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Nebraska's Black Shirts locked horns with Oklahoma State's wishbone offense, and the Huskers came out a 7-3 winner before 76,476 in Memorial Stadium.
Thanks to the Husker defensive effort, fullback Tony Davis' four-yard scoring run in the third quarter was all Nebraska needed to win. The Cowboys' only score came with 12:01 left in the game when Abby Daigle booted a 32-yard field goal.
NU's defensive hero was cornerback Ardell Johnson. The senior from Chillicothe, Mo., was in on six tackles, but more importantly recovered a Cowboy fumble and intercepted a pass to stop potential OSU scoring drives. Johnson also blocked an OSU field goal attempt.
Other defensive standouts for Nebraska were linebacker Tom Ruud, 18 total tackles; middle guard John Lee, 11 total tackles; and defensive end Bob Martin, 10 total tackles.
Although the Huskers did a fine defensive job against OSU, Cowboy fullback George Palmer gave the Huskers fits. He gained 120 yards on 27 carries before he was injured in the fourth quarter.
LYELL'S CALL | SERIES HISTORY
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Oklahoma State 3
Oct. 26, 1974
Nebraska 0 0 7 0 — 7
Oklahoma State 0 0 0 3 — 3
NEB — Tony Davis (4, run; Coyle kick), 8:44
OSU — Abby Daigle (32, field goal), 12:81
First Downs ................ 15 14
Rushing, Net .............. 167 204
Passes, Comp-Att-Int ... 9-18-1 3-10-1
Passes, Net ............... 178 96
Total Offense ............. 345 300
LEADING NU RUSHER: Tony Davis 58.
LEADING NU PASSER: Dave Humm 9-18-1.
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: Dave Humm 188.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Tony Davis.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Ardell Johnson.