LINCOLN — Nebraska shook its fourth-game jinx with solid authority Saturday, ripping South Carolina, 28 to 6.
A record crowd of 47,800 saw the Huskers pluck the plumage of the Gamecocks with great ease as Coach Bob Devaney swept the bench.
In Devaney’s first season at Nebraska in 1962, the Huskers had to rally for a 19-to-14 fourth-game victory over North Carolina State. And last year the Scarlet’s only blemish in a 10-1 campaign was a 17-13 loss to the Air Force in the fourth encounter.
A majority of the fans stayed to the finish, rewarded with a parade of Scarlet third and fourth-team troops the entire fourth period.
Nebraska’s command was so decisive that South Carolina did not score until the last 2:55 of play.
Cornhusker offensive and defensive units shared credit for the victory which gave Nebraska a 2-to-1 edge in the series with the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Nebraska’s interior linemen were so effective that the Gamecocks couldn’t maneuver a first down rushing until the last minute of the third quarter.
A few minutes later Langston again racked up the S.C. passer on the second play the second time the Gamecocks had possession.
The ball popped from Reeve's arms and Richard Czap, the husky sophomore from Essexville, Mich., pounced on the football on the S. C. 31.
The Huskers needed only two plays to score.
Bob Hohn, Beatrice senior, picked up a yard. As the Gamecock defense shifted to the right to meet another Hohn thrust, Quarterback Bob Churchich whirled and threw to Kent McCloughan.
The Broken Bow halfback had slipped behind the Gamecock defense. As S.C.'s Sonny Dickinson watched, McCloughan took the pass on the three and whirled into the end zone.
Omaha North musicians greeted their alumnus by hoisting signs reading "Home of Bob Churchich."
There was 7:44 remaining when Duncan Drum delivered the first of his four successful conversions.
Nebraska struck twice at long range during the second quarter.
Frank Solich, hero of the victory at Iowa State who saw limited action, scooted 41 yards for the second touchdown. This was one of the two times little Frankie toted the ball.
There was 9:33 remaining when Drum kicked.
This was sufficient time for another touchdown, with Churchich firing a long pass to Preston Love, Omaha Tech senior.
This was a 50-yard play, with Churchich making a perfect throw and Love a great catch as he took the ball away from Lide Huggins, S.C. deep man, on the five.
The clock showed 1:16 away from the intermission as Drum converted.
Nebraska kept marching the second time the Huskers had the ball in the second half.
The drive started from the Scarlet 20. Hohn threaded his way through seven tacklers to the S.C. 40.
A 15-yard pitch to sophomore Ron Kirkland kept the march alive.
But with a second down on the three, Churchich fumbled and Huggins recovered in the end zone for a touchback.
From the press box it appeared that Churchich was at least a yard in the end zone before he lost control.
Officials, however, ruled that the Omahan never did have possession and S.C. scrimmaged from its 20.
The break gave South Carolina only temporary relief.
Just before the end of the third period, Mike Kennedy, Omaha Benson junior guard, recovered a Reeves fumble near midfield.
Again the Scarlet struck back swiftly.
This time Nebraska relied on an all sophomore backfield of Churchich, Kirkland, North Platte's Pete Tatman and the fancy stepping Harry Wilson of Steubenville, O.
The youngsters needed only six plays to boost the score to 28-0.
Tatman and Kirkland got big bites of 11 and 12 yards.
Wilson swept the Gamecock right flank from the seven to climax the 53-yard splurge.
The Gamecocks lost possession on pass interception by Love and Bill Haug before connecting with a 48-yard drive.
They had their final chance when Tatman fumbled.
Against deep replacements, it took 10 plays to go 50 yards, with South Carolina tallying on Smith's plunge from the two with 2:55 left.
The win gives the Cornhuskers a 4-0 record going into an all-conference slate which opens with Kansas State at Lincoln next Saturday.
South Carolina Coach Marvin Bass was irked at his team's performance but full of praise for the victorious Cornhuskers.
"We just didn't play well," he said. "We got beat all afternoon. We didn't block Dick's hat band."
Like most of his players, he was surprised at Nebraska's speed.
"Nebraska is quick, fast and well coached," he said. "When you play a quick, fast and well coached team and don't block, you get beat."
Then with a gracious Southern manner, he added:
"Nebraska is a fine team with several outstanding players. I wish Coach Devaney the best of luck the remainder of the season."
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Nebraska is 3-1 all-time against South Carolina.
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