Beating Red Grange, 1925

Three-time All-American Harold “Red” Grange scored a touchdown in 19 of the 20 games he played for Illinois. The team that held him scoreless? Nebraska, in a 14-0 upset in 1925.

the Lincoln Journal Star

Oct. 25, 1925

All-America halfback Red Grange could barely breathe, much less gain anything of note against the “sturdy sons” of Nebraska in the Huskers’ 14-0 upset of Illinois in Urbana, Ill.

Frank Dailey of Alliance intercepted a Grange pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown. Later, John “Choppy” Rhodes of Ansley scored on a 1-yard plunge.

“Grange failed utterly in his efforts to advance the oval against a hard-fighting aggregation of Cornhuskers who tackled fiercely and quite frequently dumped the Illinois marvel to the turf back of his scrimmage line,” Cy Sherman wrote in The Lincoln Star.

“Those pesky Nebraskans, fast chargers, sharp tacklers, didn’t seem to realize that the mob was there to see ‘Red’ run,” the Chicago Herald Examiner wrote. “They stopped him as if he were Rufus McConigle of the East Liverpool YMCA second team.”

— Ken Hambleton