With Rick Berns sidelined by injury, the Huskers turned sophomore I.M. Hipp loose and the result was an impressive 31-10 win over Baylor.
Hipp took over in the first quarter after Berns — who had logged four straight 100-yard-plus games — went down with a hip-pointer. The Chapin, S.C., walk-on proceeded to rush for 122 yards, including a 14-yard TD run, to lead the Huskers.
Nebraska followed an early Billy Todd field goal with a dramatic blocked punt to grab a 10-0 lead with 8:24 left in the first quarter. Randy Rick blocked the punt and Larry Young fell on the ball in the end zone.
Hipp's TD jaunt and a 22-yard reverse gallop for a touchdown by Curtis Craig in the second quarter gave the Huskers a comfortable 23-3 lead at halftime.
Baylor took advantage of a fumbled punt to add a third-quarter touchdown, but the Huskers drove 80 yards on a fourth-quarter Randy Garcia to Ken Spaeth TD pass to nail down their second win of the season.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Sept. 24, 1977
Baylor 3 0 7 0 — 10
Nebraska 10 13 0 8 — 31
NU — Billy Todd (22, field goal), 8:24
NU — Larry Young (recovered blocked punt in end zone
— punt blocked by Randy Rick; Todd kick), 6:31
BU — Robert Bledsoe (42, field goal), 3:19
NU — I.M. Hipp (14, run; Todd kick), 6:28
NU — Curtis Craig (22, run; Todd kick failed), 1:33
BU — David Seaborn (5, pass from Sammy Bickham;
Bledsoe kick), 6:36
NU — Ken Spaeth (1, pass from Randy Garcia; Garcia
passed to Curtis Craig for conversion), 14:57
First Downs..................19 9
Rushing Net.................300 77
Passes, Comp-Att-Int ... 8-18-0 9-27-2
Passing Net ................114 105
Total Offense...............414 182
LEADING NU RUSHERS: I.M. Hipp 122, Curtis Craig 51.
LEADING NU PASSERS: Randy Garcia 3-10-0 for 48 yards; Tom Sorley 4-7-0 for 41 yards.
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: I.M. Hipp 122 yards.
ATTENDANCE: 76,231 (Capacity No. 90)
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: I.M. Hipp.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Lee Kunz.