Nebraska 44
Oklahoma 6

Nov. 10, 1928 • Benny Owen Stadium, Norman, Okla.

Nebraska Takes Victory, 44 to 6, With High Power

Benny Owen Stadium, Norman, Okla., Nov. 10—Despite the frantic remonstrances of the populace, Oklahoma went overwhelmingly Cornhusker this afternoon. The vote was 44 to 6, not unanimous, as was the case against Iowa State, Missouri and Kansas, but the majority rolled up by the Nebraskans was the greatest of the season’s campaign.

Next Saturday the large young men, who never will be known by any other name than “Bonecrushers” to the denizens of Soonerland, will face the second and climatic part of their great intersectional schedule undefeated, and scored on in conference competition only once.

That once happened Saturday afternoon and from it Oklahomans may be deriving a certain measure of solace. A pass, Haskins to Mills, started the latter on a profitable career which accomplished that in which Ames, Mizzou and the Jayhawkers were foiled. Oklahoma probably will go down in the Big Six records as the only conference eleven to score on Nebraska during the season of 1928.

Only Time They Flashed

But in the final reckoning those six points didn’t mean anything. They represent the only time the Sooners were dangerous throughout the two and a half hours of rather on-sided gridfare.

Clair Sloan alone scored more than enough to offset them.

That Sloan, after a desultory beginning this season, that had caused many to remark that maybe his exhilarating performance against New York last Thanksgiving was one of those flashes that blaze brightly, then dim to blaze no more.

Scored 10 in the First Quarter

The farmer boy from Verdon led the irresistible attack of the red thunderbolt Saturday with an exhibition of running and plunging and punting that won the game for Nebraska in the very first period. Ten points were registered in that first period and Sloan scored them all, with a dropkick, touchdown and successful place kick after that touchdown.

Blue Howell bored through the Sooners’ ponderous line for another touchdown in the second quarter. Then Sloan came back in the third to add another, he and Howell alternating at lugging the ball from kickoff 80 yards down the field and across the ghost line. The Sooners had just scored their six points before this happened. That short pass. Bus Haskins to Bus Mills and Bus Mills’ 40-yard run over the Husker goal seemed to convince the Huskers that what Ernest Bearg told them Friday probably was true.

Bearg told them that Oklahomans wouldn’t be licked until the game was over.

Great Exhibition

Anyhow, that pounding, pounding, pounding, driving, driving, driving, those mighty lunges of Big Boy Blue and those clever slants off tackle of the farmer boy from Verdon was the greatest exhibition of “powerhouse” football since that dramatic battle in Seattle in 1926 when the Huskers drove back the Huskies 79 yards, drove them within a yard of their goal, where time ended the struggle.

Sloan’s second touchdown completed the scoring in the third period, and the reckoning was 24 to 6 when the final quarter began.

Reserves Take It Up

Then the massacre broke, and when the pistol finally barked the end, Buddy McBride had added one, Red Young another and Merle Zaver, the reserve center, a third. The sight grew so painful that almost half the 28 thousand homecoming Sooners filed dejectedly out of the stands and turned their backs upon the field.

In desperation, the Sooners tried passing in the dying moments, and two of those passes were directly converted into a dozen points for Nebraska and another had contributed a great deal toward making six more points possible.

The Nebraskans, with the powerhouse fully manned, threatened before the battle was five minutes old. Howell and Sloan led a march down the field to the Sooner 25-yard line.

First Drop Kick Failure

Then Howell fumbled and Sloan’s pass, intended for End Morgan, was rendered useless by the pesky Mr. Crider, Sooner halfback.

It was fourth down then and 10 to go, so Clair essayed a drop kick from the Sooner 38-yard line. It went low, and Oklahoma took the ball on their own 20-yard line.

They couldn’t keep it, though. On the second play, Kitchell, quarterback, fumbled and three Huskers fell on the ball on the Sooner 23-yard line. Mr. Sloan didn’t hesitate then. He and Farley ran the ends and slid off tackle for eight yards. Then Sloan, standing on the 24-yard line, drop-kicked perfectly three to zero.

