Notre Dame 16
Nebraska 7

Oct. 16, 1920

Nebraska Loses to Notre Dame, 16 to 7

Gipp the Blood, while considerably under the influence of Brandy, ran amuck on Nebraska Field yesterday afternoon and supplied a major portion of the punch that enabled Notre Dame to trim the Cornhuskers 16 to 7, before the largest and most slightly aggregation of spectators ever seen on the classic Lincoln gridiron.

Until the last few fleeting seconds of the first half it seemed likely or at least possible, that Coach Schulte’s great defensive gang of sterling fighters might actually accomplish the ruin of the much faster, shiftier and more resourceful visitors from Indiana. But the last half, with a few exceptions proceeding somewhat listlessly under the summery skies, belonged entirely to Coach Rockne of the enemy, and the final result was scarcely in doubt.

Gipp Was a Show

This left halfback person Gipp with his toothsome quarterback, Mister Brandy, and ably assisted by a stellar galaxy of fleet-footed backfield gents, made the afternoon full of events for Nebraska, but the Huskers’ line stood up with Notre Dame, man to man, and battled them at least to a draw.

A comical bird who sat in our lap in the press stand during the ceremonies, suggested that the parched athletes of our corn belt were so eager to get Brandy that they overlooked Gipp the Blood, Brother Castner and some other hyenas from South Bend and thus forfeited their only chance for success. This, however, is problematical.

There were two outstanding features of the huge home-coming day affair on Nebraska Field, one being the vast audience and the other a brand new fake play concocted by Coach Rockney and sprung by his harps early in the third period, after Notre Dame had secured the ball in center after Weller’s punt. A forward pass failed, possibly intentionally, and Quarterback Brandy, who is at least 120 proof and therefore illegal under the laws of this state, sauntered up to the line with the ball to put it into play.

Some Freak Fake

Suddenly he seemed to succumb to injuries, and lay down on his back rolled a couple of times, put the ball over his head and touched it down — and then, like a flash, whisked the pigskin to Gipp, who certainly was waiting for it. The entire Notre Dame team was massed on the right side of the line, and the Huskers weren’t even paying attention. Consequently Gipp had easy sailing around the end for what would have been a certain touchdown had not a visiting gladiator deliberately held a Nebraskan. The great play was called back, and even the Notre Damers couldn’t protest—the holding being so obvious. This freak play simply brought down the house.

The Huskers’ defensive game was wonderful, but their offense lacked variety. Successful forward passing seemed almost impossible for them and while Weller punted well as to distance, he was very slow in swinging his hoof, and it was a blocked kick, recovered by him behind his own goal toward the end of the first period, after Nebraska had made one of their wonderful “back-to-the-wall” stands, that gave Notre Dame their first rally — two points on a safety.

Hubka Goes Across

The Cornhuskers’ first and only score came early in the second period following a beautiful pass from Newman to Swanson, which placed the ball on the enemy’s two-yard line. Hubka, suffering from previous injuries was sent in and finally, after two attempts, shoved the ball across. Day kicked goal.

Notre Dame opened up crossbucks through tackle on a delayed pass and this with forward passes and swinging end runs finally enabled Brandy to trickle over the line, but a few seconds before the game lads held the charging foe for three downs under the shadow of their own goal but finally succumbed. Gipp kicked goal.

A forward pass, Gipp to Barry, netting three fathoms or so, started the dirty work for the last enemy touchdown in the last period. This left the ball on Nebraska’s eight-yard line Wynn bucked for five yards and Gipp finished the business through center and then kicked goal.

Ak-Sar-Ben Rulers There

More than 1,000 Omahans, including King Charles L. Saunders, Queen Gladys Peters, the board of governors and all the honor maids of Ak-Sar-Ben went to the game on two special trains over the Burlington. The South Side stockmen packed the early morning special, with the Ak-Sar-Ben contingent, and paraded the Lincoln streets headed by the Tangler Temple Shrine band, directed by Oscar Lieben. Dinner was served at the state farm by the domestic science department. At the game the Omaha folks occupied a special section of the stands. The eighty-piece University band and the North Platte High school band added to the music at the field. Uniformed girl cheer leaders was an attractive feature during the doings. Lincoln was jammed with “Home-Comers,” including most of the old football stars of other days. The total attendance was roughly estimated by officials at close to 14,000. After the game coaches made the following statements:

Coach Rockne of Notre Dame — “It was a typical Notre Dame-Nebraska game. Both teams fought long and hard. The breaks of the game were about even but Notre Dame should have added another touchdown on the comparative strength of the two teams. Next year, 1921, is another year and Nebraska may have better luck.”

Coach Schulte of Nebraska — “Notre Dame has a wonderful team; they played a wonderful game. The speed of their backfield was remarkable.”

Buck Shaw, who played a sterling game for Rockne’s crew at right tackle, is a former Creighton man, having been on the Blue and White squad in 1917. He was vociferously cheered by the Omaha rooters.

Hubka, after making Nebraska’s only touchdown, struggled gamely to stay in the fray, but his old injuries made it impossible, and he had to be removed, which greatly weakened the Huskers. Wright, Swanson and Scherer were by far the fastest and most efficient of Schulte’s men, according to the opinion of most experts.

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South Dakota Oct. 23
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