Nebraska trailed stubborn Miami 9-7 at the half but rallied behind 24 second-half points and quarterback Vince Ferragamo to defeat the Hurricanes 31-16.
Miami, a team coached by former Husker assistant Carl Selmer that had taken Oklahoma to the hilt before losing 20-17 the previous week, struck for six first-quarter points on two field goals by Chris Dennis. Nebraska's only first-half score was set up when linebacker Jim Wightman recovered a Hurricane fumble on the Miami 25. Five plays later, I-back John O'Leary scored from three yards out with 10:20 left in the half. However, the Hurricanes led 9-7 at the break after Dennis kicked an 18-yard field goal four minutes later.
Nebraska came out in the third quarter behind Ferragamo's throwing and O'Leary's running to score 10 points and take a 17-9 lead. In the final frame, the Huskers finally put the game out of reach, scoring on an eight-yard run by O'Leary and a 40-yard pass from Ferragamo to Bobby Thomas to make it NU 31, UM 9. Miami scored once before the final gun, making the final score 31-16.
So Nebraska had gone through its nonconference schedule with a perfect 4-0 mark and was ready for its Big 8 opener against the inspired Kansas Jayhawks.
LINCOLN JOURNAL & STAR: 1, 2, 3
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Oct. 4, 1975
Miami 6 3 0 7 - 16
Nebraska 0 7 10 14 - 31
MIA - Chris Dennis 49 field goal, 7:44
MIA - Dennis 24 field goal, 3:38
NEB - John O'Leary 3 run (Mike Coyle
MIA - Dennis 18 field goal, 6:08
NEB - O'Leary 8 run (Coyle kick) 10:48
NEB - Coyle 24 field goal, 2:44
NEB - O'Leary 6 run (Coyle kick) 8:55
NEB - Bobby Thomas 40 pass from Vince
Ferragamo (Coyle kick) 5:46
MIA - Don Martin 1 run (Chris Dennis
First Downs .......... 22 12
Rushing Net....... 65-211 37-90
Passing Net ......... 188 111
Comp-Att-Int ... 14-19-0 10-25-0
Total Offense .... 84-399 62-201
Return Yards ......... 12 7
Punts .............. 7-44 6-44
Fumbles-Lost ........ 2-1 4-1
Penalties .......... 6-66 5-36
More stats here
LEADING NU RUSHERS: John O'Leary 106, Tony Davis 50, Monte Anthony 44.
LEADING NU PASSER: Vince Ferragamo 8-9-0 for 127 yards.
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: Vince Ferragamo, 129 yards.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Vince Ferragamo.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Bob Martin.