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1941 Rose Bowl
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
07/09/2002
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Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 1, 1941-Nebraska was only the third Big Six team to play in a postseason bowl game, but the Cornhuskers made their first bowl trip a memorable one with an invitation to the granddaddy of them all--The Rose Bowl.

Under the warm California sun in Pasadena, Coach Biff Jones? Cornhuskers led Clark Shaughnessy?s Stanford Indians twice in the first half, but fell victim to the innovative T-formation, 21-13. The Huskers took a 7-0 lead just six plays after the kickoff when fullback Vike Francis plunged over from the two. Stanford tied the count four plays later when Hugh Gallarneau bolted over from nine yards out.

In the second quarter, the Huskers took the lead again on a 33-yard Herm Rohrig to Allen Zikmund pass, but the Indians came back on Frankie Albert?s 41-yard TD pass to Gallarneau for a 14-13 halftime lead. A 39-yard TD punt return by Pete Kmetovic iced the game for the Indians in the third quarter. The 92,000 fans on hand still represent the largest crowd ever to see Nebraska play.

1941 Rose Bowl

Teams

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2

3

4

Final

Stanford

7

7

7

0

21

Nebraska

7

6

0

0

13


Statistics

NU

Stanford

First Downs

9

15

Rushing, Net

58

202

Passes Att., Comp., Int.

14-4-0

13-6-2

Passing, Net

85

68

Total Offense

143

270


Scoring Summary
First Quarter
NU-Vike Francis 2 run (Francis kick)
SU-Hugh Gallarneau 9 run (Frankie Albert kick)

Second Quarter
NU-Allen Zikmund 33 pass from Herm Rohrig (kick blocked)
SU-Gallarneau 41 pass from Albert (Albert kick)

Third Quarter
SU-Pete Kmetovic 39 punt return (Albert kick)

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