opp, 1, run (kick)
4th   7-41  Opp, 8, pass (kick)
     14-41  Roy Thompson, 3, run (Stan Dobosz, kick), 5:37 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 13 14 Rushes-yards 211 257 Passing 39 195 Att-Comp-Int 15-3-1 21-15-0 Total Yards 250 452 Fumble Returns 1-0 3-0 Punts 6-38.0 6-34.7 Fumbles-Lost 3-3 1-1 Penalties-Yds 7-75 8-65 Attendance 10,636 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Stan Dobosz 17- 87 Roy Thompson 14- 39 Al Woodham 7- 37 Receiving Ronnie King 1- 16 Al Woodham 1- 13 Curt Campbell 1- 10 Passing Billy Rabon 2- 2-0- 23 Roy Thompson 7- 1-1- 16 Al Woodham 1- 0-0- 0 Punting Tommy Brown 6- 210 STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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LT   18  Charlie Booth
RG   24  Jerry Jacobs
QB   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
LG   33  Bob Wodrich
RE   35  Steve Kalenich
LH   42  Nelson Italiano
LE   45  Curt Campbell
FB   46  Stan Dobosz
RH   49  Harry Bringger
C    55  George Boyer
RT   57  Earl O'Neal
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
LH   17  Billy Rabon
S    20  Tommy Brown
RT   24  Jerry Jacobs
RE   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
RLB  32  Lou Leonhardt
LLB  47  Bill Whaley
RH   49  Harry Bringger
LG   53  Mac Huey
LT   55  George Boyer
LE   65  Jimmy McDonald
RG   69  Ronald Breger
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Roy Thompson
14  Robert Barnes
14  Joe Ben Cassedy
15  Jose Martinez
16  Ed Mann
21  John Griner
23  Fred Greene
26  George Carnes
27  Preston Bradley
28  Bobby Fiveash
29  Hal Powell
##  NAME
-----------------------------
34  Dick Turk
37  Al Woodham
43  Buddy Newsome
48  Troy Barnes
50  Nat Polak
56  Bob Duckworth
58  John Karlowicz
59  Bob Crenshaw
60  Norman White
66  Ronnie King

VIRGINIA MILITARY 28, FLORIDA STATE 7

10/10/1952, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 12, 1952, page 7, by Fred P. Pettijohn.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - "We're still improving," Florida State University Coach Don Veller said yesterday, "but we can't improve enough to win unless we stop making costly mistakes.

"You've got to have a tremendously strong team or pretty weak opposition to win when you help the other fellow with your own errors, and we don't have either," Veller added as he surveyed the wreckage of the Seminoles 28-7 defeat at the hands of Virginia Military Institute Friday night.

Two long passes completed behind the Seminole defensive left half, a short 17-yard punt and two fumbles were the mistakes that cost FSU against the colorful Keydets. The fact that they were mistakes of honest effort softens the blow a little, but it doesn't alter the score.

"We can't win from a single team on the remainder of our schedule if we make as many mistakes as we did against VMI," Veller says in one of the few glum comments the Indian head man has made since soaking up the first of three straight setbacks.

Hardest Workers

"There's no question in my mind that the boys are working hard. This squad, in fact, is probably the hardest working unit we've had since I've been here. But one error at the wrong time can ruin the effects of a week's work in a ball game."

With an open date coming up this weekend and the Seminoles remaining idle until their Oct. 25 meeting with North Carolina State in Raleigh, Veller has called the usual Monday practice off to give his bruised gridders a breathing spell.

From the tentative practice program coming up later in the week they'll need it because a lot of long, rough scrimmage is on tap from Tuesday on.

"We're going to check the squad carefully during the next two weeks to see if we're missing on any boys," Veller explained. "You can't always do that with a ball game coming up at the end of the week, but with an open date we've got some time to experiment."

Veller, who couldn't get entirely away from those Friday night errors, blames inexperience and pressure for some of those mistakes.

"Our schedule was improved so fast," Veller points out, "that it put the opposition well ahead of us. Our boys know they're going to be outmanned every game, and when you know that from Saturday to Saturday it puts pressure on the individual players. They know that they'll have to do something unusual to win, and when you try too hard you make mistakes. The tension that tightens a player up is his own worst enemy. And freshmen and sophomores just haven't played enough football to learn to take bad breaks and bounce back."

It began like an upset

For almost 22 minutes Friday night it appeared that the Seminoles might have an upset up their sleeves.

After a scoreless first period in which FSU had dominated the play with its sharp running game and kept the Keydets pretty well bottled up along the ground, the Seminoles struck for a score in the first four minutes of the second quarter and took the lead for the first time this season.

Ronnie King got the drive started when he recovered George Chumbley's fumble on the FSY 44 late in the first quarter.

A 20-yard dash by Roy Thompson moved the ball into Keydet territory, and with the aide of a jump pass from Nelson Italiano to Curt Campbell, the Seminoles lugged the leather to the VMI 29.

Thompson, Italiano and Al Woodham worked the ball to the one in five plays, and after Thompson was stopped by Chumbley at right guard, Italiano slammed through the middle for the score.

Stan Dobosz converted and the 6,227 chilled fans - smallest turnout of the season - caught the upset fever.

The I-Opener

VMI, whose novel "I" hadn't produced anything eye-opening to that point, suddenly started to roll.

Taking the Seminole kickoff back to the 31, the Keydets struck through the air with Brehany passing to Wendell "Windy" Shay behind the Seminole secondary for 49 yards and a first down on the FSU 18.

Brehany and Nick Servidio went to the two in four plays, and the Keydet quarterback went around right end on a bootleg play for the score.

Royce Jones, a sophomore who went out for football on his "own" last year and quickly won the extra-point job, tacked on the first of his four conversions and the game was right back where it started, all tied up.

Ahead to Stay

Three minutes later the Keydets were ahead to stay.

After a 17-yard kick had sailed out on the VMI 42, Brehany found Shay out in the clear again. This time he hit the former guard who was recently moved to end with a 36-yard pitch to the two and Tim O'Neill needed only one thrust to get home from there to give the keydets a 14-7 margin at halftime.

Twice in the third quarter VMI flopped on Seminole fumbles and moved quickly to scores.

The first bobble came at a time when FSU appeared on the march. With inches to go for a first down near midfield, Italiano picked up the necessary yardage, but let the ball squirt out of his hands and Lyons recovered.

O'Neill and Mike Foley carried to the FSU 44. A Brehany-Byron screen pass went to the 33, and Woods and Chumbley completed the journey from there in four plays with Chumbley going the 12 at right guard.

Final Score

Six minutes later the Keydets scored the final TD as Campbell bobbled a punt on his own 35.

A 15-yard Brehany to Powell pass went to the 19, and defensive specialist Chuck Dininger, in on the offensive for the first time this season, scored three plays later from the 18.

Thompson sparked the FSU offense, netting 56 yards on 16 carries, completing two of five passes and catching one for eight yards. Italiano had 25 yards on 8 carries, and Dobosz, the freshman star of the Louisville game, got 11 yards on six tries before being removed with a mouth injury that cost him several teeth.

