Nebraska 23
Iowa State 0

Nov. 21, 1931 • Memorial Stadium, Lincoln

Nebraska Crushes Iowa State, 23-0, to Win Big Six Title


Camera Catches ... 12 Points ... Of Huskers' 23


Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb., Nov. 21—Little Brownie got away again Saturday afternoon and scampered 80 yards across the Iowa State goal.

His touchdown, scored late in the opening quarter, proved enough to win the game and the Big Six championship, but he and his mates felt so good they didn’t stop.

The crucial, climactic struggle of the conference campaign turned out to be pretty much of a rout.

When the twilight gun popped the Cornhuskers’ home farewell, the Cornhuskers were credited with 23 points and the Cyclones with nothing but a game, through futile effort.

Cyclones Stopped



Again and again the Cyclone broke into a harmless calm as it assailed the Nebraska line. Never did the Cyclone achieve a first down by running with the ball. Less than a half-dozen times the Cyclone made its first and 10 through the air, and never once was this achieved in territory dangerous to Colonel Bible’s gay and aggressive young men.

A Nebraska squad—a succession of Nebraska lineups—whose play was nearly faultless made points by practically every method known to the game.

Three times a Nebraskan broke the Cyclone goal line. Once, three points came by way of a looping field goal, from placement. It was Bernie Masterson’s meticulous toe that urged the ball.

Bowen Not Fast Enough



Little Brownie darted through a yawning hole in the line, hewn by huge Hugh, Koster, Ely, Gilbert and Justice, who made a grand time of their goodbye to Nebraska field. Little Brownie skipped past the close up Cyclone secondary and scampered for his friendly sideline. Down it his little legs spun, just as on Kansas State’s campus a week ago. Roger Bowen, the enemy’s safety player, bore rapidly in toward the boundary. His aim was to squeeze Brownie across the chalk. Ten thousand rose and roared. Brownie didn’t check and sidestep as when he delivered Elden Auker’s punt to the scorekeepers on the Wildcats’ field last Saturday. He called on his short little legs for more speed—and got it. Mr. Bowen made his junction with the sideline too late. Little Brownie was gone. Little Brownie was over the goal.

George Koster place kicked the extra point. Seven to nothing. And then the first period ended.

Paul Goes Across



The teams changed goals. George Sauer threw a pass to Everett Kreizinger. Kreizinger took the pitch and ran 20 yards before three Iowans pulled him down 11 yards from a score. Kreiz smashed center, but got only a yard. Then the valiant linemen opened another gaping hole, and Marvin Paul trotted through it, crossing the goal erect and unmenaced. Marvin Paul also was saying goodbye to the stadium.

Koster’s kick was low.

Little time was left in the first half when Masterson brought his big right foot into action. His field goal capped a drive that probably would have netted six more points, instead of three, had not the Huskers been set back five yards when only four yards from the Cyclone goal, because the backfield began to scamper before Ely had snapped the ball.

Kreizinger Intercepts Pass



This assault began when Kreizinger spoiled Eddie Schaforth’s good intentions by pulling Eddie’s forward pass out of the air on the Iowa State 40-yard line. Kreiz hugged the slippery oval close to his bosom and ran 16 yards before they potted him. Bob Manley whanged at the Cyclone left tackle and added nine. The play worked so well that Bob tried it again and made 10. Kreizinger rammed center and a touchdown was four yards away. The Manley tried the middle but his fellow backs had begun to dance before Ely had made his pass-back, and the resultant five-yard penalty removed some of the duress from the desperate Cyclones. Paul made two at right guard, then failed at the same spot, so Bernie’s big right foot was called upon to net something out of this fine drive. Bernie’s big right foot did. He kicked from the 15-yard line.

Bible Sends in Subs



With 16 points marked up by the official reckoners to Nebraska’s credit, Colonel Bible began to pour in substitutes, and we lads in the press box began to suffer along with Ames.

Two or three times in the third quarter the constantly shifting lineup drove into unfriendly domain only to be balked by penalties, two of them very drastic.

Sophomores were most of the Scarlet when the final period began. Roger Bowen foozled an attempt to punt at a pretty trying time. The ball travelled about 15 yards, cutting the sidelines 35 yards from Mr. Bowen’s own goal. The Husker kids were eager and champing as they took possession. Henry George Bauer threw a pass to Masterson, and Bernie was there. Bernie carried the battle zone within 14 yards of six more points. Lee Penney picked up two yards on a lateral pass. Paul swooped around left end for nine. Penney again put on two with a push at center. Then Henry George threw another pass and Bernie was almost on the goal line. He just fell across. The Cyclones were set to block a placekick, Henry George ran left end for the extra point, and it was 23 to 0.

That was all, but the final moments found the kids trying for more just as insistently as if the game were still scoreless. Jack Miller, John Roby, Boswell and Penney made consistent gains through the line and around ends. But there wasn’t enough time left.

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1931 season (8-2)

South Dakota Sept. 26
Northwestern Oct. 3
Oklahoma Oct. 10
Kansas Oct. 24
Missouri Oct. 31
Iowa Nov. 7
Kansas State Nov. 14
Iowa State Nov. 21
Pittsburgh Nov. 26
Colorado State Dec. 5

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