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Official recap

Playing their finest game of the season, the Cornhuskers turned their Big 8 showdown into an easy 33-10 win over the fired-up Colorado Buffaloes.

With a record crowd of 52,128 and millions via ABC-national television looking on for what had been billed as a title game for a year — except for CU's upset loss to Oklahoma State — the Huskers ripped the Buffs for 19 first-quarter points.

Colorado valiantly battled back in the second quarter to pull up, 10-19, but the Huskers settled the issue in the third quarter with a 77-yard drive after the kickoff.

Nebraska scored the first three times it got the ball — the second time after a Buff fumble at the CU 17 — for a 19-0 lead. But the Buffs refused to fold and retaliated with an 80-yard scoring drive, and kept the Huskers from generating any more threats. A 44-yard field goal just before the half and a Husker fumble got the Buffs close, and they left the field with momentum, despite the 19-10 halftime deficit.

The Cornhuskers regained the momentum early, however, taking the second half kickoff and rolling 77 yards to score. After that the Nebraska defense — led by middle guard Rich Glover and linebacker Jim Branch — completely bottled up the Buffs.

Nebraska's final TD came after Colorado gambled at the CU 45 and Jim Branch blasted in to drop Bo Matthews for a loss. The Huskers took the ball right in for the frosting.

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1972 Nebraska-Colorado photo, Glover and Janssen
 
Nebraska 33
Colorado 10

Nov. 4, 1972
Boulder, CO
Nebraska       19   0  14   0  -  33
Colorado        0  10   0   0  -  10

First Quarter
NU - Dave Humm 1 run (Rich Sanger kick) 10:33
NU - Gary Dixon 1 run (Sanger kick blocked) 7:27
NU - Bill Olds 1 run (run failed) 2:57
Second Quarter
CU - Bo Matthews 18 run (Fred Lima kick) 13:35
CU - Lima 44 field goal, 1:47
Third Quarter
NU - Johnny Rodgers 2 run (Sanger kick) 10:17
NU - Rodgers 11 pass from Dave Humm
    (Sanger kick), 6:31

                          NU        CU
First  Downs ...........  22        15
Rushing,  Net .......... 219       116
Passing,  Net  ......... 130        85
  Comp-Att-Int ..... 11-17-1   11-29-1
Total Offense .......... 349       201
Return yards ........... 175        19
Punts ................. 4-37      8-42
Fumbles-Lost ........... 1-1       1-1
Penalties-Yards ....... 6-41      2-38
LEADING NU RUSHERS:
Gary Dixon 94, Bill Olds 76.
LEADING NU PASSER:
Dave Humm 11 of 16 - 130.
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER:
Dave Humm - 118.
ATTENDANCE: 52,128
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Johnny Rodgers.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jim Branch.