Several of FSU's freshmen linemen turned in good ball games as the Seminoles continued to show promise for the future. End Fred Greene, linebacker Bob Crenshaw and tackle Jerry Jacobs were among the yearling standouts.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
VIRGINIA MILITARY
0
14
14
0
28
FLORIDA STATE
0
7
0
0
7

2nd   7- 0  Nelson Italiano, 1, run (Stan Dobosz, kick), 11:03
      7- 7  Opp, 2, run (kick)
      7-14  Opp, 2, run (kick)
3rd   7-21  Opp, 12, run (kick)
      7-28  Opp, 18, run (kick)


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 9 17 Rushes-yards 159 246 Passing 75 128 Att-Comp-Int 14-6-1 12-5-1 Total Yards 234 374 Fumble Returns 1-0 3-0 Punts 4-31.3 6-32.3 Fumbles-Lost 3-3 2-1 Penalties-Yds 6-38 10-49 Attendance 6,227 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Roy Thompson 16- 56 Nelson Italiano 8- 25 Stan Dobosz 6- 11 Receiving Curt Campbell 3- 54 Roy Thompson 1- 8 Al Woodham 1- 7 Passing Al Woodham 2- 1-0- 35 Nelson Italiano 4- 3-1- 23 Roy Thompson 5- 2-0- 17 Punting Tommy Brown 4- 125 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ronnie King . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
LT   18  Charlie Booth
RG   24  Jerry Jacobs
QB   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
LG   33  Bob Wodrich
RE   35  Steve Kalenich
LH   42  Nelson Italiano
LE   45  Curt Campbell
FB   46  Stan Dobosz
RH   49  Harry Bringger
C    55  George Boyer
RT   57  Earl O'Neal
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
LH   17  Billy Rabon
S    20  Tommy Brown
RT   24  Jerry Jacobs
RE   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
RLB  32  Lou Leonhardt
LLB  47  Bill Whaley
RH   49  Harry Bringger
LG   53  Mac Huey
LT   55  George Boyer
LE   65  Jimmy McDonald
RG   69  Ronald Breger
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Roy Thompson
23  Fred Greene
37  Al Woodham
##  NAME
-----------------------------
59  Bob Crenshaw
66  Ronnie King

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 13, FLORIDA STATE 7

10/25/1952, RALEIGH, NC

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 26, 1952, page 6, Special to the Democrat - no reporter listed.

RALEIGH, NC - A 70-yard runback of an intercepted pass by all-Southern Conference halfback Alex Webster on the first play of the fourth period gave the North Carolina State College Wolfpack a hard-earned 13-7 victory here today over an injury-riddled Florida State University football team.

A homecoming crowd of only 6,000 was present to see the tilt, a defensive battle by any standard, featuring hard line-play and marred by numerous penalties.

For some 45 minutes and no seconds it appeared that the young Florida State team could hold its precious 7-6 scoreboard edge, but it was not in the cards. On the first play of the final stanza, Webster stole a pass thrown by FSU's Frank Henico and raced 70 yards for the score - a tally which proved to be decisive.

FSU Grabs Lead

FSU grabbed the lead early in the second period when freshman fullback Stan Dobosz went over from the Wolfpack 10 and then converted. The Pack had charged back to score, but had failed to convert, leaving the Tribe with a one-point margin.

But the unsung hero of the day, at least for the Tribe, was Tommy Brown. His toe was a golden one here today and saved the score from perhaps being more. Brown kicked eight times and averaged 42.6 yards per boot. He got off punts of 31, 50, 57, 44, 43, 40, 40, and 36 yards. So deadly was his kicking that twice he kicked out inside the Wolfpack 10-yard line - once at the nine, once at the two - and then rolled one dead to the Wolfpack one-foot line.

The FSU offense suffered from the loss of three regular backs. Halfback Roy Thompson had been left in Tallahassee with a shoulder injury, but the injury jinx lingered. Tailback Bobby Fiveash, replacing Thompson, was carried from the field early in the third period. He had been preceded by fullback Nelson Italiano, whose oft-banged knee got a hard lick today. minus the trio, the Tribe offense was not of the scoring variety.

Dobosz Gains 80 Yards

FSU's leading ground-gainer was Dobosz who carried 18 times and gained 80 yards, in addition to scoring the lone TD and kicking the point. Co-captain Curt Campbell took over the wingback post, carried five times for 28 yards.

Webster was the leading Wolfpack ball toter. He carried 22 times and gained 66 yards.

Impressive in the Seminole line were defensive tackles Dossey Merritt and Co-captain Vic Szczepanik, end Buddy Bryant and guard Jerry Jacobs.

Leading performers in the Wolfpack line were guard Ray Barkouskie and tackle C. M. Price.

Both Squads Stall

Neither team was able to get going in the first period as splendid kicking by both elevens kept one another at bay. Brown booted 50 yards and out of bounds on the Wolfpack two early in the period but then Faires, after Carolina had driven to the FSU 37, sent a spiral out on the Seminole four.

After two running plays by Dobosz gained only four yards, Brown, standing in his own end zone, kicked 57 yards out of bounds on the Wolfpack 39 as the initial stanza ended.

On the third play of the second period Brown intercepts a pass on the FSU five and returned to the 22. FSU went to its own 47 whence Brown punted 44 yards and out of bounds at the Wolfpack nine. FSU then capitalized on a break to score. Webster went off right tackle, fumbled and Bob Crenshaw of FSU recovered at the Wolfpack 15. Dobosz rammed the weak side for five to the 10 and then splattered off the left side as Jerry Jacobs cleared the way for the FSU score. Dobosz converted and it was FSU 7, NC State 0 three minutes deep in the second period.

Wolfpack Come Back

NC State took the following kickoff and drove from its own 29 71 yards for a score, aided by a 30-yard pass interference penalty. From the FSU 33 Wolfpack quarterback Carl Wyles sent a pass to end Dick Bethune which the Seminoles' Steve Kalenich apparently broke up. But officials ruled interference and NC State had a first down on the FSU three.

After the Tribe line had reared up to hold on three downs, Tacker rammed over from the half-yard line to score. The conversion failed. FSU 7, NC State 6.

FSU could not go after taking the second half kickoff and Brown kicked 43 yards to the NC State 43. The Pack was stopped and Faires kicked to Curt Campbell at the FSU 28, who returned to the 46. Unable to gain FSU kicked with Brown again setting the Wolfpack on its ears. This time punting 41 yards, dead to the Carolina one-foot line.

After Faires punted to Brown who returned to the North Carolina 40, Frank Henico, who replaced the injured Fiveash, had a pass intercepted by Fraunhenhofer on the Wolfpack 25 returned to the 36. But the Seminoles held and took over on their own 24 on Faires' punt.

With Henico in at tailback for FSU, the Tribe got to the 38 and apparently were underway, when things went from bad to worse. On the first play of the fourth period Henico's jump pass was intercepted by Webster, the Pack's all-conference halfback. Behind good blocking he sped 70 yards down the field for what proved to be the deciding marker. Ray Barkouskie converted and it was NC State 13, FSU 7.

