Husker sophomore Jerry Tagge set a total offense record as Nebraska routed the Minnesota Gophers, 42-14, before 52,136 fans.
Tagge hit 15 of 23 passes for 219 yards and ran for another 82 yards, giving him 301 yards total offense and snapping the old record of 264 set by John Bordogna against Iowa State in 1951 and tied by Frank Patrick against Oklahoma in 1967.
Minnesota twice led in the first half, but the Huskers battled back for a 14-14 tie and then whacked the Gophers for 28 points in the final two quarters.
After the Gophers went in for 7-0, Nebraska tied it at 7-7 on a 12-yard halfback pass from Jeff Kinney to Guy Ingles. The Huskers almost got another in the second quarter, but Kinney's pass was picked off by a Gopher who ran 99 yards for a 14-7 lead. Tagge needed just four plays to even the count and he fired a 39-yard TD pass to Larry Frost for the halftime tie.
In the third period, Kinney capped a 17-yard drive with a one-yard TD plunge, and Frost took a 43-yard pass from Tagge for a 28-14 lead at the three quarter mark. Nebraska wrapped it up with a 3-play, 53-yard drive and a 24-yard TD run by Jeff Hughes in the fourth quarter.
All told, Nebraska piled up 587 yards in total offense, second best mark in Husker history.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Oct. 4, 1969
Nebraska 0 14 14 14 — 42
Minnesota 7 7 0 0 — 14
MIN — Jim Carter (4, run; Nygren kick; 6:15)
NEB — Guy Ingles (12, pass from Jeff Kinney;
Paul Rogers kick; 14:25)
MIN — Hohman (99, pass interception,
Nygren kick; 8:53)
NEB — Larry Frost (38, pass from Jerry Tagge;
Rogers kick, 2:39)
NEB — Kinney (1, run; Rogers kick; 12:15)
NEB — Frost (43, pass from Tagge; Rogers kick; 1:03)
NEB — Jeff Hughes (24, run; Rogers kick; 3:15)
First Downs 31 16
Rushing Net 336 194
Passing Net 251 71
Att-Comp-Int 18-28-4 7-21-3
Total Offense 587 256
Fumbles lost 1 1
Punts-Average 3-34 7-39
Yards penalized 15 20
LEADING NU RUSHERS:
Jerry Tagge 82, Mike Green 62.
LEADING NU PASSER:
Jerry Tagge 15 for 23—219.
NU BACK OF THE GAME:
Jerry Tagge. Started first game and had 301 yards total offense for new NU record ... Sixth in Big 8 history to pass 300 mark. Hit 15 of 23 passes for 219 yards; ran for 82; tossed TD bombs of 38 and 42 yards; hit 5 of 6 for 81 yards on game-breaking 99-yard TD drive.
NU LINEMAN OF THE GAME:
Ken Geddes ... Made 14 tackles and three times made key third down stops to force punts.