Oklahoma 14
Nebraska 7

Oct. 11, 1924

Nebraska’s Reign in Valley Broken



Boyd Field, Norman, Okla. — Nebraska's reign has been broken.

The mighty Cornhuskers who have lorded it over the Missouri Valley for so long that they were believed unbeatable, were sent crashing from their throne here Saturday afternoon when a fighting Sooner eleven toppled them over by a 14 to 7 defeat, the first conference game of the season for both teams.

It was the first time since the World war that Nebraska had bowed to a valley team.

Nebraska, after holding Illinois to a 9 to 6 victory the previous week while Oklahoma was being humiliated 2 to 0 by Central College on the same field which saw Saturday’s triumph, was expected to trample the Sooners in the dust. No less than three touchdowns was the margin of Nebraska’s victory predicted by disinterested critics as the two teams lined up for the kick off.

Though Oklahoma’s victory goes down in gridiron history as the greatest upset of the present season, there was nothing flukey about it. The Sooners outplayed the valley champions in every period except the third.

Before the game was a minutes old, the entire Sooner line seemed to smother Bloodgood as he attempted to punt from his own 15-yard line. His kick was blocked. Woodall, Oklahoma left end, snatching the ball from half a dozen grasping arms and plunged between the goalposts for a touchdown.

In the second period, Lamb, Oklahoma left halfback, climaxed a brilliant Sooner march down the field by diving over tackle the last yard to goal. Bristow’s toe added an extra point in each instance.

Only in the third period did the Huskers threaten.

With the wind to their backs the Dawson men drove furiously, hoping to sweep the Sooners off their feet before their aerial advantage should be lost.

A sixty yard punt by Bloodgood came to a stop inside Oklahoma’s five yard line. After two minutes rushes Lamb was forced to punt against a stiff south wind. He got little distance and Captain Weird, on a tackle-around play, crashed his way to the Oklahoma’s ten yard line before being downed.

Responding to the frantic pleas of the stands the Sooners braced and “hold that line” for two downs. Then Bloodgood dropped a pass into the arms of Collins, his left end, in the end zone for Nebraska’s touchdown.

Bloodgood then kicked goal.

Receiving again, Nebraska started another drive fro the Sooner line, Mandery smashing off tackle for nine yards on the first play, but when Rhodes then was thrown for a six yard loss, Bloodgood punted to Slough, who ran the ball back to Oklahoma’s thirty-seven-yard line. Hendricks’ fumble cost ten yards, forcing a punt, and just when Nebraska was starting its drive again, Bristow outleaped Nebraska receivers and dragged down one of Bloodgood’s passes near the center of the field, which enabled Oklahoma to keep possession of the ball until the end of the quarter.

With the exchange of goals, which took the wind away from them, the Nebraskans lost their last chance to score. They made their last march of the game during the fourth period, but it was stopped barely in Oklahoma territory, and the remainder of the game was played on Nebraska’s side of the field.

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1924 season (5-3)

Illinois Oct. 4
Oklahoma Oct. 11
Colgate Oct. 18
Kansas Oct. 25
Missouri Nov. 1
Notre Dame Nov. 15
Kansas State Nov. 22
Oregon State Nov. 27

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