With Italiano and Fiveash injured and not in the game, the FSU offense couldn't click in the final period. With seven minutes left FSU took over on its own 22 but the offensive spark was not there to carry the Indians goal ward. Henico completed two passes, one to Steve Kalenich, and one to Curt Campbell, but the Indians were forced to punt on fourth down from their 44. Brown kicked into the end zone with 1:45 left. The Wolfpack ran out the clock.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
7
0
0
7
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
0
6
0
7
13

2nd   7- 0  Stan Dobosz, 10, run (Stan Dobosz, kick)
      7- 6  Opp, 1, run (kick failed)
4th   7-13  Opp, 70, interception return (kick)


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 13 13 Rushes-yards 134 172 Passing 50 146 Att-Comp-Int 15-6-3 15-6-2 Total Yards 184 318 Fumble Returns 3-0 3-0 Punts 8-43.4 6-37.0 Fumbles-Lost 3 3 Penalties-Yds 60 55 Attendance 6,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Stan Dobosz 18- 80 Curt Campbell 5- 28 Punting Tommy Brown 8- 341 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bob Crenshaw . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Tommy Brown . . . . . 1- 17 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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LT   18  Charlie Booth
RG   24  Jerry Jacobs
QB   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
LG   33  Bob Wodrich
RE   35  Steve Kalenich
LH   42  Nelson Italiano
LE   45  Curt Campbell
FB   46  Stan Dobosz
RH   49  Harry Bringger
C    55  George Boyer
RT   57  Earl O'Neal
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
LH   17  Billy Rabon
S    20  Tommy Brown
RT   24  Jerry Jacobs
RE   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
RLB  32  Lou Leonhardt
LLB  47  Bill Whaley
RH   49  Harry Bringger
LG   53  Mac Huey
LT   55  George Boyer
LE   65  Jimmy McDonald
RG   69  Ronald Breger
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
12  Buddy Bryant
28  Bobby Fiveash
30  Vic Szczepanik
##  NAME
-----------------------------
40  Frank Henico
59  Bob Crenshaw
67  Dossey Merritt

FLORIDA STATE 6, STETSON 6

11/01/1952, Orlando, Fl

From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 2, 1952, page 7, by Fred P. Pettijohn.

TANGERINE BOWL, ORLANDO, FL - An underdog Florida State University fought Stetson to a 6-6 tie before 10,000 fans here tonight in the only deadlock the Seminoles have ever played under Dr. Don Veller.

The tie was the second played amongst Florida's "Little Three," Stetson and Tampa having played a similar 6-6 tie earlier in the season. The pair of stalemates marks the FSU-Tampa game in Tallahassee on Dec. 6 as the one which will settle the unofficial little three crown.

Florida State, a two-touchdown underdog at the outset of this ball game, scored first in the second quarter, moving 44 yards in six plays with freshman fullback Stan Dobosz getting the last two yards at the middle of the line.

Stetson stormed back in the third period, speeding 86 yards in 12 plays with freshman Billy Odom getting the last 45 in one big gulp when he broke off his own right tackle and outraced the Seminole secondary to score standing up.

Tackle Bill Proctor missed Stetson's try for the point, just as Dobosz had done after the Seminole score.

Proctor tried to win the game back with his toe in the fourth period with a field goal from the FSU 18, but the boot was wide to the left.

That was the last real scoring threat of the game as both teams failed on desperate closing running and pass plays.

FSU missed one golden opportunity to score in the first period when they had a first down on the Hatter five, moved to the two on three running plays, then were halted on the six when the Hatters fine defensive end Guido Tambur stopped FSU running star Roy Thompson on an attempted end run.

Veller, proud of his ball club but disappointed that they couldn't break into the win column after coming so close, paid particular tribute to defensive halfbacks Billy Rabon and Harry Bringger.

First Quarter

The underdog Seminoles dominated the first quarter in the Tangerine Bowl, threatening twice to pry the lid off with a touchdown.

The first bid came fairly early after Stan Marks had punted out on the Seminole 27. Thompson failed to gain on a running play, then speared Harry Bringger with a long pass that covered 52 yards, gave FSU its first first down, and moved the oval to the Hatter 27. Thompson, Dobosz and Bringger ran to the 20, but McLennan intercepted Thompson's fourth down pass on the Stetson 17.

The Hatters struck back, speeding down to the Seminole 39 in 10 plays, but the drive failed and Marks punted to the FSU 15.

After the Seminoles failed to make headway, Brown punted to Parrish on the Hatter 37, and when the Stetson safety fumbled, Campbell dropped on the ball.

Thompson and Dobosz went to the 29, and on a reverse Bringger fled to the 5. Ronnie King, inserted at fullback, went to the 2 in three plays and on fourth down Thompson was dropped on the six trying to circle Stetson's great defensive end, Tambur.

With the aid of a penalty and a dash by Werner the Hatters moved out to the 30 as the period ended 0-0.

Second Quarter

After the two teams had battled scorelessly through most of the second period, Co-captain Szczepanik gave the Seminoles the break they needed by recovering a Billy Odom fumble on the Hatter 44.

Thompson pitched to Campbell and the 27 and Curt evaded two tacklers and went to the 14 before being dragged down.

Taylor got only one yard but Dobosz tore off left guard to the six, then came back at center for a first down at the two. Dobosz was limited to a half-yard at center, then cracked the middle for the TD.

After FSU had been penalized five yards for delay of game, Dobosz' attempt for the point was wide to the right and short. FSU led 6-0.

Lonsinger brought Dobosz' kickoff from his 27 to the 38, but the Seminole line, led by Szczepanik, pushed the Hatters back and had them on the 13 as the half ended.

Third Quarter

Thompson took the second half kickoff from his 4 to the 29 and the Seminoles immediately went to war, rolling up two first downs before Brown punted dead on the Stetson 14.

The Hatters, aided by a 15-yard penalty on a quick kick which gave them a first down when they had given up the ball, suddenly got into gear. With Gallagher and Bobby and Stan Marks slashing for five and six yards outside and inside, the Hatters moved to the FSU 45.

At that point Odom broke over right tackle, ran away from Brown's diving tackle at the 12 and scored standing up. Proctor's kick was wide and it was 6-6 with 4:25 remaining in the period.

Neither team could make any headway during the remaining minutes, and Brown punted dead to the Stetson 45 as the quarter ended.

Fourth Quarter

With DeLilla spearing the towering, six-eight Yonge, and odom and B. Marks shooting off guard, the Hatters rolled to the 18 before FSU braced. A fourth-down field goal try by Proctor was wide to the right and the Seminoles took over on their own 20.

After two line plays gained six, Thompson was trapped on a pass play and threw into the flat where Hopkins intercepted on the Seminole 23. Three running plays gained only six yards, and DeLilla passed incomplete as the threat failed.

FSU got one quick first down on Dobosz' running, but had to kick, Parrish carrying Brown's punt from his 18 to the 34. Odom broke away for a first down on his 45, but two DeLilla passes failed and a third lost seven, so Stan Marks punted dead to FSU's 35.

A clipping penalty set FSU back to its 25, but Thompson ripped to the 41. Stetson caught a five-yard penalty for delay, giving the Seminoles a first down on their 46. Two running plays failed to shake Thompson or Bringger loose and Fiveash's pass was too long. Fiveash passed incomplete as the game ended 6-6.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
STETSON
0
0
6
0
6
FLORIDA STATE
0
6
0
0
6

2nd   6- 0  Stan Dobosz, 1, run (Stan Dobosz, kick failed), 1:48 
3rd   6- 6  Opp, 45, run (kick failed), 4:25 
      6- 6  Opp, 35, field goal failed


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 10 13 Rushes-yards 158 151 Passing 94 29 Att-Comp-Int 11-3-2 14-5-0 Total Yards 252 180 Fumble Returns 3-0 0-0 Punts 7-41.9 7-30.6 Fumbles-Lost 0 2 Penalties-Yds 75 25 Attendance 10,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Stan Dobosz 0- 0 Receiving Harry Bringger 0- 0 Passing Roy Thompson 0- 0-0- 0 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Curt Campbell . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Vic Szczepanik . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
LT   18  Charlie Booth
RG   24  Jerry Jacobs
QB   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
LG   33  Bob Wodrich
RE   35  Steve Kalenich
LH   42  Nelson Italiano
LE   45  Curt Campbell
FB   46  Stan Dobosz
RH   49  Harry Bringger
C    55  George Boyer
RT   57  Earl O'Neal
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
LH   17  Billy Rabon
S    20  Tommy Brown
RT   24  Jerry Jacobs
RE   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
RLB  32  Lou Leonhardt
LLB  47  Bill Whaley
RH   49  Harry Bringger
LG   53  Mac Huey
LT   55  George Boyer
LE   65  Jimmy McDonald
RG   69  Ronald Breger
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Roy Thompson
28  Bobby Fiveash
##  NAME
-----------------------------
30  Vic Szczepanik
66  Ronnie King

MISSISSIPPI SOUTHERN 50, FLORIDA STATE 21

11/08/1952, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 9, 1952, page 7, by Fred Pettijohn.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Mississippi Southern, a double-distilled dose of dynamite from the Delta, exploded for six fat touchdowns and a safety in the first half here yesterday, then cruised to a 50-21 triumph over Florida State University before a slim crowd of 5,020 fans in Doak S. Campbell Stadium.

