Official recapBill Bomberger kicked a 19-yard field goal with only 1:11 left in the game to give Nebraska a 16-14 decision over a fired-up Kansas State team on the rain-drenched Wildcat turf.
Bomberger's boot capped a great Husker comeback, accomplished largely via the passing of Frank Patrick and the catching of Dennis Richnafsky after Kansas State had jumped to a slippery, 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
Fumbles by Patrick (at the NU 11) and Ben Gregory (on a punt at the NU 39) gave the Wildcats two giant chances in the first 12 minutes, and they capitalized on both — Cornelius Davis blasting from the one each time.
But the Cornhuskers regrouped and regained the initiative as the Patrick-Richnafsky duo went to work. When it was over, Patrick had passed for 193 yards (19 of 33) and Richnafsky had set a Big 8 record of 14 catches for 145 yards.
Nebraska scored in the second quarter off a 48-yard drive, Patrick tossing a five-yard TD strike to Richnafsky, to cut the halftime gap to 14-7. In the third quarter, the Huskers went 38 yards, mostly on power thrusts by Dick Davis and Ben Gregory, with the latter scoring from the one. But Bomberger's PAT try was partially blocked and K-State was ready to let school out.
However, demonstrating that the Huskers, too, had a thing called pride, the Scarlets got the ball on their own 15 late in the game marched to the Wildcat nine before stalling. Then Bomberger booted the clincher, and No. 3 was wrapped up.
Kansas State 14
Oct. 7, 1967
Nebraska 0 7 6 3 — 16
Kansas State 14 0 0 0 — 14
KSU — Cornelius Davis (1, run); Bruhin kick)
KSU — Davis (1, run; Bruhin kick)
NEB — Dennis Richnafsky (5, pass from Frank Patrick;
Bill Bomberger kick)
NEB — Ben Gregory (1, run; kick blocked)
NEB — Bomberger (31, field goal)
First downs .......... 19 8
Rushing net .........114 15
Passing net ..........193 104
Total offense ........307 119
LEADING NU RUSHERS:
Dick Davis 49; Ben Gregory 46.
LEADING NU PASSER:
Frank Patrick, 19 for 33 — 193 yards.