Kansas 6
Nebraska 0

Nov. 6, 1909

Kansas Wins Great Game From Nebraska



Cornhuskers go Down to Defeat Before the Doughty Jayhawkers

Kansas Won Game by Single Touchdown Made on Sensational Run

Lincoln, Neb., Nov. 6—Nebraska lost to Kansas this afternoon by a score of 6 to 0.

With only two minutes left in which to play, Tommy Johnson, the doughty, speedy quarterback for Kansas, took the ball on a punt, tore down through a ragged field for 70 yards, eluding pursuers and throwing off tacklers, and planted the pigskin squarely between the goal posts for the only touchdown of the game.

Otherwise the long honors were to Nebraska.

Three times the valiant Cornhuskers battered and plunged and fought their way down the field, drawing breath right under the shadow of their opponents’ goal, and three times the husky lads from the banks of the Kaw braced on their own 10-yard line and took possession of the ball.

Once only, and that midway in the second half, did the Kansas warriors got so close to the Nebraska goal without striking. In the first half Johnson took the ball on the Cornhuskers’ 30-yard line and spurted across the goal, but the touchdown was not allowed.

Over 5,000 people saw the game. All four sides of the new athletic field were filled till to tip with a jammed, vociferous mass that sat in lines, row above row, about the quadrangle. Automobiles and vehicles blockaded the streets that enclose the field.

The weather was ideal, old Sol beaming forth in a warm wreath of smiles.

Pandemonium regained throughout, great noises chasing little thoughts out of pulsing brains. On opposite sides of the gridiron, the Kansas and Nebraska bands vied with one another in an awful clash of sounds. They blew and blew, brayed and blasted and mingled with the medley of yells and cheers in a babel of discord.

Lincoln never knew such a gala day in the annals of football. Most of the crowd was her own. Over 700 people came down from omaha, while 800 rooters journeyed hither from the Jayhawkers’ camp at Lawrence.

The town was decorated in the scarlet and cream of the university, with here and there a sprinkling of the crimson and blue woven in out of courtesy to the visitors.

No better game of football, more classy or more scientific, was ever played in the west—none more spectacular or more thrilling anywhere. Never were gladiators mre equally pitted.

Throughout it was a battle royal between the trime from the Kaw and the warriors of the Platte.

Johnson, the Kansas quarter, won the laurels of the day. When the game was finished an eager bunch of admirers rushed upon the field and lifting the Jayhawker to their shoulders, bore him triumphantly through the streets of the town, preceded by the Kansas band.

With the ball on their 40-yard line, Beltzer was called on to punt for Nebraska. He sent the sphere 30 yards to Johnson, who swooped about in a small curve and then began his flight down the field, running almost the entire distance within one yard of the sideline. Three different Cornhuskers tackled him, but he threw them off and sped onward toward the goal behind the splendid interference of Stevenson.

Nebraska’s line held like a stone wall against the fierce onslaught of the Kansas backs. Never were any consistent gains made through it. On straight football the Jayhawkers plugged constantly at tackle-end runs, with not over a half dozen tricks, delayed and double passes.

Johnson’s much vaunted onside quarterback kick was tried three times in the first half with indifferent success. One or two small gains were made on it in the second half.

Only three attempts were made at forward passes and these were undertaken by the Nebraska team. 10 yards was gained on one of these. The other two passes were completed, but netted nothing.

The playing of Shonka, center and Rathbone, fullback, for Nebraska were features. Time after time Shonka opened up holes in the line and as many times Rathbone went through for good gains. Shonka held fast on every rush made against him and added to his reputation by making two pretty tackles in the open.

Harte, the big left tackle for Nebraska, was adamant and also gained fame by plunging for a 15 yard gain through the right side of the line. Captain Beltzer was steady and consistent in all his playing, which included booting the ball and handling punts. Temple made several spectacular tackles.

The improvement of Nebraska over the game she put up with Minnesota consisted in her ability to advance the ball and to tackle with success. Her line was the same old wall that Minnesota couldn’t penetrate during the first half in that game.

If Minnesota is included among the Big Nine teams, today’s game leaves the championship of western universities to be settled between Kansas and Missouri in their annual game at Kansas City Thanksgiving, each team having been undefeated thus far, while Iowa university fell before the Missouri Tigers by a score of 13 to 12.

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Series history

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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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