The Southerners, who scored more points in the first half than any team in history has ever been able to score against the Seminoles in the full four periods, fashioned a 43-7 lead at intermission and rolled to their seventh straight victory on the hot heels of a set of flashy backs led by head-faking, swift Hugh Laurin Pepper.

McElroy Idle

Pepper, playing without the companionship of his highly-publicized teammate, fullback Bucky McElroy, who was sidelined with an ailing ankle, found a mighty willing helper yesterday in right halfback Tony Rouchon. Rouchon, a former Pensacola star, matched Pepper's scoring production with a pair of touchdowns and gained 91 yards in 10 carries for a bulging nine-point plus average.

It was Pepper, however, who furnished the real fireworks. The former Holmes Junior College and Fort Jackson Golden Arrow star scored on runs of 31 and three yards, gained 149 yards in nine tries, had one 50-yard scoring run called back by a penalty and lost an 11-yard gain on a screen pass because of another infraction.

FSU, going down to its fifth defeat against that one lone tie with Stetson last weekend, dominated the play in the second half, scoring two touchdowns against the Southern reserves who played all but seven minutes after the intermission.

Set Passing Mark

Coach Don Veller had said all week that the Seminoles would "Pass more against Mississippi Southern than we have all season." FSU did more than that. They threw more than they ever have in history, pitching 28 times with three of them connecting for touchdowns.

The old high for passes was 25 against Troy State last year.

After Nelson Italiano pitched one to end Ronnie King in the first half for the score that tied the count briefly at 7-7, Italiano pitched another six-pointer to Co-Captain Curt Campbell and Bobby Fiveash connected with King on a real scoring beauty in the second half.

Both of Florida State's scores were set up by guard Nat Polak's recovery of Southern fumbles.

After the two teams had battled scorelessly through the third period to leave the Seminoles trailing 43-7 going into the final quarter, Polak flopped on a Dave Lee Walker fumble on the Mississippi eight that took the sting out of the Seminole bobble which had just lost them the ball on the seven.

Leaps, Fires

On the first play after Polak's recovery, Italiano charged into the line, leaped and fired to Campbell on the fullback jump pass for the score. When Dobosz converted it was 43-14 with 11:33 left.

Two plays later reserve fullback Jack Howard, who was standing in for McElroy, fumbled an his own 42 and Polak was right there again.

A brilliant 17 yard run by Italiano moved the ball to the 25, and pass interference against King shoved the ball to the 11. A penalty against each team delayed the action, then from the six Fiveash fired to King and the big end went up among a host of the enemy and snared the ball with one hand in a beautiful catch to score.

Dobosz converted to make it a more respectable 43-21 count, but the Southerners seemed to be getting edgy because they threw the first string back into the fray.

FSU averted one score when a penalty called Pepper's amazing 50-yard touchdown dash back, and the Seminoles threw Southern back 17 yards on that series of downs, but Howard intercepted a Fiveash pass and ran to the State 33 to set up the final Southern thrust.

Quarterback Billy Jarrell completed the wreckage, passing 16 yards in the end zone to Elmo Lang with 49 seconds left for the score that made it 49-21. Jim "Peanuts" Davenport, who had hit five of six in the first half, did the honors again tacking on the final point.

Prior to yesterday afternoon the most points scored against Seminole teams were the 41 rolled up by Louisville earlier in the season.

Shepherd Standout

The standout lineman of the day was Southern tackle J. T. Shepherd who dropped Italiano for the first quarter safety and made tackles all over the field. Linebacker Phil Muscarello was another Mississippi rock.

End Jimmy McDonald, linebackers Bob Crenshaw and Jerry Jacobs and halfbacks Harry Bringger and Billy Rabon contributed more tackles than any of their mates. McDonald had six unassisted, and helped in three others.

While his name doesn't figure in the touchdowns, freshman fullback Stan Dobosz had another outstanding day for the Indians. He had 66 yards in 15 carries to lead the FSU gainers. Italiano had 56 in nine tries. Fiveash was the top passer, hitting on 7 of 13.

Mississippi Southern gained 283 yards on the ground, 261 of it coming in the first half. FSU gained only 64 on the ground, 61 of it in the last half. The Seminoles picked up 122 in the airways with 12 of 27 completions.

Waste No Time

The Southerners wasted no time showing their scoring strength in the first period. White took the opening kickoff back to midfield and Mississippi scampered the remaining 50 yards in 5 plays with Jarrell sneaking in the last one.

Despite the stunning speed of that score, however, FSU struck right back. Thompson ran Mims kickoff from his own 11 to the Southern 45, almost getting away. With the help of one six-yard run by Bringger, Italiano and Dobosz ripped away at the line, running to the Southern six. When the Seminoles stalled, Italiano ran to his right, jumped and fired to end Ronnie King all done in the corner of the end zone. Stan Dobosz converted and it was 7-7 for a very, very few brief minutes.

Stung perhaps by that score, the Southerners came out and lowered the boom.

After moving 33 yards in six plays, Mississippi sprung Pepper around right end and he raced 31 yards to the score. Less than 90 seconds later Pepper scored again, this time from the two after a high pass on fourth down had gotten away from Brown and been covered on the Seminole five by Shepherd.

The Seminoles, having troubles enough, got another bad break when the following kickoff bounced high over Thompson's head and as Italiano tried a pass from the end zone he was dropped for a safety by Shepherd and it was 23-7 as the first period ended.

On the second play of the second quarter Jerrell nailed Rouchon with a scoring pass to climax a 54-yard drive in four plays.

After Alonzo intercepted Rabon's pass and rambled back to the FSU 10, Rouchon swept six yards around left end for his second TD, to make the score read 36-7.

In the last minute of the first half sub back Montgomery went 11 yards around his own right end to score on another march that covered 41 yards in 4 plays. Davenport converted after every TD except the fourth when Boyer blocked the boot and it was 43-7 at the half.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
MISSISSIPPI SOUTHERN
23
20
0
7
50
FLORIDA STATE
7
0
0
14
21

