Nebraska 16
Kansas 6

Nov. 9, 1907

Cornhuskers Take the Jayhawkers’ Measure

Nebraska Defeats Kansas at Lawrence by Score of 16 to 6

Lawrence, Kan., Nov. 9 — Playing by far the best brand of football that they have displayed this season, the University of Kansas football team went down to defeat at the hands of the University of Nebraska 11 this afternoon. The Cornhuskers won 16 to 6. Only that element of luck which crops out when least expected prevented the visitors from scoring a shutout. After 22 minutes of play in the second half, Porter’s drop kick struck a Nebraska player and rolled over the goal line, where it was straddled by Milton. Stephenson kicked goal and the Jayhawkers were saved from disgrace.

For the first 26 minutes of play, Jayhawkers and Cornhuskers fought neck and neck. First one team seemed to be the stronger and then the other flashed up and for a time outplayed its opponent.

Nebraska was the first to score. The touchdown came like the traditional bolt out of a clear sky, just when the 409 Kansas rooters began to see chances for victory. Nebraska had possession of the ball on the Kansas 45-yard line. Weller kicked to Porter, who was on the Kansas 25-yard mark. The ball took a bad bound at Porter’s feet and slipped out of his hands into the arms of Harvey, Nebraska’s right end, who steamed over the five chalk marks in no time and downed the ball back of the Jayhawker goal before the crowd realized what had happened. Weller kicked goal. Score—Nebraska 6; Kansas 0.

Minor makes touchdown

This sudden change of the tide, for a moment took all the life out of the Kansas contingent. After several exchanges of punts, Nebraska secured the ball in midfield and on a well-executed forward pass, followed by rapid gains through the Kansas line. Minor was sent across for the second touchdown, after 32 minutes of play had elapsed. Weller kicked the goal, making the score, Nebraska 12, Kansas 0, which was the total at the end of the first half.

After 12 minutes of play in the second session, Weller made the total score 16 by kicking a pretty field goal from the 25-yard line. The Jayhawkers’ only score came after an attempt at a field goal by Porter 22 minutes after the second half opened. Porter’s drop kick struck a Nebraska player and rolled over the goal line. Cook and Milton were after ball, and the Jayhawkers’ red-haired center fell on it back of the goal for a touchdown. Stephenson kicked goal.

This ended the scoring. Several times after this Kansas threatened the Nebraska goal, but the Cornhuskers were too strong at critical moments and successfully staved off all the Kansas expeditions sent scoreward.

The Cornhuskers played rings around the Kansans on the execution of the forward pass. Nebraska made several good gains on this play, which proved unsuccessful on very few occasions. Kansas did not get off one successful forward pass.

In the Enemy's Country

A crowd of more than 4,000 person saw the 14th annual contest. Of that number not more than 100 were Nebraska sympathizers. Now and then the red and white contingent, which occupied a few boxes on the south side of the field, would let out a whoop that could be heard above the continual repetition of the resounding “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, K.U.” But for the most part the Cornhuskers’ brilliant work went unapplauded. Playing against a Kansas team on Kansas ground, hanked by stands of raving “rock chalk” rooters, the Nebraskans were truly invading the land of the enemy.

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1907 season (8-2)

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South Dakota Oct. 5
Grinnell Oct. 12
Minnesota Oct. 19
Colorado Oct. 26
Iowa State Nov. 2
Kansas Nov. 9
Denver Nov. 16
Doane Nov. 23
St. Louis Nov. 28

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