Sept. 28, 1935 – Memorial Stadium, Lincoln
Chicago 0 7 0 0 - 7 Nebraska 7 7 7 7 - 28 First quarter NEB: Cardwell 7 run (LaNoue kick); 55-yard drive Second quarter CHI: Berwanger 18 run (Berwanger kick); 22-yard drive NEB: Cardwell 86 kickoff return (LaNoue kick) Third quarter NEB: Cardwell 9 pass from Bauer (Francis kick); 66-yard drive Fourth quarter NEB: Francis 2 run (Francis kick); 38-yard drive CHI NEB First downs ............ 12 14 Rushing yards ......... 208 228 Passing yards .......... 31 26 Comp-Att-Int ...... 2-13-3 3-12-1 Total offense ......... 239 254 Punts-Avg ........... 11-41 11-41 Fumbles-Lost........... 5-3 7-3 Penalties-Yards ....... 0-0 4-50 Time of possession .. 26:40 33:20 Referee, Krank Birch, Earlham; umpire, Ira Carrithers, Illinois; head linesman, Sec Taylor, Ottawa; field judge, Pat Mason.
Cardwell outshines Chicagos Berwanger
Nebraskas Lloyd Cardwell outshone Chicago star Jay Berwanger as the Cornhuskers opened the 1935 season with a 28-7 win over the Maroons.
Cardwell, a lanky junior known as the Wild Horse of the Plains, scored three touchdowns. The most thrilling one was an 86-yard kickoff return immediately after Chicago had tied the game at 7-7 in the second quarter. He sped down the left sideline after taking a teammate's lateral, avoided a tackler near the Chicago 20 and went the rest of the way untouched.
Nebraska had scoring drives of 55 yards in the first quarter, 66 yards in the third period and 38 yards in the fourth, with a Sam Francis interception setting up the final touchdown. The Maroons needed to travel just 22 yards for their lone touchdown after recovering a Jerry LaNoue fumble.
Despite the lopsided score, Chicago had the statistical edge at halftime and wasnt far behind in total yardage at games end.
Two promising Chicago possessions came up empty. The Maroons had the ball at the Nebraska 27 in the first quarter, but a wide-open receiver dropped a pass at the NU 8 and the drive fizzled. Chicago advanced to the Nebraska 10 in the final period, but a fourth-down interception by John Richardson snuffed that threat.
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