Nebraska 40
Kansas 16

Nov. 10, 1962 - 1:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lawrence, KS
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 16 16 8 0 40
Kansas 0 0 8 8 16
1962 Nebraska-Kansas football, Doug Tucker interceptionNebraska’s Doug Tucker gets set to pick off a KU pass late in the first quarter before returning the ball to the Kansas 16, setting up the Huskers’ third touchdown. · The Kansas City Star · Newspapers.com
First quarter
NU: Willie Ross 4 run (Dennis Claridge run) 10:00
NU: Ross 32 run (Larry Tomlinson pass from Claridge) 1:38
Second quarter
NU: Claridge 1 run (Bill Thornton run) 14:38
NU: Kent McCloughan 20 run (Thornton run) 11:23
Third quarter
NU: Ross 26 run (McCloughan pass from Claridge) 9:18
KU: Armand Baughman 14 pass from Rodger
    McFarland (McFarland run) 6:38
Fourth quarter
KU: Charles Graham 16 pass from Brian Palmer (Lloyd Buzzi run) 2:08

                       NU       KU
First downs .......... 21       14
  Rushing ............ 20        7
  Passing ............  1        7
  Penalty ............  0        0
Rushing yards .... 71-369   30-122
Passing yards ........ 11      149
  Comp-Att-Int .... 1-3-0  10-20-1
Total offense .... 74-380   50-271
Punts .............. 4-43     5-34
Fumbles lost .......... 1        0
Penalized-Yards .... 3-15     3-15

RUSHING
NU: Ross 12-111; McCloughan 4-53; Thornton 12-50; Powers 11-44; Johnson 4-23; Theisen 5-22; Stuewe 6-21; Young 5-17; Martin 2-10; Paschall 2-10; Claridge 4-9; Tucker 2-6; Bonistall 2-minus-7.

KU: Sayers 15-107; Coleman 3-18; Palmer 1-10; Baughman 4-10; Crandall 1-3; Brooks 1-3; Leiker 1-minus-11; McFarland 4-minus-18.
 
PASSING
NU: Claridge 1-3-0 11.
KU: Palmer 4-6-0 79; McFarland 5-11-1 59; Sayers 1-2-0 13; Keating 0-1-0 0.
 
RECEIVING
NU: Eger 1-11.
KU: Buzzi 2-57; Graham 2-27; Sayers 1-24; Baughman 1-14; Shinn 1-13; Roberts 1-8; Marshall 1-6; Leiker 1-2.
 
Attendance: 37,063

Coverage

Recap

Cornhuskers manhandle favored Jayhawks

Could the Cornhuskers bounce back after the title-bearing defeat by Missouri? The question was answered in amazing fashion as Nebraska completely demoralized a fine Kansas team, exploded for a 40-0 lead in the third quarter and coasted to a 40-16 victory.

ross_willie (1K)It was Willie Ross leading the attack — scoring three TDs and, with 111 yards rushing, almost equaling KU’s total ground production — with massive support from the Scarlet line.

An interesting sidelight to an unexpected lopsided contest: All seven TDs were followed by two-point conversions. (The season’s success rate for major schools was .450.)

 

H’MAX NOTES
  • The Lawrence Journal-World reported: “In less than 20 minutes, Nebraska had built up a 32-0 lead without once resorting to its highly regarded aerial game. … Nebraska ran only three plays outside the ends in that wild first half. The rest were slashes inside, with the visiting line just manhandling and trapping the bewildered Jayhawks.”
  • The Kansas City Star’s Ernest Mehl wrote: “About the only thing the Nebraska Cornhuskers left intact here yesterday afternoon was the stadium, and there may be some cracks in it.”
  • John Faiman, the Huskers’ PAT kicker and No. 2 quarterback, broke a leg in practice earlier in the week. Also, Dennis Claridge and Bill “Thunder” Thornton had been considered doubtful because of ankle injuries.
  • On the KU sideline was assistant coach Bill Jennings, the former Nebraska head coach.
  • The Jayhawks never advanced beyond their own 45 in the first half.
  • The Huskers were underdogs by 8 to 10 points.
  • The Jayhawks entered the game as the nation’s No. 2 rushing team at 279.9 yards per game, but the Huskers tripled them in ground yardage, 369-122.
  • It was Nebraska’s highest point total in eight years, and the 40 points exceeded NU’s scoring in the previous five NU-KU games combined, all of which were Kansas victories.
  • The game was the Huskers’ first against former Omaha high school star Gale Sayers, who topped 100 yards but did not score.
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1962 schedule
05/12 Reds 33, Whites 21
09/22 South Dakota W 53-0
09/29 @ Michigan W 25-13
10/06 Iowa St. W 36-22
10/13 North Carolina St. W 19-14
10/20 Kansas St. W 26-6
10/27 @ Colorado W 31-6
11/03 Missouri L 7-16
11/10 @ Kansas W 40-16
11/17 Oklahoma St. W 14-0
11/24 @ Oklahoma L 6-34
12/15 Miami W 36-34
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