Nebraska 6
Denver 5

Nov. 20, 1909

Cornhuskers Win From Denver Huskies



In Spectacular Game Nebraska Athletes Defeat Colorado Eleven, 6 to 5

Nebraska Scores in First Half While Denver Fails to Kick Goal

Denver, Colo., Nov. 20—The Lincoln Cornhuskers took the Denver University Rocky Mountain champions into camp this afternoon, but by so narrow a margin that the contest was in doubt until near the end of the game.

The score stood 6 to 5 at the close and both teams admitted that they had been signal was sounded, that they had been up against something. The game was one of the finest ever played on the local gridiron, and the embryo ministers felt confident they would defeat the Nebraskans. The local squad had recovered from its defeat last week at the hands of the Haskell Indians and had almost made themselves believe the win of the Redskins was an accident. Tonight they realize they were mistaken, that they are not quite as strong on the gridiron as they thought and they are willing to give the Cornhuskers full credit for their victory this afternoon.

The weather was far too warm for football and a stiff wind blew during the game. The visitors won the toss and chose to defend the west goal, which gave them a decided win advantage when it came to punting.

The Nebraskans held the ministers down to a no score in the first half, while they garnered six points. The locals were outplayed, although they fought as hard as they could. The ministers began the second half with a determination to do or die and they nearly succeeded in tying the score, if not nosing out a victory. It took the visitors 29 minutes in the first half to score their touchdown and then kick an easy goal. Only twice during the first half was Denver able to carry the pigskin into the Cornhuskers’ territory.

Nebraska’s score was made from the 15-yard line when Schroeder of Denver punted from behind his goal line, and a Nebraska player signaled for a fair catch. The ball was carried back by the wind and the Nebraskan grabbed it and was across the goal line in a jiffy. Denver’s touchdown was made in the second half. Taking the ball near midfield the Methodists used a formation in which both ends stayed out. Nebraska’s smashers went out to cover the ends. The Denverites then used cross bucks for long gains, finally putting the ball over the line. Nebraska kicked their goal on a punt out, while Denver missed theirs.

Nebraska won the toss and had a strong wind behind them in the first half. Denver had the benefit of the dying breeze in the second period.

Rathbone kicked off over the goal line. The ball was brought back to Denver’s 25-yard line. Schroeder punted 20 yards to Frank, with no return Magor went six yards around left end, and Rathbone went three yards through left tackle. By a brilliant 30-yard punt by Frank, Nebraska met the ball on Denver’s one-foot line. The Cornhuskers lost it on a fumble. Schroeder punted 30 yards. Koonsman replaced Meyers for Denver. The team then played with the ball in Denver’s territory. With only three more minutes to play, neither side scored.

Final score, Nebraska 6, Denver 5.

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Series history

Nebraska is 4-0 all-time against Denver.

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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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