Nebraska 14
Washburn 0

Oct. 2, 1920

Nebraska Captures Opening Game, 14 to 0



Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 2—University of Nebraska won her first game of the season against the Washburn Ichabods today, 14 to 0. Moore and Newman made the Husker touchdowns.

The Washburn team put up a fiercer argument than the huskers had counted upon. The Topeka aggregation tightened up at the crucial moments sufficiently to hold down the score.

The first Nebraska touchdown came in the second quarter, as the result of short line plunges which brought the ball up to the Washburn one-yard line and allowed Quarterback Newman to slip over for the first score. The second Nebraska counter came shortly after the start of the third period. Moore punted fifty yards and Stevens, Washburn quarter, fumbled the catch. Swanson recovered on the Washburn fifteen-yard line. Moore lugged the ball up to the Washburn seven-yard line in a brace of short plunges and following a short gain by Dale he pushed the oval across for the last score.

Captain Bill Day kicked both goals.

The Ichabods threatened the Nebraska goal twice during the game. They rushed the ball up to the Nebraska ten-yard line early in the first quarter. In the last period Palmateer picked up a fumble and ran twenty yards to the Nebraska nineteen-yard line. The Ichabod had a clear field ahead but Hartley, Husker half, coming up from behind, nailed him. A forward pass, Stevens to Wickoff, netted eleven yards, bringing the ball to the Nebraska eight-yard line. Another attempt to gain by the air route failed, when Stephens fumbled the flip, the ball rolling across the Husker line for a touchback.

Dana twice tried to score for Nebraska by the drop-kick route. One fell short of the mark and another early in the second quarter failed when the ball struck the goal posts, Washburn was credited with one unsuccessful attempt to place kick.

Nebraska had a decisive advantage in first downs. Nebraska negotiated sixteen first downs while Washburn made their yardage four times. The Ichabods completed two forward passes for a total of twenty-one yards.

Coach Schulte, Nebraska mentor, ran in a string of substitute throughout the play, shifting the men to try their worth under fire of an actual game.

“Dinty” Moore at half, played an especially good game. It was the first varsity game for Moore. He held up his end of the punting duel and registered one of the Nebraska scores. Newman, Hartley, Day and Swanson also showed up well. Stevens and Wickoff were the Ichabods’ stars.

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1920 season (5-3-1)

Washburn Oct. 2
Colorado State Oct. 9
Notre Dame Oct. 16
South Dakota Oct. 23
Rutgers Nov. 2
Penn State Nov. 6
Kansas Nov. 13
Michigan State Nov. 20
Washington State Nov. 25

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