Syracuse 9
Nebraska 6

Nov. 4, 1922

Dope of Experts Is Upset As Orange Squad Outplays Huskers All Way Through

SYRACUSE, N.Y., Nov. 4 — Syracuse defeated Nebraska, 9 to 6, this afternoon, and by so doing knocked into a cocked hat all the football dope from experts. Entering the battle on the short end of two to one betting and not given an outside chance to win, Syracuse showed completed reversal of form, and played the Nebraskans off their feet in every stage of the game. Nebraska’s only score came on a fluke, the recovery of the fumbled pass with a clear field ahead of the man with the ball.

Syracuse smothered the westerners’ attack right at the start. Their line held time after time again against repeated Cornhusker onslaughts, and Lewellen was repeatedly called upon for his famous punts. He did it well. His work was matched by Zimmerman, the Syracuse kicker. Nebraska’s vaunted aerial attack broke down every time it was tried. Ten times Captain Hartley attempted forward passes; four times they were intercepted by Syracuse men and six times they were grounded.

On the other hand, Syracuse attempted thee forward passes and all of them won through. The Nebraska line was unable to stem the drive of the Syracuse backfield quartet, Anderson, Zimmerman, Frugone and McBride, who smashed and banded their ways through for eight first downs. Syracuse made three more on penalties, a total of eight. Nebraska could negotiate but three first downs. With the ball on the Nebraska ten-yard line, Nebraska was penalized five yards for offside. It took three line smashes to put the ball over, but Anderson was finally jammed through for the touchdown.

McBride’s attempt at the goal missed by a few inches.

With only a few minutes to go, Nebraska tried desperately for a score. With the whistle about to blow, a long forward pass was attempted, but again a Syracuse man grabbed it and the game ended with the ball in Syracuse’s possession in mid field.

Syracuse got the first break when Lewellen, halfback of Nebraska, was forced to punt from behind his own goal line in the first quarter. Frugone very wisely made a fair catch on Nebraska’s 35-yard line, which permitted McBride to have a free kick at Nebraska’s goal with Nebraska players stationed ten yards away from him. McBride’s aim went true and Syracuse tallied three points when the ball sailed over the cross bars.

There was no scoring in the second quarter, and the three points loomed big when the teams left the field at the end of the first half, as neither had a distinct advantage over the other. Play during most of the third quarter was near the center of the field, and when a double pass was tried by Frugone well along in this quarter the ball missed Zimmerman’s fingers and Thompson, substituted Nebraska end, was through like a flash, picked up the ball and ran fifty-two yards for a touchdown.

On the try for point, Hartley attempted a forward pass but it grounded. After the next kickoff, Syracuse showed a powerful offensive and carried the ball into the Nebraska territory and in the fourth period they continued this powerful drive, carrying the ball inside Nebraska’s 20-yard line, then inside the ten-yard line, then to within inches of Nebraska's goal line.

The westerners fought valiantly in the shadow of their own goal and it took three downs to make twelve inches.

McBride failed to kick the goal.

For the remainder of the game, play was in Nebraska’s territory.

Syracuse backs showed more power than the Nebrakans, and Hartley’s forward passing was stopped effectively at all times.

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South Dakota Oct. 7
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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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