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Nebraska-Iowa Game.
OMAHA, Neb.. Nov. 2$-(SpecIal.) The
annual Thanksgiving day football game
between Iowa and Nebraska universities
was played today In a blizzard and re
sulted In victory for neither team. The
score was 0 to 0.
Along toward evening on Friday It be
gan to rain and It kept It up all night,
sometimes sending the water down la tor
rents. The rain ceased only when the tem
perature fell too low and then It began to
sleet. This was about 8 o'clock yesterday
morning. Soon the sleet changed to a hard
dry snow and by 3 o'clock In the after
noon, the time for the game to begin, the
grounds at University park were In a
plight which would about make even a
football player hesitate to go on them.
The field Is flat to begin with and the rain
soaked the ground to the consistency of
mush. Then the sleet and snow added
their cutting grains to the mess and as It
had not frozen quite hard when the play
started, the feet of the men made cuts
and holes which soon became hard and
The temperature gradually fell all day
and during the game a bitter cold wind
from the northwest swept over the field
driving a blinding snow before It nearly
all the time.
The crowd was not large, but yet, con
sidering the day, a very fair number
turned out. About a thousand peoplo
crowded along the side-lines. Men, women
and youngsters Jostled each other In good
natured way to get the best view of the
plays. None occupied seats in the grand
stand and even the tally-ho parties, of
which there were several, did not stay on
their elevated perches. The north side of
the gridiron was the favorite, yet many
faced the wind and snow on the other side
for the sake of a better view.
Host of the spectators, of course, were
Nebraska sympathizers, but the old gold
of Iowa was very conspicuous in various
parts of the crowd and in fact there was
a much larger percentage of Iowa people
present than have attended any previous
game between these teams.
A large excursion was expected from the
university of Nebraska, but the bad
weather kept them back and very few be
sides the team came up. Omaha people
turned out quite well. The Omaha wheel
club had a coach and four horses as did
also a party of ladles and gentlemen under
the leadership of Mr. Shlverlck.
The yellow caps and sweaters of Iowa
appeared on the field about ZM o'clock and
Nebraska soon followed. Everybody who
has followed closely Nebraska's work this
year was glad to see- George Shedd on the
field again. He has been laid up for a
week or more with a bad foot.
Iowa won the toss and chose the west
goal. By this choice they had the aid of
the wind and also nod the snow at their
backs. At 3:20 the whistle for play was
blown and Thorpe kicked off. Down the
field slid the Nebraskans; up the field slid
the Iowans and then they slid around to
gether awhile. When the mass was sep
arated the ball was found in Iowa's bands
and about half way between her goal and
centre. This was the starter and as the
play started, so li continued. It was slide,
Kelly, slide, up and down the field until
darkness and uncertainty of the decision
to make upon a disputed point led to a
mutual agreement to quit. Then Ne
braska and Iowa shook hands and went
to supper.
But to tell what they did: After the
kick-off Iowa tried the line with doubtful
success for a down or two and then sent
Holbrook around the end. He passed every
body In the line and Thorpe got him, but
not until he had placed the ptg-skln fifteen
yards Nebraska's side of centre.
Nebraska took the ball on a fumble in
the next play and proceeded to gain.
Shedd went three yards and Cook two.
But Iowa held em there and Thorpe was
obliged to punt. Now punting is all right
if it gets you anything; but verily what
shall It profit a man to punt two milesand
lose every inch he gained? That's what
happened. Mr. Myers took the ball around
tne end on Iowa's first play and carried
it thirty yards. Then Iowa took twenty
five more by swatting the line a time or
two. That was beginning to look danger
ous, so Nebraska braced up and with no
seeming great exertion took the oval on
downs. . .
Thorpe worked a bluff on them here nnd
went around the end fifteen yards. This
ended Nebraska's gains, however, and
Thorpe punted. And again it got nlm
nothing. This time Iowa didn't wait for
a down, but at once returned the ball to
the place it started from and In the place
where Orlie's trilbies had broken the crust
of the beautiful snow, then they put it
down for a scrimmage.
Iowa gained for several downs, but Ne
braska put on her shoulder braces again
and slopped the tfilar.
Nebraska then started out to gain. The
playing was being done In Nebraska ter
rifoVand they determined to d out.
And they dug In this manner. Shedd went
5our yards and Cook added five. "WTggin,
ade two and then Cook went again for
a couple. Dungan took a large swipe at
them and made six yards. Turner care
fully measured his length in advance.
Ttat-. eeTsi inches. But then they
attempted a criss-cross and lost fifteen
They choose to lose the remaining live
and keep the ball, so they placed it so.
But they kept It only one play more, then
I own played hard and advanced to Ne
braska's ten-yard line, but lost to Ne
braska on downs. Nebraska could not
gain, so punted. Holbrook carried the ball
luck about fifteen yards. They had but
seven yards to gain now to mako a, touch
down. Once, twice and three times they
tried to gain, but didn't make the necessa
ry five yards. But the referee, Mr. Stipp,
either was negligent In watching the ball,
or his training In addition Is poor, for he
said It was only the third down.
That time they crossed tho five-yard
mark and had three downs to go two
yards In. But they never made It. Ne
braska did Tier star playing here. Her line
was Impervious to anything and she took
tho ball on downs as It lay a foot from the
Good line work took It fifteen yards or
more away before Iowa succeeded in get
ting it. About this time It was discovered
that the time-keeper's watch had stopped.
The half was already ten minutes too
long, so the play stopped here.
