Official recap

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.

H’MAX 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.

Nebraska 41
Oklahoma State 13

Oct. 23, 1971
Stillwater, OK
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

  Jeff Kinney 73, Gary Dixon 62. 

  Jerry Tagge 13 for 22-161. 



Dave Mason interception, 1971 Nebraska-Oklahoma State