Nebraska's defense completely bottled up the Oklahoma State Cowboys as the Cornhuskers raced to a 41-13 win before another sellout crowd of 37,000.
It was Nebraska's 26th game without a defeat, 17th win in a row and third straight Big 8 win.
The Black Shirts shut out the Cowboys for three and a half quarters, but the Husker reserves gave up two TDs late in the game.
While the Big Red defense throttled the Cowboys, Nebraska's defense ripped OSU for a comfortable lead.
Jeff Kinney got NU rolling with a 25-yard TD run in the first quarter, and Dave Mason made it 14-0 with a 28-yard interception return tally. Jerry Tagge fired a 42-yard TD pass to Jerry List for a 21-0 halftime lead.
Another Kinney run and a Tagge-to-Johnny Rodgers pass made it 34-0, after three quarters. Rodgers provided the big thrill of the day with a 92-yard record-breaking punt return to open the fourth quarter before NU's reserves took over.
H'MAX NOTES: OSU scored all its points in the final three minutes, with a successful onside kick giving the Cowboys two consecutive possessions. ... Oklahoma State quarterback Brent Blackman, the team's leading scorer and ground-gainer, missed the game after having to undergo an emergency appendectomy. Senior Tony Pounds took his place.
Oklahoma State 13
Oct. 23, 1971
Nebraska 7 14 13 7 — 41
Oklahoma State 0 0 0 13 — 13
NEB — Jeff Kinney 25 run (Rich Sanger kick) 1:33
NEB — Dave Mason 28 pass interception
(Sanger kick) 10:47
NEB — Jerry List 42 pass from Jerry Tagge
(Sanger kick) 6:30
NEB — Kinney 12 run (Sanger kick failed) 9:25
NEB — Johnny Rodgers 6 pass from Tagge
(Sanger kick) 3:45
NEB — Rodgers 92 punt return (Sanger kick) 14:09
OSU — Bill Heilman 1 run (Matt Clapp kick) 1:52
OSU — Steve Elliott 21 run (Clapp kick failed) 1:16
First Downs 22 13
Rushing, Net 51-205 43-100
Passing, Net 161 109
Att.-Comp.-Int 24-13-0 29-11-4
Total Offense 366 209
Punts-Average 7-43 10-49
Fumbles lost 2 1
Yards penalized 68 118
LEADING NU RUSHERS: Jeff Kinney 73, Gary Dixon 62.
LEADING NU PASSER: Jerry Tagge 13 for 22—161.