Sloan Kicks 59 Yards

Nebraska kicked off. Oklahoma couldn’t gain and Nebraska received Halfback Haskins’ punt on the Husker 39-yard line. From there Sloan made a beautiful punt out of bounds on the Sooner 2-yard line. That kick traveled 59 yards, and with it went most of Oklahoma’s hopes. Haskins punted from his end zone. Probably he was nervous. One can see how he would be. The boot was gathered in by Howell on the Sooner 25-yard line. Blue Boy ran it back four yards. Then Sloan skirted the Sooner left end for nine yards. Howell crashed through to make it first down on the eight-yard line. From there the irrepressible Clair skirted the end again and it was a touchdown. Then he placekicked goal. Ten to nothing. Enough to win the ball game. But the Huskers kept moving.

They didn’t score again in the first period, but in the second Blue Howell crashed over.

Witte Replaces Sloan

Oklahoma couldn’t do anything profitable consistently, and about half way through the second period Mills, Sooner fullback, punted to Sloan on the Husker 40-yard line. Clair ran it back 10 yards, to midfield. Sloan and Howell started their alternate rush and running tactics that caused the Sooner rooters to groan. Then Sloan, slightly hurt, left the game. Witte, the flying Dutchman, replaced him. Dutch and Blue Boy kept right on going through center, around end, off tackle. Now and then Rob Russell, who was mixing the plays like a Napoleon, took the ball himself and sneaked through center for good gains. With the ball on the 10-yard line, the Dutchman pried through right tackle for five yards. Then big Blue lowered his head and charged and it was 16 to 0. Witte kicked goal to make it 17.

Sooners Came Back Strong

James kicked off to start the second half. Bus Haskins caught the kick on his own 15-yard line and dodged back 20 yards. The Sooners began the half in a manner that indicated that Mr. Adrian Lindsey had been oratorical during the intermission. They weren’t licked yet. No, by gosh.

Fullback Mills got loose and from the 35-yard line Haskins tossed a pass which Mills caught on the Nebraska 40-yard line. Then Haskins threw a short one to Mills who received near the side lines. Mills gave a great exhibition of broken field running as he dodged and twisted and shimmied his way over the Nebraska goal.

That did all the damage the Sooners could do. In a way, it was plenty. A conference team has scored on the Cornhuskers. One touchdown, by Mills, for Churchill’s place kick was blocked by a horde of irate Cornhuskers.

Sloan Goes Over Again

Believe us, they were plenty irate, too. This proves it: Churchill kicked off over the Nebraska goal. The Huskers took the ball on their own 20-yard line. From there the great drive began, with Howell and Sloan, who had returned to the game at the start of the half, alternating with ferocious lunges and sharp off tackle dashes that had the heavy Sooners dragging. It is useless to detail this mighty assault. It was drive after drive, run after run, over 80 yards of terrain, until Sloan finally shot through forward defenses, dodged the secondary and raced over the goal from the 19-yard line.

Bearg sent a new team on the field in the fourth quarter. Peaker, Frahm, McBride and Witte were in the backfield for a time. Then Red Young replaced Witte. The Sooners were desperate. They began throwing passes on play after play.

McBride Intercepts a Pass

McBride intercepted a heave from Kitchell on the Sooner 34-yard line. Frahm ran the left side of the Sooner line and was brought down only after he had covered 24 yards. From the 10-yard line Buddy McBride pushed the Oklahoma center apart and went over.

Witte place-kicked goal.

A few minutes late, Reserve Center Zaver intercepted another heave from Kitchell and without any particular difficulty ran 75 yards to score. Zaver was well ahead of both friend and foe when he made the interception and he kept that way until he had crossed the line, eight or 10 Sooners giving desperate and futile chase.

Frahm kicked off and Drake received on the Sooner five-yard line and returned to the 23-yard line. Kitchell, who it seemed couldn’t learn, tried another pass. Red Young got that one and away he went. Red wasn’t bothered, either, on his 28-yard dash. McBride kicked goal and it was over, 44 to 6.

These statistics tell the story of the Cornhuskers’ superiority.

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