Nebraska 20
Iowa State 0

Oct. 14, 1933 • State Field, Ames, Iowa

Nebraska Routs Iowa State, 20-0, in Big Six Opener


Glenn Skewes (left), Cornhusker “shock troops” halfback, had a hand in making two of the touchdowns Saturday as the Nebraska eleven defeated Iowa State, 20 to 0, in a Big Six tussle at Ames. Skewes smashed over for the second tally of the afternoon and flipped a 24-yard pass to Yelkin, who caught it on the goal line for the final market. Leland Copple (right) started at tackle, the first game in which he was a starter. He backed up Coach Bible’s confidence by partly blocking two punts and figuring in many tackles as the Husker line, utterly thwarted Cyclone attempts to gain.


State Field, Ames, Ia., Oct. 14—All the town of Ames, boiling with football spirit for the first time in a decade, turned out to give merry welcome to neighbor corn hands from Nebraska this morning.

A few hours later the town of Ames in general and its college football team in particular discovered to its dismay that it was harboring a red menace.

Eight thousand Ames Iowans saw their high, happy hopes reduced to saltwater level, their vicarious ambitions for their football boys blasted this afternoon by the rampant warriors in the scarlet. They looked helplessly on. There was nothing they could do about it. There was, indeed, little more their football boys could do about it.

All But Penney Play

Every one of the 28 Cornhuskers Colonel Bible brought here save the convalescent Lee Penney had a hand in the 20-to-0 reckoning which opened triumphantly the Huskers’ defense of their Big Six championship.

One still writes: Iowa State has not defeated a Nebraska team since 1919. One can add: The Cornhuskers have won 21 of the 26 conference contests they have played since the new society began to operate in 1928.

They have lost only twice, have been tied the same number of times. Colonel Bible’s veteran eleven, the sophomore understudies and several understudies of the understudies galloped and crashed up and down State Field throughout the afternoon, making themselves 22 earned first downs while they covered 444 yards by land and by air. Meanwhile they held their highly courageous opponents to a single measly first down and net yardage that measured just 31.

Three Touchdowns

Fumbles probably cost the Huskers a couple of touchdowns. Penalties may have defeated their drives for a couple more. But they made three, one by Bernie Masterson, who crossed standing up into the promised land from the two-yard line in the first quarter; another on a one-foot smash by Skewes at the start of the fourth, after the No. 1 hands had knocked off for the afternoon, leaving the ball on the five-yard line, fourth down and a yard to go; and the third and last just before the game ended. Skewes heaved a 24-yard pass to Sub End Virgil Yelkin for this one. Long Virgil just snuggled the ball to his bosom and spun around Back Bob Elkins who was hurrying up to commit a lusty tackle, and there he was, over the goal.

Punt, pass and pray. Wait for the breaks. That is the Michigan system, and it is also the battle plan of Professor George Veenker, who served for several years on the Wolverine faculty. Professor Veenker instructed his pupils to do all this today and they strived heroically, but in vain. The Huskers did bobble now and then, but never at a time when their fortunes were threatened. The Cyclones waited and waited for the breaks. They never came. And their attempts at passing went glimmering. They did punt. The only time the Huskers were in the semblance of a hole was when Bill Allender booted 50 yards out of bounds three short paces from the Nebraska goal.

Huskers Keep the Ball

It didn’t prove to be very much of a hole. It only looked that way for a moment. There was no attempt to punt from the end zone. Bernie Masterson did much better than that. He broke through the line and galloped 40 yards, before being hauled down from behind by a fleeter foe. Bernie and his successor, Jerry LaNoue, had a lot to do with giving the Cyclones so much time looking for breaks. These generals ordered an attack that must have been very baffling in its variety. Assaults on the line, wide sweeps, laterals, forwards and reverses, well-mixed and taken externally, confounded and nonplussed the defense. They never knew what to expect, hence they seldom set up the proper bulwarks. The Huskers kept the ball most of the afternoon.

