Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 13. — Doc Stewart exploded a mine of new stuff under the previously prepared positions of Tad Jones’ belligerent Hawkeyes yesterday afternoon, and when the gas had cleared away the Cornhuskers had gone over the top to the tune of 47 to 0.
It was a notable game, in that it gives Nebraska gridiron fans just cause to believe that that state varsity has the best eleven in years. Man for man, it stacks up powerfully with the aggregation headed by the Chamberlain Rutherford murder squad of some seasons past, and the lugubrious blokes who have prophesied disaster in the playing of the mammoth schedule lying ahead are pretty sure to be surprised.
The 1917 Cornhuskers are a well balanced aggregation of individual stars — which is an innovation. Generally a couple of football planets on a team are a bad things for the constellation as a whole, but it seems to be different at Lincoln this year. The wearers of the crimson and cream appear to be of just the proper weight, with a wealth of speed and an astonishing quantity of football gray matter.
In the matter of coaching it must be apparent to everyone except those who wish to be blind, that Doc Stewart, director of athletics and ringmaster, had made good certain predictions on his part, voiced last season, when his stock was a trifle lower than at present.
Today’s lopsided battle showed the Cornhuskers to be possessed of a wealth of plays — straight stuff and trickery — and with unlimited schemes for the gaining of ground by yards or by inches. It has been a weary long time since such sterling interference was run for the man with the ball on Nebraska field, and if Stewart did all this we know somebody who owes him an apology.
As for the game itself, the Cornhuskers should be tried for inciting to riot. It only required eight minutes for them to first cross the Iowa goal, and they did so thereafter with charming sang froid and frequency.
By the end of the first period they had garnered twenty points, and by the end of the first half, thirty-four. They drew a blank in the third period, mostly due to changes in the line-up and a natural letting-down under such circumstances, but returned to their muttons in the last and ladled thirteen more drops of blood out of Tad Jones’ macerated heart.
In the interim, it might be added, Iowa had about as much chance to score as if all her gladiators were wearing hobbles. The Hawkeyes were outweighed, outplayed, out-guessed and out-coached — but by no means out-couraged.
Whenever Iowa’s boys are on the field the only yellow thing about them is the old gold of their jerseys. When the final whistle squeaked this afternoon — the Joneses were still fighting as energetically and ferociously as if there were some remaining hope. All honor is coming to Captain Davis and his men for their pluck and their persistence.
Schellenberg, the new Cornhusker left halfback, was the spectacular hero of the day, although he made but one touchdown. He is one of the hardest men to stop that ever lugged the oval at Lincoln, and he simply shed Iowa tacklers as if he were a rubber raincoat and they were so many drops of water. Numerous long, sensational runs; timely plunges through the tackles or the line, and a constant spirit of progress and pep mark him as the big noise in Nebraska football for this and many other reasons.
Until he was knocked out in the last of the third period, the diminutive Johnny Cook was another of the large number of celebrities who made things miserable for the Hawkeyes. He twice crossed the Iowa line for touchdowns and was heavy in defense. As to the rest of the scores, Dobson, Hubka, Otoupalik and Rhodes each got one. Captain Shaw kicked five of the seven goals.
It was remarked by all who saw the game that the Nebraska gang are this year perfectly confident and certain in their grand strategy, as well as in their tactics. There is little of the indecision which marred last year’s play, while the fact that there was not a Cornhusker fumble until the last period, during all that wild scramble and almost constant changing of the lineup, proves pretty conclusively that Doc Stewart has built himself a real machine. Some credit, of course, should go to Assistant Coach Owen Frank, a Cornhusker captain of other days, but this is a distinctly Stewart team, in manners and methods, and most of the bouquets must be sent to his address.
There were features galore — too many to enumerate, but not too many to remember. One was the presence of the sweet coeds in their spick and span nurse costumes, selling sandwiches and sweetmeats in the grandstands for the benefit of Red Cross. Today they secured $293.10. Very few of the spectators saw many of the plays on the field while the girls were disposing of their wares.
There were three coed cheer leaders, too, in the crimson and white. Profits from all games played on Nebraska field this year go to the Red Cross and the martial drilling of the freshmen team before the varsity elevens appeared brought the war spirit to the sunface. The attendance was by no means up to the usual standard at a Nebraska-Iowa engagement, but there was plenty of enthusiasm.
At the opening of the conflict Munn persisted in kicking outside until Iowa got the ball on her 40-yard line, whereupon she scared everybody to death by accomplishing, a successful 25-yard forward pass on the first play, Davis to Read.
