Nebraska's Cornhuskers staged one of the most sensational comebacks in their 75-year long history to pull out a 26-21 victory over the Minnesota Gophers before a national TV audience.
With 7:52 left to play, following Billy Crockett's great 80-yard punt return for a TD, the Huskers trailed 21-12. Then came the fireworks. On the third play after the kickoff, quarterback Fred Duda rolled out to pass, but Gopher defenders piled up the Huskers' two primary receivers. However, Duda spotted faking fullback Frank Solich sprinting straight down the middle behind the Minnesota safety and rifled a 45-yard scoring pass.
Still, the Huskers were down 21-19 with only 7:31 left in the game. Halting a Gopher drive and forcing a punt that went only 19 yards into a stiff wind, Nebraska took over at the Minnesota 44. Seemingly stymied, Duda came up to a fourth down with 13 yards to go and connected with Freeman White on a 14-yard pass. Then Duda fired a 15-yarder to Bob Hohn at the 18. On the next play, Duda passed again, but the ball ripped through the hands of Gopher defender Mike Reid and skittered off his helmet. Receiver Kent McCloughan, lunged for the deflected ball, caught it, then plowed through two Gophers at the one-yard line to score the winning tally.
Sept. 26, 1964
Nebraska 0 12 0 14 — 26 Minnesota 0 7 7 7 — 21 Second Quarter UM — Aaron Brown 8 pass from John Hankinson (Reid kick) NU — Fred Duda 1 run (kick failed) NU — Kent McCloughan 10 run (pass failed) Third Quarter UM — Hankinson 32 run (Reid kick) Fourth Quarter UM — Billy Crockett 80 punt return (Reid kick) NU — Solich 45 pass from Duda (Duncan Drum kick NU — McCloughan 18 pass from Duda (Drum kick) NU UM First downs 18 12 Rushing net 155 150 Passing net 188 97 Comp-Att-Int 13-25-1 12-25-0 Total offense 343 247 Punts 5-35 7-28 Fumbles lost 1 2 Yards penalized 61 95 Leading NU rushers: Harry Wilson 40, Kent McCloughan 31 Leading NU passer: Fred Duda, 13 for 25 — 188 yards Attendance: 49,769