Nebraska 20
Colorado State 7

Dec. 5, 1931 • Denver University Stadium, Denver, Colo.

Nebraska Rallies Late to Beat Colorado Aggies 20 to 7

Denver University Stadium, Denver, Colo., Dec. 5—A fighting band of Cornhuskers, outplayed during the first half, crushed the Colorado Aggies, 20 to 7, in a charity football game Saturday.

The Scarlet rolled back three Aggie drives at the one-foot stripe early in the third period and then started clicking in the final quarter to roll up 20 points and drive within striking distance of a fourth touchdown.

The game was a thriller, with spectacular passing by the Aggies, a powerful offense by the Cornhuskers and an 82-yard sprint through the Aggie team by Louie Brown—his third long scoring jaunt of the season.

Nets More Than 20 Thousand

The charity program drew 18 thousand and was expected to net 20 thousand dollars to 25 thousand dollars, to be divided between Nebraska and Colorado.

The high spot was Brown’s run. The Husker quarterback ran back to his 18-yard line to trap the ball over his head. Whirling around, he cut for the west sideline and ran away from the two speedy ends, who dove futilely to the frozen turf in a frantic effort to cut him down.

Waits for Husker Blockers

Clear of the wingsters, he shifted his pace four yards from the sidelines, waited while two Nebraska blockers cleared a path, then shot like a bullet down the sidelines and picked his way between two more Farmer tacklers. Only one Aggie remained. Brownie took care of this man with a Gilda Gray movement of the hips and raced the remaining 30 yards ahead of the field.

Brown’s touchdown was the third of the period and the Aggie defense promptly crumpled. The hard-hitting Sauer was ripping through for substantial yardage and bidding for another touchdown when the game ended.

Sensational work by Red White gave the Aggie fans their big thrill in the first half. A Nebraska drive flattened deep in Aggie territory. Two long passes, White to Morris, brought a first down on the Husker 7-yard stripe. An offside penalty moved the Aggies to two yards from the final stripe and White was soon across and place kicked the extra point.

Huskers Hold Foot From Goal

This lead stood up during the second quarter. Early in the third period Kreizinger’s quick kick was blocked and promptly chased to the Nebraska 4-yard stripe. White was within a foot of the goal on his first plunge, but the Nebraska defense kept him from getting close in three more plunges.

Durkee’s sensational catch of Sauer’s pass and a perfect punt by Sauer which kicked back out of bounds on the Aggie 2-yard mark change the complexion of the game and the Huskers were within striking distance when the third period ended. At the start of the final quarter, Paul got White’s punt back to the Aggie 20-yard line and Petz made a great catch of Sauer’s pass for a first down on the three-yard stripe. Two downs gained a scant two yards and the Aggies moved in their defense to stop further plunging. Brown crossed them up and Paul sprinted around end to score standing up.

Sauer Goes Through Center

Koster missed the kick and the Aggies were still ahead, 7 to 6.

A Rasmussen fumble soon gave the Huskers the ball on the Aggie 25-yard line. Coach Bible then sent in Staab and on the first play the Ansley flash rolled to the Aggie 9-yard stripe. Two plunges and a sweep brought eight yards and as the Aggies spread their line to stop Staab, who was at the tailback of the punt formation, Sauer took the short pass from center and drove through the middle with yards to spare.

Koster made the extra point and a few minutes later Brown came through with his spectacular run.

Rhea Not in Suit

Nebraska outyarded the Aggies, 274 to 165, and outdowned them, 12 to 6.

In the Nebraska line Koster, Justice, Ely, Gilbert and McPherson played brilliantly. In the backfield there were Sauer, Paul and, of course, Staab and Brown.

Hugh Rhea, Cornhusker tackle, was not even in suit. White was the Aggie backfield star, Kasel and Frank best in the line.


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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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