– MILWAUKEE JOURNAL
NOVEMBER 25, 1911
Michigan 0 0 6 0 – 6 Nebraska 0 0 6 0 – 6 Third quarter UM: Fred Conklin return of blocked punt (Conklin kick) NU: Leonard Purdy run (Herbert Potter kick) Note: TDs were worth five points
Michigan and Nebraska battled to a hard-fought tie, but it was the Cornhuskers who won the bragging rights.
Various press accounts agreed that Nebraska had the upper hand on this Saturday before Thanksgiving. NU rolled up 302 total yards to 125 for Michigan and led 21-7 in first downs. Still, the Cornhuskers, like Michigan, could not score without the help of a big break in the punting game.
It was NUs first-ever Homecoming game. A record crowd packed the stands at Nebraska Field, and Gov. Chester H. Aldrich was on hand to perform a ceremonial kickoff. The Wolverines were among the nations elite, having claimed a pair of consensus national championships in the previous decade, and they were given the royal treatment upon their arrival in Lincoln by train.
The game matched two legendary coaches. Jumbo Stiehm still owns NUs best career winning percentage (.913). Michigans Fielding Yost, a one-time coach at Nebraska (1898), is in college footballs Hall of Fame. Before the game, Yost publicly bemoaned his teams injuries.
Game details can be gleaned from the press clippings on this page. These stories show how the game differed a century ago, but one constant through the years is that Husker football has a way of commanding our attention on autumn Saturdays – especially when an opponent of Michigans stature comes calling. — J. Hudson, Oct. 24, 2012
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