Oct. 27, 1973
Oklahoma State 17
Nebraska 10 0 7 0 - 17 Oklahoma State 10 7 0 0 - 17 First quarter NEB - Rich Sanger 30 field goal, 11:19 OSU - Abby Daigle 51 field goal, 9:30 Second quarter OSU - Cleveland Vann 25 pass interception (Daigle kick) 8:14 NEB - Tony Davis 1 run (Sanger kick) 5:36 OSU - Leonard Thompson 1 run (Daigle kick) 1:22 Third quarter NEB - Dave Humm 1 run (Sanger kick) 7:48 NU OSU First Downs ............ 18 11 Rushing, Net ........... 63-205 58-277 Passing, Net ........... 138 17 Comp-Att-Int ......... 11-19-2 1-4-1 Total Offense .......... 82-343 75-294 Punts .................. 5-37.0 5-32.2 Fumbles-Lost .............. 2-0 6-3 Penalties-Yards ........... 4-30 1-11LEADING NU RUSHERS: Tony Davis 111, John O'Leary 40.LEADING NU PASSER: Dave Humm, 11 of 19 - 138.NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: Dave Humm - 123.ATTENDANCE: 50,500.NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Tony Davis.NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Steve Manstedt.
Workhorse Tony Davis' try for a touchdown from the six-inch line was wrecked by the Oklahoma State Cowboys with 2:23 left in the game, and the two teams settled for a 17-17 tie.
It was a bruising defensive struggle between two of the Big 8's toughest clubs, and neither team could generate consistent offensive marches. But with 6:20 left in the game, Nebraska got possession at the OSU 46 via a punt and the Huskers called on Davis to ram the ball in for the victory. The sophomore I-back carried once for three, then caught a 14-yard pass, then carried nine straight times to the OSU six-inch line.
The Huskers spurned a field goal that would have broken the 17-17 tie, and elected to send Davis over the top. But a Cowboy defender broke through to spill Davis shy of the goal line.
Oklahoma State then broke out of the hole on Brent Blackman's 47-yard sprint and it looked like the Cowboys would get a chance for a field goal win. But Steve Manstedt tossed Blackman for a six-yard loss to preserve the tie.
Nebraska had to settle for a Rich Sanger field goal early in the first quarter after a Cowboy fumble, and OSU tied it on a 51-yard Abby Daigle field goal two minutes later. Cleveland Vann's pass interception and 25-yard run put the Cowboys on top, 10-3 before the Huskers blasted 88 yards in seven plays to tie it during a wild first quarter.
But the scoring slowed down as the defenses took over. Oklahoma State took a 17-10 halftime lead with a 53-yard drive at the end of the second quarter, then NU recovered a Cowboy fumble in the third quarter and drove 44 yards to tie it up on Dave Humm's one-yard plunge.
From that point on - except for Nebraska's drive that just missed - the defenses held the spotlight.