1927 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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1927 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Conference Big Eight Conference
1927 record 6-2-0 (4-1-0 MVIAA)
Head coach Ernest Bearg (3rd year)
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1926 1928 »
1927 Missouri Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Missouri 5 1 0     7 2 0
Nebraska 4 1 0     6 2 0
Oklahoma A&M 2 1 0     4 4 0
Iowa State 3 2 0     4 3 1
Washington (MO) 2 2 1     5 2 2
Kansas 3 3 1     3 4 1
Oklahoma 2 3 0     3 3 2
Kansas State 2 4 0     3 5 0
Drake 1 2 0     3 6 0
Grinnell 0 5 0     0 7 1
† – Conference champion

The 1927 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team was the representative of the University of Nebraska in the 1927 college football season. The team was coached by Ernest Bearg and played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Before the season[edit]

Coach Bearg's third season began with a reduction from the record 60 players on the Cornhusker squad in 1926, heading into the 1927 season with 45 on the roster. Nebraska had not performed well in Bearg's first season, finishing well down in the conference standings, but had improved to 2nd place in 1926. 1927 seemed as likely as any for Bearg to attain his first conference title.

Schedule[edit]

[1]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 1 Iowa State Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska W 6-0 10,000
October 8 at Missouri Faurot Field • Columbia, Missouri L 6-7 -
October 15 Grinnell Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 58-0 -
October 29* Syracuse Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 21-0 -
November 5† Kansas Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 47-13 -
November 12* at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, Pennsylvania L 13-21 -
November 19 at Kansas State Memorial StadiumManhattan, Kansas W 33-0 -
November 24* NYU Violets football Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska W 27-18 35,000
*Non-Conference Game †Homecoming

Roster[edit]

Ashburn, Clifford (Unk) E
Asmus, Charles (So.) C
Beck, Victor (Jr.) FB
Bronson, Willard (Unk) QB
Brown, John (Sr.) QB
Bushee, Charles (So.) G
Drath, Walter (Jr.) G
Elkins, Fait (So.) QB
Farley, George (So.) HB
Grow, Lloyd (Sr.) C
Holm, Elmer (Jr.) G
Holt, George (So.) C
Howell, Edward (Jr.) HB
Hurd, Clinton (So.) G
James, Theodore (Unk) C
Jeffries, Ralph (So.) E
Krall, Bob (Jr.) E
Lawson, Vinton (Sr.) E
Lee, Evard (Sr.) E
Lewandowski, Adolph (So.) E
Lindell, Don (Jr.) QB
Lucas, Leroy (Jr.) T
McBride, Clark (So.) HB

 

McMullen, Dan (Jr.) G
Munn, Glenn (So.) T
Oehlrich, Arnold (Sr.) FB
Peaker, Harold (Jr.) QB
Presnell, Glenn (Sr.) HB
Raish, Clarence (Sr.) G
Randels, Ray (Sr.) T
Ray, George (So.) T
Reeves, Joe (Jr.) C
Richards, Raymond (So.) T
Schulz, William (Jr.) G
Shaner, George (Sr.) E
Simic, Adolph (Jr.) E
Sloan, Clair (So.) HB
Sprague, Leon (Sr.) E
Still, Joe (Jr.) G
Toms, Howard (So.) E
Voris, Earl (Jr.) HB
White, Lloyd (So.) G
Whitmore, Robert (Sr.) G
Witte, Willard (So.) HB
Zuver, Merle (Jr.) C [2]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Title First year
in this position
Years at Nebraska Alma Mater
Ernest Bearg Head Coach 1925 1925–1928 Washburn
Leo Sherer Ends Coach 1923 1923–1928 Nebraska
Charlie T. Black Backfield Coach 1926 1926–1930
Bernard Oakes Line Coach 1926 1926–1930

[3][4]

Game notes[edit]

Iowa State[edit]

Iowa State at Nebraska
1 2 Total
Iowa State 0
Nebraska 6

Iowa State was first up for the 1927 slate, and coach Bearg made an effort to get all of the new Cornhusker players in the game. Nebraska only scored six in the contest, but still secured the shutout victory to open conference play and advance farther ahead in the series to 17-4-1. [5][6]

Missouri[edit]

Nebraska at Missouri
1 2 Total
Nebraska 6
Missouri 7

Although Nebraska racked up impressive statistics and seemed at times to move the ball with ease, time and time again the Missouri squad held back the Cornhuskers. Nebraska HB Presnell rolled up more yards on the day then the entire Missouri team combined, but it was the Tigers that emerged the winner by one point, marking their third straight victory over the Cornhuskers. Those three straight wins accounted for half of all of Missouri's wins against Nebraska since the beginning of the series in 1892, and they gained slightly on the series by pulling up to 6-14-1.[5][7]


Grinnell[edit]

