Nebraska 27
Wabash 6

Nov. 26, 1908

Cornhuskers Defeat the 'Little Giants'



LINCOLN, Neb., Nov. 26 — Thanksgiving afternoon at Antelope park marked the terrific defeat of the Wabash football team of Crawfordsville, Ind., at the hands of the sturdy Cornhuskers. Never before in years has the Wabash team fallen so completely, and in fact their goal line was crossed for the first time this year with straight football They have been defeated, but only by goals from the field. “King” Cole’s warriors have had a nice long rest since the Kansas game and as a consequence great things were expected of them, and it is safe to say that they lived up to it. Every man was in prime of condition and in fact the same was the case with the victors’ eleven, but they did not last very long. At the start, as is naturally the case, they played good ball, but soon the battering ram attacks of the Cornhuskers overcame them and shortly before the middle of the first half they began to show a weakness. The same was the case in the second, only worse, for the half had hardly begun when their physical strength seemed to leave them.

Weather Was Fine

The weather was perfect for the occasion, and a crowd of at least 2,500 people turned out in spite of the fact that a great many of the student body had left town for their Thanksgiving recess. The field was somewhat muddy on the west end from the melting snow, but this difficulty was remedied by a wagon load of sawdust being scattered about. Before the game was halfway through, Coach Cole said that an easy victory was inevitable and so he began taking out some of the men and replacing them from the scrub reserve. At the latter part of the last half but one regular man was left, it being the big right tackle Chaloupka and he would have been out had he compiled with the order of the coach. A very peculiar incident happened in this connection. Chaloupka was ordered out of the game by the coach, but refused to go, whereupon the coach went upon the field to get him. He again refused and after a few moments of argument he was allowed to stay in. The men were taken out so as to insure their being in good condition for the Carlisle game. It being Chaloupka’s last year of football together with the fact that the Wabash game was the last representative college game of the season appealed strongly to the big tackle and he balked.

Bentley’s Long Run

Undoubtedly the most spectacular run of the game was made by Bentley, who went in for Cooke at quarterback. Hargraves of the Wabash team made a punt of thirty-five yards from the Wabash forty-yard line to Bentley, who was on Nebraska’s thirty-five yard line. Before he caught the oval, his opponents were down upon him, but by a series of marvelous dodging he wiggled out from the whole bunch and carried the pigskin for a touchdown, having run a distance of seventy-five yards.

Details of the Game

Captain Harey of Nebraska won the toss and chose to defend the west goal, with the wind slightly in his favor. Bowman of Wabash kicked off to Harvey at 2:45, and Harvey returned to Nebraska’s thirty-five-yard line. On the first down Beltzer circled right end for twenty yards, but the ball was taken back and Nebraska penalized fifteen yards for holding. The ball was down on Nebraska’s twenty-five yard line and Beltzer went around the end for three yards and then punted to Hargraves on Wabash’s twenty-yard line. On first down Colbert made two yards through right and Stlers followed with one yard through center. Stlers again was given the ball for a buck through center, but he failed to make his distance and it was Nebraska’s ball. On the first down Bill Chaloupka made six yards through left tackle and Kroger made one yard through the same hole.

Beltzer punted to Hargraves on the Wabash forty-yard line. Fipe made five yards through left tackle and Garver followed with a yard through the same place. Hargraves punted to Cooke, who returned the ball to Nebraska’s forty-yard line. On first down Beltzer made five yards around left end, but Cooke failed to gain on a wide run around right end. Beltzer punted twenty yards to Hargraves who returned to Nebraska’s forty-five yard line. Beltzer, on first down, made three yards around right end and then punted to Garver on the Wabash thirty-five yard line. Wabash, on the first down, attempted an open formation, which was almost identically the same as Coach Cole’s famous “peek-a-boo” play, but Stlers was downed by Chaloupka for a three-yard loss. On the next down Garver fumbled but recovered the ball after a loss of five yards. Hargraves punted twenty-five yards to Beltzer, who returned the ball to the Cornhuskers’ forty-five yard line. Nebraska was penalized fifteen yards for holding and on a fake kick Beltzer gained three yards around the right end. On a quarterback run “Pip” Cooke made three yards around left and and Beltzer punted out of bounds at the Wabash thirty-five yard line. Wabash failed to gain on the first down and on an attempted criss-cross Stlers fumbled and lost one yard.

