Seek and you will find Tom Carodine's head bobbing up around the five-yard line... as the Husker journeys to a touchdown—and an early 6-0 lead.
JOHN SAVAGE/THE WORLD-HERALD
Note: Kansas State tied Nebraska but later forfeited.
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K-State Tops in Statistics, TD Threats
Nebraska's Defenders Stand Out; Carodine Gets Lone Touchdown
Ahearn Field, Manhattan, Kans.—Mud was the only winner as Nebraska and Kansas State battled through the goo to a 6-6 tie Saturday afternoon.
And it was the Huskers rather than the underdog Wildcats who were forced to fight and fight hard to stave off a licking.
Coach Bill Meek's home club carried the offensive edge. It was the Husker defensive platoon which salvaged whatever satisfaction Coach Bill Glassford's crew could get out of a tie.
Five times the Scarlet defenders clamped on the brakes and took the ball away from Kansas State on downs inside the 17-yard line.
Passing Gain: 14 Yards
A sixth Wildcat bid was ended by a pass interception—and the seventh scoring chance was cashed in for the tying points.
K-State had an edge in all sections of the statistics. The margin was 14-8 in first downs; 176 to 116 in rushing yardage.
And the biggest margin of all was in forward passing. Kansas State connected on 12 out of 24 throws for 127 yards, while the Huskers completed only two out of four for 14 yards.
Nebraska scored its touchdown in the first period. K-State got its matcher in the third.
It Looked Easy—Early
Strangely, the only time the Huskers could show a sustained drive was after getting the opening kickoff.
They marched 64 yards. Tom Carodine went the last 12 for his first college touchdown with the game only six minutes old.
At this point, the two thousand Husker followers in the crowd of 12 thousand thought it was going to be a breeze.
The yardage came easily on that drive, with Don Vogt and Nick Adduci helping Carodine.
No Chance for Point
They didn't even seem to worry much when Bobby Decker's try for extra point was spoiled by a bad pass from center.
The ex-Holy Name star had no chance to kick. So he tried to run, was cornered and finally tried a futile pass.
But the six points had come so easily fans thought the missed extra point wouldn't be a factor in the final verdict.
The first Wildcat offensive effort was stopped abruptly when George Cifra intercepted a pass by Dick Maupin on the Husker 37.
K-State Honors Wade
But any game played in the mud is loaded with breaks, and the first of many to go against Nebraska came on the very next play.
The wet ball slipped out of Carodine's fingers, and Larry Hartshorn recovered for the enemy just 34 yards from the Huskers goal.
Dewey Wade, freshman fullback from Omaha North who was given the honor of starting, helped in a drive which carried to the 15.
Then Dick Towers tried for a touchdown pass into the end zone.
Decker ran back and intercepted. Not realizing he was in the end zone and could have moved the ball out to the 20, Bobby tried to run.
He was dropped on the one—and it took the Huskers the rest of the half to keep trying to get out of that hole.
Punts by Carodine and Ray Novak were short with the heavy ball and the Wildcats kept striking back.
Early in the second period Nebraska's defensive line stiffened to take the ball on downs on the seven.
Fourth-Down Plunge Short
A few minutes later it took over on the 17.
Then it put on a great goal-line stand to prevent a score after KS had a first down on the five.
The fourth-down plunge of Towers was piled up by the middle of the line, and Nebraska took over inside its one.
Once more before intermission the Wildcats drove deep. But this time Decker batted down Carl Albacker's last-down pass and Nebraska took the ball on its 10 just before the half ended.
Goll Blocks Place Kick
Several exchanges of punts opened the last half, with the tide turning when Veryl Switzer ran back one of Novak's kicks 15 yards to the Husker 35.
Maupin and Richard Shockey, Wade's replacement, took turns running and Shockey passed to Maupin for a first down on the four.
This time the Husker defense couldn't repeat. It stopped Shockey's plunge two yards short, then Lane Brown came into the game and ran off tackle for the touchdown.
That made it 6-6 –? and there it remained, when Dick Goll of Tekamah came roaring in to block Brown's attempt to kick.
Simon Covers Fumble
That was only one of many fine plays in the mud by Goll, who reached maturity as a defensive end in this game.
He was the key man in the good Husker defense—with fine help at times from Jerry Paulson, Bob Mullen, Ed Husmann, Jerry Minnick, Bill Schabacker, Max Kennedy and George Cifra.
Each side had one good chance to break the deadlock late in the game.
Nebraska got its long-awaited break when Towers took a punt, fumbled a hand-off to Switzer, and Frank Simon fell on the ball on the KS 18.
Field Goal Attempt Fails
But the Huskers couldn't shake anybody loose, and Decker tried a fourth-down field goal from the 25. It was short and wide.
Time was rapidly running out when the Wildcats made one last effort. Brown connected on two passes to Bob Bertrand, and an interference ruling against Husker Jim Sommers also helped.
But when the showdown passes were made by Brown on third and fourth downs, he was rushed so much that his pitches were far off the mark.
This time Nebraska took the ball on downs on the 16 with only 12 seconds left.
Bordogna's Gamble Fizzles
John Bordogna gambled boldly with a pass on the next play, and it was intercepted by Edward Pence.
He got back to the Husker 28. But time ran out before the Wildcats could line up for a play.
So the Huskers did well to pull out with the tie – even though they had been two-touchdown favorites.