Nebraska 0
South Dakota 0

Oct. 10, 1914

Nebraska Suffers Tie Score at Hands of South Dakota, 0-0



Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 10—After escaping from a tie last week by the skin of their teeth, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, were handed a tie today by the eleven representing South Dakota university. Not only that, but the northerners held the Cornhuskers to a blanks core, 0 to 0.

The Coyotes ripped through the Nebraska line frequently and one had the ball under the Nebraska goal posts, but were kept from scoring by a valiant stonewall defense that the Nebraskans have shown for the first and only time this year.

Nebraska’s showing was a keen disappointment. The individual men performed well as could be expected, but the well-oiled machine that developed early last year was missed in this contest. There was no one to guide the Nebraska squad with a steady hand. Hawkins put up a plucky defense, and returned punts far better than did Howard last week. Potter’s entrance into the game late in the last period marked the display of a flash of real form, and the men worked at once with more snap, yet the machine lacked the necessary punch to win.

Many Open Plays

The game was featured by open play. Forward pass after forward pass was attempted by the Coyotes in the third and fourth quarters, when they opened up with all they had; yet they gained but twice with the flip, once for four yards and once for eighteen. Nebraska never negotiated a successful pass, although they tried several.

Chamberlain, Rutherford and Howard were good ground gainers for the Nebraskans, yet the Coyote defense tightened when the necessary yards or the fourth down were needed and the Cornhuskers were frequently forced to punt but on several occasions were held for downs, even in the middle of the field.

For the Coyotes, Vidal, Ferguson and Hengle did all the gaining. Potts at center, the player over whom a conference was held for eight hours preceding the game, was outplayed by Cameron, the Nebraska center, and many of the Nebraska gains went through him.

Cornhusker Line Weak

On the other hand the South Dakotans found it a bargain to buck through the Nebraska right side and frequently after being through the line, the Coyotes were only checked by the Nebraska secondary line of defense.

Howard negotiated the longest run of the game when he sprinted twenty yards from a fake punt formation.

Nebraska never seriously threatened the Coyote goal, while a fumble by Chamberlain late in the second quarter, which South Dakota recovered, gave them the ball on Nebraska’s six-yard line. Vidal twice attempted to rip through the line. Once he was hurled back. The second time he made a yard. Ferguson was unsuccessful of the third trial and then Vidal fell back to the twenty-five-yard line and attempted a goal from the field. Corey broke through and blocked the kick and Nebraska recovered it on her own twenty-seven-yard line a few minutes before time was called.

The Last Half

South Dakota carried the attack into Nebraska territory early in the third quarter, attempting a series of forward passes. Failing with these, Vidal tried a field goal from the twenty-five-yard line which was wide. Nebraska punted out of danger and holding the Coyotes on downs took the ball and carried it into the visitor’s territory. The quarter ended with the ball in Nebraska’s possession on the South Dakota thirty-five-yard line.

Failure to execute a forward pass on the fourth down gave the Dakotans the ball on their own thirty-yard line early in the fourth period. An exchange of punts returned it to Nebraska’s possession in the center of the field. The Nebraskans worked the ball down the field, until Halligan, Howard having been replaced by Delamatre, punted over the goal line. South Dakota then carried the ball to the Nebraska thirty-five-yard line where play ended.?

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Nebraska is 14-1 all-time against South Dakota.

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1914 season (7-0-1)

Washburn Oct. 3
South Dakota Oct. 10
Kansas State Oct. 17
Michigan State Oct. 24
Iowa State Oct. 31
Morningside Nov. 7
Kansas Nov. 14
Iowa Nov. 21

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