Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb., Nov. 2 — Ponderous and powerful Elmer Greenburg, guard of Omaha — his admiring team-mates call him "Muscle Bound" — turned Jim Bausch's devastating plunging power back upon itself from the two-foot line Saturday to save the Cornhuskers from a certain tie and possible defeat by a very rough and fierce Kansas Jayhawk eleven.
Nebraska won 12 to 6, and the victory boosted the battered Scarlet warriors to a percentage tie with Oklahoma for the Big Six conference lead, as the Missouri Tigers fell before the Kansas Aggies at Columbia, 7 to 6.
A loyal Topeka alumnus pays this Jim Bausch $75 a month for getting his football education at K.U. Mr. Bausch is underpaid. In the first quarter he blocked Steve Hokuf's punt in the Nebraska end zone for the touchdown that gave the Jayhawks an early lead.
Clair Sloan equaled this in the second quarter by twisting through left tackle and dodging 11 yards across the goal. His attempt to convert the extra point by placement kick failed, but a few minutes later Bill Witte faked a pass on the Kansas 36-yard line, scooted around left end and executed a merry and deceptive waltz progress that had K.U. tacklers kissing the chill terrain until the Flying Dutchman triumphantly checked himself behind the Jayhawker goal. Again Sloan's place boot was wide but the majority of the 18 thousand present dutifully paid ponderous homage and settled back comfortably, confident this gay pair would add a few more in the second half.
It looked like they would, until well along in the third quarter when a goalward march that was almost a Sloan solo ended dismally and abruptly with two student managers carrying the game halfback from the field, a casualty.
Captain George Farley started a personal offensive at the opening of the fourth quarter but when they bore Dutch Witte to the dressing room, like Sloan, a victim of somewhat careless Kansas ardor, the Cornhusker drive petered away. The desperate Jayhawkers seized the opportunity. They became terrifying and 203-pound Jim Bausch was the chief terror.
Down the field they swept, with Fullback Bausch plunging for big yardage on almost every play. A pass hurled by Substitute Halfback Lawrence to Bausch was interspersed effectively. It was good for 11 yards and a first down on the Cornhusker 10-yard line Ray Richards tackled Bausch and he yanked him down so ferociously that both were hurt. Nebraska was penalized for taking out too much time, That donation to the Jayhawkers put the ball on the five yard line.
Groans made the chill evening air chillier. The stands were tense. In the west side tiers some eight hundred loyal Kansans boomed their desperate plea. Bausch received the snapback. He shoved the Husker wall back two more yards. Another mad bull rush and the goal was a yard away.
"Hold that line. Hold that line." It was the Cornhusker stands that were pleading now. The Kansans whooped in anticipation of a tying touchdown, just one yard away. The trying touchdown and then the try for the extra victorious point — the Jayhawkers wouldn't fall to make that this time. But "this time" never came.
Again Bausch drove in. But the referee did not throw his arms aloft as the big fullback extricated himself from beneath two tons of desperate young college students. The line was two feet away.
Fourth down. Goal to go. Fourth down. Two feet to go.
Bausch again. Pressed against the tense Cornhusker line was the secondary. Bausch lowered his head. Bausch drove straight toward center. A lowering hulk lunged forward to meet him. Bausch rammed into a heavy body that was under momentum of its own and Elmer Greenberg's momentum was in a direction that made collision both inevitable and highly desirable from Mr. Greenberg's viewpoint. Jim Bausch was catapulted backward. His reverse career covered five yards. He came thumping down on the hard field and there was no rebound. for an instant there was silence. Then that pandemonium that can be generated only at a football game.
Old "Muscle-Bound" probably is still yearning to score a touchdown. He may never achieve this laudable ambition, which is very difficult for one who plays the guard, but he certainly will gain some satisfaction from knowing he saved the Cornhusker-K.U. game in 1929. In that play on which depended the result of the conflict the Cornhusker line both right and left of center upheld the glorious tradition of forward walls whose armor is the Scarlet. It is a bromide metaphor, but it tells the story. The Husker line held like a stone wall.
But it was he whose admiring mates call "Muscle-Bound" who saved the day. For it was necessary to do more than hold. Elmer did it. He forced Jim Bausch to recoil, to reverse his raging plunge against his savage will and fall to earth a furious, but spent threat.
