Paul Rogers again kicked Nebraska to victory, this time with a 19-yard field goal with only 1:32 left in the game.
It was another rousing comeback win as the Huskers spotted the big, strong and talented Big 10 co-champs of 1967 a 14-0 lead. But Nebraska roared back before a throng of 55,362 fans to remain unbeaten and ranked in the Top 10.
With 13:25 gone in the first quarter Minnesota's Maurice Forte bulled in to score after the Gophers got the ball at the NU 23 via a pass interception and 15-yard penalty.
Forte scored again with 6:04 left in the half after the Gophers jumped on a Husker fumble of a punt return at the NU 17.
Refusing to fold, Nebraska battled back to march 61 yards in five plays to pull up 14-7 at halftime. Big play in the drive was a 42-yard Ernie Sigler-to-Jim McFarland pass which carried to the Gopher 3. Joe Orduna scored and Paul Rogers kicked with 0:43 left in the half.
In the fourth quarter Dana Stephenson picked off a Gopher pass and returned it 28 yards to the Minnesota 17. Three plays later Sigler hit McFarland for a TD and Rogers kicked the tying point with 10:50 left in the game.
Sherwin Jarmon's interception and 19-yard return, plus a piling penalty, gave the Huskers a chance for victory. Starting on the Gopher 38 late in the game, the Huskers drove to the two before stalling Then, with 1:32 left in the game, Rogers booted his 19-yard beauty and Nebraska had win No. 3.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Sept. 28, 1968
Nebraska 0 7 0 10 — 17
Minnesota 7 7 0 0 — 14
MIN — Maurice Forte, 2 run (Bob Stein kick), 1:35
MIN — Maurice Forte, 2 run (Stein kick), 6:04
NEB — Joe Orduna, 2 run (Paul Rogers kick), 0:43
NEB — Jim McFarland, 14 pass from Ernie Sigler
(Rogers kick), 10:50
NEB — Paul Rogers, 19 field goal, 1:32
First Down ....... 13 14
Rushing Net ...... 91 83
Passing Net ...... 146 135
Total Offense .... 237 218
Leading NU Rushers: Dick Davis 67, Joe Orduna 38.
Leading NU Passer: Ernie Sigler 12 for 20—146 yards.