Grinnell at Nebraska
1 2 Total
Grinnell 0
Nebraska 58
  • Date: October 15
  • Location: Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska

Nebraska responded severely to the continued frustration dealt to them by Missouri the previous week by absolutely smashing Grinnell in Lincoln with a shutout 58-0 performance, which was the most points they had scored against an opponent since the 66-0 downing of South Dakota in 1922. Grinnell and Nebraska had shared conference affiliations since 1919, but this was the first time the teams had met on the field since 1908. It was also the last meeting of the teams, ending one of the oldest series in the Nebraska program's history dating back to 1894, with Nebraska in command at 7-2. [5][7]

Syracuse[edit]

Syracuse at Nebraska
1 2 Total
Syracuse 0
Nebraska 21
  • Date: October 29
  • Location: Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska

Three years had passed since the Cornhuskers had last taken a shot at the Orangemen, and Nebraska was aiming to cut the 2-game series lead held by Syracuse. The success of the previous game was extended as the Cornhuskers played an additional four quarters of football without being scored upon, sending the eastern team home as recipients of a 0-21 blanking in Lincoln. The win brought Nebraska up to within one game of tying the series, to 2-3 all-time against Syracuse. [5][8]

Kansas[edit]

Kansas at Nebraska
1 2 Total
Kansas 13
Nebraska 47
  • Date: November 5
  • Location: Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska

The Cornhuskers were on a roll, after recording two consecutive shutouts since the bitter loss to Missouri, and ran over Kansas with minimal effort. Though the shutout streak was broken, the margin of victory was indicative of the offensive production put forth by the Nebraska team. Even with the 1-point loss to the Tigers in the second game, the Cornhuskers had outscored their opponents 138-20 during the season so far. Nebraska improved their series lead with Kansas to 23-9-2. [5][9]

Pittsburgh[edit]

Nebraska at Pittsburgh
1 2 Total
Nebraska 13
Pittsburgh 21

The Cornhuskers journeyed to Pittsburgh to face the Panthers for only the second time ever, the previous meeting a Pitt victory in 1921. Undefeated Pittsburgh scored first, but was soon matched by an answering score from Nebraska. The match was a close contest which remained in doubt until late in the game, but ultimately Nebraska returned to Lincoln winless against Pitt all-time despite the honorable effort. [5][10]

Kansas State[edit]

Nebraska at Kansas State
1 2 Total
Nebraska 33
Kansas State 0

The Kansas State Aggies had played Nebraska close in the previous two seasons, pulling down a tie and a three-point loss for their efforts, and today seemed like it might be another fight as halftime arrived and Nebraska was ahead with a weak 6-0 edge. The second half was a different story, however, as Nebraska piled on the points and kept the Aggies scoreless for the duration of the game. Kansas State sent the Cornhuskers home, but were left harboring a bitter, winless 0-11-1 record against Nebraska to date. [5][11]

New York University[edit]

New York University at Nebraska
1 2 Total
New York University 18
Nebraska 27
  • Date: November 24
  • Location: Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Game attendance: 35,000

For the second time of the season, Nebraska met an undefeated eastern team when NYU arrived in Lincoln. Although the Cornhuskers scored first and held a respectable 19-6 lead by the half, the Violets stormed back to pull within one point after the half. Nebraska then buckled down as the stands came to life with spectators on their feet, as the Cornhuskers rolled off an additional eight unanswered points and defeated the visiting NYU squad in glorious fashion to end the season with victory. This was the second and last game between NYU and Nebraska, with both contests recorded as Cornhusker victories [5][12]

After the season[edit]

Coach Bearg's third season was another moderate success, although the conference title once again eluded him, as his career record improved to 16-6-2 (.708). The program's overall record edged up slightly to 213-73-19 (.730), but Nebraska's conference record slipped a touch down to 49-8-5 (.831). Despite the two ties that marred the undefeated season, Nebraska's strength of schedule resulted in a final #9 national ranking under the Dickinson System.

The Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association was fractured following the 1927 season, as Drake, Grinnell, Oklahoma A&M, and Washington (MO) departed the MVIAA to form the Missouri Valley Conference. The larger remaining schools, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma remained in the MVIAA and became informally known as the Big Six.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Nebraska Football 1927 Roster". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  3. ^ "Nebraska head coaches". HuskerMax. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  4. ^ "1928 Cornhusker - University of Nebraska Yearbook (Page 235)". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
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  8. ^ "1928 Cornhusker - University of Nebraska Yearbook (Page 239)". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  9. ^ "1928 Cornhusker - University of Nebraska Yearbook (Page 240)". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  10. ^ "1928 Cornhusker - University of Nebraska Yearbook (Page 241)". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  11. ^ "1928 Cornhusker - University of Nebraska Yearbook (Page 242)". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  12. ^ "1928 Cornhusker - University of Nebraska Yearbook (Page 244)". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. Retrieved 2009-12-25.