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Nebraska 23
Iowa State 17

Nov. 7, 1908

With the score tied 17-17 and ten minutes to play, Nebraska quarterback Harold “Pip” Cooke came off the bench and sparked the Cornhuskers to victory, scampering 45 yards in the final three minutes to set up a four-yard touchdown run by halfback Alfonzo Sturzenegger. The dramatic 23-17 Nebraska win came before a crowd of several thousand at Omaha’s Dietz Park. Cooke’s run came immediately after James Harvey intercepted an Iowa State pass at midfield. Hugo Birkner, Ernest Kroger and William Chaloupka scored the Cornhuskers' other touchdowns. Cooke’s run was all the more remarkable because he hadn’t played in three weeks due to injury and illness.

Omaha World-Herald game story


Part of the Omaha Bee’s coverage is below; find the rest of it here.

Omaha Bee

Sunday, Nov. 8, 1908

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IS LOSES GREAT BATTLE reed to Take the Short End by Husky Cornhuskeri. OMAHA A GREAT. FOOT BALL CITY laaialflrent Oatponrlngr of th I.oTfri of Ik Great" College Game ' - ' lasares Annual Game for - Omaha. Nebraska, 2S; Amn, 17. Battllr to the very end the gridiron wnrrlors from A me were ' forced to go flown to glorkus defeat Saturday afternoon at Diets psrk before the sturdy Corn hushers from the 1'nlverslty of Nebraska who won the game In the laet three min ute of play. WMh the score a tie and the ball In th center of the field and but three minutes to pfay "Pip" Cooke, the doughty little quarterback of the Cornhuskers who ha been out of the game for three week, part of which time he ha been in the hospital with blood poison from an Injured foot, broke lose from the entire Aratl aggrega tion A.nd dodging hither and thSther, shaking off the huge tackier of the A me team, a though they were o many file, carried the, ball from Ames -43 yard line to within three yard of Ams goal where he w forced out of bound. The core wa 17 to 17 and something desperate had to be done. The" footer were praying for a second Johnny Bender who could break loose when the emergency required and win the game by hi own Individual effort. Nebraska bad a Johnny. Bender In the game when he was needed and It proved to v. be Cooke; Bentley had been playing quarter and doi tng some magnificent work, but the time -wa critical and. although in no shape to LTlay,' King Cole, the famous tackle from Michigan who I coaching the Cornhuskers J ent Cooke Into the; fray with ten minute yet to play and Cooke .delivered the good. Gnme la a Real Oao. The game was the most magnificent ever seen In the west. The crowd was the great est ever gathered to a similar event .in .the Missouri .valley.. . The field "as absolutely perfect. The stand were high and' strong anf seated by actual count 4,000 people. The arrangements for handling the crowd could not have been Improved upon, all the speeWtors could see the entire .im and official did their work well and th game .wart cne long to be remembered by the 7,000 1 lover of of the great college sport who- filled Diets park to witness the big gest football battle in the west this year. NEBRASKA HALFBACK. The Diets club deserves praise for the way the game was managed, From a spectacular point of view, the . MINOR. game could not have been Improved -upon. The new rules forced plenty of kicking and . both teams showed their skill time and i again in the use of the' forward pass which the new rules permit. There waa plenty of kicking and the bull was sent whining i, through the air many times. To a man , who was not familiar with the rules of f foi t ball the game was most attractive ', and the occasion was glorious to those who M saw Ames lose In the last few minutes of I play. IV Wind Ilaya Importaat Part. "" A hard wind swept from the weot, lengthwise of the field, and It was a cu rious fact that of the seven touchdowns which, were made all were scored over the east goal line. It almost seemed that with the open game the side having the wind and sun to assist was sure to rrtcore sooner or later. The advantage lay In Captain Harvey winning the tos and then Nebraska' last touchdown being made with too short a space of time for Aine to again even matters. Nebraska made the first score In 18 minutes of play and from that time to the finish It was a battle of giants with everything I practically even except the advantage of the wind. There U no discounting the i Antes team for Ames has a real foot ball i team. The Lambert brothers, playing half and fll are a pair hard to beat. Hubbard, the running mate of the Lam berts Is speedy and hard to down and all th Ames players tackle sure and hard. As a defensive player Captain Law was a tower of strength. Ames showed that ) it had a magnificently trained team and during the 70 minutes of hard gruelling ' work not a man was taken from the i' gam on the Ames side and time was taken out but once. Ames was weakened art "HEAVT" KROGER, KEBRA8KA'8 FULLBACK. to. a considerable degree by the absence of Orahani from the line up. Cheers went up from Nebraska's section when It was discovered that Hart was able to play and Nebraska's line stood In tact from th beginning of the contest to the end. All of the back field 'men were changed during the game, but the new comers seemed to do Just as well ai the regulars. Beltser gave way to Miner , 1 Tempi took the place of Kroger and was ( replaced by Sturxen, who had been doing splendid work. Cojke replaced