AMES, Iowa — Defensive ability stood the Huskers in good stead Saturday as they took a 10-7 decision, from Iowa State before an estimated 12 thousand.
The victory guaranteed coach Bill Glassford's Nebraska outfit a tie for second place in the Big Seven. The Huskers must play Colorado and Oklahoma at home to finish the season.
The game was no great shakes as an offensive show. The Huskers were hot and cold early in the game. But they met emergencies nicely when the Cyclones threatened — barring a fourth-quarter pass.
It was 10-0 at the time, about the margin the odds makers thought Nebraska should have in the struggle.
Jack Hansen from Omaha returned a punt 35 yards to start wheels turning for Iowa State. He deposited the ball on Nebraska's 25.
In the only Iowa State pass of any consequence, Mike Reeves connected with Jim Stuelle on the five. Hansen scored.
Stuelke is the son of the Abraham Lincoln High School principal so the touchdown was an Omaha-Council Bluffs production.
The Huskers crossed the goal the second time they had possession.
Willie Greenlaw's short plunge capped a 75-yard advance. Rex Fischer contributed the most important ground gains.
There was just one flip but it was a daisy. Jon McWilliams went to the flat, that area just beyond a defensive end, faced pitcher Don Erway and made the catch.
He then twisted and squirmed for a 26-yard gain, putting the ball on the 19.
For a team that has been having trouble in the center of the line, the Huskers looked good at all openings on this campaign. They hit the middle spot for juicy gains.
The offense, however, lost its touch later in this sector and other promising marches ground to a halt.
Fischer, who riddled the Cyclone ranks all afternoon, set up the Nebraska field goal in the third quarter with a one-man effort.
The Oakland, Neb. runner snatched a Cyclone pass on the Husker 30 and returned it 14 yards. He moved the ball to the 29, then to the seven, nearly hitting the jackpot on the latter run.
The sometimes transparent Nebraska offense was jelling beautifully at this point, with the backfield ball-handling wonderfully well-masked.
But the ground attack fizzled twice at the five. So Erway booted the three-pointer.
Fischer rode the range like an unbroken mustang. He carried 23 times and piled up 153 yards. That work put even versatile Greenlaw in the shade.
The other Nebraska backs together got only 58 yards and Greenlaw had practically all of this.
One of Fischer's runs virtually decided the game, in a perverse sort of way. He was tackled by Fred Rippel in the second period.
Rippel was carried off the field with a broken clavicle bone. And when he left, the Iowa State ground game collapsed.
The sophomore halfback from Galesburg, Ill. had been ripping through the Nebraska line in All-America style. He made 73 yards in 10 carries before being injured.
After that, the Nebraskans were able to concentrate fully on stopping the Iowa State passes.
The Cyclone passer, Mike Reeves, is the team's fourth-string quarterback. He had no luck at all. He tried six serves. Four were intercepted and two hit the ground. Sylvester Harris of Nebraska also suffered a shoulder injury.
Nebraska is 86-17 all-time against Iowa State.
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