Stung by an early field goal, Nebraska's Cornhuskers stormed back to take a 14-3 first-quarter lead and coasted to a 36-12 victory in the 1970 opener.
Thanks to a Husker fumble, Wake Forest jumped in front, 3-0, before the 66,103 fans got settled in their seats. But Nebraska used a couple of long passes — Jerry Tagge to Guy Ingles for 45 yards and Tagge to Jeff Kinney for 21 yards — to set up a 14-3 lead at the quarter.
A blocked punt gave Wake Forest a safety in the second quarter before the Huskers drove 71 yards to make it 21-5 after Tagge's 13 yard TD run.
Nebraska made it a runaway just before the half when Tagge hit sophomore Johnny Rodgers with a 61-yard touchdown pass.
Joe Orduna's 20-yard TD sprint made it 36-5 in the third quarter and Nebraska reserves took over the remainder of the game, finally yielding a Deacon touchdown in the final minute of play.
In a good tuneup for Southern California, Nebraska had opened 1970 in impressive fashion against the team that would win the Atlantic Coast title.
H'MAX NOTES: It was the first game on Nebraska's new artificial playing surface. ... The Huskers entered the game with a No. 9 preseason ranking and were expected to win handily. ... It was a comeback game for Joe Orduna, who sat out 1969 with an injured knee. ... Wake Forest's safety, on a punt block by cornerback Pat McHenry, was set up by a 72-yard quick kick by the Deacons' Gary Johnson. ... The game came less than three months after former Wake Forest and Chicago Bears back Brian Piccolo died of cancer at age 26.
SERIES HISTORY | W.F. FACT SHEET
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Wake Forest 12
Sept. 12, 1970
Wake Forest 3 2 0 7 — 12
Nebraska 14 14 8 0 — 36
WF — Tracy Lounsbury 35 field goal, 8:05
NU — Joe Orduna 5 run (Paul Rogers kick), 4:53
NU — Jeff Kinney 1 run (Rogers kick), 1:58
WF — Safety, punt blocked in end zone
NU — Jerry Tagge 13 run (Rogers kick), 5:17
NU — Johnny Rodgers 61 pass from Tagge
(Ingles pass from Tagge), 2:02
NU — Orduna 20 run (Rogers kick), 5:06
WF — Gary Johnson 12 pass from Jim McMahen
(Lounsbury kick), 0:53
First Downs ............. 16 17
Rushing, Net ........... 84 207
Passing, Net ........... 138 175
Att-Comp-Int ...... 11-17-0 10-15-0
Total Offense .......... 222 382
Return yardage .......... 62 97
Punts ................. 8-47 5-38
Fumbles lost ............. 4 2
Yards penalized ......... 80 78
LEADING NU RUSHERS: Jeff Kinney 57, Joe Orduna 50.
LEADING NU PASSER: Jerry Tagge 9 of 12 for 168.
NU BACK OF GAME:
Jerry Tagge: Hit 9 of 12 passes for 168 yards,
one a 61-yarder for a TD. Scored on 13-yard run.
NU LINEMAN OF GAME:
Bob Newton: Great blocking helped NU run
for 207 yards, pass for 168 and score 36 points