Hargraves punted twenty-five yards, the ball struck the ground before any of the Cornhusker backs could get it and Stlers recovered the ball for Wabash near the center of the field. On the first down Hargraves attempted a quarterback run, but he was thrown for a six-yard loss by Captain Harvey. On the next down Hargraves pulled off a twenty-two-yard run on a fake punt, which brought the rooters to their feet, but the play was not allowed on account of holding. Gipe failed to gian.

First Touchdown

The ball was down on Wabash’s 25-yard line, and Hargreaves punted to Beltzer, who returned the pigskin to the Cornhuskers’ 50-yard line. On the first down Cooke attempted a forwards pass, but it struck the ground untouched and Nebraska was penalized 15 yards. The ball was now in Nebraska’s possession on her own 20-yard line. Frum made 3 yards on a punge through left tackle and Beltzer followed with a spectacular 20 yard dodging run around right end. Beltzer punted to Hargraves, who fumbled the ball, and Captain Harvey picked it up and ran 35 yards for a touchdown. The touchdown came after fifteen minutes of play. Harvey failed to kick goal. Score, Nebraska 5, Wabash 0.

Nebraska now had the east goal, and Bowman kicked off to Kroger, who returned to Nebraska’s 28-yard line. Chaloupka made one yard through left tackle, and followed with 5 and 8 more through the same place, Beltzer failed to gain and right tackle and punted 20 yards to Garver on the Wabash 40-yard line. Stlers made one yard at left tackle, but on the next down he failed to gain through center. Hargraves fell back to punt, but the kick was blocked by Ewing of nebraska and the ball went to Nebraska. Kroger made 5 yards through center and followed with one more in the same place, but fumbled the ball. Wabash recovered the oval and on the first down Harvey was downed for a three-yard loss by Harvey. On a fake punt Hargraves gained 8 yards. Hargraves punted 35 yards to Beltzer and the ball was downed on Nebraska’s 35-yard line. Beltzer made 1 yard at right and on an attempted forward pass Cooke was downed for a 5-yard loss by Burns. Beltzer punted 30 yards and the oval was recovered by Chaloupka who ran 40 yards for the second touchdown. Harvey again failed to kick goal. Score, Nebraska 10, Wabash 0.

Worked Shoestring Play

Bowman kicked off to Cooke, who returned to Nebraska’s twenty-five-yard line. Beltzer made eight yards around right end on the shoestring play. Birkner made one yard through left tackle and an onside kick of twenty yards was caught by Hargraves on the Wabash forty-yard line. Hargraves was thrown for a five-yard loss and Garver made tow yards through center. Hargraves punted to Beltzer, who returned to the center of the field. Johnson, right end, was replaced by Minor.

Beltzer punted to Hargraves on the Wabash thirty-yard line, who fumbled the ball, and Captain Harvey fell on it. Kroger made a twelve-yard gain through center and Birkner followed with three through tackle. On the next play Kroger made a twenty-yard gain through team pushed and pulled him the remaining ten yards for a touchdown. Harvey kicked goal. Score. Nebraska 16, Wabash 0.

Birkner was injured and was replaced by Sturznegger. Nebraska was defending the last goal and Bowmann of Wabash kicked off to Kroger, who returned to Nebraska’s thirty-five-yard line. Chaloupka made five yards through left tackle and followed with fifteen more around left end. Beltzer made one yard through right tackle and on a fake punt Hargraves lost two yards. Hargraves punted to Cooke, who made a spectacular thirty-yard return. Time was called for the first half, with the ball in Nebraska’s possession on the Wabash twenty-five yard line.

