Nebraska 35
Kansas 0

Nov. 14, 1914

Undisputed Claim to This Year’s Grid Title Cinched



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Lincoln, Neb., Nov. 14 (Nebraska Filed)—Demonstrating a superiority so apparent that no question could be raised, Nebraska defeated Kansas here this afternoon by the overwhelming score of 35 to 0. By this victory Coach Jumbo Stiehm has won for the Cornhuskers their fourth consecutive championship of the Missouri Valley conference.

To Chamberlain and Rutherford, Nebraska’s remarkable halfbacks, must go most of the credit for this victory of victories. While these two men scored all of the touchdowns, their work was no more wonderful on offense than on the defense. Three times Chamberlain crossed the Jayhawker goal, and twice the redheaded Rutherford did likewise. Captain Halligan’s boot of iron was never found wanting after these touchdowns and Nebraska’s conquest was as decisive as her admirers could wish it.

The Cornhuskers won because they have a grand team. There were eastern men in the stands today who have seen Harvard and Yale and Syracuse in action, and these critics were free in admitting that the Stiehmrollers have the power and the spirit and the trickfulness to squelch anything that the effete might offer this year.

Kansas fought gamely, but was simply outclassed. Her offense fell before the almost weird understanding of Nebraska’s line and secondary protection. Trick plays almost invariably resulted in losses while straight football was about as efficacious as the efforts of a redheaded woodpecker against the outer walls of the Douglas county jail. The scoring by periods was as follows:

First—Rutherford, touchdown and goal, seven points.

Second—Chamberlain, touchdown and goal, seven points.

Third—No scores.

Fourth—Rutherford, touchdown and goal, seven points. Chamberlain, touchdown and goal, seven points. Chamberlain, touchdown and goal, seven points.

While the betting was three to one in favor of Nebraska, and the capacity crowd was in doubt to a certain extent as to the final outcome of this fierce conflict, the feature of the game was the complete supremacy of the Cornhuskers, as displayed against their rivals of old. The particular feature, it must be said, as the sixty-yard gallop of Chamberlain through the Kansas center, and therefore through the entire Jayhawk team, for a touchdown in the final minutes of play. This made the third straight game in which Chamberlain has broken away for sensational springs, and if you can imagine a piano mover doing a hundred yards in ten seconds you might have some idea of how this man Chamberlain looked when he waltzed away from the light infantry of the enemy.

Jumbo Stiehm did not give Kansas all he had. As a matter of fact, to my knowledge, he has saved some of the most remarkable of his trick stuff for Iowa, and had he opened up on the unfortunate Jayhawkers this afternoon the score could easily have been doubled.

Warren Howard, the Omaha boy, playing his last game at Lincoln, took care of his job as in the days of yore. He punted and punted and punted, his lofty spirals registering nearly fifty yards on each attempt. This was the first time during the present season that he had shown himself in his true glory, and the Nebraska rooters will always remember his boot. In receiving forward passes he was likewise in the limelight. Coach Stiehm, himself, was agreeably surprised by Howard’s comeback.

Quarterback Potter, who was thought to be physically incapable of managing the team through four periods, stuck it out and ran the unbeatable Nebraska and Missouri valley champions as they have never been managed before during this season. His running back of punts and general work, both on offense and defense, gained him an everlasting niche in the Nebraska hall of fame. Cameron, at center, and Captain Vic Halligan, at left tackle, were instrumental in breaking up the pitiful Kansas attempts at offensive work, while Stiehm’s entire crowd so far surpassed the Jayhawkers as to make the battle a rout after the first period.

When the Cornhuskers ran out upon the field their class was established. Kansas had been slow and uncertain in her practice but Stiehm’s men were as swift and sure as so many starved wolves. The Cornhuskers knew they were playing for the Missouri Valley title and they were not overwhelmed by the sense of their responsibility. They took up the game as a job of work to be done, and they did the job well.

It is unjust that newspaper men should pick out Rutherford, Chamberlain, Potter, Halligan and Howard for particular praise, when nobody knows as well as these five stars how dim they would shine were it not for the other six. As a matter of fact, it is not the individual work of the Cornhuskers that has brought them these steadily increasing glories since Stiehm came to Lincoln—it has been the co-operation and unbeatable spirit of the entire tribe, and so columns should be written of Cameron, the great center, and of Balls, Shields, Corey, Abbot and Delametre. Especially the latter, perhaps, an Omaha boy who played the whole game at fullback today, and whose semi-bald head shone in many a scrimmage disastrous to Kansas, and who carried the ball far into the enemy’s territory on more than one occasion.

Nebraska beat Kansas—35 to 0! Nebraska crossed the Jayhawk goal five times without once jeopardizing her own line! Nebraska beat the Michigan Aggies, 24 to 0, and defeated Ames, 20 to 7. Nebraska, in past years, in the regime of Stiehms, has beaten Minnesota and Iowa and has tied Michigan varsity when Yost’s men were at their neme. When, dear, gentle reader—when will Walter Camp forget the Dun and Bradstreet ratings and reckon these fresh-air champions of ours in the number of the men who carry the ball over the last line, no matter who opposes?

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Coming from a dry town, the Kansas boys brought their own water with them, perhaps thinking that nothing as mild as aqua pura obtains in the sinful state of Nebraska. It might have been as well for them to have tackled the vintage of Salt Creek, which apparently stimulates a loose and open game sometimes baffling to the foe.

There were no scores in the third period, which period was remarkable only in the fact that it made out Coach Stiehm to be a man not entirely addicted to the truth. Jumbo had asserted the previous evening, during the final practice, that Potter would not finish the game, and that Hawkins would doubtless relieve him at quarter. Potter needed no relief, and stuck it out, despite a bum ankle.

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In the melee which followed, the Stiehmrollers apparently having whetted their appetites for scores, Chamberlain executed a forward heave to Howard for a thirty-yard gain. Rutherford pecked a hole in the Jayhawker line for fifteen and Chamberlain circled the left end for thirty and a touchdown, Halligan kicking out to Potter and afterward kicking goal. Kansas was a bit sick at this stage, the score being Nebraska 28 to Lawrence not a darn thing.

The rest is history, as well as mystery. On the first play, after Strothers’ kick-off, Old Doc Chamberlain lived up to his reputation by ambling right through the Kansa line, a bit to labboard of center, for a fifty-eight-yard run for a touchdown. He shook ambitious tacklers from his shoulders as a copper shakes a bum, and when he finally flopped over the line, directly between the posts, the welkin rang until the music sounded like a bunch of Swiss bell rings and a hailstorm in a tamboureen. Halligan kicked goal for the final count; Nebraska 35, Kansas 0.

Next Saturday the Stiehmrollers will annihilate Iowa varsity at Iowa City, and a big gang of the local boosters will make the trip with the team. Omaha will likewise be largely represented. It is estimated that over 2,000 Omahans were handled today by the Burlington alone, the special train leaving Lincoln at 5:30 p.m., having twelve coaches and making the run in less than an hour and twenty minutes.

The work of the officials today was almost as gratifying as that of the Cornhusker players. While Nebraska was heavily penalized, in fact, being set back twice the distance imposed upon her opponents, there was no reason to believe that the penalizations were unjust. Grover, “Heavy” Graham and McBride proved admirable bosses for the big bout and it would be working no hardship on the game hereabouts to remember them next year.

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