Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 7—To paraphrase the words to your famous tune, Texas, “The Eyes of the Huskers Were Upon You,” almost all of this afternoon, while those Huskers themselves were continually on to you and your shenanigans.
Not only were they on to you, the whole varsity and nubbins roll call of them, but they were around you, past you, behind you and over you in a manner that not even their most optimistic and full-believing loyalists had expected to behold.
The vast majority of the 18 thousand who assembled here today must have anticipated a terrific intersectional struggle belonging by custom to November weekends rather than to the Ides of October. Well they might, for the Longhorns swept out of the southwest preceded by a terrific and formidable reputation and possessed of a record of perennial conference leadership. Instead the customers saw a victorious parade of almost every football eligible at the home state university. And at the finish they read this reckoning: Nebraska 26, Texas 0.
Even this rather overwhelming score does not represent the astonishing, almost total measure of the winning eleven’s domination.
The Longhorns never had a chance. Never did they near the Scarlet goal.
Not even after Colonel Bible had hauled out his veteran string late in the third quarter and chased the sophomore varsity on the field could they turn their gaudy Bohn Hilliard loose. They seldom got a chance, for Hilliard and his continually changing, baffled supporting cast were kept busy all afternoon trying to head off Cornhusker touchdowns. When they did get a chance, it was abruptly taken away. Those Huskers made them surrender the ball and then went on using it profitably themselves.
The sophomore varsity added a dozen points to that 14 that had been made during the second and third quarters on touchdowns by George Henry Sauer and placements by Bernie Masterson. Just before the third period ended, Jerry LaNoue, who they say is a cousin to Little Lewis Brown and a sort of athletic step-brother of Christopher Christian Mathis, made his debut in varsity football by scoring a touchdown on his very first play. Behind a veritable wall of interference fashioned by mates as new as he, Jerry skirted the Texas right end and raced 13 yards down the sideline for his score. Not a hand was laid on him. His kick, however, was short. At the start of the fourth quarter, Johnny Williams, another debutant, made the total 26. Firpo Thompson, who was getting his first trial at tackle, knocked Longhorns rolling as he waded through their line to block Jimmy Hadlock’s punt. Firpo’s big hands pushed the ball high in the air. Johnny Williams caught it and galloped the 10 yards necessary to put the ball where it counted.
After that Colonel Bible called on his nubbins. The nubbins had played a game Friday night, but Texas was unable to do anything that was beyond their talents. The nubbins didn’t score, but neither did Texas.
With a fine sense of the dramatic, Colonel Bible shooed in a whole covey of nubbins, let them run off a couple of plays and then motioned a single large young man out there where the fun was going on. That young man got the most tumultuous hand of the afternoon, for he was John Richard Keriakedes, who had been waiting nigh onto three seasons for a moment like this. John Richard Keriakedes, the fat boy they couldn’t laugh off the practice field, was in the game. And believe you me, he made Texas realize his presence. This Jimmy Hadlock, who is Bohn Hilliard’s understudy, and who understudied him perfectly this afternoon because he couldn’t get anywhere either, this Jimmy Hadlock started toward John Richard’s tackle. A moment later he hit the chilling sod with the soles of his pants, loser of the argument by a yard.
Texas made a single first down during the three quarters that the veteran Husker varsity was in action. Hilliard broke away just that many times. He got through the line for 19 yards in midfield. In the final period the Longhorns added three more but they were not in the sequence that counts. Their net gain was 83 yards.
The large assortment of Nebraskans made 16 first downs and netted 314 yards while carrying on their didoes with a polished efficiency that surpassed any of their maneuvers all last season. They usually blocked beautifully, at times perfectly. Almost always their plays were properly and effectively timed as they hepped themselves out of a huddle that was a delight to look upon. In view of the fine reputation of the Longhorns and the high deportment of the home eleven, it is only reasonable to conclude that Colonel Bible’s appraisal of his No. 1 lineup is correct: It is the best he has had since he accepted the chair of football up here. And in view of the sophomore varsity’s conduct it might be almost as confidently remarked that the worries over reserves, most particularly in the line, are rapidly vanishing.
Fumbles, the only misdeeds to mar the Huskers’ play, probably kept the Nebraskans from putting six points on the big scoreboard before the game was 10 minutes old. This inability to subdue the ball may even have prevented the accomplishment of a dozen points in the opening quarter. And in the last period a penalty did keep still another sophomore from starting his career with six points to his credit. Ed Uptegrove blocked a punt. Bernard Scherer—the young brother of Leo of glamorous memory—grabbed the ball and galloped 44 yards into the Steers’ end zone. But an official said someone clipped Sub-Tackle Ralph Greear, and that called for a fine. It was only a few minutes later, however, that Johnny Williams and Firpo Thompson collaborated to prove that such a thing could be done.
The brisk and chill north wind nipped away at the Huskers’ faces in the first quarter, and it seemed to be the general idea that the Longhorns would do themselves lots of good by punting. But they seldom got the chance. They took the kickoff, only to discover immediately thereafter that a line bearing the Pa Schulte trademark practically never yields to reputations nor to force.
So Master Hilliard had to boot and the Huskers started out 56 yards from the Longhorn goal to fight both Longhorns and the wind. The entire backfield quartet of Sauer, Masterson, Hubert Boswell and Jack Miller participated in the lugging that carried the offensive four yards from a touchdown. Once during this drive Boswell skirted left end for 21 yards. That was the big gain, but his three mates were consistent with their shorter thrusts and runs.
Then, with only those four yards to go, Jack Miller fumbled and End Jack Gray recovered.
The same foursome carried its insistence into the second period. Sauer used the wind several times, getting off punts that ate deep into Texas territory. Hilliard or his understudy had to return the boots almost immediately, always from points deeper in his own territory. Then Bernie turned on the speed and power again. This time two passes carried the Huskers over long stretches. One, Sauer to Masterson, was good for 11 yards. Another, to Boswell, added 17 and the teams lined up with a Nebraska touchdown only nine yards away.
Then Sauer fumbled, and this same wide-awake Master Gray recovered. But it wasn’t long before the Scarlet was sweeping up the field again. Sauer lunged six yards through center for the score after Miller had run right end for eight.
In the third quarter, after Sauer had intercepted a pass, Boswell crashed through left tackle and started on a long journey, with a practically clear field ahead of him. But Hubert couldn’t get along as fast as this Master Gray, who has kept bobbing up all through this narrative. Master Gray nailed him on the Texas 18-yard chalk, after he had covered 34 yards. This once the Longhorns managed to hold. Sauer failed by a foot to plunge to a first down, and Hilliard punted momentarily out of danger, standing on his goal line. But only momentarily. Once again George Henry pitched to Masterson. This time it was for 17 yards. Then Boswell ran 11 yards through left tackle. Six more were needed. With a half-yard to go on the fourth down, George Henry went across.
Nebraska is 4-10 all-time against Texas.
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