Kansas 36
Nebraska 20

Nov. 18, 1899 • Lincoln, NE

Kansas Triumph



Jayhawks Win a Hard-Fought Game in the University of Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb, Nov. 18 Kansas Jayhawkers defeated the Nebraska football team here today by a score of 36 to 20. The game was fought inch by inch throughout, neither side gaining anything except by the hardest kind of football.

Great preparations had been made by the Nebraskans for the reception of the Kansas team and their entertainment during their stay in this city. The disgraceful wrangle of two years ago was not entirely forgotten and it was the desire of all the students to blot this out if possible.

Two thousand people saw the game from the side lines. Nebraska was the universal favorite and the organized rooting that had been prepared for the game was carried out with excellent affect. The crowd was the largest that had been seen on the campus this year. Colors were everywhere, entirely around the field. Several of the different societies had prepared to make the occasion a gala day. The Delian Literary society had a gayly decorated stand in the center of the west side of the field. A large number of members occupied this. The society also had organized a quartet which sang several songs that they had written for the occasion.

On the opposite side of the field, the Sigma Chi fraternity was stationed on a large band wagon. The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity had a large tally-ho highly decorated, where they watched the game with their lady friends. The Phi Delta Theta fraternity also attended in a body. This organization is holding a district convention in this city at the present time and a large number of visiting delegates also watched the game.

Line up for battle

Kansas appeared on the field early and the visitors were greeted by the crowd with a parody on their yell. They trotted the full length of the field and lined up for signal practice. The Nebraskans did not appear until almost time for the game to be called. They were greeted with the university yell, and with yells for each individual player. Three minutes later Captain Williams and Captain Avery met in the middle of the field. Captain Avery won the toss and chose the south side of the field, with the sun on the backs of his players.

Benedict kicked for Nebraska to the five-yard line. Right Halfback Moore returned the ball ten yards before he was downed by the Nebraska men. The lineups and plays that followed were fast and furious.

On the second play Kansas fumbled but did not lose the ball. Tucker, left half, took the ball around the left end for ten and fifteen yards in two plays, while Moore made ten more around the other end. This was followed by several plays of a similar nature. End runs characterized the play throughout the first half of the game. These gains do not indicate a weakness of the Nebraska ends, but rather a weakness on the part of the others defense. Captain Williams played a decidedly weak game on the defensive, and a large degree of the defeat is due to his work. Time after time, when Drain, the end, had gotten in and broken the interference, Williams failed to get his man, with the result that the runner made from five to twenty-five yards.

First touchdown

Five minutes after play was started Kansas made the first touchdown of the game. Smith, right guard of the visitors, kicked an easy goal. After a kick out by Owen to Avery, Benedict kicked off the second time making a full fifty yards on the line. Kansas made five yards around right end, and was held for two downs without gain, thus forcing a kick. Benedict, for Nebraska, made ten yards, and Williams failed to cover any territory when the ball was given to him. Kingsbury made two yards and a half, thus taking the ball within fifteen yards of the goal. The signal for a place was given, and Benedict sent the sphere squarely over the goal.

Kansas made another touchdown a few minutes after some of the hardest playing of the game. As in the early part of the half, nearly all the gains were made around the ends, with an occasional guards back play that netted a few yards through the center. Several brilliant tackles were made in these plays by Drain and Cortelyou. In one case Cortelyou broke through the line and stopped the runner before he had time to start with the ball, and in another Drain was fast enough to get to the quarterback before he had passed the ball.

Kingsbury a weak spot

The third touchdown was made in the same manner as the other two. Occasional guards back plays for alight plays and long end runs did the work effectively. The touchdown was made on a quick line-up after time had been called to allow one or two men to get into shape. Kingsbury proved to be the weak spot in this case, apparently making no effort whatever to hold his man. Smith kicked goal, making the score 18 to 6. No further scoring was done during the remained of the half. Nebraska had the ball the greater part of the time, but succeeded only in getting it to the Kansas twenty-five yard line when time was called. Kingsbury had retired after the third touchdown on account of injuries received during the earlier part of the game.

Benedict's Brilliant Day

The second half was characterized by the great kicking by Benedict. It was said by many of the old football enthusiasts to be the finest ever seen on the home grounds. Kansas had no man that compared in any way with him in the length or effectiveness of his punts. Three times after the ball had been carried by the Nebraska boys to within twenty-five yards of the Kansas goal Benedict fell back for a place kick, and in each case he sent the sphere squarely between the goal posts. One of these kicks was made after a run by himself of over forty yards on a double pass.

Kansas also did great work and made three touchdowns in this half the same as in the first. The play as a whole was steadier than in the first, with considerable more excitement. Benedict, Crandall, Drain, Cortelyou, and Pearse were the strong points of the Nebraska team. Kansas was too evenly matched to pick out stars. Captain Avery managed the team well.

On the whole the game was comparatively free from slugging or any of the disagreeable features which were very often common in comparison with the Iowa team. It might be said that the backs are not as fast as the Hawkeyes with the line defense a shade better and the interference about the equal. The backs wore heavier and made up in weight what the Iowa men had in speed.

Two teams compared

Prof. Benedict Mixes Up the Opposing Players

Without question the game was the most spectacular one which the trans-Mississippi region has ever seen. The Kansas players were heavy, active fellows, trained to the hour with the confidence that comes from an unbroken record of victories. Opposed to them were the much lighter Nebraskans, also in the size of condition but conscious of a string of defeats as long as Kansas' victories.

They were by no means, however, the hopeless lot who sat around the Millard hotel before the game with Iowa. The great outburst of student enthusiasm which had marked the last week, as well as the victory over Drake, had put new heart in them. They were that in that do-or-die spirit which wins games against odds.

The game showed that Nebraska had made considerable improvement over their form in the Iowa game. This was especially noticeable in the two ends both of whom played good ball. Cortelyou especially did fine work in getting his men through the Kansas interference, while, while not so swift and speedy as Iowa's, was very powerful. The same weakness of slow forming was still noticeable though not as deplorable as in the Iowa game. The line men then although greatly overmatched in weight, showed a unity of action which approached good team work.

There were none of these railroad cut openings which the Iowa team seemed to produce at will. Still, Kansas could gain small distances with great regularity. The general impression given by the game was that Nebraska's men notably the fullback, was incredibly poor. Time after time the Kansas runners broke loose from high and irresolute tackles. The only point in which Nebraska excelled was in goal kicking from the field. The game was a striking illustration of what a good goal kicker could do for a weak team. Nebraska was absolutely unable to carry the ball over the Kansas line, but she scored enough field goals to win an ordinary game. This ability changed a walk-away into an exciting game.

Nebraska is undeniably weak in team work, both in defensive and offensive play. Neither is that aggressive spirit which is so essential to winning football in evidence.

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1899 season (1-7-1)

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