Nebraska 34
Texas A&M 7

Sep. 25, 1971 - 1:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Texas A&M 0 0 0 7 7
Nebraska 7 6 14 7 34
First Quarter
NEB: Bill Olds 67 run (Rich Sanger kick) 0:06
Second Quarter
NEB: Jerry Tagge 1 run (kick blocked) 2:22
Third Quarter
NEB: Johnny Rodgers 98 kickoff return (Sanger kick) 14:47
NEB: Rodgers 32 pass from Tagge (Sanger kick) 4:24
Fourth Quarter
NEB: Bill Kosch 95 pass interception (Sanger kick) 5:11
A&M: Hugh McElroy 94 kickoff return (Pat McDermott kick) 4:56

                          A&M       NEB
First Downs ............... 7        21
Rushes-Net yards ...... 44-83    55-239
Passing, Net yards ....... 17       174
  Comp.-Att.-Int. ..... 3-9-2   15-27-1
Total offense ........ 53-100    82-413
Return yardage .......... 199       249
Punts-Average ......... 10-41      7-36
Fumbles lost .............. 2         3
Yards penalized ........ 4-50      4-58

RUSHING
A&M: Green 14-43; Neill 15-25; Black 3-18; Burks 3-13; McElroy 1-0; Trimmier 3-0; James 4-minus-18.

NEB: Olds 10-100; Kinney 14-51; Dixon 12-50; Tagge 9-36; Rodgers 4-8; Goeller 1-3; Brownson 4-minus-9.

PASSING
A&M: Greem 5-3-1 17; James 3-0-0 0; Trimmier 1-0-1 0.

NEB: Tagge 23-14-1 172; Brownson 4-1-0 2.

RECEIVING
A&M: May 1-12; Murski 1-6; McElroy 1-minus-1.

NEB: Rodgers 6-75; List 3-45; Olds 2-25; Cox 2-18; Garson 1-9; Kinney 1-2.

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ATTENDANCE: 67,993

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Big plays, stout defense fuel lopsided win

Nebraska’s No. 1 ranked Cornhuskers scored from near and far for a solid 34-7 win over Texas A&M. A crowd of 67,993 saw Husker fullback Bill Olds open the scoring with a 67-yard sprint down the sideline, and Jerry Tagge score on a one-yard plunge and throw a 32-yard pass to slotback Johnny Rodgers.

But the most sensational tally came on a 98-yard kickoff return by Rodgers to open the second half, and safety Bill Kosch’s 95-yard interception TD to give the Huskers a 34-0 lead in the fourth quarter.

The Aggies gamely countered with a 94-yard TD via a kickoff return by Hugh McElroy in the closing minutes of the game. It was Nebraska’s 22nd straight game without defeat and boosted the 1971 record to 3-0.

H’MAX NOTES: A 51-yard punt return by McElroy put A&M on the Nebraska 14 late in the first half, but the Aggies lost the ball on a fumble two plays later. … A&M had driven to the Nebraska 10 when Kosch made his fourth-quarter interception and TD return.

Recap source: 1971 media guide
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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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