FIRST TIME ON THE TUBE
The 1953 season opener was the national game of the week on NBC. It was the first-ever commercially televised game for the Huskers.
High snaps from center on Nebraska's two opening possessions set the tone as Oregon converted Husker miscues into a quick 13-0 lead and coasted to a 20-12 upset victory in Lincoln.
The first bad snap gave the Ducks the ball at Nebraska's 16. Fullback Cece Hodges punched it in from the 1 yard line five plays later. The game was not yet 3 minutes old.
Nebraska drove to near midfield on its subsequent possession, but a clipping penalty and then a bad snap on fourth down gave Oregon the ball at the Husker 11. Oregon's Dick James ran it in from there on a sweep to the right, and the Huskers trailed by 13-0.
Nebraska put together a 63-yard drive in the second quarter to make it a 13-6 game, with Rex Fischer going 4 yards for the TD. But Oregon answered less than a minute later with Ted Anderson's 56-yard run off right tackle to make it 20-6.
After a scoreless third period, lighting struck early in the fourth for Nebraska as Fischer found halfback Ennis Korinek all alone at the Oregon 41. The 68-yard pass play made it a 20-12 game.
Later in the fourth period, a Bob Wagner interception near midfield gave the Huskers a chance to salvage a tie, but Nebraska stalled after getting inside the Ducks' 25. Oregon ran out the clock from there, driving all the way to the NU 2 before the Ducks' Walter Gaffney was caught on an end sweep for a 7-yard loss by George Gohde and Jim Yeisley on the game's final play.
NOTES: It was a rough outing for NU center Jim Oliver. In addition to the two bad snaps, he was flagged for being downfield illegally on Nebraska's final offensive play. ... The teams logged identical totals of first downs (12) and total yards (272). ... Oregon's only lost fumble was on a punt return. NU recovered at the Oregon 28 but soon fumbled it right back to the Ducks at the 15. ... Oregon averaged 5.8 yards per rush vs. the Huskers' 2.8.
EUGENE REGISTER-GUARD | A.P.
SERIES HISTORY | NU ROSTER
Sept. 19, 1953
Oregon 13 6 0 0 – 20
Nebraska 0 6 0 6 – 12
ORE - Cece Hodges 1 run (kick failed), 12:15
ORE - Dick James 11 run (George Shaw kick) 2:25
NEB - Rex Fischer 4 run (kick failed), 7:25
ORE - Ted Anderson, 56 run (Holland kick), 6:40
NEB - Ennis Korinek 68 pass from Fischer
(kick blocked), 13:40
First downs 12 12
By rushing 12 9
By passing 0 3
By penalty 0 0
Rushes-yards 43-251 48-135
Passing yards 21 137
Att-Comp-Int 6-2-1 10-6-0
Total offense 49-272 58-272
Punts-average 6-31 6-30
Fumbles-lost 2-1 4-3
Penalties-yards 6-80 4-30
ORE: James 9-76, Anderson 2-61, Albright 10-43,
Hodges 10-32, Gaffney 7-17, Shaw 3-16, Van Leuven 2-6
NEB: Fischer 18-72, Smith 7-21, Korinek 2-20,
Bordogna 11-18, Yeisley 4-16, Rolston 3-11, Novak 3-6
ORE: Shaw 2/5, 21 yards, 0 INT
Holland 0/1, 0 yards, 1 INT
NEB: Fischer 4/5, 118 yards, 0 INT
Bordogna 2/4, 19 yards, 0 INT
Smith 0/1, 0 yards, 0 INT
ORE: Reed 1-12, Hodges 1-9
NEB: Korinek 2-97, Yeisley 2-16, Yeager 1-14, Gohde 1-10
Weddle, Yeager ..... LE ...Reed
Connor, Oberlin .... LT ...Reeve, Stiner
Glantz, Machisic ... LG ...Sweitzer, Hedgepeth
Oliver, Britt ...... C ...Pheister, Lowe, Weber
Bryant, Wagner ..... RG ...Patera, Nelson, Mutschler
Minnick, Kitzelman.. RT ...Tucker, H. Johnson, Laird
Schabacker, Harris.. RE ...Barnes, Berrie, Mobley
Gohde, Reeves ...... QB ...Shaw, Holland
Bordogna, Fischer .. LH ...James, Anderson
Smith, Korinek ..... RH ...Albright, Gaffney
Yeisley, Novak ..... FB ...Hodges, Van Leuven