Official recapNebraska's hopes for a third straight national title were dashed and Husker plans for at least a tie for the Big 8 title were given a frustrating jolt by the Iowa State Cyclones, who battled furiously for a 23-23 tie. And the Cyclones blew the extra point with 23 seconds left in the game or they could have hung loss No. 2 on the Huskers.
It was Nebraska's poorest showing of the season as the Huskers lost six fumbles and had two interceptions on the muddy turf of Clyde Williams Field. The fired-up Cyclones did a great job of capitalizing on Husker miscues and refused to fold even when Nebraska took a 23-17 lead with 1:03 left in the game.
George Amundson passed the Cyclones the length of the field, then with 23 seconds left hit Willie Jones* in the end zone for the tying touchdown. However, Cyclone victory chances went a-glimmering when Tom Goedjen blew the extra point under a heavy Husker rush.
Nebraska used a pass interception by Steve Manstedt and six plays to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but Amundson countered with an 8-yard TD strike to Keith Krepfle in the second quarter to tie the score. Iowa State then took a 10-7 read with a 46-yard Goedjen field goal, before Nebraska drove 80-yards to go ahead, 13-10, at halftime.
Amundson hit his second TD pass in the third quarter to give Iowa State a 17-13 bulge, but the Huskers countered with a Joe Blahak interception and rolled 89-yards to score on a 35-yard bomb from Dave Humm to Johnny Rodgers. With 1:03 left, Rich Sanger kicked a 37-yard field goal, and it looked victory and a Big 8 title clinched.
But the stubborn Cyclones battled back for a stunning tie, triggering a wild celebration by the record throng of 36,231.
Iowa State 23
Nov. 11, 1972
Nebraska 7 6 0 10 - 23 Iowa State 0 10 7 6 - 23 First Quarter NEB - Dave Humm 3 run (Rich Sanger kick) 1:54 Second Quarter ISU - Keith Krepfle 8 pass from George Amundson (Tom Goedjen kick) 12:42 ISU - Goedjen 46 field goal, 6:27 NEB - Johnny Rodgers 4 pass from Humm (Sanger kick failed) 0:08 Third Quarter ISU - Krepfle 33 pass from Amundson (Goedjen kick) 5:52 Fourth Quarter NEB - Rodgers 35 pass from Humm (Sanger kick) 8:08 NEB - Sanger 37 field goal, 1:03 ISU - Willie Jones 24 pass from Amundson (Goedjen kick failed) 0:23 NU ISU First Downs ........... 23 18 Rushing, Net ...... 48-131 45-121 Passing, Net ........ 246 235 Comp-Att-Int ... 23-42-2 15-33-3 Total Offense ..... 90-377 78-356 Punts-Avg. .......... 8-37 6-35 Fumbles-Lost ......... 6-6 1-1 Penalties-Yards ......6-47 4-57
Gary Dixon 48, Bill Olds 41.
Dave Humm 23 of 42 - 246.