Sept. 17, 1966
Texas Christian ..... 0 7 3 0 - 10 Nebraska ............ 7 7 0 0 - 14 First Quarter NEB - Charlie Winters 6 run (Larry Wachholtz kick) 4:53 Second Quarter TCU - David Smith 2 pass from P.D. Shabay (Bruce Alford kick) 10:43 NEB - Dennis Morrison 10 pass from Bob Churchich (Wachholtz kick) 5:20 Third Quarter TCU - Alford 13 field goal 6:07 TCU NU First downs ........ 11 17 Rushing net ........ 10 184 Passing net ....... 148 80 Comp-Att-Int .. 13-27-2 8-20-2 Total offense ...... 158 264 Punts-Avg ......... 5-36 6-33 Fumbles lost ......... 1 2 Yards penalized ...... 23 61 Leading NU rushers: Harry Wilson 68; Ron Kirkland 65. Leading NU passer: Bob Churchich, 8 for 20 - 80 yards. More individual stats here
Nebraska's Cornhuskers opened the 1966 season ranked No. 5 in the nation and received a strong challenge from Texas Christian before pulling out a 14-10 decision.
With a record crowd of 60,974 fans in the newly-bowled Memorial Stadium, the Huskers moved 63 yards to score the second time they got the ball - runs of 11 yards by Ron Kirkland and 17 yards by Harry Wilson, and a 13-yard Bob Churchich-to-Wilson pass paved the way for Charlie Winter's 6-yard smash to put the Scarlets ahead, 7-0, with 4:53 gone in the first quarter.
But TCU struck back quickly after a Husker fumble at the NU 49, hitting two long passes (one on an interference call) to set up a two-yard TD toss and even the count at 7-7 midway in the second quarter.
Nebraska countered by following up the TCU tally with a 78-yard march, with the TD coming on a 10-yard Churchich-to-Dennis Morrison pass.
NU's 14-7 halftime lead was slashed to 14-10 early in the third period when Bruce Alford kicked a 16-yard field goal. After that, the Huskers waged a gallant defensive battle to preserve the win.
Both teams were fumble-prone: Nebraska lost three and the Horned Frogs four.