Nebraska 16
Oklahoma 7

Oct. 28, 1933

Nebraska Beats Oklahoma 16 to 7; Recovers First Kickoff For Score


Camera Catches Something Unusual: An Assault on Cornhusker Goal Line -- Top left: Dunlap passes to Bill Pansze for an Oklahoma first down on Nebraska's six-yard line. Pansze is shown with the ball just before he was tackled. At right: A few plays later, Dunlap (indicated by arrow) is downed on Nebraska's one-yard line after going through the right side of the Cornhusker line. Numbers 2 and 3 are the Pansze brothers, Bill and Art, respectively, stars of the Sooner backfield. Dunlap went over for a touchdown on the next play. Lower left: Jack Miller, Nebraska quarterback, going around end for Nebraska's second touchdown. Behind Miller, No. 40 is DeBus, No. 30 is Bishop.


Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 28—The Cornhuskers had a touchdown this afternoon before Prof. Get Hot Quick’s varsity band had emptied its horns of the last brassy bars of “U-U-U-N-I,” the syncopated camp-meeting tune that has opened gridiron disturbances here ever since King Cole’s day. Hubert Boswell fell on Bernie Masterson’s kickoff in the Sooner end zone.

The Bible boys made themselves another about a quarter of an hour later, and it is well for them that they did. Professor Lewie Hardage’s sophomores got experience with astonishing rapidity and throughout the second half they played like the Huskers are probably expecting battle-tried Pitt to play.

The Nebraskans managed to score a 16-to-7 victory that kept them undefeated and ahead in their battle for another Big Six title, but now their goal line has been violated and their conduct during the final 30 minutes seemed to demand an early reformation if misfortune is to be avoided in later contests.

Scarlet Line Smashed

The Sooners came tearing out of their dressing room to start the last half and they kept right on tearing until the taps gun popped. They smashed the Scarlet line for their touchdown. They bottled the Nebraska running attack and delivered it to the sidelines for Professor Hardage to hold. If actual warfare from the air is no more deadly than the Huskers’ passing efforts against the Sooners, then Mr. Artie Brisbane is just the victim of Little Orphan Annie stories.

Colonel Bible’s confounded class did manage to add three points to its early-made 13 in the fourth quarter when George Henry Sauer made history by urging a place kick over the proper course from the 11-yard line. It is the first time on record that George Henry ever made a place kick. This, however, was a sort of compromise, for the Sooner defense, made fierce and unyielding by young men named Cassius Gentry and Casey Cason and Jeff Coker and Jack Harris, had smothered every attempt to gain by lugging the ball.

Huskers Advance 72 Yards

Only once did the Huskers begin an advance that ended successfully. It brought them that second touchdown. Bernie Masterson intercepted Bob Dunlap’s pass late in the first quarter , and ran it back to his own 28-yard line. From there, a series of plays in which lateral passes were most successful carried the ball 72 yards to six points. Jack Miller skirted end for the large three yards needed to score. It was he, acting captain with John Roby today, who made the most advances on the laterals.

The Huskers began other sorties, and they managed to accumulate a large preponderance of net yardage and earned first downs, but the others all came to naught because they either fumbled or went bang up against unyielding white shirts from Soonerland.

Sooners Profit by Fumble

There were enough fumbles on both sides to mar a half-dozen games. It was one of these, by Boswell in the third period, that gave the Sooners their chance from the Husker 19-yard line. A pass, Dunlap to Little Bill Pansze, gobbled up most of the yardage, but the play that made their touchdown and those immediately preceding ripped the Husker line. Bob Dunlap skated across on the heel of his pants from the one-yard line to get the second touchdown that has been negotiated at the expense of the Husker forwards in two seasons.

A fine old Nebraska tradition calls for the varsity band to toot the first note of “U-U-U-N-I,” as the kicker-off’s toe kisses the ball, and to follow with subsequent notes until the valiant young warriors line up for the first scrimmage. An equally fine and equally old tradition demands that the customers be on their feet yelling great noise at the same climactic moment.

An Easy Six Points

Twenty thousand customers and 130 undergraduate musicians were faithful to custom as Bernie Masterson toed the ball low over the Oklahomans’ heads. It smote the sod in the end zone.

Hube Boswell made uninterrupted and rapid foot progress through the whole guest eleven who just stood there gawking, as if they were sure Hube was about to make a fool of himself. Hube fell on the ball, and the Huskers had six points.

Sooners Start Too Late

Had the ball gone beyond the end zone, it would have been a touchback, but it didn’t. Hube soothed its nervous bouncings in territory that counted and perhaps it was this unusual interlude which gave the Huskers the impetus they needed to drive those 72 yards 15 minutes later. It is just as possible that it also discomfited and embarrassed the Sooners until Professor Hardage had preached a consoling and inspiring between-halves sermon in the dressing room.

Anyway, Colonel Bible’s boys were practically through after the intermission, while Oklahoma just got started then. But Oklahoma got started too late.

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1933 season (8-1)

Texas Oct. 7
Iowa State Oct. 14
Kansas State Oct. 21
Oklahoma Oct. 28
Missouri Nov. 4
Kansas Nov. 11
Pittsburgh Nov. 18
Iowa Nov. 25
Oregon State Nov. 30

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