Nebraska 36
Wake Forest 12

Sep. 12, 1970 - 1:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Wake Forest 3 2 0 7 12
Nebraska 14 14 8 0 36

1970 Nebraska-Wake Forest, Orduna photoJoe Orduna eludes Wake Forest’s Frank Fussell en route to a 20-yard touchdown. · Charlotte Observer · Newspapers.com

First Quarter
WF: Tracy Lounsbury 35 field goal, 8:05
NU: Joe Orduna 5 run (Paul Rogers kick) 4:53
NU: Jeff Kinney 1 run (Rogers kick) 1:58
Second Quarter
WF: Safety, punt blocked in end zone
NU: Jerry Tagge 13 run (Rogers kick) 5:17
NU: Johnny Rodgers 61 pass from Tagge (Ingles pass from Tagge) 2:02
Third Quarter
NU: Orduna 20 run (Rogers kick) 5:06
Fourth Quarter
WF: Gary Johnson 12 pass from Jim McMahen (Lounsbury kick) 0:53

                          WF       NU
First Downs ............. 16       17       
Rushing, Net ......... 50-84   50-207       
Passing, Net ........... 138      175
  Att-Comp-Int ..... 11-17-0  10-15-0  
Total Offense ....... 61-222   65-382
Return yardage .......... 62       97
Punts ................. 8-47     5-38
Fumbles lost ............. 4        2
Yards penalized ......... 80       78

RUSHING
WF: Johnson 9-49; Hopkins 15-49; Garrett 6-11; Russell 18-(-3); McMahen 2-(-11)

NU: Kinney 11-57; Orduna 10-50; Rodgers 3-33; Schneiss 8-27; Tagge 7-22; Vactor 4-12; Olds 1-8; Carstens 1-7; Hughes 1-3; Jones 4-(-12)

PASSING
WF: Russell 6-11-0 77; McMahen 5-6-0 61
NU: Tagge 9-12-0 168; Jones 1-3-0 7

RECEIVING
WF: Bowden 5-63; Winrow 2-28; Moore 1-9; Johnson 3-38
NU: Kinney 3-42; Rodgers 2-64; Schneiss 2-(-2); Ingles 1-45; List 1-16; Orduna 1-10 


tagge (1K)NU BACK OF GAME
Jerry Tagge: Hit 9 of 12 passes for 168 yards, one a 61-yarder for a TD. Scored on 13-yard run.


newton (2K)NU LINEMAN OF GAME
Bob Newton: Great blocking helped NU run for 207 yards, pass for 168 and score 36 points.

Attendance: 66,103

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Game recap

Huskers handle Demon Deacons in 1970 opener

Stung by an early field goal, Nebraska’s Cornhuskers stormed back to take a 14-3 first-quarter lead and coasted to a 36-12 victory in the 1970 opener.

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Ingles

Thanks to a Husker fumble, Wake Forest jumped in front, 3-0, before the 66,103 fans got settled in their seats. But Nebraska used a couple of long passes — Jerry Tagge to Guy Ingles for 45 yards and Tagge to Jeff Kinney for 21 yards — to set up a 14-3 lead at the quarter.

A blocked punt gave Wake Forest a safety in the second quarter before the Huskers drove 71 yards to make it 21-5 after Tagge’s 13 yard TD run.

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Rodgers

Nebraska made it a runaway just before the half when Tagge hit sophomore Johnny Rodgers with a 61-yard touchdown pass.

Joe Orduna’s 20-yard TD sprint made it 36-5 in the third quarter and Nebraska reserves took over the remainder of the game, finally yielding a Deacon touchdown in the final minute of play.

In a good tuneup for Southern California, Nebraska had opened 1970 in impressive fashion against the team that would win the Atlantic Coast title.

1970 Nebraska-Wake Forest, Johnny Rodgers photoJohnny Rodgers gains 11 yards on a second-quarter run. · Lincoln Star · Newspapers.com

H’MAX NOTES: It was the first game on Nebraska’s new artificial playing surface. … The Huskers entered the game with a No. 9 preseason ranking and were expected to win handily. … It was a comeback game for Joe Orduna, who sat out 1969 with an injured knee. … Wake Forest’s safety, on a punt block by cornerback Pat McHenry, was set up by a 72-yard quick kick by the Deacons’ Gary Johnson. … The game came less than three months after former Wake Forest and Chicago Bears back Brian Piccolo died of cancer at age 26.

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1970 schedule
05/09 Reds 23, Whites 3
09/12 Wake Forest W 36-12
09/19 @ S. California T 21-21
09/26 Army W 28-0
10/03 @ Minnesota W 35-10
10/10 Missouri W 21-7
10/17 @ Kansas W 41-20
10/24 Oklahoma St. W 65-31
10/31 @ Colorado W 29-13
11/07 @ Iowa St. W 54-29
11/14 Kansas St. W 51-13
11/21 Oklahoma W 28-21
01/01 LSU W 17-12
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