Nebraska 51
Kansas St. 13

Nov. 14, 1970
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Kansas St. 0 7 0 6 13
Nebraska 14 7 16 14 51

First Quarter
NU - Johnny Rodgers 30 run (Paul Rogers
     kick), 12:48
NU - Joe Orduna 3 run (Rogers kick) 0:22
Second Quarter
KS - Mike Montgomery 9 pass from Lynn
     Dickey (Max Arreguin kick) 11:17
NU - Orduna 16 run (Rogers kick) 6:42
Third Quarter
NU - Rogers 23 field goal, 8:17
NU - Orduna 1 run (kick failed) 1:57
NU - Dan Schneiss 12 pass from Jerry
     Tagge (Rogers kick) 0:58
Fourth Quarter
NU - Orduna 2 run (Rogers kick) 13:15
NU - Dave Morock 43 pass interception
     (Rogers kick) 12:59
KS - Chris Chapin 1 run (pass failed) 5:07

                       KSU        NU
First Downs ........... 16        20     
Rushing, Net .......... 70       179     
Passing, Net ......... 255       182
 Att-Comp-Int .... 22-46-7   16-23-1  
Total Offense ........ 325       361
Return yardage ........ 37       189
Punts-average ....... 5-34      5-41
Fumbles lost ..........  1         0
Yards penalized ....... 89       131    

 Joe Orduna 105.

 Jerry Tagge 13 of 19 - 162 yds.

blahak (1K) NU BACK OF GAME: Joe Blahak.
  Intercepted three Lynn Dickey passes to tie NU
  record and made six unassisted tackles. Return
  yardage of 116 yards included a 53-yard run.

murtaugh (1K) NU LINEMAN OF GAME: Jerry Murtaugh.
  Supplied aggressive leadership for NU defense
  which clobbered league-leading K-State's attack.
  Made nine tackles and intercepted a pass in the
  first quarter to set up NU's first TD and launch
  the rout.

Attendance: 67,894


Stats & Recap

It was the Big 8 showdown of the year: unbeaten defending champion Nebraska vs. throne pretender Kansas State, and the Huskers were without starting quarterback Van Brownson for the second straight week.

Nebraska had the loop’s top offense and K-State came to town with the best defense, but the Huskers quickly de-clawed the Wildcats and coasted to a 51-13 victory and clinch at least a tie for the Big 8 title.

The Huskers’ performance was awesome and the obliteration of star quarterback Lynn Dickey and the ‘Cats was stunning. Nebraska drilled K-State for 361 yards, while holding the Wildcats to 70 yards on the ground. NU quarterback Jerry Tagge hit 13 of 19 passes for 162 yards, including a 60-yarder to Johnny Rodgers.

Dickey hit 22 of 46 passes for 255 yards, but a sensational NU secondary intercepted a record seven passes to completely derail the visitors.

Nebraska jumped to a 7-0 lead as Johnny Rodgers ran 30 yards for a TD on the first play after Jerry Murtaugh intercepted Dickey just after the game opened. It was 14-0 at the quarter and 21-7 at halftime. But the Huskers really exploded in the third quarter to open a 37-7 lead. During a 3:58 span, Nebraska ran up 27 points to jump from 24-7 to 51-7.

Joe Orduna scored four TDs for the Huskers, who ran their season record to 9-0-1 and set the stage for the championship game with Oklahoma.

Joe Orduna TD

H’MAX NOTES: Joe Blahak had three of the Huskers’ seven pass pickoffs. His 53-yard interception return late in the third quarter sparked Nebraska’s 27-point explosion. … KSU fullback Mike Montgomery was ejected for punching backfield judge Wayne Cooley in the back late in the second quarter. Montgomery felt he had been interfered with on a fourth-down pass play. … The Orange Bowl extended an invitation to the Huskers after the game, and the Huskers accepted it the next day. … A student assistant in the Nebraska athletic department was fired after selling two dozen press-box passes to fans outside the stadium for about $15 apiece. “I began to wonder what was going on when we started running out of food for the press luncheon so early,” said sports information director Don Bryant. … K-State tied for second in the league at 5-2 and finished 6-5 overall – one of only two winning years in a 36-season stretch from 1955 through 1990.

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