Minnesota 8
Nebraska 5

Oct. 19, 1907 • Northrop Field, Minneapolis

Nebraska Plays the Gophers to a Standstill



Lose Game by a Score of 8 to 5 after one of the Fiercest Gridiron Battles ever seen

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 19 — Minnesota proved victor over Nebraska in the second game of the season at Northrup field this afternoon by the score of 8 to 5. Minnesota’s points resulted from two field goals and drop kicks by Capron. The Nebraskans won their five points through a touchdown by Welter, made after Capron had fumbled in an inexcusable manner. Minnesota lost a touchdown through the error of the head umpire and linesman in declaring that Carpon had run out of bounds while making a spectacular dash down the field. The official making the decision was one who has served in Minneapolis for a number of years and whose honesty is above reproach. He simply erred in his judgment. But as the final result of the game was in no way interfered with by the call back of the run it became merely an incident of the play.

Nebraska’s team, always held in high respect by the Gophers, proved all that was expected of it. It looked even heavier than Minnesota’s lineup and the men were in splendid physical condition — better, in fact, than were the Gophers. The play of the Cornhuskers did not present any such degree of complexity as had been expected, but was well directed and had a great deal of power back of it. Weller proved the star of the Nebraska team and worked like a trojan throughout both periods. His line smashes were varied by end attempts by Miner and Cooke, with Kroger called on only occasionally. The men mentioned appeared to constitute the entire Nebraska attack. Cooke and Minor are little chaps and agile dodgers. The Minneapolis ends had a lot of trouble with them and not infrequently the Gophers’ back were called on to nail them.

Nebraska started with a kickoff that went over the Gopher goal and resulted in a kick-out on the touchback. There was a short return, two line trials and a punt to Minnesota’s 15-yard line, Minnesota as soon forced to punt, and following the runback, the Nebraskans lost ground through line plunges and end attempts. There was another punt, and after a 12-yard runback Carpon got away for about 10 yards, but soon kicked. The play had its first stellar feature when Cooke, getting one of Capron’s punts on his own 35-yard line, rushed it back for 25 yards. Here the Nebraska offense first looked dangerous, as the ball was carried about five or seven yards before a kick was necessary. There was no more kicking until a punt and a Nebraska penalty put the ball on Nebraska’s 40-yard line. From this point Weller punted it to Minnesota’s 35-yard line, and Capron, making a good catch, started up the field with the ball. In attempting to grip the ball tighter just before tackled, the Minnesota quarter let the ball get away from him on his own 45-yard line, and Weller grabbing it up, shook off the tacklers and darted down the field 45 yards for a touchdown. He failed to kick goal. This put the MInnesota team in fitting humor.

Nebraska’s next kickoff resulted in another touchback, followed by another kickout and good return gains by Nebraska. The Cornhuskers fumbled, Minnesota getting the ball, but soon being forced to kick. This transferred the play to Nebraska territory. There were the usual exchanges, with Nebraska trying the short side kick disastrously, Minnesota getting the ball. Following one of Weller’s punts, Capron made a return of 20 yards, and Shuknecht on the next play skillfully negotiated the forward pass, the only one by Minnesota during the day, making Minnesota 14 yards, Rademacher made the catch. The Gophers pushed the ball up to within seven yards of Nebraska’s goal, and Carpon dropped back and toed a dropkick over the uprights for the first four points.

The second goal came following the next kickoff, Capron made a 15-yard return of the kickoff, and little Rademacher escaped for a 33-yard run, planting the ball on Nebraska’s 52-yard line. There was an exchange of punts and Minnesota, taking the ball, started ripping up the Cornhuskers in good style. The Minnesotans carried it up to Nebraska’s 20-yard line, where Capron gave the ball another unerring booting between the Nebraska goal posts.

For the remainder of the half the only spectacular features were a 20-yard return of a punt by Capron and a 12 or 14-yard plunge by Shuknecht. The half ended with the ball near the center of the field in Nebraska’s possession.

The second half was marked by numerous penalties. The first feature of the play was another lunge by Shuknecht, netting about 13 yards. There were exchanges of punts until Welier, kicking from his own 30-yard line was blocked by Young, who had broken through the Husker line and the Gophers getting the ball pushed it up to within 15 yards of Nebraska’s goal. Here Capron escaped another drop kick, but it went wild. The play was soon enlivened when Shuknecht, getting away near the center of the field, made a run of almost 40 yards, and Capron on the next play play darted down the side line around Nebraska’s right for a touchdown. The umpire, some distance away, ruled that the Minnesota quarter had stepped out of bounds on the Cornhusker 5-yard line and called back the play to that point. The Gophers tried the Nebraska line and end for a touchdown, but the Cornhuskers held.

Capron then took the ball on the final down and started with the idea of circling the Nebraska right end. The Nebraska end was after him, and Capron gave way to his drifting run. He was finally tackled for a loss of 15 yards, and Nebraska took the ball. Coleman skillfully negotiated two forward passes, gaining about 20 yards on one and about five on the second. Nebraska next tried the short kick, but Capron getting the ball equaled the kick in carryback. That was the last sensational play of the day, barring a 34-yard run back of one of Capron’s punts, and the game with the ball in Nebraska’s possession on their own 43-yard line.

The play was about the hardest seen on Northrup field, and rough. The roughness, though, appeared to be more on account of the limited training the players have received than from any other cause. There were few subs used, and the officials did not have to warn the men for illegal tricks with great frequency. Minnesota outplayed the Cornhuskers. The team had developed more than the Nebraskans had evidently thought possible in the short time and the stubborn defense, especially in the second half, appeared to dishearten theme from Lincoln.

The Nebraska team left for Lincoln at eight o’clock tonight. No men were injured, save such bruises that generally come in hard play. Coach Cole expressed himself as regretful over the loss of the game, but on the whole was well pleased with the work of his men. The Gopher coach complimented the play of the Nebraskans highly.

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