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The Huskers came to Ames with a seven-game win streak and a No. 3 AP ranking. NU was 4-0 in Big Eight play with the closest game a 33-10 blowout of Colorado. Iowa State was 5-2 and ranked 17th.

The largest crowd in Clyde Williams Field history watched Nebraska take a 7-0 lead before George Amundson drove the Cyclones 72 yards early in the second quarter to tie the game. A Tom Goedjen 45-yard field goal gave ISU a 10-7 edge. Nebraska answered, driving 81 yards in six plays to beat the second-quarter gun and take a 13-10 lead into the lockerroom.

Amundson hit Keith Krepfle with a 33-yard scoring strike for the third quarter’s only points. The Cornhuskers took a 20-17 fourth-quarter lead on a 35-yard touchdown pass from David Humm to Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers.

The game was just heating up. Rich Sanger’s 36-yard field goal with 63 seconds left extended the Nebraska lead to 23-17. After the ensuing kickoff return, ISU would have to drive 74 yards to tie the game. Amundson was up to the challenge, driving ISU to the goal in only 35 seconds. He completed four passes, the last to Willie Jones deep in the east corner of the south endzone for the tying touchdown. After order was restored to a frenzied Clyde Williams Field and jubilant fans were cleared from the field, Goedjen missed the extra-point attempt, leaving the Cyclones with a 23-23 draw. Goedjen would not miss another extra point the rest of his career.