Nebraska 28
Oregon 13

Sept. 27, 1952 • Multnomah Stadium, Portland, Ore.

Potent Huskers Zip to Easy 28-13 Win

Here's the play which started the Huskers rolling. Bob Reynolds escapes Oregon's George Shaw for a 16-yard touchdown. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

24,061 See Precise-Blocking Line Lead Way for Straight Plays

PORTLAND, Ore. — A surprisingly potent Nebraska football team mastered Oregon with the greatest of ease before 24,061 fans here Saturday night.

A precise-blocking offensive line featured the 28-13 Husker victory and made the actual margin in strength much wider than the score indicates.

Coach Bill Glassford’s pupils controlled the game at all times, leading from the first minute and half.

And they did it with straight running plays from the T-formation, never once calling on the spread which Oregon admittedly had been expecting.

Blocking Crisp

Quarterback Johnny Bordogna and Halfback bob Reynolds each scored two touchdowns — but their work was made easy by the crisp blocking job up ahead by Guards Clayton Curtis and Jerry Paulson, Tackles Harvey Goth and Jim Oliver, and Ends Ted Connor, Dennis Emanuel and George Mink.

Reynolds didn’t make the fans wait long to see him go scooting into the end zone. He scored on a 16-yard run with only 1:24 played.

And his first of four good place kicks left the Huskers ahead by 7-6 after Oregon also scored in the opening period.

Bordogna Sparkles

But it was Bordogna rather than Reynolds who turned in the night’s longest run.

Time was running out in the last period when John made a fake hand-off and broke through a hole in the middle.

He swung wide of the first would-be tacklers, then ran away from all of them to complete a 66-yard run that turned an eight-point lead into a 15-point victory.

Minnick Covers Ball

Reynolds scored the first time he carried the ball, on a 16-yard run right around the highly-touted Oregon end, Emory Barnes.

Jerry Minnick recovered a fumble by Tom Novikoff on the Webfoot 19-yard line and on the second Husker play Bob went all the way.

A clipping penalty on a punt return set Oregon back on its own seven a few minutes later.

Ball Escapes Mink

Reynolds made a fair catch of Novikoff’s punt on the Webfoot 48 to set up another Husker chance.

Johnny Bordogna passed to George Mink for a first down on the 34. But a second Bordogna-Mink try ran into trouble.

the ball bounced off Mink’s fingers and was intercepted by Cece Hodges on the 26.

But three Oregon passes failed and Novikoff kicked to Reynolds for another fair catch on the Husker 29.

Last-Down Pass Clicks

Bob fumbled on the next play, and Guard Emmett Williams recovered on the Husker 30.

On a fourth-down pass, Barney Holland hit Monte Brethauer with a pass on the Nebraska 12.

Big Novikoff ran to the two when the Huskers were anticipating a pass. But it took three line smashes to send Don Sloan over for a touchdown.

Novikoff’s kick was blocked and the Huskers had a 7-6 lead at the end of the first quarter,

Wrong Way Tactics

A holding penalty gave Nebraska the ball on the Oregon 48 early in the second period and eight plays carried all the way to the three.

Then things happened — all of them bad for the Huskers.

A backs-in-motion penalty cost five yards, then some vicious line play by the Webfoots backed the Huskers up 32 yards.

Hal Simmons spilled Reynolds for a 10-yard loss on an attempted sweep and Bordogna was downed by Barnes for another big loss when Johnny faded back deep to pass.

Brasee Blocks Punt

Oregon took over on downs on its 40. But the Ducks couldn’t make any headway and Carl Brasee blocked a Novikoff punt to give Nebraska possession on the enemy 45.

Reynolds swept left end for 22 yards. But four other plays failed and Oregon took the ball on downs on its 19.

A defensive holding penalty on the Huskers moved the ball down to the Nebraska 46. But Jim Yeisley put a quick halt to this bid.

Huskers Stopped

The Coin, Iowa, sophomore intercepted one of Holland’s long flips and fell on the Husker 33.

But the Huskers were stopped cold there and Reynolds had to punt to Shaw, who got back to the Oregon 31 with 1:23 left in the half.

Dunham tossed a pass to Ron Lyman, who made a great running catch to eat up 21 yards.

But Max Kennedy intercepted a long Holland pass to give Nebraska the ball on its own 13 with only 18 seconds left.

Bordogna Kills Time

Bordogna then used up all of the remaining time with one sneak play and the Husker margin still was 7-6 at the intermission.

the Huskers kept possession of the ball for the first eight minutes of the second half. But they couldn’t score.

They marched from their own 21 to the Oregon 14. But the drive bogged down there and Hal Reeve took the ball away from Bordogna on an attempted fourth-down pass.

The Huskers got the ball back in a hurry when Novikoff had to punt and Kennedy returned 28 yards to the Web 34.

Bordogna Sneaks Over

And this time they weren’t to be denied — even with Reynolds on the bench.

Bordogna, Cifra, Dennis Korinek and Jim Cederdahl made the 34 yards in nine line plays, Bordogna sneaking the last yard.

Then Reynolds came out to kick the point and give Nebraska a 14-6 lead.

After taking the kick-off, the Ducks couldn’t make headway against a hard-charging Husker line and Novikoff’s punt rolled out on the Husker 40 as the last quarter happened.

Fresh Reynolds Tallies

Ray Novak came in to contribute smashing runs of 10, seven and eight yards during an uninterrupted march of 60 yards to the third Husker touchdown.

A fresh Reynolds came off the bench to run eight yards for the touchdown the only time he carried on this drive and his kick made it 21-6.

Oregon took the next kick-off and didn’t give up the ball until a touchdown had been scored.

Penalty Aids Ducks

A 73-yard march was featured by Novikoff’s 18-yard run and was helped by a 15-yard roughing penalty on Nebraska.

Dunham passed to Wayne Johnson for the touchdown after two line plays had been piled up a foot short of the goal.

There was only 3:01 left to play when Harvey’s kick cut the Husker lead to 21-13.

Bordogna pulled a neat fake to break loose through the line and run 66 yards for the fourth Nebraska touchdown with only 1:29 left to play.

Late Thrill by Ducks

Reynolds made it four straight extra-point kicks for a 28-13 lead — and the fans started home.

but those who did missed another thrill.

Dunham passed to Shaw for a 51-yard gain to the Husker 20. But Jerry Minnick and Dennis Emanuel smothered Dunham on his two remaining throws.


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1952 season (5-4-1)

South Dakota Sept. 20
Oregon Sept. 27
Iowa State Oct. 4
Kansas State Oct. 11
Penn State Oct. 18
Colorado Oct. 25
Missouri Nov. 1
Kansas Nov. 8
Minnesota Nov. 15
Oklahoma Nov. 22

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