Nebraska 34
Knox 0

Oct. 9, 1909

Cornhuskers Make Pudding of Knox



Have No Trouble in Running up Big Score Against Them

Play Good Consistent Football and are at No Time in Danger

Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 9—Nebraska 34; Knox 0.

Despite the gloomy outlook of the fore part of the season, the Cornhuskers demonstrated that the Huskies from the Gopher state will have to look out for the smoke next Saturday at Vinton street park. Today they walloped the Warriors from Galesburg to the tune of 34 to 0 and did it with ease. In fact, so easily was it done that coach Cole did not have to use his regulars throughout the game. Toward the end of the second half the subs were put in for a little exercise, just to keep the ball moving, the regulards having been taken out for safekeeping until next Saturday. But one regular remained throughout the game, it being Harte, who played left tackle.

The lack of teamwork and cooperation, which characterized the game with South Dakota last week was not seen today. The former Cornhusker fighting machine has been revived to such a degree that coach Cole feels that Nebraska will beat Minnesota instead of holding them to a close score. In fact, he is sure of it.

At not time during the contest was the Cornhuskers’ goal in jeopardy. Some good gains were made by the visitors, but they were few in number and were always stopped before they got too far. Only once during the whole contest did Nebraska fumble the ball, which is a sure indication that they are now well on their feet to meet the northerners.

Beltzer won the toss and chose to defend the west goal. Franck kicked off to Miller outside of the 25-yard line.

The first play Knox fumbled and Nebraska got the ball. Beltzer lost one yard. He then tried a forward pass, but it hit the ground and Nebraska was penalized 15 yards. Beltzer punted to Burlington, who returned it to the 27-yard line in the first down, Knox failed to gain and Gates punted outside on the 45-yard line. The Cornhuskers got the ball and Franck got around left end. Rathbone added five, through center. Beltzer failed to gain and Franck executed an onside kick to Knox’s 12-yard line. Gates punted to the 30-yard line and Nebraska got the ball. Bentley made three around left end and fumbled the ball, recording the only fumble of the game. Knox got the oval and Gates punted to Franck, who received it in a fair catch on Knox’s 45-yard line. After Harte failed to gain Beltzer tried a forward pass, but Knox got it on their 15-yard line. Gates punted to Beltzer, who received a fair catch on the 40-yard line. Franck treid a place kick, but failed and the pigskin was brought out to the 25-yard line for scrimmage, Gates punted, but the ball was blocked and Nebraska got possession of it. Temple made one yard and Beltzer lost three around right end. Bentley tried a forward pass, but it was seized by Knox on her 40-yard line. Gates punted and the ball was again blocked, which gave the Cornhuskers possession of it on their 10-yard line. Beltzer went around right end for five yards. Franck added 1½ yard, after which Temple was shot through a hole for the first touchdown of the game. Franck kicked an easy goal. Score: Nebraska 6, Knox 0.

Smith kicked off to Franck, who returned to the 32-yard line. In an end run Franck made 20 yards, Beltzer added three and Bentley lost three. Beltzer punted to Knox on her 40-yard line. Gates made no gain around left end. He then punted to Bentley on Nebraska’s 32-yard line. Bentley made two yards around right end, followed by Beltzer in a fake punt for 35 yards around right end. Franck made eight yards around left end, which brought the ball on Knox’s 40-yard line. Temple made 20 yards around left end. Harte was pulled through by his harness for 10. Rathbone made five yards, then Harte was sent over for a touchdown. Franck kicked goal. Score: Nebraska 12, Knox.

Gates kicked off to Rathbone, who returned to the 35-yard line. Rathbone made eight yards through center, followed by Temple for five more. Knox was penalized five yards for an offside play, which brought the ball to Nebraska’s 53-yard line. Franck punted to Burlington. Gates punted to Beltzer, who received a fair catch on Nebraska’s 50-yard line. Beltzer made 20 yards around left end. By an onside kick Nebraska got the ball on Knox’s 30-yard line. Franck made two yards. Here Beltzer threw a forward pass to Bentley, who ran for a touchdown. Franck kicked goal, making the score 18 to 0, in favor of the Cornhuskers. Gates kicked off to Beltzer, who returned to the 40-yard line. Beltzer punted to Gates and after a few exchanges fo punts the ball rested on Nebraska’s 40-yard line. Franck made 10 yards around left end. Beltzer failed to gain and Bentley lost 10 yards on a fake play. Franck executed an onside kick, which was seized by Magor, who ran for a touchdown. Franck missed goal. Score: Nebraska 23, Knox 0.

Gates kicked off to Franck, who returned the punt to Knox’s 20-yard line. Here Knox tried a forward pass, but the ball hit the ground and they were penalized 15 yards. Gates punted to Beltzer, who received a fair catch on Knox’s 24-yard line. Franck executed a pretty place kick, which made the score Nebraska 26, Knox 0.

Gates punted to Beltzer, who returned to the 35-yard line. After a series of punting and short gains, the ball rested on Nebraska’s 40-yard line. Here Nebraska was penalized 15 yards for holding. Beltzer punted to Gates, who fumbled, and the spheroid went to Nebraska. Bentley made six yards around left end. By an onside kick, which Nebraska got, Franck made six yards. Then Harte carried the ball to Knox’s 40-yard line and time was called for the first half. Nebraska 26, Knox 0.

Chauner went in for Johnson and Hascall for Bentley. All through the second half the coach took out Nebraska men and replaced them by some of the scrubs, in order to save the regulars for the Minnesota game. Gates kicked off to Rathbone, who returned to the 32-yard line. Harte made four yards around left end. After a series of returning punts the ball rested on the visitors’ 25-yard line. Here Franck executed a goal from Field, and raised the score to 29 points. Sturznegger went in for Beltzer and Harte was made captain. Gates kicked off to Elliott, who returned to the 40-yard line. Nebraska gained steadily until the oval was brought to Knox’s 40-yard line. Here Spellmeyer went in for Elliot. Franck punted to Gates and on the second down Gates punted to Nebraska’s 35-yard line. Franck then kicked the oval 50 yards. It was returned in the next play by Knox to their 48-yard line. Rathbone made two yards through center. After a seesaw for a moments Franck went through left tackle for 20 yards, which brought the ball to the visitors’ 5-yard line. Rathbone was sent over for a touchdown. Score: Nebraska 34, Knox 0.

Gates kicked off to Franck, who returned to the 35-yard line. Time was called with the ball on Knox’s 35-yard line.

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1909 season (3-3-2)

South Dakota Oct. 2
Knox Oct. 9
Minnesota Oct. 16
Iowa Oct. 23
Doane Oct. 30
Kansas Nov. 6
Denver Nov. 20
Haskell Nov. 25

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