The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 24, 1905, Image 1

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12 IFlebraskan
-Vol. V, No. 2
Price 5 Cent
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.After Playing One Half With No
Score, the Cornhuskers Go to
Pieces Give Yost a
Last Saturday afternoon at Ann Ar
. bor the University of Nebraska was"
.administered the most decisive defeat
that she has experienced in football
In many a day. Michigan, after being
held down to an 0-0 score in the first
half, proceeded to slaughter us by
running up 31 points in tho last half.
This means, In others 'words, that
Michigan crossed our goal line five
successive times, and kicked a goal
from tho field, In one half.
While wo were defeated, . and that'
fairly, the varsity accomplished a feat
which has seldom happened against
Yost's men, this was, the holding of
Michigan down to an 0:0 score In the
first half. Nebraska played such a
Tiard and strenuous game the first half
that they were worn out and could not
stand up against Michigan's repeated
line bucks by her heavy back field and
line men in the second. The first half
of the game was played for tho major
part of tho time in Michigan's terri
tory. This was due to Benedict's won
derful work at punting. Time after
time he booted tho ball back, and In
so doing put the Nebraska goal out of
In the second- half Michigan started
tho scoring by working tho ball down
the field to within a few yards of the
ttobnska goal. Norcross fell back
for a place ltlck and was successful.
The score stood 4 to 0 after some five
minutes play. Thrcfe touchdowns wore
TnaQo now In cluick succession. Long
end runsv by Norcross and Hammond,
Jlne bucks by Longman, Curtis, and
OlarUe, andr fake plays placed tho con
dition of th'o semaphore as such, Mich
igan 21, Nebraska 0,.
Thus the score stood with but ten
minutes loft to play. These ten min
utes seemed like hours to tho people
r T.innnln waltlnc for bulletins. For
Mlchlgan-hey meant a point every
minute, as they shoved the ball across
the lino for two more touchdowns.
The score now stood 31-0, and it was
.the same at the end of the game.
While 3"l-0 Is ,tbp largest score that
had been run upr against Nebranka
since Booth's- adyont here, ydt, never
was the .University represented by a
stronger or bettor team. Wo have no
reason to be discouraged, for we were
defeated by a bettor, more experienced
and heavier team. Nebraska played
' thqlr best, and harder than they will
be called upon to play this year again
In order that our list may shb,w but
one defeat, and that Michigan.
Other teams have visited Ann Arbor
to meet ''Hurry-up" Yost and his men
but have returned qarrylng tho same;
grleyance that Nebraska carnea to
Lincoln yesterday, that of defeat
Probably no other school in tho United
f3tatos,has' such a string of victories
' and successes, on tho gridiron as has
been accorded Michigan- since tho com-
ii lng of Yost to that Institution." No
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An Appeal to the Student Body of the University
of Nebraska.
Last Saturday the Nebraska football
team received tho bitterest and most
humiliating defeat it has suffered un
der the now regime beginning six years
ago when Booth first came to Nebras
ka and raised it from a fourth grade
school, athletically, to the best In tho
Missouri Valley. It was no discredit
to be beaten by such a team as Michi
gan has, nor by such a coach as Yost,
nor can our severest critic say that
at any time during the game did the
men representing the Scarlet and tho
Cream show a yellow streak and lie
down. Nevertheless" we were defeated,
and In a single half had more points
made against us than could have been
scored on many a second rate cpllego
by our own team. Even In tho glori
ous first half, when Nebraska held
Michigan time and again, and even
forced her back almost across her own
goal line, thore can be but little ground
for comfort to an unprejudiced ob
server, for he cannot but notice that
our game was played by our opponents
then, and that only persistent fumbling
on tho part of the Wolverines saved
us from at least two touchdowns.
"For this defeat wo must recognize
that all excuses are futile. We were
beaten by a faster, heavier, and more
experienced team, and If anything was
wrong with the score, objection Is due
from Michigan and not from Nebraska.
It is far from our intention to croak,
but we do wish to bring homo to the
'student body a knowledge of .how
complete and overwhelming our defeat
was, and to make them think of a few
of tho necessary results of that defeat
unless we In some way avoid them.
In tho first place, our hopes for ad
mission to tho saprod precincts of tho
Big Nino will be gone forever. It has
been nothing but our great showing for
the past three or four years which has
won for ub even. Blight recognition
from tho colleges forming tho Confer
ence, and a continuance of this recog
nition is conditional upon a continu
ance of our athletic successes. While
some may doubt the desirability of
j membership in tho Conference, still
the majority of the student body and
of the faculty are anxious that we get
a place in it, so that' .our future posi
tion would be assured, and the anxie
ty aB to whether Nebraska would got
a good schedule or not would bo obvl
atod. Another result which would be
disastrous In the immediate future Is
the' certainty that the University and
Lincoln never wlll support a losing
team. . This is another thing from
saying that the students are not loyal
and will not stay by the team whether
they win or lose, for that Is certainly
untrue, as we have shown time and
again, in tho past two years.. It Is
doubtful.if tho team could havo been
given a more enthusiastic reception
than that tendered 'them yesterday
morning even If they had won the
game. Tho samo.splrlt was shown last
- 1 year when the,, men returned from Mln
. j nesota and from Colorado. "What we
do mean, Is that competition for places
on tho team will not be so severe, and
that the crowds at tho games will fall
off. This will affect tho University
directly, for on football wo must de
pend for funds to carry through ovory
other branch of college athletics.
