Missouri 19
Nebraska 0

Oct. 27, 1945

Huskers Blasted, 19-0, in Best Fray


Halfback Ed Gradoville of Nebraska is tossed for a two-yard loss in the first quarter by Missouri's Norval Piepmeier ... Fred Lorenz (53) and Gerald Moore (32) try to keep Clodfelter (68) and Cox (58) out of the play. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


Potsy’s 7-Man Line Bottles Tough Tigers

Memorial Stadium, Columbia, Mo. — The Cornhuskers played their best game of the season here Saturday. They scored something of a “moral” victory by holding Missouri’s highly-favored Tigers to a 19-0 victory.

It was only 13-0 until a third Mizzou touchdown was made with only 50 seconds left.

Coach Potsy Clark sent a seven-man line against Missouri’s T formation. This type of Nebraska defense prevented coach Chauncey Simpson’s pupils from running wild.

The 11 thousand Navy Day fans were surprised at the play of the Husker line. Press box observers thought that the Nebraska club looked much stronger than the Kansas State team that was here a week ago.

Guards Rex Hoy and Freddie Lorenz, who started at quarterback but were moved back to the line, were leaders in the improved defense. And they had help from tackle Johnny Sedlacek of Seward until he was banished in the fourth quarter.

Sedlacek and Jim Kekeris, the 285-pound chuck of blubber Johnny was facing most of the afternoon, were tossed out of the game after taking a couple of swings at each other after a pile up. It was the second straight week that Kekeris was ejected.

A blocked punt led to the first points, midway in the opening quarter.

A 15-yard setback for holding placed the Huskers on their own 15-yard line, and Dick Skog dropped back to kick.

His protectors let him down, and Sid Lindley, a 17-year-old Mizzou freshman, rushed in from his end station to block the punt. Roland Oakes, the other wing man, recovered on the seven.

After big Jack O’Connell made three yards in off-tackle thrusts, little Leonard Brown circled right end for a standing up touchdown.

It was the 141-pound Brown who stole the show in the second quarter.

He sent a booming punt over the head of the Husker safety man, Mack Robinson, and it rolled out of bounds on the eight. The boot measured 69 yards from the scrimmage line, 79 from where Brown kicked.

Then, when Gerry Moore’s return punt was low, Mr. Brown sparkled in another way. He took the ball on the bounce, and set sail for the far corner, with good interference forming quickly.

The runback was good for 25 yards, to the Nebraska 15. Bob Hopkins carried on four of the next five plays, the last one being a touchdown from the 2-yard line.

The Tigers were headed toward another possible score before intermission, but Brown fumbled after taking a short pass from Hopkins, and tackle Duane Wiemers recovered for the Huskers on their 20.

Another Mizzou threat in the third period ended with Sedlacek knifing through to spill Brown for a 5-yard loss on a fourth down play. It gave Nebraska the ball on the eight.

Things were going along nicely from a Husker standpoint until the last couple of minutes, when a substitute named Howard Bonnett got pretty assertive for the Tigers.

Mr. Bonnett kept ramming the middle of the line, and finally carried a couple of tacklers the last five yards on a 13-yard advance to the second. He went over on the next play, as the clock started on its last minute.

From an offensive standpoint, the Huskers weren’t so good. They had only one scoring opportunity and muffed it.

Bill Dellastatious, who was a tamed wildcat this day, fumbled when hit hard by Moore, and Chick Story recovered for the Huskers on the Mizzou 36, late in the first period.

Mack Robinson tossed a pass to Paul Kipper. Officials found Master Brown guilty of interference as he knocked the receiver down when the ball was almost on his fingertips. This set up a first down on the 24.

Moore smacked 14 yards on two hard-running efforts, and as the second period opened the Huskers had the ball on the 10, with four plays to go.

But they didn’t go forward far enough.

Dick Skog started wide and cut back for a 4-yard gain, but that was all. Robinson found his receivers all covered on two pass plays. On the second, he was downed on the 16-yard line.

A fourth-down pass intended for Don Sailors in the end zone was broken up by Bob Eigelberger, and the Tigers took over.

It was just after this that Brown’s beautiful long punt sent the Huskers back into their own territory — to stay, as things worked out.

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1945 season (4-5)

Oklahoma Sept. 29
Minnesota Oct. 6
Indiana Oct. 13
Iowa State Oct. 20
Missouri Oct. 27
Kansas Nov. 3
Kansas State Nov. 10
South Dakota Nov. 17
Iowa Nov. 24

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