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Vince Ferragamo, coming in for injured starter Terry Luck in the first quarter, accounted for all four Nebraska touchdowns as the Huskers defeated Oklahoma State 28-20.
In the first half, Nebraska scored three times, on two Ferragamo runs and a scoring pass to John O'Leary, while holding the Cowboys to one score and taking what appeared to be a safe 21-7 lead into the lockerroom.
But OSU capitalized on an early third-quarter Nebraska fumble, closing it to 21-14. But again Ferragamo clicked, this time to tight end Brad Jenkins for 10 yards with 5:58 left in the third, making it NU 28, OSU 14. However, the Cowboys scored on their next possession to pull within eight points and create dramatics for the final quarter.
It was nip and tuck throughout the fourth period until a bad snap on a Husker punt gave OSU the ball on the Nebraska 23 yard line. The Cowboys kept getting closer to paydirt and tried to score three times from inside the NU five yard line in the final minute, but thanks to fine defensive plays by Chuck Jones and a host of other Black Shirts, Nebraska held on to win.
For his fine offensive performance, Ferragamo was named the National and Big 8 Back of the Week. And the Huskers found themselves 6-0 and heading for a collision with the Colorado Buffaloes.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Oklahoma State 20
Oct. 18, 1975
Nebraska 14 7 7 0 — 28
Oklahoma St. 0 7 13 0 — 20
NEB — John O'Leary (8, pass from Vince Ferragamo;
Mike Coyle kick), 8:59
NEB — Ferragamo (4, run; Coyle kick), 4:19
OSU — Terry Miller (5, run; Abbie Daigle kick), 11:45
NEB — Ferragamo (1, run; Coyle kick), 6:13
OSU — Miller (4, run; Daigle kick), 11:45
NEB — Brad Jenkins (10, pass from Ferragamo;
Coyle kick), 5:58
OSU — Miller (23, run; Gary Irions kick failed), 5:00
First Downs ......... 20 14
Rushing Net ........ 254 249
Comp-Att-Int ... 10-18-0 3-8-2
Passing Net ........ 140 70
Total Offense ...... 394 319
LEADING NU RUSHERS:
Monte Anthony 117, Tony Davis 56.
LEADING NU PASSER:
Vince Ferragamo 10-16-0 for 140.
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: Vince Ferragamo 148.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Vince Ferragamo.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Chuck Jones.