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Wingcnder, Mueller Lead; Novak Shines
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By Bob Bnks
(AMlstut Sport Editor)
A Nebraska all-time great was
given an award Thursday which
he richly deserved. Tom Novak,
the "human earthquake" of Ne
braska football, is having a trophy
presented in his name in com
memoration of his many out
For four years Novak roamed
the Husker turf. He consistently
turned in commendable games.
He made tackles that saved Ne
braska from receiving even worse
defeats than they were absorbing.
He developed into an excellent
pass defender, something which
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By Bill Mnndell
The varsitj' crushed the freshmen in their annual pre
season game Saturday afternoon by a top-heavy score of
60-13. The frosh were never in the game as far as winning
it was concerned, but they did provide a few thrills for
Bill Win gender scored three
times for the winning varsity
and Bill Mueller twice to lead
the scoring parade. Wingender's
tallies came on a 17 yard run in
the second quarter, a one-yard
smash to open the fourth quarter,
bnd a seven-yard sprint with
only 28 seconds remaining in the
Mueller scored on runs of 13
ftnd 66 yards.
A varsity fumble stopped their
fsrst drive on the frosh 16 yard
line early in the game. How
ever, after taking a fourth-down
punt by the frosh, the Huskers
began their first scoring expe
dition. A pass from quarterback Fran
Kagle to end Dick Regier cov
ered ten yards and placed the
ball on the freshman 47. Mueller
then chugged off tackle and
raced to the ten before be was
hauled down from behJid.
Left-halfback Bobby Reynolds
was the first to score as he took
a hand-off from Nagie and
rounded right end for the last
ten yards. Ted Britt added the
point from placement and the
varstty led 7-0 with live minutes
Following the kickoff only one
pass play from Ray Novak to
Bull Giles resulted in any yard
age for the freshmen and at
fourth down they found them
selves on their own 13 with 43
yards to go.
A beautiful 57 yard punt by
Sam Sarette got the frosh tem
porarily out of hot water and for
most of the remaining minutes in
the (jpetikig quarter the two
teams battled on even terms.
JUm Clark rtarted things mov
ing again with three minutes re
maining as he returned a punt
to the frosh 27. Nagle then took
charge and flipped two paxsex,
the lurst to Regier for nine yards
and the tecond to Frank Simon
and the touchdown. Britt again
converted and at the end of the
Carodine took the kickoff and . ripped through
practically went all the way. gams cf eight.
laKing ine oau on nis icn, ne
threaded his way through five
wouid-be tacklers and burst out
into the open on his 4fl. He took
only two steps more, however,
j and then dropped the balL
Jack Carroll intercepted No-
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sity were off again. With Buster j as passing of Fran Nagle
the line for
30, and seven
yards, the final burst scoring the
59th point of the game. Britt
came on to make an event 60
and that was the game.
Outstanding in the game, be
sides the running of Wingender,
Mueller. Reynolds, and Clark,
Lehman directing the white
shirted Huskers and Clark and
Mueller doing the footwork, they
moved the ball to the frosh 20.
From here Lehman flipped a
touchdown pass to end Jerry Fer-
for the winning varsity. Nagle
was consistently hitting his re
ceivers on both short and long
The frosh had their stars too.
guson and with Britt's point the 1 Ray Novak showed to the fans
BILL MUELLER galloped
across the goal line twice for
the Varstty in Saturday's
score stood. 4
The frosh then put on their
sustained drive of the day.
Starting on their own 38, they
used 13 plays before Bud Wenk
flipped a four-yard scoring pass
to Giles. Wenk's passes were in
strumental all through this drive,
The varsity roared right back.
Clark returned the kickoff to
their 34 and on the next play
Mueller found a wide hole in the
center and went all of the 68
yards to score.
And they had one more scor
ing burst left in them before the
end of the game. Against the
dead-tired frosh, Wingender
that their quarterbacking wor
ries are over the next few years.
Ray played a sparkling game and
his running and especially his
passing were good.
OUTSTANDING SENIOR TROPHY-J. Gordon Roberts (left), president of an Omaha milk firm,
presented the University Athletic department a trophy to be given to the outstanding senior on tha
fotball team. Roberts designated the trophy as the Tom Novak award in honor of Nebraska'
famed center (right.)
had been a black eye on Scarlet
and Cream teams since the early
forties. Novak was willing to try
anything which would aid tht
In his freshman year he playad
fullback. He made the Big Seven
team at that position. The follow
ing year he switched to center
and remained there for the rest
of his college days.
Around the midlands, Novak is
recognized as All-American. But
there were many sports writers
that didn't give him a berth on
their cream of the crop squads.
The reason was simply because
Nebraska wasn't a grid power.
