LINCOLN – Nebraska exploded with great offensive fury Saturday to blast Kansas State, 47 to 0.
The smashing victory, cheered by 47,800 – greatest homecoming crowd in Cornhusker history – kept the team (5-0) among the nations all-victorious elite and moved Nebraska (2-0 in league play) within a half step of Oklahoma State in defense of the Big Eight football crown.
The victory was the most convincing in the series since the 59-to-0 rout by Nebraska in the inaugural 53 years ago.
The margin was the biggest by the Huskers in conference play since Biff Jones’s Rose Bowl team routed Kansas U., 53 to 2, 24 years ago.
Nebraska statistical superiority was as impressive as the seven-touchdown harvest.
Coach Bob Devaney’s Scarlet rushed 357 yards and passed to 58 for a net 415. The Husker defense was so tight Kansas State had a total of only 36.
The Cornhuskers had so much momentum the subs scored twice and Willie Paschall, a fourth stringer, logged 35 yards in three rushes.
Kent McCloughan, Broken Bow senior who was voted the game’s outstanding back, ignited the early explosion with a pair of first-quarter touchdowns.
His 69-yard sprint down the sideline before the game was six minutes along assured a record of 28 consecutive contests in which the Huskers have scored.
The current Scarlet winning streak was pushed to 12. Last time the Huskers had a success string like that going was 1912 to 1916 when Nebraska won 14 straight, tied South Dakota, then ran 19 games without a loss.
The victory shoved Devaney’s record as the nation’s winningest coach to 59-13-5.
Having clipped the claws of the inept Wildcats with a 27-to-0 first half, Devaney made no effort to pour it on as he moved in his third unit six minutes into the third period.
He showed faith in these subs by leaving them on the firing line even after K-State had a first down on the Nebraska 9.
The third stringers responded by smothering two K-State plunges, forcing an incomplete pass.
Kaye Carstens ended the threat by pirating a pass and running to the Nebraska 16.
Kansas State lived up to only one of its reputations – that of owning the Big Eight’s poorest offense. The Wildcats, unable to pass, tried only one pitch the first half.
Inability to take to the air put the pressure on the rushers and the Nebraska defense had a field day.
Kansas State went into the game with a defensive chart second only to Nebraska. As the afternoon wore along it became evident the ‘Cats were highly overrated.
Six Nebraska backs logged more yardage than the entire K-State team.
Most encouraging feature of the Husker romp was that sophomores had a hand in scoring six of the seven touchdowns.
Only senior to solo was Preston Love, Omaha Tech speedster.
As safety on the third and fourth units, Love picked off a Kansas State pass and legged it 65 yards.
The Wildcats, losing ground in the chase, were far behind as Preston pranced into the end zone to shove the score to 40 to 0 as the third period was fading.
In the final period Ron Poggemeyer, Nebraska City sophomore, plunged a yard for the final tally.
Bob Churchich, Omaha North grad, figured in the four early touchdowns which signaled the rout.
His well-executed pitch-outs to McCloughan sprung Kent for his six-pointers. McCloughan scoredon the third play the second time Nebraska had possession.
The Custer County comet, with sophomore Churchich removing the pressure with a nice fake, took the pitch near the east sideline and crowded the white stripe all the way.
He was free after 30 yards and ran the remaining yards with Wildcat Jim Grechus in pursuit. Freeman White roared across field to cut off Grechus at the eight.
Nebraska’s second touchdown production was a quickie.
Richard Czap, sophomore tackle, almost got the score. He blocked a weird quick kick attempt by K-State’s Doug Dusenbury, who was forced to operate around the backs of two teammates.
Czap grabbed the ball and staggered 11 yards before falling on the K-State five.
McCloughan got the last four on the second play.
Having pitched to start the first-quarter touchdowns, Churchich confused his foes by working the keeper for a pair of second-quarter scores.
Bob’s first was from less than a yard. He jumped through a wide hole and was free in the end zone as the K-State defense had concentrated on Frank Solich, rushed into the game as a fullback replacement.
The score was set up when Czap, voted the game’s standout lineman, tossed ‘Cat Quarterback Ed Danieley for a nine-yard loss and forced a Dusenbury punt from deep K-State territory. The boot was partially blocked by Mike Grace and returned by Husker Bill Johnson, Stanton junior, to the K-State 24.
Dusenbury, the Big Eight’s leading punter, was having his worst afternoon.
He got the ‘Cats in trouble soon after the Churchich score when his punt into the wind took a Nebraska bounce back to the K-State 18.
A lateral pass to McCloughan sent the Nebraska senior squirming to the Kansas State four.
On fourth down, Churchich – with Ron Griesse, Sittler and Larry Kramer the vanguard – negotiated the five-yard route with a minimum of effort.
Sophomroe Ron Kirkland scored the third-quarter touchdown. He raced in from the three, after Larry Wachholtz, North Platte sophomore, latched onto a Jerry Condit fumble on the K-State 18.
Kirkland had gone off tackle for 13 and scored three plays later.
Except for the belated fourth quarter bid which failed after the game was hopelessly lost, Kansas State made only one threat.
This early gesture came with Nebraska leading, 7 to 0.
End Larry Condit blocked a Kirkland kick and ran 51 yards. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Condit lost his balance and sprawled on the Nebraska seven.
When three rushes failed, Coach Doug Weaver took the pressure off by ordering a field goal attempt. But Jerry Cook missed from the 15 and the Wildcats were through.
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Nebraska is 78-15 all-time against Kansas State.
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|South Carolina||Oct. 10|
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|Oklahoma State||Nov. 14|
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