RecapOn a Memorial Stadium field turned into a hog wallow by sopping snow, eighth-ranked Colorado proved to be the better mudders, throttling the Cornhuskers in a game far more one-sided than the 7-0 score.
Nebraska went without a first down or a completed pass for the second time in school history, matching a dreary milestone posted in a 0-0 tie against Pittsburgh in 1928. The Cornhuskers were outyarded 343 to 31 and never got beyond their own 41 in the first half or their own 28 in the second half. In the final 30 minutes, NU netted zero yards of total offense.
The score was kept deceptively close thanks to four lost fumbles and three missed field goals by the Buffaloes, and the booming punts of Nebraska's Dennis Claridge.
On a gray, 31-degree day, Colorado broke the scoreless deadlock in the third quarter after halfback Claude Crabb recovered a second-down fumble by NUs Dick Callahan on the Cornhusker 11 on a tackle by linebacker Joe Romig. Three plays and a penalty later, quarterback Gale Weidner wedged into the end zone from the 1, and Jerry Hillebrand added the point after.
CU advanced to the Nebraska 38, 29, 37 and 19 in the first half but came up empty each time. After their touchdown, the Buffaloes reached the NU 16 and 28, and on Colorado's final possession, the game clock expired with CU on the Nebraska 2 yard line.
NOTES: On the morning of the game, former Husker coach A.J. Lewandowski died of a heart attack at his home at age 56. The flag above the scoreboard was lowered to half-staff in his honor. Bill Thunder Thornton had 30 yards rushing, accounting for all but one yard of NUs total offense. An injury forced him to leave the game. According to the Denver Post, the stadium caretaker complained to Nebraska coach Bill Jennings before the game that the coach should never allow any practice sessions on the stadium turf. Which do you want, a good football team or a good field? Jennings asked. The groundskeepers retort: Its a hell of a note when you don't have either one. Colorado improved to 6-0 in the Big Eight and 7-1 overall. Nebraska fell to 3-4-1 and 2-4.
Nov. 18, 1961
Colorado 0 0 7 0 - 7 Nebraska 0 0 0 0 - 0 Third quarter CU - Gale Weidner 1 run (Jerry Hillebrand kick) 12:29 CU NU First downs 20 0 Rushing 12 0 Passing 7 0 Penalty 1 0 Total offense 71-343 41-31 Rushes-net yards 57-193 36-31 Yards gained 217 48 Yards lost 24 17 Net yards passing 150 0 Comp-Att-Int 10-14-0 0-12-0 Punts 3-32.3 9-38.4 Blocked by 0 0 Fumbles lost 4 1 Yards penalized 2-20 4-41 RUSHING CU: Schweninger 21-93; Harris 14-53; Mavity 9-26; Woods 6-29; Weidner 6-(-13); Somerville 1-5 NU: Thornton 9-30; Comstock 7-0; Claridge 5-(-3); Stuewe 4-8; Callahan 3-0; Donovan 1-(-4) PASSING CU: Weidner 10/14, 150 YDS, 0 TD, 0 INT NU: Claridge 0/8, 0 YDS, 0 TD, 0 INT Meade 0/4, 0 YDS, 0 TD, 0 INT Attendance: 28,108
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