Nebraska 13
Kansas State 7

Nov. 6, 1943

Kenfield Sets Pace as U.N. Wins, 13-7



Manhattan, Kans. — The Huskers beat Kansas State Saturday, 13-7, but that wasn’t the most significant thing that happened before the two thousand Homecoming day fans.

More interesting was the evidence that two evenly matched football teams can provide a pleasing contest, even if they’re freshmen who can’t whip any other club. And even if they’re forced to play in a drizzle and cold wind.

The Huskers accomplished their second Big Six victory mainly through the spirited play of Teddy Kenfield — with some help up front from Bill Hill and long Bert Gissler.

It was really Kenfield’s day. Coach Adolph Lewandowski must have had an inkling, because he decided at the lsat minute to start the 17-year-old Columbus kid instead of Morris Galter. And it was a smart move, as things turned out.

Teddy played the entire first half and personally accounted for both touchdowns, although the actual crossings of the goal lines were done by Gissler and Ken Hollins.

The game wasn’t quite four minutes old when Kenfield pulled his first smart move. The ball was 51 yards from the Wildcat goal line, and nobody suspected a pass, the way Kenfield faked the ball from the T formation. But pass Teddy did and good.

Gissler got his 6-foot, 7-inch frame going full speed down the left sideline, and when he out into the middle all the Kansas State secondary defenders were sucked up close to the line.

Kenfield shot the ball down the middle, Gissler reached up with his long arms and pulled it to his chest. There wasn’t a man within 10 yards of him, so he just loafed the remaining 35 to a touchdown.

Bill Hill kicked the point, and that became important a bit later when the Wildcats scored — and also added the point.

Bill Faubion put the Huskers in a hole by kicking out of bounds on the six-yard line. When Hollins’ return punt into the north wind faded out on the 19, the loyal homecomers didn’t have to wait long for a touchdown.

Clifford “Tippy” Batten, who had the Huskers frightened with his passing reputation, proved a good runner, too, in the scoring march. He broke through on two rushes to reach the eight-yard line, then passed one to Lou Otto which Hollins knocked down by reaching over Lou’s shoulder.

Officials ruled interference, and gave the Wildcats a first down three yards from the goal.

Batten went around the Husker left end to score on his first try and added the point to make it 7-7.

The Huskers took the following kickoff and didn’t give up the ball until they had another touchdown — the only one needed for victory, as it turned out.

On the first play after the kickoff Kenfield sneaked over guard on one of those quick openings which make the T formation so valuable, and went scooting 29 yards to the Wildcat 33.

After they had changed directions for the second quarter, Kenfield faded back to pass and drew the whole enemy line in after him. That was just what he wanted. It left Garold Ellysson, Lew’s surprise starter at fullback, in the open on a screen-pass play.

Kenfield fired the ball to Ellyson like a bullet and the kid from Newcastle, Neb., was off, with plenty of blockers ahead. He was forced out 10 yards short of the end zone.

From there, Kenfield cleverly faked a pass, and started zooming for the far corner. He twisted his body as Defender Bob Killough tackled, but knocked over the corner flag and fell out of bounds a foot short.

On the next play Kenfield fumbled but recovered. Then he fed the ball to Hollins for a touchdown smack at center. Teddy’s kick was wide but it didn’t matter. The day’s scoring was over.

The Wildcats caused excitement late in the last quarter when they put over a Batten-to-Bowman pass for 17 yards to reach the Husker 22 with two minutes left.

But Hollins intercepted Batten’s desperation pass on the five-yard line and got back to the 16. Then the Huskers froze the ball the remaining two plays.

In the third period each side threatened to score, but couldn’t connect on payoff passes. From the Kansas State 16 Kenfield three times tried touchdown passes. The first was out of Gus Eager’s reach.

The next was almost in Gissler’s hands, but Bert was afraid he was going to step out of bounds in the end zone and let the pesky thing slip off his fingers. Then on fourth down Hollins juggled the ball in the end zone and let it drop.

The Wildcats then marched from the 16 to the Husker 20, with Jim Machen three times plunging for a “must” yard on fourth down. But from the 20, four straight Batten passes fell untouched.

So the Huskers definitely escaped the Big Six cellar and looked forward to an open date next week before closing the season at home against Iowa and Oklahoma.

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1943 season (2-6)

Minnesota Oct. 2
Indiana Oct. 9
Iowa State Oct. 16
Kansas Oct. 23
Missouri Oct. 30
Kansas State Nov. 6
Pittsburgh Nov. 13
Iowa Nov. 20
Oklahoma Nov. 27

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