- Marcus Hartman
Here are five fun facts from 50 years ago this week in the Dayton Daily News sports section:
Coached by John McVay (grandfather of current Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay), the Flyers used a powerful double-wing attack to crush the Bearcats at Nippert Stadium in what was to be the last meeting on the gridiron between the two schools.
They took great pride in the victory, too, not worrying about rubbing salt in UC's wounds when it was over.
They knew the team would play in Cincinnati, but no one was quite sure at first what they would be called.
The grim outlook was in part because of a season-ending injury to star Gary Collins. Among the notable plays was a LeRoy Kelly fumble deep in Lions territory recovered by Detroit defensive back Dick LeBeau.
Quarterback Bill Long, a Stebbins grad, was nursing a sore hamstring, while fullback Jim Otis of Celina was set to step into the lineup at the most important position in Hayes' offense.
Billy Anders, a Sabina native, was among the players named captain for the Buckeyes, who would open the season against Arizona.
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