Fullback Ken Kaelin scored Nebraska’s final touchdown on a 14-yard run.
New Mexico may have been an unknown quantity when it came into Memorial Stadium, but the Lobos quickly got Nebraska’s attention by driving 83 yards in six plays after the opening kickoff.
Down 7-0, Nebraska rallied for a hard-fought 38-7 win, but not before giving up 379 total yards. Paul Miles filled in at I-back for the injured Doug DuBose and rushed for a career-high 189 yards in his first career start.
At halftime, Nebraska led by just 14-7 and trailed in total offense, 229 yards to 220.
For the third consecutive game, Husker defenders intercepted four opponent passes. But the Huskers lost four of their eight fumbles against the Lobos.
New Mexico quarterbacks were sacked nine times, and starter Billy Rucker left the game with a concussion.