Harry Wilson's tremendous 36-yard burst through the Iowa State Cyclones saved Nebraska from an onrushing tie—just 3:45 before the final gun—and gave the Huskers a 12-6 win for No. 3 before a record crowd of 28,000.
Penalties, three lost fumbles and the aggressive Cyclones had blunted all Husker scoring thrusts after Larry Wachholtz kicked two first-quarter field goals.
Iowa State tied it in the second quarter when Don Graves picked off a Bob Churchich pass and raced 16 yards to score.
Carel Stith's fumble recovery at the ISU 46 late in the fourth quarter gave Nebraska a chance for victory. A 10-yard Churchich-to-Dennis Richnafsky pass and a key fourth down plunge by Paul Critchlow gave the Huskers a first down at the 36.
Wilson then shot through le,ft tackle, got hit three times—he shook off two and broke the third tackle—before ripping into the clear for the winning TD.
While the score was close, Nebraska out-rushed ISU by 229-77 and had a total offense bulge of 432-191.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Iowa State 6
Oct. 1, 1966
Nebraska ............ 6 0 0 6 — 12
Iowa State ........... 0 6 0 0 — 6
NEB — Larry Wachholtz 31 field goal
NEB — Wachholtz 38 field goal
ISU — Don Graves 16 pass interception (pass failed)
NEB — Harry Wilson 36 run (kick failed)
First downs ............ 21 10
Rushing net ............ 229 77
Passing net ............ 203 114
Total offense .......... 432 191
Leading NU rushers: Harry Wilson 102; Pete Tatman 74.
Leading NU passer: Bob Churchich, 16 for 27—203 yards.