Huskers weather a Kansas Gale
In 1962 Nebraska bombed Kansas, 40-16, and the Jayhawks wanted revenge against the league-leading Huskers. And they came close to getting it before the Scarlets pulled away in the final quarter for a 23-9 win.
Two jarring tackles in the first quarter got the Huskers off, 10-0. Following the first KU fumble, Dave Theisen kicked a 28-yard field goal. NU co-captain John Kirby forced another fumble on the following kickoff and Fred Duda — Dennis Claridge was injured and out of action — took the Huskers in to score, going the final seven yards for the TD himself.
Gary Duff kicked a 40-yard field goal for KU early in the second quarter and it stayed 10-3 until the fourth quarter, although Nebraska just missed a TD on the last play of the first half. Duda hit Dick Callahan with a 41-yard pass to the KU 5, but the Husker quarterback was stopped on the one as the half ended.
On the third play of the final quarter, Theisen punted dead on the KU one, and Husker fans breathed easy — the Jayhawks were really bottled up.
But on the next play, All America halfback Gale Sayers cut around left end, sidestepped one tackier, sprinted away from two others and tore down the west sidelines to score — a Big 8 record: 99-yard TD run. Kansas went for the tie, but Duff’s kick was no good and that was as close as the Jayhawks were to get.
Nebraska took the kickoff and roared 75 yards in 12 plays, with Willie Ross going the last eight yards to make it 17-9. And on the first play after the kickoff, Bobby Hohn picked off a Steve Renko pass and ran 53 yards to score.
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