Sept. 9, 1972
Los Angeles, CA
Nebraska 0 10 0 7 - 17 UCLA 3 7 7 3 - 20 First Quarter UCLA - Efren Herrera 27 field goal, 4:26 Second Quarter UCLA - Brad Lyman 46 pass from Mark Harmon (Herrera kick) 13:25 NEBR - Rich Sanger 28 field goal, 5:48 NEBR - Johnny Rodgers 11 run (Sanger kick) 2:26 Third Quarter UCLA - Harmon 2 run (Herrera kick) 7:21 Fourth Quarter NEBR - Jerry List 44 pass from Dave Humm (Sanger kick) 14:01 UCLA - Herrera 30 field goal, 0:22 NU UCLA First Downs ............ 18 13 Rushing, Net ....... 48-174 61-219 Passing, Net............146 65 Comp-Att-Int ...... 8-21-2 4-8-0 Total Offense ......... 320 284 Punts-Average ...... 2-37.0 7-38.0 Fumbles-Lost .......... 4-3 1-0 Attendance: 67,702 LEADING NU RUSHERS: Gary Dixon 15-65, Johnny Rodgers 7-43, Dave Goeller 6-45, Bill Olds 10-20, Maury Damkroger 6-19 LEADING NU PASSER: Dave Humm, 8 of 21 - 146. LEADING NU RECEIVERS: Jerry List 3-74, Johnny Rodgers 3-63 NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: Dave Humm - 126. NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Johnny Rodgers. NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Rich Glover. MORE INDIVIDUAL STATS
Official recapNo. 1 ranked Nebraska, seeking its third straight national title, had its 32-game success string abruptly snapped by UCLA in the 1972 opener. With 67,702 fans packing the LA Coliseum, Efren Herrera kicked a 30-yard field goal with only 22 seconds left in the game to trip the Cornhuskers, 20-17. It was the first loss in 33 games for the Huskers, dating back to the Missouri game in 1969. It also snapped a 23-game winning streak - both marks tops in the nation.
UCLA, pepped by new quarterback Mark Harmon and running back James McAllister, jumped off to a 10-0 lead before the sputtering Huskers got on the board with a 28-yard Rich Sanger field goal. Johnny Rodgers' 11-yard TD run made it 10-10 at halftime, but UCLA refused to fold.
Continued miscues in the second half - Nebraska had four fumbles and two pass interceptions - gave UCLA a solid opportunity, and the Bruins capitalized. A pass interception that was returned to the Husker 15 set up a third-quarter Bruin score, provided on Harmon's two-yard run.
Humm countered by pitching a 44-yard TD pass to Jerry List for a 17-17 tie. However, the Huskers couldn't move in two subsequent possessions and UCLA finally marched from its own 43 to the NU 12 before Efren Herrera kicked the winning field goal.