Nebraska took sole possession of first place in the Big 8 race, racked up win No. 8 of the season and No. 15 in succession with a heart-stopping 14-7 win over the inspired Kansas Jayhawks.
All of the scoring was packed into the first half, with the Huskers starting the action off with a 92-yard TD pass from Bob Churchich to end Freeman White late in the first period. It was a record NU aerial as White took the pass on the NU 35 and out-raced the Jayhawk safety.
A 53-yard pass on the first play after the kickoff — Bob Skahan to Mike Johnson — got KU back in contention quickly, and Ron Oelschlager boomed in for the tying TD on the second play of the second quarter. Back roared the Cornhuskers with a 70-yard march, the big gainer being a 39-yard sprint by co-captain Bob Hohn. He also went the final yard with 8:30 left in the half.
From that point on, it was a defensive struggle of titanic proportions — fumbles stopping NU drives; the Huskers battling furiously to contain All America halfback Gale Sayers. Late in the fourth quarter, Sayers got loose and had a pass from Skahan in his grasp at the NU 15, but couldn't hold the ball. Nebraska took over and marched with the ball to run out the final four minutes.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Nov. 7, 1964
Nebraska 7 7 0 0 — 14
Kansas 0 7 0 0 — 7
NU — Freeman White (92, pass from Bob Churchich;
Duncan Drum, kick)
KU — Ron Oelschlager (3, run; Gary Duff, kick)
NU — Bob Hohn (1, run; Drum, kick)
First downs 17 13
Rushing net 219 100
Passing net 160 136
Total offense 379 236
Leading NU rushers: Bob Hohn, 84; Kent McCloughan, 58
Leading NU passer: Bob Churchich, 6 for 12 — 159 yards