#20 Pittsburgh 34
Nebraska 0

Oct. 12, 1957 • Pitt Stadium, Pittsburgh

Pitt Coach Charitable After Huskers Belted

Pittsburgh's Dick Haley intercepts a pass from Nebraska's Charles Smith in the end zone. JOHN SAVAGE/THE WORLD-HERALD

PITTSBURGH — Discretion was the better part of Pittsburgh coach Johnny Michelosen’s sportsmanship Saturday following a 34-0 prance past the University of Nebraska football team.

“There isn’t much to say,” the Pitt boss remarked. “We won.”

Guard John Guzik, one of the huge enemy forwards who constantly butchered the Huskers’ offense, was more frank.

Mostly Disorganized

“Nebraska looked good at times,” he remarked while peeling his gear from a 223-pound frame. Then he added:

“But it was disorganized most of the time.”

He would get no argument from Nebraska coach Bill Jennings, who said his lads “played hard but not well.”

In slightly more than four minutes Pittsburgh had reduced its day’s work to experimentation with second and third-stringers.

Quick-Kick Blocked

End Dick Scherer hustled the opening kick-off 23 yards to the Panther 29.

Eight plays later halfback Joe Scisly barged two yards for a touchdown. And 53 seconds after that the Easterners boasted a 14-0 lead.

The second score was made possible by guard Dick Carr’s block of an attempted quick-kick by Husker fullback Jerry Brown. Scherer picked up the ball and loped 15 yards to the end zone.

Surprisingly, the Panthers then were held off until two minutes remained in the half.

Passes to Gob

A pack of Pitt bruisers forced a fumble by Brown and Jim Lenhart, third-string quarterback, recovered on the Nebraska 33.

It took seven plays to reach the 10, from where Lenhart pitched to end Art Gob over the goal line. Gob, a 6-foot-4 junior, and defender Jim Hergenreter reached for the ball at the same split second.

Gob won, and sophomore Ivan Toncic converted for the third straight time for a 21-0 half-time bulge.

Five Straight Carries

Fumble recoveries by Brown and Larry Naviaux, and Clarence Cook’s good play on a fourth-down pass kept Pitt from adding to the total in the third period.

Coach Michelosen sent his regulars onto the field at the beginning of the fourth quarter with a third-and-one situation on the Cornhusker 18.

Fred Riddle, 192-pound fullback, assaulted Nebraska’s line five straight times.; He scored from the one.

A yawning crowd of 40,043 was brought to its feet late in the game by the day’s only spectacular play.

Blocking is Brutal

Pitt had a first down on the U.N. 29.

The ball went from quarterback Toncic to halfback Dick Haley to halfback Scisly. And with blockers smashing Huskers to the turf on all sides of the play, Scisly swung wide to his left and galloped all the way.

Spectators gasped and groaned, so brutal was the blocking.

The Cornhuskers played hard enough to deserve the touchdown they almost made in the opening period.

Intercepted on Goal

They were trailing, 14-0, when guard Stu Howerter’s thudding tackle made Haley drop the ball, Gene Sandage recovered on the Pitt 33.

George Cifra plowed for four yards and quarterback Charles Smith tagged end Bill Hawkins with a jump pass on the 17. Three plays later Smith spiraled a good pass to Dick Prusia in the end zone.

But Haley bounded into the picture and pirated the ball on the goal line to atone for his fumble.

Rushing Net 64 Yards

There were no other bright spots offensively for Nebraska, which was outdowned, 28-4, and could produce only 64 net yards rushing.

The Huskers tried only five passes, completing one.

Fullback Brown was the most effective runner, and he gathered only 23 yards on six carries. Doug Thomas, doing valiant relief work at quarterback, also totaled 23 yards but carried a dozen times.

Scisly was the victors’ biggest producer, picking up 109 yards in 13 trips.


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1957 season (1-9)

Washington State Sept. 21
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Kansas State Oct. 5
Pittsburgh Oct. 12
Syracuse Oct. 19
Missouri Oct. 26
Kansas Nov. 2
Iowa State Nov. 9
Colorado Nov. 16
Oklahoma Nov. 23

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