Colorado 16
Nebraska 0

Oct. 27, 1956

Bayuk's Jarring Runs Trip Huskers, 16 to 0

Here's a stampede by the Buffaloes with the Beast on the loose. It's John Bayuk and his escort ... heading in the direction of lonely Frank Nappi and the goal on a 23-yard touchdown. JOHN SAVAGE/THE WORLD-HERALD

BOULDER, Colo.— Colorado used the crushing power of jarring John Bayuk to defeat Nebraska, 16-0, Saturday.

The victory ended a two-year Cornhusker domination of the traditional series and kept alive Buffalo hopes for an Orange Bowl cruise.

The Buffs can get the Miami ticket by winning at Missouri next Saturday.

Big Bayuk aptly named the "Beast," was the difference Saturday. A homecoming crowd of 45 thousand, largest ever to watch a sports event in the Rocky Mountain area, saw the veteran 217-pound fullback power his way to the two touchdowns.

Traps Pay Off

The burly Beast each time was sprung by a cleverly executed trap. A Husker guard took the bait on the first touchdown surge. A tackle grabbed the cheese on the second.

And during each touchdown jaunt, Bayuk ran behind a tight shield of blockers. Once in motion the Salida terror drove with such juggernaut force it appeared he could have made the distance single-handed.

The first Bayuk touchdown came after 4:36 of the second quarter. The Beast was sprung on a full spinner from the Nebraska 23. He cut back through the Nebraska right guard, then angled for the end zone.

The husky ball lugger bowled over Huskers Jerry Brown and Willie Greenlaw in the end zone.

Path Is Clear

Elwinn Indorf, a sophomore from St. Francis, Kans., converted.

Bayuk's second touchdown was a near duplication of his first jaunt. It came after 6:03 of the third quarter.

This time he used a path through the Husker right tackle and roared from the Scarlet 14 into the end zone without having his uniform so much as touched by a Nebraska tackler. Again Indorf kicked the conversion.

Both touchdown drives were earned and well executed.

The first offensive swept 51 yards and was fired by Bob Strapsky, a junior from Yankton, S.D.

Stransky returned George Harshman's punt 18 yards to the C.U. 49 to signal the rally. He toted the ball for 10 and 11 on two of the five rushes before Bayuk was turned loose.

71-Yard March

The second Buff touchdown drive used only nine plays to cover 71 yards. Bayuk and Stranksy got the big bite with 12 and 19 which enabled the Coloradans to hold momentum despite a 15-yard holding penalty.

The two touchdowns were just what the wise boys predicted as the outcome.

It really was the correct difference. Two extra points which boosted the total to 16 were a gift. They came as the result of a safety scored in the last six seconds of the first half.

Nebraska had just stopped a Colorado drive with a Bob Berguin recovery of a Stranksy fumble on the Husker three. Apparently trying to run out the clock, the Huskers ground out six yards in two plays.

Surprise Backfires

Then, Quarterback Gordon Englert surprised even the loyal Husker fans by calling for a pitch-out.

The toss was deep to Halfback Frank Nappi. Before Frank could get out of the end zone he was flattened by Colorado’s Leroy Clark for two points.

Thus Nebraska went into the intermission trailing, 9-0 instead of, 7-0.

The Cornhuskers never recovered. Their offensive showing the second half was so poor they could muster only four first downs and a combined rushing and passing total of 68 yards.

While Nebraska failed to flash second-half offensive spark, they did well defensively. C.U. drives were halted on the 32, 24, three, 24 and eight.

Husker Drives Fail

The first-half Husker drives failed.

The Scarlet rushed 47 yards to the Colorado 32 with the score 0-0 late in the first quarter.

This drive faded when a second-down hand-off was missed and Englert slipped on a fourth down bootleg which appeared to be headed for good yardage.

After Colorado had made it 7-0, Nebraska paraded from its 30 to the Colorado 17.

A 27-yard pitch to the End Clarence Cook by Englert was the big boost. With the call fourth and five on the Colorado 17, the tee came in for the place kick. Harshman missed from the 23.


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Indiana Oct. 20
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Baylor Nov. 17
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