Nebraska 28
Rutgers 0

Nov. 2, 1920 • Polo Grounds, New York

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Nebraska 0 14 0 14 28
Rutgers 0 0 0 0 0

Huskers beat Rutgers 28 to 0 on polo field

POLO GROUNDS, N.Y. — Gotham's first glimpse of the Cornhusker brand of football proved an eye-opener for the tremendous audience, and an eye-shutter for Rutgers, the New Jersey aggregation being clouted to the extent of 28 to 0, with scarcely a chance to score.

The game was watched by most of the big football members of the effete east, since the fame of Nebraska has dated back to five or six years ago when Walter Camp admitted that Vic Halligan, Guy Chamberlin and "Red" Rutherford, with the wonderful "Steamroller" of the day formed one of the greatest elevens ever known. It was conceded that Coach Schulte's team today, while lacking the speed of the old Cornhuskers, had a wonderful defense and a victorious punch, backed up by their weight and perfect condition. Interest is added to next Saturday's affair between Nebraska and the truculent Penn State bunch at State College, Pa. Since Penn State last Saturday beat Pennsylvania university, 27 to 0, and has not been whipped this season, the problem confronting Schulte may be easily imagined.

Nebraska astonished the New York spectators by the steadiness of its attack. While having little of the ... brilliancy that lighter teams display, it set solidly to work from the squeal of the first whistle, and was never in danger of defeat.

The Huskers spent the first part of the initial period feeling out their formidable foes, and then inaugurated a series of line bucks and passes that brought the ball to Rutgers' one-yard line at the end of the quarter. On the first play in the second period, Hartley crashed through for a touchdown. Captain Day kicked goal. Nebraska 7; Rutgers 0.

An exchange of punts followed the kick-off and finally Pucelik broke through and blocked M. Redmund's kick, recovering the ball himself on the Jerseyites' thirty-five yard line. Wright took twenty-two yards around left end and Captain Day's place kick was blocked by Raub, but Hartley recovered the ball. Present a forward pass, Hubka to Swanson gave the Cornhuskers their second score. Day kicked goal. Nebraska 14; Rutgers 0.

The Jerseyites came back with plenty of pep at the opening of the third period, and made several long gains through the Husker line, but Nebraska tightened up in line to prevent a score, and recovered a fumble in their own territory — this coup starting them on their way towards their third touchdown, made early in the fourth period. This swipe at the football prestige of the "effete" was made by Moore, who had been substituted for Wright at right halfback. He drove through the Rutgers line from the three-yard mark, and the Gotham crowd gave him an ovation. Captain Day kicked goal. Nebraska 21; Rutgers 0.


Just before the game was drawn to a conclusion, Nebraska copped another cute little trick, but it was on a fluke. Swanson luckily caught a forward pass from Captain Day, which had bounded from the hands of two intercepting Rutgers players, but which was taken before touching the ground. Swanson warmed over the line with no opposition to speak of. Nebraska 28; Rutgers 0.

Redmond and Raub played a fine game for Rutgers, while Pucelik was a star on defense for Nebraska, and on opening holes for offensive plunges. The Husker ends did splendidly and Hubka smacked his way through New Jersey while all of the eastern world wondered. The Nebraska team is expected, from their showing today, to make Penn State "go some" next Saturday. A special train of football fans will go from New York and New England football centers to see the real gridiron skill between the west and east.


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1920 season (5-3-1)

Washburn Oct. 2
Colorado State Oct. 9
Notre Dame Oct. 16
South Dakota Oct. 23
Rutgers Nov. 2
Penn State Nov. 6
Kansas Nov. 13
Michigan State Nov. 20
Washington State Nov. 25

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