Nebraska 39
Oklahoma 7

Oct. 28, 1922

Nebraska Continues Its Sweep to Another Title in Valley; Score Is 39-7



Oklahoma City, Okla. Oct. 28 — After leading the great Nebraska eleven, 7 to 6, in the first period, the Cornhuskers came back with a terrible brand of everything known to football and fought the Sooners to a dead standstill, annexing a 39 to 7 victory before approximately 11,000 spectators, gathered on Boyd field Saturday.

The Huskers’ counters came — three from forward passes and three from straight football — while Oklahoma's marker was the results of a brilliant passing game in the first quarter.

For the first time in history a foreign team has invaded Boyd field and completely outplayed the Sooners in passing. Oklahoma's specialty. Nebraska completely dazzled the Oklahomans in the passing game and succeeded in tearing up the majority of the Sooner’s air attempts. The Sooners were held to four first downs, compared to Nebraska’s sixteen, which is a good criterion of the relative strength of the two elevens.

Oklahoma displayed a brand of fight that upset the visitors early in the game and forced them to resort to punting.

Huskers Score First

Nebraska scored first, when after an exchanged of punts a Nebraska lineman blocked Morrison’s kick and recovered it on Oklahoma’s twenty-yard line. Successive terrific tackle smashes by Hartley and Lewellen carried the ball to within two yards of the goal. Captain Hartley then smashed over tackle for the counter and Preston’s kick was blocked.

Oklahoma with the wind to her back, kicked off and the Huskers booted back. An exchange of punts followed and Morrison passed to Marsh from his own forty-three-yard line, fifty yards to Marsh, who was downed on the seven-yard line. An end run failed and the pass from Morrison to Johnson was tipped by a Husker lineman, and fell into the arms of the Sooner center, Schaefer, for touchdown. Dowles booted a perfect goal which gave Oklahoma the lead.

Late in the second period after the Sooners had fought the visitors to a close game, Nebraska resorted to the air and with startling ease succeeded in passing their way twice down the the field for touchdowns with the honors divided between Noble, halfback, and Schoeppel, end.

Hartley’s magnificent passes were literally hitting the bullseye every shot and the Huskers annexed the two touchdowns without one failure to complete a pass and without attempting much else.

Preston kicked the first goal and H. Dewitz failed on the second.

Sooners Stiffen Defense

In the third quarter the Sooners, although fighting a losing game, stiffened and held the victors to one touchdown, again from the air, when Hartley shot the ball eight yards into the arms of the waiting end, Thomasen, who was back of the goal line. H. Dewitz failed to kick goal.

Two more touchdowns were put over in the last quarter from straight football. With the wind to their backs, the Sooners were unable to fight back the charging Nebraskans and were forced continually to kick from far down in their own territory.

The first touchdown came easily and quickly when H. Dewitz broke through on a tackle smash, racing forty yards for a touchdown. Dewitz kicked goal. Near the last of the game, Russell got away on a fake center-buck and raced ten yards to the final counter.

When the game ended Oklahoma was fighting desperately, carrying the ball on Nebraska’s forty-yard line.

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1922 season (7-1)

South Dakota Oct. 7
Missouri Oct. 21
Oklahoma Oct. 28
Syracuse Nov. 4
Kansas Nov. 11
Kansas State Nov. 18
Iowa State Nov. 25
Notre Dame Nov. 30

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