Nebraska 39
Iowa State 14

Oct. 2, 1954 • Memorial Stadium, Lincoln

Husker Spree Hangs IS on Ropes, 39-14

From his worm's-eye spot, Dan Brown couldn't see very well. He'll be happy to know that his lateral started Dennis Korinek to a 15-yard touchdown — the one which put NU ahead to stay. JOHN SAVAGE/THE WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — With 10 minutes and 45 seconds left, Nebraska was locked in a 14-14 deadlock with Iowa State Saturday afternoon.

Then the Huskers cut loose with a 25-point scoring spree which left the Cyclones hanging on the ropes and gasping for breath, victims of a 39-14 whipping.

An estimated crowd of 30 thousand hardly could believe what was happening when Coach Bill Glassford’s frisky substitutes put on one of the fastest-scoring outbreaks ever seen in Memorial Stadium.

The Cyclones wilted completely that last 10 minutes.

Penalty Stops Iowans

They had solid hopes of winning early in the last period when they had possession of the ball and looked capable of breaking the 14-14 tie in their favor.

But the Cyclone march was slowed by a holding penalty. Then the Iowa State bubble was shattered.

Gary Lutz fumbled when Andy Loehr tackled him hard and Tackle Don Glantz recovered on the Cyclone 40.

That seemed to be the straw that broke the Iowa State spirit.

It took Nebraska only four plays to eat up that 40 yards and go ahead for the first time.

Dennis Korinek, filling in after Ron Clark had injured his ankle, broke the deadlock on a play starting from the 15.

Dan Brown waited until the last moment to feed him a wide lateral and Korinek ran untouched into the end zone.

Edwards Blocks 2 Foes

Loehr’s point made it 21-14. And the touchdowns came fast and furious the rest of the way.

A few minutes later Daryl Hobbs fumbled a hand-off and Glantz again was in the right spot at the right time. He recovered on the Husker 30.

On the very next play, Don Erway fed a delayed lateral to Korinek, and again Dennis went all the way.

He reversed his field midway in the 70-yard run and finally was broken into the open when John Edwards blocked out two Cyclones on a beautiful play.

Soph Center Scores

It didn’t matter this time that the extra point kick was missed, because the Huskers had a 27-14 margin with 5:15 left.

The Husker third-stringers came in at this point and poured it on the tired and bewildered visitors.

Hobbs, trying to pass, juggled the ball into the air when a gang of Huskers swarmed in on him. The ball dropped into the arms of Laverne Torczon, soph center from Platte Center.

All he has to do was run—and he did it, 19 yards for a touchdown.

Harris Complete Rout

Sylvester Harris, junior fullback from Kansas City, scored the last six points. He took a pitch-out from Gordon Englert and hot-footed it 61 yards to complete the rout in the last two minutes.

It was the Huskers’ own fault that they had to settle for a 7-7 tie in the first half.

Four times in the first two periods they gave the ball away on fumbles in enemy territory. Each time it was erratic timing on hand-offs that caused the bobbles.

Brown was guilty twice, Erway the same number of times. But both of them made up for it with beautiful timing on their hand-offs and pitch-outs the rest of the afternoon.

Nifty Pass Plays

The Cyclones scored first after Nebraska had lost the ball on the IS 47 and again on the 49.

On the second play of the second period, IS took a 7-0 lead when Bruce Alexander plunged the last two yards and Dick Callahan kicked the point.

Nebraska fumbled away two more chances—losing the ball on the enemy 28 and 47 — before getting the tying points with six minutes left in the first half.

A nifty 45-yard pass play featuring Sophomores Erway and Willie Greenlaw broke the Husker drouth.

Punt Goes Out on 1

Willie caught Erway’s throw on the dead run on the 30, then cut back toward the middle and let his blockers go to work. They did their jobs and Greenlaw scampered to his first college points.

Iowa State held the ball for all but one play in the first 10 minutes of the third period.

A beautiful punt by Barney Alleman went out of bounds on the Husker one and Greenlaw’s kick from the end zone was returned to the Husker 34.

Alexander ran the last five yards for his second touchdown and Callahan made it 14-7 with his second kick.

Erway Fakes, Tallies

But the Cyclones were beginning to show signs of folding and Nebraska came back quickly with a 62-yard march in 10 plays, Erway carrying the last three yards for a touchdown on a neat fake play.

Pev Evans’s second kick tied it — and you already know what happened in that shocking fourth quarter.

In winning its first Big Seven Conference game of the season, Nebraska gained 440 yards, all but 57 of it on the ground.

Help for Veterans

Iowa State made 21 first downs to 16 for Nebraska. But that didn’t matter. The fatal letdown the last 10 minutes offset Iowa State’s great bid for 50 minutes.

As pleasant as the winning score was the fact that the Huskers—particularly the sophomores—suddenly found themselves under fire.

Off this game, indications are that newcomers named Erway, Greenlaw, Berguin, Torczon, etc. will be giving lots of help to veterans the rest of the way.


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Oregon State Oct. 16
Colorado Oct. 23
Missouri Oct. 30
Kansas Nov. 6
Pittsburgh Nov. 13
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