of Western Conference champs
Nebraska battled Minnesota to a scoreless tie in the first half at Northop Field in Minneapolis, but the Gophers broke the game open in the third quarter and cruised to a 21-3 win.
Nifty running by the Gophers' Ralph Capron on a 35-yard pass play broke the deadlock. After the Cornhuskers yielded field position via a series of punt exchanges, Minnesota made it a 12-0 game with a trick play from the Nebraska 20.
A Minnesota field goal in the third period and a touchdown run in the fourth made the score 21-0 before Nebraska finally got on the board with an Owen Frank field goal with about three minutes remaining.
In its game story, the Minneapolis Tribune singled out the defensive play of Nebraska end Walter Chauner, describing him as "one of the best ends in the West. He was in every play and there was nothing much doing around his end."
NOTES: The loss was one of only two defeats in NU coach Ewald O. "Jumbo" Stiehm's five seasons at Nebraska (1911-1915). The other loss was also at Minnesota, in 1912. ... The Gophers finished 6-0-1 and were champions of the Western Conference (Big Ten). ... Halfback William McAlmon, who ran for a Minnesota touchdown and passed for another, became the Gophers' team captain in 1913. After graduating, he practiced law for a year before becoming coach at Grinnell in 1915 and 1916. The effects of diabetes forced him to step down, and he died in January 1917.
Oct. 21, 1911
1 2 3 4 - Final Nebraska 0 0 0 3 - 3 Minnesota 0 0 15 6 - 21 Third quarter MIN - Ralph Capron 35 pass from Earl Pickering (Merrell kick) MIN - Pickering 20 pass from William McAlmon (Merrell kick) MIN - Pickering 25 field goal Fourth quarter MIN - McAlmon 10 run (Merrell kick) NEB - Owen Frank 25 field goal NEB MIN Rushing yards ............ 188 179 Pass completions-yds .... 7-65 3-35 Total offense ............ 253 214 Punts-average ........ 19-32.6 14-33.8 Yardage totals are as listed in 1912 Cornhusker yearbook
Note: Touchdowns were worth five points