Nebraska 20
Washington (Mo.) 6

Oct. 16, 1926

Huskers Easily Win

Twice Wally Marrow crossed the Washington Bears' goal at St. Louis yesterday. Wally was the main power on a straight football drive that whanged through the Bear line for 70 yards and Wally's second score.

St. Louis Bears Prove No Match

Francis Field, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 16 — The mighty Nebraska Cornhuskers, heavy favorites to tame the Missouri Valley weaklings, the Washington University Bears, lived up to all expectations Saturday afternoon when they handed the St. Louisans an old-fashioned drubbing, 20 to 6. The game was filled with thrills, despite the one-sided score, and the 6,500 fans were given a taste of real football.

Fair weather prevailed and, even though light showers fell Friday night, the turf was fast and the Myrtle and Maroon had no excuses to offer for their setback insofar as weather conditions were concerned.

A Seeking Revenge

The Huskers came here seeking revenge, so they declared, for the defeat they suffered last week before the Bears’ sister school, Mizzou. They certainly vindicated themselves, for their performance was impressive and proved the Nebraskans should go far in the conference competition this fall.

Washington’s only scoring came in the third quarter, and it can be taken only as an accident. It is naturally hard to detract from the efforts of the sensational Al Hayes, diminutive quarterback of the locals, but just the same, his break in the third period, which enabled him to tear away from Nebraska left end of the line accounted for the Bears’ lone tally. He ran 45 yards to cross the Cornhuskers’ goal line. His drop kick missed its aim.

The visitors were fighting hard, however, and came right back with a touchdown to regain their fair-sized lead. It was a march down the field for the Cornhuskers until Morrow finally plunged through the line for a two-yard gain and six points. Presnell then added the extra point on a boot, to bring the score to 20 to 6.

Class from the Start

Nebraska displayed its class from the opening kickoff in the first period and outguessed, outplayed and outsmarted Washington. The Bears’ line crumpled like a sheet of tissue paper before the savage attacks of the Huskers who battered away after a St. Louis pass had been intercepted on the locals’ 23-yard line. Brown was hurt in the rush for the goal line but managed to remain in the game after time out had been taken for him. Finally, with but eight yards to go, Brown uncorked a weird toss to Oehlrich and the latter scrambled across the locals’ last chalk line for the first score of the game.

The crowd went up in cheers for the local cause as the teams exchanged pieces at the start of the second quarter. The yells soon developed into a chorus of “hold that line,” however, as the Lincoln Huskers again began to peck away at what little resistance the Missourians could offer. Marrow and Collins especially cut a wide swath in the Bears’ defense as the Cornhusker machine swept boldly into the enemy’s territory. Finally, with six yards to go, Marrow plunged through the middle of the Hilltoppers’ line and cashed in on their second touchdown.

The stadium echoed and re-echoed with groans as Stephens, Morrow’s partner in “crime” at this critical point, added insult to misery by placing the ball squarely between the uprights on a beautiful boot for the additional point, bringing the score to 13 to 0. Shortly afterward, the half terminated and the players left the field.

Bears Come Back

Washington came back seemingly refreshed by the short rest and a bit determined to stop the foe. The Bears’ band cut loose with a few of the school’s famous songs while the students accompanied it.

The cheerleaders lost no time in going through their savage gestures while the fans barked their bellowing cries across the stadium over the heads of their warriors who were learning to “take in on the chin” from the boys from Nebraska.

Apparently the enthusiasm of the crowd on the sidelines had some effect on the Washingtonians, for they soon began to stage a comeback, and for a while it appeared as though Nebraska might be the victim of a team that has yet to score a Valley victory after two years of trying. Al Hayes wiggled his way away from the Nebraskans and galloped down the field for a touchdown. More cheers. More music.

Huskers Come to Life

Play was resumed and the brave and bold Bears, considering themselves uncrowned champions as a result of such a feat as crossing the Cornhuskers’ goal line, actually looked the part of a team that had recovered its long lost punch.

But lo and behold! The Nebraska team came to life, checked the advance of the locals and before the frenzied spectators could halt their rejoiceful proceedings, the Huskers were swamping the Bear linesmen and, from the shadow of the Washington goal posts, Morrow went over. This naturally took the breath and punch out of the fans and Washington players as well. The scoring was over as far as the St. Louisans were concerned, and, for some unknown reason, the visitors were also held from crossing the Missourians’ goal line in the fourth and final quarter. Punting took up a great portion of the players’ valuable, or invaluable, time in this period, with neither team gaining to any particular advantage.

More coverage

World-Herald post-game coverage (PDF)

Series history

Nebraska is 1-1 all-time against Washington (Mo.).

See all games »

1926 season (6-2)

Drake Oct. 2
Missouri Oct. 9
Washington (Mo.) Oct. 16
Kansas Oct. 23
Iowa State Oct. 30
Kansas State Nov. 13
New York U. Nov. 20
Washington Nov. 25

This day in history

Nebraska has played 17 games on Oct. 16. See them all »

©2019 BH Media Group