#6 Nebraska 13
Kansas 13

Nov. 6, 1937 • Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.

Phelps’ Flip to Callihan Scores Six


This photo shows how Nebraska passed to its second touchdown against Kansas Saturday – six points which made the following conversion good for a tie in the Huskers' homecoming battle. Thurston Phelps, subbing for Quarterback Johnny Howell, dropped back, heaved a quick forward pass to Fullback Bill Callihan, free on the line of scrimmage, eight yards from the end zone. Callihan whirled. Shirey took out the man nearest him. Callihan cracked into the two men at the four-yard line. With both hanging around him, he drove forward several more yards, upright. On the line he fell – forward – for the needed six points. JOHN SAVAGE/THE WORLD-HERALD


Plock’s Kick Grand Climax

Huskers Blocked Like Unit for Marvin

Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb., Nov. 6 – The Cornhuskers of 1937 appear to be working hand in glove with heart specialists. A week ago, the Huskers scored a quick touchdown and then protected that lead to win a 7-0 victory over Indiana.

Nebraska followers suffered a quickening of the pulse as the big clock ticked off the remaining 59 minutes.

Husker fans had another run of temperature Saturday as they watched the big hand go around until the last three minutes when the Scarlet came through with the touchdown and extra point which brought the 13-13 tie with Kansas.

Husker Offense Finally Clicks

There was no denying the Huskers when they started that last 80-yard drive for a touchdown. Bill Callihan touched off the final burst when he took the short pass that plowed across the goal with a pair of Kansas tacklers tugging at his back.

Then came the big moment when the diminutive Marv Plock booted the extra point. In the final drive and the finishing extra point the Huskers put on their best performance. Nine men blocked as a unit and Plock, great little money player, sent the ball between the uprights to avert defeat.

Jayhawks Keyed to High Pitch

The Kansas team Ad Lindsey sent on the field, keyed to a high pitch, impressed as the best Jayhawker outfit appearing at Memorial Stadium for many seasons.

The Jayhawkers had a versatile offensive dangerous in the scoring zone. A stubborn defense bothered Nebraska’s running attack, while desperate work by the Kansas safety on nearly a dozen occasions brought down the Nebraska runner when a touchdown was in sight. Generally it was Masoner between a Scarlet jersey and pay dirt. It was the Kansas quarter who finally pulled down Jack Dodd on a spectacular return of the kickoff in the second.

Mental Blunder Aids Nebraska

A mental blunder on the part of a Jayhawker end aided the Nebraska cause in the dying moments. The Kansas end, down fast under a punt, picked up the K. U. kick on the Nebraska 11 and ran into the end zone.

Game Captain Ted Doyle of the Huskers, therefore, had his choice of a touchback or the ball on the Husker 11. Naturally he chose the touchback and the ball on the 20.

Huskers Win on Statistical Basis

The statistical book still provides one of those “strange as it seems” affairs. After winning ball games shy first downs and net yardage, the Huskers finally got the better of the yardstick argument and wound up in a 13-13 tie.

Nebraska on earned first downs had a 14-10 edge and in net yardage surpassed Kansas, 270-120.

Record Big Six Football Crowd

Business Manager of Athletics John K. Selleck estimated the crowd at between 34 and 35 thousand. A final check probably will show the turnout the greatest ever to witness a Big Six game.

The record was set in 1928 when 34,002 watched Nebraska defeat Missouri at Memorial Stadium.

How Title Race Now Shapes Up

The 13-13 tie left Nebraska among undefeated teams in the nation and Kansas ahead the conference parade. Here’s the title dope:

If Nebraska beats Kansas State, the Huskers can win the crown if Kansas loses to Kansas State next week or to Missouri Thanksgiving Day. The Huskers also can win by beating Kansas State and having the Jayhawks tie the Wildcats and Tigers.

Should Kansas tie one of the two remaining games and win the other, the championship will be shared if Nebraska wins at Kansas State.

Moral Victory, Lindsey Declares

Major Biff Jones paid tribute to the splendid spirit of the Kansas team.

“Kansas played good ball against us and we have no alibis. Nebraska just didn’t seem to be able to get started until the last quarter,” the Biffer declared.

“I am proud of my boys, and I wish we could have stopped that game four minutes short,” Ad Lindsey, Kansas coach, declared. “It’s a moral victory to tie the team which beat Indiana and Minnesota, don’t forget that.”

Jayhawks Win Battle of Bands

Kansas won the battle of bands. The high-stepping, perfectly drilled Kansas musicians gave Cornhusker bandsmen something to think about.

Nebraska and Kansas bands, under the baton of Russell Wiley, K. U. leader, played the national anthem as part of Memorial services before the game.

Following salutes by crack troopers of the cadet regiment, buglers sounded taps with another bugle echoing from the stadium rampart.

Huskers Leave for Pitt Wednesday

Nebraska leaves for Pittsburgh Wednesday evening and will pause in Chicago for a Thursday workout at Soldiers Field.

Other games remaining on the Husker schedule are Iowa at Lincoln, November 20, and Kansas State at Manhattan, November 27.

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Series history

Nebraska is 91-23 all-time against Kansas.

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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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