A 65-yard scoring pass-run early in the fourth quarter enabled the Huskers to get by the rugged Big 10 Minnesota Gophers, 14-7, before a sellout crowd which included some 5,000 Nebraskans.
With the score tied 7-7, NU quarterback Dennis Claridge spotted sophomore end Tony Jeter dart behind the Gopher safety and hit him with a perfect strike. Jeter out-legged all pursuers for the victory TD.
It was a great day for Claridge who was playing before a hometown audience. He scored the first NU touchdown, passed for the winning TD, hit 4 of 8 passes and generaled the Huskers in expert fashion. A last-quarter drive by the Scarlets ended on the Gopher goal-line at the final gun, Willie Ross missing a last-play TD drive by inches.
Sophomore back Frank Solich broke an ankle in the game, bringing an early end to his first varsity season.
H'MAX NOTES: Minnesota's TD came on a 71-yard drive, with a 34-yard pass from Bob Sadek to Jerry Pelletier putting the ball on the Nebraska 1.
A UPI account of the game said Claridge's punting plagued the Gophers all afternoon.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Sept. 28, 1963
Nebraska ......... 7 0 0 7 — 14
Minnesota ........ 7 0 0 0 — 7
MIN — Bob Sadek (1, run; Reid kick)
NEB — Dennis Claridge (8, run; Rudy Johnson kick)
NEB — Tony Jeter (65, pass from Claridge;
Fred Duda kick)
First downs ............ 13 10
Rushing net ............ 176 75
Passing net ............ 89 107
Total offense ......... 265 182
Leading NU rusher: Willie Ross, 91 yards
Leading NU passer: Claridge, 4 for 8 — 89 yards