Kansas Aggies Score First, but Prove Easy After Initial Quarter
Cornhuskers Win With Line Plunges, 24 to 6
Punting by Howard of Omaha Gains Long Distance for Stiehm’s Team
Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 11—The Stiehm roller flattened the Manhattan agriculturalists today on the Nebraska field, the state university defeating the Kansas Aggies by a score of 24 to 6. In the early part of the game the visitors unloosened several remarkable plays and executed them most beautifully for a single touchdown, but the fighting of the varsity machine disheartened the Jayhawk farmers and they succumbed gradually to Howard’s punting and off-tackle and end runs by Rutherford, Towle and Halligan.
The visitors were the first to score. At the end of the opening quarter the ball was on Nebraska’s one-yard line. On the initial play of the second period the oval was pushed over. After that the angered Cornhuskers sprang toward their opponents with terrific energy and although unable to gain consistently through the line, rapped open spots for enough advances to score three touchdowns. Towle added a quarterback’s mite in the form of a place kick from the thirty-yard line.
Nebraska Line Weak
Nebraska’s line made a miserable showing at the outset, but strengthened as time flew. Thompson, the Omaha man, at center, and Ross, the colored man whom both the Aggies and Kansas University protested without avail, played hard and effectively, but received little support from their fellow forwards.
Halligan was effective, both on offense and defense, during the second half of the game and toyed with Loomis, his gigantic enemy. Beck and Mastin played superlative ball after the Aggies made their counter. The former supplanted Towle at the general’s position during the last few minutes of plan and ran the team within that time. With a frosh backfield, consisting of De Lameter and Elwell at halves and Coffee at fullback, he secured good results.
During the first three quarters, the wind played an important part in the play. The Aggies made ground on kicks, while the zephyrs were in their favor, but the moment the sides changed the Nebraska team at once began an assault that ended in the first touchdown. Howard’s exchange of punts with Quarterback Haymaker resulted in added territory. Several times, however, the Aggies allowed the ball to roll over their goal line, rather than electing to attempt a return of punts.
Nebraska scored a touchdown and a goal from field in the second quarter. Halligan and Purdy began working the off-tackle plays and aided by occasional sprints by Towle and Rutherford, succeeded in working the ball down to the Manhattan four-yard line. The Cornhusker captain was sent over for the first counter. Towle’s kick followed a touchback over the aggie line.
Scores in Second Half
In the first period of the second half, constant pounding of the aggie wings, with occasional tackle plays, netted Nebraska short distance gains, which put them within striking distance of the blue and white counting line. Rutherford was sent the last six yards through the line.
In the last quarter the substitute backfield, consisting of Beck, Elwell, De Lameter and Coffee, with Howard shifted from fullback to end, began a vigorous march into the enemy’s country. Little De Lameter finally dodged through a twenty-yard wall of players and planted the ball over the line. That ended the scoring, although twice afterwards it appeared as if the Aggies’ goal could not be protected from the Cornhusker onslaught. Punts saved the day for the visitors at that stage.
The Aggies attempted occasional forward passes, but only one was successful. Nebraska confined itself to line plunges and an occasional end run.