#11 Nebraska 7
Indiana 0

Oct. 30, 1937 • Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.

Dodd’s Long Dash Wins for Huskers

Here's the start of the electrifying play which gave Nebraska its victory over Indiana before 37 thousand at Lincoln yesterday, 7 to 0. Jack Dodd, the rabbit back, has just taken a shovel pass from Quarterback Johnny Howell on the Nebraska 35 exactly 17 seconds after the opening kickoff. Husker Tackle Shirey has Hoosier Fowler blocked out, and Dodd raced on down the far sidelines for the touchdown, with Huskers Mehring, Doyle and Brock moving up to help pave the way for that breath-snatching victory run. But no Indiana player laid a hand on Dodd. JOHN SAVAGE/THE WORLD-HERALD

Mates Clear Smooth Path in 17 Seconds

Howell Starts Play with Short Pass; Crowd is 37,000

Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 30 (U.P.) – The game was only 17 seconds old, and the echo of the referee’s starting whistle scarcely had died, when Nebraska’s Cornhuskers shook loose a halfback on a long touchdown run today to defeat a favored Indiana eleven, 7-0.

Hundreds of the crowd which later swelled to 37 thousand – second-largest in Nebraska history – still were hunting their seats when Jack Dodd broke off left tackle, and, with three blockers clearing his way, blazed 65 yards for a score. Lowell English booted the extra point to make it 7-0 – and that was the ball game.

The victory, achieved in amazingly warm weather for this prairie section in late October, kept Nebraska riding along with the select group of major teams which have not been defeated this year, and revived the Rose Bowl talk that flared after the Cornhuskers had opened their 1937 program with a win over mighty Minnesota.

Line Saves Game

It was Dodd’s electrifying run, on a shovel pass from Quarterback John Howell, that won the game, but it was the magnificent play of the line that saved it. Saved it not once, but half a dozen times as Indiana roared up and down the field.

But each time the Hoosiers, appearing sinister indeed in their pants and jerseys of midnight black, moved into the scoring zone, the Cornhusker line reared up and hurled them back.

The big boys from the plains made their most stirring stand late in the second period when Indiana, passing and plunging, moved to within eight yards of a score. With four tries for a touchdown, the Hoosiers found the enemy line invulnerable, and lost the ball without advancing more than a yard.

The figures show how lustily Nebraska had to defend throughout. Indiana made 14 first downs against two, outgained Nebraska by a ratio of 4 to 1 rushing, and completed 11 passes against two.
Indiana, in fact, led in everything but touchdowns and yards lost by penalties.

Nebraska did not make even a gesture toward another score until late in the fourth period when Fullback Corby Davis fumbled and Richardson of Nebraska recovered on Indiana’s 22. Andrews passed to Dohrmann, Cornhusker captain for the day, on the Hoosier six.

With the stands calling for a clinching score, Halfback Callihan fumbled on the two and Indiana recovered.

Help for Dodd

Nebraska’s touchdown came on the first running play of the game. Indiana kicked off to the Cornhuskers’ 35 and then came the fireworks.

On the opening play, Quarterback Howell took the pass from center, flipped a short one back of the line to Dodd, and that gentleman, a letterman in track, was off.

He went off left tackle and headed for the sidelines, three blockers running alongside. One by one the Indiana tacklers were cut down, the last one being smeared out on the 30-yard line. From there on to the goal line Dodd moved safely and serenely.

Indiana, with Frank Filchock and Corby Davis doing most of the work, threatened from start to finish.

Howell’s Kicking Hurts

In the first half, Indiana was helped by Howell’s miserable kicking. The Nebraska booter averaged no more than 30 yards with his punts. Thrice the Hoosiers moved within sight of the promised land, and thrice they were repulsed.

Howell apologized in the fourth quarter for his poor kicking in the first half when he got off a 65-yard beauty that rolled out on Indiana’s 14 and definitely ended the Hoosiers’ hope for a tying score.

Nebraska’s line was so fine that it is hard to single out a standout performer, but if there was one it was Fred Shirey, towering left tackle. He managed to get in on every play.


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1937 season (6-1-2)

Minnesota Oct. 2
Iowa State Oct. 9
Oklahoma Oct. 16
Missouri Oct. 23
Indiana Oct. 30
Kansas Nov. 6
Pittsburgh Nov. 13
Iowa Nov. 20
Kansas State Nov. 27

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