Nebraska 70
Colorado State 7

Nov. 24, 1921

Excel in All Branches of Game with Aggies



Final Score Is 70 to 7. Coloradoans Are Game But Outclassed

LINCOLN, Neb., Nov. 24 - The Nebraska Cornhuskers, titular winners in the Missouri Valley conference, today rounded out their gridiron campaign by achieving a spectacular triumph over Colorado Agricultural college, 70 to 7.

Scoring in every period, the Cornhuskers piled up ten touchdowns and kicked as many goals. The lone touchdown credited to the invading Aggies, scored in the final period, was the result of an intercepted Nebraska pass.

Unleashing a pile driving offense and a perfect system of interference by which Aggie tacklers were bowled over like so many tenpins, the Cornhuskers flashed their most effective scoring punch of the season. Plunging through the line, driving off the tackles and swinging around the Aggie wings, the Cornhuskers smashed their way down the field in a parade of ball lugging advances which the lighter Aggies were helpless to halt.

To make their mastery more complete, the Missouri Valley champions displayed the most exhibition of aerial football ever staged on Nebraska field. Four of the touchdowns were results of forward passes, three to Captain Swanson and one to Quarterback Russell.

A Charging Team

In smashing at the line and off the tackles and speeding around the ends, Dewitz, Noble, Hartley, Wright, Preston, Lymon and Layton were the main driving rods of the Nebraska offensive, while the stalwart Nebraska forwards, in outcharging and outplaying the Aggie line, gave a full measure of assistance to the brilliant Cornhusker backs.

Fullback Hartley's three successful passes to Swanson, on each of which the Nebraska captain crossed the goal; a fifty-five yard return by Hartley of an Aggie kickoff, Hartley's line plunging and sprints by Dewitz, Lyman and Noble to touchdowns were the sensational features of the most spectacular gridiron combat seen in years on the Nebraska rectangle.

Coach Harry Hughes of the Aggies paid high tribute to the power of the Cornhuskers in a statement following the game.

Hughes' Tribute

"California is credited with having the 'wonder team' of the west," Coach Hughes said, "but I can say just as much for the Cornhuskers. I have seen the New Year's game at Pasadena for the past several years and was present last year when California overwhelmed Ohio State. I would enjoy seeing Nebraska play California. Candidly, I believe Nebraska can defeat the Pacific coast champions. Nebraska has a big powerful line and the faster, shiftier backs."

Following their smothering of the Aggies, the Nebraska players balloted for the 1922 captaincy, conferring the leadership on Harold S. Hartley, fullback and one of the mainstays of this year's Cornhusker squad. Hartley is a junior and hails from Harvard, Neb. He is a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Hartley's line plunging and execution of the forward pass have regularly featured the Cornhuskers' games. In the game with the Pitt Panthers, whom the Cornhuskers defeated, 10 to 0, Hartley's successful pass to Captain Swanson counted the only touchdown of the day.

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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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