Nebraska's defense completely bottled up the Oklahoma State Cowboys as the Cornhuskers raced to a 41-13 win before another sellout crowd of 37,000.
It was Nebraska's 26th game without a defeat, 17th win in a row and third straight Big 8 win.
The Black Shirts shut out the Cowboys for three and a half quarters, but the Husker reserves gave up two TDs late in the game.
While the Big Red defense throttled the Cowboys, Nebraska's defense ripped OSU for a comfortable lead. Jeff Kinney got NU rolling with a 25-yard TD run in the first quarter, and Dave Mason made it 14-0 with a 28-yard interception return tally. Jerry Tagge fired a 42-yard TD pass to Jerry List for a 21-0 halftime lead.
Another Kinney run and a Tagge-to-Johnny Rodgers pass made it 34-0, after three quarters. Rodgers provided the big thrill of the day with a 92-yard record-breaking punt return to open the fourth quarter before NU's reserves took over.
HMAX NOTES: OSU scored all its points in the final two minutes, with a successful onside kick giving the Cowboys two consecutive possessions. ... Oklahoma State quarterback Brent Blackman, the team's leading scorer and ground-gainer, missed the game after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Senior Tony Pounds took his place.
Oklahoma State 13
Oct. 23, 1971
Nebraska 7 14 13 7 - 41 Oklahoma State 0 0 0 13 - 13 First Quarter NEB - Jeff Kinney 25 run (Rich Sanger kick) 1:33 Second Quarter NEB - Dave Mason 28 pass interception (Sanger kick) 10:47 NEB - Jerry List 42 pass from Jerry Tagge (Sanger kick) 6:30 Third Quarter NEB - Kinney 12 run (Sanger kick failed) 9:25 NEB - Johnny Rodgers 6 pass from Tagge (Sanger kick) 3:45 Fourth Quarter NEB - Rodgers 92 punt return (Sanger kick) 14:09 OSU - Bill Heilman 1 run (Matt Clapp kick) 1:52 OSU - Steve Elliott 21 run (Clapp kick failed) 1:16 NEB OSU First Downs 22 13 Rushing, Net 51-205 43-100 Passing, Net 161 109 Att.-Comp.-Int 24-13-0 29-11-4 Total Offense 366 209 Punts-Average 7-43 10-49 Fumbles lost 2 1 Yards penalized 68 118 LEADING NU RUSHERS: Jeff Kinney 73, Gary Dixon 62. LEADING NU PASSER: Jerry Tagge 13 for 22-161. MORE INDIVIDUAL STATS HERE ATTENDANCE: 37,000