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Nebraska trailed stubborn Miami 9-7 at the half but rallied behind 24 second-half points and quarterback Vince Ferragamo to defeat the Hurricanes 31-16.
Miami, a team coached by former Husker assistant Carl Selmer that had taken Oklahoma to the hilt before losing 20-17 the previous week, struck for six first-quarter points on two field goals by Chris Dennis. Nebraska's only first-half score was set up when linebacker Jim Wightman recovered a Hurricane fumble on the Miami 25. Five plays later, I-back John O'Leary scored from three yards out with 10:20 left in the half. However, the Hurricanes led 9-7 at the break after Dennis kicked an 18-yard field goal four minutes later.
Nebraska came out in the third quarter behind Ferragamo's throwing and O'Leary's running to score 10 points and take a 17-9 lead. In the final frame, the Huskers finally put the game out of reach, scoring on an eight-yard run by O'Leary and a 40-yard pass from Ferragamo to Bobby Thomas to make it NU 31, UM 9. Miami scored once before the final gun, making the final score 31-16.
So Nebraska had gone through its nonconference schedule with a perfect 4-0 mark and was ready for its Big 8 opener against the inspired Kansas Jayhawks.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Oct. 4, 1975
Miami 6 3 0 7 — 16
Nebraska 0 7 10 14 — 31
MIA — Chris Dennis (49, field goal), 7:44
MIA — Dennis (24, field goal), 3:38
NEB — John O'Leary (3, run; Mike Coyle, kick), 10:20
MIA — Dennis (18, field goal), 6:08
NEB — O'Leary (8, run; Coyle kick), 10:48
NEB — Coyle (24, field goal), 2:44
NEB — O'Leary (6, run; Coyle kick), 8:55
NEB — Bobby Thomas (40, pass from Vince Ferragamo;
Coyle kick), 5:46
MIA — Don Martin (1, run; Chris Dennis kick), 2:16
First Downs .......... 22 12
Rushing Net.......... 211 90
Comp-Att-Int ... 14-19-0 10-25-0
Passing Net ......... 188 111
Total Offense ....... 399 201
LEADING NU RUSHERS: John O'Leary 106, Tony Davis 50, Monte Anthony 44.
LEADING NU PASSER: Vince Ferragamo 8-9-0 for 127 yards.
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: Vince Ferragamo, 129 yards.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Vince Ferragamo.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Bob Martin.