Kansas 23
Nebraska 13

Oct. 12, 1968 • 2 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE
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1968 Nebraska-Kansas football photo Larry FrostNebraska’s Larry Frost eludes KU’s Tom Ball after grabbing a pass from Ernie Sigler in the second quarter. · The Kansas City Star · Newspapers.com

Second Quarter
NU: Joe Orduna 28 run (kick failed) 4:47 
Third Quarter
KU: Intentional safety, Ernie Sigler, 7:04 
KU: Donnie Shanklin 1 run (Bill Bell kick) 2:04 
Fourth Quarter
NU: Orduna 1 run (Paul Rogers kick) 9:58
KU: Bobby Douglass 1 run (Bell kick) 4:09
KU: Douglass 10 run (Bell kick) 1:11

                       KU       NU
First downs .........  15       15
Rushing net ...... 51-154   58-188
Passing net .........  78       51
  Comp-Att=Int ... 8-20-0   6-11-1
Total offense ....... 232      239
Punts-average ...... 8-42     5-37 
Fumbles lost .......... 1        1
Yards penalized ..... 105       74

  KU: Shanklin 16-54, John Riggins 12-45, Reeves 3-23, Jackson 2-16, Douglass 16-15, Junior Riggins 1-1, Ettinger 1-0. 
  NU: Orduna 21-98, Davis 15-74, Green 5-20, Frost 3-6, Ziegler 1-5, Sigler 13-minus-15.

  KU: Douglass 8-20-0 78.
  NU: Sigler 5-9-0 37; Patrick 1-2-1 14.

  KU: Moisier 3-24, McGowan 2-20, Junior Riggins 2-19, Jackson 1-15.
  NU: Ingles 2-24, Orduna 2-14, Green 1-10, Davis 1-3.

More individual stats

Attendance: 68,128



Jayhawks rally in final quarter to win in Lincoln

With a Nebraska and Big Eight record crowd looking on, the Cornhuskers and the Kansas Jayhawks collided in a tremendous conference opener. And despite a brilliant Nebraska effort, the powerful Jayhawks – who had been averaging 51 points a game – pulled out a 23-13 victory.

It took a back-to-the-wall drive in the final quarter for the Jayhawks to win.

Nebraska led at the half 6-0 on Joe Orduna’s sensational 28-yard run, then fell behind 9-6 in the third quarter. The Cornhuskers retook the lead 13-9 with 9:58 left in the game when Orduna’s 1-yard TD run capped a 49-yard drive.

But Bobby Douglass drove the Jayhawks 73 yards to score the cinching TD with 4:09 left. Nebraska’s fourth-down gamble late in the game failed at the Husker 23, setting up a gratis tally in the final minute to provide the final margin.

Nebraska’s tough defense shut out the point-happy Jayhawks until 7:04 was left in the third quarter. And then the Jays got on the board through a gift as Nebraska elected to take a safety rather than punt from the end zone with a 6-0 lead.

The Jayhawks got more help a short time later when Dick Davis fumbled at the NU 19. Six plays later Kansas led 9-6, but the Huskers refused to buckle.

Getting possession at the KU 49 early in the fourth quarter, the Huskers marched to a go-ahead TD in 11 plays. But victory hopes were dashed as the Husker defense could not stop Douglass & Co. during a time-consuming, 14-play drive that supplied a clinching 16-13 lead.

Disappointment, of course, but a great effort had been made against a great Kansas team that was Orange Bowl-bound, and the Cornhuskers were 3-1.

Recap source: 1969 NU media guide

Game stories
Pregame & team info
1968 schedule
05/11White 26, Red 24
09/14WyomingW 13-10
09/21UtahW 31-0
09/28@ MinnesotaW 17-14
10/12KansasL 13-23
10/19MissouriL 14-16
10/26@ Oklahoma St.W 21-20
11/02@ Iowa St.W 24-13
11/09Kansas St.L 0-12
11/16@ ColoradoW 22-6
11/23@ OklahomaL 0-47



Kansas teams have won bigger games, perhaps, but it is doubtful if a Jayhawks squad ever played better in a difficult game.

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