Once again the Huskers had to come from behind and then hold off a physical Miami team in winning 17-9 in front of 76,155 people.
The typical scene was one of players being carried off the field in a game that saw few gridders escape unscathed.
Miami took a 6-0 lead into the locker room at half on a five-yard touchdown run and a missed extra point that loomed bigger and bigger as the day went on. It was the first time a Nebraska team had failed to score in the first half since Oklahoma State in 1974 when that score was knotted 0-0 at halftime.
Nebraska drove 49 yards in five plays the first time they had the ball in the second half, capped off by a 32-yard Vince Ferragamo to Chuck Malito touchdown pass. Neither team threatened again until Miami kicked a 51 yard field goal less then three minutes into the final quarter.
Nebraska mounted their best drive of the day behind the passing of Ferragamo and two 15-yard penalties against Miami, one a roughing the kicker call on fourth down, to regain the lead on a pressure packed 32-yard Al Eveland field goal. Nebraska finished the day's scoring three minutes later with a 23-yard Ferragamo to Dave Shamblin touchdown pass, the big play in that drive being a 31-yard Ferragamo to Shamblin pass.
Nebraska rolled up 471 yards total offense to 168 for Miami. Ferragamo finished the day 17 of 22 for 264 yards passing and Monte Anthony had 109 yards on 24 carries.
Oct. 2, 1976
Miami 6 0 0 3 — 9
Nebraska 0 0 7 10 — 17
MIA — Ottis Anderson 5 run
(Chris Dennis kick failed), 2:40
NEB — Chuck Malito 32 pass from Vince Ferragamo
(Al Eveland kick), 10:57
MIA — Chris Dennis 51 field goal, 12:08
NEB — Al Eveland 32 field goal, 6:24
NEB — Dave Shamblin 32 pass from Vince Ferragamo
(Al Eveland kick), 3:21
First Downs.................. 8 24
Rushing, Net............. 36-66 54-207
Passing, Net............... 102 264
Comp-Att-Int ......... 7-20-1 17-22-1
Total Offense........... 56-168 76-471
Return Yards................ 61 9
Punts..................... 9-38 6-39
Fumbles-Lost............... 6-3 3-3
Penalties-Yards .......... 5-55 5-58
LEADING NU RUSHERS:
Monte Anthony 109, Rich Berns 54, Dodie Donnell 47.
LEADING NU PASSER:
Vince Ferragamo 264.
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: Vince Ferragamo.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Steve Hoins.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Kent Smith