Pitt Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pa., Nov. 13 – Only in manpower did Pittsburgh have the edge over Nebraska Saturday as the Panthers came from behind with a spectacular display of crushing power which brought a 13-7 victory.
If Nebraska is to beat Pittsburgh, the Cornhuskers must have reserve strength adequate to match the shock troops which Coach Jock Sutherland is able to rush into action. A squad at least three deep at every position.
This was evident as Sutherland was able to rest his first string during the second period.
Major Jones is building his Cornhusker squad with that aim. The Biffer is keeping a watchful eye on his frosh when he is not active with the varsity.
When Nebraska returns to Pittsburgh in 1939, the Cornhusker strength will be considerably over the numerical manpower of the aggregation which played great ball this year.
Nebraska never was in position to uncork its aerial attack. Johnny Howell was punting well but the Pitt running attack was strong enough to offset Johnny’s fine kicking and keep Nebraska in its own territory.
Sutherland paid tribute to the fighting spirit shown by Nebraska in the face of great odds. He was most impressed with the work of Charley Brock whom he classed as the finest center he has seen.
Jock said the Panthers have a habit of playing their “perfect games” against Nebraska. Pitt has been guilty of fumbles throughout the season, but only made two Saturday and recovered both. The Panthers made no errors during the game.
The Pittsburgh running attack lived up to advance notices. Sutherland had three complete backfields with weight, power and blocking ability which paid dividends for the long hours of toil on fundamentals.
In Marshall Goldberg, Pitt has a runner of unlimited power. Although “Biggie” didn’t get away from the alert Nebraskans, he flashed enough ability to mark him one of the great backs of the Husker-Pitt series.
Goldberg will be at Lincoln next fall. Others who will play there include Petro, Hoffmann, Merkovski, Lezouski, Stebbins, Kish, Chickerneo, Cassiano, Shaw, Schmidt, Daddio.
Two important breaks went against Nebraska in the closing moments. Midway in the third, Fred Shirey intercepted a pass on Nebraska’s 45.
Andrews and Dodd picked up seven yards in two plays and Bill Callihan cracked the middle for what appeared to be a first down. Referee D.W. Very, however, was slow coming up on the play and clearly missed the ball’s forward progress.
When the chains were brought out, the spot where Very declared the ball dead was inches short. This called for a fourth down punt.
Howell kicked into the end zone and Goldberg sprinted to midfield to give the Panthers the upper hand at the start of the fourth.
The second break came after Pitt’s first touchdown. Nebraska put the ball in play on the 35 after the kickoff went out. Two plays lost yardage and the Huskers had the choice of a third down rushing play or punt. Figuring to kill time, the Huskers elected to plunge. Then came Anderson’s fumble and the Pitt recovery which gave it the ball on the Nebraska 33. A few plays later they had the touchdown.
At that, the Nebraskans, weakened by injury and dead tired, held for three downs before the fourth attempt brought the score.
The official attendance was 71,267 – second-largest crowd in Pitt history. Although the skies were dark and threatening rain, scalpers peddled seats at $7 and $8.
The surprise showing of Nebraska assures the Huskers of another sellout when they return to Pittsburgh in 1939.
The Nebraska team dined at the William Penn following the game and left Pittsburgh at midnight. The Cornhuskers will spend Sunday in Chicago, attending the pro game between the Chicago Bears and Brooklyn Dodgers. They will arrive home at 8:40 Monday morning on the Ak-Sar-Ben.
Nebraska is 6-15 all-time against Pittsburgh.
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