LINCOLN — Nebraska's victory-starved Cornhuskers Saturday found somebody they could master.
Coach Potsy Clark's pupils knocked off Kansas State, 32-0, to end a five-game losing streak.
The second victory in Big Seven play assured Nebraska of a place slightly higher than the cellar, now definitely the resting place of Coach Ralph Graham's Wildcats.
The Huskers scored in each quarter, adding a second marker in the last period on the play which gave 36 thousand Band Day fans their biggest treat.
Don Bloom, 146-pound sophomore from Omaha North, climaxed the afternoon's scoring with a brilliant 82-yard punt return.
Don caught Harold Bryan's into-the-wind boot on the Husker 18-yard line, and set out for the west sideline.
He appeared trapped near his 40-yard line, but a fellow-sophomore, Gerry Ferguson of Scottsbluff, contributed the block which sent Bloom into the clear.
The last 50 yards he simply out-raced a bevy of Wildcat pursuers.
Before Bloom's pretty run, Fullback Phil Young of Oakland, Neb., had been the Husker star.
Three times he lowered his head and drove into the Kansas State line for touchdowns.
The first one, near the end of the first period, was from the four-yard line-and he just barely made it.
Young went over from the one-foot line in the third quarter, and from the one-yard line in the last period.
Dick Hutton, Auburn speedster, was the other Husker to feel the end-zone turf.
He ran his own left end for nine yards and a second-period touchdown, shortly after Cletus Fischer had scooted around the other wing for 30 yards.
The Huskers finally found a scoring punch, after twice losing the ball deep in Wildcat territory.
In the first period, they gave up possession on the 12, and in the second they couldn't punch it over after getting a first down on the three-yard line.
But they made up for those errors, by turning back the only scoring threat by the visitors.
This came when the score was 25-0. Ferguson's fumble was recovered by Tackle Bud Cole, and K-State had a first down on the Nebraska 11-yard line.
Don Sailors trapped Harold Nevius for a loss of eight yards, which was regained by a successful pass from Dana Atkins to End Dick Johnson.
But on fourth down, Tackle Dick Goeglein drove in to drop Fullback Kenny Johnston, and Nebraska took the ball on downs on the five.
Most of the time the Huskers were operating successfully from a mild spread formation.
It was the first time this year they have used it consistently when Cletus Fischer wasn't at the engineer's post.
The mending St. Edward back saw very limited duty. But the spread worked anyway, with Del Wiegand and Ferguson running plays.
Center Tom Novak was in and out of the game several times. He made several rugged tackles and recovered a fumble.
The only Huskers who didn't get into action were Kenny Fischer, Ralph Damkroger, Gerry Moore and Kirk Lee.
The statistics this time tell a true story of the Huskers superiority.
Nebraska had a 15-8 edge in first downs, and a margin of 370 to 125 in net yardage.
The pass defense was much better than in previous games, too. Kansas State tried 14 flips, completed only five for a total of 41 yards.
On the other hand, Nebraska made good on seven of 17 throws for 154 yards.
One of Fergie's passes was taken by Bob Ackerman of Sidney for a gain of 41 yards. It was a short throw, with Bob speeding to a first down on the six. This set up Young's third score.
The longest distance on a single throw by Wiegand was for 29 yards, with Howard Fletcher of McCook making the catch.
The Huskers must face Oklahoma next Saturday — an Oklahoma which likely will be sailing high after its amazing romp over Missouri.
Nebraska is 78-15 all-time against Kansas State.
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