Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb. — Badly lacerated by Tiger claws during the opening period of an hour’s combat with a member of the Bengal tribe, a fighting Nebraska Cornhusker eleven Saturday plucked victory from defeat and trounced Missouri, 14 to 6.
A crowd of 20 thousand looked on at Tiger and Husker as they battled in the stadium arena. The gathering, which included 5 or 6 hundred fathers, university students dads’ day guests, was treated to a well filled afternoon of gridiron thrills as the game excelled the Colgate and Illinois contests for football of the hard, smashing driving sort of the manly type.
The smashing of tackles drives, “Choppy” Rhodes and the brilliant broke field running as well as consistent punting of Al Bloodgood featured in the Nebraska victory. Rhodes pounded and pummeled the Missouri line throughout the contest, twice breaking through the forward wall and sidestepping his way through the secondary defense. One of these jaunts found Rhodes dodging in and out only to be dropped by the safety man after a 34-yard gain.
The other trip was the result of a clever quick quick opening play. Rhodes started around the Mizzou left wing, but cut in, picked the hole and was through the forward wall. Tiger claws sought to stop him as he reached the secondary defense, but the Nebraska ace sidestepped and whirled his way fourteen yards across the Missouri goal for Nebraska’s second touchdown which put the game on ice.
The game was another demonstration of Cornhusker football of the powerful type. After the rather gloomy first period, the Nebraska linemen outcharged the Mizzou forwards until the hammer, hammer, hammer of hard driving football began taking its toll.
The Missouri line was the first to give way. Coach Gwin Henry threw substitutes into the breach in an effort to stem the tide, but to no avail. The Cornhuskers were not to be denied.
Then the Tiger backfield began to weaken. The sudden stone wall exhibited by the Nebraska line hurled the Missouri backs for fifteen yard losses in the second period alone. It was too stiff a pace and the Tiger secondary defense began to waver. Fresh blood was injected into the Tiger backfield, but without success for the Huskers were off torn the front and found little difficulty in breaking up a desperate forward pass attack launched by the Tigers in the closing minutes of play.
Coach Henry of Missouri, while more or less downcast over the Tigers’ first reverse of the season, was unstinted in his praise of the Nebraska eleven.
“They played great football. Missouri shot its bolt in the opening period. It was a clean, hard game, and the Tigers have no excuses to offer.”
“Snap-It-Up” Dawson, guardian of the Cornhusker destinies, was well pleased with the showing made by his eleven.
“The boys justified the confidence placed in them. It was a plain case of physical courage and stamina, and the Cornhuskers had this qualification when the pinch came.”
Missouri fairly swept Nebraska off its feet in the opening period. Cold statistics of the game showed the Missourians completed five first downs and gained eighty-four yards, while the best Nebraska could gain was a scant two yards.
The Tigers gradually forced Nebraska back into the Huskers’ territory. When the ball was on the Nebraska twenty-eight-yard line the Bengals executed a clever forward pass, Whiteman running back and hurling the ball to Quarterback Jackson who eluded the Cornhusker defense, snared the ball and sped across the goal line.
Jackson, the Mizzou field general, put the Tigers in a bad early in the second quarter. When Bloodgood’s drop kick fell short, the Bengal quarter elected to run it back. He caught the ball a few inches ahead of the chalk mark but Husker tacklers got him when he reached the Mizzou four-yard line.
This precluded any ball-lugging and Richardson was called back to punt. The ball was low and fell into the arms of Al Bloodgood, who raced down the right side of the field in a thirty-two-yard return to the Missouri fourteen-yard line.
The play seemed to half daze the Tigers and Nebraska drove across to a touchdown and Bloodgood booted the extra point needed to place Nebraska to the front.
Good headwork on the part of the Cornhuskers after a minute’s mediation factored in the scoring of Nebraska’s second touchdown.
After a fumble had halted a Nebraska plunging attack, Nebraska scrimmaged from its twenty-yard line when Richardson’s punt rolled over the goal. Three plays netted nine yards and the Cornhuskers apparently were all set for a try at the additional yard on the fourth down when the piston ended the third quarter.
After a conference during the fourth period, the Cornhuskers switched tactics and decided to punt. Bloodgood’s kick was a beauty, the ball being downed by O’Sullivan on the Missouri twelve-yard line.
Jackson was thrown by Locke for a seven-yard loss and Richardson dropped back to punt. His effort was a fizzle, the ball scarcely covering ten yards. Nebraska took advantage of the situation and opened up, Rhodes scoring on the second play.
Their tall lugging offensive lacking the punch, Missouri dropped back to a frenzied pass attack and all the Cornhusker backs had to do was lay back and spoil the passes, awaiting the field judge’s pistol which would end the game.
Nebraska is 65-36 all-time against Missouri.
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