Gene Bickford’s long reach can’t stop Jerry Tagge from completing this pass to Jeff Kinney. · Honolulu Advertiser · Newspapers.com
Huskers take care of business on island trip
Nebraska’s No. 1-ranked Cornhuskers visited the Island of Oahu in Hawaii, enjoyed the sunshine and Waikiki Beach — and came home with a 45-3 victory for a perfect 12-0-0 season.
It was Nebraska’s 31st straight game without a loss and the Huskers’ 22nd straight win, setting up their second “battle for No. 1” of the season, this time against Alabama in the Orange Bowl.
Hawaii’s Rainbows gave the Huskers a spirited contest, but the Big 8 champions simply overpowered the hosts while some 8,000 red-clad boosters cheered their efforts.
Rich Sanger kicked a 32-yard field goal to get the Huskers rolling early and Dave Mason’s interception and 25-yard run for a touchdown made it 10-0. Jerry Tagge then hit Jerry List for an 80-yard TD play and NU led, 17-0, at the quarter.
After that the Huskers coasted to win No. 12, leading 24-3 at halftime and 31-3 at the three-quarter mark.
Recap source: 1971 media guide