92-yard pass play helps Huskers survive test in Lawrence
Nebraska took sole possession of first place in the Big Eight race and racked up win No. 8 of the season and No. 15 in succession with a heart-stopping 14-7 win over the inspired Kansas Jayhawks.
All of the scoring was packed into the first half, with the Huskers starting the action off with a 92-yard TD pass from Bob Churchich to end Freeman White late in the first period. It was a record NU aerial as White took the pass on the NU 35 and out-raced the Jayhawk safety.
A 53-yard pass on the first play after the kickoff – Bob Skahan to Mike Johnson – got KU back in contention quickly, and Ron Oelschlager boomed in for the tying TD on the second play of the second quarter. Back roared the Cornhuskers with a 70-yard march, the big gainer being a 39-yard sprint by co-captain Bob Hohn. He also went the final yard with 8:40 left in the half.
From that point on, it was a defensive struggle of titanic proportions – fumbles stopping NU drives; the Huskers battling furiously to contain All America halfback Gale Sayers. Late in the fourth quarter, Sayers got loose and had a pass from Skahan in his grasp at the NU 15, but he couldn’t hold the ball. Nebraska took over and marched with the ball to run out the final four minutes.
• Nebraska was 7-0 and Kansas was 5-2 entering the game, but the teams had identical 4-0 records in Big Eight play.
• Before the game, Football News predicted a 16-14 Kansas win, and Sports Illustrated said the Huskers were “ripe for an upset.”
Recap source: 1965 NU media guide