Miami, Fla. — The Huskers made a great bid for their second victory of the season Friday night-but lost to a fine University of Miami outfit.
The Hurricanes pulled out a 19-7 triumph on a second-half rally that was helped along by the weariness of the Nebraskans.
Playing in 70-degree heat after mixing in sub-freezing weather the past two weeks, the Huskers wilted quickly in the last half after holding a 7-6 lead.
But, it wasn’t Bob Reynolds’ fault that the Huskers failed to score an upset that would have kept them from being the first Husker team in history to win fewer than two games.
Bob had his best game of the season — by far — to treat 32,283 fans to a sample of what made him an All-American standout last year.
Bob scored the Husker touchdown and had himself this kind of a night:
1. Carried the ball 26 times for gain of 174 yards-out of the Husker total of 238 yards.
2. Tossed four passes for 57 yards.
3. Caught one pitch for 39 yards.
4. Returned two punts for 39 yards.
5. Ran back three kick-offs for 44 yards.
6. Punted eight times for a 36-yard average.
A doubtful starter until game time because of the eye injury which kept him out of action last week, Reynolds was back near his sophomore peak.
Once he seemed about to go all the way. But he was run down from behind after a 49-yard scamper.
Late in the game he showed Miami fans the kind of a chance-taker he is in trying situations.
He stood in the end zone for a fourth-down punt. but he didn’t kick — didn’t even intend to.
He ran out to the 32 on a great effort. But he wasn’t satisfied with making a first down on this daring play.
He tried to toss a lateral. End George Paynich got it and ran the remaining 68 yards — but it plainly was a forward instead of a lateral pass and didn’t count.
Bob was on the field all of the time Nebraska held the ball and took the key spot in the spread away from John Bordogna.
But he couldn’t get the points Nebraska needed to offset two third-quarter touchdowns by Miami.
Frank Smith plunged to the points that gave Miami a 12-7 lead early in the second half to climax a 44-yard march.
Then Rex Shiver hustled back to the Husker 35 after intercepting a Reynolds pass to set up another quick score.
Harry Mallios took a wide lateral from Jack Hackett — the favorite Miami play — and ran 21 yards to the one. Then he scored to hike the margin.
But the Huskers still were in there digging right up to the finish.
They moved 82 yards in the last two minutes-only to have the game end after Dick Regier had taken a short Reynolds pass to the one.
For the first time all season the Huskers actually outscored the enemy in the second quarter for a 7-6 lead at the half.
After a scoreless first period, the Hurricanes drew first blood when Smith ran 22 yards for a touchdown on a play that was supposed to be a pass.
Smith had his arm back to throw. But the eager Huskers closed in from both sides an Frank suddenly spotted an open lane down the middle.
So he forgot about passing and ran the 22 yards. Elmer Tremont’s try for the extra point by placement was wide.
On the second play, following the next kick-off, Reynolds broke loose for 49 yards on a play off the T.
He was shaken loose inside left end on some good blocking, then zig-zagged past four tacklers and was almost in the clear.
But he had to throw on the brakes and change his direction once more and Tremont ran him down on the 10.
Then the Huskers went backwards instead of forward and lost the ball on downs on the 21.
But they didn’t let the once-fatal second period get them down this time.
Only a minute and a half remained before the intermission when Hackett’s pass was hurried by the rushing Ed Husmann.
The throw was short and Jim Sommers intercepted it with no Miami players near.
Sommers ran it back 33 yards to the Miami 38. The clock showed only 10 seconds left to play when the Huskers finally had a fourth-down play, still from the 38.
Bordogna’s pass was partly blocked. But it fell right into Reynold’s hands as he stood on the 15.
A tackler was there beside him. But Bob shook him off and ran into the endzone for his second touchdown of the season as time ran out.
Then Bobby Decker calmly kicked the extra point for a 7-6 lead to unloose a mighty cheer from the handful of Husker fans.
They kept on cheering Reynolds and some of the other tiring-but game-Huskers, even though they couldn’t cheer a victory.
The Huskers now will relax and enjoy the Miami sunshine today and Sunday. They will leave for home Monday morning.
Nebraska is 6-6 all-time against Miami (FL).
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