1950 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1950 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team was the representative of the University of Nebraska and member of the Big 7 Conference in the 1950 college football season. The team was coached by Bill Glassford and played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

1950 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
ConferenceBig Seven Conference
Ranking
APNo. 17
Record6–2–1 (4–2 Big 7)
Head coach
Offensive schemeT formation
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1949
1951 →
1950 Big Seven Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Oklahoma $ 6 0 0 10 1 0
No. 17 Nebraska 4 2 0 6 2 1
Missouri 3 2 1 4 5 1
Kansas 3 3 0 6 4 0
Iowa State 2 3 1 3 6 1
Colorado 2 4 0 5 4 1
Kansas State 0 6 0 1 9 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Before the seasonEdit

After the dark decade of the 1940s, where the Cornhusker program found only one winning season, second-year head coach Glassford had arrived and brought a faint hope to the Cornhusker faithful by fielding a 1949 team that appeared competitive. As coach Glassford settled in for his second year, he increased the coaching staff from seven to nine personnel, and the new decade opened with hopes that Nebraska could once again take its place among the best of the college football programs in the United States.

On April 8, 1950, Nebraska held its first ever Spring Game scrimmage (later known as the Red-White Game) against a team of Nebraska alumni players (supplemented by a handful of varsity members). The two teams played to a 13–13 tie.[1]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 302:00 pmIndiana*T 20–2033,000
October 71:30 pmat Minnesota*W 32–2648,365
October 143:00 pmat ColoradoL 19–2825,000
October 212:00 pmPenn State*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
W 19–038,000
October 282:00 pmat KansasW 33–2639,000
November 42:00 pmMissouri 
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
W 40–3438,000
November 112:00 pmKansas StateNo. 16
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
W 49–2129,000
November 182:00 pmIowa StateNo. 18
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Lincoln, NE
W 20–1337,193
November 252:00 pmat No. 1 OklahomaNo. 16L 35–4953,066[2]
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

[3][4][5]

RosterEdit

  • 30 Adduci, Nick FB
  • 61 Bauer, Arthur G
  • 40 Bloom, Don HB
  • 72 Boll, Don T
  • 65 Brasee, Carl G
  • 55 Britt, Ted C
  • 87 Carney E
  • 45 Carroll, Jack HB
  • 13 Clark, Ron HB
  • 86 Connor, Ted T
  • 31 Curtis, Clayton HB
  • 46 Dinklage T
  •    Dorn, Harold HB
  • 14 Ferguson, Gerald HB
  • 78 Fiene T
  • 79 Godfrey, James T
  • 76 Goeglein, Richard T
  • 67 Goll, Dick G
  • 47 Grimm T
  • 71 Handshy, Wayne T
  • 63 Harper, Tom G
  • 68 Hoy, Rex G
  • 66 Husmann, Ed G
  • 20 Lehman HB
  • 44 Levendusky, James HB
 
  • 75 Maxe, Bill T
  • 51 McGill, Joe C
  • 22 Meyer, Frank G
  • 41 Mueller, William HB
  • 74 Mullen, Robert T
  • 21 Nagle, Fran QB
  • 88 Novak, Ray E
  • 82 Paynich, George E
  • 69 Pedersen, Donald G
  • 10 Ponsiego, Joe G
  • 83 Prochaska, George E
  • 73 Reese, Herbert E
  • 80 Regier, Dick E
  • 12 Reynolds, Bobby HB
  • 84 Roper E
  • 50 Schroeder, Ken C
  • 52 Scott, Verl C
  • 81 Simon, Frank E
  • 15 Sommers, James HB
  • 64 Spellman, Walt G
  • 62 Strasheim, Don G
  • 53 Thibault, Hyle C
  • 70 Toogood, Charles T
  • 16 Winey, Leo FB
  • 89 Wingender, Bill FB

