Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb., Sept. 28 – Lloyd Cardwell sprinted to three spectacular touchdowns as Nebraska scored a 28-to-7 victory over Chicago in the opening game Saturday.
A record opening day crowd of 30 thousand saw the game.
Cardwell’s first scoring performance was a sharp off-tackle thrust through the forward wall and secondary for nine yards and a touchdown. On his third scoring effort, he took a short pass and then worked those swivel hips as he zigzagged through the secondary and sped over the final chalk mark without a Maroon touching him.
But Cardwell’s greatest feat was the second touchdown, which came close on the heels of the Chicago run that had the score knotted at 7-7. Berwanger’s kickoff zoomed to the Nebraska 10-yard stripe, where it was gathered in by the elusive Jerry LaNoue. The Wisner midget swung a few yards to the right and then flipped the ball back to Cardwell who set sail on his 86-yard sprint down the east sidelines.
And how that boy did run. Given some great interference by his teammates, Cardwell darted behind a blocker and then an interferer as he used the shield to get him to midfield.
Three Maroon tacklers who had scurried toward the sidelines remained. A Nebraska blocker took care of the first as Cardwell dropped back with a change of pace to enable his teammate to cut down the foe. Then with a powerful stiff arm and swing of the hips he swept past Tackler No. 2, Bartlett alone remained, and Cardwell slowed a bit as the Maroon leaped to ward off the threatening score.
For a minute it appeared the Chicago tackler had thrown the Seward boy off-stride and that he would tumble by force of his own momentum. This was only momentary for the Wild Horse was not to be denied and as the desperate Bartlett stretched on the sod, Cardwell lengthened his steps and was across the remaining 20 yards for a touchdown.
So brilliant was Cardwell’s work that although he played little more than half the game, he overshadowed Jay Berwanger, Chicago’s all-America back. Berwanger played himself quite a ball game in spite of the fact that his teammates at times appeared sluggish in their efforts to cope with the spirited resistance offered by the Cornhusker forward wall.
The Chicago star clicked offensively on only one occasion. This was in the second quarter, when he personally engineered a 19-yard run with a burst of speed and power that carried through the end zone without the Huskers so much as laying a hand on his Maroon uniform.
It was on defense that Berwanger stood out. At a safety position time after time he was the only tackler in the path of a touchdown and his ability to deliver no doubt held down the size of the Cornhusker score.
While main interest centered on the duel between Cardwell and Berwanger, Cornhusker fans inspected a better brand of line play than they have seen the past two seasons. Johnny Williams at guard, Tackles Fred Shirey and Jim Heldt and Bernie Scherer were the standouts, while Center Paul Morrison came up with an unusually fine game in spite of the fact that he had a worthy opponent in Whiteside of the Maroons. Tackle Bush was the other tough spot in the Chicago line.
Coach Dana Bible started moving in the Nebraska shook troops after Cardwell’s third touchdown had moved the Huskers ahead, 21 to 7, early in the third quarter. The youngsters, anchored by Chief Bauer and Sam Francis, came through in good fashion, halting a Chicago scoring threat 10 yards from the goal and then putting on an offensive of their own to make good one of two scoring chances.
Sam Francis started the march toward the last touchdown, finally plunging over after a lateral pass with Bob Benson on the receiving end had gained 16 yards and planted the ball only two yards from the goal line.
While the Huskers registered a touchdown each quarter, they were victims of several discouraging breaks. The first came early in the opening period when Jerry LaNoue fumbled the ball away after the Huskers had advanced to the Chicago 12-yard line.
The Maroons failed to make yards at the point and LaNoue hiked Berwanger’s punt back to the Chicago 45-yard line. Cardwell broke loose for 26 yards and Francis on two plunges was on the Maroon seven-yard line. On the second play, Cardwell was over with the touchdown.
A clipping penalty which nullified a 30-yard Cardwell sprint had the Huskers stopped as the first period ended while Berwanger’s educated toe forced Nebraska back continually during the early moments of the second quarter.
The maroons’ first chance to show their offensive came when LaNoue fumbled after being hit by two Chicago tacklers. Skoning recovered on the Nebraska 23-yard line. Skoning hit the line for four yards and Berwanger on the next play was across with the score.
Berwanger’s placekick tied the score at 7-7, but only for a moment, as Cardwell shot back with the next kickoff to move the Cornhuskers again in front.
The only sustained drive of the afternoon preceded the Nebraska third touchdown. Early in the third period, Nebraska took the ball on its 34-yard line and, with Francis and Cardwell smashing and sprinting, soon had the pigskin within 20 yards of the goal line. Here a 15-yard penalty threatened to halt the attack, but a fourth down pass was completed and was a first down by inches. A few plays later, Cardwell gathered in a flip from Bauer and dashed across with the score.
Then the shock troopers swung into action and surprised by twice smothering two serious Chicago bids for scores and cutting loose in the final period with a sparkling offensive which brought a touchdown.
The Chicago squad suffered the only injury which apparently will keep a player out of next week’s game. End Bob Perretz sprained an ankle.
Nebraska is 1-1 all-time against Chicago.
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