Al Zikmund cradles a pass from Herm Rohrig on his way to Nebraskas second touchdown.
Nebraska was only the third Big Six team to play in a post-season bowl game, but the Cornhuskers made their first bowl trip a memorable one with an invitation to the granddaddy of them all — the Rose Bowl.
Coach Biff Jones' Cornhuskers led Clark Shaughnessy's Stanford Indians twice in the first half, but fell victim to the innovative T-formation 21-13. The Huskers took a 7-0 lead just six plays after the kickoff when fullback Vike Francis plunged over from the two. Stanford tied it four plays later when Hugh Gallarneau bolted over from nine yards out.
In the second quarter, the Huskers took the lead again on a 33-yard Herm Rohrig-to-Allen Zikmund pass, but the Indians came back on Frankie Albert's 40-yard TD pass to Gallarneau for a 14-13 halftime lead. A 39-yard TD punt return by Pete Kmetovic iced the game for the Indians in the third quarter.
Jan. 1, 1941
— Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Stanford 7 7 7 0 - 21
Nebraska 7 6 0 0 - 13
NEBR - Vike Francis 2 run (Francis kick)
STAN - Hugh Gallarneau 9 run (Frankie
NEBR - Allen Zikmund 33 pass from Herm
Rohrig (kick blocked)
STAN - Gallarneau 40 pass from Albert
STAN - Pete Kmetovic 39 punt return
First Downs 9 15
Rushing, Net 58 202
Passing, Net 70 74
Att-Comp-Int 15-3-4 15-7-2
Total Offense 128 276
Punts-Avg 8-35 7-38
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 6-2
Penalties-Yards 4-20 10-73
Leading NU Rusher: Vike Francis, 51
Leading NU Passer: Herm Rohrig, 4 of 14—85
NOTE: THESE STATS, STANFORD'S STATS AND
THE NEWSPAPER STATS ALL HAVE DIFFERENCES