The Cyclones were forced to carry out Professor Veenker’s apparent orders, probably a bit too literally. They played a defensive game because they had to. And though they sweat and heaved and huffed, though they went galloping madly here and there, striving to rupture the ranks of the Scarlet interferers, their defense wasn’t good enough. Or maybe Nebraska’s offense was too good.

Play With Unity

The Huskers played as they played against Texas a week ago, with beautiful precision, with almost perfect unity, both when they had the ball and when their adversaries possessed it. There was no forcing Pa Schulte’s forwards to yield, either the veterans or the reserves. From Roby to Kilbourne and from Yelkin to Scherer the forwards presented a problem that was not to be solved this day. The backs, sure, the backs went places, the whole kit and kaboodle of them. They themselves had what it takes and they also had the sort of assistance without which no galloper ever gallops, no human ram ever batters devastatingly.

There was the portentous tinge of red to the disturbance from the very start. Soon after the kickoff the veteran corps started an assault from the Cyclone 44-yard line that a 15-yard penalty could not check. Jack Miller snatched a lateral pitch from George Henry Sauer and skirted right end for 10 yards. Hube Boswell cracked left tackle for five and Miller followed up with 13 around the same flank. George Henry pried through center for five more, but there was holding in the ranks and the boys had to do 15 yards all over again. A short thrust or two got them started. Then a forward lateral aerial circus, Masterson to Roby to Boswell sent Hubert skimming down the field for 18 yards.

A Long Run Called Back

Bill Allender hewed him down two yards from six points, but on the next play Big Bernie pranced through a big gap of Meier-Bishop-DeBus manufacture with all the poise and dignity of a drum major. He converted the extra point himself. Nice work, that, and something to show for it, but Bernie wasn’t through.

Not more than four minutes later, Leland Copple, aided and abetted by Clair Bishop, tore another wide aperture in the Blue ranks and Bernie went sailing through. He kept going for 47 yards and it appeared as if six or seven more points were imminent. But the Huskers were offside on the play, and back the whole troupe went to the point Bernie had started from.

Fumble Ends One Drive

There was no scoring in the second quarter. A nice drive during which laterals worked for long yardage ended when Boswell fumbled on the nine-yard line.

Late in the third period, starting 46 yards from where they hoped to finish, Sauer, Boswell, Masterson and Bud Parsons split the lugging duties about evenly among them. The gun sounded as Boswell hit center for a yard on third down, advancing to the five-yard line.

The Kids Go In

During the intermission, Colonel Bible called time for his old hands and sent in his entire sophomore varsity. A swell setup for the kids, fourth down and a yard to go. The kids got right down to business. On the first play of the final quarter Skewes cracked center to get the yard needed for a first down, four yards from counting territory. Jack Miller, who was the only thoroughly experienced hand in the ranks, added three and a half on a similar maneuver. Then Skewes aimed at right guard and shot himself across. LaNoue’s placement was good.

Reserves were in and out of the proceedings in the closing minutes and they kept actively in the Cyclone domain almost all the time. Jerry LaNoue injected some fancy stuff by beating it back 21 yards with a kickoff and returning a punt 28. Another 15-yard fine for holding interrupted the kids’ program for a spell. Skewes was forced to make a long fourth down pitch into the end zone. It was over Johnny Williams’ head.

Fumble Merely Delayed Score

They were right back threatening again, however, probably before the guests in the stands could realize that the home boys had the ball for a spell. LaNoue made a fine run through the middle, eluded all the secondary but Safety Graveno and seemed sure to finish with six points.

Just as he was about to cross the goal he fumbled. Graveno recovered on the one-yard line. But this was only a minor delay. Three plays later, the Huskers had the ball again. Skewes threw to Yelkin, who made the catch 24 yards down the field, just a step from the goal. Elkins was behind him because that’s where Virgil put him, by deft maneuvering. As Elkins started to tackle, Virgil spun and was over.

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Texas Oct. 7
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Oklahoma Oct. 28
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