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Official recap

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.

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SERIES HISTORY
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER

Nebraska 14
TCU 10

Sept. 17, 1966
Lincoln, NE
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.
 
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