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With the Nebraska Black Shirts at its best, Nebraska romped to a 54-0 win over the hapless Minnesota Gophers.
Nebraska's defense held the Gophers to three first downs, 29 yards rushing and 35 yards passing. The Blackshirts also intercepted one pass and recovered one Minnesota fumble.
Nebraska scored on its first possession, marching 85 yards in 18 plays. The score came on a six-yard pass from Husker ace Dave Humm to fullback Tony Davis with 7:55 left in the first quarter.
Before the game was over, Nebraska scored seven more times and raised its 1974 record against Big 10 opponents to 2-1, beating Minnesota and Northwestern and losing to Wisconsin.
As 76,408 fans watched, Nebraska got 30 first downs, 402 yards rushing and 122 yards passing and was forced to punt the ball only once.
Nebraska, now ranked No. 6 (AP), entered the Big 8 race against always tough Missouri, who was getting trounced by Wisconsin (59-20) when the Huskers were putting it to Minnesota.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Oct. 5, 1974
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 — 0
Nebraska 6 20 15 13 — 54
NEB — Tony Davis (6, pass from Dave Humm;
Mike Coyle kick failed), 7:55
NEB — Dave Gillespie (2, run; Coyle kick), 13:36
NEB — Monte Anthony (48, run; Coyle kick), 8:41
NEB — Humm (15, run; Coyle kick failed), 1:09
NEB — Anthony, (3, run; Humm run good), 9:30
NEB — Jim Burrow (67, punt return; Coyle kick), 8:49
NEB — Gillespie (5, run; Coyle kick), 10:18
NEB — Chuck Malito (66, pass from Earl Everett;
Coyle kick failed), 7:15
First Downs ................ 30 3
Rushing, Net .............. 402 29
Passes, Comp-Att-Int ... 6-12-0 4-13-1
Total Offense ............. 524 64
LEADING NU RUSHERS: Tony Davis 97, Monte Anthony 81.
LEADING NU PASSER: Dave Humm 5-10-0.
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: Tony Davis, 132.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Tony Davis.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Ron Pruitt.
NOTE: Dave Humm's TD pass to Tony Davis in the first quarter was his 33rd career TD pass, a new Nebraska record, breaking the old record of 32 set by Jerry Tagge from 1969-71.