Nebraskas Lloyd Cardwell outshone Chicago star Jay Berwanger as the Cornhuskers opened the 1935 season with a 28-7 win over the Maroons.
Cardwell (left) scored three touchdowns, including an 86-yard kickoff return in the second quarter. That play came immediately after Chicago had tied the game on an 18-yard run by Berwanger.
Chicagos lone score came on a 22-yard drive set up by a Larry LaNoue fumble. Nebraska had scoring drives of 55 yards in the first quarter and 66 yards in the third. The Huskers final TD was set up by a Sam Francis interception at the Chicago 38.
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 Nebraska 10 in the fourth quarter, but a fourth-down interception by John Richardson snuffed that threat.
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 lines- man, Sec Taylor, Ottawa; field judge, Pat Mason.