LINCOLN — Missouri’s wide running backs trounced Nebraska, 33-6, in the closing home game here Saturday.
It was the seventh setback in nine games for Coach Potsy Clark’s Cornhuskers.
And about the only consolation for 21 thousand fans who braved 30-degree weather was that the Huskers escaped a shut-out, which would have been their first of the year.
They didn’t score, though, until only nine minutes were left and Coach Don Faurot’s invading Tigers had a 26-0 lead.
The fourth-quarter Husker points came at the climax of a 70-yard march into the face of a north wind.
Nebraska had driven to a first down on the Bengal 26-yard line. From there Sophomore Don Ferguson of Scottsbluff fed a screen pass to Senior Dick Hutton of Auburn.
Hutton, playing his last home game, made the catch on the 25, with a wall of blockers just ahead. They made the vital blocks to spring Dick into the clear, and he sprinted to his fourth touchdown of the season.
That preserved the Huskers’ score-in-every-game record, and softened the blow of a fifth Missouri touchdown a few minutes later.
It was a one-sided romp in the second half, but the Huskers did hold their own in the first two periods.
Yardage was almost even for the first half, which found Missouri holding a 6-0 lead.
And time ran out with the Huskers having a first down on the Tiger nine after making 24 yards in five plays in the last 35 seconds before intermission.
The first Missouri touchdown was scored on a series of wide laterals, which the Huskers could not seem to figure out.
The Tigers ate up 84 yards in five plays-all of which were about the same.
Bus Entsminger, man-under-center in the T formation, was the engineer. Wilbur Volz took one of his side pitches and ran 32 yards. Dick Braznell fielded one for 27 yards.
Just to be different, Entsminger then carried the ball and failed to gain. So he went back to laterals.
Nick Carras took one and ran 16 yards to the nine-yard line. Then Braznell picked it out of the air and ran the Huskers right end for the game’s first points.
Nebraska stopped one Mizzou drive on the 10-yard line and another on the six.
Then the Husker scoring chance came after Ralph Damkroger crashed in to block a punt by Bob Robinson. Senior Tackle John Sedlacek recovered and Nebraska had the ball 35 yards away from the goal.
With only 35 seconds to play, the Huskers tried to stop the clock on each play.
Del Wiegand passed to Hutton for seven yards. Dick then ran out on the 20. Cletus Fischer’s pass was incomplete, and so was one by Wiegand.
Hutton then ran the Tiger right end, but was chased out of bounds on the nine-yard line as the gun barked.
The visitors marked up their second touchdown without losing possession of the ball after the second-half kick-off.
They made 70 yards in 12 plays. Laterals to Carras, Braznell and Volz made consistent gains, then Entsminger sneaked the last three yards to score.
After that, the scoring pace speeded up. Volz rammed the line for another third-quarter score after a roughing penalty backed the Huskers to their one-yard line.
The two Missouri touchdowns in the fourth quarter were on passes into the end zone.
From the Nebraska 37, Entsminger waited until Sophomore John Glorioso was in the end zone. Bus then tossed a long one, and Glorioso ran away from Tom Novak and Bill Mueller to make the six-point catch.
Bob Wren, third-string end, fielded a 20-yard throw from Entsminger for the final points. Wren was stretched out in the end zone snow, but got his fingers around the ball just as it touched the ground.
Entsminger and the other Mizzou runners had good help all afternoon from Fullback Win Carter, Center Bob Fuchs and Tackle Chester Fritz.
Statistics showed a 23-14 margin for Missouri in first downs and a net yardage advantage of 455 to 243.
The Huskers will close their season at Oregon State next Saturday and must win to better last year’s two-victory record.
Nebraska is 65-36 all-time against Missouri.
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