Missouri 23
Nebraska 7

Oct. 24, 1953

Outcharged Nebraska Mastered by Mizzou

Here's a poetic story of Nebraska's brief glory: It's a pass to Loehr. He gains 10 yards to the four. On the next play there's a score. Sadly, for Nebraska, no more. JOHN SAVAGE/THE WORLD-HERALD

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri’s Tigers suddenly came to life Saturday after Nebraska had scored one touchdown and moved within 11 yards of another.

After that early outbreak, the Huskers were through for the day — and Coach Don Faurot’s Bengals roared back for a 23-7 victory which made a beautiful day complete for 26 thousand homecoming fans.

The first quarter gave more than a thousand visiting Nebraska followers reason to think Coach Bill Glassford’s Huskers might be able to end the long jinx on this field.

But their hopes didn’t last long one the Tigers started to click. Mizzou made it eight wins in a row over Nebraska at Columbia, where the Huskers haven’t won since 1937.

Two Iron Men

Quarterback John Bordogna and Tackle Jerry Minnick went the full 60 minutes for the third game in a row. But all of the other Husker starters were given relief as 23 saw action.

Nebraska was given a quick scoring chance when Missouri lost the ball on a fumble three plays after the opening kick-off.

Bob Bauman let the ball get away and Minnick recovered on the Mizzou 22.

It took the Huskers just five plays to go the 22 yards for a touchdown, Bob Smith moving the last four. Ray Novak’s kick made it 7-0 with only three minutes and 15 seconds played.

Penalty Stops Drive

The Husker linemen were outcharging the Tigers at this point and continued to dominate play the rest of the opening period.

They marched down the field and had the ball on the Tiger 14, when a five-yard penalty for backs-in-motion seemed to put out the fire.

After that setback, the drive bogged down and the ball was lost on downs on the 11.

From that moment on, Missouri became a complete master of the Huskers.

A Clear Warning

Halfback Bob Schoonmaker drove to all three of Missouri’s touchdowns and Ed Merrifield kicked all three extra points.

Then a blocked punt added a safety and two points in the final minute of play.

It wasn’t so bad at the half, when the score was a 7-7 tie. But the warning to Husker fans had been clear.

The tying points were built on an 89-yard march that saw the Tiger linemen suddenly getting the jump on the Huskers — just the reverse of that had happened the first quarter.

Bauman Makes Amends

Bauman made up for his early fumble by going 39 yards on a one thrust to feature the march.

He shot through a quick opening in the middle and zig-zagged to the Husker 25 before a gang of Nebraska dropped him.

But that was only delaying the inevitable. Two plays later End Pete Corpeny made a nice catch of Tony Scardino’s pass and was pulled down by Dennis Korinek on the two.

Scardino sneaked for a yard before Schoonmaker blasted for the home team’s first points.

Tigers Strike Swiftly

But the deadlock didn’t last long into the second half. In fact, only two minutes and 20 seconds.

Schoonmaker raced back 47 yards with the third-quarter kick-off and it took the Bengals only five more plays to move the remaining 40 yards.

Bauman got 21 yards on one scamper and Corpeny caught another pass on the two to set up Schoonmaker's second touchdown.

Before that third period had been completed, Missouri had made another 60-yard march for a 21-7 margin.

Scardino Baffles Scarlet

Schoonmaker again plunged the last two yards, after Scardino had kept the Huskers defense baffled with a mixture of hand-ffs, pitch-outs and passes.

A holding penalty checked another Missouri bid in the fourth period. And still another drive ended with loss of the ball on downs on the Husker four.

After getting the ball in that position, the Huskers couldn’t move out and Bordogna had to try a punt while standing deep in the end zone.

Harold Burnine, 6-2 sub end, came rushing in to black the boot. The ball bounced out of the end zone before anybody could touch it for an automatic safety and two points.

Sad Story in Statistics

The statistics tell the sad story of Missouri’s mastery of a Husker team still seeking its first Big Seven win of the year.

Nebraska was held to 94 yards on the ground and 56 in the air, while Mizzou made 276 rushing and 153 on passes.

There was only one matter in which Nebraska excelled. For the first time this season the Huskers didn't give the ball away on any fumbles.

But Missouri was so much better after the first quarter that no such help was needed.


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1953 season (3-6-1)

Oregon Sept. 19
Illinois Sept. 26
Kansas State Oct. 3
Pittsburgh Oct. 10
Miami (FL) Oct. 17
Missouri Oct. 24
Kansas Oct. 31
Iowa State Nov. 7
Colorado Nov. 14
Oklahoma Nov. 21

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