Bob Tritsch- Student Manager 1948–1951, Senior Student Manager 1950–51

Coaching staffEdit

Name Title First year
in this position
Years at Nebraska Alma Mater
Bill Glassford Head Coach 1949 1949–1955 Pittsburgh
L. F. "Pop" Klein Assistant Coach 1945 1945–1958
Ray Prochaska Ends Coach 1950 1947–1948, 1950–1954 Nebraska
Ike Hanscomb Freshman Coach 1948 1948–1953
Bob Davis Backfield Coach 1949 1949–1955
Peter Janetos Freshman Coach 1949 1949–1952
Marvin Franklin Defensive Coach 1950 1949–1951 Vanderbilt
Ralph Fife Offensive Line Coach 1950 1950–1952
Neal Mehring Defensive Coach 1950 1950–1951

[3][4][5]

Game summariesEdit

IndianaEdit

1 2Total
Indiana 20
Nebraska 20

Nebraska put a stop to Indiana's seven-game winning streak against the Cornhuskers by bringing a strong performance to the opening game of the season. The Hoosiers escaped a defeat only by a handful of fumbles lost by Cornhusker miscues. It was the first time since 1938 that Nebraska had fought a contest to a tie, a 0–0 scoreless affair which also happened to be against Indiana. The Cornhuskers pulled up to 3–7–3 against Indiana to date.[6][7]

MinnesotaEdit

1 2Total
Nebraska 32
Minnesota 26

Encouraged by the strong showing the week prior against the Hoosiers, Nebraska traveled to Minneapolis and refused to be intimidated by the Golden Gophers. By the time Minnesota managed to score, Nebraska was already enjoying a 26–0 lead and had the Gophers on their heels. Minnesota's adjustments after halftime brought some results, but not enough for them to escape the rare home field defeat. Minnesota's ten-game winning streak against Nebraska was snapped at last, and the Cornhuskers reveled in their first win in Minneapolis since a 6–0 decision against the Gophers dating back to 1902. Nebraska now stood at 5–25–2 in the series and had much ground to cover if they ever hoped to catch up, but the momentous win was cause to celebrate. Perhaps Nebraska was finally on the way back.[6][7]

ColoradoEdit

1 2Total
Nebraska 19
Colorado 28

Fresh from their triumph in Minneapolis, the Cornhuskers arrived in Boulder looking for another win to establish the return of the program to greatness. Colorado would have none of that, however, and dealt the uninspired Nebraska squad its first loss of the season to move to 3–6–3 in the series.[6][8]

Penn StateEdit

1 2Total
Penn State 0
Nebraska 19
  • Date: October 21
  • Location: Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Game attendance: 38,000

Nebraska bounced back from the flat performance of the week before, and was firing on all cylinders when Penn State arrived in Lincoln for the first time ever in the third meeting of these teams. Cornhusker HB Bobby Reynolds accounted for more personal yards on the day then the entire Nittany Lion team, and the Nebraska defense held strong to prevent Penn State from ever finding the scoreboard, securing the first Nebraska win in the series. So far, except for the aberration in Boulder, the season had opened with exceptional success as the Cornhuskers were undefeated against three powerhouse teams, two of which were longtime rivals.[6][8]

KansasEdit

1 2Total
Nebraska 33
Kansas 26

The Cornhuskers continued to build on the season's rising tide of successes by defeating the Jayhawks in Lawrence, snapping their three-game skid against Kansas. Nebraska was now 41–12–3 against the Jayhawks all-time.[6]

MissouriEdit

1 2Total
Missouri 34
Nebraska 40
  • Date: November 4
  • Location: Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Game attendance: 38,000

The 1950 homecoming game was attended by former Cornhusker football players who had battled in the 1941 Rose Bowl ten seasons prior, and the new decade's version of the Cornhuskers did not disappoint. For the first time since 1945, Nebraska pulled in a homecoming victory, in an offensive shootout that amassed over 1,000 combined offensive yards by both teams. The defeat of Missouri ended a five-game Tiger winning streak, and put Nebraska ahead in the series at 25–15–3.[6][9]

Kansas StateEdit

1 2Total
Kansas State 21
• #16 Nebraska 49
  • Date: November 11
  • Location: Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Game attendance: 29,000

