Jim Wightman pursues a Wildcat.
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Huskers put clamps on ‘Cats
In a classic defensive struggle, Nebraska’s Black Shirts against Kansas State’s Purple Pride, the Huskers defeated the Wildcats 12-0 for their ninth win of the 1975 season.
The Cornhuskers scored 9 tough points in the first quarter, on a Vince Ferragamo to Tony Davis pass and a Mike Coyle field goal. After that, both defenses stiffened and the half ended with NU leading, 9-0.
In the third quarter, the Huskers added a field goal to complete their scoring, while the defenses continued their battle for the rest of the day. Overall, the Black Shirts held KSU to 131 yards total offense. The Huskers also intercepted a KSU pass.
Defensive performers pacing NU were linebackers Clete Pillen and Jim Wightman. Pillen was in on 15 total tackles, including six unassisted, while Wightman was in on 14 tackles, four of them unassisted. KSU’s standout was linebacker Gary Spani, who had 19 total tackles, seven unassisted, and dropped Huskers three times behind the line for a loss of 15 yards.
Nebraska next took a 9-0 record and a 5-0 conference mark, against the Iowa State Cyclones.
Recap source: 1976 media guide
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