#5 Pittsburgh 19
#6 Nebraska 6

Nov. 14, 1936 • Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.

Sam Francis Is Defensive Star Of Tilt

Top photo shows Pittsburgh's Mr. Urban scoring the second touchdown on Nebraska Saturday at Memorial stadium in Lincoln. By E.K. Langevin/World-Herald Staff Photographer

Lincoln, Neb., Nov. 14 (U.P.)—Power and more power: Power in the backfield, power in the line, power everywhere.

That’s what Pittsburgh’s hard-bitten football machine had Saturday, and using it relentlessly the Panthers tore through, over and around the Nebraska Cornhuskers to crush them, 19 to 6.

A crowd of 36 thousand saw Pitt, striking with the speed and savagery of a panther, score two touchdowns in the last two minutes of the second period and add another for good measure midway in the final quarter.

”Tireless Sam”

Nebraska, which has not beaten the easterners for 15 long and heart-breaking years, gave its loving followers but one moment of joy. That moment came when the game was some 20 minutes old and Sam Francis, ol’ “Tireless Sam,” Cornhusker fullback, let one fly from Pittsburgh’s 30-yard line.

The pass drifted down under the Panther goal posts, found the anxious arms of Lloyd Cardwell waiting to receive it. This put the Cornhuskers out in front, 6 to 0, and Francis’ failure to kick the extra point when almost unnoticed as the deliriously happy customers roared approval.

Only Husker Bid

This was the Cornhuskers’ only genuine bid. The rest of the time it was all Pitt. The Panthers marched up and down the field almost at will, registering 23 first downs to six for the opposition. When they tired of going over the ground the men of Pitt took to the air, usually successfully.

The Panthers challenged twice in the first period but it was not until the clock showed fewer than four minutes to go in the second period, and they trailed by a touchdown, did they really step on the throttle.

Three Good Plays

Getting the ball on Nebraska’s 44-yard line after a punt, Stebbins rifled a long one to Urban on Nebraska’s 14-yard line. Stebbins and Urban took turns pounding the tackles for a first down on the two-yard line. Here they gave the ball to Fullback Greene and he made it on the first try. Daddio missed the conversion.

The Panthers got a break on the kickoff which followed, Howell fumbling and Stebbins recovering on the Cornhuskers’ 30.

There was time for only three plays and the Panthers made them good for a touchdown.

The Troops March

Two passes from Greene put the ball on the seven yard stripe, where Urban given a hole large enough for troops to pass through four abreast, went for the score. Again Daddio’s try for the point was low and wide.

The half ended a second after the touchdowns.

Marshall Goldberg and Bobby LaRue galloped at will in the third period. With the big Pitt forwards outcharging the Nebraska line shamefully, the Jewish sophomore flash and the cherub-faced senior, rambled for yards. Their runs didn’t result in a score, but, undaunted and tireless, they started in anew in the fourth period.

Francis: Yoeman

Starting from their own 20, the Panthers moved without a halt to Nebraska’s 10. Goldberg picked up 13 and then, running behind beautiful blocking, swept right end to Nebraska’s 37, and then to the 25. A pass, Goldberg to Daddio, was good for 15 and a score seemed certain.

But with Francis, who was the greatest defensive man on the field today, doing yoemen duty, the drive was halted and Daddio forced to try a field goal. It was blocked by the Cornhuskers on the 17.

Francis “Superb”

The Cornhuskers turned to “desperation” passes after this score, but none clicked. Francis, a left-handed passer, turned loose several heaves of over 50 yards, but all were knocked down.

Francis, with his kicking, passing and super defense—he made half the Nebraska tackles—was the standout for the losers. Pitt was solidly good, with Daddio having a shade on the other linemen. In the backfield, Greene, LaRue and Goldberg were Pitt’s standouts.


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Missouri Oct. 31
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