Nebraska 38
William Jewell 0

Oct. 22, 1898 • Kansas City, Missouri

Nebraska Giants Win Out



Little Fellows of William Jewell Overpowered by Larger Opponents

Thirty-eight to Nothing the Score That Tells the Victory of Captain Melford’s Men

Plucky Light Weights Break Through the University’s Line and Play Good Football — View of the Gridiron

Kansas City, Mo., Oct 22 — The Nebraska football players, last year’s champions of the Western Interstate league, bowled over the youngsters from William Jewell today by a score of 38 to 0.

The Nebraskans’ ability to outplay their opponents could easily have been demonstrated had they scored only half as often. Just eighteen minutes after the commencement of play Captain Melford kicked the goal which made the score 18 to 0, and while the game lasted, barring the time taken out at intervals to allow the players of both sides to lay in fresh supplies of wind, the champions made touchdowns with great regularity. Every time the leather was carried across the goal line it was planted beneath the posts and Melford had no difficulty kicking any of the goals.

The William Jewell players are several sizes too light to line up against such an array of giants as the Nebraska line presented. The average weight of the Baptists is less than 160 pounds. The Nebraskans had their opponents scared at the start and their score was nearly twenty when the Missouri youngsters awoke to the fact that they themselves could play a little football. They located a weak spot in the Nebraska line and crashed through repeatedly. Only the overwhelming superiority to weight, coupled with the too frequent hustling, prevented a touchdown in that one rally made by the Missourians.

The ball was forced to the twenty-yard line and there sacrificed. The same difficulty which was noticeable in the work of the Nebraskans last year was apparent yesterday. Barring Benedict, whose work was the feature of the day, they were very slow in getting down the field. The interference was good, but the halves might follow it more closely to advantage. In the making of gains Halfback Benedict came pretty close to being the whole works, his spurts of fifteen, twenty and twenty-five yards being of too frequent occurrence to excite great interest. Melford punted for a number of good gains.

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Series history

Nebraska is 1-0 all-time against William Jewell.

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1898 season (8-3)

Hastings Oct. 1
Iowa State Oct. 8
Tarkio Oct. 15
William Jewell Oct. 22
Missouri Oct. 24
Kansas Nov. 5
KC Medics Nov. 7
Drake Nov. 12
Colorado Nov. 17
Denver AC Nov. 19
Iowa Nov. 24

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