Score, Iowa 0. Nebraska 0.
During the intermission tho rooters
made the air hideous with their yells,
and everybody ran around or huddled in
fence corners to keep warm.
The second half liegan at 1:40 o'clock,
and Iowa kicked oft. Nebrtska now was
favored by the wind.
From tho kick off Nebraska ailvoncel
the ball rapidly, and did the b-st offen
sive work of tho game. By easy line
gains they went fifteen or twenty yards.
Then Thorpe punted and luck was with
the scarlet and cream, for Hoffs muffed
the ball and Dungan got it just forty
yards from where the punt was made.
Then they wettt on again In the line
work. Now, if they had continued this
kind of play the wise ones say a touch
down would have been a certain result.
But Thorpe happened, to remember tho
beautiful little kick and run ho and Wig
gins made In the Ames game, and so lie
kicked, but an Iowa man got In Wiggins'
way and the ball went to Iowa.
Just five plays nnd the ball was back
at center again. This was discouraging,
but It was owing to the slippery ground,
for Iowa's heavy men slid the little Ne
braskans along like a boy does his sl.d.
Nebraska, took tho ball on a fumb'e,
and punted, but It went over the line for
a touchback, and Iowa brought It out to
the twenty-flve-yard lino and punted.
'Nebraska downed it at center again,
but had to punt.
It soon returned to center, and Hol
brook and Meyer advanced It rapidly by
long end runs. But finally Nebraska held
their advances and they punted.
Now Nebraska took the ball, us It hap
pened for the last time. It was already
so dark that It was hard to distinguish
objects across tho field. There was .
little rise In the ground at this pclnt,
about fifteen yards from Nebraska's goal,
and they failed to climb up it in their
downs. Thorpe gave the signal for a
punt and fell back to get the ball, tut
In the darkness he missed it and it went
over his head.
Quick as flash he turned and followed
it Into the crowd and luckily downed. It
just before it crossed the fatal 11ns.
Iowans thought they had a safety, and
Neliraskans were not sure but what they
had, but when it was figured out the ball
lacked about an inch and a half of balng
on the line.
Then a dispute arose as to whether tho
ball was Nebraska's on account of havinj
lost twenty yards, or Iowa's on down.
This point was not decided, and as there
was but a. minute more to play and th
darkness was deepening so- fast. It wa.3
mutually agreed to call the game finished,
and the score stood: Nebraska 0; Iowa 0.
An accurate description of the relative
value of the gains of the two teams
would be hard to give on account of the
five-yards lines being obliterated by snow.
But It is safe to venture that Nebraska
would stand a much better show o:i a dry
This opinion Is concurred in by Coach
Robinson and Manager Oury as well as
many of the players. It Is figured out this
way. Iowa's gains were largely made by
her heavy interference, which slid the
lighter Nebraskans along yards at a time.
The long end runs Holbrook and Meyer
made were largely owing to the Nebraska
ends being unable to handle themselves
on the slippery ground. While the runner
knews where, he is going, the tackier must
guess and so gains advantage on dry
ground. Then again Nebraska made many
of her points this -j'ear by trick plays.
These are almost useless on such a field
as yesterday's was. The referee on at
least two different occasions gave Iowa
five downs and this advantage would be
eliminated in another game.
Yesterday's game, or course, gives Iowa
the pennant, but Manager Oury wants
another whtck at them- and -he wlH at
tempt to get them to -play in Omaha next
Saturday afternoon.
The line-up was:
Nebraska Positions. Iowa
Jones and Benedict, left end Brown
Dungan left tackle ..Lelghton
Hansen left guard Walker
Melford center. Guerson
Turner right guard Blackmore
Pearse right tackle Stanton
Wiggins right end Thomas
Thorpe quarter Coldren
Shedd left half Holbrook
Cook '.right half Meyers
Packard full Hobbs
Officials, Wilson of Omaha, umpire;
Stlpp of Grinnell, referee; Robinson of
Brown, Bull of Pennsylvania, linesmen.
The result of yesterday's tame In the
league gives the pennant to Iowa, as she
has won two games and has had no points
scored ngalns' her.
Kansas comes in second with two
games to her credit and ten points against
Nebraska Is third, having won one
Missouri has lost all three she has played.
This pennant winning business goes very
fairly aprarently, for In the past three
years as many different teams have held
Preeenting for the First Time here the romantic Comic Opera Success
ic three acts by D'KOVEN fc Smith.
600to601Xime$ .
Seats ob Sale Friday, November 27. 10 a. m. r;
December 3, 4, 5, held in HARRIS BLOCK, opposite Herpol
sheimer's on N Street. Supper every evening, 20 cents for
one evening, 50 cerits for three evenings. Ladies will be
dressed in Swedish Costumes, home industries of Sweden
will be reproduced. It promises to be a grand affair. AH are
cordially Invited.
Y. W. C. A.
The Y. W. C. A. evening at home was
held on Thanksgiving evening this week.
A musical program was followed by a
candy pulL There were about forty
present girls who as a rule do not have
much opportunity for hearing good ma
sic. Prof. Hagenow and his daughter,
May Belle, very kindly offered their
services, as well as Miss Maud Ham
mond and Miss Redford. The candy
popcorn and apples made a fitting
closo to lhankgiving day. While just
before breaking up, Prof. Hagenow
plaved "Home, Sweet Homo" on his
violin. The Y. W. C A. hopes to have
many more just as enjoyable evenings
Splendid t
Select borus .
Elegant Costumes
Stage Settings
by the
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