Colorado 19
Nebraska 6

Oct. 9, 1948 • Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado

Colorado's Air Arm Collars Scarlet, 19-6


The old stiff-arm is in action as Don Hagin shoves an unidentified Husker away and gobbles up a few extra yard to the Husker 40 after squirting through a wide hole in Nebraska line. JOHN SAVAGE/THE WORLD-HERALD


Keyed Buffs Tally Crusher Late in Half

Collopy Notches Only Score After TooGood Stops Attempted Punt

BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado's surprising football team outplayed Nebraska from starting whistle to final gun here Saturday.

The richly deserved 19-6 victory treated 23 thousand fans at the Buffaloes' first home game in the Big Seven Conference.

Coach Dallas Ward had his Coloradoans "up", while Coach Potsy Clark's Huskers were far below their form against Minnesota last week.

The real pay-off play came as the first half ended. Colorado had a first down on the Nebraska 40-yard line, with the seconds running out.

Harry Narcisian faded back to pass, as Ends John Zisch and Ed Pudlik ran far down the field.

Pudlik Gets Into Clear

Pudlik got into the clear behind Dick Hutton, and took the ball on the dead run at the five-yard line.

The gun barked as he scooted into the end zone for the touchdown which broke a 6-6 deadlock.

That 13-6 halftime margin was plenty for victory. But the Buffaloes added another for good measure early in the fourth period.

This one, too, was scored at the expense of the top Husker weakness-poor pass defense.

The play started 21 yards out. Narcisian found Arlie Berry open, rifled the ball to him, and it was an easy touchdown.

One of five Nebraska fumbles paved the way for the first Colorado points in the second period.

Cletus Fischer Fumbles

Dick Stevens recovered the bobble by Cletus Fischer on the Husker 18-yard line. Narcisian got to the three in two runs. Then Don Hagin cracked the line for a touchdown.

The Huskers gained a 6-6 deadlock seven minutes later and it took a blocked punt to prevent a shut-out.

Charley TooGood threw his 240 pounds in front of Don Evans's punt, and Alex Cochrane recovered on the one-yard line.

Frank Collopy plunged for the tying points. Gerry Moore's try for a 7-6 lead failed.

The Huskers made only one other threat. That was when Del Wiegand and Howard Fletcher completed two straight passes in the last quarter.

The second one was good for 46 yards, to the Buffs' 15 yard-line, where fleet Narcisian ran Fletcher down.

Ferguson Bobbles

But Gerry Ferguson let the ball squirt out of his hands when he was tackled hard two plays later, and Pete Cook fell on the ball on the 16.

Besides being listless, the Huskers were hurt by the absence of Bobby Costello and Fischer throughout the second half. Both were injured in the first half and sat out the rest of the game.

Kirk Lee, the Fremont sophomore who had been primed for his debut here, didn't see any action at all. He came up lame Saturday morning as the result of a practice fall Friday.

The statistics show how completely Colorado dominated play. They made 16 first downs to nine for Nebraska, gained 284 yards to 150 for the visitors.

They ran over the Husker guard positions almost at will, and completed six of 13 pass attempts.

Tackles Pete Thompson and Douglas Nelson were much too good for the Husker forwards, and Guard Bob Spicer was a brilliant blocker. So the Huskers took a sound thumping in a game which had been counted as one of three on their schedule they could win.

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Series history

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1948 season (2-8)

Iowa State Sept. 25
Minnesota Oct. 2
Colorado Oct. 9
Notre Dame Oct. 16
Kansas Oct. 23
UCLA Oct. 30
Kansas State Nov. 6
Oklahoma Nov. 13
Missouri Nov. 20
Oregon State Nov. 27

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