Nebraska 20
Kansas 0

Nov. 3, 1928 • Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kans.

Nebraska Stays at Top of Loop’s Gridiron Array

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Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kans., Nov. 3—Ten thousand customers, the majority fervently yearning to purchase home manufactured touchdowns, were forced Saturday to consume the foreign product of a concern that is rapidly assuming trust proportions, whether they like it or not. They had three of them rammed down their throats, along with two bits of by-product, known to the trade as tries-for-points.

More efficient and rapid production, once the alleged trust’s machinery got to whirling properly, all but ran the home competition out of business. In fact, it was reported Saturday night that the home factory will be closed down a few days for repairs and during this period the directors will hold council to consider their plans for future operation. They were agreed that their field henceforth must be limited; they yielded the foreigner the right to supply their local trade.

Consider Anti-Trust Move

The home corporation, known as the Kansas football team, also was said to be considering allying itself with Missouri and Ames, two other smaller organizations, recently all but forced into receivership by the expanding rival, and instituting prosecution under the Sherman Anti-Trust act. But, according to economic experts, this would avail them less than nothing.

Nebraska’s Cornhuskers steadily and inevitably are gaining a monopoly on high grade football production in the rather expansive territory known as the Big Six conference.

Kansas’ First Loss

… is freely predicted here, after … happened Saturday, that there … be a competitor remaining … another week has passed.

… prediction is not surprising. … those who saw the undefeated Nebraska team eliminate the … but tied Kansas eleven, … 0, are probably willing to go …. Further and say that if the Cornhuskers don’t look like the … Oil of football in December, it will be only because of … intervention by West Point authorities.

They did not start saying that, however, until pretty nearly three-fourths of the contest had been … without negotiable advantage accruing to either side. Until well along in the third quarter it seemed as if Kansas had an even chance to break Nebraska victories, on the Lawrence field. Thirty-three years ago the Jayhawkers won over the Cornhuskers here, and they have not done so since, although the elevens have argued the matter locally every other season.

Scoreless at Half

When the first half of the homecoming affray had churned the dismal, water soaked gridiron into a wholesale batch of mud pie material, Nebraska had nothing to show for its efforts and Kansas had the same total.

Throughout the first two quarters Bearg’s prime choices had begun push after push, all of which petered out long before they approached reasonable scoring distance. Kansas had uncorked a pass or two and once or twice had slithered through the Husker line, which looked like a strange rampart in its white jerseys with scarlet arm bands.

Nebraska had no first downs in the first quarter. In the second period Nebraska plowed over the necessary 10 yards three times and Kansas never even approached them once.

Howell Does High Dive

It was in the third period that Howell beat his way around the Jayhawker right end, 15 yards to gain the scoring line in the very southeast corner of the field, where a Kansan tackled him, forcing him to do a perfect and profitable imitation of a high diver, for Blue arched gracefully up into the biting atmosphere and then down over the goal. Kerplunk—six points.

There became a distinct bear movement in Jayhawker stock right then, which became even more evident when Sloan placekicked the goal.

The Jayhawker market broke in the final period, for then the Nebraska machinery started grinding out yards and first downs like it did against Missouri last week. Sloan intercepted a pass and galloped 45 yards for the second touchdown, then placekicked goal, and then, with the first string through for the day, Buddy McBride and Red Young marched down the field for the third. Buddy drove across, but missed his try for point by placement.

Ernest Bearg announced Saturday morning that his young journeymen were going to toil “just like they did at Ames” and Ernest told the truth. Aside from three attempts at passing, only one of which connected, they stuck to elemental football. The desperate Jayhawkers tried almost everything, including 17 passes, six of which were intercepted by the Huskers. They tried spinned plays with Lawrence and Paden trying vainly to carry the ball; they tried end runs and were tossed for losses; they tried to plug the line and were repulsed.

Neither Dangerous in First

Kansas wasn’t dangerous once and neither was Nebraska in the first two periods. But the last two were entirely different. The first two had acted effectively as a primer and the boys came forth from the dressing room to start the second half looking as if they meant to annihilate not only the K.U. team, but the Jayhawk side of the stadium as well.

