Nebraska 3
Syracuse 0

Nov. 27, 1919 • Lincoln, Neb.

Nebraska Wins Final Game From Syracuse



Lincoln, Neb., Nov. 27—In a hard fought football contest, played during a rather heavy downfall of snow, the University of Nebraska gridiron squad defeated the University of Syracuse here this afternoon by a score of 3 to 0.

The Cornhusker victory over Syracuse, following on the heels of similar treatment accorded the Orange team last Saturday by Indiana is a boom for western football. Incidentally it was a happy day for Captain Dobson, who was playing his last game in Nebraska uniform, for he not only won the game for his team, but had far the best of the punting duel with Ackley, the famous punting quarterback of the Orange team.

Victory for Nebraska came in the second period, when Captain Dobson, playing the last game of his football career with Nebraska, booted a drop kick for the only score of the game.

Near zero weather along with snow prevailed, handicapping play to some extent. Despite the weather, however, about 6,000 football fans braved the low temperature to watch the contest.

Teams Evenly Matched

Both teams, so far as yardage gained was concerned, were about evenly matched, and punting was common throughout the game. Forward passes on both sides, for the most part, were failures. In the first period, however, Brown of the visiting team made thirty yards on a forward pass from Ackley, the Syracuse quarterback, but immediately afterward Nebraska recovered the ball by intercepting a pass.

In the second period Nebraska nearly scored a touchdown when Schellenberg, the Nebraska left halfback received a Syracuse punt and raced forty yards to Syracuse’s seven-yard line. A moment later Swanson, Nebraska’s left end received a forward pass from Newman, the Cornhusker quarterback, catching the ball on the other side of the Syracuse goal line, but the play was disallowed for holding.

Kick Is Twenty Yards

It was near the end of this period that Captain Dobson drop-kicked from the Syracuse twenty-yard line with the winning score.

Syracuse came to Lincoln with a reputation of being demons with the forward pass, but to their dismay Nebraska players intercepted five of their passes, and in each event made good returns with the ball. Syracuse was also guilty of three fumbles which cost them dearly at critical moments. In the fourth period Dobson made a long punt which he followed down the field. Ackley received the punt, fumbled, allowing Dobson himself to recover his own kick.

Details of the game were:

First period—Segal appeared at left tackle in the Syracuse lineup instead of Gulick. Captain Dobson of Nebraska intercepted Syracuse’s first forward pass and shortly afterward attempted drop kick, but the ball went too low. Syracuse, with Fallon, the visitors’ left halfback, doing much of the work, began a march down the field, but lost the ball when Schellenberg of Nebraska intercepted a Syracuse forward pass. Syracuse recovered the ball, however, when Dobson failed in another attempted drop kick. Near the close of the period Nebraska again blocked a Syracuse forward pass, the ball being in Nebraska possession on its own five-yard line, when the period closed. Kellogg replaced Dana at right end for Nebraska.

Makes 40-Yard Run

Second period: Following an exchange of punts, Schellenberg, Nebraska’s left halfback ran forty yards to the Syracuse seven-yard line and shortly after Nebraska caught a forward pass behind the Syracuse goal line, but the play was disallowed for holding. Ackley of the visitors attempted a place kick, but the ball went wide of the posts, Nebraska putting the pigskin into play on its own twenty-yard line. Following another exchange of punts, Captain Dobson of Nebraska drop-kicked from the twenty-yard line. It was Syracuse’s ball in the center of the field when the period ended with the score 3 to 0, in Nebraska’s favor.

Hiatt replaced Thompson at right guard for Syracuse, and Hubka went in for Dale as fullback for Nebraska in the second period. Later, Wright took Hubka’s place at fullback.

Dobson Tries Again

Third period: Neither side was able to gain much ground in this period, which was featured by punting. Fumble by Syracuse prevented the visitors from becoming dangerous to the Nebraska players. At the same time the Nebraskan’s attempted to work the forward pass, but without success. Near the end of the period, Captain Dobson of Nebraska attempted to drop kick, but the ball went too low. Syracuse was in possession of the ball on its own forty-yard line when the period ended. Pucilek took W. Hunn’s place as left guard for Nebraska.

Fourth period: Both teams were compelled to punt frequently in this period, and neither side did much groundgaining. Captain Dobson of Nebraska attempted another drop kick, but the ball went wide of the posts.

After the game Coach Schulte said, “We have got a sweet football team here, and it was only by hard luck that we did not show up better earlier in the season. But look out for the Cornhuskers next year!”

Today’s game, which closes the season, marks the passing of only four of Nebraska’s players. Dobson, Wilder, Day and Stanley Henry, who was not in today’s struggle, have played their limit. Every other player on the squad will be eligible next year, which shows that Schulte mean when he says “Look out for the Cornhuskers next year.”

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Iowa Oct. 4
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Notre Dame Oct. 18
Oklahoma Oct. 25
Iowa State Nov. 1
Missouri Nov. 8
Kansas Nov. 15
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