Nebraska 7
Oklahoma 6

Nov. 29, 1941 • Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.

Huskers Turn Jacobs' Pass Into Victory Over Sooners


Wayne Blue intercepted a pass and ran 68 yards for the Nebraska touchdown which evened the game in the second period. This picture shows him at the start of his jaunt. E.K. LANGEVIN AND JOHN SAVAGE/THE WORLD-HERALD


Blue Pirates Flip for 68-Yard Touchdown Dash; Schleich's Kick Buries O.U. Hopes in 7-6 Conquest

Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nov. 29 – The football throwing of Jack Jacobs, Oklahoma's cinnamon-hided Hokeapatchi Kid, was far more helpful to the Cornhuskers than to his mates this damp, leaden-roofed afternoon.

We submit the evidence forthwith:

With four minutes left in the first half, he pitched behind the protection of a 6-0 lead swiftly and unerringly into the upstretched hand of Husker Fullback Wayne Blue, who proceeded without delay to become a human bolt from the same color.

Upfield along the sidelines sprinted Master Blue on sinewy gams that had made him the quarter-mile toast of old Tecumseh High.

Sixty-eight yards he sprinted and only in the corner where the goal line bisects the sideline was he challenged.

There Chief Jacobs sought desperately to produce an antidote for the very bad medicine he had unwittingly mixed. He dived at Blue's fluttering heels. He missed.

Blue crossed standing, and then, by place kicking the point that made the score 7 to 6, Tackle Vic Schleich teamed with him as efficiently as during the track and field season when they put the 16-pound shot together.

Seven to six it remained to the end of the game and the end of the season, and incidentally the intercollegiate end of Chief Jacobs, while some 23 thousand watched running attacks started promisingly by both teams put away in missed field goals, and on the Sooners' saddened side in passes by the Chief that failed.

Twenty times during the battle he threw and only once, when Blue did the fielding, were points the result.

Only eight times he connected with red-pantied Sooners and the only occasion when this was productive came in the opening quarter, which ended with the Sooners getting their six points.

One pass gobbled up 14 yards of the 41 the Sooners required to score. The others were made of the speed and drive of Orville Mathews, Joe Golding and the Chief himself off the A formation, which looks much closer to the T than those letters are found in the alphabet.

Golding scored by cutting sharply inside left end from the four, causing Dale Bradley to miss a tackle that would have dumped him for a loss.

Off the bench waddled Jack Haberlein, the Sooners' kicking specialist, to add another point to the 23 that he had made exclusively with his foot this autumn.

Chief's Booting Is Better

The period was already over – and so, as matters developed, was Haberlein's point-making. The try for the extra point went wide and the Sooners had only 6.

Those six were achieved almost as much through the running attack that scored them. The Oklahomans cut loose after Mathews had run back to the Husker 41 with a boot by Bradley.

And their manner of covering those 41 yards portended as humiliating an afternoon for the home boys as poor Tom Stidham's Marquettes had suffered at Norman last week.

But the prospect changed swiftly. Maybe this was because the Sooners had used too much energy pouring it on those Marquettes.

Three times they worked their way deep into enemy precincts and always they were forced to summon Master Haberlein from the sidelines where he improved his time opening packages of cigarettes for the twittery Snorter Luster. And three times Master Haberlein's placements soared wide.

The Huskers could not sustain an advance either. Which emphasizes the value to them of Chief Jacobs' throw to Blue. Although Bradley, Fred Metheny and Bobby Cooper completed four passes of their conservative total of six, none meant much of anything.

Before Blue's winged-victory run, Bradley, Zikmund and Vike Francis scampered and plunged, mostly off the T, 45 yards from their 23 to the Oklahomans' 32 where the Viscount fumbled.

Vike's Field Boot Low

Bradley's interception of a throw by Jacobs and a 15-yard holding penalty gave the Huskers a first down 28 yards from points just before the third quarter ended. The Sooners held and the Viscount tried a field goal from the 30. It lacked sufficient elevation.

With four and a half minutes left, the Huskers made their last assault which covered 41 yards before Wayne Sindt failed by a scant yard to make a first down and the Oklahomans took over on their four, soon to begin a spectacular desperation drive that was wet-smacked by a clipping penalty.

With the scrimmage line on his 10, Jacobs tossed a short pass to End Tree-Top Sharpe, who lateraled to the skeetery Mathews. Mathews zipped and dodged 69 yards before he was yanked to the turf – and then an official lugged the ball back to the Sooner 37.

From there the kids from the Redlands worked the battle line to the Husker 18, and with 16 seconds left Haberlein took his stance back on the 26 and kicked his third out-of-bounds field goal, and the Sooners' hopes with it.

Sooner Attempt Fails

His first foozle was made from the 11, at a fairly sharp angle, just before the Cornhusker band took over the play yard to tootle recess tunes. Mathews' brilliant 49-yard run-back of Schleich's kickoff following Blue's touchdown started this push that failed.

His second needed more than fervent prayer, which it probably got. It bobbled wide from the 37 when the third quarter was about over. Both times the Husker line, peopled with vets and new hands, forced the desperate calls upon Haberlein's hitherto dependable foot.

Credit was plainly car-marked for both lines – or rather for both defenses, but the fact that both offenses appeared to be incapable of carrying on for very long cannot be overlooked.

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