Kansas State 27
Nebraska 0

Oct. 3, 1953

Outhustled Huskers Absorb 27-0 Defeat


Rex Fischer makes a tackle against Kansas State. LAWRENCE ROBINSON/THE WORLD-HERALD


MANHATTAN, Kan. — Nebraska still is without a football victory in 1953 — and will be a long time achieving one, on the basis of Saturday’s play.

Kansas State trounced the favored Huskers, 27-0, to set an all-time record for the 38-year history of this series.

It was the largest score a Wildcat team ever has made against Nebraska.

12,500 See Domination

It was K-State’s first win over the Huskers since a 19-0 triumph in 1942, and was only the fifth time Nebraska has lost to the perennial Big Seven cellar champs in 38 meetings.

The 12,500 Parents Day spectators sat stunned as the Wildcats completely dominated the game to give Coach Bill Meek’s K-Staters their first conference win since a 1949 victory over Colorado.

Brown Bobbles Costly

It was Kansas State’s game at every turn. Nebraska could do nothing right. KS could do nothing wrong.

Two of the four touchdowns were set up on fumbles by Dan Brown, sub quarterback, deep in Husker territory.

But the other two were earned convincingly, as the Wildcat linemen outcharged the Huskers and the backs gave their visitors a lesson in blocking and running.

Guard Tom O’Doyle led an aggressive Wildcat line to amazing superiority over the same Huskers who outcharged Illinois just a week ago.

Bordogna, Glantz Okay

The winners made 242 yards on the ground to 101 for Nebraska and added 76 yards on passes to the Huskers’ 55.

There was at least some good news for the Husker fans after the shocking upset.

X-rays late Saturday revealed Johnny Bordogna and Guard Don Glantz, injured during the game, will be available for next week’s clash at Pittsburgh.

Bordogna, who left in the third quarter with an injured left arm, suffered only a torn ligament and is expected to be ready for drills in three of four days.

A Sad Admittance

Glantz, taken to a Manhattan hospital with a jammed neck suffered in the fourth quarter, returned to Lincoln Saturday night after examination by Trainer Paul Schneider, who found no serious injury.

A sad Coach Bill Glassford admitted in the dressing room that "they outhit us and outhustled us all the way; Kansas State was a much better ball club than Nebraska today."

The gory details of the afternoon start out with Nebraska losing the ball on downs on the KS 21 in the first period.

Early Warning

Rex Fischer slipped and fell when he had a clear path to what would have been a first down.

That seemed to signal the dreary afternoon that was to come for the thousand Nebraskans who made the trip.

Early in the second period, Brown was guilty of the same sort of bobble he made last week to give Illinois one of its touchdowns.

In with the second Husker team, Brown fumbled and Tackle Ron Nery recovered on the Nebraska two.

Whitehead Sneaks Over

Bob Whitehead sneaked over for a touchdown on the next play, and Bob Dahnke’s kick made it 7-0.

Then, in the same period, Kansas State marched 79 yards on rushing plays, the last 49 against the Husker first team.

Dahnke ran 15 after faking a pass and Corky Taylor made 19 on an end sweep for the biggest moves — with Veryl Switzer going nine to the touchdown.

The Husker somehow kept the wildcats from scoring in the third period. But the rout became complete in the fourth.

A Necessity

Brown was in now as a necessity, after Bordogna had been injured, and he made his second costly fumble just before the last period opened.

This time End Paul Crandell recovered only six yards from the Husker goal. Taylor made the last three yards for a touchdown on the first play of the last period.

Jon McWilliams was the main Husker ball carrier in the fourth period when the team switched from the T to the single wing.

Jon did some frisky running at times. But he fumbled once to give the Wildcats the ball on the Husker 41.

Rough Row to Hoe

A few plays later End Ed Pence sneaked into the open back of the confused Husker secondary and snagged a pass from Whitehead for a touchdown.

The K-Staters added the final stroke of contempt for the favored Huskers by sending Taylor scooting around end for the extra point that made it 27-0.

This was one the Huskers had to win.

They not only lost it — but probably lost Bordogna and Glantz as well.

So let’s not even this about what’s to come in succeeding weeks. First Pittsburgh, then Miami, then Missouri — ouch, let’s stop thinking about it.

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Series history

Nebraska is 78-15 all-time against Kansas State.

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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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