The ball was soon lost on an incomplete pass, however, and Schellenberg proceeded to give an imitation of a wild bull in a China shop. He first copped ten yards in three tackle bucks and then sailed around right end, amid a pandemonium, for 45 yards. Having tasted blood, he wanted more — and got it, taking 12 yards through right tackle. Cook skirted left end for eight yards and Otoupalik took the ball over from the 15-yard line. He was called back for offside stuff, but Dobson settled all argument by finding a gash in the Hawkeye line and hopping through for the entire distance and the first touchdown, delivered in eight minutes from the kick-off. Shaw kicked goal and the score was seven to not much.
Munn blocked the Iowa kickoff and tackled the recoverer in the geographical center of the field. The Cornhusker line was better than Hindenburg’s and couldn’t be pierced. Captain Davis, the champion Missouri Valley dropkicker, tried one of those things at long range, but Rhodes blocked it and the procession started again, Nebraska carry the ball. Schellenberg and Rhodes executed a 25-yard forward heave, there were some other Cornhusker encroachments by different members of the all-star backfield and Cook coasted around the left flank for a touchdown. Captain Shaw again kicked field goal. 14 to 0.
Iowa unfortunately kicked off to Schellenberg, who came back 20 yards amid the moans of the stricken. Dobson began to hammer the line effectively and Schellenberg tossed one to Rhodes again, this time for twelve. Cook took fifteen or so around left end and on the next play Mr. Schellenberg, late of Beatrice High school, pranced through right tackle for 35 yards and touchdown. Shaw missed goal. 20 to 0. Schelly was getting too good, so Doc Stewart took him out to cool off, replacing him with Kellogg, who is also hard. After the kickoff Dobson went insane and hit the tackles twice for 50 yards and then the prolific first period was over.
On the second play in the second period, Johnny Cook went over on a good old-fashioned delayed pass, and Shaw kicked goal, leaving the score 27 to 0. On the next kickoff the ball struck Munn right in the bread basket at a range of 10 yards, and he clung to it desperately, emitting a mighty grunt — but lugged it back five yards. Iowa finally held for downs and a forward pass, Jenkins to Von Lackum, took 40 yards. Presently the ball was in the Hawkeyes’ possession on Nebraska’s 15 yards — the nearest the visitors came to everlasting glory.
The Cornhuskers held, however, and the danger was averted, Dobson punted back and Captain Shaw began to open up some dandy aerial stuff. Cook first skirted left end for 25 yards and on the next play passed to Hubia for 20 yards. Then he repeated the dose and Hubia went 20 yards for a touchdown, Shaw kicking goal. Score, Nebraska 24 to Iowa’s 0, as it remained to the end of the half.
A number of changes in the lineup and the certainty of the victory, together with Iowa’s renewed vigor after a dressing down by Coach Jones and Cap Davis, rendered the third period uneventful as far as scoring was concerned. The Hawkeyes held well and the chief feature was the laying out of Johnny Cook, who was helped from the field, not to return during the game.
Early in the fourth period the energetic Mr. Kellogg browsed around right end for fifty yards to Iowa’s 25-yard line, where Dobson fumbled on the next play, Iowa getting the ball. It was Nebraska’s first fumble. Von Lackum’s punt went outside and only gained 10 yards. Kellogg hit the right and left ends alternately for 10 and 12 yards and Otoupalik carried it within a foot of the goal, going over on his next plunge. He then kicked out to Dobson and Shaw kicked goal. Nebraska 41, Iowa 0.
Schellenberg was back in the game at the kickoff and copped fifteen yards on an end run. Kellogg pulled and old-style criss-cross for 10 yards and Dobson punted 50 yards, Rhodes dropping the catcher in his tracks. Iowa punted and then Schelly got busy again. Kellogg tried the old criss-cross for 30 yards and Iowa gamely held for downs on her 7-yard line. Rhodes then blocked Von Lackum’s punt and recovered the ball, carrying it back of the goal posts for a touchdown. Shaw missed goal and the final score stood, Nebraska 47, Iowa 0. The game was over shortly.
Next Saturday’s game with the formidable Notre Dame tribe is the big argument now. The fans believe the Cornhuskers will win, but Coach Stewart is naturally not expressing confidence. This will be the third set between the two elevens, Nebraska winning 20 to 19 two years ago and being beaten 20 to 0 last year.
The fact that MacMahon, who is said to be even faster than Schellenberg and a football star from top to toe, will probably be in Saturday’s game, is regarded as encouraging. McMahon was ineligible today, having failed in a minor examination, which he proposes to make up during the week. Riddell, a veteran, will also be seen against Notre Dame. He was under the weather today, as a result of previous injuries.
Nebraska is 29-17 all-time against Iowa.
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