Nebraska 17
Grinnell 0

Oct. 11, 1902 • Lincoln, NE

Cornhuskers Defeat Grinnell, Score 17 to 0



Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 11 — In forty-five minutes of actual play the University of Nebraska today scored 17 points against Grinnell college of Iowa, while the Grinnell boys gathered nothing but honorable defeat.

It began raining shortly after the game started and before it closed the field was wet and slippery, it being absolutely impossible to play fast ball. The pigskin was within ten yards of the Grinnell goal line when the final whistle blew. The bad condition of the field, and the manifest error in judgement of one of the officials, robbed Nebraska of a much higher score. It was in the first half that the official made his grievous error. Nebraska had pushed the leather squarely over the goal line and considered the scrimmage used. A Grinnell man grabbed the ball, and the official declared it belong to the visitors. They punted out toward the middle of the field and it took a considerable length of time to work the spheroid back to the coveted chalk line.

Seventeen men participated for Nebraska, it being sort of a try out for a large portion of the team. The game was replete with star work among individuals but Nebraska demonstrated again her weakness on offensive playing. Not a single long run characterized the game. It was by a continued plugging that Nebraska slowly penetrated the Grinnell line or perforated an end. The gains were not big but they were steady and did the business, although it was hard work.

When the visitors had the ball it was next to impossible for them to make their distance. Not over three or four times did they carry the leather the necessary five yards in three downs. Time after time they were forced to punt and in the several instances Benedict returned the compliment, gaining from five to fifteen yards at every exchange.

The punting of the Grinnell fellows was decidedly ragged. There was considerable rough play and Nebraska was penalized four times for either slugging, holding or offside playing. The Grinnell fellows suffered two penalties for similar causes. It was in the second half that Follmer was ordered from the game because of a mix-up with one of the visitors. It was in the open field and he was caught landing several inexcusable blows on the head of his adversary.

Big Captain Westover succeeded him and for the first time in his life went in at end, Briggs taking his place at right tackle. Thorpe was given a trial at quarter for the first time this season and showed excellent judgment in calling plays and was always in the interference and pushing when needed. His long runs on return of punts recalled old times when he was a hero to the rooters of 99.

Cortelyou resumed his old position at right end and on both defensive and offensive played a game even better than he did last year, and that is saying a great deal. Tobin was given a trial at guard and then was succeeded by Cotton, the big fellow from Syracuse. Mason was given his first try out at tackle and showed satisfactory form for a new man.

It is safe to say that there are more good men on the Nebraska gridiron this year than ever before in the history of the institution. The trouble is that they are not trained and seasoned, and are unaccustomed to playing together. If they do not make good this season and can be held together for another, it is hard to imagine a combination in the west that could beat them.

Despite inclement weather there were several thousand in attendance today. The band was out and there were evidences of organized rooting. There was some song singing and considerable color in the grandstand. The immense amphitheater on the west side of the ground was almost jammed full, while a couple of hundred held umbrellas and retained the bleachers on the east side.

The biggest game of the season is but a week away. Next Saturday at Minneapolis the giant Gophers will be met in the annual conflict. Nothing great has been heard from these northern giants this year, and among the rooters there is considerable hope that Nebraska may succeed this time in trailing their colors in the dust. An excursion rate of $8.15 from Lincoln to Minneapolis and return has been offered, and several hundred have already signified their intention of making the trip. The railroads have entered into an agreement and there is no probability of a lower rate. The trip from Lincoln to Omaha will be made over the Burlington and from Omaha to Minneapolis over the Northwestern. Two other roads have the haul coming back. Last year 8,000 were attracted to the big city by the lakes by a $3 rate for the round trip, but such excursion as that is anticipated next week.

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Series history

Nebraska is 7-2 all-time against Grinnell.

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1902 season (9-0)

Doane Sept. 27
Colorado Oct. 4
Grinnell Oct. 11
Minnesota Oct. 18
Missouri Oct. 25
Haskell Nov. 1
Kansas Nov. 8
Knox Nov. 15
Northwestern Nov. 27

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