Frank Solich tore 80 yards to score on the first play of the game and Nebraska took a 21-0 first-quarter lead, then had to scrap furiously to down a fired-up Air Force team, 27-17, for win No. 2.
Following Solich's stunner, Harry Wilson posted a 41-yard run to set up a 11-yard TD smash by Ron Kirkland, and Solich logged a 21-yard scoring scamper to signal a rout at the end of the first period.
But a Husker fumble set up a Falcon tally in the second quarter, and Air Force capitalized on a field goal, an onside kick, a desperate passing attack and a third-quarter TD to pull up 21-17.
Solich sewed it up with his third TD of the day, a 41-yard sprint after squirming loose at the line, and the Husker defense took command in the fourth quarter.
H'MAX NOTES: Solich became the first Husker to rush for 200 yards in a game. His single-game rushing record would stand for 11 years. ... On the last play of the first half, Air Force ran a fake field goal from the Nebraska 15. Sonny Litz passed to Carl Janssen, who was stopped at the Nebraska 1 by three Husker defenders.
Air Force 17
Sept. 25, 1965
Air Force Academy, CO
Nebraska 21 0 6 0 — 27
Air Force 0 7 10 0 — 17
NU — Frank Solich 80 run (Larry Wachholtz kick)
NU — Ron Kirkland 6 run (Wachholtz kick)
NU — Solich 21 run (Wachholtz kick)
AF — John Ondrejko 2 run (Dan Radtke kick)
AF — Dan Radtke 30 field goal
AF — Bob Barnes 6 run (Radtke kick)
NU — Solich 41 run (kick failed)
First downs ....... 17 16
Rushing net ....... 392 40
Passing net ....... 34 290
Comp-Att-Int.... 4-7-0 20-41-1
Total offense ..... 426 330
Punts ............ 5-37 7-34
Fumbles lost ........ 2 0
Yards penalized .... 95 52
Leading NU rushers:
Frank Solich 205; Harry Wilson 97.
Leading NU passer:
Bob Churchich, 4 for 7 — 34 yards.