AMES, Iowa — The only satisfaction for the Huskers in their Big Six opener with Iowa State Saturday was that the opponents 54-point habit was broken. The score was only 27-6 in favor of the Cyclones.
Nebraska wasn’t outclassed by such a wide margin as against Minnesota and Indiana, but was guilty of more mistakes, as the Cyclones won their sixth tilt in the 38-game series. It was the largest Iowa State margin since their 33-0 victory in 1899.
Howard Tippee, 180-pound senior, simply was too much for the willing but green Huskers. He had a large afternoon getting even for the beating he took from superior Husker forces the past two years.
Tippee drove the Nebraskans crazy. When they thought he was going to run he’d shoot a pass straight into the arms of a receiver who usually was in the clear. And when the puzzled kids from Lincoln dropped back for a pass Mr. Tippee would start his long legs churning and roll up yardage.
Tippee scored two touchdowns each way — twice skipping over with the ball clutched under his wing, and twice pegging strikes to Harold Crisler and watching the navy end from Richmond, Cal., score.
The Huskers found the Iowa State line easier to dent and they made quite a bit of yardage. But they simply missed a leader. With Teddy Kenfield at home, the T formation plays just didn’t click. The offense was frantic, frustrated, muddling, with fumbles and errors of judgment bogging all but one threat.
The lone Husker score came in the second period and was one flash of smart signal calling. Buzz Hollins had been the driving rod in a march which carried to the Iowa State 29-yard line. Here it was fourth down, with only a foot to go.
The Cyclones braced themselves for another Hollins thrust, but Walt Wilkins, playing his last game before donning Uncle Sam’s khaki next week, fooled them. Taking the ball on the T, he faked handing it to Hollins, tossed it wide to big Jim Hanses, the North High product, who already was getting up full steam out to the left.
Hansen thundered down the sidelines, bowled over a couple of fellows who got in his way and scored standing up.
It gave Nebraska a temporary tie at 6-6, and gave Hansen revenge for having paved the way for the Cyclones’ first period score. Jim had fumbled and let Iowa State get the ball 18 yards from the Husker goal. Tippee needed only three tries to score, making five yards on his last attempt.
It seemed the 6-6 score would hold up until the end of the half, too, until the Husker signal calling went bad again. During the first period, Clark Beaver had called for a fourth down plunge when a yard was needed and lost the ball on his own 35-yard line.
But Gilbert Carafiol fumbled it back to Nebraska and the Huskers got out of a hole. Then they were guilty of the same mistake.
This one came with 40 seconds left to play in the opening half. Three passes failed and it was fourth down and 10 to go for the Huskers on their own 42. A punt was the safe way out, but Beaver passed to Hansen. It was completed, but gained only six yards and the Cyclones had the ball on the Nebraska 48.
They cashed in without delay. Tippee faked a run, passed a long one. Crisler pulled it in on the Husker 30 and set his sights on the corner of the field. Bill Miller made a frantic dive for him at the 15 but bounced off and Crisler eased over the goal to give his team a 13-6 halftime lead.
Tippee doused Husker hopes completely in the third period.
A 27-yard pass to Crisler carried to the 25, from where Carafiol used a series of off tackle thrusts to reach the three. Tippee then cleverly faked a pass to the side and scooted through a hole at the guard to score.
Five minutes later he was making Nebraska like it again. From his own 40, he faded back as if to pass down field, he reared back, but flipped laterally instead. Meredith Warner took it and raced down the sidelines 52 yards, Ken Swanson finally running him out of bounds on the eight.
With fourth down, from the 5-yard line, Tippee fooled them again. He motioned as though he would pass far out to the side to Harold Ireland. Instead he turned quickly and shot it straight over center to Crisier who was planted firmly in the end zone for his second touchdown.
That was it, though Hollins did some nice running in the fourth quarter, once breaking loose for 39 yards to the 35-yard line.
Outside of Tippee’s grand show, the six thousand fans really saw better entertainment by the Iowa State marching band between halves. At least, it was precise maneuvering in contrast to the loosely played game.
Nebraska is 86-17 all-time against Iowa State.
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