Nebraska closed its home season by blasting Iowa State, 37-0, for the Huskers' third Big 8 shutout.
A roaring crowd of 67,201 fans watched the Huskers win their 19th straight game and their 28th game without defeat as they boosted their Big 8 record to 5-0.
Johnny Rodgers scored two touchdowns — one a 62-yard punt return — and Rich Sanger kicked three field goals to pace the Husker offense. Defensively, the Black Shirts did it again, holding Iowa State to only 66 yards rushing and a mere 40 yards passing.
Sanger kicked field goals of 26, 27 and 39 yards, plus four PATs, to lead NU scoring with 13 points.
Rodgers got the first Husker TD with a 10-yard run in the first quarter, but it was his second-quarter punt return that broke the game open. It was one of the most colorful and dramatic runs in NU history as Rodgers cut, twisted, turned and finally blasted into the end zone.
Quarterbacks Jerry Tagge and Van Brownson also sneaked over for TDs.
Nebraska's 19 seniors wound up their NU home careers with a Memorial Stadium record of 18-1-0 and boosted their total mark to 29-2-1 as they headed for Kansas State, Oklahoma and Hawaii.
H'MAX NOTES: Defensive end John Adkins set up NU's first TD with the theft of a Dean Carlson pass, which he returned 19 yards to the ISU 44. ... The Huskers settled for a field goal on their first drive after a Jeff Kinney TD run was nullified by a holding penalty. The drive began with a 58-yard run by fullback Bill Olds. ... ISU tailback George Amundson, the Big Eight's second-leading ground gainer, had 83 yards rushing. He also spelled Carlson briefly at quarterback.
Iowa State 0
Nov. 6, 1971
Iowa State 0 0 0 0 — 0
Nebraska 10 10 7 10 — 37
NEB — Rich Sanger 26 field goal, 7:37
NEB — Johnny Rodgers 10 run (Sanger kick) 3:14
NEB — Rodgers 62 punt return (Sanger kick) 3:59
NEB — Sanger 27 field goal, :23
NEB — Jerry Tagge 1 run (Sanger kick) 5:56
NEB — Sanger 39 field goal 14:56
NEB — Van Brownson 1 run (Sanger kick) 7:04
First Downs 9 22
Rushing, net 46-66 58-304
Passing, net 40 97
Comp.-Att.-Int. 15-4-3 19-9-1
Total offense 106 401
Return yards 18 88
Punts 9-35 5-34
Fumbles lost 1 0
Yards penalized 30 34
LEADING NU RUSHERS: Bill Olds 80, Jeff Kinney 69.
LEADING NU PASSER: Jerry Tagge 9 for 18—97.