SYRACUSE, N.Y. — "They just pushed us aside," said Bill Jennings. "They beat us — beat us good. There just isn't much else you can say about that game."
The Nebraska coach sat on the concrete steps outside the dressing rooms viewing the horrors of Syracuse's 38-0 rout of the Huskers Saturday.
Jennings spoke as usual — softly and sadly. The memory of the Orangemen's crunching line play, virtually all of it assaults on the guards and tackles, was more vivid to him than to the 22 thousand customers.
Jennings was closer. Besides, the Husker coach entered the stadium fully anticipating a slaughter.
He was unable to use Pat Fischer, the team's best runner; fullback Carroll Zaruba; Don Fricke, the No. 1 center, and Max Martz, Fischer's replacement.
Injuries to these men and to some athletes lower on the scale of a generally thin squad stripped at three key positions.
Dick McCashland was the only fullback up to requirements.
Bob Kitchen, a 165-pounder, only 18 and woefully lacking in experience, was the only choice for starting center.
For parts of the game Kitchen and Lee Bigelow, another football featherweight at 158 pounds, were the linebackers.
The left halfback situation was largely in the hands of Joe Dickson, a 163-pounder playing his first game. John Minnick, trying to help Larry Naviaux and Clay White at the other halfback, also got his baptism of bludgeoning.
The Nebraskans played bravely but ineffectually throughout a long afternoon.
Syracuse was definitely better than last year, as Jennings was quick to remark. He also complimented the way Ben Schwartzwalder's crew ran its plays.
"Syracuse played a better game against us than Penn State did," Jennings thought. "We got the breaks against Penn; I'd have to rate the two teams about even."
Schwartzwalder, who has a habit of peering over his glasses, kept his comments as sporting as possible. He declared his line played outstanding defense.
Schwartzwalder also made it unanimous on Chuck Zimmerman, his three-year quarterback, who called his plays with consistent brilliance.
Zimmerman and tackle Ron Luciano spearheaded an operation which Schwartzwalder termed "greatly improved last week." The Orange team blanked an old rival, Cornell, by 55-0 the previous Saturday.
Luciano's work brought him the outstanding linemen award for the fourth straight week by vote of the press box.
The Huskers weren't able to make a first down or to move into Syracuse territory until the third quarter.
By that time the home team, arrogantly using running plays for all its extra points, had a 22-0 margin on the scoreboard.
The margin on the field was worse. The first half Nebraska offense resulted in a minus 15 yards in rushing yardage. Syracuse had 160 on the ground and 39 in the air.
Box score on both halves of the slaughter showed only 11 yards of ground gain for Nebraska against 286 for the conquerors, and a first down record of 20-5.
Zimmerman almost ignored the pass. His understudy, Dan Fogarty, made the aerial record 113-30 for Syracuse. Fogarty apparently had orders to try dangerous throwing tactics after the victory was tucked away.
Here are the unappetizing details of the game.
Syracuse, winning the toss, ripped off 68 yards in 14 plays for its first score. Zimmerman needed only a little more than six minutes.
The quarterback made the last two yards himself and Tom Stephens ran over for the extra two points. Zimmerman used the German-born Ger Schwedes, Ed Keiffer and Stephens against the "interior positions" on all but one play, an 11-yard jump pass.
He played on those interior positions with the skill of a concert artist at the console.
The Huskers staved off further scoring until 5:09 had elapsed in the next period. Then Fred Mautino slipped behind all defenders in the end zone for a scoring pass.
The 43-yard, 11-play advance also featured Zimmerman's 14-yard sprint in which he outran flanking defenders. That took the ball to Nebraska's six.
Schwedes failed on the run for extra points, the only Syracuse miss in this regard all day.
Ernie Jackson, No. 2 fullback, plunged a yard as the Orange hoisted the score to 22-0 before intermission.
Syracuse got the ball 13 yards out when George Harshman made the first of two horrible pitch-out plays.
The ball went behind White and was recovered by the home team.
In the second half Syracuse rolled 52 yards to score after another erratic pitch-out by Harshman. Keiffer recovered. On the fourth play Stephens took Zimmerman's screen pass and threaded his way 52 yards down the north sideline to the goal line.
A 15-yard penalty on Syracuse for an illegal shift delayed the Syracuse attack briefly.
Syracuse got its fifth six-pointer when the fourth quarter was 9:48 along. Tom Anderson, playing with a collection of third and fourth-stringers, picked up the last yard.
The Orange crew was only three yards from the pay window at the start. Dickson made a running catch on a punt and dropped the ball when tackled. Recovery was by Albert D. Bemiller.
Nebraska is 5-7 all-time against Syracuse.
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