Nebraska 11
Iowa 8

Oct. 31, 1908

Cornhuskers Beat Hawkeyes, 11 to 8



Iowa City, Ia., Oct. 31 — Iowa and Nebraska fought a battle royal this afternoon before 3,000 people and the Cornhuskers won from the Hawkeyes, 11 to 8. The relative strength of the teams really made Nebraska deserve a 11 to 0 score. The visitors lost ground through several fumbles, followed by lucky recoveries by Iowa. These made it possible for Hawkeyes to get within striking distance of the goal and drop kicked followed. Nebraska's defense was magnificent especially at critical moments when it became impregnable to Iowa's attacks.

Only once did it fail to uphold the Iowa team's rushes. Seven minutes after play started, Captain Kirk planted a drop kick from the twenty-yard line. Thanks to lucky advances Hyland made a duplicate with similar luck from the thirty-two-yard line. Thereafter, Nebraska braced and Iowa had bad luck until the game was nearly over. Iowa's defense was the unequal task of holding onrushing Nebraska, who plowed through the line often. Attacks on both Iowa's guards were especially disastrous to the Iowa eleven. Nebraska also made good gains by the use of forward passes, Bentley to Harvey. Harvey made his touchdown by this play following a spectacular five-yard run by Miner, substitute for Beltzer. Kroger, Beltzer, Birkner and Chaloupka bored holes though Iowa and Kroger's attacks on Iowa's guards, on which he finally scored, were irresistible. The exciting moment of the game came with only two minutes left to play, when Iowa braced and worked the ball back to the seventeen-yard line through the good use of the triple forward pass, Stewart to Collins to Hyland and by line bucking to Gross. Hyland then tried his second drop kick game at a bad angle. Nebraska broke through, blocked the kick, and Iowa never had another chance. The visitors worked the ball speedily back to Iowa's fifteen yard line, where the game ended. Nearly every man of the Nebraska team feature. Bentley ran in good fashion, getting plays off in fast style. Miner's return punts were always spectacular. Birkner's line hitting was especially damaging. Johnson carried the ball well. For Iowa, Gross' tackles and line plunging were the only feature aside from Hawkeyes' handsome triple forward passes.

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1908 season (7-2-1)

Peru State Sept. 26
Doane Oct. 3
Grinnell Oct. 10
Minnesota Oct. 17
Haskell Oct. 24
Iowa Oct. 31
Iowa State Nov. 7
Kansas Nov. 14
Wabash Nov. 26
Carlisle Dec. 2

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