Scarlet wall is crumpled in first half
Iowa City, Ia., Nov. 22 — The University of Iowa and Nebraska resumed football relations here today after a lapse of 11 years, and the result must not have been pleasing to the Cornhuskers.
The score was, Iowa, 12, Nebraska, 7.
I say the result must not have been pleasing to the Cornhuskers. Any defeat for the Cornhuskers, of course, is not pleasant. But today’s Iowa victory must have hurt more than some others, for the Hawkeyes won at the expense of a line heralded as the best in the Big Six conference, if not in the midwest.
It was a relentless second quarter attack on the Cornhusker line that gave the underdog Hawkeyes the points that ultimately were enough for victory.
Crash Husker Forwards.
Hickman, Sansen, Kriz, the backfield starts of an Iowa team that appeared puny at the start of the season, rammed the Nebraska guards, streaked through the tackles and dashed around the ends. They caught the Nebraska defense in its moments of defense and they would not be stopped.
Mr. Hickman, whose first name is Randall and who comes from Chariton, Ia., carried the heavy end of the attack and and he did it nobly. He ran from scrimmage 26 times and gained a total of 162 yards, which, going into the mathematics of this thing, means that he averaged a little better than six yards a try.
The game started out like a rout for Nebraska. Iowa kicked off and the ball went over the goal line, but it was called back for an Iowa, for an Iowa player was offside. The next kickoff fell into the arms of Harold Frahm and he twisted through the Iowa team to his own 46-yard line, a return of 26 yards. Then Long streaked along right end for 21 yards to the Iowa 23-yard line.
Frahm’s Placement Fails.
It looked like Cornhuskers had regained the offensive power they used to wallop Kansas but which they were unable to muster against Missouri on a muddy field last Saturday. But here the attack was stopped momentarily. Three plays gained only five yards and Frahm dropped back to placekick it was inches wide.
What they are pleased to call the “breaks of the game” came to the assistance of the Nebraskans, however. Scrimmaging from the 20-yard line, Fullback and Game Captain Sansen of Iowa fumbled on his 32-yard line and the alert Center Ely of Nebraska recovered. Long tried the Iowa line. It held. Then he tried the left end. He failed again to gain. Then he passed behind the line to Frahm, who was run out of bounds on Iowa’s 20-yard line. There was one down left and about seven yards to go, so Mr. Long passed. Steve Hokuf leaped into the air and came down with the ball on Iowa’s five-yard line with a half dozen tacklers snatching at his legs. Then Long swept around his left end and across the goal. Frahm’s placekick was perfect and Nebraska was away to a seven-point lead.
Hawks Generate Power.
As the teams changed goals for the start of the second period, however, the Hawkeye power was functioning. Taking the ball on their own 21-yard line, the Hawkeyes traveled to their 48-yard line in four plays. Hickman’s run of 18 yards after finding a hole in the left side of the Nebraska line featuring the march. Two more plays gained six yards then Hickman found his hole off left tackle again and went for 30 yards, running out of bounds on Nebraska’s 30-yard line.
A 15-yard penalty then set the Hawks back to the Husker 30-yard line, but they were not to be denied. Hickman got through right tackle for eight yards and Kriz went around the end for the 23 yards and the first Iowa touchdown. Sansen’s kick was wide and still Nebraska led, 7 to 6.
Not long after the kickoff, Iowa got a “break” that compensated for Mr. Sansen’s fumble earlier in the battle. After a touchdown, Nebraska had put the ball in play on the 20-yard line and was unable to break through the Iowa defense. So fullpack Long punted but it was a poor attempt. The ball went out of bounds on Nebraska’s 40-yard line. Four downs gave Hickman, Kriz and company a first-down on the Husker 27-yard line.
Jensvold Goes Over.
Then Leo Jensvold went into the Iowa backfield to replace his twin brother, Lloyd. On the first play he picked up five yards at left end. Then Hickman hit his favorite spot off left tackle and ran 10 yards to the Husker 12-yard mark. Leo Jensvold picked up a yard, Hickman hit off tackle for five and then was stopped by Krelzinger after he had made two yards. The Iowans needed two yards for a first down and four for a touchdown. Mr. Jensvold decided to make a touchdown. He went around left end and skidded across the line. He was all excited about his success, too, for when he attempted to hold the ball for Sansen’s placekick, he fumbled the pass from center and the try for the extra point was spoiled.
That ended the scoring, and, so far as Iowa was concerned, it ended the scoring chances, for that Nebraska line came back and lived up to its reputation in the second half.
Nebraska tried hard for the touchdown that would have beaten and it darned near connected. Near the end of the third period, Kriz got off one of his high and short punts and Brown made a fair catch on Iowa’s 49-yard line. Long got going then. He picked up six yards through the Iowa line, then 10, then five, then two. Krelzinger added four and it was first down on Iowa’s 22-yard line. Buster Long carried it next and he was on the 15-yard line when he was round out of bounds as the quarter ended.
A five-yard thrust by Mr. Long through right guard placed the ball on the Iowa 10-yard line. Krelzinger got three, Long got three, the ball was on Iowa’s four-yard line and a touchdown seemed certain. But Kriz broke through the line and spilled Long for a yard loss and the Huskers had one down and five yards to go. Brown tried it but he was stopped on the two yard line and Nebraska surrendered the ball and with it went its last opportunity to win.
It was a fighting Nebraska team that Iowa defeated and it must be related that the Iowa City fans are saying tonight that the Hawkeyes played the finest football of the season. They were set to win and they did. The game ended the season for the team that was wrecked last year by the Big Ten’s requirements for Iowa’s readmission to the conference.
And when the great players of Nebraska are mentioned someone must put in a word for Buster Long. He carried the Nebraska attack almost single-handed. But he couldn’t do it all. Had the Nebraska backfield another player of his ability, this story might be about a Cornhusker triumph.
It was too much Hickman for the Huskers. The Hawkeyes star sidestepped, twisted and spun his way to his place among Hawkeye gridiron heroes.
About 12 thousand saw the game. Probably a thousand of those are Nebraskans and many drove over from western Iowa. The resumption of games with Nebraska was heralded here as a fine climax to the Iowa season. Nebraska and Iowa first played football in 1891, two years after Iowa took up football as an intercollegiate college sport. There seems to be a feeling here that it is a rivalry to be continued.
The game was exceptionally clean and fast. Each team made nine first down, Iowa gained 246 yards from scrimmage and Nebraska 111, Nebraska gained 92 yards by completing four of 19 passes. The Hawkeyes passed once and it was incomplete.