1st   0- 7  Opp, 1, run (kick), 12:51
      7- 7  Ronnie King, 6, pass from Nelson Italiano (Stan Dobosz, kick), 6:15 
      7-14  Opp, 31, run (kick)
      7-21  Opp, 2, run (kick), 1:51 
      7-23  Opp, safety, 1:13 
            Note: Nelson Italiano was tackled in the end zone before he 
                  could get his pass off.                               
2nd   7-29  Opp, 22, pass (kick blocked by George Boyer), 14:06
      7-36  Opp, 6, run (kick), 12:28
      7-43  Opp, 11, run (kick)
4th  14-43  Curt Campbell, 7, pass from Nelson Italiano (Stan Dobosz, kick), 11:33
     21-43  Ronnie King, 6, pass from Bobby Fiveash (Stan Dobosz, kick), 1:05 
     21-50  Opp, 16, pass (kick), 0:34 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 17 16 Rushes-yards 64 283 Passing 122 74 Att-Comp-Int 27-12-4 12-7-1 Total Yards 186 357 Fumble Returns 2-0 2-0 Fumbles-Lost 2-2 3-2 Penalties-Yds 4-30 6-54 Attendance 5,020 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Stan Dobosz 15- 66 Nelson Italiano 9- 56 Receiving Ronnie King 4- 56 Curt Campbell 0- 0 Passing Bobby Fiveash 13- 7-3- 80 Nelson Italiano 0- 0-0- 0 Kickoff Return Roy Thompson 0- 0 Punting Tommy Brown 1- 21 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jimmy McDonald 6 3 9 . . . . . . . . . Nat Polak . . . . . . . . 2- 0 . . . George Boyer . . . . . . . . . . 1 . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
LT   18  Charlie Booth
RG   24  Jerry Jacobs
QB   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
LG   33  Bob Wodrich
RE   35  Steve Kalenich
LH   42  Nelson Italiano
LE   45  Curt Campbell
FB   46  Stan Dobosz
RH   49  Harry Bringger
C    55  George Boyer
RT   57  Earl O'Neal
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
LH   17  Billy Rabon
S    20  Tommy Brown
RT   24  Jerry Jacobs
RE   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
RLB  32  Lou Leonhardt
LLB  47  Bill Whaley
RH   49  Harry Bringger
LG   53  Mac Huey
LT   55  George Boyer
LE   65  Jimmy McDonald
RG   69  Ronald Breger
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
28  Bobby Fiveash
50  Nat Polak
##  NAME
-----------------------------
59  Bob Crenshaw
66  Ronnie King

FURMAN 9, FLORIDA STATE 0

11/15/1952, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 16, 1952, page 6, by Fred P. Pettijohn.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State University's best all-around performance of the season wasn't good enough to overcome mistakes and breaks and give the Seminoles their first victory of the season yesterday as Furman's Purple Hurricane punched out a 9-0 triumph before a slim Homecoming crowd of 8,096 fans.

The Seminoles suffered their sixth loss against one tie while Furman notched its sixth win against two losses and a deadlock.

Gene Pedrick's nine-yard dash inside right tackle for a touchdown on the quarterback optional play in the third period, and Gus Pringels' 10-yard field goal in the fourth quarter were the scoring blows that broke the Seminoles backs as FSU failed to score for the first time in 41 straight games under Dr. Don Veller.

While the Seminole attack was hamstrung by penalties - one of which nullified a touchdown - and failed to produce at least one TD for the first time since Jacksonville State blanked them in the finale of the 1947 season, the offense had one of its most consistent days this fall in yards gained with Stan Dobosz, Nelson Italiano, Roy Thompson and company running for 187 yards and passing for 80 more.

Led by halfback Joe Ben Cassedy, linebacker Louis Leonhardt and right tackle Mac Huey, the sharper tackling Indian defense had its probably finest day of the season.

One-Man Committee

Cassedy, a fast-developing freshman from Statesboro, Ga. looked like a one-man committee who had been appointed to frustrate Furman, particularly in the second quarter. The 170-pound yearling recovered a fumble on the one-foot line to avert one score in the second period and intercepted a pass on his own two to prevent another one later in the same quarter. In addition he contributed several ringing tackles and twice came up to drop Purple runners for losses.

huey kept coming up with key tackles in Furman drives, and Leonhardt was a second half standout.

Until Charlie West had recovered a Roy Thompson fumble on the Seminole 25 midway in the third period, this was a game of goal line stands and touchdowns that never materialized for both teams.

FSU had driven to the Furman 8 and 3 in the first period, and Furman had gone to the Seminole 15, 2 and 10 in the second.

FSU got a quick chance to cash in on a break when Tommy Brown recovered Tommy Williams fumble on the first play of the second half. But the Hurricanes halted Dobosz just short of a first down on the 21 and drove out to midfield where Pringels punted dead on the 22.

Key Play

On the next play Thompson fumbled. West fell on the leather, in the key play of the game, and Furman was off.

Pedrick, key in the Hurricane attack, got one and handed to fullback John Popson for another. Pedrick then pitched 11 yards to the 'Canes slippery halfback Russ Sutton to the nine.

On first down Pedrick slid to his right, found a hole inside right tackle and bulleted into the end zone. He fumbled after the score, but the play had been declared dead, and Furman had a 6-0 lead.

Pringels, who had had one field goal miss wiped out by a penalty, failed to convert.

The Seminoles tried to bounce right back. They went 31 yards to Furman's 32 before a fumble and incomplete pass stopped them, then started right out again after Pringels' punt and pushed them back to their own 18.

Can't Do It

With Thompson racing 17, 15 and 11 yards on extremely determined runs, the Seminoles rolled 70 yards from their 18 to a first down on the Furman 12.

Dobosz blasted right guard to the 5 and Italiano dove to the 4 as the stands chanted "we want a touchdown."

Thompson couldn't find a hole at left tackle on third down, tried to go outside and was dropped at the 9. A five-yard penalty pushed FSU back to the 14 and West intercepted a desperation pass by Thompson on the two and ran out to the 17.

That was the Seminoles last bid. Furman drove to FSU's 23 where Pringels' second field goal attempt was low, then got another immediate opportunity when Paul Stewart intercepted Bobby Fiveash's pass on the 20 and ran to the eight after FSU had taken over.

Three running plays mixed with two five-yard penalties for delays left the Hurricane on the 10, and Pringels finally split the uprights from there to put the ball game out of FSU's reach with only 3:55 left in the ball game.

Tommy Williams was Furman's leading runner with 65 yards in 18 carries. Pedrick had 29 in 7 and passed for 145 more yards.

Little Dobosz, a twisting, squirming runner who won't stop until he's knocked down and held, rolled up 109 yards in 22 workhorse carries to lead FSU. Thompson had 52, most of them coming on those three runs which sparked the fourth drive. Italiano ran for 22 and connected on five of 10 passes for 69 more.

First Half Battle

The tow teams battled scorelessly through a first half that was fairly evenly divided with the Seminoles dominating the first period and the Purple Hurricanes taking over in the second quarter when they staged three serious threats.

Florida State twice made a bid for a score at the outset of the game. Buddy Bryant gave the Indians their first opportunity, stealing a Pedrick pitch on his 38 and flitting to the 'Cane 38. With Dobosz, a great runner all day, slashing at the middle and Italiano completing a six-yard pitch to Campbell, FSU drove to a first down at the 15. Here the Hurricanes braced, stopped stocky Stan Dobosz three times and Italiano once and took over on their own 8.

Pringels punted out dead to his own 46, and back came State, striving for that score. Dobosz kept riddling the middle and Italiano throwing shots to Woodham, Dobosz and Campbell, with the pass to Co-Captain Curt going from the 17 to the 4.

Dobosz dove for one at right guard, then butted over left guard into the end zone only to have the score nullified by a penalty and the Seminoles set back to the 8. There they stalled as three straight passes failed and Furman took over.

FSU kept the 'Canes bottled up, but Thompson fumbled a Pringels punt on the Furman 43, and the Purple almost cashed in on the break. Aided by a beautiful 37-yard screen pass play from Pedrick to Popson. Furman went to the 15 before Troy Barnes recovered a wild pitchout from Pedrick to stop the drive.

