Haskell 16
Nebraska 5

Nov. 25, 1909

Haskell Indians Defeat Nebraska



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Lincoln, Neb., Nov. 25—Dope was entirely upset this afternoon in the last game of the season, when Johnny Bender’s Indians walloped the Cornhusker lads to the big tune of 16 to 5. Such a score was entirely unlooked for, in fact, the reverse would have come nearer to what was expected. From the start the Redskins outclassed the Cornhuskers in every feature of the game with the exception of the usual good work of the line, which has shown throughout the season to be the best in the west. Every Indian was on the alert at every instant and took advantage of all opportunities to outwit his opponents. They were exceedingly fast on their feet, in fact, this feature won the game for them. End runs were pulled off every few minutes and, although some failed to make distance, the majority recorded good gains.

Nevitt, the Indian quarterback, and his successor Island, showed plainly the training in spectacular end runs at the hands of Bender, who is reckoned as the most spectacular runner who ever played on a Nebraska field.

The game had hardly begun before the visitors chalked up a touchdown. Rathbone of Nebraska kicked off to Johns, who returned the ball to the 30-yard line. On the first play the Indians failed to gain, and Nevitt threw a forward pass to Roberts, who ran through a checkered field for 80 yards and planted the pigskin squarely between the goal posts. Had the field been free from mud and water, Bender’s aggregation would undoubtedly have run up a score at which a Cornhusker would have been ashamed to look. As it was, many chances were missed by the Redskins, who lost their footing at times when they could with ease make big gains. The Nebraska backfield did good work through the line, but in trick plays and end runs they failed in almost every attempt, on account of the sure and quick work of the Haskell ends.

The interference of the Indians was the most spectacular scene on a Nebraska gridiron for years. In every play there were five or six Indians ready to assist the man with the ball and by this excellent play they were able to make their touchdowns. A Cornhusker play had hardly been started before it was intercepted and broken up by an Aborigine. The Nebraska touchdown was made after Nevitt threw a forward pass which was seized by Beltzer, who carried the ball to the 15-yard line. On the first play Harte failed to gain. Frank tried a run around left end and fumbled the ball. Shonka recovered it and carried it over the goal line about 15 yards from the goal posts. Frank received a fair catch for a goal kick, but missed the goal, making the score 5 to 5.

The next touchdown by the Indians was made by Roberts on a “tackle-around” play executed on the 10-yard line. By an excellent exhibition of dodging on his part, and interference on the part of his helpers, he succeeded in getting away from the Cornhuskers with a run of a hundred yards for a touchdown.

The goal was kicked, which made the score 11 to 5.

For the first time this season, the Cornhuskers may be credited with leaving their feet in tackling. Some of the tackles which were exhibited, undoubtedly would have proved disastrous had not the tackler left his feet in the accomplishment of the task. The running down of punts was better than usual, but in this they were far surpassed by their redskin opponents. Three times the Indians ran down punts so swiftly that they recovered the ball before it reached the Cornhuskers. This was due in two instances to a delayed pass to the punter, which gave the players more time to run down the punts. In the first half the Cornhuskers succeeded in keeping the ball in the enemy’s territory most of the time, but in the second half their goal was placed in jeopardy several times, the ball being on the 10-yard line once and on the 4-yard line another time.

Frank, who had sustained an injured shoulder, was replaced by Bentley towards the close of the first half. For the first time since the Minnesota game, Bentley was allowed to play. From then on an increase of generalship was displayed. All during the season Cole has taught his men trick plays, but for some unaccountable reason Frank failed to pull them off. Bentley had been in the game hardly 10 minutes before his team succeeded in making 15 yards on a fake forward pass and guard urn. Twice in the Kansas game Frank lost an opportunity to make a possible good gain by not giving the right play. The haskell backfield succeeded many times in bewildering the Cornhuskers with some of their fast and tricky criss-cross plays. At one time, when the Indians were within striking distance of the Cornhusker goal, quarterback Nevitt was recalled to allow Island to enter and attempt a dropkick. His kick was blocked and the Cornhuskers got the ball. Beltzer punted, and shortly after the Redskins again got in striking distance and attempted another dropkick. This time the ball struck the crossbar and it was given to Nebraska for scrimmage on the 25-yard line. The work of Temple, the Cornhusker tackle, again demonstrated that Nebraska should have at least one man on the All-Western football eleven. His defensive playing time after time destroyed his plunges by the Indians.

Roberts, the Indian punter, easily outclassed Beltzer. Although the oval was covered with mud and water most of the time, his punts often registered from 50 to 60 yards. His carrying the ball on his plunges did not, however, equal the work of Beltzer.

Five Nebraska players terminated their careers in today’s game. These were captain Beltzer, left halfback; Harte, left tackle; Ewing, left guard; Johnson, left end, and Bentley, quarterback. Four of these players have played college football for three years, which is the maximum allowed. This is Bentley’s second year, but he will leave the university this week.

It was at first thought that he would return next fall and enter the game, but he will be barred by the rules of the Missouri Valley conference, which stipulate that a player in order to participate in game of the conference, must have been in actual attendance for at least six months in the college which he represents.

A much larger crowd attended the game than the expected. Fully 4,000 peple passed through the gates.

Haskell won the toss and chose to defend the west goal. Rathbone kicked off and the Indians brought the ball to the 30-yard line. On the second play Roberts received a forward pass and ran 80 yards for a touchdown. Goal was missed.

Rathbone kicked off and the pigskin was again brought to the 30-yard line. Haskell failed to make downs and punted out to the 50-yard line. Nebraska failed on downs and Beltzer punted to Nevitt, who returned to the 25-yard line. The ball was exchanged twice on punts, and Nevitt executed a run of 25-yards with wonderful interference. A forward pass hit the ground and Roberts punted to Nebraska’s 16-yard line. By a series of punts the spheroid was finally placed upon Haskell’s 15-yard line, where Shonka, was sent over for a touchdown. Frank failed to kick goal.

Rathbone kicked off to Johns, who returned to the 33-yard line. Punts were exchanged and Roberts on a “tackle-around” went 100 yards for the second touchdown.

Rathbone kicked off to Means, who returned to the 20-yard line. By an exchange of runs and punts the ball was brought to the center of the field. By a forward pass from Bentley to Chauner 15 yards were made. The play executed was one successfully used by Denver against the Cornhuskers last Saturday. The ball was then worked by end runs to the Nebraska 30-yard line, where Robert’s place kick was blocked. Ground changed considerably, but the Indians against succeeded in getting the ball near Nebraska’s goal, where Island tried two drop kicks and failed. Nebraska was given the ball on the 25-yard line and after a few punts and tackle around plays by both teams, the oval was brought to Nebraska’s 30-yard line in Haskell’s possession. Each team had possession of the ball at different times near the center of the field until Roberts punted and Island recovered the ball and ran for a touchdown.

Rathbone kicked off to Haskell and the ball was downed on the 25-yard line. Time was called with Nebraska in possession of the ball on her own 30-yard line.

Series history

Nebraska is 7-2 all-time against Haskell.

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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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