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Nov. 15, 1913

               1   2   3   4   -  Final
Nebraska ....  0   3   0   6   -   9
Kansas ......  0   0   0   0   -   0

Second quarter
NU - Max Towle 28 field goal
Fourth quarter
NU - Vic Halligan 14 run (kick failed)

On a muddy field in Lawrence, the running of Dick Rutherford and Vic Halligan carried Nebraska to a 9-0 victory as the Cornhuskers improved to 7-0 on the season. Halligan was also a menace to the Jayhawks on defense as the Cornhuskers solved KU's use of the “Minnesota shift.” As the Lincoln Star described it, Nebraska "tackled with a deadly accuracy, handled the ball with clock-like precision, and, although outweighed nearly eight pounds to the man, swept through the Jayhawker lines while the Kansas rooters cried in vain for the stonewall which was not."

On a day when NU halfback and captain Leonard Purdy had trouble advancing the ball in the slippery conditions, Rutherford and Halligan delivered, with Halligan scoring the game's only touchdown on a 14-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Early in the second period, quarterback Max Towle provided the only points the Cornhuskers would really need, drop-kicking a 28-yard field goal.

Clinton Ross, Nebraska's African-American guard, played the entire game. Kansas had tried to bar him from playing.

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