Southern Cal 31
Nebraska's Cornhuskers with a rebuilt squad and minus star Joe Orduna opened the Centennial Year against the mighty Southern California Trojans. Some 67,058 fans saw the Trojans strike for a 14-0 lead before the young Huskers regrouped and fought back to a 28-21 deficit before losing 31-21.
U.S.C. drove 80 yards to score, then hit a 45-yard TD pass to lead 14-0 in the second quarter. A 36-yard run by Larry Frost got Nebraska rolling and soph QB Van Brownson tallied with 5:09 left in the half to get NU back in the game. However, a Husker fumble enabled the Trojans to lead 21-7 at halftime.
After U.S.C. opened the gap to 28-7 in the third quarter, Jerry Tagge came in to spark a fourth quarter rally that had the fans roaring. The big NU soph skippered a 46-yard drive that ended with Jeff Kinney scoring with 6:31 left to play.
Nebraska recovered the onside kick and the Huskers again drove 47 yards to score, pulling up 28-21 with 3:40 left. The Huskers got one more chance, but Tagge's pass was intercepted deep in NU territory and U.S.C. got an insurance field goal in the final seconds.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Sept. 20, 1969
Southern Cal 7 14 7 3 — 31
Nebraska 0 7 0 14 — 21
USC — Berry (1, run; Fred Ayala kick, 3:02)
USC — Chandler (45, pass from Jim Jones;
Ayala kick 14:42)
NEB — Van Brownson (2, run; Paul Rogers kick; 5:09
USC — Evans (4, pass from Jones, Ayala kick :17)
USC — Berry (1, run; Ayala kick 5:13)
NEB — Jeff Kinney (12, run; Rogers kick; 6:31)
NEB — Jerry Tagge (2, run; Rogers kick; 3:40)
USC — Ayala (34, field goal; :23)
First Downs 24 18
Rushing Net 142 182
Passes Att-Comp 16-31 8-15
Passing Net 148 153
Total Offense 290 335
LEADING NU RUSHERS:
Frank Vactor 56 Larry Frost 44.
LEADING NU PASSERS:
Jerry Tagge 8 for 14—96; Van Brownson 7-11—61.
NU BACK OF THE GAME:
Larry Frost ... Five carries for 44 yards ... 36-yard run
set up TD that got NU back in game, 14-7.
NU LINEMAN OF THE GAME:
Jerry Murtaugh. Led NU defense with 16 tackles.