Missouri 47
Nebraska 6

Nov. 1, 1947

Missouri Humiliates Pitiful Huskers, 47-6

U.N. Displays Woeful Lack of T Handler

Memorial Stadium, Columbia, Mo. — A woefully-inadequate Nebraska football team took one of the worst peacetime whippings in Cornhusker history Saturday afternoon.

Missouri methodically ground out a 47-6 victory to remain the Big Six loop’s only undefeated and untied team.

22 thousand fans were shocked at the utter futility of the Nebraska attack.

And the once-promising Husker defense was just as poor in the defense was just as poor in the face of a surprisingly-potent Tiger ground and aerial combination.

This game brought home to the several hundred fans from Nebraska a point which most have suspected right along — that the Huskers simply don’t have anybody to handle the T-formation quarterback duties.

While the Huskers were messing up most of their running and pass attempts, Missouri displayed expert handling of the key manunder-center chores.

Harold (Bus) Entsminger, 23-year-old Missouri senior, did a remarkable job of guiding his team to its first three touchdowns, as he showed the Huskers how the position should be played.

And even after he went out early in the second half with injuries, Mizzou had superior quarterbacking from Bob West and Martin Sauer.

The Tigers took a 21-0 lead in the first half and scored in all periods. They added insult to injury by using second and third stringers for three scores in the last quarter.

On only one play did the Huskers show anything. That was early in the third period, and it brought the only Nebraska touchdown.

Cletus Fischer, the day’s game captain, ran off the Tiger right tackle, and cut back to find himself in the clear. He outran Tiger chasers for a 45-yard dash into the end zone.

Outside of that one play, it was a consistent parade of Missouri runners and pass-catchers.

Here’s how the Tigers made their seven touchdowns:

1. Entsminger ran from the Husker 9-yard line. Tackled at the two, he tossed a lateral to Bill day for six points when the game was nine minutes old.

2. Entsminger faked neatly from the Husker 20 in the second quarter and scampered around right end untouched. Two blockers escorted him into the end zone.

3. Still in the second period, Dick Thompson tossed an unprotected pass in midfield. Tiger center Bob Fuchs intercepted and ran 45 yards into the end zone.

4. After the Huskers had scored, Day plunged over from the 1-yard line. The ball had been placed there due to a roughing penalty on Nebraska.

5. On the first play of the fourth period, Dick Braznell passed 10 yards to Kenny Bounds in the end zone.

6. A 74-yard march was climaxed by Braznell’s 32-yard pass to Nick Carras, all alone behind the Huskers.

7. With 20 seconds left in the game, sub Allen Roby plunged a yard to end a 57-yard advance.

And so the Huskers left the field with spirits as low as the heavy clouds which hung over the field all afternoon.

Spectators had an added thrill when Missouri students tangled with ROTC cadets who were dispatched to guard the goal posts.

The milling lasted half an hour after the game. And the north goal posts came down, at the cost of many a bloody nose and black eye.


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1947 season (2-7)

Indiana Sept. 27
Minnesota Oct. 4
Iowa State Oct. 11
Notre Dame Oct. 18
Kansas State Oct. 25
Missouri Nov. 1
Kansas Nov. 8
Oklahoma Nov. 22
Oregon State Nov. 29

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