The following article originally ran in the Monday, November 13, 1967, edition of the Corvallis Gazette-Times. Front page, of course.
Jubilant Oregon State University football fans were all talking today — and will talk for some time to come about Veterans Day, 1967.
It was a day of frustration for some and excitement, for it was the Saturday that OSU toppled the No. 1 football team in the nation.
And USC admitted it was soundly beaten by a fired-up OSU team in a narrow 3-0 victory.
While the football game was the climax for the OSU buffs, the day also was highlighted by the visit of California Gov. Ronald Reagan and Oregon Gov. Tom McCall, a colorful military review, and a record 41,494 fans who filled Parker Stadium to standing room only.
The excitement claimed the life of Quentin B. Zielinski, 48, professor of horticulture at OSU and an ardent sports fan, who died of a heart attack during the game.
The game in Corvallis, combined with the Veterans Day parade that drew thousands to Albany, jammed the streets and highways around the two cities for hours. Cars moved at the proverbial snail's pace, and at one time were backed up for five miles on the freeway north of Albany. It took some Corvallis residents who drove to the game an hour to get home following the game. Some out-of-town visitors didn't arrive at Parker Stadium until half time.
The traffic jam saw uncounted minor accidents. Wrecker services were besieged with calls for assistance from drivers whose cars were ditched or otherwise made immobile.
Parties celebrating the OSU victory kept the city whirling through the night and early morning hours.
And still today the Monday morning quarterbacks were having a field day — here and in Los Angeles and wherever OSU and USC fans gather — rehashing the game.
For Corvallis it was a day to remember.
Stadium seats began to fill early and multi-colored umbrellas blossomed and opened as skudding clouds sifted down a light rain.
A colorful pre-game pageant had been promised. It was all of that, and more. Twenty-five bands and marching units pranced in their uniforms which embraced all imaginable colors — four shades of blue, five different reds and pinks, along with greens and yellows.
The drab day was brightened with a swath of color as the bands massed at the north end of the field and filled the stadium with the spine-tingling notes of "God Bless America" and "This Is My Country."
A 19-gun salute announced the arrival of the governors and many other dignitaries from around the nation. The stadium resounded with the plaudits for the heads of state and their entourage.
As the crowd hushed and settled for the National Anthem the impending drama was set to unfold.
The immense level of green field was cleared and spread before the dizzying abstractions of spots of color in the stands. The backdrop of symmetrical buildings on the campus stood in empty and silent expectancy.
Suddenly the gladiators raced into the arena greeted by the swell of sound from 40,000 throats. Even from high in the stands the players appeared muscled giants. The backs stepped high and fast, while the linemen moved into position with pressured, stoic grace.
The game was on, and for the next two hours there was not a slow heart beat in the tense throng.
Few eyes strayed from the field of play even though thousands of mouths crunched uncountable hot dogs, sandwiches, and swilled hundreds of gallons of coffee and other drinks.
Roar follows plays
Swirls of wind wafted sandwich wrappers upward and toward the field as waves of roaring sound swelled on each play, pass, kick and fumble.
Even the stark tragedy of the death of one of the fans in the stadium only lessened the excitement momentarily.
With Oregon State leading by a slim 3-0 going into the second half the tenseness was heightened by rulings by field officials, spectacular runs and magnificent defensive play.
As the game wore on, the great mass of the crowd seemed to sense the upset outcome and was ready with hilarity and noise at the final gun.
The jubilant crowd slowly filed from the stands toward rendezvous of talk and celebration. The stirring, precision show of the U.S. Air Force Academy Drum and Bugle Corps was a fitting climax to a historical day in Corvallis.
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