Nebraska 14
Iowa State 12

Oct. 18, 1930

Frahm’s toe gives Huskers advantage over Iowa State

Harold Frahm of Beatrice proved to be the best man on the Cornhusker eleven Saturday. Frahm's two placekicks for touchdowns provided the two points by which Nebraska defeated Iowa State, 14 to 12. Little importance was attached to the kicks when they were made in the first half when everything seemed to be going Nebraska's way but in the second half when Cyclone passes led to touchdowns, their importance is more evident. Frahm also scored a touchdown. THE WORLD-HERALD

Cyclone pass attack nearly nips Huskers/ Richard Grefe, sophomore halfback, leads aerial attack that wipes out 14-0 lead

STATE FIELD, Ames, Ia., Oct. 18 — By the emaciated margin of two points the Cornhuskers defeated Iowa State on State field Saturday afternoon. The score was 14 to 12 and it was one of those ball games that was not decided until the field judge mercifully popped his pistol and relaxed the nerves of eight thousand customers who seemed to be in a sorrier plight than the bright laddies who exercised on the freezing sod.

Two touchdowns, one by Robert the Red Young in the first quarter and another by Plowboy Frahm in the second made things look safe for Nebraska as the first half ended, and no one seemed to put any special store by Mr. Frahm's successful conversion of a place kick for the point after each touchdown. It didn't look as if they'd be needed because the Cyclone backs had been unable to puncture the Husker defense save in midfield when a six-man line faced them, and the Cyclones hadn't tried any passes so it was generally concluded that they did not care.

Grefe Brings Huskers Grief.

But at the start of the third period, Mr. Dopey Workman, the Iowa State professor, probably more in desperation than because of any other reason, inserted into the backfield one Richard Grefe, a sophomore who had been kept on the squad principally because he was an earnest worker, even if somewhat slow to comprehend.

It was Mr. Grefe aided by Mr. Rudolph Tegland, a veteran back who had been regarded by Prof. Workman as a fair defense man but no ball lugger, who turned a seemingly certain Nebraska victory into a thrilling, trying conference that had Mr. Bernard Oakes, the Husker line coach, fidgeting painfully on the bench and, when the pistol finally popped, left the crowd momentarily silent and gasping.

Tegland Makes First One.

Mr. Grefe shot two passes, one in the third quarter and another in the fourth. The first didn’t net a touchdown directly but it put Mr. Dick Bowen, who had snared the oval, one the four-yard line, and from there, assisted materially by a penalty that was slapped on the Huskers for interfering too robustly with another pass. Mr. Tegland, who couldn’t plunge, did plunge across into the promised land. An attempt to pass for the extra point failed.

In the last period, Mr. Grefe shot another one to Bowen and this time Mr. Bowen just scampered past the Nebraska secondary and went all the necessary 29 yards.

Swoboda Gets 55-Yard Pass.

Grefe’s attempted place kick failed, but that wouldn’t have tied the score anyhow, Grefe was out after bigger digits and the way he went about his business disconcerted the Nebraska backs until the finish.

With less than 3 minutes to play he heaved a 55-yard zipper to Swoboda, an end, and it carried the game from Iowa State into Nebraska Territory. The ball was on the 20-yard line. Buster Will Rogers Long, who, though his name doesn’t appear in the scoring summary, was the lah-lah boy of the Nebraska offense almost all afternoon, ended his dire threat by intercepting another long heave on the three-yard line.

Only a minute was left to play then. Buster punted out of momentary danger, but with only scant seconds remaining. Mr. Grefe passed again and Mr. Bowen received and carried the contest from the Husker 32-yard line, where Mr. Long’s punt had rolled out, back to the 20-yard marker. Here it was when the sundown gun was fired. And those two extra points booted by the fortunate Mr. Frahm spelled the difference between victory and unsatisfactory stalemate.

Breaks Evenly Balanced.

A break gave Nebraska its first touchdown soon after the opening kickoff but breaks in the forms of penalties were great factors in both of Iowa State’s scores, so the record probably balanced pretty well. Frahm kicked off the Cyclone goal. Iowa scrimmaged from its 20-yard line. The farmer backs couldn’t crack the line so Back Bowen essayed a punt. It was his only bad attempt to boot all afternoon. He fumbled the pass from center on the eight-yard line. Two or three Huskers broke through and fell on the ball. A five yard penalty because too many backs were in motion couldn’t stop Red Young. He smashed over.

After a 38-yard off-tackle run and a 15-yard smash that put Nebraska in line for a march down the field, Robert the Red was hurt early in the second quarter and Long supplanted him. The Buffalo, Wyo., humorist, who has apparently graduated from a perennial sub to a backfield mainstay, took up Mr. Young’s work with enthusiasm. With the ball on the Cyclone’ 26-yard line Buster busted through time and time again until the ball rested on the one-foot line. Then Frahm crashed center and the score was 13 to 0. Frahm kicked another placement and it was 14 to 0.

Gun Spoils Another.

That looked safe. Mr. Long endeavored manfully to make it safer still but the half gun spoiled it. With seconds to play as he shot a pass to Sub Back Packer that was good for 31 yards and put the ball on the Cyclone 11-yard line. The seconds expired then and a lovely chance was gone.

Then at the start of the last half, the desperate Prof. Workman shooed in Grefe. His flip forthwith to Bowen put the ball on the Husker four-yard line. The Husker line didn’t budge an inch on two assaults, so Grefe tried a pass. Referee Quigley ruled that the Huskers interfered altogether unethically and not only gave Iowa State the ball on the three-yard line but also called it first down. This was too much. Tegland finally warmed over.

Long Away Frequently.

Desperate passing was not so desperate after all because the flips were successful against a Nebraska secondary that didn’t know what to do. But it made the final quarter one of those only generally seen in the movies. A penalty played its part in the heave that scored, in this way:

Bowen punted to the 33-yard line, where a mate downed the ball, but Official Quigley ruled that the Huskers interfered too peskily on the kick and the Cyclones the ball where it had been downed. Grefe cracked the six-man Husker line and made 13 yards before the secondary got him. Then Grefe passed to Bowen and Bowen cake-walked across the goal, while two Nebraska backs admired his dignified carriage.

Mr. Long was away time and time again on long sprints all afternoon, in a way that recalled Hulahula Presnell of powerhouse days, and twice Mr. Frahm, behind splendid interference, was off on long gallups that were nice to look at, even though they did not result in anything negotiable.

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