Freeman White runs away from CU’s Robert Lee en route to his 95-yard touchdown. · Des Moines Register · Newspapers.com
95-yard bomb helps Huskers bury Buffs
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.