Early in the third period Sloan got off a beautifully aimed punt that went out of bounds on the Kansas four-yard line. Cooper, Kansas right half, immediately punted back, from his end zone. Sloan got the kick on the Kansas university 40-yard line and dodged and twisted his way 25 yards, back to the 15-yard line. From that position, Mr. Howell made his pretty end run, which terminated with the Kansas tackler co-operating so effectively. Had Blue not been tossed high in the air he might have lit inside the bounds, in the southeast corner.

Pass Intercepted

The score caused Kansas to pass even more desperately and more unsuccessfully. Either they failed or Lewandowski, who had gone in for Morgan at left end, or Howell or Farley intercepted them. The Huskers worked the ball to the Kansas eight-yard line, where Howell fumbled, and Ward, Kansas guard, recovered, just as the third period ended.

The drive began on the Nebraska 43-yard line, where one of Halfback Lawrence’s punts had gone out of bounds. Sloan made 12 yards on the first play, a run around the Kansas left end. Then Howell and Sloan alternated in prying off tackle or ramming center for four, five and six yards at a shot, until, aided by a five-yard penalty levied on the hopeless Jays, the ball was on the Kansas university eight-yard line. There Blue bobbled. It was the only scoring chance missed during the afternoon.

Sloan’s Run Beautiful

Early in the final period, Mullins, in at right end for McCormick whose collarbone was broken on the second play of the quarter, intercepted a pass from Sloan on the Kansas 23-yard line. Plunges by Lyman, left half, and Paden, quarter, put the ball on the Kansas 35-yard line. Then Lawrence tried to shoot a pass to Mullins. Sloan got in the way, and pulled it down on the Kansas 45-yard line. Then followed a beautiful piece of broken field running, dodging, twisting, sidestepping, as Sloan scampered down the sidelines and over the goal. He eluded no less than a half dozen frantic tacklers. Then he kicked goal and it was 14 to nothing.

Bearg then chased Frahm and Red Young into the Husker backfield. James kicked off but Kansas was forced to punt immediately and Young caught the kick on the Nebraska 46-yard line. From there Howell, with two bull rushes, one for five yards and the other for 19 yards, advanced the ball to a point 30 yards for another touchdown.

McBride for Howell

Then Bearg called Howell to the sidelines and sent in McBride. Buddy and Young alternated at lugging, simple, rough and ready lugging, and finally Buddy drove straight over center from the one-foot line. He came down behind the K.U. goal. Buddy’s kick was wide and it was Nebraska, 20; K.U., 0, and it finished that way.

Ernest Bearg told the writer before the game that he had a surprise, and he had. Red Young, according to one Nebraska assistant coach, “is the greatest back I have ever seen and all he’s got to do is learn to freeze onto the ball.”

Red did not fumble Saturday. Besides helping McBride score the last touchdown, he ran the Kansas left end for 25 yards a few moments before the game ended, only to have the play recalled for the infliction of a penalty on the Huskers.

Young Like Cagle?

Bearg mumbled something about Mr. Young and Mr. Cagle of the Army being similarly gifted; only very few people know about Mr. Young and won’t they get a surprise when they find out?

Bearg did not attempt to bring his team to a high emotional pitch Saturday. They went in and won without a single new play, without even using the deceptive formations employed last week against Missouri. Their failure to get going at the start probably was due more to the slippery field than to anything else. They donned longer cleats at the start of the second half and although they did not score until the third they began to generate power immediately after changing the footgear.

It was not a very hot game, due possibly to the fact that Kansas never had a chance to endanger the Cornhusker monopoly.

Hargiss Jests a Bit

When it was suggested to Mr. Will Hargiss, the K.U. head man, that he prosecute the Huskers under the anti-trust act, Mr. Hargiss replied: “Hell, no. You mean the Baumes law. That is supposed to stop second offenders permanently. Well, these birds have been offending for 33 years, so there ought not be any doubt about their guilt.”

But Mr. Hargiss was jesting even though his spirits probably were low. He admitted the Huskers were too good. His boys, Cooper and Captain Hauser and Lawrence and Lyman especially, performed valiantly, but in vain.


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