IOWA CITY, Iowa — With 14 points against them and no more than seven minutes remaining, Prof. Oscar Solem’s humble Hawkeyes, reckless in their desperation, began to throw the football all over Iowa field Saturday afternoon, and finally their frantic maneuvers came within one point of earning them a tie with the Cornhuskers.
In fact, they were legislated out of a stalemate, for after Halfback Joe Laws had snatched a pass from General George Teyro for the 11 yards needed to make the first touchdown, Halfback Joe Laws executed a perfect goal from placement. But Umpire Hedges detected holding in the Hawkeye line.
This nullified the successful boot and set the Iowans back 15 yards. Halfback Laws tried again, but the distance was too great.
Then the score read Nebraska 14, Iowa 6, and there were only about three or four minutes left.
The Hawkeyes, no longer, humble, set about briskly to improve their time. They made about as much of the fleeting moments as any team could have done, for they scored another touchdown. Voris Dickerson, a stringy coffee-hued end, scampered into the end zone to receive the aerial express from General Teyro.
Hubert Hoswell, who is regarded as the Cornhuskers’ chief insurance against accidents from the skies, had been chased into the game, but a few seconds before without going through any warming up movements on the sidelines. Hubert got to the coffee-hued Mr. Dickerson stretched lazily aloft and it was Nebraska 14, Iowa 12. A moment later Mr. Laws had converted the extra point with a perfectly fashioned kick and it was Nebraska 14, Iowa 13.
From a Husker standpoint, that is probably just as well, for even the presence of George Henry Sauer and Corwin Hulbert didn’t mean a great deal in the chokey little interval that spaced the second Hawkeye score and the pistol pop.
That Hawkeye rally broke very suddenly, entirely without warning, and it is entirely possible that the alliance of Pa Time with the Huskers alone enable them to retain what most of the eight thousand customers present gayly referred to as the tall corn state’s championship.
There was a suspicion among the Cornhusker faculty, when the Cornhusker faculty had relaxed sufficiently to have suspicions, that the Huskers, confident and somewhat cocky with their 14-point lead and only six or seven minute to play, began to think about the next Saturday.
Before the game began Colonel Bible expressed worriment over the tendency of his boys to dwell upon the imminent serious business with Pittsburgh and neglect to ponder the business at hand which, Colonel Bible warned, very easily could become even more serious than the Pittsburgh futures transaction.
It looked for three quarters as if Colonel Bible’s fears had been without foundation for not only a slightly patched first string but even the Husker junior varsity which inaugurated the exercises pushed the Hawkeyes up and down the lawn, shoved them fiercely back whenever they even threatened to cross the midfield line into the Scarlet domain, and thrust and galloped and scampered through and around the black-shirted defenses almost at will.
Colonel Bible’s kids, most of who had been serving season-long apprenticeships on the bench until this afternoon, came galloping out from beneath the stadium as the starting lineup and there were comments among the customers on the Iowa side that this was rubbing it in a bit too harshly.
The kids held the Hawkeyes helpless for one full quarter. Indeed, it was the emphatic way that Jack Miller and Fred Overstreet and Carlyle Staab and later Fahrnbruch went about their business behind John Roby, Ulysses Schlueter, Elmer Hubka, Frank Meier, Fatty Pflum and the rest of the line that did a great deal toward putting the Hawkeyes in such a humble frame of mind.
The war council on the Huskers’ bench chased in replacements at the start of the second quarter and the outfit that carried on the subjugation of the Iowans was about two-thirds first, and one-third understudy.
The Nebraskans lost no time taking the reckoning off a tie basis.
It was the demonstration of one of the football professors’ pet theories that accounted for the first Cornhusker points and after it had happened the Hawkeyes looked as if the announcement of a million dollar inheritance apiece couldn’t revive their spunk.
The Cornhuskers presented a so-called perfect play. The football professors’ pet theory is that a play if perfectly executed will result in a touchdown.
The 72-yard sprint of Tater Fahrnbruch, a junior varsity back, offered very substantial proof.
