LAWRENCE, Kan. — Nebraska's long-time jinx over Kansas lasted only 28½ minutes here Saturday afternoon.
For that much time after the opening kick-off, a packed house of 36,500 Homecoming Day fans saw Nebraska carry the fight to the favored Jayhawkers in a scoreless debate.
Then Master Dick Gilman quickly exploded the jinx with a perfectly-placed forward pass — and Kansas went on to a 27-7 triumph.
It was that first K.U. touchdown, with 1½ minutes left in the second quarter which settled the issue.
It was a first-down play, starting on Nebraska's 37-yard line.
Gilman faded back, while the Jay ends tore toward the end zone. But instead of throwing to them, Dick whipped a bullet peg to Back Cliff McDonald.
McDonald made the catch on the Husker 20-yard line, and zigzagged to a touchdown with some neat change-of-pace tactics.
Ken Sperry's extra-point kick made it 7-0 at the half.
But it didn't take long after the intermission for Gilman to turn it into a rout.
On the fourth play of the second half, Bryan Sperry broke into the clear back of the Husker secondary.
Gilman hit his fingers with a long, arching pass near the Husker 40-yard line. Collopy chased Sperry, made a diving tackle at the 30, but missed his mark.
Sperry jogged on into the end zone to complete a beautiful 80-yard gain, and make it 13-0.
A blocked punt a few minutes later set the stage for another K.U. touchdown.
Darrell Norris threw himself in front of Frank Collopy's kick, and Bryan Sperry recovered on the Husker 16.
Charley Moffett ran to the one on the first play, and Forrest Griffith cracked the line for six points.
The lone Husker points also came in the third quarter. Kenney Fischer, back in action for the game sparked a 65-yard march with some good passing.
He pitched to Mueller for 21 yards, to Bobby Costello for 20, and to Gerry Ferguson for 22. Collopy crashed across from the one-yard line for the touchdown.
Early in the fourth period Kansas added a fourth touchdown — and the third of the day on Gilman's passing.
This play was good for 46 yards. Darrell Norris ran deep into the end zone and made a leaping catch of Gilman's long throw.
Those three scoring pitches gave Gilman 12 touchdown passes in six games this year.
Nebraska managed to roll up 12 first downs to six for the winners, but you don't win games on first downs.
The Kansans had a gain of 167 yards passing. Nebraska gained 154 yards by completing 11 of 24 passes.
The Huskers had several scoring opportunities in the first half, but couldn't cash in.
They seemed to lose their drive after Cletus Fischer went out for the day after eight minutes of play. It was the old leg injury again.
Another crushing blow to Coach Potsy Clark's gang was the loss of Center Tom Novak with a rib injury. He was hurt on the kick-off opening the second half.
Big Tom had been a vicious tackler and an alert defender in the first half.
He intercepted one of Gilman's early throws on the Kansas 30, but the ball was lost that time on downs on the 25.
Novak recovered a fumble by Dick Bertuzzi to give the Huskers the ball on the K.U. 31 as the first period ended.
But Griffith intercepted a K. Fischer throw to stop this bid.
The victory was the third for Kansas on Lawrence soil in the 55-game series with Nebraska. It also kept Jules Sikes's Kansans on top the Big Seven pack, along with Missouri and Oklahoma.
Nebraska is 91-23 all-time against Kansas.
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