Bentley, but that was a case of - th real article being called Into the game when .something des perate had to be dune. Bentley had been playing a fine game and had showed good Judgment In the pinches, but Cook wu needed for the long run which was to win the game and he delivered th goods, frond ' Waa Magalncent. The crowd. It waa magnificent. Never had such a crowd of enthusiasts gathered In the west to witness a foot ball battle. Olant stands had been reared at Diets park, with solid bank of humanity and color. The sight was Indeed thrilling. On th north was stationed the Ames rooter and on the south Nebraska. . The stands seated 4,00 people. Boxes In front held BOO more and the entire field was lined severs! deep with lovers of the game. In front of the college sections were the cadet bands from each school and these led In the songs and played the airs so doar to the collegi an heart. It wa not. all a Nebraska crowd which Ames had to play before. Although a little late in arriving the Ames contingent made a splendid showing and In the crowd were over 1,000 wearing the colors of Ames. The yellmasters In front of the stands kept the yells In unison and Nebraska would sing a defiant song at Ames and the Ames students would come right back with are equally aprqopos. Ames Rooters Arrive Late. The special train bearing th bulk of the CAPTAIN HARVEY, NEBRASKA'S ' RIGHT END. Ames rooters was a Httle late In arriving and Nebraska had scored the first touch down before the Ames band, followed by the students, came upon the field. The band started Its muslo before It waa fairly on the field and It was but a short time before the Ames team, cheered by the band and the yells of the late students, carried the ball across the Nebraska goal line for a touchdown. 81 Lambert missed the goal, which left the score 6 to S In favor of Ne braska, but . the ' Ames team had shown that It had real ability and .that the battle was not yet won by Nebraska. Omaha has been working hard to have the' Nebraska team -p)ay one of Its big games In this city," And the game of yes terday ' practically Insures a big annual game In Omaha. ' Both teams were loud In their praise of everything connected, with the game and especially of the treatment they received at the hands of tile Omaha public. Lincoln never had such a crowd to a foot ball game, although the people have been educated up to first class foot ball. The management of both teams was more than pleased with the grand outpour ing of fooc ball enthusiasts, and both re turned home with their pockets bulging with the receipt of the game, which will materially help the exchequer of both team. Foot ball In the stage of It highest de velopment was witnessed, and nothing but words of praise were heard on all sides after the grfme. The doubt of the outcome until the last few minutes of play kept the audience keyed up to the highest pitch, The wind and the un on the west were two prominent factors in the scoring, and the team with that advantage had the edge which. In time, brought the score. The open style of play made a decided hit, on the spectators and long runs added Interest all the way through. The old style of line plunging entirely was a thing of the paat, and there was scarcely two minutes of play but what some fleet-footed player was loose for a long run or trying to get loose, or when some new-styled play wa being tried. The requirements of tea yards to each three downs forces the captains to be Ingenious and to work out some plays on which there Is a chance for a long run and that Is what th spectators were treated to yesterday. DETAILS OF STREJilOl" frlGHT oth Team Work Desperately Every Inch of Groans, 1 Captain Harvey of Nebraska won the toss and chose to defend the west goal. E. Lambert kicked off to Birkner at 2:34, on Nebraska's three-yard line. Birkner re turned five yards. Birkner on a run around left end made three yards. Beltser forty- five yards to Heggen on the Ames thirty yard line. Heggen made a return of seven yards. On an end run Heggen circled the left wing of the Cornhuskera for three yards. On the next play j Hubbard waa thrown for a loss, being tackled by Chaloupka, who broke through the Ames line. E. Lambert was forced to punt and boosted the ball to Birkner on Nebraska's thirty-yard line. Beltser on the first play tried by Ne braska, went around left end for a run of Mwenty-flve yards. A forward pass from Beltser to Birkner gave ten yards; Bentley lost one yard on a run. A forward pass from Bentley to Harvey was tried, but the Nebraska quarter was not out five yards from center and the Cornhuskers were penalised fifteen yards. Beltser tried an onslde kick. Nebraska held and received another penalty of fifteen' yards. Beltser punted to Heggen outside of the field of play at the Aggies twenty-five-yard line. Lambert Takes tke Ball. Q. Lambert took the ball on the first play by the Aggies and made five yards off tackle. E. Lambert added a yard. E. Lambert punted to Bentley at the center of the field. Bentley returned the ball three yards, and fumbled the ball going to Hub bard of Ames. The ball waa In the center of the field. , Heggen made thirteen, yard around left end. Do this play Left End Johnson of the Cornhuskers ws boxed In great styls by O. Lambert and Hubbard and could not tau kle the man carrying the balL. Birkner dowued Heggen on this run. Heggen was hurt and time was taken out. The ball was on Nebraska' thirty-five- (Continued on Becond Page.)