Nebraska 50
Hawaii 0

Nov. 26, 1954

Nebraska Outclasses Impotent Hawaiians

HONOLULU — Nebraska Friday night punched the University of Hawaii touchdown groggy with scoring runs from all over the field in posting a 50-0 victory that wrapped up the Huskers’ regular season play.

Eight Nebraskans accounted for points as 18 thousand saw the Orange-Bowl-bound Huskers tally in every quarter.

Nebraska amassed 19 first downs to Hawaii’s seven and had the staggering total yardage statistical advantage of 648-128.

No second-Half Passes

The Huskers picked up 542 yards rushing. All of their 106 yards through the air came in the first half.

The game was dedicated to the memory of Hawaii’s late delegate to Congress, Joseph R. Farrington, and Hugh Butler and Dwight Griswold, two late Senators from Nebraska.

Hawaii’s homecoming queen, Leilani Ferreira, presented Hawaiian flower leis to Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Orwig, Nebraska Regent Ben Greenberg and Congressman A.L. Miller of Nebraska just before the start of the game.

Comstock Opens Slow

And then came the touchdown avalanche.

The avalanche began early.

Nebraska received the opening kick-off and after drawing five-yard penalties for backfield in motion on the first two plays, Sophomore Don Comstock took a perfect pitch-out from Quarterback Dan Brown and rolled 68 yards to a touchdown with two minutes gone.

John Edwards added the extra point.

Johnson Goes Over

Hawaii’s Edward Kawawaki fumbled soon after the ensuing kick-off and End Don Hewitt recovered for Nebraska on the Hawaii 27.

Six plays later Comstock crossed from the three and it remained 13-0 when Edwards’ kick was wide.

Coach Bill Glassford inserted his No. 2 unit at the quarter as usual and this outfit drove 46 yards to score the first time it got its hands on the ball.

Harry Johnson’s romp from the 28 to the Rainbow eight was the key play, and the Valley lad, whose parents were in the stands, got the touchdown from the five.

Taylor Covers Fumble

Don Erway’s boot split the uprights and it 20-0.

Once again Hawaii was unable to gain and forced to kick.

This time the Huskers uncorked a 66-yard march only to be held on downs on the Hawaii one when Sylvester Harris was halted at the scrimmage line on fourth down.

But Dame Luck frowned on the Rainbows the following play when a backfield mixup brought a fumble and scrappy Husker guard Bill Taylor cuddled the ball on the two.

Penalty Doesn't Hurt

A five-yard penalty put the Huskers back momentarily. But Brown sneaked across from the one on third down and the tally was 26-0 when Harris’s kick was wide.

A brilliant run by Brown on the final play of the first half made it 32-0 at the intermission.

Brown had hit third-string end Ted Westervelt of Scottsbluff on a 37-yard pass play to put the ball on Hawaii’s 14 with eight seconds remaining.

With the Rainbow defense spread for the expected pass, Brown couldn’t find a receiver open and zig-zagged through to the end zone. This time Harris’s kick was blocked.

Clark Breaks Loose

Ron Clark, who was expected to sit the game out because of an injured shoulder, made his first ball-toting appearance an auspicious one as the third period opened.

He broke loose on a 78-yard off-tackle scoot that upped the margin to 38-0. Tackle Bill Holloran was the extra-point opportunity this time. But his effort was wide.

The Rainbows finally got an offensive under way as the third period ended and marched from their 34 to the Husker 21 at the gun.

Ed Kawawaki got a first down on the 17 on the first play of the final quarter.

But the threat ended quickly when Donald Botelho and Kawawaki were tossed for losses and two of Fred Nagata’s passes were broken up, with the Huskers taking over on their own 22.

Willie Shows ‘Em

The Huskers slowly trudged downfield until they were set back to their own 30 on two 15-yard penalties in a row.

At this point, Glassford inserted Sophomore Willie Greenlaw for the first time and the speedy halfback, nursing a shoulder injury, immediately made his appearance known.

On the first play he sped 20 to the midfield stripe.

And on the next he broke into the clear, leaving would be Rainbows grasping for air as he zipped past and scooted into the end zone to make it 44-0.

Checked Again

Hawaii made its second threat after the kick-off, chugging from its own 32 to a first down on the Husker 24.

But two rushes gained only four yards and Jon McWilliams put the rush effectively on passer Dick Hadama the next two plays to give Nebraska the ball on downs on its own 23.

And once again Nebraska roared back, although another illegal-use-of-the-hands penalty stymied it temporarily and put it back to its 29 after a first down had been amassed.

On second down Rex Fischer pitched out to Dirkes Ralston and the little game captain got into the scoring column with a 64-yard dash.

The game ended when Hawaii returned the kick-off to its own 34.


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1954 season (6-5)

Minnesota Sept. 25
Iowa State Oct. 2
Kansas State Oct. 9
Oregon State Oct. 16
Colorado Oct. 23
Missouri Oct. 30
Kansas Nov. 6
Pittsburgh Nov. 13
Oklahoma Nov. 20
Hawaii Nov. 26
Duke Jan. 1

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