Nebraska 20
Iowa State 7

Oct. 31, 1914

Cornhuskers Make Short Work of Celebrated Ames Warriors



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Lincoln, Neb., Oct 31—Rallying to their colors in the last period, when defeat seemed certain, the Nebraska Stiehm-rollers today chagrined the Ames Aggies, 20 to 7.

After the first period and until the middle of the last, the score stood 7 to 3 in favor of the beef trust from the formidable village of central Iowa. With the desperate valor and indomitable spirit which has often proven the most valuable asset of the team, the Cornhuskers finally burst forth in all their pristine glory and created enough misery for their gloating opponents to last them a long time.

Today’s game demonstrated that the only difference between the captains of Harvard and Nebraska is that Brickley is in the hospital and Vic Halligan is not. The North Platte wonder this afternoon booted two beautiful kicks from placement squarely between the posts, one of the, from the forty-yard line. With his achievements of this sort in other games, together with his remarkable punting, kicking out, and goals scored after touchdowns, Captain Halligan’s hoof is proving pretty nearly as valuable as his head.

There are unpleasant things to be said about today’s game. They are unpleasant because they reflect upon the judgment of the officials chosen to handle the conflict. Nebraska this afternoon crossed the Ames goal line five times, only two of which accomplishments were allowed as touchdowns. In neither of three instances in which the ball was called back, thus depriving the Cornhuskers of a score. ____ Impartial experts on the side lines ____ to vindicate the penalization inflict___ by the officials.

McGovern was Referee

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But all this unpleasantness aside—the Cornhuskers won, and that settles the whole argument for the nonce.

Looked Gloomy at First

Things looked mighty gloomy all the first half, except when Captain Halligan made that vigorous and timely boot from the forty-yard line. The absence of Quarterback Herb Potter took the keystone out of Stiehm’s massive structure ad Substitute Caley proved entirely incapable of even pretending to take Potter’s place. He seemed positively helpless in handling the champion organization, and the work of the men showed their lack of confidence in his leadership. There was a most plentiful lack of interference, a monstrous quantity of fumbling and a dolorous inclination on the part of the carriers to run back with the ball, which is a fatal error, even in back-lot scrimmages.

Things were different when Hawkins took Caley’s place, and the old paprika began to be felt. Rutherford and Chamberlain commenced to nudge big gaps in the beef monopoly line, and Cap. Halligan likewise started to stand astounded opponents around like a big and feverish bear searching for a recreant peanut in some wild and woolly zoo, while the whole line, which had been so leaky in the first chapters, tightened up until it fairly squeaked. After Nebraska had passed the Aggies, there was nothing to it but large hunks of glory and the relieved sighs of some 3,000 anxious rooters.

Ames made her touchdown in the first period, shortly after Chamberlain had shot his blank. The ominous decision of the unpopular officials seemed to take all the crust off the Nebraska pie, and permit Moss, Jones, Wilson and Uhl to carry the pigskin into the forbidden land so quickly that the horror could scarcely be appreciated. A forty-yard forward pass from Moss to Jones started the difficulty. Thereafter Halligan placed his kick from the forty-yard zone and the Nebraska boom was busted until the final period.

Show Signs of Life

It was really in the third period that the Huskers began to show signs of life but he Ames gang was still all swelled up with prospective prestige in the football world and consequently put up a mighty convincing sort of an argument. Nebraska’s interference was getting together, however the men were picking holes without the aid of binoculars, and Quarterback Hawkins was steadily massing his troops for a final and victorious assault upon the enemy’s works.

The fateful fourth period started with the ball in Nebraska’s hands on her own thirteen-yard line. Captain Halligan, who had been frantic at the threatened defeat of his lads, stormed from player to player, urging, pleading and insisting that the march begin. The crowd caught the spirit and called upon him to relieve the distress. Under his guidance, and taking something of his medieval ferocity, the march duly began.

It was smash, smash, smash to the center of the field—Rutherford, Chamberlain, Halligan! The Ames heavyweights, becoming anxious, likewise became nervous, and their defense weakened, the Cornhuskers promptly taking advantage thereof. Chamberlain executed a forward pass to Howard for thirty yards, and then Halligan dove through the line for ten yards without giving the agricultural gents time to think of the folks at home. It was Stiehmrollers’ ball on the enemy’s ten-yard line when Chamberlain staggered around left end with his elusive, heavy gallop, to the two-yard mark. Then Hawkins called upon the old reliable Rutherford for the winning touchdown—and he did it!

Ames Faces Grew Long

Really, that was about all. The Ames faces became long and tearful, and they saw the handwriting on the wall. But the Cornhuskers were not satisfied. Their appetites, in fact, had only been whetted, and they craved more goodies. Delametre soshed, through for seven yards and then Chamberlain put on a party of his own, gaining most of the ground and finally rambling through the entire Ames team for a touchdown from the twenty-yard line.

Just to make life really miserable for the pretenders to the western football throne, the Cornhuskers recovered fumble near the enemy’s goal and Cap. Halligan hoisted another place kick across the bars.

