Iowa State 27
Nebraska 7

Oct. 20, 1945 • Clyde Williams Field, Ames, Iowa

Swift Iowa State Clips Huskers, 27-7


Halfback Frank Dedecker plows through Huskers Dick Skog (36) and Bob Tegt (62) to score Iowa State's second touchdown. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


Potsy’s Team Takes Fourth Loss in Row

Clyde Williams Field, Ames, Iowa — Iowa State unloosed a pack of pesky little backs to treat 13 thousand homecoming day fans to a 27-7 victory over the University of Nebraska Saturday afternoon.

Dick Howard, weighing a bare 150 soaking wet, played the greatest part in the fourth straight trouncing of the Huskers this year. And he had some of the same kind of swift, elusive running support from Frank Dedecker, 158, and Johnny Pflum, 170.

Coach Potsy Clark’s Cornhuskers showed a better running attack than in previous games. They made more short gains than the Cyclones. Indeed, they equaled Iowa State’s total of a dozen first downs.

But the home boys didn’t fool around with short gains. They opened wide hoes, through which Howard, Dedecker and Pflum pranced and scooted for long runs.

Nebraska averted a shutout with a bit of downright larceny.

It was in the fourth period. Iowa State had the ball on its 20 after a punt into the end zone. Mr. Howard hit a stone wall at the scrimmage line, and Gerry Moore of Walthill sneaked the ball right out of his hands.

Before the Cyclones realized what was happening, Mr. Moore was off on a 20-yard touchdown run, without any one in pursuit.

It was Moore, by the way, who was responsible for the improved Husker running game. He ran hard all afternoon, and kept digging in for an extra yard or two when they thought they had him stopped.

Mack Robinson, too, did some nice rushing.

And up front, guard Freddie Lorenz, the game captain, played a good game. He opened the holes for Moore, and on defense was by far the best Husker tackler.

The hosts were nice about the way they scored. They didn’t bunch their point-getting, but made a touchdown in each period.

Howard cut inside the Husker left end midway in the opening quarter and went streaking for the far corner. Lorenz took after him and finally managed to knock him off balance eight yards short of a touchdown. It was a 55-yard run.

After Dedecker advanced to the 1-yard line, Pflum took the ball on a T Formation sneak to score the first points.

The Huskers twice had chances to score in the opening period, but couldn’t muster the necessary punch.

Once they lost on downs on the 15. They got another chance moments later when Dick Short recovered Dedecker’s fumble on the Iowa State 19. But they lost it again on downs, on the 12.

In between these two losses, the Huskers suffered a tough break. Dick Skog, from his new station at right half, ran neatly on a reverse to cross the goal line from 15 yards out, but an offside penalty nullified the play.

Dedecker, acting as if he was being chased by bandits, scooted 32 and 53 yards on consecutive plays early in the second quarter. Lorenz downed him the second time on the 7-yard line, but two plays later he scored.

It was Howard’s turn again in the third quarter.

He shook off Huskers all along the way on a 52-yard run. Two plays later he raced 17 yards untouched into the end zone.

After Moore’s act of thievery at the start of the last period, Pflum became the Cyclone dazzler.

His 37-yard run was nullified by a clipping penalty, but a little later he broke loose for 56 yards and six points.

All of the credit mustn’t be given to those frisky Iowa State backs.

Up front, tackle Dick Cole from Omaha played a wonderful game. He was acting captain for the day, and was the outstanding player on the field. The Husker gains weren’t made over his position.

And so the Huskers still are looking for victory. And it begins to look pretty hopeless, except for one thing. There’s always Iowa University in the future—but that November 24 game with the Hawkeyes is a long way off.

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