Nebraska 27
Kansas State 14

Oct. 11, 1952 • Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.

Bob Reynolds Lost as Cornhuskers Win

Say it isn't so! But, Husker fans, it's true ... Bob Reynolds is injured during a nine-yard gain which may be his last college football play. JOHN SAVAGE/THE WORLD-HERALD

Kansas State Loses, 27-14, in Rough Tilt

Shoulder Separation Ends College Play for Nebraska Back

Memorial Stadium, Lincoln — Injury brought an end to a brilliant Bob Reynolds’s collegiate football career Saturday to cloud a bruising 27-14 decision over Kansas State by Nebraska.

The senior halfback, who earned All-American honors as a sophomore, left the game four minutes after the second quarter started.

He hit the ground hard after a nine-yard run to the five-yard line from the spread formation — and got up clutching his left shoulder.

The injury was described as a separation of the shoulder. After the game, Coach Bill Glassford said he had been informed Reynolds was lost for the season.

Pressed for Victory

A similar injury to the other shoulder kept Reynolds out of the first four game a year ago and hampered him the rest of the season.

Reynolds said, however, he thought the injury was "more like a bruise" and hoped he wouldn’t be out of action long.

Officials said they couldn’t be sure of the extent of the injury until they studied X-rays of the shoulder.

The Huskers managed to roll up a 21-7 half-time lead by scoring two touchdowns after Reynolds left.

But during the last half they operated like a machine with one sparkplug missing.

They sputtered on offense and leaked badly on pass defense; were hard pressed to register their fourth straight victory.

Crowd Near Record

The 40 thousand fans who may have set a Stadium attendance record (pending an official count) saw one of the longest, roughest games in many years.

Whereas last week’s game ended at 4:01, this contest lasted until 4:50 because so much time was taken out to carry injured players off the field.

The Wildcats lost the most players but gave the Huskers all they could handle.

Husker Sports Publicist John Bentley wasn’t far wrong when he saw a man walking out on the field with a little box after the game, and quipped:

"See that guy with the box; he’s picking up teeth."

Defense Vicious

Statistics show the game was closer than the score indicates.

Nebraska had a total net gain of 325 yards to Kansas State’s 277.

Both figures will mar Nebraska’s previous averages of 406 gained and 167 on defense, which ranked the team high in the nation statistically.

The Wildcats threw up such a vicious defense that Coach Glassford’s crew had to open up for the first time.

Burden on Bordogna

They used the spread formation almost as much as the T, and Johnny Bordogna carried a terrific load after Reynolds was lost.

Bordogna wound up running for 143 yards, completing three passes out of nine and doing quite a bit of defensive work.

The issue wasn’t settled until late in the last period because Kansas State featured a fine passing attack.

Carl Albacher, a sophomore quarter from Pittsburgh, Pa., completed 17 of 32 throws for 169 yards.

Passes Carry K-State

Jack McShulskis, former Army end, was the ace receiver. He scored both Kansas State touchdowns on tosses from Albacher and probably would have done more damage if he hadn’t gone out with an injured side in the last period.

The Huskers drove 50 yards for their first touchdowns and a 7-0 first quarter lead, Bordgona sneaking the last two yards.

K-State marched 58 yards to get a 7-7 tie early in the second chapter.

Four passes were completed on this drive, the touchdown toss McShulskis going the last five yards.

Interference Called

Nebraska came back with a 66-yard scoring march, mostly from the spread and with the help of an interference penalty.

Officials charge Dick Towers with interference on Dennis Korinek as he tried to field a long throw from Bordogna. It was good for a 31-yard gain to the 15.

Then Reynolds made his nine-yard run — his last of the day.

Two plays after Bob left, Ray Novak smashed the last three yards and Korinek kicked the point for a 14-7 lead.

Bordogna Leads Drive

A 56-yard parade netter another touchdown before intermission, Bordogna running 15, eight and 17 yards from the spread.

A roughing penalty on Kansas State added 15 yards on this march. Bordogna wedged the last yard fro his second score and a 21-7 half-time lead.

If any one thought the victory was sewed up at this point, he had another guess coming.

The enlightenment came early in the second half, when the Albacher-to-McShulskis aerial show featured a 74-yard Wildcat march which cut the lead to 21-14.

Husker Defense Holds

McShulskis made a running catch on the five-yard line for his fifth reception of this series and carried Carl Brasee and Dan Brown over the goal line with him.

It wasn’t long until the Wildcats were knocking again, They advanced from the Husker 49 to the six and seemed headed to a deadlock.

It took some terrific work by Husker defensive hands, mainly Bill Schabacker, Jerry Minnick and Don Boll, to throw back the threat.

Nebraska finally took the ball on downs on the six but fans couldn’t relax until the Huskers got themselves another touchdown.

Thayer Seals Win

Bordogna punted out of bounds on the Kansas State four midway in the fourth period to put the tiring visitors in a bad hole.

Bill Thayer ran back the return punt to the enemy 25-yard line. It took only five plays to score from there.

On the payoff play, fourth down from the five, Borgodna drew the defense in close and then tosses a wide lateral to Thayer.

The soph from Rapid City, S.D., galloped into the end zone to seal the verdict.


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1952 season (5-4-1)

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