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Nebraska "reopened" the 1973 season against North Carolina State after an open date and the potent Wolfpack pushed the Huskers for three quarters before bowing, 31-14.
After trouncing UCLA, 40-13, the Cornhuskers had an open date and the layoff was apparent. North Carolina State stunned the Huskers by twice taking the lead. But three touchdowns in the final period kept the No. 2 ranked Big Red undefeated.
The Wolfpack struck first on Stan Fritts' 59-yard TD run on the last play of the first quarter. Dave Humm returned to action in the second quarter (Steve Runty, the hero of the UCLA game when Humm was hurt, had started) and got the Huskers even with a 40-yard scoring pass to Frosty Anderson for a 7-7 halftime score.
Rich Sanger's field goal made it 10-7 in the third, but the Wolfpack drove for a 14-10 lead, thanks to Fritts' second TD.
Late in the third period Nebraska launched a 57-yard drive and Humm put the Huskers ahead to stay, 17-14, with a one-yard drive with 11:53 left to play.
When the 'Pack elected to run from punt formation at the NU 27 and failed, the Huskers struck quickly and five plays later Tony Davis scored from the two to make it 24-14.
Bob Thornton's pass interception got the ball for the Huskers again at the State 38, and eight plays later, Humm hit Brent Longwell with a seven-yard TD pass to wrap up the scoring and win game No. 2.
N. Carolina St. 14
Sept. 22, 1973
North Carolina St. 7 0 7 0 — 14
Nebraska 0 7 3 21 — 31
NCS — Stan Fritts 59 run (Ron Sewell kick), 0:00
NEB — Frosty Anderson 40 pass from Dave Humm
(Rich Sanger kick), 4:13
NEB — Sanger 24 field goal, 9:10
NCS — Fritts 16 run (Sewell kick), 4:38
NEB — Humm 1 run (Sanger kick), 11:53
NEB — Tony Davis 2 run (Sanger kick), 8:18
NEB — Brent Longwell 7 pass from Humm;
(Mike Coyle kick), 4:43
First Downs ............ 10 28
Rushing, Net ........... 36-177 72-342
Passes, Comp-Att-Int ... 3-16-1 12-21-3
Passing, Net ........... 16 138
Total Offense .......... 52-193 93-480
Return Yards ........... 27 64
Punts .................. 4-41 4-40
Fumbles-Lost ........... 0-0 3-1
Penalties-Yards ........ 2-10 1-5
LEADING NU RUSHERS: Tony Davis 106, Dave Goeller 94.
LEADING NU PASSER: Dave Humm, 8 of 14 — 102.
TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: Dave Humm — 111.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Dave Humm.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: John Bell.
NOTE: Bell was Sports Illustrated's national lineman of the week.