Larry Frost is brought down by USC’s Charlie Weaver during the first quarter. · The Los Angeles Times · Newspapers.com
Rally falls short against Trojans
Nebraska’s Cornhuskers with a rebuilt squad and minus star Joe Orduna opened the Centennial Year against the mighty Southern California Trojans. Some 67,058 fans saw the Trojans strike for a 14-0 lead before the young Huskers regrouped and fought back to a 28-21 deficit before losing 31-21.
USC drove 80 yards to score, then hit a 45-yard TD pass to lead 14-0 in the second quarter. A 36-yard run by Larry Frost got Nebraska rolling, and soph QB Van Brownson tallied with 5:09 left in the half to get NU back in the game. However, a Husker fumble enabled the Trojans to lead 21-7 at halftime.
After USC opened the gap to 28-7 in the third quarter, Jerry Tagge came in to spark a fourth-quarter rally that had the fans roaring. The big NU soph skippered a 46-yard drive that ended with Jeff Kinney scoring with 6:31 left to play.
Nebraska recovered the onside kick and the Huskers drove 47 yards to score again, pulling up 28-21 with 3:40 left. The Huskers got one more chance, but Tagge’s pass was intercepted deep in NU territory and USC got an insurance field goal in the final seconds.
H’MAX NOTES: The Associated Press reported that Nebraska’s quarterbacks “threw well but were troubled by shaky protection in the backfield.” … Brownson started the game but was relieved by Tagge after being shaken up in the third quarter. … USC also started a soph at QB, Jimmy Jones.
Recap source: 1970 media guide.