Nebraska 24
Kansas State 0

Nov. 22, 1924

Kaggies Beaten at Passing Game



STATE FIELD, MANHATTAN, Kan. — An astounding rebound after the tragedy of South Bend Saturday put the Cornhuskers far ahead of their previous best form of the season, and Fred Dawson’s eleven not only decisively outplayed the Kansas State team to win its ninth straight victory over the Staters, but for the first time in three seasons beaten the Kaggies at their own specialty of passing to accomplish a shutout. Nebraska scored twenty-four points, twelve of which were the direct result of forward passes.

Roland Locke, Missouri Valley sprint champion, said to the fastest man in football electrified the homecoming throng of 16 thousand by sprinting seventy yards for a touchdown after a smart dash around right end, and a masterful bit of strategy in getting past the secondary defense.

Locke and the passes provided the touchdowns, Collins and Rhodes going over on aerial plays. Mandery twice kicked goal on the try-for-point, and Captain Weir also delivered the single counter in similar manner. The other three points, which were the first scored by the Huskers, were made by Quarterback Al Bloodgood, who booted a neat drop kick from the 40-yard line, the first goal from field made by the Cornhuskers this season.

The Kansas team greeted Nebraskans Friday with hope beating high in their breasts. Here was Nebraska, apparently weaker than Nebraska had been for years, probably disheartened by the rout at Notre Dame. Here were the Kaggies, rested and eager, confident that this, for the first time in all their football relations with the Nebraskans, was their year.

But they reckoned not with Fred T. Dawson, his coaching staff, and the spirit of Captain Ed Weird, which proved to be the spirit of his mates. All the past week Nebraska scrimmaged as Nebraska had never scrimmaged before this season. And for the first time Nebraska got seriously down to passing and defense against passing. After the game several Nebraskans among the 4 hundred rooters who followed the team here were heard to remark that if the Huskers had displayed this finish a week ago, certainly the Notre Dame score would have been closer.

The Kaggies never had a chance. They were outclassed more by this eleven which came out of the north Friday than they were outclasses at Lincoln last fall by the team that had beaten Notre Dame.

They were sorrowfully outgained in scrimmage. Two Nebraska passes netted as much ground as six hurled by Manhattanites. Nebraska in scrimmage made a total net gain of 330 yards to the Aggies 181.

The Nebraska line, apparently built around Captain Weird, one of the greatest tackles in Valley history, Harold Hutchison, at the other tackle, and Westoupal at center, was impervious to Aggie assaults, and usually Aggie attempts at cunning, passing were as unavailing. This is shown by the fact Nebraska made a dozen first downs to Kansas State’s five.

In the backfield were Locke, Rhodes and Bloodgood. Locke was a power both on offense and defense, justifying everything complimentary that had been said of him in the early part of the season. Bloodgood played a game that equaled his efforts against Missouri. Rhodes as always was Rhodes the star, the dependable.

The Kansas team had a single chance to score, or rather but a single semblance of a chance. Two successful passes, Smith to Wilson and Smith to Doolen put the ball on the Nebraska twenty yard line early in the final period. Here, however, the line held a pass on the fourth down was incomplete.

Neither team scored in the opening quarter, although at the very outset it was apparent that Nebraska was going to win, that it only was a question of time.

The Huskers first counted in the second period. This was when Al Bloodgood placed the drop kick squarely between the goal posts from the forty yard line.

In the third period Roland Locke broke away. Never had such speed, such tremendous “pickup” been displayed on this field before. The ball was shot to the fleet halfback as he stood near the Nebraska thirty yard line. In three strides he was going at a rate Kansas State’s own famed “Red” Erwin couldn’t have attained in twenty yards. Around the end he flew, while would-be tacklers stood gaping. The secondary defense had time to get a faint idea of what was going on, but Locke apparently didn’t bother about those players. If they loomed ahead, he sidestepped at the right split-second, and was away. He eluded almost a whole team and stopped behind the goal, seventy yards from where he started.

Undoubtedly the last two touchdowns are the sweeter to Cornhuskers, however, for they came as the results of passes, made against a team reputed to be the nation’s greatest aerial artists. They came in the final period.

Nebraska had the ball on the Aggie 37-yard line. Locke failed on an attempt to repeat his earlier thriller, and Rhodes passed to Collins who ran over the goal line.

Bronson a few minutes later went in at quarter for Bloodgood. With the ball in the middle of the field he passed thirty-five yards to Rhodes who ran the remaining distance for the final touchdown.

Ray Smith, left halfback was the outstanding star for the Aggies, his dash through a broken field being the chief bright spot in the Aggies offensive. Smith was also on the hurling end of most of the successful wildcat passes, and it was he who received a heave from Anderson for the longest Aggie gain.

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Colgate Oct. 18
Kansas Oct. 25
Missouri Nov. 1
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