Nebraska 21
Iowa State 0

Oct. 30, 1915 • Ames, Ia.

Cornhuskers Blank the Ames Aggies in Hard Fought Game


Cook is a first-year man and a graduate of the Beatrice High School. Corey comes from Green Bay, Wis. He is a second-year man. Doyle is a Lincoln High School man and this is his second year out.


Captain Rutherford and Chamberlain Score Touchdowns – Cyclones Push Ball to Nebraska’s Goal, but Huskers Hurl Them Out of Danger Zone

Ames, Ia., Oct. 30 – An end run attack that the Cyclones just couldn’t break up gave the Nebraska Cornhuskers victory over Ames by a score of 21 to 0 before a crowd of 8,000 people on State Field today.

The play was only used to consistent advantage in the second quarter of the game, but for that fifteen-minute session the fast Nebraska backs gained almost at will through the dazed Iowans. Nebraska presented a perfect interference for Chamberlain, Caley and Rutherford, who carried the ball, and before the locals learned how to get in and break it up the play had netted over half the distance she made in scrimmage during the game and been good for three touchdowns during the one quarter.

This one form of attack was good for 358 yards of the total of 391, which the visitors piled up during scrimmage during the game. Ames outgained Nebraska in punting and forward passes, but was played off her feet by the fast end runs, the perfect interference and the quick defensive mixing Nebraska presented.

Disappointed, but not discouraged, tells the story from the Ames’ viewpoint. Victory was hoped for rather than expected. Governor Clarke of Iowa and at least 7,500 Ames rooters had seen the Cyclones threaten to score in the first scrimmage. They did not see them win. They didn’t see them score. But they saw them a team improved 100 percent in spirit over the team which won from Missouri last Saturday, fighting to the last ditch, holding like a stone wall, spirited, struggling, determined, the making of a football team.

So much had Coach Mayser demonstrated in one week with material that in victory bid fair to sit down and cry a week ago.

Ames made a brilliant start, a whirlwind finish, but the Cyclones were up against a team that played too much football.

Ames chose to defend the south goal, and the wind was with her in the first quarter. Corey’s kickoff was for only twenty yards, of which Aldrich returned ten. Aldrich then went through the Huskers’ center and down the field for sixty-two yards to the visitors’ eight-yard line. He was dropped. Sloss failed to gain, but Uhl was sent through the line for five yards. Instead of battering the Nebraskans off their feet for the three yards in two downs, Ames chose to attempt a forward pass, Aldrich to Moss to Mullen, and it went for a touchback.

It wasn’t the only chance Ames had to score, for the vigor of her attack seemed to have startled the Nebraskans, who were not expecting such spirit. Chamberlain was thrown back when he attempted an end run, but came right back with seven of the loss, only to fumble the ball, which Ames recovered on the Nebraska fourteen-yard line. Then “Dutch” Uhl went through the visitors like a division of the German army, gaining seven yards. Sloss went through for three and Uhl for two, but was stopped just short on the score when he plunged into a goal post. The ball was six inches from the Nebraska line, and Ames in the last down could not get it over.

So at the finish Ames was playing her second spasm of brilliant ball. After the runaway second quarter the Cyclones seemed to get into the know-how of the Cornhuskers’ attack and not even the mighty Chamberlain could get away with it consistently and after the grilling duel in the third quarter the locals came back with steam and enthusiasm but too late to help. Nebraska had lost the ball on Gardiner’s fumble when Moss and Foster got away with a forward pass for nine yards, a second attempt Chamberlain pulled in with one hand like a circus catch in center garden and the ball was Nebraska’s in the center of the field.

After Carey had hit the line for seven feet, Chamberlain tossed to Caley for eighteen yards on a forward pass and Caley went through the Ames’ center for six yards, one of the few gains the Huskers thus made. Little Thomas, Mayser’s new find, was discovered on the scrubs last Thursday, but made his first appearance on the varsity a few minutes before with a beautiful tussle, broke up was Chamberlain was about to stretch into another score. Chamberlain’s attempt at a forward pass was incomplete and it went for a touchback and Moss tossed it to Sloss who completed the forward pass and started down the field for thirty-three yards before he tripped over his interference just as time was sounded.

Nebraska’s band and the Nebraska quartet were much in evidence throughout the game and the Nebraska section of the bleachers was full of pep. A feature was the college department parade with floats representing the home economics, agronomy, animal husbandry and engineering departments of the college. The big fun feature lay in the stunt of the “vets,” who brought out their ambulance to take care of Nebraska’s spavined championship hopes as represented by a decrepit old horse.

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Notre Dame Oct. 23
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Kansas Nov. 13
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