Second Half

At the beginning of the second half Temple went in for Kroger in the Nebraska line-up. Nebraska was defending the east goal and Captain Harvey kicked off to Wabash. The ball was fumbled on their twenty-yard line and was recovered for Nebraska by Minor. Kroger made two yards at right tackle and Beltzer followed with one yard through center. With the ball on Wabash’s fifteen-yard line Cooke tried an onside kick which Hargraves caught on their one-yard line. He was downed in his tracks and on the first down punted to Cooke on Nebraska’s thirty-yard line. Sturznegger made two yards around left end and Beltzer followed with three more around the other wing. On a forward pass Sturznegger fumbled and the ball went to Wabash. On their “peak-a-boo” formation Stlers made one yard through center. On a fake punt Hargraves made four yards around right end and on the next play he punted to Cooke, who returned twenty yards to the Wabash thirty-five yard line. Chaloupka made three yards at left tackle and Beltzer made two at right tackle, but Nebraska was penalized fifteen yards for holding. Wabash secured the ball on an onside kick. Hargraves made a forward pass to Payne, but Wabash was penalized fifteen yards because the ball had not been passed five yards outside of center. The ball was down on the Wabash twenty-yard line. Hargraves fumbled and the Cornhuskers secured the spherold. Sturznegger made three yards at right tackle and made Temple made two and then three through the same place, but it was not enough and the ball went to Wabash on downs. Hargraves was tackled for a two-yard loss around right end. Hargraves fell back to punt, but the ball was blocked by Ewing. Hargraves recovered the ball on the Wabash one-yard line.

Another Touchdown

Hargraves punted to Beltzer, who returned the ball to the thirty-yard line. Harvey made five yards through right tackle. Temple failed to gain through left tackle. A forwards pass from Beltzer to Harvey netted fifteen yards, which brought the ball on the visitors’ five-yard line. Chaloupka made two yards through center. Temple added five, then Beltzer falled to carry it over the line. Hargraves punted to Beltzer, who returned to the fifteen-yard line. Chaloupka made three yards around the end, followed by Sturznegger, who went over for a touchdown. Harvey missed goal.

Score: Nebraska. 21; Wabash, 0.

Here Wolcott went in for Collins and Bentley for Cooke. Bowman punted to Beltzer, who returned to the twenty-yard line. Beltzer, on a fake punt, made fifteen yards around right end. Sturznegger lost two yards through right tackle. Beltzer kicked to Garner on the Wabash thirty-five-yard line. Hargraves made one yard through right guard.

Hargraves executed an onside kick to Beltzer, who signaled for a fair catch on Wabash’s fifty-yard line. At this time Harte was replaced by Bowers and Wilson went in for Brown. On a right-end Minor threw Hargraves for a loss of two yards. Gipe made no gain. Hargraves punted, but the ball was blocked. He, however, recovered it. On an end run in the next play he was stopped short by Sturznegger. On an onside kick to Bently the ball was returned to Nebraska’s thirty-yard line. On the first play Bentley failed to gain. Sturzneger made eight yards around left end. Beltzer punted to Hargraves, who was downed on Wabash’s twenty-yard line. Here Hawkins entered for Hargraves. Sturznegger made four yards through center. Nebraska punted to the fifteen-yard line. Garver of Wabash made six yards around left end and Hawkins punted to Beltzer, who returned the ball to Nebraska’s twenty-five-yard line. Bentley failed to gain. Beltzer punted to Carver in the center of the field. Colbert made three yards through left guard. On an onside kick Bentley returned to the twenty-five yard line. Sturznegger made five (?) executed an onside kick to Hawkins on Nebraska’s forty-eight-yard line. Garver made two yards through center. On a forward pass Wabash made eight yards, Hawkins to Payne. Garver made two through left guard and Stlers added four yards through right guard.

Here Slaughter entered for Beltzer. On an onside kick Bentley returned to Nebraska ten-yard line. Bentley failed through center and Minor punted to the center of the field to Hawkins, who fumbled, but recovered. Stlers made two yards through left guard. Hawkins punted to Temple to the center of the field. Sturznegger kicked to Hawkins on the thirty-five-yard line. Colbert made sx yards through center, Stlers three more, then he failed, the ball going to Nebraska. Here Frank went in for Frum, Slaughter made an onside kick to Burns. Stlers made two yards through center. Hawkins one yard around right end, then punted to Bentley, who returned to the fifty-yard line. Slaughter threw Hawkisn for a loss of one yard. On a punt to Bentley he returned through the whole bunch and ran for a touchdown, Harvey kicked goal.

Score- Nebraska, 27; Wabash, 0.

Here Hascall entered for Bentley, Bowman kicked to Sturznegger, who returned to the fifteen-yard line. Sturznegger made six yards through right end. Sturznegger kicked to Hawkins, who circled the end for a touchdown by a run of forty-five yards. Bowman kicked goal. Nebraska, 27; Wabash, 6.

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