The war was soon over and Ames went on home like a lot of nice, fat little boys, leaving Coach Stiehm still prosperous but greatly relieved, the final score having totaled 20 to 7.

Next Saturday the Cornhuskers will give a Kensington at Lincoln with the Morningside college team as their guests. Funeral arrangements later.

Details of the Game

Nebraska won the toss and decided to kick off. Halligan kicked off to Jones, who was downed on his thirty-five-yard line. He fumbled and Chamberlain scooped up the ball and raced across the goal line. The touchdown was not allowed, Nebraska being off side on the kickoff. Halligan again kicked off. Unable to gain, Ames punted. Doyle exchanged punts with Moss and Ames got the ball on their own forty-seven-yard line. McDonell lost three yards and then gained it back. A forward pass, Moss to Jones, was good for forty yards, the ball being on Nebraska’s fifteen-yard line. Wilson went through the line for seven yards and Uhl went through right guard for the needed distance and a touchdown. Johns kicked goal.

Score, Ames 7, Nebraska 0.

Mattison kicked off. Rutherford and Chamberlain gained three yards and Halligan seven to the Nebraska forty-two-yard line. Chamberlain carried the ball to the Ames forty-seven-yard line. End runs and line smashes by Rutherford took the ball to the Ames twenty-three-yard line. Chamberlain was thrown for a ten-yard loss. On the fourth down Halligan fell back to the Ames forty yard line, and with Rutherford holding the ball, kicked a goal from placement.

Score, Nebraska 3, Ames 7.

An exchange of punts closed the quarter, Ames holding the ball on Nebraska’s thirty-seven-yard line.

Nebraska punted on the first down and Ames, unable to gain necessary distance, punted. Nebraska was penalized fifteen yards, McDonnell, Moss, Uhl and Wilson on end runs and line bucks carrying the ball to Nebraska’s eighteen-yard line, where Cameron recovered a fumble and Doyle punted out of bounds. Unable to gain, Moss punted and Doyle returned the put, the ball going over Moss’ head. Balls picked up the oval and raced across the goal, but the touchdown was not allowed and Nebraska was penalized fifteen yards for holding.

McDonnell, Wilson and Uhl carried the ball to the Nebraska forty-five-yard line, where Oss attempted a field goal, but the drop kick went wide and rolled over the goal for a touchback. Nebraska put the ball in play on her twenty-yard line. Rutherford raced around eh end for seven yards. Hawkins replaced Caley. Halligan made three yards, Rutherford added two, and Chamberlain went around the end for four. A forward pass, Hawkins to Howard, was good for twenty-seven yards, and the period ended with the ball in Nebraska’s possession on the Ames’ thirty-three-yard line.

Score, end of the half, Ames 7, Nebraska 3.

Third Quarter

Halligan kicked off at the opening of the third period and Uhl returned the ball to the Ames thirty-first-yard line. Unable to make distance, Moss punted. Hawkins was thrown for a loss and Doyle punted, Ames getting the ball on the Nebraska forty-four-yard line. Three Ames forward passes failed, and Moss punted. Halligan ripped around for six yards, and Chamberlain added six more to Nebraska’s forty-one-yard line. Rutherford added seven more. Chamberlain ripped through for four and Halligan added seven more to the Ames twenty-three-yard line. A forward pass on the next down, Chamberlain to Howard, took the ball to the Ames eight-yard line, where Howard dropped the ball, when forced outside and Ames recovered. Moss punted, and with an exchange of punts, Nebraska again had the ball, but this time in the center of the field. Hawkins was thrown for an eighteen-yard loss. A forward pass, Moss to Jones, worked, and Uhl bucked through for ten yards, and McDonnell added seven more, carrying the ball to Nebraska’s seventeen-yard line. A forward pass on the fourth down failed, and Nebraska got the ball on her own twenty-one-yard line. Doyle punted. Moss punted back when distance could not be made, and the quarter ended with the ball in the Cornhuskers’ possession on their own thirteen-yard line.

Score, Nebraska 3, Ames 7.

At the opening of the final period, Halligan made five yards, Rutherford made six, Chamberlain failed to gain, but Rutherford raced the ends for eighteen; Halligan made three and Chamberlain six; Rutherford made four yards and on a forward pass. Chamberlain to Howard, took the ball to the Ames twenty-yard line. Halligan made five yards, Rutherford added five. Chamberlain made seven and Rutherford added one and then went over for a touchdown. Halligan kicked goal.

Score, Nebraska, 10; Ames, 7.

Halligan kicked off and Moss punted. The same tactics were again resumed. Chamberlain raced sixty-five yards across the goal, but the touchdown was not allowed. Chamberlain, Halligan and Rutherford lugged the ball down the field to the Ames fifteen-yard line, where, on a spread formation, Chamberlain raced around the end for the second touchdown, and Halligan kicked goal.

Score, Nebraska, 17; Ames, 7.

Halligan kicked off, and Ames put the ball in the play on their own thirteen-yard line. Ames fumbled and Halligan took the ball to the ten-yard line and Rutherford added two yards. Chamberlain failed to gain, and Halligan fell back to the fifteen-yard line and booted another field goal.

Score, Nebraska, 20; Ames, 7.

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