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Fired by an awesome offensive attack and a ferocious defense, Nebraska blasted Minnesota, 49-0, before a record crowd of 76,217 fans.

The Huskers piled up 542 yards, 293 rushing and 249 passing, while the Black Shirts held the Gophers to 51 yards passing and 93 yards rushing.

Gary Dixon led the NU scoring attack with three touchdowns, while Johnny Rodgers put on a sensational show of versatility. Johnny R ran for 33 yards, caught seven passes for 127 yards, returned five punts for 104 yards — one was a 64-yard TD — and one kickoff return for 26 yards, giving him 290 yards for the day.

Dave Humm hit 11 passes in 21 attempts for 192 yards and one TD.

It was Nebraska's third straight win after the opening loss to UCLA and the first shutout in nine games — but it wouldn't be the last.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
RODGERS TD: LYELL'S CALL | VIDEO

SERIES HISTORY
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER

Nebraska 49
Minnesota 0

Sept. 30, 1972
Lincoln, NE
Minnesota         0     0     0     0   —   0
Nebraska          7    21    14     7   —  49

First Quarter
NU — Gary Dixon (4, run; Sanger kick), 11:44
Second Quarter
NU — Dixon (2, run; Sanger kick), 12:48
NU — Dave Goeller (8, pass from Dave Humm;
 Sanger kick), 7:00
NU — Dixon (6, run; Sanger kick), 2:58
Third Quarter
NU — Johnny Rodgers (64, punt return;
 Sanger kick), 10:30 video clip
NU — Rodgers (2, run; Sanger kick), 6:21
Fourth Quarter
NU — Jeff Moran (4, run; Sanger kick), 14:16

                              NU      MIN
First Downs ............      30        7
Rushing, Net ...........     293       93
Passes, Comp-Att-Int ... 13-23-2   3-13-0
Passing,  Net  .........     249       51
Total Offense ..........     542      144
LEADING NU RUSHERS:
Gary Dixon 53, Maury Damkroger, 39.
LEADING NU PASSER:
Dave Humm, 11 of 21 — 192.
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER:
Dave Humm — 192.
ATTENDANCE: 76,217
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Johnny Rodgers.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Rich Glover.
 
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