Manhattan, Kans. — University of Nebraska’s Cornhuskers had a Manhattan project of their own here Saturday. They developed sufficient U-235 with a football to blast and pass their way to a 24-0 victory over Kansas State.
The first half was a nip and tuck affair. But the Huskers had such a firm hold on the defensive reins in the last two quarters that Kansas State was able to make but one first down.
The Wildcats fumbled at costly times, their punters were unable to get the team out of the holes which it almost constantly was occupying.
A homecoming crowd of 10 thousand watched the Huskers quickly cash one of Kansas State’s early miscues.
Two plays after the opening kickoff, the Huskers had possession on the Wildcat 27. And, while their first goalward surge failed on the 1-yard line, they punched right back from exactly the same spot.
Mack Robinson, Gerald Moore and Cletus Fischer bounced off the tackles and around the ends, with Moore bulling the last yard through center for the first six points.
One of the oddities was the inefficiency of the Husker point after touchdown conversion trio, Bill Sloan, kicker; Alex Fink, holder, and Dick Short, the center. After each Husker touchdown this fall, these three have filed in. On only one previous instance had they failed to connect.
Saturday, they had four chances. All were close, but none successful.
Kansas State’s one scoring opportunity came in the second period.
It carried to the Husker 13. Although the Wildcats had reached these pleasant surroundings by rushing, they then began throwing passes. The last appeared headed for Omaha, it was that far off the target.
John Sedlacek started the Huskers off in the second half when he curled around Alva Bandy’s fumble on K-State’s 10. The Wildcats fought off the inevitable for a few plays, but fumbled again and Chick Story came up with it.
Fischer pitched a short jump pass to Alex Schneider, who ambled into the end zone untouched to snare Nebraska’s second touchdown.
Cletus Fischer’s 27-yard sprint, followed by an 18-yard run from a spread formation, sparked Nebraska’s longest sustained march. The march started on the Husker 37 and closed when Phil Young smacked left guard for two yards and a touchdown.
The Huskers took full advantage of Kansas State’s apparent bog down whipped over the final counter, which started with Art Bauer’s interception of a short pass by Harris. He wheeled back to the Wildcat 25.
Young and Fischer alternated on six plays, which found Young punching through center for the last seven yards.
The Huskers held every advantage known in football. They were faster, played more alertly, recovering three of the four Wildcat fumbles and permitting but one of their own three miscues to go to the enemy.
At times, Potsy Clark’s team actually appeared brilliant. They kept the Wildcats puzzled with a spread formation from which they both passed and ran.
Those who have followed Nebraska throughout the season are confident they will finish with two victories over South Dakota and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The Huskers had the press coop puzzled with a first down punt in the fourth quarter when they were on K-State’s 25-yard line.
Somebody figured it that there were only a few shopping days left until Christmas and the Yule spirit already was evident.
Nebraska is 78-15 all-time against Kansas State.
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