Behind the running of junior I-Back Tim Wurth and the Huskers strongest defensive effort to date, Nebraska opened their Big 8 schedule with a 23-0 shutout of border rival Iowa State.
Wurth, who got his first start as a Cornhusker against the Cyclones, made the most of it, carrying 18 times for 102 yards and one touchdown. But Wurth's performance was not the only outstanding one of the day, as the Blackshirts swarmed Iowa State running back Dexter Green, holding the Cyclones all-time leading rusher to just 46 yards on 20 carries, and limited the Iowa State offensive attack to just 82 yards total offense.
The Huskers used a quarterback sneak by Tom Sorley in the first quarter and a 32 yard field goal to post a 9-0 halftime lead. Then two fourth quarter touchdowns, a 17 yard scoring strike from Sorley to Kenny Brown and 15 yard gallop by Wurth closed out the scoring for the Huskers.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Iowa State 0
Oct. 7, 1978
Nebraska 6 3 0 14 — 23
Iowa State 0 0 0 0 — 0
NU - Tom Sorley (1, run; pass incomplete) 7:47
NU - Billy Todd (32, field goal) :00
NU - Kenny Brown (17, pass from Tom Sorley;
Billy Todd kick) 12:23
NU - Tim Wurth (15, run; Billy Todd kick) 5:13
First Downs....................25 7
Rushing Net...................284 50
Passes, Comp.-Att.-Int ...11-22-0 4-12-2
Passing Net .................113 32
Total Offense.................397 82
LEADING NU RUSHER:
Tim Wurth 102.
LEADING NU PASSER:
Tom Sorley 11-22-0 for 112 yards.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME:
Tim Wurth 102.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME:
Kerry Weinmaster 9 tackles, 2 for 14 yd loss.