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Quarterback / Duke
In 1955, Prothro was named head
coach at Oregon State. During the
Prothro era, the Beavers enjoyed
their greatest gridiron success, winning four conference titles and
appearing in three major bowls. His
ten-year record at OSU was 63-37-2
(.630). Prothro also coached at UCLA
and in the NFL for the Los Angeles
Rams and San Diego Chargers.

Head Coach / OSC
Stiner was only 38 years old when
he directed Oregon State in the 1942
Rose Bowl. He coached at OSC from
1933 through 1948 (due to the war,
OSC curtailed football in 1943 and
1944), compiling an overall record of
74-48-17 (.607). In 1949, he guided
the Beavers to a 47-27 Pineapple
Bowl triumph over Hawaii.

Halfback / Duke
Davis tries to elude an Oregon State
defender during the 1942 Rose Bowl.
He regretted the Duke players taking
several days off from practice during
the Christmas break. "The boys got out of shape while they were gone,"
Davis recalled. "We didn't practice

Halfback / OSC
Durdan, a 1941 All-Coast selection,
scooted 15 yards in the first quarter
to give Oregon State an early lead
in the 1942 Rose Bowl. His 54 total
rushing yards and 44-yard average
on 8 punts garnered him the game's MVP award. After the war, Durdan
played two years (1946 and 1947)
with the San Francisco 49ers. He
was inducted to the Rose Bowl Hall
of Fame in 1998.

Head Coach / Duke
Wade was instrumental in bringing
the imperiled 1942 Rose Bowl to
Durham. Prior to Duke, he coached
at Alabama from 1923 through 1930,
winning the national championship
three seasons. Wade retired with a
171-49-10 (.765) composite record.
Duke's stadium is now named for
him. About the Rose Bowl loss to
Oregon State, Wade later conceded
he spent too much time hosting the
event and not enough time preparing
his team for the game itself.

Halfback / OSC
In the third quarter of the 1942 Rose
Bowl, Gray nabbed a 40-yard pass
and then galloped another 28 yards
past two Duke defenders for what
proved to be Oregon State's winning
points. Upon graduation, he entered
the Air Force and recorded over 30
bombing missions in Germany. After
the war, he lost both his arms when
his F-80 crashed just after takeoff
in the Panama Canal area. Looking
back on the mishap, Gray described
himself as resembling "burnt steak."

Center / Duke
Duke's team captain looks over a
congratulatory message from the
student body at UNC. During World
War II, Barnett met teammate Bob
Nanni on Iwo Jima. When Barnett
returned from the war, he learned
that Nanni had not survived. The
uncertainty of the future, reasoned
Barnett, was a key factor in Duke's
1942 Rose Bowl loss. "We were
just not ready to play, emotionally
and mentally. We had too much on
our minds." Barnett was drafted by
the New York Giants.

Tackle / OSC
During the Battle of the Bulge in the
winter of 1945, Czech offered hot
coffee and food to a fellow soldier,
cold and hungry. As they talked, the
two men discovered that they had
crossed paths before. The comrade
befriended by Czech was Wallace
Wade, Duke's football coach in the 1942 Rose Bowl.

Durham, NC
Extra seating, borrowed from UNC
and NC State, was installed at the
open portion of the horseshoe to
accommodate the 1942 Rose Bowl
crowd. The official capacity was
increased from 35,000 to 55,000,
though 56,000 spectators packed
into the stadium for the game. It's
now named Wallace Wade Stadium.

Center / OSC
In 1941, Greenough was named AP
All-American (2nd team) as well as
All-Coast. He later served for a short
while as an assistant coach at OSC.

Halfback / Duke
Lach put Duke's first points on the
scoreboard in the 1942 Rose Bowl.
His short run in the second quarter
(plus a Bob Gantt kick) knotted the
score at 7-7. Lach carried 11 times
for 129 yards and averaged better
than 47 yards on 8 punts. He was
drafted by the Chicago Cardinals.

Halfback / OSC
Smith was the only World War II
casualty from Oregon State's 1942
Rose Bowl team. He drowned in the
South Pacific during an amphibious

Halfback / Duke
The Duke football team lost three of
its players in World War II. Griffith
was the first to fall, killed less than a
year after the 1942 Rose Bowl while
fighting in the Pacific Theater. He
had enlisted in the Marine Corps
shortly after the game.

Tackle / OSC
Wickett (#68) pursues a Duke ball
carrier. A three-year letterman at
Oregon State, Wickett played for the
Detroit Lions throughout the 1943
and 1946 seasons.

End / Duke
During the war, Smith was assigned
to the destroyer USS Bright, hit by a
Japanese kamikaze in Okinawa. In
retrospect, Smith saw value in not
cancelling the Rose Bowl for 1942
despite America's great turmoil. "It
gave people something to hang on
to." According to Smith, playing the
game served notice that "we're still
a nation, we're still here, we're still
going about things.'"

Tackle / OSC
Parker served as a rifle platoon
leader with Company F of the 88th
Infantry Division, 349th Regiment.
"When war was declared, a bunch
of us left school to enlist," recalled
Parker. "Then (Coach) Lon Stiner
called me up and said, 'Get back
here and get eligible again. The
game has been transplanted to
Duke.'" While fighting in Italy in the
1944 Arno River campaign, Parker
came to the aid of wounded Charlie
Haynes of Easy Company, who had
played for Duke in the 1942 Rose

1942 Rose Bowl
The 22-page 1942 Rose Bowl game
program sold for 25 cents. Included
with team rosters and player photos,
the program carried advertisements
for such products as Knox Gelatine
protein drink, Longines watches,
and Chesterfield cigarettes. Today,
collectors pay hundreds of dollars
for these programs, depending on
condition. The historic 1942 Rose
Bowl, the only one held away from
Pasadena, is also the only time ever
the Duke and Oregon State football
teams have played one another.

Guard / OSC
The OSC coaching staff appointed
Chaves game captain for the 1942
Rose Bowl. Durham designated him
honorary mayor for the day, and the
entire Oregon State team enjoyed a
Christmas party organized by their
gracious Duke opponents. Chaves
won four football letters at OSC. He
returned after the war to play for the
1946 Beavers, another outstanding
OSC squad (the team's final record
was 7-1-1, losing only to UCLA, the
eventual conference champs). After
the Rose Bowl win over Duke, the
elated Chaves exclaimed, "Winning
in Durham was special. Someone
wins it in Pasadena every year!"

Sources: Tom Bennett, OSU Alumni Association; Chuck Boice, OSU Alumni Association; Hal Cowen, OSU Sports Information Office; Mike Dodd & Jill Lieber, USA Today; George Edmonston, Jr., OSU Alumni Association; Pete Fiutak, College Football News, Inc.; Ron Green, Jr., The Charlotte Observer; James Howell, 1941 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings; William E. King, Duke University Archives; Soren Sorensen, College Football 1941 Division I-A Chi Square Linear Win-Difference Ratio; Jeff Welsch, Corvallis Gazette-Times.

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