1952 Detroit Titans football team

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1952 Detroit Titans football
Conference Missouri Valley Conference
1952 record 3–6 (1–3 MVC)
Head coach Dutch Clark (2nd season)
Captain John Koster
Captain Peter A. Bonanni
Home stadium University of Detroit Stadium
Seasons
← 1951
1953 →
1952 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Houston $ 3 0 0     8 2 0
No. 12 Tulsa 3 1 0     8 2 1
Oklahoma A&M 2 2 0     3 7 0
Detroit 1 3 0     2 7 0
Wichita 0 3 0     3 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1952 Detroit Titans football team represented the University of Detroit in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) during the 1952 college football season. In its second year under head coach Dutch Clark, Detroit compiled finished with a 3–6 record (1–3 against conference opponents), finished fourth in the MVC, and was outscored by all opponents by a combined total of 224 to 206.[1]

Ted Marchibroda, who later spent more than 40 years in the NFL as a player and coach, was the team's starting quarterback. Marchibroda led the nation with 1,813 yards of total offense in 1952, which included 1,637 passing yards,[2] on November 14, in his last home game for the Titans, Marchibroda set a new national, single-game record with 390 passing yards.[3]

The team's staff included Wally Fromhart (backfield coach), Bill Pritula (line coach), Edmund J. Barbour (freshmen coach), and Dr. Raymond D. Forsyth (trainer),[4] the team's co-captains were fullback Richard John Koster and end Peter Bonnani.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Attendance Source
September 26 Wichita University of Detroit Stadium, Detroit W 22–7 13,625 [6]
October 4 No. 12 Villanova* University of Detroit Stadium, Detroit L 7–21 13,521 [7]
October 11 Marquette* University of Detroit Stadium, Detroit L 27–37 12,289 [8]
October 18 Drake* University of Detroit Stadium, Detroit W 57–0 8,000 [9]
October 25 at Oklahoma A&M Lewis Stadium, Stillwater, OK L 6–21 13,000 [10]
November 1 at Fordham* Triborough Stadium, New York City W 28–20 6,033 [11]
November 7 Boston College* University of Detroit Stadium, Detroit L 20–23 12,280 [12]
November 14 Tulsa University of Detroit Stadium, Detroit L 21–62 13,120 [3]
November 29 at Houston Rice Stadium, Houston L 19–33 7,200 [13]
* Asterisk denotes a non-conference opponent. Rankings are from the AP Poll released during the week prior to game.

Roster[edit]

  • #62 Richard Abel, end
  • #53 Marion Balcerzak, center
  • #34 Edmund Beirne, end
  • #48 Joseph Belluso, guard
  • #6 Thomas Berry, fullback
  • #64 Peter Bonanni, end and co-captain
  • #18 Gene Bradshaw, end
  • #4 Robert Burgmeier, halfback
  • #38 Chuck Carter, center
  • #69 Daniel Comer, tackle
  • #73 Harry Derderian, tackle
  • #63 John Drahos, end
  • #43 John Eckenstein, end
  • #57 Martin Foley, guard
  • #72 Morgan Foley, tackle
  • #47 Al Galuardi, end
  • #68 Chuck Gardella, guard
  • #22 Edward Gornak, halfback
  • #61 Robert Hernbroth, guard
  • #7 David Kline, quarterback
  • #20 Charles Knoch, halfback
  • #55 Richard Koster, fullback and co-captain
  • #54 Donald Kozischeck, guard
  • #71 Casimir Krol, tackle
  • #28 Ted Marchibroda, quarterback
  • #74 Terry Martin, tackle
  • #70 Richard Martwick, tackle
  • #12 Shawn McAlinden, quarterback
  • #30 Dennis McCotter, fullback
  • #13 Tim Moriarty, tackle
  • #33 James O'Leary, halfback
  • #44 Leon Riley, halfback
  • #66 Ed Sawicki, center
  • #19 Edward Sheldon, halfback
  • #42 David Shounhard, center
  • #60 Roger Stemler, guard
  • #26 John Thiel, halfback
  • #41 Leon Theisen, tackle
  • #32 Vic Thomas, end
  • #37 Stan Tubinis, halfback
  • #65 Tony Viola, end
  • #17 Frank Willard, halfback
  • #49 William Walsh, guard
  • #67 Lou Wasko, center
  • #56 Edward Yablonski, halfback
  • #3 Ray Zambiasi, fullback
  • #11 Tom Zang, quarterback

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1952 Detroit Mercy Titans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ted Marchibroda Leads Nation in Total Yards". Binghamton Press. December 11, 1952. p. 29 – via Newspapers.com. 
  3. ^ a b Dick Peters (November 15, 1952). "Pass-Happy U-D Plastered Despite Marchibroda Spree". Detroit Free Press. pp. 13, 15 – via Newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ "Game program: Detroit vs. Tulsa". University of Detroit. 1952. p. 5. 
  5. ^ Detroit vs. Tulsa program, p. 7.
  6. ^ Dick Peters (September 27, 1952). "New Grid Faces Star for U-D". Detroit Free Press. pp. 13, 16 – via Newspapers.com. 
  7. ^ Dick Peters (October 5, 1952). "Villanova Squeezes Past U-D by 21-7 Margin". Detroit Free Press. pp. C1, C3 – via Newspapers.com. 
  8. ^ Dick Peters (October 12, 1952). "Marquette Spoils Titan Homecoming". Detroit Free Press. pp. C1, C4 – via Newspapers.com. 
  9. ^ Dick Peters (October 19, 1952). "U-D Buries Drake Under Pile of TDs". Detroit Free Press. p. C5 – via Newspapers.com. 
  10. ^ "Titans No Match for Oklahoma A&M". Detroit Free Press. October 26, 1952. p. C4 – via Newspapers.com. 
  11. ^ "U-D Springs 28-20 Upset on Fordham". Detroit Free Press. November 2, 1952. pp. C1, C2 – via Newspapers.com. 
  12. ^ Dick Peters (November 8, 1952). "Last-Play Try from BC 1 Fails; U-D Falls, 23-20". Detroit Free Press. pp. 15–16. 
  13. ^ "Marchibroda Wins as Titans Lose". Detroit Free Press. November 30, 1952. p. C1 – via Newspapers.com. 
  14. ^ Detroit vs. Tulsa program, pp. 21-32.

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