The 1928 OSC-NYU game represented the first time that Oregon State traveled to the East Coast to play a football team in that area of the United States. The OSC team left Corvallis on November 22, just 5 days after an upset loss to the University of Oregon. Traveling by train, the team stopped in Chicago and worked out at Soldier Field on Monday and Tuesday of the following week. The team arrived in New York City on Wednesday, November 28, one day before the game.
Oregon State, a 3-1 underdog coming into the game, had a 5-3 record; NYU's record was 8-1. Despite the odds and several players ill with the flu, OSC won the Thanksgiving Day game played at Yankee Stadium by a score of 25-13. The victory was the subject of many sportswriters columns' over the next several days. The team's return to Oregon was greeted by crowds at stops along the way, including LaGrande, Pendleton, The Dalles, Portland and Corvallis.
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