Nebraska 35
Michigan State 7

Nov. 20, 1920

Huskers Win Sensational Game From M.A.C., 35 to 7

LINCOLN, Neb., Nov. 20 — The University of Nebraska Cornhuskers rang up their fifth victory of the season this afternoon when they humbled the Michigan Aggie eleven, 35 to 7, in a sensational contest on Nebraska field. A large crowd witnessed the Nebraska victory, 1,000 visiting Rotarians occupying a special section of the grandstand.

The superiority of the Scarlet and Cream was marked throughout the contest. During the second period the northern farmers gained only six yards from scrimmage, while the Huskers negotiated ninety-six yards. The total yardage statistics showed a four to one margin for the Nebraskans.

Nebraska was not long in solving the Michigan shift and spread play. The Farmers introduced their formation early in the first quarter, and relied on it for a major part of the game. The Huskers smashed through and harried the work of the backs, making most of the M.A.C. passes go wild.

The first quarter was a scoreless affair, with Nebraska holding the advantage. The Michigan crew rushed the ball down to the Nebraska thirty-six-yard line, where an Aggie flip was intercepted by Newman. Dale and Wright registered a first down, but the Aggie lineman stiffened and Moore kicked out of bounds on the Nebraska forty-four-yard line.

Swanson stopped another Aggie drive when the Husker end snared an Aggie pass and ran to the Michigan Aggie pass and ran to the Michigan Aggie twenty-eight-yard line before he was dropped.

A Nebraska Triumph

After an exchange of punts the quarter ended with the ball in the possession of the Aggies on their forty-one-yard line.

The second quarter was a Nebraska triumph. The Huskers registered three touchdowns in this period, and played the Farmers off their feet.

Monte Munn intercepted a pass on the second play and was downed on the Aggies’ forty-three-yard line. Moore and Dale negotiated a couple of first downs and Wright raced twenty-five yards around left end for the first score of the game. Day kicked goal.

The Aggies were forced to punt soon after the kickoff, and Nebraska took the ball on her thirty-one-yard line. Dale made five yards off tackle and Moore broke through for a twelve-yard gain. Dale made thirteen yards and Moore added twenty-two yards on a circle around right end. A series of line plunges brought the ball to the Aggies’ five-yard-line and a pass, Newman to Swanson, was good for a touchdown. Captain Day kicked goal.

Moore was also a factor in the third touchdown. After Nebraska had been set back by a stiff penalty, Moore grabbed the oval and ran thirty-six yards around right end to the Michigan thirty-six-yard line. A forward pass, Dale to Hartley, soon brought the ball to within a yard of the Aggie goal line, and just before the whistle ended the half Newman put the ball over. Day again kicked goal.

Another in Third

The third quarter yielded another touchdown for Nebraska. The Aggies started out strong and rushed the ball well into Nebraska territory, only to lose it when Johnson fumbled and Dale recovered on the Nebraska twenty-two-yard line. Hartley broke through for five yards and Dale hit the left side for eleven more.

Hartley went through for three more. Dale then broke loose for the sensational run of the day. The Husker fullback raced fifty-seven yards through a broken field for a touchdown. Day kicked goal.

The Aggies threw a scare into the Nebraska camp early in the final quarter. The Farmers smashed their way down to the goal line, and fans, remembering the Kansas game of the week before, feared another last-minute tragedy. A pair of forward passes and a group of brilliant end runs by Noblet put the ball across for the Aggies. Captain Springer kicked goal.

The last Nebraska score was made possible by the blocking of a punt by Weller, who fell on the oval on the Michigan Aggies’ fifteen-yard line. A series of line plunges sent Hubka over for the final tally. Farley Young kicked goal.

Subs Finish Game

Coach Henry Schulte sent his substitutes in to finish the game and the Nebraska second stringers kept the ball well into Aggie territory.

Moore, Dale and Wright were the main stars of the Huskers constellation. Moore circled the ends for a series of good gains and Fred Dale, the bulky fullback, smashed at the line and was always good for a substantial gain, often carrying two or three Aggie tackler along several yards before he dropped. Wright seemed too fast for the Hobby Clark squad and his speed was responsible for Nebraska’s first touchdown.

Noblet and Johnson were the big noise for Michigan Aggies. They registered a majority of the Michigan gains. Thompson also played a good game at right end.?

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1920 season (5-3-1)

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Notre Dame Oct. 16
South Dakota Oct. 23
Rutgers Nov. 2
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