Nebraska 27
Iowa State 19

Nov. 7, 1953 • Clyde Williams Field, Ames, Iowa

Huskers Romp, 27-19; Subs See Late Duty

Husker sophomore Jon McWilliams scores his first career touchdown on a 10-yard carry. JOHN SAVAGE/THE WORLD-HERALD

Editor's note: The game story below contains language that would not meet current World-Herald publishing standards, though it has been posted in full as it ran in print in 1953 to adhere to this archive's aim to be an accurate historical record.

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AMES, Iowa — Nebraska Saturday finally found an opponent it could handle easily enough to permit use of the second-string lineup and give the regulars some relief.

The winning margin over Iowa State was only 27-19. But the 12 thousand Parents Day fans realized it wasn’t as close as that sounds.

Coach Bill Glassford let his second-stringers play a little more than 10 minutes of the fourth quarter after the Huskers had built a substantial lead of 27-6.

Connor Seriously Hurt

Instead of predicted rain or snow, the game was played in bright sunshine on a dry field, though blankets were standard equipment for fans as the temperature stayed in the middle 40’s.

The victory was achieved despite the loss of Tackle Ted Connor in the second quarter. And he may be out for the rest of the season.

Connor, senior from Hastings, was left in the Iowa State College Hospital for observation when the team returned Saturday night.

Ted Resting Well

Ted was kicked in the back of the head as he arose after making a block.

He was out cold for a few minutes. But he regained consciousness after being carried to the nearby hospital on a stretcher.

He suffered a concussion. But he was resting well when the rest of the part left Ames.

Doctors thought it might be possible to move him to Lincoln Sunday or Monday if no complications develop.

McWilliams Tallies Twice

After a 14-6 first half, the Huskers broke the game wide open with two more touchdowns within the first 10 minutes of the second half.

They carried 78 yards after receiving the third period kick-off, with Bob Smith dashing 52 yards to the seven.

He seemed headed all the way. But Dick Cox nudged him out of bounds.

Sophomore Jon McWilliams, high-stepping Sidney, Neb., Negro, danced six yards for his second touchdown, after Ray Novak had made a yard.

Then a few minutes later, John Bordogna turned in the afternoon’s most spectacular run as a make-up for his fumble which had lost the ball on the Husker 32.

Bill Plantan faded back to throw a long pass. But it sailed into the arms of Bordogna instead of a Cyclone receiver.

John made the interception on the Husker 11 and set off down the west sidelines.

His mates furnished some fine blocking, with End Andy Loehr making the key knockdown which broke Bordogna into the clear.

Husker Punt Blocked

He kept going until an 89-yard run had been completed. Novak’s third extra-point kick made it 27-6. And the Huskers coasted thereafter.

Against the subs early in the last period, the Cyclones completed a 74-yard march when Dan Rice went the last two yards to score.

One of sophomore John Edwards’ punts was blocked to set up the other late Iowa State touchdown.

That gave the ball to the Cyclones 36 yards from the Husker goal and Max Burkett drove the last yard with only 1:36 left.

Loehr Snags Passes

The Huskers marched 80 and 85 yards for their first-half touchdowns.

Loehr caught two passes from Bordogna for the biggest gains on the first drive.

First he grabbed a short toss and ran 45 yards to the Cyclone 39. A few plays later he latched onto another throw for 14 yards to the 16.

Bordogna sneaked the last yard on two tries.

Double Reverse Clicks

Before the second Husker touchdown, Iowa State picked up six points after Bordogna had taken a wild gamble with a pass from the Nebraska five.

Safety Man Plantan intercepted it and was chased out of bounds on the Husker 20.

From there, a tricky double reverse cut Plantan loose for the touchdown.

Plantan started the play with a hand-off to Burkett, who took a couple of steps and fed the ball to Gary Lutz.

Lutz ran a few steps and gave it back to Plantan — who found the left side of the Husker line without defenders.

McWilliams Breaks Loose

Plantan elected to try a pass for the extra point and it went wild. So the home forces trailed, 7-6.

After the next kick-off, Nebraska went 80 yards without losing the ball.

McWilliams was the big gun of this drive.

He cut loose around the Cyclone right wing on a 42-yard run to the IS 38, then a few plays later scooted the last 10 yards after taking a delayed hand-off from Bordogna.

.500 in Big Seven

The victory gave Nebraska a .500 rating on two wins and two losses in the Big Seven, and made the year’s record 3-4-1 — with Colorado and Oklahoma left to play at Lincoln.

Nebraska had total yardage from scrimmage of 294 to Iowa State’s 287, and the Cyclones had a 14-12 edge in first downs.

But there never was a moment when the Cyclones looked like winners.

Smith wound up with 113 yards gained to boost his bid to overtake Oklahoma’s Larry Grigg as the leading ground gainer in the Big Seven.

‘Always Afraid Here’

McWilliams gained 68 yards and Bordogna completed four of seven passes for 78 yards.

“That was a good one to win,” Coach Glassford said after the battle. “I’m always afraid over here.

“I was pleased with the showing our reserves made, Tackled Bill Holloran in particular for the was he filled in for Connor.”

Coach Abe Stuber of the losers congratulated the Huskers, saying “You were simply too strong for us up front.”


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