Sophomore Joe Orduna broke up a titanic defensive battle with a 25-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to give the Nebraska Cornhuskers a 7-0 win over Minnesota in the home opener.
Nebraska held the Big 10 co-champs to only three yards rushing.
Memorial Stadium bulged with 65,347 fans as the two teams battled furiously to a scoreless halftime rest. Both teams had serious drives blunted and both missed field goal attempts.
But early in the third period, Frank Patrick engineered a drive from the Husker six-yard line, hitting four of five passes and getting some fine running from fullback Dick Davis.
With a first down at the Gopher 25, Orduna shot through left tackle and broke into the clear for the clinching touchdown as 4:45 flashed by in the third quarter.
Nebraska missed a golden opportunity in the fourth quarter after penetrating the Gophers' 10 yard line. A handoff from Patrick to Ben Gregory went awry, and Minnesota pounced on the pigskin at the 7.
HMAX NOTES: It was not a good day for the placekickers. Nebraska's Bill Bomberger missed on three field goal attempts, and Minnesota's only scoring threat fizzled when Bob Stein missed a 33-yard try in the second quarter.
It was the Huskers' 20th consecutive home victory.
Sept. 30, 1967
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 - 0
Nebraska 0 0 7 0 - 7
NU - Joe Orduna 25 run (Bill
Bomberger kick) 4:45
First downs ........ 10 16
Rushing net ........ 3 231
Passing net ....... 140 135
Comp-Att-Int .. 9-24-1 11-21-0
Total offense .....143 366
Punts-Avg. .... 10-40.0 7-31.0
Yds penalized ...... 20 10
Fumbles lost ........ 0 4
LEADING NU RUSHERS:
Dick Davis 109; Ben Gregory 50.
LEADING NU PASSER:
Frank Patrick 11 of 20 - 135 yards.