Nebraska 68
Hawaii 3

Dec. 4, 1976 • 11:30 p.m. Central
Aloha Stadium •Honolulu, HI
1st2nd3rd4th F 
First Quarter
NEB: Bobby Thomas 43 pass from Vince Ferragamo (Al Eveland kick) 12:46
NEB: Ferragamo 16 run (kick failed) 8:35
NEB: Richard Berns 4 run (Eveland kick) 6:07
NEB: Berns 1 run (Eveland kick) 2:04
Second Quarter
NEB: Berns 5 run (kick blocked) 4:22
Third Quarter
NEB: Chuck Malito 65 pass from Ferragamo (Eveland kick) 13:53
NEB: Berns 56 run (Eveland kick) 11:47
HAW: Curtis Goodman 43 field goal, 6:35
NEB: Malito 50 pass from Tom Sorley (Eveland kick) 6:26
Fourth Quarter
NEB: Curtis Craig 1 run (Eveland kick) 11:17
NEB: Sorley 7 run (Eveland kick) 2:52

                          NU        HAW
First Downs ............. 27          8
Rushing, Net ........... 66-428  47-160
Passing, Net ........... 227         45
  Comp-Att-Int ...... 8-18-1     6-15-1
Total Offense ....... 84-655     62-205
Punts-Avg. .......... 1-35.0    11-38.5
Fumbles-Lost ........... 3-3        5-3
Penalties-Yds. ........ 5-25       8-74

Attendance: 33,737

Leading NU rushers:
  Richard Berns 211, Dodie Donnell 56
Leading NU passer:
  Vince Ferragamo 113
  Richard Berns 211



1976 Nebraska-Hawaii photo Jim PillenJim Pillen returns a second-quarter interception 38 yards. · Lincoln Journal Star ·



1976 Nebraska-Hawaii, Berns photoRichard Berns stiff-arms a defender as he picks up some of his record-setting 211 rushing yards. · Honolulu Advertiser ·

Huskers break records in rout of Rainbows

Over 18,000 Nebraskans traveled 3,000 miles to see Nebraska play the University of Hawaii, and cheered on the Huskers as they destroyed the hapless Rainbows 68-3.

Four long-standing Nebraska offensive records were shattered in the contest.

The Cornhuskers accumulated 655 total yards, more yardage than any NU team had ever piled up in one game. The 428-yard performance on the ground and 227 yards garnered in the air was a fine tuneup for the Cornhuskers, anticipating a Dec. 31 showdown with Texas Tech in the Astro Bluebonnet Bowl.

Second, Richard Berns rushed for 211 yards on his way to four touchdowns, eclipsing the single-game rushing mark of 204 yards set by Frank Solich in the 1965 Air Force game.

Third, Vince Ferragamo tossed his 19th and 20th touchdown passes of the year, breaking David Humm’s 1972 record of 18 touchdown passes in one season. Ferragamo’s first TD strike came with 12:46 left in the first quarter on a 43-yard pitch to Bobby Thomas. The second was a 65-yard pass to Chuck Malito.

The fourth record belongs to Malito, who had more yards in pass receptions in one game than any other NU receiver in history. Malito caught four passes for 166 yards.

While the offense was setting records, the Black Shirt defense was busy limiting the Rainbows to 205 total yards. Hawaii crossed midfield only twice and managed their only score on a 43-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Game stories
Pregame & team info
1976 schedule
05/01Reds 26, Whites 29
09/11@ LSUL 6-6
09/18@ IndianaW 45-13
09/25TCUW 64-10
10/02MiamiW 17-9
10/09@ ColoradoW 24-12
10/16Kansas St.W 51-0
10/23MissouriL 24-34
10/30@ KansasW 31-3
11/06Oklahoma St.W 14-10
11/13@ Iowa St.L 28-37
11/26OklahomaL 17-20
12/04@ HawaiiW 68-3
12/31Texas TechW 27-24
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