Storm Right Back

Brown kicked out to his 44, but the Hurricanes stormed right back. With Williams, Sutton and Popson hitting on the ground and Pedrick spearing Sutton with a fine 16-yard aerial, Furman went to the 10. Huey, Jacobs and Cassedy rose up to stop two plays and Pringels was wide with a fourth down field goal attempt. FSU was caught offsides, however, and penalized five yards to their four. Williams cracked for a first down on the two, but on the next play Popson fumbled and Cassedy fell on the ball a foot from the goal to give FSU possession.

Brown kicked out again, this time to his 39, and for the third time the Purple made a strong bid. A reverse to Williams and a Pedrick-to-Barefoot pass helped them to the 10. Two Pedrick pitches failed and Cassedy intercepted a third on his two and streaked out to the 17. The ball had been batted into the air when Joe Ben latched on to it.

With time running out Florida State got its attack back into gear in a race against the clock. Dobosz ran 13 yards to his 30. Thompson went to the 36 and Italiano to his 43. On that play a Furman player was booed roundly when it appeared he had twisted Italiano's leg on the sidelines. Dobosz broke away and ran to the Furman 37 as the half ended.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FURMAN
0
0
6
3
9
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
0
0

3rd   0- 6  Opp, 9, run (kick failed)
4th   0- 6  Opp, 30, field goal failed
      0- 9  Opp, 17, field goal, 3:55 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 14 14 Rushes-yards 187 142 Passing 80 145 Att-Comp-Int 17-6-1 17-9-2 Total Yards 267 287 Fumble Returns 3-0 3-0 Punts 4-41.8 5-34.0 Fumbles-Lost 4-3 4-3 Penalties-Yds 12-90 7-45 Attendance 8,096 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Stan Dobosz 22- 109 Roy Thompson 7- 43 Nelson Italiano 7- 19 Receiving Stan Dobosz 1- 38 Curt Campbell 3- 30 Passing Nelson Italiano 10- 5-0- 69 Bobby Fiveash 6- 1-1- 11 Punting Tommy Brown 4- 167 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Joe Ben Cassedy . . . . . 1- 15 . . 1- 0 . . . Tommy Brown . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Buddy Bryant . . . . . 1- 24 . . . . . . Troy Barnes . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
RH   11  Roy Thompson
LT   18  Charlie Booth
RG   24  Jerry Jacobs
QB   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
LG   33  Bob Wodrich
LH   42  Nelson Italiano
LE   45  Curt Campbell
FB   46  Stan Dobosz
C    55  George Boyer
RT   57  Earl O'Neal
RE   66  Ronnie King
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
LH   17  Billy Rabon
S    20  Tommy Brown
RT   24  Jerry Jacobs
RE   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
RLB  32  Lou Leonhardt
LLB  47  Bill Whaley
RH   49  Harry Bringger
LG   53  Mac Huey
LT   55  George Boyer
LE   65  Jimmy McDonald
RG   69  Ronald Breger
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
12  Buddy Bryant
14  Joe Ben Cassedy
28  Bobby Fiveash
##  NAME
-----------------------------
37  Al Woodham
48  Troy Barnes

GEORGIA TECH 30, FLORIDA STATE 0

11/22/1952, ATLANTA, GA

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 23, 1952, page 6, by Fred P. Pettijohn.

GRANT FIELD, ALTANTA, GA - Georgia Tech's slick Sugar Bowlers struck for four lightning touchdowns and a safety in the first and third periods here this afternoon and coasted to a 30-0 triumph over an outmanned Florida State University Seminole eleven that surprised Tech's coaches, players and legions of fans with its offense, defense and durability.

A crowd estimated at 25,000 saw the eager Engineers took a 16-0 lead in the first half and tacked on two quick TD's in the opening minutes of the third period while en route to their tenth victory of the season and their 24th win in a row without a defeat.

Florida State, expected to be routed, and a 68-point underdog in some quarters, far exceeded expectations in holding to 30 points a Tech team which had beaten Vanderbilt 30-0, Auburn 33-0, Army 45-6 and the Citadel 54-6. Coach Bobby Dodd cleaned his bench in employing 62 men and four of his top runners were entirely out of action. Leon "Hardrock" Hardeman, Larry Ruffin, Dick Pretz and Jimmie Johnson and defensive end Chick Wills did not dress for the fray because of injuries.

First String Stays In

Dodd didn't call his wondrous first string animals off quite as quickly as expected. His first string offensive and defensive platoons played almost all of the first quarter, came back for those two fast scores in the third period and were drifting in and out of the ball game individually as late as the last two minutes of the fourth period, when regular quarterback Bill Brigman was still in there pitching.

Tech grabbed a 16-0 lead in the first period on a two-yard power smash by Glenn Turner for one touchdown, a 14-yard Brigman to Buck Martin pass for another, Sam Hensley's tackle of Bobby Fiveash in the end zone for a safety and two conversions by Pepper Rodgers.

Bobby Gilliland's 12-yard sweep of right end behind center Pete Brown's key block gave Tech another touchdown in the first three minutes of the second half and Turner tromped 54 yards for the last one four minutes later.

Rodgers converted after both the second half scores, too, and thereby set a new Southeastern Conference record for conversions by running his string to 18 straight without a miss.

Against the number one defensive team in the nation the Seminoles rolled up a net gain of 111 yards on the ground and added 40 more through the air though the FSU passing attack was the Seminoles' poorest department of play here today.

Tech had allowed nine other opponents an average of only 105 yards running and 61.8 passing to lead the nation's defensive crews.

Most of FSU's yardage and most of its attack was generated by stocky Stan Dobosz, the freshman flash who can always seem to find a hole to wriggle through.

Dobosz gained 87 yards in 18 carries to top Tech's Turner as the leading ground gainer of the day, and until he hurt his ankle the Seminoles could move the ball as their 10 first downs attest.

After Dobosz injured his ankle two plays before the end of the third period the Seminoles did not make a single first down. Al Woodham, who ran for 32 yards and Bobby Fiveash who gained 14, were Dobosz' chief assistants. Fiveash made several nice runs, but had his running average hurt by long losses on attempted pass plays.

The closest FSU came to Tech's hard-to-reach-goal was the 20 in the third period, but they came closer to scoring than that. John Griner almost intercepted a Burton Grant pass on his own 45-yard line with a clear field ahead for a touchdown.

FSU's mistakes helped mightily in those 30 points. In addition to the safety, two of the Engineers' scores were set up by fumbles, one on the Seminole 20 and another on the 19.

The latter one started the fireworks in the second half. After holding Tech after the kickoff and forcing them to punt, FSU lost the ball when Roy Thompson bobbled Dave Davis' kick and Clyde Young gobbled up the ball on the 19. A Brigman-Davis pass and a lateral off the pass moved to the 12 and set the stage for Gilliland's sweep of right end which came after he had turned the Seminole flank with a beautiful head fake.

The final score came just a couple of minutes later when FSU had been stopped after a kickoff and Tommy Brown had punted to Jack Patterson on the 35. Patterson rumbled back to the 46, and on the next play the big, bruising Turner shot up the middle on a guard trap play, blasted through the secondary and found clear sailing at FSU's 40.

Dodd substituted freely and frequently after that, using five men who hadn't seen action before this season, and the two teams played scorelessly through the final 24 minutes.

FSU, refusing to be awed by Tech's strength and reputation as a defensive giant, came out swinging in the opening minutes. After Thompson ran the opening kickoff back from the end zone to his 12, the Seminoles punched out three straight first downs and moved 51 yards in nine plays before stalling on the Tech 36. Dobosz and Fiveash did most of the work with the stocky Stan reeling off one 16 yard run up the middle.

