Nebraska 24
Michigan State 0

Oct. 24, 1914

Cornhuskers Slaughter Michigan Aggies



Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 24—Capsizing all football done and establishing once and for all the axiom that the Nebraska spirit knows no such thing as defeat, the Cornhusker Stiehm-rollers this afternoon simply annihilated the far-famed Michigan Aggies by the overwhelming score of 24 to 0.

It was a battle fought on a slimy filed, and under lowing skies, but the air was crisp and the attendance large, Nebraska went to the front with a hospital list as long as the road to salvation, while the Aggies from Lansing, confident to an extremity, were admitted by their coach to be stronger than horse-radish, and at their top speed.

Alas for these husky assassins from the Wolverine state! Alas for their unbeaten record of last year and their reputation as contenders for the real western championship! Captain Halligan led his limping Cornhuskers into the gray with even his schoolmates betting against him, but it took scarcely five minutes of play to demonstrate that the Aggies were a toy balloon, easily punctured, and that the general ship of Stiehm was again to be proven supreme, as in the past three years.

The thousand who filed into the stadium came there hoping that the score against Nebraska would not be too large to defeat apology of some sort. A few minutes after the toot of the whistle the Cornhuskers had the ball within five inches of the Michigan goal and were battling for a touchdown. Michigan held and DePrato punted, but the respite was not long, as Captain Halligan soon booted a kick from placement form the twenty-five yard line, Rutherford holding the ball, for the first score, which was proven to be sufficient.

The Came the Blow

Then came the final, crushing blow to the hopes of the Aggies and to the ideals of the eastern touts, for when DePrato kicked off to Chamberlain on Nebraska’s twenty-yard line, the latter fiend incarnate ran through a broken and raving field, leaping, ducking, dodging, for a touchdown. Halligan kicked goal amidst a typhoon of delirious enthusiasm, which was distinctly audible at the Metz ranch, near Cody, Neb.

There were no scores made in the rest of the half, the attendant feature being the pronounced manner in which the Michigan starts failed to put their heralded and formidable plays across. During the third period the score remained the same, even after Coach Macklin had prodded his fearful prodigies into action.

In the last period Rutherford and Halligan busted up the Michigan Aggie defense so that it had the general appearance of a housewife’s sieve, and eventually enabled Quarterback Potter to surge across the chalk for the second touchdown after which Captain Halligan kicked goal.

Stiehm then ordered his boys to open up a bit, and they put the forward pass into effect, thus adding insult to injury, for it wasn’t long until Chamberlain found time to wander around left end for another touchdown the last of the game, whereupon Halligan kicked goal, leaving the final score 24 to 0 in favor of the folk who don’t know how to lose, and who represent the greatest state in the union, by the way. The game finished with the ball in Michigan’s possession on her own forty-five yard line.

As Coach Macklin frankly admits, the Michigan Aggies have no alibi. They went into the game as fit as so many well tried fiddles and they were beaten by a team that demonstrated its superiority beyond any question.

Need Nebraska Song

Somebody should write a song, “I’m Proud to Live In Nebraska,” for that was the sentence which fell from every lip as the throng left Nebraska field after the game.

The Cornhuskers were not in shape to battle with a bunch that boasts eight men of three years’ experience and whose captain, the redoubtable Julian, is now playing his fourth year. Julian, it might be mentioned, in passing, was given a place on the All-Western team last year. Today he was given a place on his back some yards behind the exact spot where he received the ball almost every time he took the aggressive.

It is almost impossible to exaggerate the surprise of Saturday’s victory. Even the most optimistic admitted that Stiehm’s crippled had little chance with the confident agriculturalists from the east. Yet, in every department of the game, the Nebraskans simply overwhelmed their opponents, and players hobbled from the hospital to vanquish sturdy youths who bore not a single blemish upon their persons.

To add insult to injury, Stiehm took first string players from the game in order that they might be saved to battle against Ames Aggies at Lincoln next Saturday. Can you imagine the feelings of the Michigan agriculturalists when Jumbo sent second stringers to hold the almost undefeated wonders of Michigan?

Chamberlains’ magnificent eighty-yard dash for a touchdown from the kick-off, following the field goal in the first period, was, of course, the great feature of a game which was one grand hurrah after another. But the defensive work of both teams when in the direst distress in the first half must go down in history likewise.

