Sou.thern Cal 21
Nebraska 21

Sept. 19, 1970 • 10 p.m. Central
Memorial Coliseum •Los Angeles, CA
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1970 Nebraska-USC, Johnny Rodgers photoJohnny Rodgers takes off on a 29-yard punt return that set up Nebraska’s first touchdown. · Dayton Journal Herald ·

First Quarter
NEB: Guy Ingles 17 pass from Dan Schneiss (Paul Rogers kick) 10:09
Second Quarter
USC: Jimmy Jones 4 run (Ron Ayala kick) 3:35
NEB: Johnny Rodgers 15 pass from Jerry Tagge (Rogers kick) 0:54
Third Quarter
USC: Charlie Evans 1 run (Ayala kick) 6:21
NEB: Joe Orduna 67 run (Rogers kick) 5:34
Fourth Quarter
USC: Clarence Davis 9 run (Ayala kick) 8:16

                           NU      USC
First Downs .............. 19       22
Rushing, Net ......... 44-208   52-175
Passes, Att-Comp ...... 18-12    25-14
Passing, Net ............ 157      191
 Comp.-Att.-Int. .... 12-18-3  14-25-2
Total Offense ........ 62-365   77-366
Punts-Avg. ........... 4-41.5   4-37.5
Punt returns ........... 4-53     1-17
Int. returns............ 2-46     3-39
Kickoff returns ........ 4-70    4-121
Fumbles-lost ............ 4-3      2-2
Penalties-yards ........ 4-42     4-45

NEB: Orduna 18-135; Kinney 11-31; Rodgers 5-23; Schneiss 4-15; Tagge 6-4

USC: Davis 27-116; Cunningham 10-52; Harris 4-11; Evans 6-7; Jones 5-(-11)

NEB: Tagge 11-17-3 140; Schneiss 1-1-0 17
USC: Jones 14-25-2 191

NEB: Ingles 5-65; Rodgers 2-40; List 1-16; Cox 1-13; Orduna 1-12; Kinney 1-6; Schneiss 1-5

USC: Chandler 5-83; Dickerson 3-39; Cunningham 2-29; Evans 2-20; Morgan 2-20


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Joe Orduna: Rushed for season high of 135 yards and a 7.5 average. His 67-yard touchdown run gave NU a 21-14 lead to ensure tie.

Jerry Murtaugh: Sensational defensive job, with 14 unassisted tackles and 11 assisted tackles. Also deflected a pass.

Attendance: 73,768


Game recap

Huskers, Trojans battle to a draw in Los Angeles

When football historians review the 1970s, they’ll probably list the Nebraska-Southern California 21-21 tie in 1970 as one of the great games of the decade.

It was that kind of game as Nebraska’s two-TD underdogs three times led the highly regarded Trojans in a game that left 73,768 fans breathless on the last play — a 50-yard incomplete USC pass.

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Nebraska got the jump on the Trojans in the second quarter — Husker Joe Orduna earlier had fumbled at the USC 5 — when fullback Dan Schneiss took a handoff from quarterback Jerry Tagge and threw a surprise 17-yard pass to Guy Ingles.

USC tied it on a 4-yard run by Jimmy Jones, but Nebraska roared back for a 14-7 halftime lead on Tagge’s 15-yard pass to Johnny Rodgers to cap a 74-yard drive.

Back stormed the Trojans in the third quarter to tie it at 14-14, but on the second play after the next kickoff, Orduna tore 67 yards on a great run to put Nebraska ahead again, 21-14.

Nebraska’s chance for icing a victory misfired in the final quarter when a bad snap caused Paul Rogers to miss a 22-yard field goal that would have given NU a 24-14 lead.

USC then moved 80 yards for the tying TD, with Clarence Davis going the last nine yards with 8:16 left in the game.

Both teams had final chances in the wild finale, but a great college game ended 21-21.

1970 Nebraska-USC, Joe Orduna photoJoe Orduna eludes Trojans during his 67-yard TD run. | Lyell’s call · St. Louis Post-Dispatch ·

  • Jerry Murtaugh’s fourth-and-one tackle halted a promising USC drive at midfield in the game’s final three minutes.
  • The tie preserved USC’s 23-game regular-season unbeaten streak.
  • USC coach John McKay said he would have gone for a two-point conversion if the last touchdown had occurred with five minutes or less remaining.
  • The Trojans entered the game ranked third nationally by AP, Nebraska ninth.
  • Bob Devaney shuffled the defense during the week before the game.
  • The Huskers got a postgame visit from comedian Bill Cosby.
  • By USC officials’ estimate, 12,000 Nebraska fans attended the game.
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Pregame & team info
1970 schedule
05/09Reds 23, Whites 3
09/12Wake ForestW 36-12
09/19@ S. CaliforniaT 21-21
09/26ArmyW 28-0
10/03@ MinnesotaW 35-10
10/10MissouriW 21-7
10/17@ KansasW 41-20
10/24Oklahoma St.W 65-31
10/31@ ColoradoW 29-13
11/07@ Iowa St.W 54-29
11/14Kansas St.W 51-13
11/21OklahomaW 28-21
01/01LSUW 17-12



The way this one unfolded, USC was fortunate to go home with a tie.

Los Angeles Times

It was obvious from the start ... that the Cornhuskers weren’t saddled with stage fright in the huge Los Angeles Coliseum.

Lincoln Journal

The defense grew up a lot Saturday night.

Lincoln Star
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