Oct. 3, 1914
A fumble recovery on Washburns seven yard line set up the winning score as Nebraska had a tougher time than expected in its season opener against Washburn.
Despite the victory, it was a wretched exhibition by Nebraska, said the Lincoln Star, citing 10 Cornhusker fumbles. The Omaha World-Herald concurred, calling Nebraska's performance a "pitiful exhibition of football."
The game was a mixed bag for future Hall-of-Fame end Guy Chamberlin, playing fullback in his debut as a Cornhusker. He was credited by the Omaha Bee with lugging the ball for long distances but was singled out as the particular offender in terms of fumbling.
LINCOLN STAR | SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 1914
OMAHA BEE | SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 1914
Costly Fumbling by Backfield at
Crucial Moments Ruin Ne
braska's Chances to Score.
LINE FLAY DISAPPOINTING
Corey and Norris. Reputed Fast,
Poor and Amack and Balis,
Ends, Fall Down.
BEALES MAKES LONG END RUN
Scrambles Through Field Fifty
Yards for Touchdown.
OLD-STYLE PLAY ONLY USED
Attempt nt Komard l'an Flunk
and I iinihiKki n Depend
I loni'il dvnnces by Hsl
Hann nnd Other.
LINCOLN", Neb., Oct. S.-(Ppeclal Tele
(tisni V Tho N'ebrnska t'ornhtiskers won
the npenlng game of the season from
Washburn college, 14 to 7, but the Corn
buskers of 1!M4 Iwiro little resemblance to
Stlelim's powerful machine of last year.
It was an exceedingly ragged exhibition
which the ( 'ornhusgers staged.
Fumbling continually, but especially at
critical times, when score were In sight,
cent the Hunkers at least three, touch
downs. Tho entire backfield shared In
tho fumbling, but Chamberlain was the
particular offender. Howard alone showed
up with customary steadiness., and hla
work In running back punts was excel
lent Washburn's backfield was also guilt rl
of frequent fumbling, marring the limiiV
from the spectators' standpoint.
Ilealea Furnishes Thrills.
Llttlo Reales, the speedy little left half
for Washburn, provided the thriller when,
with the ball In tho center of the field.
he circled the Nebraska left end, shook,
off several tncklers and dodged others,
and raced fifty yards for a touchdown.
Washburn raised Its total to seven points
by kicking goal and the score was tied,
the Hunkers having scored earlier In the
second period on a series of line plunges
and end runs, with Halllgan, Chamber
lain ami Rutherford lugging the bail (or
Washburn came back with open style
play and negotiated several successful
forward nasses for five to elirht virHi
.i.. ...i ... ...... .... . .
eiyie in piay, ii tag ailiupis at
w r'l passes going wild.
Rutherford and Chamberlain
up to their reputation as groumt
gainers, but Nebraska's line failed to per
forin and the Nebraska backfield was
handicapped nt a considerable extent.
Cameron pliud well at center, Abbott
and HhlelUj nt gaurria, but Corey ami
Korrls fslled to show up to expected
strength on the defensive tackles and
Amack and Halls failed to fill the bill
at ends. .
Washburn made most of their gains
around the ends. Lineup:
NFHRASKA. I WASHBFR.V.
...It. T.I K.T....O.
. .. Burrett
Balls R. K. It K Trobert fCl
Howard Q H ly.i: Kibe
Rutherford .. L. II. B. L. I1.B Denies
Halllgan (C I.R.Il B.F B Myeis
Touchdowns: Howard I. Beales. aGoals
from touchdowns: Hiilllgan 2, Trobert.
Substitutes: Vllllpigue for Myers, Ream
for Kibe, McCafferty for Champney,
Chumpney for McCafferty, Janney for
I.Inge, Hawkins for Howard, Delemntra
for Chamberlain. Referee: A. O. Reld,
Michigan. Head linesman: W. A. Luke.
Ooane. Umpire: Ir. J. A. Retlly, Kanau
Clly Athletic club. Time of iUarters:,li