LINCOLN — The Cornhuskers this wind-blown afternoon lacked one point of making as overwhelming a total as was made against them, to their embarrassment one week ago.
But it was a different Iowa team this time — very different, as facts and figures presently will reveal.
Last week the Hawkeyes of the state university pitched and sprinted their way to 27 points on their own play yard. The Huskers gained no points, and never made more than a feeble threat.
Today the Huskers scored 26 points against the Cyclones from Iowa State. The Cyclones never threatened at all.
Too many fresh and unpracticed hands were in the lineup, and some of the new veteran hands set the beginners and last term’s subs a bad example of overeagerness, which almost invariably produces the opposite of what is intended and hoped.
Fifty-three minutes passes before the boys from Ames made themselves a first down.
They didn’t complete a pass until approximately the same amount of time was unprofitably behind them — and passing was supposed to have been their threat.
Both first first down and first completed pass were achieved against a mixture of Nebraska second, third and fourth-call pupils. Without much delay they produced seven more points for Nebraska, to run the reckoning to 26 points to none, where it remained.
Wally, the newest of the Hastings Hopps in the sports news, is the moral owner of that fourth and last touchdown, although the summary says that it was Randall Salisbury, the No. 3 fullback, who plunged a half yard to score it.
Wide-faced, grinning Master Hopp, who is best known to his familiars as Hosa, a mutation of the German “Hosen,” which refers to his childhood inheritance of his bigger brothers’ too roomy pants, preceded Salisbury’s smash with an 84-yard run.
Near his own 15 he snared a pass which the desperately pitching Howie Tippee had shied far downfield. He set a determined, stout, undeviating course along the west sideline against the wind, toward the north goal. After he had pounded some 50 yards, Iowa State’s guard Don Seibold planted himself square and firm on Hosa’s plainly intended path, and waited menacingly.
Seibold lunged as the panting Husker bore down upon him. Hosa angled sharply to his right, back into the field, and Bobby Cooper saw to it that Seibold was properly flattened.
With the goal three paces away, Hosa fell forward, and flat, across it. Thwarted in his plan to demonstrate that a straight line is the shortest distance between two points he swiftly became weary, then exhausted.
Two more of the Huskers’ touchdowns were made against the wind. The first was the last play of the opening quarter. It finished a 62-yard assault which showed that the lads cling lovingly to their single wingback formation. Only once in the course of the march upfield did they spring a dido from the T, and the fact that it sent Dale Bradley scooting 11 yards to a first down didn’t affect them in the least.
Ki Eisenhart made a series of yard-gobbling plunges, and Jack Hazen fought Cyclone Guard Dean Thomas for Bradley’s pass and possessed it on the Cyclone five, for a first down. A penalty for delay put the battle line a yard away, and form there Eisenhard boomed across.
Two minutes before the end of the half Al Zikmund made a running catch of Bradley’s pass from the three in the end zone to make a 45-yard drive pay six more points. This was the only touchdown achieved with the brisk wind as a helper, and Vic Schleich, who had misses the first placement, booted his second true to run the score to 13 to 0.
While they were headed comfortably south during the quarter hour after recess the Huskers made no points. The Cyclone defense checked them a time or two. Their own seeming misjudgement and fumbles did likewise about as often.
But when they nosed into the wind again in the last quarter the boys in red became definitely profit-minded.
In less than five minutes they converted Joe Partington’s interception of Royal Lohry’s pass into six more points. Joe ran 15 yards to the Cyclone 48 before being thumped down. From there runs and passes, with Howard Debus doing much of the running and catching, did the business.
Howard’s payoff drive was a two-yarder. He kicked wide for the extra point but Schleich made a total of two conversions after Salisbury had scored — for the winded Hosa Hopp.
There are figures elsewhere in this section that may be encouraging. Just how encouraging they should be is difficult to determine, because the Cyclones weren’t prepared to bring out the best in their adversaries.
The Cyclones presented a magnificent linebacker in Fullback Paul Darling, and sporadically bright defensive workers in Soph guard Thomas, Senior Tackle Bill Barger and Senior End Maurice Ryan.
Against this spotty barricade the Huskers completed 11 of 16 passes. Bradley threw 13 and 10 were good. Fred Metheny completed the other, his only attempt. Cooper’s two southpaw throws were not caught.
Lohry and Tippee, aerial specialists, tried 11 pitches, and only about seven minutes of playing time remained when the first was called good. “Called” is literally correct. The official ruling was interference.
After that two were actually fielded to make the total of completions three. The Huskers did much better with the Iowans’ own throws. They intercepted six of them.
For other figures, see the table of statistics.
The attendance was over 15 thousand.
Nebraska is 86-17 all-time against Iowa State.
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