Syracuse, N.Y., Oct.12. — That early touchdown which is supposed to convert the team making it into rampant hellcats and turn its opponents into passive victims of all sorts of ill usage worked the other way on Archbold stadium field Saturday afternoon.
A touchdown scored by Billy orange soon after taking the field shook all the flounders and daze out of the Cornhusker eleven.
The Nebraskans suddenly became a magnificent machine that clicked and snapped and charged its way to a touchdown and extra point of its own in the second period and added six more as the gun was sneaking down behind the westward hills
The seventh meeting between Cornhusker and Syracuse teams resulted in a 13 to 6 victory for the boys in red: the game-count now gives Nebraska four victories and three defeats and it is likely to star that way for some seasons to come.
The Nebraska victory was a triumph of fire and dash, a glorious domination of team spirit that would not be denied, of flight and dash and fire and spirit that revived and flared like a fireworks display when it seemed as if the men in Orange were on their way to accomplishing an ignominious and bloody rout.
?Behind it all was Dana Xenophon Bible, who sent a Nebraska eleven into battle for the second time of his coaching career. He sent it into conflict a patched array, with untried substitutes in places made vacant by injuries to regulars. There still were mistakes afield, those slips that are inevitable with a team of recruits and substitutes, especially when they are just learning a new system of conflict. But he sent them forth ablaze with the old Cornhusker spirit.
The afternoon began as if the Huskers were cast to enact nothing but tragedy. then that thrilling, lightning change of role, that first sent Red Young across in the second quarter to tie the score made by Borton, Syracuse half-back, in the first quarter. It was tied for but an instant, however, Captain Farley made food the extra point with a well-placed kick. Then in the fourth period, Clair Sloan, the casual, went in to gain six more for this worthiest of causes.
A few minutes after scoring Sloan went out, his ankle injury again aggravated . He may not be able to play against Pittsburgh next Saturday.
Syracuse was a team unbeatable only until it had steadily marched down the field to score its six points, not more than seven minutes after the game began.
After that it was all Nebraska. The Scarlet line played tremendously throughout. It was around the ends that Syracuse made its alarming yardage right after receiving the kickoff. Borton bore the brunt of the lugging job with Sebo and Stevens taking the ball occasionally. And Borton went. Wide and safely around the Scarlet wings he sped to be brought down only after eating great holes into Nebraska territory. The scoring play was an end run from the 10-yard line, Borton sweeping Nebraska's right flank. the try for the point kick failed. But the 22 thousand who were there whooped in exultation. This was going to be easy.
?This looked like it was going to be soft. But it wasn't. Profiting by the experience that had put them behind so soon, the Cornhusker wingsters began to play farther out. The halfbacks went wider in the secondary defense too. That spelled doom for Syracuse. Thenceforth Morgan and Prucka sent Borton and Sebo and their fellows sprawling.
Attempts to crush the line between tackles had already been proven fruitless. The giant, terrific Greenberg, fighting Richards, the ever alert and fierce Red Ray, the tenacious Masadam — these lads choked almost every plunging play. They and the backs brought the Orange pass attack clattering to earth, a harmless thing.
In the backfield, there was action that became effective in the second period. Action and what seemed more important, deception with it. It was deception that started George Farley and Red Young down the filed for the first touchdown. Both faked end runs then went off tackle or though the middle. The Orange defense was concentrating on the ends.
Farley and Young started early in the second quarter. The first quarter was all Syracuse. It was also the last of Syracuse.
?On the first play Stevens made a fair catch of Young's punt on his 10-yard line. Ellert's free kick went 39 yards to the Orange 40-yard line. Then Farley and Young began ripping 'em up. The forwards opened great holes and Red and his captain poured themselves through. Farley made the greater gains, 13 yards, three yards, eight yards, on and on. The ball finally rested on the 17-yard line and the stands were tense. Farley snagged a pass behind the line from Young and closed 11 yards of the gap. Red added two more, the secondary checking him on its own six-yard line. Farley rammed center for three. Then the little sorrel-topped eel from Norfolk dived through right tackle. Hefty, sweating humanity piled on. But it was all in vain. Red was over, and then Farley place-kicked the extra point.
Nebraska held the Orange harmless during the rest of the game. Time and again Red Ray and the grim Mr. Greenberg broke through to spill would-be ball luggers behind their own rampart. Pass attempts fizzled. They looked foolish. Syracuse was licked, except for one of those breaks which have a way of helping the underdog. Another touchdown would make it safe. Nebraska proceeded in the last quarter to get itself another touchdown. The stage was set for scoring at the end of the third quarter. Clair Sloan went in and the team rallied around him. He passed to Farley for a 10-yard gain that put the ball on the Orange 27-yard line. He and Farley lugged it to the 19-yard line before the gun popped.
On the first play of the closing period, Sloan again flipped to Farley, who dashed to the one-yard line. Then he plunged to a touchdown. He failed to kick the extra point. The ball went low.
Nebraska seemed bound to another touchdown shortly after scoring this one. The Huskers were given a 28-yard pass gain, although the heave was not complete, because of interference by Orange players. This put the ball on the Syracuse 31-yard line. Sloan did most of the plunging that took it 11 yards closer. Then Sloan was hurt, Scherzinger went in again. He continued to hammer for fair gains. Then on the fourth down, he essayed a pass. It failed and Syracuse took possession on its own 17-yard line.
Had Elmer Greenberg been more of a sprinter, the Huskers might have scored anyway. With only a few more minutes to go, Greenberg broke though the Syracuse line and rushed Manning, Orange substitute quarterback, who was about to pass. Manning barely got the flip out of his hands. Greenberg grabbed it as it left Manning's mitt and continued toward the Husker goal. He lumbered from the Syracuse 44-yard line to the Syracuse three-yard line before he was hauled down from behind. The Husker threat ended when Peaker muffed Packer's pass on the goal line. The ball rolled into the end zone for a touchback. It was almost the same sort of play that Peaker bobbled against S.M.U last week. Peaker was ill Saturday, and suffering from a leg injury.
Maasdam also broke up and intercepted Orange flips. On the whole, Syracuse?'s fun was confined to about six minutes at the end of the game. Nebraska thoroughly enjoyed itself the other 54.
Nebraska is 5-7 all-time against Syracuse.
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