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Official recap

The game was built up as a showdown between I.M. Hipp and OSU running back Terry Miller, one of the nation's premier Heisman Trophy candidates. As it turned out, the game came down to a team battle as the Huskers came away with a 31-14 victory.

Nebraska's defense, in perhaps its finest performance of the season, held Miller to just over 100 yards and only 1 touchdown. The big star for the Cornhuskers was junior quarterback Tom Sorley, as he engineered the Nebraska offense superbly. His effort was good enough to earn ABC's Chevrolet Offensive Player of the Game. Wingback Curtis Craig ended up with 82 yards and one touchdown, his best output of the season. Hipp scored twice on runs of ten and one yard even though he broke his 100 yard game string with a 71 yard performance.

Lee Kunz again was a big star for the Huskers on defense as he finished with 14 tackles and was the Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Game in the regionally televised contest.

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SERIES HISTORY
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER

Nebraska 31
Oklahoma State 14

Oct. 29, 1977
Stillwater, OK
Nebraska            0  14  14   3  -  31
Oklahoma State      7   0   0   7  -  14

First quarter
OS: Terry Miller 7 run (Colin Ankerson
    kick) 2:40
Second quarter
NU: I.M. Hipp 10 run (Billy Todd kick) 12:07
NU: Tom Sorley 1 run (Todd kick) 2:53
Third quarter
NU: Hipp 1 run (Todd kick) 6:16
NU: Curtis Craig 16 run (Todd kick) 3:35
Fourth quarter
NU: Todd 39 field goal, 7:16
OS: Gerald Bain 55 pass from Harold 
    Bailey (Ankerson kick) 6:02

                          NU      OSU
First Downs...............21       12
Rushing, Net..........63-318   54-196
Passing, Net..............74       63
  Att-Comp-Int ...... 10-6-2    5-2-2
Total Offense.........73-392   59-259
Return Yards............. 29        0
Punts-Avg. .............4-43     6-34
Fumbles-Lost ............0-0      1-0
Penalties-Yards ........7-54     3-25
Third-down Conv. .......7-14     2-10
Time of possession ... 36:01    23:59
LEADING NU RUSHER: Curtis Craig 82.
LEADING NU PASSER: Tom Sorley 4-7-2-68.
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: Tom Sorley 123.
ATTENDANCE: 49,100.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Tom Sorley.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Lee Kunz.