Memorial Stadium, Lincoln — Oregon State passed Nebraska into submission by a margin of 27-6 here Saturday, before 20 thousand chilled and silent fans.
It was the first victory for the Beavers over the Huskers in six tries.
And it was the fifth straight defeat at home for coach Bernie Masterson’s team, as well as the seventh loss in a nine-game season.
Oldtimers in the stands insisted that this was the first time in 57 years of football that Nebraska failed to win a home game.
Comparison of the passing figures tell the story of this dreary finale.
Oregon State completed nine of 10 throws. The Huskers completed only three of 17 flips, and had three intercepted.
The total yardage comparison was about the same, too. Coach Lonnie Stiner’s Beavers rolled up a net gain of 434 yards to Nebraska’s 73.
Three of the four Beaver touchdowns were scored on forward pass plays, and the other was set up by an aerial play which gained 78 yards was only two short of a score.
The visitors marched 84 yards during the last part of the first quarter and the start of the second, only to lose the ball on downs on the 4-yard line.
After this brief bit of goal-line defense, the Huskers gained further encouragement when Jack Pesek made one of the finest punts seen here in years.
Standing in the end zone, Jack booted the ball 75 yards in the air, with the north wind helping.
The ball first hit on the Beaver 30-yard line, but bounced back toward the kicker on a freak hop, and was recovered on the 32.
But just four plays later, the Beavers made a touchdown on what turned out to be a ridiculously easy effort.
With the ball on the Veaver 40, Dick Gray went back to pass. Bob Laidlaw made a running catch on the Husker 30-yard line, and outraced Dick Hutton on a sprint into the end zone.
Warren Simas kicked the first of three extra points, to enable the Beavers to remain ahead by 7-6 after the Huskers scored their only points later in that second period.
Bob Ackerman’s 25-yard punt return to the Oregon State 35 set up the Husker touchdown.
From the 11-yard line half a dozen plays later, Bill Mueller took a lateral from Dick Thompson and made it into the end zone.
But Bob Patton’s kick for a tie score was blocked by tackle Hal Puddy.
Only one minute remained in the half at that point, but the visitors managed another score.
Gray fired another long pass from his own 20. Don Campbell got back of Mueller to make a running catch near midfield.
Campbell kept running and Mueller kept chasing. Tackler finally knocked runner down two yards short of a touchdown, and Oregon State took time out with 10 seconds left to play.
A penalty set them back to the 7-yard line; but Gray had time for two line thrusts, and got across on the second one.
The Gray-to-Laidlaw passing act clicked for another touchdown in the third period. It was a 19-yard gain, Laidlaw running right out of the arms of Ed Nyden and Mueller after making the catch.
Then in the last period the last score came on a 12-yard pass play.
Frank Collopy partly blocked Gray’s pass at the goal line, but it dropped into the arms of end Ralph Davis for six points.
The Huskers made a bid for another touchdown late in the game, but lost the ball on downs on the 3-yard line.
The day was made more dreary by absence of the Nebraska band. Most of the members were home on vacation.
Oregon State’s coach Lon Stiner swept the bench, using his entire squad.
And he kept his three quarterbacks, Don Mast, Rudy Ruppe and Rouse , on the go constantly.
Coach Stiner substituted a new quarterback on every play when the Beavers had the ball.
Nebraska is 9-2 all-time against Oregon State.
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