Kansas State found itself in the path of a rolling Cornhusker squad that was listed in the AP Poll for the first time since 1941, and was unable to get out of the way as the Cornhuskers hung 49 points on the scoreboard before the final whistle, which was the most points scored in a single game by Nebraska since a 53–0 blanking of lowly South Dakota in 1945. Nebraska had now defeated the Wildcats in eight straight meetings and continued to lead the series at 28–4–2.[6]

Iowa StateEdit

1 2Total
Iowa State 13
• #18 Nebraska 20
  • Date: November 18
  • Location: Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Game attendance: 37,193

Apparently the voters in the AP Poll were not adequately impressed with Nebraska's win over downtrodden Kansas State the previous week, as the Cornhuskers actually fell two spots in the poll before facing Iowa State in Lincoln. A single touchdown proved to be the difference in the game, as the Cyclones fought a fairly close game, holding Nebraska to under 30 points for the first time in four games. The Cornhuskers increased their commanding series lead to 35–8–1.[6]

OklahomaEdit

1 2Total
#16 Nebraska 35
• #1 Oklahoma 49

Nebraska faced its stiffest test of the season when the Cornhuskers traveled to Norman to close the regular season, as the Sooners held a record seven-game winning streak over Nebraska and was the #1 ranked team in the AP Poll going into the game. Nebraska fought in front of a substantial crowd, managing to put up 35 points against the number one team in the land on their own turf, but Oklahoma romped over the Cornhusker defenses and racked up 49 points of their own to finish the season on top of the conference and the nation. Nebraska's record single-team losing streak, held by Oklahoma, was extended to eight games. The Sooners finished the season undefeated at 9–0–0, and closed the series record gap between the squads to 10–16–3.[6]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
— = Not ranked.
Week
PollPre12345678910Final
AP1618161617
CoachesN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A20

After the seasonEdit

 
Bobby Reynolds (pictured) became known as Mr. Touchdown after winning an RCA contest organized as part of its promotion of "Mr. Touchdown, U.S.A."

Coach Glassford's second season was a resounding success, as Nebraska end its brutal nine-season losing skid, and notched high-profile wins against Penn State and Minnesota in the process. The season-ending loss to national champion Oklahoma could be tolerated, leaving just the one letdown loss to Colorado to truly mar the season, though the positive turnaround of fortunes was so dramatic that few would complain. Nebraska ended the season ranked in the AP Poll for the first time in ten years. Coach Glassford's conference record improved to 7–5–0 (.583), as his overall record climbed to 10–7–1 (.583). The Cornhusker football program's overall record improved to 326–155–32 (.667), though the conference record declined slightly to 127–42–11 (.736).

During the 1950 football season, in order to promote the debut of its new song "Mr. Touchdown, U.S.A.," RCA offered a prize of a television set and a silver-plated album to the college football player who scored the most touchdowns during the 1950 football season. As part of the promotion, albums of "Mr. Touchdown, U.S.A." were sent to sports reporters at American newspapers.[10] Bobby Reynolds of Nebraska ultimately claimed the prize, which was presented to him in February of 1951 by Hugo Winterhalter, the first performer of the song.[11] Reynolds, who became best known among Nebraska fans during his legendary 1950 season, has since been described as Mr. Touchdown.[12][13]

Future NFL and other professional league playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  8. ^ a b "1951 Cornhusker – University of Nebraska Yearbook (Page 240)". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
  9. ^ "1951 Cornhusker – University of Nebraska Yearbook (Page 241)". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
  10. ^ "Record Makers to Honor TD Terror". Indianapolis News. October 26, 1950. Retrieved December 30, 2020 – via newspapers.com. 
  11. ^ "Mr. Touchdown, U.S.A." The Frederick Press. February 15, 1951. Retrieved December 30, 2020 – via newspapers.com. 
  12. ^ Chrisopherson, Brian (March 1, 2016). "81 yards: Nebraska's All-American boy". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved December 30, 2020.
  13. ^ Sittler, Dave (October 31, 1975). "Mr. Touchdown's Anniversary". Lincoln Journal-Star. Retrieved December 30, 2020.