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Record-breaking performances by quarterback Jerry Tagge and receiver Johnny Rodgers insured a 44-17 victory over Kansas State before a crowd of 42,300.

It was Nebraska's 20th straight win and 29th game without a defeat, dating back to 1969, setting the stage for the monumental showdown with No. 2 ranked Oklahoma at Norman on Thanksgiving Day.

The No. 1 ranked Cornhuskers went right to work against the Wildcats, who pressed at one point, 14-9, by driving for touchdowns the first four times they got possession of the ball. Tagge directed drives of 80, 94, 79 and 34 yards as the Huskers jumped to a 30-9 halftime lead.

Jerry had a sensational passing day, hitting 20 of 28 for 285 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 24 yards, giving him a total offense figure of 309 for a new Nebraska record. It also boosted him into the No. 2 spot in Big 8 history behind Lynn Dickey and enabled him to become the first Cornhusker to ever pass the 5,000-yard mark.

Rodgers was on the receiving end of 10 Tagge passes, including two TDs, and netted 125 yards. This performance enabled him to set a new season TD record (10), a new season reception record (45), a new career reception record (84), in addition to establishing new marks in season and career punt return yardage.

While it was dented for a season high of 17 points, Nebraska's defense held K-State to only 57 yards rushing and 179 yards passing to maintain its ranking as the top defensive team in the nation.

So armed with a 10-0-0 record, the Cornhuskers started priming for the trip to Norman and the historic meeting with the Oklahoma Sooners (9-0-0) to determine the 1971 Big 8 and national champion.

Nebraska 44
Kansas State 17

Nov. 13, 1971
Manhattan, KS
Nebraska       14  16   7   7  -  44
Kansas State    0   9   0   8  -  17

First Quarter
NEB - Johnny Rodgers 6 pass from Jerry 
      Tagge (Rich Sanger kick) 9:21
NEB - Gary Dixon 2 run (Sanger kick) 1:21
Second Quarter
KSU - Childs 8 pass from Dennis Morrison
     (kick blocked) 11:33
KSU - Georger 34 field goal, 8:43
NEB - Jeff Kinney 1 run* (Sanger kick) 5:37
NEB - Safety (Morrison fumbled out of end
      zone) 4:43
NEB - Dixon 2 run (Sanger kick) 2:27
Third Quarter
NEB - Woody Cox 56 pass from Tagge
     (Sanger kick) 5:48
Fourth Quarter
KSU - Calhoun 1 run (Morrison pass to
      Childs) 12:42
NEB - Rodgers 17 pass from Tagge
     (Sanger kick) 6:00

 *set Nebraska career record with 29th TD

                       NEB       KSU 
First Downs             27        17
Rushing, Net        53-203     34-57 
Passing, Net           285       179 
  Att.-Comp.-Int   30-20-2   46-23-1 
Total Offense          488       236
Return yardage          14         4
Punts                 3-38      5-43
Fumbles lost             1         2
Yards penalized         56        74 

LEADING NU RUSHER: Jeff Kinney 98

LEADING NU PASSER: Jerry Tagge 20 for 28-285

MORE INDIVIDUAL STATS HERE

ATTENDANCE: 42,300