Rush the Aggies

The Cornhuskers rushed the ball within one yard of the Michigan line shortly after the start of the game, and then Michigan was penalized half the distance to the goal for holding, Rutherford and Doyle and the rest of the local warriors did their darndest to put the pigskin over, but the Aggies present a stone wall, enabling DePrato to punt out of danger. It was a magnificent piece of defense, and was only equaled but that of Nebraska in the latter part of the period.

Then, after Halligan’s field goal and the touchdown which followed, and with the score 10 to 0 against her, Michigan, surged down the field to Nebraska’s two yard line, when the quarter ended. Julian and B. Miller and the other visitors were working at top speed and the Nebraska paralytics seemed to be on the run. The minutes of respite gave Stiehm’s Rollers the chance to get their breath, however, and they held for downs. When Doyle punted, Michigan was offside and was penalized. Then Cap. Halligan booted out of danger.

B. Miller, Michigan’s left end, was a consistent star, and made grand gains on several occasions, but his effort cost him dearly as the cornhuskers hammered him, legitimately enough, until he had to retire, in favor of Hamill. Julian carrying a particularly weighty reputation, did his best, but the home folks laid for him and he failed to gain much. Smoky Smith was a tower at defense, but the Nebraska attack was entirely too scrambled and variegated to admit of much determent.

It is probable that Rutherford, the Cornhusker left half, proved the surprise of the game, for he had been hurt in practice during the week and was really in far from enviable condition. But the boy played the whole game and gained yards and yards and yards. He was consistent in this respect, and unhurtable, it would seem. He was bandaged amidships until he ran with a pronounced wobble, but when he hit he hit hard, and when he tackled somebody dropped. Howard, another hospital candidate, was in even worse shape, and was not permitted to do much, being supplanted by Porter. The Omaha lad, it is hoped, will be ready for Ames next Saturday.

Scheme Breaks Up Plays

The Stiehm plan of playing Halfback Chamberlain at defense end and Left End Howard at defensive half proved a winner, as Chamberlain broke up play after play by his fierce defensive attacks. It might be said that Nebraska’s secondary defense was the most remarkable in the history of football here, as nobody, scarcely, was permitted to leak through the line.

Captain Halligan’s general playing was marvelous, but he sprung the surprise of the day with his punting, which equaled that of Howard last year. He made DePrato look like a soiled two-spot in a perfectly good deal and got his boots away several times when disaster seemed impending. DePrato tried several field goals from ridiculous distances, in the desperate attempt to avoid a whitewash, but all failed.

Too much could not be said in praise of the Cornhusker line, which generally halted all hostile operations so quickly that the secondary defense was able to roll the enemy in the gutter before he had even a good start.

Quarterback Potter is one of the heroes of Nebraska to go down in history with Jerry Warner and Towel and several others. He led the Cornhuskers in masterly fashion, ran down under punts like a particularly vivacious antelope caught the opponents’ aerial offerings with unerring eye and invariably gained ground whenever he took the oval. He was into every play clear up to his Adams apple and the Michiganders might be surprised to know that he has been under a doctor’s care for a week with a sever attack of stomach trouble. Like Rutherford, he was a most amazing cripple.

Husker Tackling Fierce

Nebraska’s tackling was fierce and deadly as Coach Macklin of the Aggies will admit. When a Wolverine farmer was nailed by a Cornhusker the former generally turned a complete handspring and awoke to find himself where back of the place from which he started.

Forward passes, when tried by the visitors, proved dismal failures, while the few attempted by Nebraska, such means of attack being seldom deemed necessary, generally succeeded. As a matter of fact, in every department of the game, the famous Aggies were outmanaged and outplayed.

The work of the officials was particularly acceptable, and there was not a single protest registered. Masker proved a swell referee and Ver Wiebe a most excellent field judge.

Before the game the South Omaha live stock exchanged delegation, which arrived in a special Burlington train in the morning, paraded the field headed by Everett Buckingham and George Green’s band. The regular Omaha special arrived over the Burlington shortly before the game and brought nearly 500 enthusiasts. This special made a record run back in the evening, leaving Lincoln at 5:35 p.m. and reaching Omaha at 6:55 p.m.

After the battle the students proceeded to leave Lincoln in about the same shape as the German’s left Louvaine. Today’s victory was pronounced the greatest in ten years and the Cornhuskers feel that Kansas and Iowa will fall before them during the season.