Sport scribes who pick the Ail
American teams don't make a
habit of recognizing players un
less they play for nationally rec
But even this handicap didn't
confine Novak's name entirely to
Nebraska. Notre Dame twice
chose him on their All-Opponent
team. He was presented the
"Pop" Warner football award.
Novak was accorded a great
honor when he was chosen to
play in the East-West All Star
game. The coach of the West
squad named him as one of the
co-captains for the game.
He received more national ac
claim in the College All-Star
game against the professional
Philadelphia Eagles. He was pro
nounced one of the outstanding
linemen of the day on a team
which was composed of All
Americans. And now J. Gordon Roberts
will present to the outstanding
senior player the Tom Novak
trophy. Each year the outstand
ing senior football player will re
ceive a similar award which he
can retain permanently.
Sooner Coach Says Three
New Rules Favor Defense
Oklahoma Football Coach Bud
Wilkinson sees two 1950 new
rules changes as slightly favoring
the defense, but points out that
football offense still gets the
same right-of-way as an ambu
lance careening down a crowded
highway with siren screaming.
Ani that's okay with the Soon
er coach. He thinks a high
scoring game, like Oklahoma's
28-21 win last year over Santa
Clara, is a crowd-puller and a
"There's a new rule this year
penalizing 15 yards an offensive
man who blocks above the
shoulders. That's going to hurt
the offense some," opines Wil
kinson. He also believes that abolition
of the fair catch will make in
roads on a team's punt-runback-ing
offense. "A safety can't come
up anymore on a short punt and
signal for a fair catch. Teams
this season are assured of 40
yards on each punt .The idea will
be to kick short and down the
middle and either make the
safety handle the catch -with op
ponents thick around him, or
force him to let the ball roll for
ward without a run back," Wil
Advantage to Offense
But the Sooner coach says of
fense still has the green light,
chiefly because of three impor
tant rules changes for which he
gives national rules committee of
recent years a great deal of
credit, (1) permitting forward
passes anywhere behind the
scrimmage line, (2) the free sub
stitution rule, and (3) moving
the ball a third of the way in
from the sideline on every down.
"Football offense nowadays is
like inflation," declared Wilkin
son. "In the old days a lot of
football games were won 7-0.
But nowadays you've got to get
three or four touchdowns and
have a good conversion kicker
to be assured of a tie. Look at
our 48-26 win over Kansas last
year and Missouri's 34-35 loss to
"The pressure is still on the
defense," says Wilkinson. "The
defense must spread all the time.
You've got to defend laterally
against pitchouts and in depth
against forward passing."
"About all a coach can do is
watch 'em move down to his goal
line, and then try to fort up
against them there, where he has
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five plays carried the ball across.
Featured runs in this drive were
dashes of 21 and 17 yards by i-'"
Wingender. the last for the score.
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hal ftime it was 27-7. KYEI1
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began the first long sustained
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run, but had it called back on a
clipping penalty that left them
still on incur 48,
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first quarter the score ctood, 14- j a quarterback sneak give-up six.
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tip the third varsity tally, this
one coming on their 27 yard line.
Reynolds and Nagle alternated
carrying the ball for four plays
and then Mueller skirted left end
end on a 50-yard jaunt that
ended in the end zone, but an
other penalty called this play
bark to their 45.
Again they started out and this
time reached the frosh 40 before
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the final 13 to make the score another 15 yard penalty shoved
read 20-0. Britt's kick for point j them back to their 47.
was blocked. s But finally, they tore loose.
The freshmen took the kickoff
and began a drive of their own
Mueller hit tackle for 18, Reyn
olds traversed right end for 29,
with Novak at the helm and in i Wingcnder hit center for five,
seven plays penetrated to the : and again for the final yard and
varsity 34 before losing the ball six points. The score came just
n downs. 1 five neconds into the final stanza.
Novak to Carodine Britt's point made it 34-7.
On their lirst play the varsity Within two minutes the var
handed the ball back to the ! 'tty were at the door of another
frosh through a fumble and it core after pouncing on a frosh
was first down on the varsity 2. ; fumble. Mueller and Clark mov
After one incomplete pass, Novak , ed the ball to the one, but a fum
heaved a long one to Tom Caro- 1 blc ended all hopes for another
dine who took it in stride on the touchdown,
goal line and scored. Bobby Sarettc's punt out of danger
Decker kicked the point to nar- was partially blocked and the
row the score to 7-20 with 11 varsity took over on the fresh
minutes remaining in the first j man 27 and then fumbled the
half. I ball back to the frosh.
Clark returned the kickoff to Fumbles
the frosh 40 yard marker on a
sparkling run that featured some
The two teams battled in mid
field for the next eight minutes
before the varsity engineered an-
Taking the ball on their 42, in
The frosh's joy was short
lived, however, as they im
mediately lost the ball on their
14 through another fumble. From
here it took only three plays to
score, Clark going the last two
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the score stood at 40-7.
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