Red Young punted from the end zone and again the Kansans began an offensive that piffled foolishly away when Sub Halfback Lawrence passed from the Husker 15-yard line into the end zone on the second down.
Take Jim Bausch from the K.U. backfield and you wouldn't have a lot to worry over. But James was in there on this thrilling afternoon and although the Huskers succeeded in checking him every time but once, his ways were such as to keep his adversaries in a constant slate of apprehension. Buasch is a hell-roaring ball lugger out of the era before the war. He just takes the ball and plunges, and he stiff-arms tacklers as they used to stiff arm them in the rough and readier past. Only now and then the other backs who served with him were able to gain, usually on spinner plays. It was Bausch who made it a furiously and fiercely contested ball game.
It was Bausch who gave the Jayhawkers that early touchdown which by tradition is supposed to generate in the team making it a superiority complex that cannot be downed.
Kansas had the snappy south wind at its back in the opening quarter. Captain Lyman punted out of bounds on the Husker 14-yard line. Sophomore Marvin Paul who started the game, failed to gain, but the play was much harder on Nebraska than that. The Huskers were penalized 13 yards for holding because the 15-yard levy ordinarily imposed would have put the ball over the goal line. It was terrible enough as it was, and end Steve Hokuf promptly and properly essayed to work out of the danger by kicking against the wind. He poised in the end zone awaiting the pass from center. He delayed a bit after receiving the ball, and Big Bausch stormed through, blocked the kick and possessed it to give Kansas 6 points. Steve Hokuf blocked Page's placement attempt as an insufficient but none the less gratifying bit of retribution.
The quarter ended that way but Nebraska had the win advantages in the second period and promptly capitalized on it. Sloan was sent in for Paul, who performed nicely if not directly profitably in the first 15 minutes. Captain Farley took Red Young's place. Sloan punted 41 yards, out of bounds seven yards from the Kansas goal. Young fumbled and lost Captain Lyman's immediate return kick from the end zone but the play was recalled for the levy of a five-yard penalty on Kansas for being off side. Again Lyman booted into the wind from behind his goal line. The ball fought a losing battle against the gale and was dead on the Kansas 22-yard mark. From here Sloan carried it over in five consecutive running plays. All were through center or off tackle, the last starting from the 11-yard line. Not a Jayhawker secondary man touched the Verdon boy, who showed some of his old time skill at making tacklers grasp nothing.
Sloan attempted kick for the extra point was wide, however, and the tally was even. Not for long, though. With Sloan and Witte somewhat more than hot, with McBride and Farley blocking well and the line at last aware of its skill, the Huskers clicked.
With the second period about half gone, Sloan returned Lyman's punt to the Nebraska 38-yard line. Here Sloan executed one of the rather rare bits of aerial strategy and it was pretty bit. He shot a pass to Gule Fingers Hokuf, who had to fight off an ardent Kansan to get possession. Four hands shot upward for the whizzing oval but Scarlet-clad wrists supported the two that sneaked inside and captured it. The heave was good for 26 yards. It put the ball well into Kansas territory, on the 36-yard line. On the very first play Dutch Witte faked another pass, then shot off the Kansas left end and sprinted goalward along the sideline. About 15 yards from the goal mark he cut in, eluding the scattered secondary and then turned a direct course for the country that counts. Again Sloan's kick was wide and it was 12 to 6, but no one expected it to tend that way. The Huskers were too hot and ambitious.
They justified such a view at the beginning of the second half. Sloan began a personal drive goalward that ended disastrously after he had caromed off left tackle for an 11-yard gain that put the ball on the Kansas 37-yard line. There the burly F. Bausch was given assistance that he did not need. Kansans puled Sloan after he was drowned and when they removed themselves Sloan did not rise. He was carried from the field, his leg again injured.
The Husker offense failed after this blow, which removed a great deal of the spirit and drive. Neither team really threatened the rest of the third period. Coach Bill Hargiss inserted Art Lawrence, his prize passer at the start of the last quarter and for a time footballs cruised the air precariously, but it was not these ethereal sorties that threatened to steal away victory when but four minutes remained. As written, it was Bausch, James Bausch who probably feels as if he'll never speak to Elmer Greenberg as long as he lives.
Nebraska is 91-23 all-time against Kansas.
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