Oct. 4, 1913
Strong line play was a pleasant surprise as Nebraska opened with a 19-0 win over Washburn in the mud in Lincoln. | Omaha World-Herald story
Sunday, Oct. 5, 1913
CDRNHUSKERS BLANK WASHBURN ELEVEN Mudjjy Field Aids Heavy Nebraskans and Enables Them lo Sweep Through Visitors' Line. SCORE, NINETEEN TO NOTHING Purdy Goes Over for First Touch' down, but Fumbles for Ball. I I, QUARTER FAILS TO KICK GOAL Home Team Shows Proficienoy in Defense and Offense. KANSANS' MEASURE SOON TAKEN Ground Coiners for. Scnrlet and Cream Rutherford, TotvIc nnd Elvrell Ncuro Stars for Opponents. (From a Staff Correspondent.) LINCOLN, Neb.. Oct. 4.-(Speclal Tele gram.) Nebraska's supposedly weak line made an Impressive showing: In the open Ins game of the season against Washburn university here today, the Cornhuskers winning In easy fashion, 19 to 0. The whirlwind Cornhusker back field could have easily piled up a much larger score, but with the 'game safely stowed away, Stlehm rushed in his new men to try out as many as possible. Nebraska played gooa 1001 nan, lar in advance of the form expected. There was no tumbling and few penalties. The Nebraska line was a revelation. The forwards toyed with Washburn, stopping play after play before the Wash burn backs started. Washbtfrn was only able to make the dlstatnce three times, so stiff was the Cornhusker defense in the line, he forwards played an equally dashing game when the Huskers were lugging the ball, ,and tore great gaps In the Washburn line, through which How ard, Purdy and Rutherford darted for consistent gains. New Lad a Star. .There was. little ..opportunity, for- Ne braska's back field to Bhowwhat It could do, although Rutherford, the Baetnca boy, who is playing his first season, dis tinguished himself as the star of the game by his line plunging and. accurate hard tackling. Towle. the diminutive quarterback, also played an excellent game, handing the slippery ball without l fumble and showing up especially well In running back punts. His generalship was excellent Nebraska was held for down but twice during the game, due largely to the work of the Nebraska line. The game was played In a veritable sea of mud, which made it imposslblo for any fast work In the backflcld. Wash burn won the toss and chose the west goal. Purdy kicked off at 3:05 to Elbe, who made a rhort return of the ball. linch Side l'unta Early. For the. next eight and a half minutes the ball zigzagged back and forth across the field, both teams playing a punting game. After working the ball well Into Washburn territory the Cornhuskers finally started oh a march to the goal line and In eight and a half minutes after the opening of the game Purdy darted across the line, but dropped the ball when tackled. Towlo dropped on It for Nebraska's first touchdown. Towle failed to kick goal a minute later. The quarter closed without further scoring. Nebraska plugged away at the Wash burn line again In the second . quarter and, -aided by a forty-seven-yard sprint by Towle, finally succeeded In crossing the goal line again, Towle carrying the ball. Towle kicked goal, making the luore 13 to 0 for the half.' Tries Out JVeir Men. In the third quarter Stlehm replaced his "team almost entirely with substitutes and Washburn held tho Cornhuskers scoreless, but again In the final quarter El well carried the ball over for Ne braska and Beck failed at goal, making the final score 19 to 0.' Following Is the summary; WASHBURN. Billings L.F. Rodgers (O....L.T. Uuse-Nlcholls L.G. Bariett C. R. Whltcomb .R.G. D. Whlteumb .R.T. VilllplKUe-Cham- berlaln U.K. Kibe O.B. Bears L.H.B. Hardy R.H.B. NEBRASKA. L.F. Beck L.T.. Hal'gan-G-rls-wold L.G , Ross C. Thompson-Irwln R.O... Abbott-Cross R.T..... Irwin-Ballis R.E.Masten-Gell wick Q.B Towle JUH.B.. Rutherfo-d- Delematrlft R.H.B... C) Purdy- KlwrXi Myers F.B.) F.B. Howard-Coffee Referee: Masker. Umpire; Graham. Head linesman': Luke. Time of quar. tera: 13 minutes. Touchdowns: Towle (2), ElwelL Goal front touchdown: Towle.