Of other results thoro aro many.
Kansas, Iowa, Missouri all of them
will now' bo ablo to 'point at Nebraska
as a brilliant example of tho old adago
about pride. ' Eastern critics will again
forgot that thoro ever was a college
at Lincoln that had a football team.
High school stars will journey olso
where for honors. But perhaps tho
most regrettablo of all is tho fact that
this defeat will mean tho total de
struction of whatever reputation Wal
ter C. Booth has built up as a football
coach. On account of tho many friends
Booth has won during his many sea
sons as coach at Nobraska, 'this will
affect the student body deeply, and
there can bo no one of them who would
not willingly do anything ho could to
win back for our coach a reputation
for being the greatest constructive
coach -In the West a reputation which
he has Justly won by producing four
teams that have surprised the whole
ithlctic world.
It is possible to retrieve ourselves
and to avert these consequences. Tho
opportunity to do so comes in less than
a month, and we must begin to seize It
now. There is but ono thing required
of Nebraska, and if she does that the
football season of 1905 will end as
"gloriously as any, which havo gone bo-
Tore, and the disastrous defeat of last
Saturday will be forgotten and for
given by allt WE MU8T DEFEAT
MINNESOTA. It is possible, It haB
been done before, and It must be dono
again'. In no 'other way san Nobraska
hold the reputation which has taken
her so many years of hard Work to
win. In no other way can wo over
hope to force our way Into tho Cony
ference. In "no other way can wo at
tract to our college tho athletic stars
of western prep schools. And In no
other way can wo tfreser've to Booth
a reputation second to none. N Again
we say that we can and must boat
Minnesota, and to do It will require
tho concerted efforts of ovory student
in the University. All of us cannot
get out and play football, but all of
us can get out on the side lines every
night and cheer tho men on In their
attempt to better the team so that It
can give the Gophers the drubbing
which is our only salvation. To do
this we must sacrifice ono thing which
we have looked forward to for more
than a year. Yfe must bq satisfied
with a low score against Colorado, or
even with a tie, for oven our desire
for revenge must giyo way before our
greater longing , to ' redeem ourselves
and show that Nebraska does know
how to play football, ft Is unnecessary
to say what Is to bo done by the men
who are to make up the team which
goes up against Minnesota, for every
Amid Cheers the Battered Players Ar
rive In Lincoln and Are .Paraded
Through the Streets.
Tho varsity returned from Michigan
yosterday morning on tho 10:30 Bur
lington train. Tho toam was rocolvod
amidst wild cheering by tho sovoral
hundred students who had gathorod
at tho dopot to wolc6mo homo Ne
braska's defeatod football warriors.
Tho bitter nows of dofoat which hat
milrttnrl nvnrv nrn nn flnhirlnv wni
forgotten, and tho studonts gavo vent
to enthusiasm, which will novor cooso (
until Nobraska has defeatod Colorado,
Minnesota, and Illinois, on tho 11th,.
18th and 30th of November, respec
tively. At ton o'clock yostorday morning
tho rootor leaders gathorod a filo and
wont through ovory library and and
shop on tho Unlvorslty campus. In
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ono can bo assured that after tasting -the
bitterness of dofoat they will do
all thut man can in ordor to win
against tho Gophers. , But other things
aro required of tho student body than
enthusiastic, support. All who can do
so must get out and play football
themselves. Boforo wo can win from
Minnesota wo must havo throe now
men. It Is settled that Minnesota will .
refuse to play unloss we Jmr Fresh
men, which, will mean a toariKwlthout
Its strongest lino buckor, TaylorNTho
othor guard position and ono tackle
position must bo filled also. Tho for-
mer because It is not Occupied by a
strong enough man, the latlorbecauso
It would release to tho back field in
Wollor a man who' can buck tho lino
like a rhinoceros and can circle tho
end moro. neatly than any Nobraska
man with tho exception of Bonder
over could. Thoro must bo big husky
men in a college as largo as Nobraska, "
and while tho timo Js short, yot the
need is great, and all who know Booth
aro confident that If a candidate has.
any ability it will bo brought to tlicK
front in very short order. If tliree
men can. bo found to take these lino
positions, Minnesota is doomed.
'Another thing that must .bo done 'by
tho students If they aro to hold up
their end of tho string Is to'go to Mln?
nesota on the excursion and root from
the beginning-of tho game untiftho
final whistle blows. Nothing will bo
of so much assistance to the team on
that day as the presence of an organ
izod body pi rooters, and if the excur
sion train does not take up more than
500 students, they are not doing their
Follow studonts, It Is up to you to
say whether wo are going to beat Min
nesota or not; It Is In your hands to
decide whether Booth is to leave Ne
braska with tho reputation he had won
when, tho season of 1904 closed or
not; it Is for you to win for Nebraska
a right to demand admission to tho
Big" Nino. The next four, weeks will
show whether you are going to do your
duty' or not. y?
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