Tech took over after a Fiveash pass fell incomplete, and immediately went to work, zipping 64 yards in nine plays to score. Teas and Turner worked the outside and inside on the ground with a 20-yard Brigman-Martin pass to the two, setting up the score for Turner's bolt over right tackle. Rodgers converted for the 15th consecutive time this season and it was 7-0 with 9:45 of the period gone.

Liking the taste of that first one, Tech came right back with another in less than two minutes. Fiveash fumbled on his own 20 to give the Engineers their shot, and they cashed in in two plays with Turner getting six at tackle and Brigman pitching 14 yards to Martin in the end zone. Automatic Rodgers clicked again and it was 14-0 with 11:15 gone.

Thompson ran the next kickoff 11 yards to his 13 and FSU picked up its fifth first down of the game on a Fiveash to King pass, but a pass from center got away from Fiveash two plays later and when Bobby scooped it up on the 2 and tried to circle into the end zone to run it out he was dropped by Hensley for a safety. That made it 16-0 and that's the way it stood at the half as FSU stopped for Tech threats with the aid of two Tommy Brown pass interceptions. The Seminoles were on the Engineer 27 - their deepest penetration of the game - when the half ended.

FSU's circus and band staged the entire halftime show and got a big hand with their colorful and humorous performances.

FSU edged Tech in first downs in the first half 9-8, trailed in rushing yardage 104 to 75 and in passing yardage 47 to 26, a very respectable two periods against the nation's number two power.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
0
0
GEORGIA TECH
16
0
14
0
30

1st   0- 7  Opp, 2, run (kick), 5:15 
      0-14  Opp, 14, pass (kick), 3:45 
      0-16  Opp, safety
            Note: Bobby Fiveash was tackled in the end zone trying to   
                  elude the rush.                                       
3rd   0-23  Opp, 54, run (kick)
      0-30  Opp, 14, run (kick)


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 10 13 Rushes-yards 111 229 Passing 60 75 Att-Comp-Int 24-5-2 24-6-4 Total Yards 171 304 Fumble Returns 2-0 4-0 Punts 6-38.5 4-40.0 Fumbles-Lost 4 2 Penalties-Yds 85 50 Attendance 25,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Stan Dobosz 18- 87 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bobby Fiveash . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Tommy Brown . . . . . 3- . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
RH   11  Roy Thompson
LT   18  Charlie Booth
RG   24  Jerry Jacobs
QB   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
LG   33  Bob Wodrich
LH   42  Nelson Italiano
LE   45  Curt Campbell
FB   46  Stan Dobosz
C    55  George Boyer
RT   57  Earl O'Neal
RE   66  Ronnie King
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
LH   17  Billy Rabon
S    20  Tommy Brown
RT   24  Jerry Jacobs
RE   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
RLB  32  Lou Leonhardt
LLB  47  Bill Whaley
RH   49  Harry Bringger
LG   53  Mac Huey
LT   55  George Boyer
LE   65  Jimmy McDonald
RG   69  Ronald Breger
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
21  John Griner
28  Bobby Fiveash
##  NAME
-----------------------------
37  Al Woodham

FLORIDA STATE 27, WOFFORD COLLEGE 13

11/29/1952, SPARTANBURG, SC

From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 30, 1952, page 8, by Fred P. Pettijohn.

SNYDER FIELD, SPARTANBURG, SC - Florida State University's victory-starved Seminoles mixed a powerful running game with two touchdown passes to come from behind this afternoon and defeat Wofford 27-13 for their first victory of the season after seven bitter defeats and one unsatisfactory tie.

It was FSU's first victory since they beat this same Wofford team in Campbell Field in mid-November 1951, and it broke an unbeaten string of 13 straight games that the Terriers had run up on their home field.

Wofford and the 3,500 freezing fans turned out here this afternoon, got a small consolation in Jack Abell's pass catching as the agile end grabbed four pitches for a season total of 56 to break all existing pass receiving records in U.S. College football.

Abell broke the mark of 52 receptions Barney Poole of Ole Miss and Art Weiner of North Carolina held for major colleges, and later smashed the record of 53 that Cliff Coggin had set at Mississippi Southern.

There was, however, no consolation for Coach Phil Dickens, who wanted this one badly after seeing the Seminoles break his great 23 game winning streak back in the Tampa Cigar Bowl game in 1950 and repeat last year. Dickson stomped up and down the sidelines as the Seminoles bottled up his Terriers on the ground and in the air from the first quarter until the fourth, when the Indians had carved out a fat and fancy 27-7 lead.

After spotting the Terriers a 7-0 lead in the first period, FSU struck back for two TD's in the second period on Nelson Italiano's six yard smash off tackle for one score and his 28 yard pass to Stan Dobosz for a second.

Hitting again in the third period, FSU sent Bobby Fiveash slicing inside left guard for an 11 yard scoring dash, then came back for a fourth and final TD on a 26-yard pass from Fiveash to "Crazylegs" Al Woodham.

Dobosz converted after three of the four scores, missing after the second one.

Wofford, which had scored early in the first period on Jack Hazle's two yard dive into the end zone, got its final tally midway in the fourth quarter when tailback Charlie Jones threw a screen pass to Abell and the record-breaking receiver shook off two tacklers and streaked 37 yards to paydirt.

Dennis Barbare missed the extra point. He had connected after the first touchdown.

With first Dobosz and Italiano, then Fiveash and Woodham boring big holes over on the weak side of the Terrier line, the Seminoles piled up 299 yards rushing and added 65 yards through the air for their best offensive effort of the season.

Dobosz had his top game in ground gaining, piling up 89 yards - two more than he had against Georgia Tech last weekend. Italiano, the oft-injured tailback, made Dobosz a terrific running mate until he re-injured his bad knee midway in the third period.

Italiano, who did most of his damage at the tackles while Dobosz was digging at the middle, got 79 yards in 16 carries in addition to scoring once and firing his third TD pass of the season.

Fiveash ran extremely strong, particularly on his scoring scamper.

His 11 yard run into the end zone climaxed a 62 yard march that opened on the seventh play in the second half after Rosie McClellan's quick kick had backed FSU to its own 38.

On the first play after FSU's kickoff, Billy Rabon gave the Seminoles a big lift towards their final score by intercepting a Charlie Jones pass and running five yards to the Terrier 44. The Terriers were assessed 15 yards for roughness, but FSU was set back to the 35 on a fumble.

Fiveash, however, warmed up with a pitch to Steve Kalenich on the 26, then nailed Al Woodham just as Crazylegs crossed the goal line bottled between two Terrier backs.

Wofford, like the Tennessee team for which Coach Dickens played, was supposed to be the team that took advantage of its defensive alertness, but State beat the Carolinians at their own game, stealing three of their passes and flopping on one Terrier bobble as the Seminole defensive team handed the ball over to their offensive mates five times.

Wofford was limited to 89 yards on the ground, most of it being gained by wingback Roddy Powers. The Terriers picked up 113 yards in the air.

The Seminoles, apparently bothered by the near freezing temperatures, spotted the Terriers a quick one touchdown lead before warming up and storming back to score twice in the second period and hit the intermission with a 13-7 margin.

Wofford got a break in the opening minutes after FSU had forced the Terriers to punt. Italiano banged left tackle for six yards on the Seminoles' first running play but the ball popped out of his arms like a grape and Small recovered for Wofford on the State 21.

Powers swirled to the 13 on a reverse then went outside left end to the two. Freshman fullback Joe Hazle dove into right guard for the score and when Barbara converted it was 7-0 with only 4:30 of the game gone.

The Terriers continued to dominate the first period. Marching 65 yards to the FSU 15 before being stopped as the quarter ended.

