Nebraska 45
Hawaii 3

Dec. 4, 1971 - 11:59 p.m. Central
Honolulu Stadium | Honolulu, HI
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 17 7 7 14 45
Hawaii 0 3 0 0 3
First Quarter
NU: Rich Sanger 32 field goal, 10:25
NU: Dave Mason 25 pass interception (Sanger kick) 8:59
NU: Jerry List 80 pass from Jerry Tagge (Sanger kick) 2:45
Second Quarter
UH: Henry Sovio 29 field goal, 6:30
NU: Tagge 12 run (Sanger kick) 2:40
Third Quarter
NU: Johnny Rodgers 33 pass from Tagge (Sanger kick) 2:50
Fourth Quarter
NU: Van Brownson 21 run (Sanger kick) 12:35
NU: Frosty Anderson 17 pass from Tagge (Sanger kick) 8:08

                    NU       UH 
First Downs         24       15
Rushing, Net    47-233    41-47
Passing, Net       248      204
 Att-Comp-Int  25-12-0  26-15-3
Total Offense   72-481   67-251
Return yards        57      161
Punts             3-36     6-35
Fumbles lost         0        1
Yards penalized     45       17

RUSHING
NU: Kinney 16-56; Dixon 13-49; Tagge 7-45; Rodgers 3-29; Runty 1-17; Goeller 2-12; Brownson 2-11; Damkroger 1-7; Carstens 1-5; Olds 1-2.

UH: Wyckoff 10-27; Holmes 2-26; Mahi 7-20; Sherrer 14-15; Biscotti 4-minus-5; Chong 4-minus-36.

PASSING
NU: Tagge 25-12-0 248.

UH: Biscotti 18-11-1 171; Chong 8-4-2 33.

RECEIVING
NU: Rodgers 3-52; List 2-96; Cox 2-43; F.Anderson 2-27; Kinney 1-16; Damkroger 1-11; Olds 1-3.

UH: Sovio 7-77; Mahi 2-60; Parkman 2-42; Davis 1-11; Thompson 1-6; Sherrer 1-4; Frank 1-4.

ADDITIONAL STATS 

ATTENDANCE: 23,002

Coverage

Game recap

1971 Nebraska-Hawaii, Tagge photoGene 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

HuskerMax notes
  • Coach Bob Devaney gave the players time off until Dec. 15.
  • Hawaii averaged 196 yards rushing in its previous 10 games but managed just 47 yards on 41 carries against the Huskers. However, Hawaii’s passing yardage — 204 — was the highest total yielded by the 1971 Huskers.
  • Larry Sherrer, the first Hawaii player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, gained 15 yards on 14 carries and finished the year with 1,129 yards.
  • Police made several arrests of ticket scalpers before the game. Tickets with a face value of $5 or $6 were going for $22 to $100.
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1971 schedule
05/08 Reds 64, Whites 21
09/11 Oregon W 34-7
09/18 Minnesota W 35-7
09/25 Texas A&M W 34-7
10/02 Utah St. W 42-6
10/09 @ Missouri W 36-0
10/16 Kansas W 55-0
10/23 @ Oklahoma St. W 41-13
10/30 Colorado W 31-7
11/06 Iowa St. W 37-0
11/13 @ Kansas St. W 44-17
11/25 @ Oklahoma W 35-31
12/04 @ Hawaii W 45-3
01/01 Alabama W 38-6
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