Nebraska 14
Illinois 0

Oct. 3, 1925

Illini’s Tricks Fail—Eckersall



Urbana, Ill., Oct. 3 – Taking advantage of a poor piece of football on the part of Illinois in the opening quarter and playing a strong defensive game afterward, Nebraska defeated Illinois in the stadium Saturday afternoon in the presence of 40 thousand spectators by a score of 14 to 0.

In the first quarter Illinois elected to forward pass in its own territory. Captain Grange tried to hurl the oval to one of his ends. Instead the ball sailed into the hands of Half Back Frank Dailey of the Cornhusker team who ran 38 yards for a touchdown. Rhodes kicked the goal making the score 7 to 0.

The visitors were content to work on this margin. They played the game absolutely safe by kicking on third downs and taking no chances with advancing the ball except by punting. In fact Nebraska did not make a first down in the first half except the run which resulted in the touchdown.

In the fourth period Captain Grange was removed from the game and substitutes were sent in to try everything, tricks as well as forward pass formations. The insecure footing made consistent gaining impossible and punting was usually resorted to.

Nebraska played a strong defensive game and stopped most of Grange’s attempts to either cut back of the tackles, or circle the ends. Harold tried to bring victory to his team but the Cornhuskers had been instructed in a defense which stopped the Illinois ace the majority of times.

Nebraska also used sort of a shifted back field attack launched behind an unbalanced line. The Cornhuskers also had formations in which the near-back figured conspicuously and in this style of play Rhodes was the principal ball carrier, although Dailey did his share. Captain Weir played a strong game at tackle while Hutchison at center was in the fray all the time, defensively especially.

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1925 season (4-2-2)

Illinois Oct. 3
Missouri Oct. 10
Washington Oct. 17
Kansas Oct. 24
Oklahoma Oct. 31
Drake Nov. 7
Kansas State Nov. 14
Notre Dame Nov. 26

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