The game was built up as a showdown between I.M. Hipp and OSU running back Terry Miller, one of the nation's premier Heisman Trophy candidates. As it turned out, the game came down to a team battle as the Huskers came away with a 31-14 victory.
Nebraska's defense, in perhaps its finest performance of the season, held Miller to just over 100 yards and only 1 touchdown. The big star for the Cornhuskers was junior quarterback Tom Sorley, as he engineered the Nebraska offense superbly. His effort was good enough to earn ABC's Chevrolet Offensive Player of the Game. Wingback Curtis Craig ended up with 82 yards and one touchdown, his best output of the season. Hipp scored twice on runs of ten and one yard even though he broke his 100 yard game string with a 71 yard performance.
Lee Kunz again was a big star for the Huskers on defense as he finished with 14 tackles and was the Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Game in the regionally televised contest.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Oklahoma State 14
Oct. 29, 1977
Nebraska 0 14 14 3 — 31
Oklahoma State 7 0 0 7 — 14
OSU — Terry Miller (7 yd run, Colin Ankerson kick) 2:40
NEB — I.M. Hipp (10 yd run, Billy Todd kick) 12:07
NEB — Tom Sorley (1 yd run, Todd kick) 2:53
NEB — Hipp (1 yd run, Todd kick) 6:16
NEB — Curtis Craig (16 yd run, Todd kick) 3:35
NEB — Todd (39 yd field goal) 7:16
OSU — Gerald Bain (55 yd pass from Harold Bailey,
Ankerson kick) 6:02
First Downs..................21 12
Rushing, Net................318 196
Passes, Att-Comp-Int ... 10-6-2 5-2-2
Passing, Net.................74 63
Total Offense...............392 259
LEADING NU RUSHER: Curtis Craig 82.
LEADING NU PASSER: Tom Sorley 4-7-2-68.
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: Tom Sorley 123.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Tom Sorley.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Lee Kunz.