WEST POINT, N.Y. — “We have a long ways to go and I don’t know when we will get there,” Nebraska’s disappointed football coach said Saturday.
Bill Jennings had just seen the Cornhuskers suffer a humiliating defeat for the second straight week. This time it was Army, which won, 42-0, an even worse debacle than the 34-12 slaughter by Washington State.
Against the Cougars, Nebraska did nothing right.
Here at West Point, Nebraska did nothing period.
Army scored the first three times it had the ball. The count was 14-0 at the quarter — with the Cadets six inches from their third touchdown.
By half-time, Army was rumbling along, 28-0.
After the intermission coach Earl Blaik swept the bench as the Cadets toyed in a forward pass rehearsal that netted two more touchdowns.
It was Army carelessness, more than a Husker comeback, that held down the score the final two periods. The Cadets blew several scoring opportunities.
Badly outclassed, the visitors couldn’t complete a forward pass until midway in the fourth quarter.
While Army showed some promise of becoming a national football power, the Huskers blocked poorly and at times tackled miserably.
Nebraska was not outsmarted in defensive maneuvering. The Huskers were in position to meet the Army offense but apparently couldn’t or wouldn’t do anything about it.
The rout was so convincing that early in the third quarter the crowd of 20,500 started leaving. The concrete tiers and bleachers were only about half-filled at the final gun.
Among those remaining were approximately nine hundred Nebraska rooters, including many alumni of the New York area.
Those faithful got only two thrills — and both were more the result of Army errors than anything the Cornhuskers did on their own.
Nebraska was trailing, 28-0, with three minutes left in the half when George Cifra recovered Cadet Harry Walter’s fumble on the Army 12.
Halfback Bennie Dillard hustled around the Army left flank and into the end zone on the first play. But an over-energetic U.N. lineman had charged offside and the ball was set back to the 17.
Dillard wasn’t called on again until fourth down.
He responded with six yards. That, plus an earlier four by Cifra left Nebraska five yards short.
There were no other Husker cheers until the final 25 seconds, when again an Army bobble provided an opportunity. This time Stuart Howerter recovered on the Cadet 35.
Halfback Jim Hergenreter got 22 yards against a third-string lineup and used up 15 seconds.
There was time for one more play but the ball never reached the quarterback’s hands. It squirted onto the sod and the clock ran out while the referee was untangling the pile.
Using the game as a tune-up, Army sent six players over for touchdowns.
The Cadets also relieved the monotony by plunging for an extra point, a stunt seldom seen in collegiate ball.
The Army touchdown parade:
No. 1 — Bob Anderson hit the Nebraska left side, then cut back from the six. The drive carried 46 yards after the kick-off. Dave Bourland almost ran the opening kick 98. He was brought down from behind by Jerry Petersen.
No. 2 — Pete Dawkins plunged from the one. He bumped Leo George on the five and bounced over.
No. 3 — Bin Barta rammed from six inches on the first play of the sexond quarter. The Cadets had moved 64 yards in 10 plays.
No. 4 — Bourland hit Bill Graf on the three from the 17 and the end fell into the end zone. An interception had spotted Army the ball on its 41.
No. 5 — Bourland ran from the 11 on a keeper, leaving a half-dozen Huskers on the turf. The drive started when Husker Jerry Brown fumbled on the Nebraska 43.
No. 6 — Tom Munger swept from the seven. A pass interception gave4 the Cadets life on the Nebraska 37.
Having been shucked by two non-league foes, the Cornhuskers turn to the Big Eights with Kansas State Saturday.
What the K-State scout saw at West Point should boom Wildcat hopes.
Nebraska is 3-2 all-time against Army.
|Washington State||Sept. 21|
|Kansas State||Oct. 5|
|Iowa State||Nov. 9|
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