Oregon State 28
Nebraska 12

Nov. 27, 1948 • Multnomah Stadium, Portland, Oregon

Husker Bid Comes Far Too Late, 28-12

Nebraska's Dick Hutton runs for a 20-yard gain. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Collopy Carries Scarlet Offensive Load; Hutton Dents Beaver Defense

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Huskers followed their usual script here Saturday as they bowed to Oregon State by a 28-12 margin.

As in most of their eight losing games this year, they let the enemy get a safe margin, then became real frisky.

By scoring twice in the last period, Coach Potsy Clark’s Nebraskans preserved their record of never having been shut out even if they did win only two games in a long, dismal season.

Frank (Junior) Collopy of Scottsbluff was the Nebraska standout, in his final college game.

He played the entire time Nebraska had possession of the ball, and did the hardest running of his career in the fourth quarter.

Hutton Recovers

Up to this game, Frank had confined most of his offensive play this year to blocking. But they cut him loose in the last 10 minutes, and he came through splendidly.

The score was 28-6 when Dick Hutton recovered a Beaver fumble to give Nebraska the ball on its 36-yard line.

At that point, Collopy became a ball carrier and engineered a nonstop 64-yard scoring march.

He broke through a hole at center and ran 31 yards by bouncing off half a dozen would-be tacklers. Then he passed to Ralph Damkroger for 10 yards.

The Scottsbluff tow-head then fed a pass to Hutton for a first down on the 11-yard line.

Collopy Scores

And it took Junior only two cracks from there to score a touchdown. He ran over the Beavers for five yards, then cut inside tackle and stepped six yards for a score with four minutes left in the game.

The other Nebraska score was made on the first play of the last period.

It was a perfectly-timed screen pass, Del Wiegand whipping the ball to Hutton as the Auburn speedster stood behind a wall of blockers on the Beaver 22-yard line.

The blockers did their chores well on this play. And when the last Beaver tackled Dick three yards away from the goal line, he made a dive and refused to hit the turf until he was in the end zone.

Beavers Dominate

That chance had been set up by a thrilling play which gained 59 yards.

Wiegand passed to Bob Schneider, and the Nebraska City end ran about 25 yards. When he was tackled, he scooped a lateral to Don Strasheim, Kimball sophomore.

That’s Nebraska’s offensive story. The rest of the afternoon Coach Lonnie Stiner’s Beavers entertained 12,900 fans with some fine football despite a muddy field.

Ken Carpenter and Dick Twenge were the leading ground gainers. Carpenter averaged 7.8 yards a carry and scored one touchdown. Twenge scored twice and gained 52 yards.

In addition to a touchdown in each period, the Beavers added two points on a safety. It came when one of Wiegand’s desperation-passes was grounded back of the goal line.

Gray Hikes Count

The first Oregon points came on the closing play of the first period. Twenge making the necessary three yards.

Dick Gray made a pretty 21-yard scoring run for the points which made it 13-0 at the half.

The third Oregon State touchdown came quickly after intermission. Don Samuel returned the kick-off 38 yards to the Nebraska 48-yard line, and a score came five plays later.

This was another short plunge by Twenge, after a Samuel pass to End Bob Grove had gained 34 yards.

Carpenter added the other Beaver touchdown between the Husker scores in the last period. It was a nine-yard run, after Carpenter had made gains of 11 and 15 yards.

33 Huskers Play

All but two of the 35 Huskers who made the trip got into action.

End George Bostwick and Fullback Phil Young didn’t suit up. Bostwick had an old injury and Young was lame from a practice leg injury which wasn’t thought to be serious until Saturday morning.

The Huskers were turned loose for an evening of relaxation in Portland after the game.

They will leave for home Sunday morning, reaching Lincoln Tuesday in time for classes.


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1948 season (2-8)

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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
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