Nebraska was stymied on offense from beginning to end as new coach Henry Schultes Cornhuskers opened the season in Iowa City.
The Omaha World-Herald reported that "Iowa's line stars ripped big holes through Nebraska's forward wall again and again" in building a 16-0 halftime lead.
The indignity of being shut out was capped by Iowa's final score: a fourth-quarter safety that occurred when a poor pass from center William Day rolled between the legs of Nebraska halback Paul Dobson and into the end zone.
Iowa 18 Nebraska 0
Two touchdowns against Nebraska in the first quarter put the skids under the Cornhuskers in the first football game of the season on Iowa field October 4 and enabled Iowa to run up a total score of 18 to against Coach Schulte's men on the first lap of the 1919 western football race. Nebraska claimed its team to be the strongest in many years but the westerners never had a chance.
The Iowa line opened up big holes for the backs or held tight on the defensive as occasion demanded Slater giant tackle performed in particularly noteworthy fashion. In the backfield Kelly's generalship and returns of punts the stellar work of the Devine brothers in forward passing and open field running and the line smashing of Captain Lohman all contributed to the victory
Iowa's first touchdown came after five minutes of play. The Hawkeyes received the kickoff and after an exchange of punts had the ball on their 37 yard line. Another punt was recovered by Iowa on Nebraska's 41 yard line Lohman and the Devine brothers smashed through to the Husker 21 yard line where Nebraska was penalized 5 yards for offside. The Nebraska line stiffened and on the second down a perfect pass from A Devine to G Devine was worked around Nebraska's left end for the first touchdown A Devine kicked the goal.
Slater blocked Dobson's punt on the Nebraska 15 yard line soon after and Pyles recovered. Line smashing carried the ball over, Lohman making the touchdown after Nebraska had exhibited a superb defense. The first quarter ended with the score 13 to 0 in favor of Iowa.
During the second period the Huskers played a better defensive game but Iowa worked the ball to Nebraska's 20 yard line with an attack which included two more forward passes. From this point A Devine booted a dropkick from the 30 yard line. Iowa's last two points came in the final quarter when Dobson fell on the ball behind his own goal line after a poor pass from Day had rolled between the Nebraska captain's legs.
A driving rain which fell throughout the third quarter slowed up play and turned the game into a punting duel with no advantage to either side. In the final period Nebraska turned loose with forward passes in an attempt to score and on one occasion reached the Iowa 20 yard line but the Hawkeyes held took the ball on downs and punted out of danger. Coach Jones substituted freely in the last few minutes of play.
Lineup and summary
Charlton le Swanson
Synhorst It Lyman
Mockmore lg W Munn
Heldt c Day
Kaufman rg Young
Slater rt Wilder
Belding re Kellog
Kelly q Howarth
A Pevine lh Schellenberg
G Devine rh Dobson
Capt Lohman fb Dale
Substitutions Pyles for Charlton Hubka for Wilder Wilder for Young Henry for Dobson Jones for Henry Henry for Schellenberg M Munn for Wilder Wilder for Hubka Hubka for Henry Bogue for Wilder Parker for G Devine Hunzlenian ifor Mockmore Cumberland for Heldt Block for Kaufman E Smith for Pyles RT Smith for Lohman Mendenhall for Kelly C Smith for A Devine
Touchdowns G Devine Lohman
Goals from touchdown A Devine
Goal from field A Devine
Safety Dobson two points for Iowa
Score by quarters
Iowa 13 3 0 2 -- 18
Nebraska 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Referee Birch of Earlham
Umpire Reid of Michigan
Head Linesman Schommer of Chicago