Nebraska 52
Iowa 7

Nov. 20, 1915 • Lincoln, Neb.

Cornhuskers Claim the Western Title



Captain Rutherford, Playing Last Game in Nebraska Uni, Was a Star

Led Not-to-Be-Denied Attack of State University Machine Against Iowa

Lincoln, Neb., Nov. 20 – Nebraska is claiming the championship of the west tonight. The Cornhuskers smothered the Hawkeyes this afternoon under an avalanche of touchdowns and piled up a 52 to 7 score, a total larger than Minnesota was able to amass against the Iowans, whom they beat, 51 to 13.

The Iowans were never able to solve the scintillating attack of the Cornhuskers and went home munching their 7 points as the result of a recovered fumble of a punt in the second quarter.

There was no stopping the Cornhusker attack. As soon as the Iowans solved one play formation, the Stiehmrollers shoved another out for Iowa to grasp at, only to watch the ’Huskers go sailing by down the field.

Iowa was practically helpless throughout the sixty-minute performance here this afternoon, while the Nebraskans, with Rutherford, Chamberlain, Caley and Cook setting an example, slashed, tore, ripped and pounded the Iowans into shattered bits, and then trampled the bits into the dust.

One lone touchdown fell to the lot of the lowly Iowans. It came in the second period, when Cook, who had been fumbling punts all through the first two periods, dropped another on the Nebraska thirty-yard line and Fosdick, the big Iowa tackle, racing by, gobbled up the oval and dashed across the Nebraska goal.

The whole Cornhusker team played the same kind of football that it used to sweep the Jayhawkers off their feet and the Iowans were even more helpless before the Husker offense.

Captain Dick Rutherford, playing his last game in a Nebraska uniform, drew an equal share of the calcium glare with Guy Chamberlain, who cavorted through and around the Hawkeye team at will. It was the wonderful interference of Rutherford that made the long runs of Chamberlain possible. It was Rutherford who guarded Chamberlain on his thirty-nine-yard dash for the first touchdown. It was Rutherford who formed pivot of the wall of interference banked around Chamberlain for his sixty-yard sprint for Nebraska’s third touchdown, and it was Rutherford who again barred all tacklers from the speeding Chamberlain when he raced twenty-five yards for Nebraska’s fourth touchdown.

Rutherford was the main spoke in the Nebraska attack. He guarded Cook in his fifty-two-yard return of a kickoff in the second quarter. He protected Caley in his dashes of thirty and thirty-five yards returning punts, and, incidentally, Rutherford registered a pair of touchdowns after he, with the assistance of his backfield mates, had shattered the Iowa line to bits. To cap the climax he hurled the oval twenty yards on a forward pass to Chamberlain, who crossed the Iowa goal in the final moment of play for the final touchdown.

Over on the Iowa side, Quarterback Gross, slippery, elusive and eel-like, kept the Nebraskans guessing. He circled the Nebraska end time and time again, often for only a few yards, but once he broke loose for twenty-seven yards, and again he raced twenty yards before he was downed by Caley. Gross was the forward passer for the Iowans, and his generalship enabled Iowa to carry the ball to the Nebraska eight-yard line in the final quarter, where Rutherford blocked Davis’ attempt at a placekick.

Nebraska never presented more wonderful football than they offered today, and it appeared all the more wonderful against the wretched work of Iowa.

Two touchdowns were rolled in before the end of the first quarter, one coming after the ball had been carried to the thirty-nine-yard line, when Chamberlain broke away for his first run. Battering ram tactics brought the second, Proctor, Cook, Chamberlain, Otopalik and Rutherford carrying the ball down the field sixty-two yards before Rutherford went over.

The third came on the second play of the second quarter when Chamberlain, behind a wall of interference that could not be penetrated, circled the Iowa right wing, crossed in front of the secondary defense, all of which his interference spilled, and then dodging the safety man, crossed the Hawkeye goal.

Fosdick’s recovery of Cook’s fumble and resulting touchdown came a few minutes later. Cook, as if to redeem himself, took Davis’ kickoff and raced back down the field fifty-two yards before Gross spilled him. Chamberlain then took up the burden and raced the remaining twenty-five yards to a touchdown.

Again the Nebraska machine swung into action. Taking the ball on their own thirty-yard line, Rutherford, Proctor and Chamberlain ripped and tore their way down the field the entire distance, with the exception of twenty-eight yards netted on a pass from Chamberlain to Cook and with a half-yard to go, Cook plunged across the goal.

With the score 33 to 7 at the opening of the third quarter, Caley took up the reins. On the first punt he carried it back thirty yards. Otopalik was called into action and he, following the example of his mates, plunged through for yard after yard, and Rutherford finally carried the ball over for the sixth touchdown.

Still sticking to the line smashing tactics, the Cornhuskers marched straight down the field, and Caley went over the Iowa goal before the quarter ended.

Then Iowa opened up.

Early in the fourth quarter, Gross forward passed and ran the ends until he had carried the ball to the Nebraska twelve-yard line. A forward pass over the goal went for a touchback, and Nebraska punted out of danger. Back came the Iowans for another try, taking the ball to the Nebraska eight-yard line, where another pass went over the goal incomplete. Nebraska put the ball in play on her twenty-yard line. Three forward passes went wild and on the fourth down, Otopalik got a low pass, could not punt it, and failed to buck off the necessary distance. Iowa tried a line smash and end run and forward pass, all of which failed. And then Rutherford blocked Davis’ attempt at a field goal. Iowa recovered the ball, but made an illegal pass and Nebraska got over the oval on her forty-yard line.

Then the Cornhuskers cut loose with their passes. The first, Chamberlain to Caley, netted seventeen yards. The second, Chamberlain to Rutherford, was good for twenty-five yards. Chamberlain failed on an end run, and then Rutherford flipped the sphere the remaining twenty yards to Chamberlain, who went across the goal. The final whistle blew on the kickoff.

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