Nebraska 14
Iowa State 0

Oct. 4, 1941 • Clyde Williams Field, Ames, Iowa

Husker Rookies Bamboozle I.S.

Dale Bradley goes over Iowa State's line for Nebraska's first touchdown, after thrilling runs by himself and Allen Zikmund placed the ball one yard from the goal line. JOHN SAVAGE/THE WORLD-HERALD

Bradley Scores Twice in 14-0 Win; 'T' Party Spoiled by Rain

Clyde Williams Field, Ames, Ia., Oct. 4 — Biff Jones’ plans for his guest Cornhuskers to stage an unconventional T party for Ray Donels’ host Cyclones were spoiled by rain this afternoon.

The Huskers were forced to fall back on the good old single wing stuff, and through its almost exclusive use they began their campaign with a 14-0 conquest, while a dripping 14 thousand looked on.

The rawness and bobbling and acute attacks of sophomore jitters that are common to early encounters punctuated this one throughout and the dripping skies made them a double source of worriment and dismay to the bench-sliding coaches.

The proceedings also produced some exhilarating moments, some of them expected some of them not. There was high promise in the efforts of several beginners and last year’s subs on each side. That was generally expected.

Faith in Rookies Pays Off

But seldom is the promise high enough to induce a coach to jerk two of his veteran backs and replace them with rookie hands because he wanted a touchdown.

The Major did that. The Major did it to get touchdown No. 2, in the third quarter.

The first strong backs galloped and poked their way 41 yards down the squashy field after receiving the second half kickoff. Most of the gain was accomplished on reverses, with Allen Zikmund carrying.

An offside penalty, levied from the 24, forced a resort to passes, which failed, and the Cyclones took possession.

First String Slows Up

But only long enough for ace Royal Lohry to punt. Howard Debus, sent in for Dale Bradley, fielded the kick and boomed back 16 yards to the Cyclones’ 42, and from there the No. 1 lineup, with Debus, started to march again.

Debus and the Viscount Francis rammed and soon the ball was 14 yards from profit, with three downs to make half of them. Debus and Zikmund added only one apiece through the stubborn wall of blue. That left one down, and five yards.

Off the field trotted Debus and Francis and Marvin Athey. Onto it scampered Bradley and substitute backs Fred Metheny and Wayne Blue.

Bradley Feints, Scores

Metheny called the signal. Bradley took the snapback from Freddy Meier. He feinted as if to slip it to Zikmund and the Cyclones seented that pesky reverse again.

Bradley hugged tight to the ball and ran through the left side for the touchdown that Biff figured was needed to make victory safe. Vic Schleich kicked the placement that made the total 14.

The first seven points were registered when only nine minutes had passed. Bradley stepped through a hole blasted in the middle by Francis for the necessary yard and the Viscount made the kick.

Field Is Soggy

The scoring capped a 51-yard march that two times advanced swiftly, once when the Ames boys were fined 15 yards for roughing and once when Zikmund gobbled up a similar distance by sprinting around right end.

Almost a week of rain had dwindled to a heavy mist when the game began, but at intervals during the first half and almost steadily throughout the second the mist became rain again.

This couldn’t keep the eager Huskers from attempting the thimble riggery of the T formation at the start, but they soon gave it up when it became evident that the footing was too slick for the lighter backs and considerable of a handicap to the heavier hurrier Zikmund.

But they tried enough plays to indicate the nature of Maj. Jones’ innovating contribution. The Huskers employ the T with an unbalanced line. The forwards line up the same way as when the single wing is used.

From T to Single-Wing

Today they assumed the T backfield arrangement every time they came out of the huddle, but except for the very opening moments, the backs shifted from it to the single wing before attempting to advance.

As has become traditional, those Cyclones were stinging, smashing, socking pests from the cloud-festooned start to the deep twilight in which the battling end.

They menaced twice, both times just before the halves were over. They disregarded the hazards of handling the slick ball and menaced mostly by passing. This they had to do, or engage only in defensive warring, because their running plays, sprung from a single wing that often shifted into a sort of box, were generally choked swiftly by the Husker defense in which some sophomores and seldom used last year’s understudies stood out with the old hands.

Lohry to Caddock

Just before the intermission gun Debus fumbled the ball into Bob Seaburg’s hands on the Husker 38. From there Howard Tippee, sophomore replacement for Quarterback Lohry, pitched passes to Bob Caddock, the old rassler’s son from Walnut, another debutant.

The timer ended the drive on the 20, with Iowa State still owning the ball though Tippee had just been dumped for a five-yard loss.

Late in the closing minutes it was Master Tippee again, and his generalship, which often appeared keener than Lohry’s plus his stout right arm, produced a 45-yard advance clear down to the Huskers’ five.

Blue Intercepts

Nebraska was represented by its reserve lineup, as it had been during the last part of the third quarter and throughout the fourth-but Iowa State was represented mostly by its second-stringers too. And the subs had it out with Blue intercepting Tippee’s pass on the three and getting back to the six, from which spot Metheny sneaked twice for three yards before the taps gun.

The first time the Cyclones got the ball they made two successive first downs. Then on second down, with eight yards to go on Nebraska’s 48, Lohry took no heed of the success of the attack and tried to quick-kick. Fred Preston blocked the ball and Herm Von Goetz fell on it. Master Tippee didn’t run things that way.


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