Miller and Masterson and Tater himself had been whanging and ripping at the Hawkeye line while the Iowans had only been trying in vain three times and then punting.
Teyro punted out of bounds on the Huskers’ 22-yard line. Big Bernie split center for three yards and Tater followed in the same place for the same distance. Then Tater took the ball again. Gail Ole O’Brien, the famous Norwegian tenor, and Lee Penney of Tabor, which is in Iowa, pried a yawning gap in the Hawkeye wall. Mr. Penney was that way almost all afternoon. He was giving a demonstration to home folks why good Iowa boys play football at Nebraska.
Tater jogged through the hole. Ahead of him formed a spear-shaped shield of interference. The guardsmen escorted Tater through all the Hawkeye secondary save the region patrolled by Mr. Teyro the safety. Tater took care of Mr. Teyro himself. He paused a split second in front of him, jumped up and down as if he were probably saying “Boo” while jumping, and darted off Mr. Teyro’s flank. Pursuit was vain. Tater went over.
The Hawks were all set for a place kick, so Jack Miller, who seemed set to hold the ball, made a backward toss to Masterson. Bernie flipped a pass to Hub Boswell waiting there unmolested in the end zone.
That was all until the next period. Meanwhile Iowa was just present. That was all. Every Hawkeye threat was brought up sharply long before it could be advanced very far into Nebraska territory. Collar-ad Ely and Steve Hokuf and Penney and O’Brien and Schlueter and all the rest of them saw to that.
Beautiful deception gave the Nebraskans their second touchdown. It happened along about the middle of third quarter and after it happened the Iowans looked as if they didn’t care about what befell them.
The darned deceivers.
Nebraska had the ball on the Hawks’ 48-yard line. It was third down. Hokuf dropped as if to punt and the black-armored defense altered itself accordingly. Instead, Steve took a backward pass from Jack Miller and started to lope toward the sideline.
He drew many hurried Hawkeyes toward him, but he just kept running, practically parallel with the yard stripes. Then, with real deliberation, considering the moment, Steve threw a long forward to Bernie Masterson. Bernie wasn’t challenged as he ran the necessary 22 yards. Bernie converted the extra point with a placement this time.
Then the fourth quarter began. Then, without any advance rumblings, the storm broke from the air.
Until then, Iowa’s timid experiments with passes had been snuffed in a way that should have discouraged most teams. But the Hawks were desperate. They may have known that the Husker pass defense, which had stopped the sorties of teams more famed for them than they, was not all in action. Part of it, a very important part, was in a hospital back in Lincoln.
Anyway, it was the Hawks’ only hope. So Francis Schammel, a tackle who is called upon to do backfield jobs, threw to this dusky, stringy Mr. Dickerson. It was good for 18 yards. It carried the firing line to Nebraska territory, just 35 yards from a score.
General Teyro tried his hand at flipping. He got one across at Swaney, a sub lineman, who was hauled down by Masterson on Masterson’s own 16-yard mark. Then Teyro split the loose playing, pass expecting Husker defense for five yards. He failed on another attempt so he tried a pass again. Laws took it and Laws scored.
Then the try for point that failed because of the penalty, and ultimately gave the Huskers the game.
Three minutes remained.
Masterson kicked off. The Huskers held and Iowa got the ball on its own 40-yard line.
Then came the only long Hawkeye running gain of the day. Laws took a long lateral pass from Teyro and raced 53 yards. Only Hub Boswell was between him and a score. Hub brought him down just seven yards from the Nebraska goal. Hawkeyes tried to hammer across, with a sub named Kuhn doing the lugging. Three downs found them with a net loss, so once again Teyro passed. Dickerson had eased himself into the end zone and he didn’t wait in vain. By inches Boswell failed to make the interception.
Then Laws kicked goal and Iowa, which seemed so helpless and dismayed for three quarters of the conflict, was just one point from a tie.
And there, by the grace of Time, Iowa stayed.
Nebraska is 29-18 all-time against Iowa.
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