Behind the running of freshman I-back Monte Anthony and the pinpoint passing of quarterback Dave Humm, Nebraska defeated Colorado 31-15 before an ABC-TV regional audience and 52,094 at Folsom Field.
Anthony carried the ball for 157 yards on 23 carries, including a 55-yard jaunt that helped set up Nebraska's third touchdown.
Humm completed 12 of 20 passes for 165 yards. Nebraska's first score came on a five-yard, first-quarter pass from Humm to tight end Larry Mushinskie. Humm also threw a 16-yarder to wingback Don Westbrook for a TD in the third period.
Nebraska built up a 31-0 third-quarter lead and played the rest of the game with its substitutes. Colorado scored twice in the fourth quarter, on an 8-yard run by Billy Waddy and a 35-yard pass from Dave Williams to Rick Ellwood.
Although the outcome was never really in doubt, the statistics were fairly even. Nebraska had 20 first downs to Colorado's 22 and the Huskers finished with 437 total offensive yards to the Buffaloes 430.
A key statistic was turnovers. Nebraska recovered three Colorado fumbles and intercepted two Buffalo passes, while Colorado recovered only one Nebraska fumble and didn't intercept a pass.
Nebraska now took a 3-1 conference record and 6-2 overall mark to Ames, Iowa to face the Iowa State Cyclones. Husker fans had vivid memories of Ames from the 1972 game, when the No. 2 ranked Big Red tied Iowa State 23-23.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Nov. 2, 1974
Nebraska 6 11 14 0 — 31
Colorado 0 0 0 15 — 15
NU — Larry Mushinskie 5 pass from Humm
(Coyle kick failed) 9:28
NU — John O'Leary 1 run (Tony Davis run good) 11:26
NU — Mike Coyle 37 field goal, 0:11
NU — Don Westbrook 16, pass from Humm (Coyle kick) 3:50
NU — O'Leary 2 run (Coyle kick) 0:21
CU — Billy Waddy 8 run (Tom Mackenzie kick) 10:45
CU — Rick Ellwood 35 pass from Dave Williams
(Larry Williams kick) 4:43
First Downs ................. 20 22
Rushing, Net ............... 243 259
Passing, Net ............... 194 171
Comp-Att-Int ......... 13-21-0 11-20-2
Total Offense .............. 437 430
LEADING NU RUSHER: Monte Anthony 157.
LEADING NU PASSER: Dave Humm 12-20-0.
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: Dave Humm 171.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Dave Humm.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Tom Ruud and Bob Nelson.
NOTE: Dave Humm and Tom Ruud were ABC's offensive and defensive players of the game.