Starting the Nebraska eleven off on its 50-to-0 scoring march against the Wyoming Cowboys Saturday, Lloyd Cardwell, Husker left half, is seen here scoring the first touchdown of the game, standing up. The arrow points to Cardwell. Eight Wyoming men are on their feet, but well out of the play due to the excellent assistance of Coach Bible's men.
Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb., Sept. 29—Still very much a Cornhusker at heart, Dutch Witte brought his University of Wyoming football pupils of Memorial stadium this afternoon to help Colonel Bible get his boys ready for Minnesota next week-end. Obviously, Dutch Witte didn’t expect his large young men to score more points than the lads who have succeeded him in the Scarlet livery, but it is doubtful if he anticipated any such happening as transpired on the damp greensward.
Indeed, it is doubtful if a half dozen of the 15 thousand who paid their way for a look at the proceedings expected the Bible class to make 50 points.
Far from Perfect
That is the official total. Wyoming didn’t get any, which to your correspondent’s notion is evidence of downright greed and parsimoniousness on the Cornhuskers’ part. Those young men owe the willing but inadequate Cowboys a vote of thanks, for despite the ponderosity of the reckoning the opposition they set up was dogged and stern enough at intervals to indicate that the Nebraskans are a long way from the near-perfection which marked the adventurings of 1933’s great array.
One hardly expected them to match George Henry Sauer & Co., but I believe one was justified in anticipating better defensive work in the line than was presented this day. At the tackles particularly, there was much tardiness of action, much evident doubt as to what should be done, and no team is going to progress very far along the glory path unless its tackle situations are sound and secure. The guards appeared to need a bit of going over, too.
Seem Able to Score
Of course, there were hitches in the Huskers’ business when they had the ball. The yard making department needs sandpapering and polishing and adjusting, but on the whole, it seemed to this observer that the Bible class was astonishingly well along in this respect. I think the score buttresses this belief.
But Wyoming’s failure to get itself a half dozen or so points can reasonably be ascribed to the weakness of the Cowboys’ assertiveness, and to the competent defensive play of the Nebraska ends and centers and most of the backs. A team like Minnesota needs only to discover a single weak spot. Then it will proceed to blast there, with results profitable to itself, disastrous to the blastees.
Lines Not Learned
Wyoming offered fine scholars in Blacks Dunn, Dir and Doyle, but the supporting cast simply didn’t have its lines down well enough to function in today’s company. The Cowboys made but two first downs to the Huskers’ 27. They never ceased trying, but to increase this total was utterly beyond them. One thing they didn’t do—and it had been expected—was to throw the ball. But two pitches did they attempt. Both failed. So you can see the Cowboys were completely thwarted.
Now and then, the Husker blockers got in the way of the lad lugging the ball. Now and then the lad lugging the ball missed the wide-gaping holes that the blockers had opened and jammed himself against massed Cowboys—Cowboys in the mass proved a pretty unyielding substance. They hefted at least as much as the Huskers.
No Tricky Piloting
None of Colonel Bible’s quarterbacks—Messrs John Williams, Allen Turner and Jerry LaNoue—essayed very much of the baffling and diverting thimblerigging that made last year’s team a delight to behold, and it was probably just as well. But all three of them called for end runs, smashes and passes of the simpler sort that were, as indicated above, remarkably well executed, the newness of everything considered. The most successful sorties on the line were aimed at guard and center.
It was no surprise to behold Lloyd Cardwell, Lester McDonald, Samuel Francis and Ron Douglas conducting themselves pretty much like old hands. Nor was it astonishing to see LaNoue, Williams, Skewes, Benson, Yelkin, Scherer, Meier, Justice, Parsons and the rest of last year’s several lineups take right where they left off against Oregon State on Thanksgiving day. When they had the ball they performed in a manner clearly superior to most of the new teams that have paraded Memorial stadium field on inaugural day during the last decade.
Col. Bible Keeps Word
Colonel Bible kept his word. Win or lose, he said the other day, he was going to use every member of the varsity. Every lad save Henry Bauer, veteran quarter, and Harold Holmbeck, likely junior tackle, chased himself onto the field one or more times. Both Bauer and Holmbeck were afflicted with tonsillitis Friday night.
It’s hard to evaluate generalship in an affair of this sort, but the circumstances being what they were, Williams, LaNoue and Turner all seemed to do well enough. Williams also presented some nice running, LaNoue not only zipped up the field to nullify the swell punting of Dutch Witte’s Mr. Dunn but also loosed himself for several long gains from scrimmage.
Kicks Go Wide
There were eight touchdowns. Only two of the attempts at the extra point were successful, and this indicates another job to which Colonel Bible will give profound attention this week.
Here’s the tale of the touchdown parade, compressed considerably.
No. 1—The ubiquitous Mr. Cardwell accomplished it 10 ½ minutes after the exercises began. It culminated a march that started when Lanoue skipped back 34 yards, to the Wyoming 49-yard stripe, with one of Dunn’s long punts. Cardwell skirted right end for 11 yards. Francis, Williams and LaNoue jabbed to a point 12 yards from a score. Then Cardwell took a pass behind the line from Williams, again swung around right end, stopped in the end zone. Francis’ kick was wide.
Mr. Scherer Scores
No. 2 (second quarter)—Bernie Scherer blocked Dunn’s punt, recovered, ran 45 yards unimpeded. This time Francis’ placement succeeded.
No. 3 (second quarter)—Skewes, much in evidence all afternoon, passed 16 yards into the end zone to McDonald. LaNoue’s kick was low.
No. 4 (second quarter)—Credit to Mr. Skewes. First he pitched a long pass to Bud Parsons, who took it away from Safety Dunn 12 yards from the Cowboy goal. Skewes, Benson and Parson bucked 11 yards more. Then Skewes through center once again—and six more points were Nebraska’s. Turner tried the kick, and failed.
No. 5 (third quarter)—Encore Mr. Caldwell. He accomplished these second six points just four minutes, 21 seconds after the half began. Again LaNoue started things by running back a punt 35 yards, to midfield. From there it was practically a personally conducted Cardwell tour to the four-yard line, the big, fast boy skirting the ends and whamming through center. The touchdown Johnny Williams. Yelkin tried to convert, and Yelkin failed.
No. 6 (third quarter)—This belongs to Sam’l Francis. He, Williams, LaNoue and Cardwell ran 40 yards by installment to do it. He went across by cracking the middle. Again Yelkin failed to urge the ball over the uprights.
No. 7 (third quarter)—McDonald again. LaNoue set the stage by racing back 30 yards with a punt, to the foe’s 23-yard line. McDonald made eight on a pass from Francis. Two line plays added a few yards, then Francis rifled another to the tall Grand Islander. Dutch Witte’s Mr. Dunn partly blocked the pitch. This proved very helpful to McDonald. The ball bounded into his big hands. He was already in the end zone. This time Francis tried the kick—and foozled.
No. 8 (fourth quarter)—Pretty much a Skewes enterprise, aided and abetted by Halfback Ralph Eldridge. Skewes bucked and bucked until the bucking got him what he was after. This time—hooray—Turner tried the place kick—and made it!