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Oklahoma State traveled to Lincoln with just a 2-5 record, but the always tough Cowboys nearly came away with a tie against No. 5 ranked Nebraska. Despite a fine kicking effort from Billy Todd, Nebraska had to turn back a late fourth quarter Oklahoma State drive at the Husker 19 to salvage the win 22-17.
Oklahoma State took their first possession of the game and pushed down the field 80 yards to take an early 7-0 lead on a 13 yard run by Ed Smith. The Huskers were unable to score in the first quarter, but 19 second quarter points, put the Huskers comfortably out in front at the half 19-7. In the second, Nebraska scored on a 1 yard run by Tom Sorley and a 20 yard pass from Sorley to Rick Berns. Todd added one extra point and field goals of 23 and 28 yards.
After a third quarter touchdown by Oklahoma State's Terry Suellentrop, making it NU 19-OSU 14, Todd kicked his third, three pointer of the day—this one 42 yards—with :15 left in the quarter to give the Huskers their final 8 point margin.
But it was far from over, as late in the fourth quarter, with OSU on the Husker 19 yard line, the Cowboys attempted a pass in the end zone—the receiver was open, but the ball was over his head—and Husker hearts started beating once again.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Oklahoma State 14
Oct 28, 1978
Oklahoma State 7 0 7 0 — 14
Nebraska 0 19 3 0 — 22
OSU - Ed Smith (13, run; Colin Ankersen kick) 5:44
NEB - Billy Todd (23, field goal) 14:15.
NEB - Tom Sorley (1, run; Billy Todd kick) 7:28.
NEB - Rick Berns (20, pass from Tom Sorley;
pass incomplete) 2:59.
NEB - Billy Todd (28, field goal) :18.
OSU - Terry Suellentrop (1, run; Colin Ankersen kick) 8:12
NEB - Billy Todd (42, field goal) :15
First Downs....................17 15
Rushing Net...................213 217
Passes, Comp.-Att.-Int ...13-4-0 17-10-0
Passing Net .................110 99
Total Offense.................323 316
LEADING NU RUSHER:
Rick Berns 87.
LEADING NU PASSER:
Tom Sorley 10-17-0 for 99 yards.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME:
Billy Todd hit 3 field goals.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME:
Lee Kunz 11 tackles, 7 unassisted.