Nebraska 14
Oklahoma St. 10

Nov. 6, 1976 - 1:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Oklahoma St. 0 3 7 0 10
Nebraska 0 0 7 7 14
Second Quarter
OSU: Abby Daigle 37 field goal, 9:35
Third Quarter
NEB: Chuck Malito 34 pass from Vince Ferragamo (Al Eveland kick) 4:02
OSU: Terry Miller 15 run (Daigle kick) 0:07
Fourth Quarter
NEB: Ken Spaeth 6 pass from Ferragamo (Eveland kick) 11:57

                           OSU       NU
First Downs................ 15       17
Rushing, Net........... 51-291   38-121
Passing, Net............... 34      235
  Comp-Att-Int ......... 1-5-1  17-25-2
Total Offense.......... 56-335   55-356
Punts-Avg. .............. 4-45     4-44
Fumbles-Lost ............. 3-3      3-3
Penalties-Yards ......... 4-30     2-22

Attendance: 76,272

LEADING NU RUSHERS:
 Monte Anthony 55, Rick Berns 51
LEADING NU PASSER:
 Vince Ferragamo 235
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER:
 Vince Ferragamo 235

MORE INDIVIDUAL STATS

NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Chuck Malito
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Clete Pillen


1976 Clete Pillen and Terry Miller photo · The Lincoln Star · Newspapers.com

Coverage

Recap
Clete Pillen stops Terry Miller
Clete Pillen, who had 30 tackles, takes down OSU’s Terry Miller.

Clete & Vince come up big against ’Pokes

There it was, two nationally ranked teams meeting for that week’s Game of the Year, Nebraska and Oklahoma State battling in a nail-biting fight to the finish. The teams came into the game tied for the Big 8 lead at 3-1. In the end, it was Nebraska’s co-captains, Clete Pillen and Vince Ferragamo, that made the difference.

Pillen was all over the field making tackles. He made 30 in all and was named Big 8 Defensive Player and Associated Press National Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance. As coach Tom Osborne said, “We would have lost without Pillen.”

Ferragamo’s passing arm untracked a stalled offense in the second half.

Nebraska dominated the first quarter, but two turnovers kept the Huskers from scoring. Oklahoma State held the ball for all but eight plays in the second quarter, but managed only a field goal.

Trailing 3-0 in the third quarter, Ferragamo went to work. Starting at the Nebraska 25, Ferragamo hit end Chuck Malito on three passes of a seven-play drive, the final pass being a 34 yard touchdown.

Oklahoma State came right back behind Terry Miller to go ahead 10-7.

Again it was Ferragamo, hitting four of four passes and rushing for 11 yards on Nebraska’s next possession, that led the Huskers to a final score, a six-yard pass to Ken Spaeth.

It was touch and go the rest of the way, but Nebraska held on for a 14-10 win.

Game stories
Pregame & team info
1976 schedule
05/01 Reds 26, Whites 29
09/11 @ LSU L 6-6
09/18 @ Indiana W 45-13
09/25 TCU W 64-10
10/02 Miami W 17-9
10/09 @ Colorado W 24-12
10/16 Kansas St. W 51-0
10/23 Missouri L 24-34
10/30 @ Kansas W 31-3
11/06 Oklahoma St. W 14-10
11/13 @ Iowa St. L 28-37
11/26 Oklahoma L 17-20
12/04 @ Hawaii W 68-3
12/31 Texas Tech W 27-24
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