1942 Rose Bowl Picture – Don Durdan

“Too much Western football in general; Too much Don Durdan in particular.”  The quote from legendary Duke football coach, Wallace Wade, following Oregon State’s upset of Duke in the 1942 Rose Bowl said it all.  Don Durdan, a three sport star at OSU in football, baseball and basketball, was the game’s MVP after running for 54 yards and a touchdown and playing several other key roles, such as punter. Usually the smallest player on the field, the 5-foot-9 Durdan went on to play halfback and DB for the San Francisco 49ers in 1946 and 1947, and then played basketball professionally for the Portland Indians of the Pacific Coast Basketball League from 1947 to 1948. He was inducted into the Oregon State Sports Hall of fame in 1988, and into the Tournament of Roses Hall of Fame in 1998, the only Oregon Stater to achieve this honor.  This picture and caption appeared in OSU’s 1942 yearbook following the season. (OSU Archives)


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