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Nebraska opened the 1975 season without a number of key players, but the Huskers pulled out a 10-7 victory over stubborn Louisiana State.
NU got on the board first with a pass from Terry Luck to Bobby Thomas, a five-yard flip late in the first half. Mike Coyle's 37-yard field goal gave Nebraska a 10-0 lead with 5:23 left in the third quarter. LSU stormed back to score just before the quarter ended, and then the two defensive units staged a fourth-quarter standoff.
The Huskers went into battle without All America Rik Bonness (injury) and four players ruled ineligible for the game by the NCAA — Jimmy Burrow, Ray Phillips, Vince Ferragamo and Dean Gissler. It was also the first time all members of the Cornhusker squad were unable to suit up, thanks to a new NCAA rule limiting the squad to 60 in suit.
While it wasn't a high-scoring affair, Nebraska — with a new quarterback, a rebuilt defense and an offensive line that had never started a game together — proved it could win a close one; and 1975 opened on a victorious note.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Sept. 13, 1975
LSU 0 0 7 0 — 7
Nebraska 0 7 3 0 — 10
NEB — Bobby Thomas (5, pass from Terry Luck;
Mike Coyle, kick), 1:24
NEB — Mike Coyle (37, field goal), 5:23
LSU — PAT Lyons (10, run; Bobby Moreau, kick), 0:49
First downs ........ 15 9
Rushing net ....... 138 119
Comp-Att-Int ... 9-21-0 8-12-0
Passing, net ....... 18 78
Total offense ..... 219 197
LEADING NU RUSHERS:
Tony Davis 76; Monte Anthony 28.
LEADING NU PASSER:
Terry Luck 8-20-0 for 81 yards.
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER:
Tony Davis, 76 yards.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Tony Davis.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Mike Fultz.