Nebraska 44
Oklahoma 0

Oct. 29, 1921

Oklahomans downed by score of 44 to 0


Quarterback Preston not only generated the Cornhuskers to a 44 to 0 victory over the Sooners, but scored three touchdowns himself, running the ball sixty-three yards for one and fifty yards for the other. It is Preston's first year at the University of Nebraska.


Preston’s 63-Yard Run for Touchdown in Early Stages Starts Scoring Parade.

Lincoln, Neb,. Oct. 29 — The University of Nebraska Cornhuskers proved their right to the title of premiership in Missouri Valley football circles this afternoon by trouncing the University of Oklahoma eleven, 44 to 0, in a mud battle on Nebraska Field.

The defeat, one of the most decisive trimmings handed a valley conference team in the past five years, was administered to the lineup of veterans which crushed Missouri Valley teams into subjection last fall.

By virtue of the Saturday victory, the Scarlet and Cream tops the valley table and is practically assured of the 1921 laurels, as Drake college, the other team which showed a perfect record last week, was defeated by the Missouri Tigers, 6 to 0, in the game at Columbia today.

Six thousand followers of the fall pastime braved a drizzling rain to watch the contest. This included 250 Sooner rooters, who returned tonight by special train to tell of the wonderful team in Huskerland.

Mud is Ankle Deep

Pools of water covered the field, and mud was almost ankle deep on the gridiron. After the first five minutes of play the moleskin warriors were coated with mud so that it was impossible to distinguish the colors or numbers on the players’ suits.

While the soggy gridiron worked a hardship on both teams, it is doubtful if it hindered one more than the other. The Sooners were unable to cut loose the forecasted aerial attack with any degree of consistency, while Nebraska was forced to confine its attempts to ramming the line.

The speed of the Nebraska backs had a great deal to do with the victory. This speed would have been greater on a dry field. Preston, Noble, Lewellen and Wright chalked up substantial gains, and when given a chance to race through a broken field proved a terror to the Sooners.

Preston, Cornhusker quarterback, was the individual star. The Nebraska pilot, who by the way, was an “ace” overseas and was formerly with circus as an aerial trapeze performer, scored three of the Nebraska touchdowns as a result of three sensational runs.

It was the doughty field general that chalked up the first score in the second minute of play. He snared one of Morrison’s punts and raced through a broken field sixty-five yards to a touchdown.

In the second quarter, on a fake drive off tackle, he plunged down the sidelines for twenty-two yards to cross the final chalk mark. Preston, in the third period, took a punt in midfield and reeled off a spectacular run of fifty yards for Nebraska’s fifth tally.

Lewellen Punts Well

Lewellen also came in for his share of the glory. The lean halfback had decidedly the better of the punting duel with Morrison and Hill of the Sooners. His punts were always good for substantial yardage, and although he was constantly booting a muddy ball, the Oklahoma forwards were unable to block his attempts.

Noble, an Omaha boy, worked havoc with the Sooner line. When he entered the Nebraska lineup during the third period his drives off tackle crumpled the Sooner forward wall. Noble scored two touchdowns. His first tally came in the fourth quarter, when the Nebraska speed merchant leaped in the air and snared an Oklahoma pass and clipped off fifty-five yards for a touchdown. A few minutes later he drove off tackle for nine yards and a touchdown. Wright, whose home is now in Omaha, brought the Sooner line and ran for thirty-three yards and a touchdown during the third period.

Every member of the Nebraska line played a wonderful exhibition.

The fighting spirit which seemed to be lacking at South Bend last week was present in large quantities this afternoon.

The forwards stopped everything that came their way and opened large holes for the backs to drive through. Scherer blocked a punt which netted a Husker tally.

Sooners Never Had Chance

Oklahoma never had a chance.

Nebraska’s speed and beef overwhelmed the Sooners and stopped every play. The only time the southerners threatened was in the third period, when a series of forward passes netted the Oklahomans fifty yards and brought the oval to the Nebraska’s twenty-yard line.

Here the Huskers stiffened and promptly rushed the pigskin out of danger.

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1921 season (7-1)

Nebraska Wesleyan Oct. 1
Haskell Oct. 15
Notre Dame Oct. 22
Oklahoma Oct. 29
Pittsburgh Nov. 5
Kansas Nov. 12
Iowa State Nov. 19
Colorado State Nov. 24

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