Kansas 20
Nebraska 5

Nov. 14, 1908

Kansas Wallops the Cornhuskers Badly



Lincoln, Neb. Nov. 14 — A crowd of fully 4,000 people witnessed the downfall of the Cornhuskers and consequently the forfeiture of the Missouri valley championship Saturday afternoon at Antelope park. Nebraska played miserable ball all the contest, not excelling the Kansas team in any form of playing. The Jayhawkers virtually walloped the dust with the Cornhuskers and literally carried them off their feet. They were too swift for them and at every stage of the game they had their eyes wide open and succeeded in taking advantage of every opportunity. Nebraska's celebrated stonewall fell before the vigorous battering ram of the Kansas eleven like so much chaff before the wind, and in hardly and instance were they able to stop the procedure. Very few forward passes were fused and especially was that the case with the visitors, whose principal mode of attacked was what might be considered straight football. Some of their formations were similar to those used in old fashioned line bucking football but they took the Cornhuskers completely off their feet.

The visitors' line was considerably heavier and perhaps that may account for such renowned success in these plays. Johnson, the Jayhawkers' quarterback, was a whirlwind. He wins always in the game and almost proved to be a second Cooke in his dodging of men. At one time he got through the whole field of players for a run of sixty-eight yards, but was pursued by the fleet of Nebraska quarter, Cooke, and downed on the one-yard line. This was really the only spectacular run of the game and as a result created a great stir amongst the handful of Kansas rooters in the bleachers.

The north bleachers were full to the limit and the south ones very nearly so. In the center of the north bleachers a human "N" loomed up in the midst of the crowd. It was made by the rooters who had covered their heads and shoulders with red cheesecloth. Next to the human "N" the band was seated. Several marches were played before the game and numerous Nebraska college songs were sung with the aid of the band.

Weather was Fine

The Kansas band was seated on the opposite bleachers amid the sixty rooters who accompanied the team from Lawrence. The weather was perfect for such a contest and each player was on his high horse to do what he could do for his team. This spirit was strengthened by the fact that Nebraska and Kansas have for many years been rivals on the gridiron. The game was really the point on which the Missouri valley championship turned and the results of yesterday certainly filled the hearts of Nebraska students with remorse.

Dahlene of the visitors was a star gainer through the tackles and often-times around Nebraska's left end. Twice in the game Nebraska called for the new play called the peek-a-boo play, and once gained twelve yards, but on the second attempt Koeger was thrown for a loss of twelve yards.

The first score was made by Dahlene, who made a place kick on the twenty-two yard line, after eleven minutes of play. On a fumble by Birkner, Dahlene seized the ball and ran for a touchdown. The game started with Nebraska defending the west goal. Dahlene kicked off to Beltzer, who returned the oval to center of the field for the second down. Beltzer punted to the Kansas forty-yard line. Kansas lost the ball on a fumble and after the second down Birkner tried a place kick, but failed, the ball going far from the goal posts.

Kansas kicked out and after much up and down field work the Jayhawkers brought the pigskin to the Cornhuskers' ten-yard line, where they were held for downs.

Here was perhaps the best work done by Nebraska in the game. Beltzer punted for safe territory and the ball was returned to the twenty-five yard line. After two downs Dahlene made a place kick and scored four points. Kansas chose the west goal to defend. Caldwell received Birkner's punt and returned to the thirty-five yard line. Cooke ran with the ball and after a clearing away of the players it was seen that he was tackled by a man fully twice his size. He took out time, but resumed the game. There was much disappointment in his playing, for he failed to pull off one of his spectacular runs which he usually does and which he did in the Ames game at just the opportune time to save Nebraska from defeat. The Kansans seized a forward pass of Beltzer's and began at once to attack King Cole's cohorts by line plunges. Finally they were held for downs and were forced to punt. The ball was kept almost continually in Nebraska's territory and it wasn't long before they were in serious danger. They wiggled out, however, and punted. Johnson of the Jayhawkers signaled for a fair catch, but fumbled. The oval was picked up by Kroger, who had a clear field for a touchdown. He turned slightly to see if he was being pursued and was soon overtaken, but not until he had reached the center of the field. Nebraska failed to gain and in addition was thrown for losses. Kansas got the ball and by continual line plunges Dahlene carried it over for a touchdown and then kicked goal. Score, Kansas 10, Nebraska 0. The game continued with the gains and wholly in the hands of the Kansas team. The first half ended with Kansas 16, Nebraska 5.

Between the halves the bands of both colleges paraded the field and the students of Nebraska engaged in a snake dance headed by the band. In the second half Johnson executed a beautiful drop kick from the thirty-yard line.

