to The Morningsider,
Fall/Winter 2004 issue
North Dakota University,
North Dakota State
University, 41-27, Loss
University of South
Dakota, 41-7, Win
Iowa Teachers College,
South Dakota State
University, 39-34, Win
The Maroons lined
up in a split-T formation but almost always shifted into a
single wing with an unbalanced line to the right. Once in
a while, though, quarterback Buck Miller 1955
would see an opportunity. He would tap one of the guards on
the hinder, yell "Everybody down!" and everyone would block
straight ahead on the next sound, and he would sneak for a
good gain. Again, he would say "Bob-7-3"and throw a quick
pass to that end. They didn't call these plays "audibles,"
but that's what they were. In one game, team members made
at least four unplanned laterals on the way to a big gain.
The coaches were going crazy, but it worked.
several veterans just back from military duty. They were tough,
and they expected a lot out of the players. One of the vets,
Vern Weyland, was so upset after the loss
to Midwestern that he was ready to quit, and he let everybody
know about his feelings.
--A number of players
had teeth missing. The team photo after the South Dakota State
game clearly shows that. The reason? There used to be a lot
of elbows thrown before the face masks were improved. One
player, however, lost his teeth blocking a point-that would
be Bill Holsclaw .
--After the horrible
trouncing by Omaha U, lots of fans threw their season passes
away in disgust. Al Buckingham, then athletic
director, said that there were so many, he thought it was
"snowing." When the team began to win, he got several calls
from people wondering if their passes could be reinstated.
--The 1954 team
had three all-conference winners: Kermit Issacson,
guard; Bob Miller, end; and Buck
Miller, quarterback. Four other team members went
on to win all-NCC honors in 1955: Vern Weyland, Ray
Clark, Red Getting, and Jim Welton.
--The "Scouting Report" of Nov. 2,
1954, a feature of the Des Moines Register , told
of a special play that the Maroons used to score twice in
the victory over Iowa Teaches College. The first time, it
worked for a touchdown from Buck Miller
to Bob Miller , left, for 77 yards. The
second time, it went the other way to Red Getting,
right, for 54 yards. It was off the so-called "buck lateral,"
where the quarterback comes back to become the tailback. The
play was instrumental in winning the game and in securing
the conference championship.