Nebraska fullback Tom Rathman exploded for an 84-yard touchdown run in the final minute of the third quarter, breaking a 7-7 tie and starting Nebraska on its way to a hard-earned 17-7 win over vastly improved Colorado, which was playing without its top two quarterbacks.
The Huskers yielded 218 total yards to the Buffs while piling up 445 themselves. Rathman (115) and I-back Doug DuBose (125) contributed 240 on the ground.
Nebraska coach Tom Osborne praised CU’s defense and kicking game. Barry Helton averaged 51 yards on his eight punts.
Colorado’s touchdown capped a 10-play, 70-yard drive.
Nebraska’s Dale Klein entered the game with a streak of nine consecutive made field goals, but he missed on tries of 46 and 42 yards before making a 32-yarder.