Keep down, Willie Ross... Fred Duda sees a hole...
Memorial Stadium, Manhattan, Kans.—Nebraska stayed in contention for Big Eight football honors by scrambling past weak Kansas State, Saturday, 28 to 6.
The Wildcats had only a pass and prayer before 15,500.
The Cornhuskers answered the pass by driving the K-State aerial game down the ‘Cats throats with two interceptions.
Nobody answered the prayer of the Manhattanites as the Scarlet swept to 21 first downs, 352 yards rushing and 97 passing.
The Husker defense was so tight and the K-State ground offensive so ineffective, the Wildcats got only two yards rushing.
The K-Staters showed a minus eight yards on the ground the first half and were 20 yards in the hole rushing when Nebraska coach Bob Devaney started sweeping the bench midway in the third quarter.
Devaney needed to call on the injured Dennis Claridge for only punting chores.
3 New Scorers
Three new Huskers entered the scoring column.
End Larry Tomlinson and center Ron Michka realized the lineman’s dream by swiping passes and running 34 and 16 yards to touchdowns.
Halfback Maynard Smidt, who previously had been limited to defensive assignments, plunged for the final Husker touchdown.
Fred (Zippety) Duda, who assumed Clardige’s quarterback role most of the afternoon, got Nebraska’s first tally a couple of minutes after the start of the second quarter.
In addition to having four drives fade deep in K-State territory, the Huskers were within three seconds of a shutout.
This was the time left in the first half as Wildcat Larry Corrigan finally clicked with a pass to his favorite target, Ralph McFillen.
McFillen, who also saved Kansas State from a shutout at Lincoln a year ago, took the pitch in the corner and bowled over Husker Smidt just inside the flag.
The K-Staters wouldn’t have gotten their touchdown, except for two Husker bobbles in the last minutes of the second quarter.
The first error, a fumble by Duda after the quarterback had gained a first down, was covered by Bob Sjogren to give K-State life on the Nebraska 33.
A second futile pass attempted by Corrigan was ruined by Husker Ted Vactor with a clear field for the goal.
Three plays later, the Wildcats scored, a fast lineup and quick signal call enabling the losers to beat the clock.
While the Nebraska secondary was holding K-State receivers to short gains, the Scarlet linemen were giving passer Corrigan such persistent harassment, that the Wildcats seriously threatened only one other time.
This came midway in the third quarter as the Wildcats used a bit of pigskin trickery to go from the Kansas State 29 to the Nebraska three.
K-State was trailing, 28 to 6, as Corrigan pitched out to Dusenbury. Corrigan then raced to the sidelines where he received a return toss, whirled and fired to McFillen downfield.
The gain was nullified, however, because the Dusenbury pitch to Corrigan was forward, which put the play in the illegal category of two forward passes in a single scrimmage.
Kansas State used its strategy to beat Nebraska’s ground game with air power the first time the Wildcats gained possession.
THis was after a Nebraska drive from the Husker 24 was halted seven yards past midfield and Claridge punted into the bleachers.
Striking from the K-State 20, Corrigan fired the first of 33 passes, only one of which was to produce a touchdown.
Although the Huskers were successful in smothering the K-State air game and dealt Corrigan considerable punishment, they had difficulty getting their own offensive started.
It wasn’t until the closing minutes of the first quarter that Nebraska was able to put together a sustained drive.
This started after the K-State partisans had cheered a Dusenbury quick kick which caught the Nebraska secondary asleep.
The ball rolled to the Nebraska eight and McCloughan’s sophomoric handling of the situation got the pigskin to only the Husker 13.
By the end of the quarter, the Huskers were only to their 24.
Rudy Johnson’s plunges of 11 and 16 yards, and 11-yard Duda pass to Tony Jeter, a 13-yard plunge by Gene Young and 10-yard sweep by Hohn to the seven set the stage for the first touchdown.
Hohn was injured and Duda swept from the seven behind Willie Ross, Monte Kiffin and Vactor for the touchdown. Ross later injured a shoulder.
Willie Jones blocked Rudy Johnson’s place kick conversion attempt.
Michka quickly picked off a Corrigan pass and ran 16 easy yards to score. Tackle Monte Kiffin, who had joined Larry Tomlinson in smearing Corrigan for a 6-yard loss on the preceding play, deflected the pass into Michka’s arms.
Duda’s keeper and sweep for the conversion gave Nebraska a comfortable 14 to 0 lead until the ‘Cats scored just before the half.
John Kirby bolted through to smother Corrigan’s pass conversion try.
The Huskers needed only three plays to score in the third period.
End Larry Tomlinson grabbed a weird Corrigan heave 34 yards out, got a quick block from Vactor, then ran around Corrigan to score standing up.
McCloughan’s diving catch of Duda’s low end zone pass brough the count to 22 to 6.
Maynard Smidt got the final touchdown with a 2-yard plunge which climaxed a 74-yard drive.
In this drive, sophomore Duda did his best job of handling the team. The Huskers overcame a 15-yard (illegal receiver downfield) penalty without using a fourth down.
A 16-yard sprint by McCloughan, 17 by Young and 12 on a keeper by Duda sparked the advance as Nebraska went out front, 28 to 6, with 5:18 left in the third quarter.
Quarterbacks Doug Tucker and Henry Woods and fullback Joe McNulty were among the reserves having fun.
Tucker, who was two for two via the air, hit Dave Theisen with a screen pass for 37 yards and Chuck Doepke for 29. McNulty gained 24 on four plunges and Woods pirated a long Corrigan pitch as the game ended.
The ability of big Bob Brown to hold the fort on the K-State meager attempt at rushin released tackles Kiffin, Lloyd Voss, Larry Kramer and Bob Jones to join ends Tomlinson and Tony Jeter in pressuring the K-State passer.
Linebackers Lyle Sittler, John Kirby, John Dervin and Michka kept the short area policed and the K-State aerial show lost scoring punch as Corrigan lacked the accuracy and running ability of Air Force’s Terry Isaacson.