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Husker l-Back Tony Davis (25) picks up some of his 51 yards against the Wisconsin
defense. Davis also scored two touchdowns.
Junior quarterback Dave Humm (12) fades back to pass as offensive guard Tom
Alward (63) provides the blocking.
Huskers rally again for fourth quarter win
By Bill Bennett
As Nebrabka and Wisconsin entered the fourth
quarter of Saturday's game, the clouds above
Memorial Stadium were gray and dismal. Thf stadium
itself wasn't any brighter, because the Badjei weie
leading Nebraska 16-14 with only 5 09 left in the
For the second consecutive wc'k (on Sept. 22
Nebraska was trailing North Carolina State in the
final quarter 14-10), the Huskers were losing to a
team they were supposed to blow off the field. But
thanks to some fourth quarter heroics, the Huskers
pulled out a 20-16 victory over the stubl)orn Badgers.
"It's not that our attitude is bad," defensive end
Steve Manstedt said after the game. "It's just that we
only went so far in the first half, and then we let up.
We can't do that because that gives the other team a
Both teams scored once in the first half. Nebraska
drove 52 yards on their third possession of the game
and scored on a nine-yard pass from quarterback
Dave Humm to l-back Tony Davis. Rich Sanger's
point-after-attempt (PAT) was good, and the Huskers
led 7-0 with 4:23 left in the first quarter.
Wisconsin scored in the second quarter after
intercepting a Humm pass. They diove 59 yards for
the score, and with the extra point, tier) the game
with 3:02 left in the half.
Nebraska had three excellent opportunities to
score in the third quarter but failed to capitalize on
any of them.
Then the fourth quarter almost spelled doom for
the unpredictable Huskers. With 7:54 left in the
quarter, Badger kicker Rick Barrios booted a 29-yard
field goal giving Wisconsin a 10-7 lead.
Finally displaying the kind of offense that played
against UCLA, the Huskers took the Wisconsin
kickoff and drove from their own 20 yard line to
score in only six plays. The score came on a 23-yard
pass from Humm to split end Frosty Anderson.
Sanger's kick was good, and Nebraska led 14-10 with
5:23 remaining in the game.
Then disaster struck the Huskers. The Nebraska
kickoff was taken at the Badger four yard line by
Selvie Washington and returned for a touchdown. The
PAT was no good, and Wisconsin led 16-14 as 76,279
Husker fans sat in stunned silence.
Fortunately, Nebraska again rose to the occasion
by drivinj 83 yards in seven plays and scoring on
Davis' 14-yard touchdown run. Nebraska's try for
two points failed, and the Huskers led 20-16,
Wisconsin mounted a final drive but was stopped
on fourth down at the Nebraska 3G yard line.
In the Nebraska locker room after the game, Head
Coach Tom Osborne said, "Wisconsin is the best 0 3
football team I've ever seen."
For the third straight game, middle guard John
Cell led the Blackshirts in tackles with 12. Bell was up
against Wisconsin's Ail-American center candidate
Quaiterback Humm set two Husker passing
records against Wisconsin. His 297 yards broke Frank
Patrick's 1967 record of 290 yards against
Oklahoma. His 25 completions beat Jerry Tagge's
19G9 recoid of 23 completions against Kansas, which
was tied by Humm against Iowa State last year.
But against Wisconsin, the Husker running attack
never got unbacked. Wingback Ritch Bahe got 58
yards on four carries, Davis got 51 yards on 16 carries
and starting I back Dave Goeller got 16 yards on 13
Split end Anderson had the best day of his career
as he caught nine passes for 141 yards and one
Wisconsin Head Coach John Jardine said the mark
of a good football team is the ability to keep cool
when behind late in the game.
"And Nebraska did just that," he said. "They are
in every sense of the word a very solid football
Wisconsin tailback Bill Marek, who gained 145
yards against the Blackshirts, said Nebraska seemed
physically stronger than the previous Wisconsin
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