Oklahoma St. 17
Nebraska 17

Oct. 27, 1973 - 1:30 p.m. Central
Lewis Field | Stillwater, OK
1st 2nd 3rd 4th  T 
Nebraska 10 0 7 0 17
Oklahoma St. 10 7 0 0 17
First quarter
NEB: Rich Sanger 30 field goal, 11:19
OSU: Abby Daigle 51 field goal, 9:30
Second quarter
OSU: Cleveland Vann 25 interception return (Daigle kick) 8:14
NEB: Tony Davis 1 run (Sanger kick) 5:36
OSU: Leonard Thompson 1 run (Daigle kick) 1:22
Third quarter
NEB: Dave Humm 1 run (Sanger kick) 7:48

                          NEB       OSU
First Downs .........      18        11
Rushing, Net ........  63-205    58-277
Passing, Net ........     138        17
  Comp-Att-Int ...... 11-19-2     1-4-1
Total Offense .......  82-343    62-294
Punts ...............  5-37.0    5-32.2
Fumbles-Lost ........     2-0       6-3
Penalties-Yards .....    4-30      1-11
RUSHING
NEB: Davis 34-111, O'Leary 8-40, Damkroger 7-35, Bahe 3-17, Powell 4-17, Humm 7-minus-15.

OSU: Blackman 17-141, Palmer 20-77, Thompson 14-46, Nelms 4-11, Gant 1-2, Taylor 1-1, Parsley 1-minus-1.

PASSING
NEB: Humm 11-19-2 138. 
OSU: Blackman 1-3-1 17, Stremme 0-1-0 0.

RECEIVING
NEB: Bahe 5-42, Davis 3-18, Shamblin 2-63, Damkroger 1-15.

OSU: Pettes 1-17.

MORE INDIVIDUAL STATS

ATTENDANCE: 50,500.

NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Tony Davis.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Steve Manstedt.

Coverage

Recap

Huskers’ late gamble fails vs. Cowboys

Workhorse Tony Davis’ fourth-down try for a touchdown from the six-inch line was wrecked by Oklahoma State with 2:23 left in the game, and the teams settled for a 17-17 tie.

It was a bruising defensive struggle in which neither team could generate consistent offensive marches. But with 6:20 left in the game, Nebraska got possession at the OSU 46 via a punt and the Huskers called on Davis to ram the ball in for the victory. The sophomore I-back carried once for three, then caught a 14-yard pass, then carried nine straight times to the OSU six-inch line.

Steve Manstedt
Manstedt

The Huskers spurned a field goal that would have broken the 17-17 tie, and elected to send Davis over the top on fourth down. But a Cowboy defender broke through to spill Davis shy of the goal line.

Oklahoma State then broke out of the hole on Brent Blackman’s 47-yard sprint and it looked like the Cowboys would get a chance for a field goal win. But Steve Manstedt tossed Blackman for a six-yard loss to preserve the tie.

Nebraska had to settle for a Rich Sanger field goal early in the first quarter after a Cowboy fumble, and OSU tied it on a 51-yard Abby Daigle field goal two minutes later. Cleveland Vann’s pass interception and 25-yard return put the Cowboys on top, 10-3 before the Huskers blasted 88 yards in seven plays to tie it during a wild first quarter.

But the scoring slowed down as the defenses took over. OSU took a 17-10 halftime lead with a 53-yard drive at the end of the second quarter, then NU recovered a Cowboy fumble in the third quarter and drove 44 yards to tie it up on Dave Humm’s one-yard plunge.

From that point on — except for Nebraska’s drive that just missed — the defenses held the spotlight.

Source: 1974 media guide

Game stories
Pregame & team info
1973 schedule
05/05 Red 35, White 25
09/08 UCLA W 40-13
09/22 N.C. State W 31-14
09/29 Wisconsin W 20-16
10/06 @ Minnesota W 48-7
10/13 @ Missouri L 12-13
10/20 Kansas W 10-9
10/27 @ Oklahoma St. L 17-17
11/03 Colorado W 28-16
11/10 Iowa St. W 31-7
11/17 @ Kansas St. W 50-21
11/23 @ Oklahoma L 0-27
01/01 Texas W 19-3
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