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Wisconsin 21
Nebraska 20

Sept. 21, 1974
Madison, WI
Nebraska         7     7     3     3 - 20
Wisconsin        0     7     0    14 - 21

First quarter
NEB - Don Westbrook 22 run (Mike Coyle kick) 6:13
Second quarter
WIS - Ron Egloff 9 pass from Gregg Bohlig (Vince Lamia kick) 6:14
NEB - John O'Leary 6 run (Coyle kick) 0:20
Third quarter
NEB - Coyle 30 field goal, 10:15
Fourth quarter
WIS - Bill Marek 1 run (Lamia kick) 14:16
NEB - Coyle 22 field goal, 4:21
WIS - Jeff Mack 77 pass from Bohlig (Lamia kick) 3:29 

                             NU      WIS
First Downs ................ 19       14
Rushing, Net............... 258       77
Passing, Net...............  47      242
  Comp-Att-Int ......... 5-13-2  14-21-1
Total Offense ............. 305      319
Return yards ............... 35        6
Punts-Avg. ............... 5-40     5-32
Fumbles-Lost .............. 4-2      3-2
Penalties-Yds. ........... 3-15     2-20

LEADING NU RUSHERS: John O'Leary 86, Tony Davis 76.

LEADING NU PASSERS: Dave Humm 2-6-0, Earl Everett 3-7-1.

NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: John O'Leary 94.

ATTENDANCE: 73,381

NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: John O'Leary (Note: O'Leary played three-quarters of the game with a broken jaw. He was lost to the Huskers for the next three games.)

NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Tom Ruud.


Official recap

Playing without star quarterback Dave Humm for over half the game, Nebraska's bubble burst earlier than expected as the Huskers fell to the Wisconsin Badgers 21-20.

Playing before a regional ABC-TV audience and 73,381 in Camp Randall Stadium, the Huskers, playing without Humm, who suffered a hip pointer in the first quarter, battled courageously to a 17-14 fourth-quarter lead against the fired-up Badgers.

Then with 4:21 left in the game, Mike Coyle successfully kicked a 22-yard Husker field goal, giving Nebraska a 6-point lead with little time remaining. But catastrophe was about to strike.

Badger quarterback Gregg Bohlig, faced with a second and 16 from his own 23, rolled right and hit flanker Jeff Mack with a 77-yard TD pass, and with the successful kick, Wisconsin led Nebraska 21-20. It was also to be the final score.

Humm's injury proved costly for the Huskers. Nebraska outrushed the Badgers 258 to 77, but Wisconsin outpassed the Huskers 242-47.

H'MAX NOTES: Coyle's field goal with 4:21 remaining came after the Huskers had picked up a first down at the Wisconsin 2 yard line. NU's offense was stymied on its three plays before the kick. ... The Badgers sealed the victory when safety Steve Wagner intercepted an Earl Everett pass with 2:40 left. ... The Huskers entered the game as 15-point favorites.

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