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Nebraska's hopes for a third straight national title were dashed and Husker plans for at least a tie for the Big 8 title were given a frustrating jolt by the Iowa State Cyclones, who battled furiously for a 23-23 tie.
And the Cyclones blew the extra point with 23 seconds left in the game or they could have hung loss No. 2 on the Huskers.
It was Nebraska's poorest showing of the season as the Huskers lost six fumbles and had two interceptions on the muddy turf of Clyde Williams Field. The fired-up Cyclones did a great job of capitalizing on Husker miscues and refused to fold even when Nebraska took a 23-17 lead with 1:03 left in the game.
George Amundson passed the Cyclones the length of the field, then with 23 seconds left hit Willie Jones* in the end zone for the tying touchdown. However, Cyclone victory chances went a-glimmering when Tom Goedjen blew the extra point under a heavy Husker rush.
Nebraska used a pass interception by Steve Manstedt and six plays to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but Amundson countered with an 8-yard TD strike to Keith Krepfle in the second quarter to tie the score. Iowa State then took a 10-7 read with a 46-yard Goedjen field goal, before Nebraska drove 80-yards to go ahead, 13-10, at halftime.
Amundson hit his second TD pass in the third quarter to give Iowa State a 17-13 bulge, but the Huskers countered with a Joe Blahak interception and rolled 89-yards to score on a 35-yard bomb from Dave Humm to Johnny Rodgers. With 1:03 left, Rich Sanger kicked a 37-yard field goal, and it looked victory and a Big 8 title clinched.
But the stubborn Cyclones battled back for a stunning tie, triggering a wild celebration by the record throng of 36,231.
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ISU RECAP | SERIES HISTORY
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Iowa State 23
Nov. 11, 1972
Nebraska 7 6 0 10 — 23
Iowa State 0 10 7 6 — 23
NEB — Dave Humm (3, run; Rich Sanger kick), 1:54
ISU — Keith Krepfle (8, pass from George Amundson;
Tom Goedjen kick), 12:42
ISU — Goedjen (46, field goal), 6:27
NEB — Johnny Rodgers (4, pass from Humm;
Sanger kick failed), :08
ISU — Krepfle (33, pass from Amundson;
Goedjen kick), 5:52
NEB — Rodgers (35, pass from Humm; Sanger kick), 8:08
NEB — Sanger (37, field goal), 1:03
ISU — Willie Jones* (24, pass from Amundson;
Goedjen kick failed), :23
First Downs ............. 23 18
Rushing, Net ........... 121 121
Passes, Comp-Att-Int ... 23-42-2 15-33-3
Passing, Net .......... 246 235
Total Offense ........... 367 356
LEADING NU RUSHERS:
Gary Dixon 48, Bill Olds 41.
LEADING NU PASSER:
Dave Humm 23 of 42 — 246.
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: Dave Humm — 199.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Johnny Rodgers.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Monte Johnson.
*NU media guide mistakenly lists the receiver as Krepfle