Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 26 – On this dark, dripping day, the Cornhuskers helped each other and helped themselves to 19 points.
Captain Lawrence Jones’ assorted outsize and streamlined pupils from Oklahoma’s Redlands were forced to console themselves with thoughts of football’s character-building qualities. They got themselves no points. Actually they were never very close to getting any, no matter what the detailed narrative of the exercises, printed elsewhere in this section, might lead you to conclude.
The Sooners tried like everything, but they were unable to unify and coordinate their efforts. They were too much the rugged individuals; not, certainly, from design but involuntarily.
The Sooners were just as verdant as the drizzle-freshened play yard. The Sooners need experience. When they get that – look out!
Their getting experience, however, comprises a matter that need not be seriously considered for some weeks. On this afternoon, which was dedicated by some 23 thousand customers to the fathers of undergraduates, Captain Jones’ boys didn’t have a chance.
They didn’t earn a first down nor receive one as a gift until the third quarter, after the Cornhuskers had entered their third and final touchdown on the scoreboards. From that interval until the finish, they made yardage 10 times and accumulated a total linear measurement that exceeded by five yards their conquerors’ total of 163. But I say again, this didn’t mean much of anything.
The guests looked mildly dangerous but once. This happened in the fourth quarter. Dana Bible shooed back onto the slippery sward his No. 1 scholars who had relaxed on the bench for nearly two periods, and the threat was effectively dudded. It would have taken a gang like Minnesota, with Glenn Seidel directing, to make touchdowns against the Bible class between 2 and 4:30 p.m., Saturday.
The home boys were also much improved over last week in their work when they had the ball. The reckoning should make this remark unnecessary, but you never can tell. Miscalculations were evident now and then in the blocking. There were times when the backs didn’t get their convoy on the split second. But it was better – oh, so much better – than at Manhattan!
To tell how the Cornhuskers went about the business of accomplishing 12 of their 19 points is to tell the tale of the Wild Hoss revived. Master Cardwell was a different lad himself – and he was helped along by mates who were similarly different than seven days ago. They helped him get going – and once under way, he went! His grandest demonstration of hasty progress went for naught – but we’ll tell of that later.
The influence of Chief Bauer, restored quarterback, though still ailing, must receive credit for this turn to aggressiveness, along with the bettered blocking by both line and backfield.
The argument was no more than five minutes old when the home kids started their first profit-taking drive. Johnny Howell, who took great delight in laying Sooner ball carriers by their heels throughout his afternoon’s service, wiggled back a couple of yards with Bo Hewes’ punt to the Sooners’ 48.
Sam Francis pitched to Les McDonald for seven yards. Jerry LaNoue snaked through left tackle for 13 and the Huskers had first down 35 yards from the payoff.
Cardwell swung right end for six more. Then Dana Bible ordered Chief Bauer to take charge. The Chief took a lateral from Francis and threw unerringly forward to Cardwell, who whirled and twisted to the two-yard line. Samuel rammed the middle – but lacked inches of counting. Cardwell snatched a lateral from the Chief and went snorting around right end for the first six points. Francis’ kick was low and wide, and it was 6 to 0 with nine minutes 10 seconds gone.
Bill Breeden kicked off – and then Cardwell really ran. Chief Bauer received the boot on his own 12-yard line. He took no more than three steps before throwing to Cardwell, who ran beside him. The Old Hoss made the catch about midway between the sidelines. He set off for the west boundary with a destructive shield of red shirts galloping ahead. He passed into Oklahoma territory as he neared the sidelines, then turned sharply and set a diagonal course for the northeast corner.
Every Sooner but Backs Bo Hewes and Bill Breeden chased him futilely. Bo Hewes and Bill Breeden were ahead of him. He got past Breeden and two red-shirted mates seemed certain to keep Hewes from making anything more than a gestures. But Hewes cut behind the blockers and leveled Cardie eight yards from a touchdown.
No score followed because on second down Guard Fred Ball broke up Chief Bauer’s pitch in the end zone and Oklahoma took the ball on the touchback.
Save for a flurry that followed the blocking of one of Francis’ punts, the Huskers kept control during the remainder of the period. As the pistol popped they were on their way to another touchdown.
Francis had punted again, 52 yards to the Sooner 12. There, Back J. R. Corbett fumbled, and Fred Shirey recovered on the 11, just as he had done nine yards closer to the goal in the Minnesota game. Fred Shirey, by the way, demonstrated this day that the search for one tackle of better than average capabilities is probably ended. He was prominent in both defensive and offensive business.
Samuel picked up two yards through the desperate white-shirted middle before time was up.
On the first play of the new quarter, Cardwell counted again. He ran inside right end, cut toward the middle and was across. This time Francis’ placement was good.
Still the Sooners were helpless. The half ended with them unable to show anything for their earnest efforts.
Six and a half minutes into the third quarter, a lineup composed of No. 1 and No. 2 boys scored for the third and last time. Ralph Eldridge fielded Woodie Huddleston’s punt on the Sooner 39 and was downed before he could take a goalward stride. Bob Benson skirted left end for 17 yards. Ralphie lost a yard trying to crack a very durable middle. Then Johnny Howell threw to Bernie Scherer.
Bernie, as usual, both this day and last week and most any week before that, was ready. He stretched to make the necessary connection, then lunged to the goal line and fell across it. Eldridge’s kick was low and wide, and all that remained of the game was Oklahoma’s several thrusts against Dana Bible’s understudies. They rolled up yardage that probably looks impressive on paper, but they never looked very dangerous. The Huskers were interested chiefly in killing time.
Nebraska is 38-45 all-time against Oklahoma.
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