Nebraska 55
Nebraska Wesleyan 0

Oct. 1, 1921

Cornhuskers Crush Methodists, 55 to 0



Straight Football Rules in Game That Proves the Metal of the Squad

Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 1 — The University of Nebraska got away to a running start on the 1921 gridiron campaign this afternoon by beating the Nebraska Wesleyan university team, 55 to 0.? Coach Fred T. Dawson made seventeen substitutions during the game, giving members of his first string a chance to display their wares.

The few scouts who were present in the stands saw nothing but straight football. The Huskers hammered the line and skirted the ends in the opening periods, and along toward the end of the game uncorked a display of aerial play that enabled them to score two touchdowns in rapid succession.

Nebraska fans who saw the Scarlet and Cream in action for the first time this season were well pleased with the results shown in the first game. The Nebraskans displayed more punch and polish than the 1920 machine. They played a strong offensive as well as defensive game.

Quarterback Preston, playing his first game in Husker togs, was one of the stars of the opening game. He counted three touchdowns by a series of long runs through open fields. His headwork was of first class caliber in his direction of the team.

Russel, Dewitz and Noble, the other members of the backfield quartet that started the game, also looked good. Dewitz proved a hard man to stop once in action.

The heavy Husker line had no trouble in halting the Methodist attacks.

Swanson Breaks Through

Captain Swanson also came in for his share of the honors. He broke through time after time and spilled the Coyote backfield performers for losses.

The stonewall defense of the Methodist may be shown by the fact that statistics of the game show the Yellow and Brown gained but ten yards from snapback during the entire game.? The Husker machine in the four periods advanced a total of 433 yards from the line of scrimmage.

Nebraska made twenty-four first downs while Wesleyan failed to make yardage once. Nebraska completed four forward passes for total of sixty-eight yards. Wesleyan tried six and failed to connect.

Nebraska also held the edge in the punting department. Russell booted the oval nine times for a total of 431 yards while McFarlane of Wesleyan punted eight times for a 333-yard total. The Nebraska backfield kicked a total of 165 yards to fifty-three gained by Wesleyan in making the returns.

First Blood

Nebraska registered in the first four minutes of play. Wesleyan won the toss and elected to receive the kickoff. The Methodists were soon forced to punt and the Huskers started a steady march down the field, Dewitz going over for a touchdown. Swanson missed goal. Noble, Hartley and Russell took the ball well into Methodist territory following the kickoff, and Preston reeled off a twenty-yard run around end for a touchdown. Dewitz kicked goal.

A forty-two yard run early in the second period netted Nebraska its third touchdown.

Dewitz was downed on the one-yard line after his brilliant run through a broken field, and Preston squirmed across. Swanson kicked goal.

The Methodist next chose to receive, and when given the ball on their twenty-five-yard line they tried an aerial attack, which got them in bad. Noble intercepted a forward flip, Weymouth to Harrell, and ran thirty-five yards to a touchdown. Swanson kicked goal.

As the half ended in Nebraska's favor, 27 to 0.

Preston, Hartley and Dewitz carried the ball down to a touchdown at the start of the third quarter. Preston went over and Swanson kicked goal.

Lewellen substituted for Preston following this score, and he announced his appearance by racing around left end for twenty yards. Dewitz carried the ball across on the third play following. Swanson kicked goal.

A forty-two yard run by Dewitz in the final period was disallowed because of a Nebraska off side. A forward pass, Lewellen to Swanson, was good for twenty yards and a touchdown about middle of the last period. The last Nebraska score was made when when a pass from Wright was partially blocked by a Wesleyan athlete and bounced into the arms of Lewellen, who raced across for the last counter. Hartley kicked goal.

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

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1921 season (7-1)

Nebraska Wesleyan Oct. 1
Haskell Oct. 15
Notre Dame Oct. 22
Oklahoma Oct. 29
Pittsburgh Nov. 5
Kansas Nov. 12
Iowa State Nov. 19
Colorado State Nov. 24

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