Nebraska 100
Nebraska Wesleyan 0

Oct. 6, 1917


Scarlet and Cream Overwhelm Opponents, Displaying Old-Time Snap and Vigor in Straight, Smashing Football

LINCOLN — The University of Nebraska football team opened its season today with a 100 to 0 victory over Nebraska Wesleyan University, showing in its first contest the qualities that will make it a pennant contender in the Missouri Valley conference race this season.

The Nebraskans were at no time in danger of having their goal crossed, and relied almost entirely on old-style football, not being forced to uncover any of the plays on which Coach Stewart will rely later in the season for victory over harder opponents.

The attendance was 2,000, the largest ever recorded at an opening game here.

Shellenberg, former Beatrice High star, looms up tonight as one of the most promising football “finds” at Nebraska in recent years.

He contributed materially to the huge score piled up by the Cornhuskers, ploughing through the line and skirting the ends repeatedly for long runs with the ball. Four times he got away for touchdowns on his line rushes.

Sam Kellog and Bill Day, two other recruits from last year’s freshman team, shared with Hugo Otoupalik, Johnny Cook and Paul Dobson much of the glory for Stewart’s tribe.

Nebraska reeled off three touchdowns in the opening; repeated the dose in the second to prove it was no fluke; raised the ante to five in the third quarter, and put in four more in the final period.

Holding like a stone wall, the Cornhusker defense was remarkable, while on the offensive the big linesman and backs plunged through to “kill” a play before it was even started. Perfect interference was accorded the runners. MacMahon’s enforced absence from the lineup because of injuries provented the Huskers from using the aerial game extensively.

The game was officially opened by Chancellor Avery when he booted the ball fifteen yards along the ground to Chancellor Scheckengast of Wesleyan in the presence of Governor Neville.

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Nebraska is 8-0 all-time against Nebraska Wesleyan.

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1917 season (5-2)

Nebraska Wesleyan Oct. 6
Iowa Oct. 13
Notre Dame Oct. 20
Michigan Oct. 27
Missouri Nov. 10
Kansas Nov. 17
Syracuse Nov. 29

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