Nebraska 24
Oklahoma 0

Oct. 13, 1923 • Memorial Stadium, Lincoln

Myers Goes 93 Yards For Score and Cornhuskers Win

Dave Noble himself making the first touchdown for Nebraska against the Sooners Saturday. The World-Herald's staff photographer caught the Omaha star as he plowed through a goodly portion of the Southerners' line. THE WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN, Neb. — The University of Nebraska inaugurated play in its new Memorial Stadium Saturday by earning a well-deserved victory over the University of Oklahoma, 24 to 0.

Dedication of the stadium is set for next Saturday and the intention is to dedicate it by taking the scalp of the Kansas Jayhawkers for the uptey-steenth time, but the Huskers couldn’t wait and now the top piece of Benny Owens’ 1923 Sooners rests in the Scarlet and Cream trophy case.

The Cornhuskers, fighting every minute, battled in the face of odds which had doped the Sooners to stand an excellent chance of dethroning the Valley champions.

The Nebraska line had but two veterans; the Oklahoma forward wall was practically a veteran combination from wing to wing.

The Cornhusker back field was weakened by the absence of Captain Verne Lewellen who was out because of an infected kicking knee. Owen had a veteran quarter which he thought wout-general the Huskers.

The Husker is never out until the count of ten has been sounded and the green Nebraska line proceeded to outplay and out-smart the Oklahoma forwards and the Husker backs turned loose a restless attack which smashed its way to two touchdowns and kept the play for the most part in the enemy’s territory.

Noble at His Best

Dave Noble, “Big Moose” of this Nebraska back field was at his best. He was relentless in his smashing attack and led the ground gaining attack of the Cornhuskers, plowing through the Sooner forwards with power that gradually wore down the Sooner team and paved the way for Nebraska’s two earned touchdowns.

Noble, incidentally bore the responsibility of acting captain during the absence of Lewellen. His work on the defense was also noticeable. Twice he snared Sooner forward passes, smothering rallies, and twice he cut down a Sooner back from behind after the Southerner had snared a forward flip. Roland Locke, playing his first year on the Nebraska varsity also made a name for himself. Locke was the speedster who darted around the Oklahoma ends for runs of fifteen and twenty yards. He also was assigned the job of punting; and aside from one bad effort during the last quarter, got away in good shape.

Rufus Dewitz, who was thrust into the breach as quarterback, handled the team in good style. He got the ball to the backs in a speedy manner and will possibly be used by Dawson against Kansas next Saturday, Lewellen probably being shifted to halfback.

Berquist Does Well

In the line Berquist was the stone wall which balked the Sooner attack. However, the Nebraska forwards performed well from wing to wing, the Sooners making but one first down through scrimmage.

The first half was an interesting battle which found Nebraska fighting for a chance to score. Three times the Nebraska eleven carried the ball within the shadow of the Oklahoma goal posts, but each time the Sooner forwards braced and Nebraska was thrown back and forced to try its luck with a place kick. H. Dewitz scored a place kick from the Oklahoma line for consistent gains while Locke broke loose for ten yards around end and Noble added 15 more.

The Huskers advanced to the Oklahoma eight yard line and two plays sent Big Dave Noble sprawling across for a touchdown. Oklahoma was unable to uncork its aerial display during the first half because the aggressive work of the Nebraska forwards kept the Sooners fighting with their backs to the wall.

Failure to punt on a fourth down gave Oklahoma possession of the ball in midfield during the third quarter and the passing started. Hendrick and Bristow started passing the ball to Johnson and Hammert and before the stands had awoke to what was going on the Oklahomans were six yards from the Nebraska goal.

Here the break came.

On the second play Captain Hammert of Oklahoma fumbled and Myers, Nebraska end, scooped up the ball and rain ninety-three yards to a touchdown. He had a clear field, with a half dozen Huskers running as bodyguard to cut down the Sooner back.

It was a heart breaker for Oklahoma, the Sooner attack jacking the flash and spirit the remaining of the game.

Nebraska’s last touchdown came when Locke intercepted a pass by Hendricks and carried the ball to the Oklahoma thirty-three yard line. Locke and Noble headed a ground gaining attack which resulted in Noble crashing across the field for Nebraska’s final counter.

Oklahoma threatened but once more. Forward passes enabled Oklahoma to get within the Nebraska ten yard line. Locke’s punt went straight up in the air and was downed by an Oklahoman on the three yard line. On the next play Hammert got a bad pass from center and was thrown for a ten yard loss. R. Dewitz intercepted Bristow’s pass and the danger was over.


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1923 season (4-2-2)

Illinois Oct. 6
Oklahoma Oct. 13
Kansas Oct. 20
Missouri Oct. 27
Notre Dame Nov. 10
Iowa State Nov. 17
Syracuse Nov. 24
Kansas State Nov. 29

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