Details of the Game

Game started at 2:34 p.m. Harvey of Nebraska won the toss and chose to defend the west goal. Dahlene kicked to Beltzer, who returned the ball to center of the field. On first down Nebraska failed to gain. Beltzer punted to Kansas’s forty-yard line, where the ball was downed immediately. Meyer made five yards through center. Kansas fumbled and Nebraska got the ball. Beltzer also failed to gain through right tackle. Birkner tried a place kick on Kansas’s thirty-yard line and failed. Kansas kicked from twenty-five yard line to Harvey, who returned the ball to the forty-yard line. Chaloupka failed to gain. Cooke made two yards around right end. On-side kick blocked and Kansas got the ball. Fiske made three yards through left tackle. Meyers was thrown for a loss of three yards by Beltzer. Johnson punted to Cooke and Nebraska’s thirty-yard line, where he was downed in his tracks on the next down Nebraska fumbled and Kansas got the ball. Dahlene made five yards through center, Fiske ten yards through left tackle. Dahlene made two yards through right tackle and then three yards through center. Fiske made thirteen yards around left end. The ball was then on Nebraska’s ten-yard line. Dahlene made five yards and then Meyers four yards around right end. Nebraska then held them for downs on the one-yard line. Beltzer punted to Johnson, who returned the ball to the twenty-five yard line. Fiske made two yards through left guard and Pleasant tried a place kick on the twenty-two yard line and made it, after eleven minutes of play. Score, Nebraska 0, Kansas 4. Nebraska defended the east goal. Birkner punted to Caldwell, who returned the ball thirty-five yards on a criss-cross play. Kansas failed to gain. Johnson punted to Cooke, who returned the ball to the center of the field, where he was tackled by Reed, the 210-pound Kansas guard. Kroger made three yards through right tackle. Forward pass by Beltzer is nabbed by Kansas. Fiske made three yards around right end. Reed went through center for two yards and Dahlene repeated the performance for five yards more. Fiske made three yards through right guard and Meyers two yards through left guard. On the next down Johnson was thrown for a loss of three yards by Harvey.

Johnson then punted to Cooke, who returned the ball to Nebraska’s thirty-yard line. Birkner made three yards through left tackle. Frum failed to gain on a run around right end. Beltzer punted to Fiske in the center of the field and the ball is returned to Nebraska on thirty-yard line. Meyers made two yards through right tackle, Dahlene failed to gain. Pleasant tried a place kick, but it fell short and Birkner carried back twenty yards. Cooke failed to gain around right end, Cooke tried a forward pass, but it hit the ground Nebraska suffered a penalty of fifteen yards. Ball was then on Nebraska’s five-yard line.

Beltzer punted to Johnson, who signaled for a fair catch, but failed. Kroger regained the ball and carried it to the center of the field. Beltzer made two yards through right tackle. On the next down Beltzer tried a forward pass, but was thrown for a loss of twelve yards. Beltzer failed at a punt, due to a bad pass from center and was thrown fro an eight-yard loss. Kansas ball in the center of the field. Fiske went through right tackle for five yards. Dahlene failed to gain through center. Meyers made one yard around right end. On the next down Fiske is thrown for a loss of four yards by Harvey.

Miner Goes In

At this point Miner went in for Beltzer. Johnson punted to birkner, who fumbled. Dahlene go the ball and carried it over for a touchdown. Dahlene kicked goal. Kansas 10, Nebraska 0.

Kansas defended the east goal. Birkner kicked off to Dahlene, who returned the ball to Kansas’ twenty-five yard line. Fiske failed to gain. On the next play Johnson attempted an on-side kick, but it was blocked and Carlson fell on the ball. Dahlene failed to gain. Johnson then punted to Miner outside the field of play on the thirty-five yard line. Kroger carried the ball nine yards through left tackle and Harvey three yards around left end. Chaloupka made two yards through left guard. Kroger hit right tackle for six yards and Miner repeated it for two yards. Nebraska fumbled, but recovered the ball. On a forward pass from Cooke to Harvey, twenty-five yards were gained. Ball was then on Kansas’ fifteen-yard line. Chaloupka made seven yards through left tackle, but Kroger failed to gain. Third down and three yards to gain. Birkner then carried the pigskin through right tackle for a touchdown. Harvey missed goal. Nebraska 5, Kansas 10. Nebraska defended east goal. Dahlene kicked off to Harvey, who aided by good interference, returned the ball to the forty-five yard line.