Game in Detail

Captain Halligan won the toss and chose to kick off and defend the east goal. Halligan kicked off to Captain Julian on his own goal line, who returned the ball to the Aggie 30-yard line. Michigan punted on the fourth down after being penalized for holding. Rutherford and Chamberlain smashed through the line and around the ends until Rutherford went around Aggie’s left end for thirty yards to the farmers’ 30-yard line.

A forward pass, Rutherford to Howard, made fourteen yards, and Halligan and Chamberlain carried the ball to the Aggie 2-yard line. Michigan held for downs and DePrato punted out from behind his goal to the Nebraska 25-yard line. Line bucks and end runs by Rutherford, Chamberlain and Doyle took the ball to the Aggies’ 14-yard line. Halligan fell back and on a goal from placement scored three points for the Cornhuskers.

Score—Nebraska 3, Michigan Aggies 0.

DePrato kicked off to Chamberlain on the Nebraska 10-yard line and behind perfect interference he ran through a broken field for ninety yards and a touchdown. Halligan kicked goal.

Score—Nebraska 10, Michigan Aggies 0.

Halligan kicked off fifty-five yards to Chaddock, who returned the ball twenty-two yards. On the second down the Aggies punted and Doyle returned the punt. It was the Aggies’ ball on their own 20-yard line, Doyle’s boot going over the goal for a touchdown. H. Miller made nine yards on line bucking and B. Miller on a fake punt formation raced around the Nebraska right end for thirty-two yards to the Nebraska 38-yard line. Potter intercepted Julian’s forward pass and Doyle punted on the first down. H. Miller returned the ball to Nebraska’s 30-yard line. Julian made a yard, DePrato added five and Julian four more through the line. Smith ripped through for six and Julian bucked the line twice for seven yards, to Nebraska’s one-yard line.

End of the first quarter—score, Nebraska 10, Michigan Aggies 0.

Second Quarter

Nebraska held on her own goal line and Doyle punted out. The play was not allowed, Michigan was penalized for off-side. Halligan punted to the middle of the field. Julian failed to gain, and a forward pass was incomplete. DePrato’s place kick from the forty-seven-yard line went wild, and Nebraska put the ball in play on her twenty-yard line. Halligan punted. B. Miller, on a fake play, raced twenty yards to Nebraska’s twenty-five yard line. Nebraska recovered a fumble and Halligan punted forty-five yards and B. Miller returned the ball forty yards, and then Julian smashed through for ten yards. Smith made three yards, but Julian and B. Miller were thrown for losses. A forward pass failed, and Nebraska got the ball on downs. A punting duel followed, play weaving back and forth in the center of the field.

The quarter ended with the ball in Nebraska’s possession on her own thirty-nine-yard line.

Score end of the second quarter—Nebraska 10, Michigan Aggies 0.

Third Quarter

This quarter was a repetition of the second quarter. Nebraska was on the defensive throughout, but the Aggies never carried the ball into a dangerous spot. Forward pass after forward pass was attempted by the Aggies, but all were spoiled or were incomplete. Julian plunged through occasionally for seven or eight yards, and then R. Miller would be sent around the end. Halligan and Chamberlain, often playing defensive end, broke through and spoiled the plays.

Score end of the third quarter—Nebraska 10, Michigan Aggies 0.

Fourth Quarter

The fourth period opened with DePrato attempting a place kick from the Nebraska 40-yard line. The kick fell short, Potter catching the ball and returning it to the Nebraska 36-yard line. Chamberlain and Corri were called upon to carry the ball around the end for seven yards. Halligan punted out of bounds on the Aggies’ 40-yard line. Julian made three yards and B. Miller added three yards. Hamill replaced B. Miller. Julian bucked through for five yard, and O. Miller was thrown for a loss. Halligan intercepted a Michigan pass on the Aggies’ 30-yard line. Rutherford smashed through tackle for 28 yards and Potter over the Aggies’ goal on the fourth trial. Halligan kicked goal.

Score—Nebraska 17, Michigan Aggies 0.

Halligan kicked off and Julian and Hamill commenced to plug the line. DePrato punted to Potter. A forward pass, Halligan to Rutherford, was good for twenty yards. Howard to Balls was another 20-yard gain on a pass, and then Chamberlain rant he ends for 14 yards more to the Michigan 2-yardline. Another smash at the line sent Chamberlain through for the next touchdown and Halligan kicked goal.

Score—Nebraska 24, Michigan Aggies 0.

Time was called a few minutes later with the ball in the center of the field.?

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