Nebraska 53
Drake 0

Oct. 7, 1916 • Lincoln, Neb.

Doc Stewart Makes Good; ‘Huskers Win

LINCOLN, Neb — Playing old-fashioned football for three quarters and opening up with a few forward passes in the fourth, Nebraska university’s Cornhuskers smashed and broke their way through the Drake Bulldogs this afternoon for a 53 to 0 victory in their first game of the season.

Nebraska showed the same old impregnable defense, its line holding against every assault of the Drake forwards. The only play on which the Iowans could gain was on a forward pass from the famous Iowa spread formation, and only once did this carry them near the Nebraska goal line.

In desperation for a lucky touchdown, Drake passed time and time again, only to have Otoupalik or Riddell intercept or block the throw.

Varsity rooters tonight are not lamenting the loss of Chamberlain and Dick Rutherford. Little Johnny Cook made runs as brilliant as Chamberlain, one through the whole Drake team for forty-three yards and a touchdown, a second through the Bulldogs for fifty-three yards, so that the ball was pushed over on the next play, and a third from kickoff for forty-two yards.

In its first test in conference football, Coach Stewart’s Pacific coast style of play made good. The 1,200 students in the stands are confident that “Doc” can produce as potent a combination as Stiehm ever did. The Nebraska backfield of Cook, Caley, Doyle, Rhodes, Gardiner and Dobson had no difficulty today in making gains around end or through the line.

Cook was not alone in his long runs. Ted Riddell, on a fake punt formation, ran sixty-three yards. Rhodes went fifty on a kickoff. Otoupalik recovered a fumbled forward pass, Smith to Sarff, and went seventy yards in a clear field for six points. Cornhusker interference was almost perfect.

The only point in which the new offense showed any weakness was in fumbling, a common early-season fault. But on Stewart’s direct pass, without the intervention of a quarterback, the ball seemed harder to handle by the charging back when headed for a straight line buck.

Nebraska’s first touchdown came on line bucks and end runs by Gardiner, Doyle, Rhodes and Cook, the four backfield men, for gains from two to twelve yards. Corey kicked the goal. The second came on Cook’s long run, Corey again kicking the goal. The third came on Cook’s second long run and a line buck by Doyle Captain Tim missing the goal.

The first half ended Nebraska 20, Drake 0.

The third quarter was opened with two long runs by Cook and Gardiner that added six points, Corey missing the goal. On the next series of play, Rhodes, Gardiner and Dobson made the gains for the score. the next resulted in Otoupalik’s seventy-yard run on a recovered fumble. Again Nebraska scored when Gardiner forward passed to Riddell, who ran thirty-five yards for the score.

The last touchdown was easy, Riddell opening the fourth quarter with a sixty-yard run from a fake punt formation, and Otoupalik going around end for nine yards and the count. Corey kicked three of the four goals.

Four scouts from the Kansas Aggies, Nebraska’s opponents next Saturday, watched the game from the press box. They were headed by Coach “Germany” Schultz and Captain Barnes.


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1916 season (6-2)

Drake Oct. 7
Kansas State Oct. 14
Oregon State Oct. 21
Nebraska Wesleyan Oct. 28
Iowa State Nov. 4
Kansas Nov. 18
Iowa Nov. 25
Notre Dame Nov. 30

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