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Workhorse Tony Davis' try for a touchdown from the six-inch line was wrecked by the Oklahoma State Cowboys with 2:23 left in the game, and the two teams settled for a 17-17 tie.
It was a bruising defensive struggle between two of the Big 8's toughest clubs, and neither team could generate consistent offensive marches. But with 6:20 left in the game, Nebraska got possession at the OSU 46 via a punt and the Huskers called on Davis to ram the ball in for the victory. The sophomore I-back carried once for three, then caught a 14-yard pass, then carried nine straight times to the OSU six-inch line.
The Huskers spurned a field goal that would have broken the 17-17 tie, and elected to send Davis over the top. But a Cowboy defender broke through to spill Davis shy of the goal line.
Oklahoma State then broke out of the hole on Brent Blackman's 47-yard sprint and it looked like the Cowboys would get a chance for a field goal win. But Steve Manstedt tossed Blackman for a six-yard loss to preserve the tie.
Nebraska had to settle for a Rich Sanger field goal early in the first quarter after a Cowboy fumble, and OSU tied it on a 51-yard Abby Daigle field goal two minutes later. Cleveland Vann's pass interception and 25-yard run put the Cowboys on top, 10-3 before the Huskers blasted 88 yards in seven plays to tie it during a wild first quarter.
But the scoring slowed down as the defenses took over. Oklahoma State took a 17-10 halftime lead with a 53-yard drive at the end of the second quarter, then NU recovered a Cowboy fumble in the third quarter and drove 44 yards to tie it up on Dave Humm's one-yard plunge.
From that point on — except for Nebraska's drive that just missed — the defenses held the spotlight.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Oklahoma State 17
Oct. 27, 1973
Nebraska 10 0 7 0 — 17
Oklahoma State 10 7 0 0 — 17
NEB — Rich Sanger (30, field goal), 11:19
OSU — Abby Daigle (51, field goal), 9:30
OSU — Cleveland Vann (25, pass interception;
Daigle kick), 8:14
NEB — Tony Davis (1, run; Sanger kick), 5:36
OSU — Leonard Thompson (1, run; Daigle kick), 1:22
NEB — Dave Humm (1, run; Sanger kick), 7:48
First Downs ............ 18 11
Rushing, Net ........... 205 277
Passes, Comp-Att-Int ... 11-19-2 1-4-1
Passing, Net ........... 138 17
Total Offense .......... 343 294
LEADING NU RUSHERS: Tony Davis 111, John O'Leary 40.
LEADING NU PASSER: Dave Humm, 11 of 19 — 138.
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: Dave Humm — 123.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Tony Davis.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Steve Manstedt.