Miner went through left tackle for two yards and then on a fake punt gained two yards more around right end. Miner then punted to Johnson on the forty-yard line, who carried the ball for a spectacular run of sixty-five yards, being tackled by Cooke on the one-yard line, On the next down, Dahlene was pushed over for a touchdown. Pleasant kicked out from the goal line to Johnson. Dahlene kicked goal.

Score—Nebraska, 5; Kansas, 16.

Kansas defended east goal. Birkner kicked off to Dahlene, who returned the ball to the twenty-five yard line. Fiske made eleven yards through left tackle and Meyers added three more through right tackle. Rice went around left end for seventeen yards and through right tackle for one yard more. Rice then made seven yards through left tackle on the next play. Fiske was thrown for a loss of two yards. Dahlene made three yards through center. Steele replaced Fiske. Rice made one yard around left end. Ball went to Nebraska on her forty-yard line. Miner punted to Johnson, who returned the ball to the center of the field. Steele failed to gain. End of first half. Nebraska, 5; Kansas, 16.

Nebraska defending the east goal. Birkner kicked off to Steele, who returned it to the forty-five yard line. On the first down Rice made five yards through right tackle. Hennesy made two more through left tackle. Rice made two through center and then five more through the same place, which brought the spheroid on Nebraska’s twelve-yard line. Kansas failed at downs and Nebraska got the ball. Cooke made five yards through right tackle, Kroger five through right tackle and Frum three through right guard. Miner on a fake punt made thirty yards around right end. The gain was to allowed on account of holding done by a Nebraska player. A fifteen-yard penalty was made. Miner punted to Johnson, who returned to Nebraska’s twenty-yard line. Rice made two yards through right guard and then added three more on on-side.

Kansas made distance of nine yards. On a quarterback run Johnson was thrown for a loss of three yards. Pleasant tried a field goal but missed. Miner kicked from the twenty-yard line. Meyers made three yards through right tackle and then added four through left tackle. Kansas was here penalized fifteen yards for holding, after which Johnson punted to Cooke, who returned to his thirty-five yard line. On a peek-a-boo play Miner made twelve yards around right end. Cooke was then thrown for a fifteen-yard loss on attempt at a forward pass, which brought the pigskin on Nebraska’s thirty-two yard line. Miner made thirteen yards around right end on a fake punt. Nebraska was held for downs and Miner punted to Kansas’ forty-yard line.

Rough play ensued on the part of Kansas and Nebraska was given the ball. Kroger went through right tackle for four yards, Birkner for two and then Cooke was thrown for a loss of three yards. Kansas got the ball and punted to Cooke, who returned to the middle of the field. Kroger was thrown for a six-yard loss and then Nebraska was penalized for a failure in executing the forward pass. Miner punted to Johnson, who returned to Nebraska’s forty-five yard line. Rice failed to gain on the first down, but on the second forward pass from Rice to Johnson around left end netted twenty-five yards. Rice made five yards through right tackle. Here Temple entered in place of Kroger in the Nebraska lineup. Rice made two yards through right tackle and Meyers three yards through center.

Kansas was then penalized fifteen yards for holding. On an on-side kick the oval was fumbled by Johnson, but was finally recovered by Jonson and the referee called it a touchback. Miner kicked from the twenty-five-yard line to Johnson, who returned to the center of the field. Steele made two yards around left end and then Birkner seized an on-side kick from Kansas, which brought the ball on Nebraska’s forty-five yard line. Cooke signaled a forward pass and Harvey made but two yards. Temple failed to gain. In the second attempt at a peek-a-boo play Birkner was thrown for a loss of twelve yards. Miner punted to Johnson, who returned to Kansas’ forty-yard line. Rice made two yards through center. Johnson punted to Miner, who fumbled and Kansas got the ball on Nebraska’s thirty-yard line. Here Cooke gave way to Bentley. Rice failed to gain, after which Johnson was successful in executing a beautiful drop kick.

Score: Kansas 20, Nebraska 5.

Kansas defended the east goal. Birkner kicked to Meyers, who returned to the thirty-yard line. On the first down Johnson made three yards through left tackle. Here Bond entered for Meyers. Bond made ten yards around left end and then Steele made one yard through left guard. Johnson punted to Bentley, who returned to Nebraska’s forty-eight-yard line. Miner punted to Johnson, who returned to the forty-yard line. Bond made sixteen yards around left end, which brought the ball on Nebraska’s twenty-yard line. Steele made five yards around right end. Here Sturzenegger entered for Birkner. Johnson on an onside kick the ball was fumbled and seized by Nebraska. Miner punted out of danger to Johnson, who returned to the thirty-five-yard line. Rice made three yards through right tackle and Bond five yards through left tackle. Here time was called and the game ended. Final score—Kansas, 20; Nebraska, 5.

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