Homecoming fans were treated to a 95-yard touchdown play as the Cornhuskers licked a fine Colorado team, 38-13, for win No. 6.
The Huskers used a 28-yard field goal by Larry Wachholtz, his 60-yard punt return to set up a TD, and a plunge by Harry Wilson to jump out 10-0 in the first quarter before Colorado countered with a 26-yard field goal.
Then with a third-and-eight situation at the NU 5, the Huskers went for broke. Fred Duda lofted a pass to Freeman White, who took it in full stride and outran the Buffs’ speedy secondary for a 95-yard TD. It was a record play for the Cornhuskers, and broke the tight game wide open.
Nebraska led 31-6 at the end of the half, then turned the game over to the defensive “Black Shirts.”
White caught 139 yards worth of passes to set another NU record.
The 95-yard bomb stood as Nebraska’s longest pass play until the 2014 Gator Bowl.
Coach Bob Devaney said he was pleased with Wayne Meylan’s debut at middle guard. The sophomore had been playing on the offensive line but would become a College Football Hall-of-Famer on the defensive side.
The 1940 team was honored at Memorial Stadium, 25 years after the Huskers’ Rose Bowl season. See the interview with coach Biff Jones.