The complexion of the game changed as the teams changed goals and midway in the period the Seminoles started to march from their own 18 where they had been backed up by McClellan's quick kick which rolled dead. Dobosz, slashing the middle and weaving in the secondary as he had against Tech, and several dashes by Woodham and Italiano, sparked a drive to the Terrier seven.

Dobosz went to the six, then Italiano went inside his own left tackle and hit the end zone standing up. Dobosz converted to tie the score at 7-7 with 4:30 remaining in the half.

Three plays after the kickoff State got its chance when Szczepanik partially blocked McClellan's punt and Campbell took the ball on the Terrier 40. The FSU Co-Captain fumbled when hit but Carnes recovered on the 37.

Italiano went to the Wofford 28 in two thrusts at left tackle. Then faded to his left and pitched to Dobosz in the end zone, stocky Stan taking the ball behind the Terrier defensive left half.

Dobosz' kick was wide but FSU had a 13-7 lead when the half ended four plays later with the Seminoles in possession after Campbell's interception of a Jones pass at the FSU 29.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
13
14
0
27
WOFFORD COLLEGE
7
0
0
6
13

1st   0- 7  Opp, 2, run (kick), 10:30
2nd   7- 7  Nelson Italiano, 6, run (Stan Dobosz, kick), 4:30 
     13- 7  Stan Dobosz, 28, pass from Nelson Italiano (Stan Dobosz, kick failed)
3rd  20- 7  Bobby Fiveash, 13, run (Stan Dobosz, kick)
     27- 7  Al Woodham, 26, pass from Bobby Fiveash (Stan Dobosz, kick)
4th  27-13  Opp, 37, pass (kick failed)


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 16 10 Rushes-yards 299 89 Passing 65 113 Att-Comp-Int 12-3-0 17-8-3 Total Yards 364 202 Punts 6-31.0 8-37.1 Fumbles-Lost 4-1 2-1 Penalties-Yds 35 50 Attendance 3,500 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Stan Dobosz 0- 89 Nelson Italiano 16- 79 Bobby Fiveash 0- 0 Receiving Stan Dobosz 0- 0 Al Woodham 0- 0 Passing Nelson Italiano 0- 0-0- 0 Bobby Fiveash 0- 0-0- 0 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Vic Szczepanik . . . . . . . . . . 1 . Billy Rabon . . . . . 1- 6 . . . . . . Curt Campbell . . . . . 1- . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
RH   11  Roy Thompson
LT   18  Charlie Booth
RG   24  Jerry Jacobs
QB   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
LG   33  Bob Wodrich
LH   42  Nelson Italiano
LE   45  Curt Campbell
FB   46  Stan Dobosz
C    55  George Boyer
RT   57  Earl O'Neal
RE   66  Ronnie King
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
LH   17  Billy Rabon
S    20  Tommy Brown
RT   24  Jerry Jacobs
RE   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
RLB  32  Lou Leonhardt
LLB  47  Bill Whaley
RH   49  Harry Bringger
LG   53  Mac Huey
LT   55  George Boyer
LE   65  Jimmy McDonald
RG   69  Ronald Breger
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
26  George Carnes
28  Bobby Fiveash
30  Vic Szczepanik
##  NAME
-----------------------------
35  Steve Kalenich
37  Al Woodham

TAMPA 39, FLORIDA STATE 6

12/06/1952, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Orlando Sentinel, December 7, 1952, page 17, by AP.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Vince Chicko, a spindly-legged defensive halfback who runs only from the safety post, bolted 54 and 38 yards for touchdowns on punt returns to lead Tampa University to a 39-6 football victory over Florida State University here yesterday.

Al Leathers punched over for two touchdowns and Tom Spack and Bob Boucher each counted once as Tampa scored in every period to achieve its second straight victory over FSU in the bitter intra-state rivalry. The game was played before fewer than 4,000 fans, the smallest Seminole home crowd this season.

Tampa won 14-6 last year after losing the first three games of the five-year-old series.

Florida State's lone touchdown came in the third quarter on an 18-yard sweep around right end by Bobby Fiveash.

Chicko broke open what looked to be a tight ball game about three quarters through the first period. He took a punt from FSU's Tommy Brown on his 46 yard line, dropped it but recovered and headed for the west sidelines. FSU tacklers cut him off but he reversed his field and sped down the middle for the touchdown.

Again in the third period Chicko took a punt on the FSU 38, side-stepped three Seminoles and went all the way to the goal line.

With the score 7 to 0 against it early in the second period, Florida State lost a chance to get back in the ball game when Al Woodham fumbled on the Tampa one-foot line and Gene King recovered for the Spartans. The bad break appeared to take the zip out of the Seminoles.

Bill Minahan fumbled and Vic Szczepanik recovered on the Tampa 10 but the Seminoles were unable to advance and Tampa took over.

Tampa moved 51 yards, most of it on the ground for its second touchdown. Spack shook off five FSU tacklers in covering the last 24 yards for the score. Just before the halftime gun, Leathers bulled one yard for a touchdown that was set up by a 51-yard pass play from Minahan to H. L. Hyers.

In the third period FSU got a break when Szezepanik recovered a fumble on the Tampa 38. Fiveash moved the ball on end sweeps to the 18 from where he broke free for a touchdown. Stan Dobosz had his extra point attempt blocked.

Tampa came right back with Minahan passing to Charlie Harris and Hyers to put the ball on the FSU two yard line. Leathers rammed across for the touchdown. Then came Chicko's 38 yard scoring punt return.

With only a minute and half left in the final period, Minahan and Boucher got together on a 42-yard scoring pass. Boucher caught the ball on the five and crossed the line standing up.

Milt Green placekicked two extra points and Hyers caught a pass for another for the Spartans.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
TAMPA
7
13
13
6
39
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
6
0
6

1st   0- 7  Opp, 54, punt return/blocked punt (pass)
2nd   0-14  Opp, 24, run (kick)
      0-20  Opp, 1, run (kick failed)
3rd   6-20  Bobby Fiveash, 18, run (Stan Dobosz, kick blocked)
      6-27  Opp, 2, run (kick)
      6-33  Opp, 38, punt return/blocked punt (kick failed)
4th   6-39  Opp, 42, pass (kick failed)


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 10 13 Rushes-yards 119 177 Passing 108 168 Att-Comp-Int 20-9-3 11-9-0 Total Yards 227 345 Fumble Returns 3-0 2-0 Punts 6-34.8 6-32.0 Fumbles-Lost 3-2 4-3 Penalties-Yds 3-9 4-30 Attendance 3,902 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Bobby Fiveash 19- 55 Nelson Italiano 8- 33 Receiving Curt Campbell 5- 67 Passing Bobby Fiveash 15- 7-0- 91 Punting Tommy Brown 2- 82 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Vic Szczepanik . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
RH   11  Roy Thompson
LT   18  Charlie Booth
RG   24  Jerry Jacobs
QB   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
LG   33  Bob Wodrich
LH   42  Nelson Italiano
LE   45  Curt Campbell
FB   46  Stan Dobosz
C    55  George Boyer
RT   57  Earl O'Neal
RE   66  Ronnie King
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
LH   17  Billy Rabon
S    20  Tommy Brown
RT   24  Jerry Jacobs
RE   31  Jimmy Lee Taylor
RLB  32  Lou Leonhardt
LLB  47  Bill Whaley
RH   49  Harry Bringger
LG   53  Mac Huey
LT   55  George Boyer
LE   65  Jimmy McDonald
RG   69  Ronald Breger
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
28  Bobby Fiveash
37  Al Woodham
##  NAME
-----------------------------
52  Jimmy Messinese