MEMORIAL STADIUM, Lincoln — Nebraska used a 21-10 victory over Kansas State Saturday as a springboard to move unbeaten into the second half of the season.
The game, much closer than the 11-point final bulge, was fiercely fought after the intermission. It wasn’t until the Cornhuskers iced the game in the last 91 seconds the record crowd of 64,108 started moving toward the exits.
Fans among the first to leave missed one of the wildest finishes in stadium history.
A spectacular Kansas State aerial barrage swept 90 yards to the Nebraska eight-yard line after the clock had run out.
Although time was gone, a Husker offside on a Bill Nossek-to-Ossie Cain pass gave the Wildcats another chance on their own 12.
A desperation pass — Nossek to Cornelius Davis — on the “first extra play” was pirated by Husker Larry Wachholtz.
The co-captain’s interception went for naught when officials ruled Marvin Mueller interfered with Davis.
On the second and last extra play, Nossek hit Dave Jones in Husker territory. Jones stretched the aerial to a 55-yard gain before being dragged down from behind by Kaye Carstens.
It wasn’t the first time Carstens brought Jones down from the rear.
The Fairbury senior ran Jones down during a third-quarter drive which enabled Kansas State to press, 14-10, until the closing minutes.
The Nossek-Jones tandem was all the Wildcats had to offer. Cornelius Davis, the Big Eight’s top rusher with a high national ranking, averaged less than three yards.
Nossek’s arm and Jones’s ability to grab long tosses while covered by one or two Nebraskans gave K-State 217 aerial yards.
The Cornhuskers rushed for 237 yards but handled the ball in such five-thumbed fashion they almost blew the game after leading 14-0 going into the second half.
The Cornhusker performance was so pitiful about all the Scarlet could salvage from the drab matinee was high honors for Wayne Meylan as the nation’s leading middle guard scorer.
Meylan duplicated his Wisconsin-game feat by smearing a kick a few feet after it left the punter’s toe and following the ball into the end zone.
In contrast to his touchdown at Madison, where Wayne soloed, three of his buddies were in position to recover Saturday.
This was the third blocked punt by Meylan. He just missed on one other against the ‘Cats.
Wayne’s second-quarter score moved Nebraska into the dressing room with a 14-point advantage.
The Husker offense sputtered most of the first half and it wasn’t until just 3:55 remained in the first quarter that the Scarlet was able to find the scoring zone.
During the first two quarters Nebraska enjoyed a 9-5 margin in first downs, 83-45 edge in rushing yards and trailed only 34-37 through the air.
Fumbles and ragged play continually stymied the Huskers’ efforts to put together a successful drive.
K-State, however, had nothing more than the aerial fireworks and it wasn’t until midway in the third period the ‘Cats were able to find the scoreboard.
Tom Barnes broke the ice with a nice field goal which rode the breeze 37 yards.
The Wildcats’ bare-footed kicker, Peter Huss, had failed from about the same distance when Harry Wilson fumbled the second time Nebraska had possession and Bill Kennedy recovered for K-State on the Nebraska 33.
Wilson’s bobble set the Husker tempo and before the afternoon was finished Nebraska had fumbled seven times and recovered only four.
The Husker offense didn’t even make a gesture toward clicking until the last six minutes of the game.
The Scarlet caught fire after Nossek’s six-yard payoff pitch to Ossie Cain had shoved the Wildcats to within four points at 14-10.
Coach Doug Weaver’s stout-hearted Wildcats made one move toward victory and the Cornhuskers one last effort to give the game away before the Scarlet finally meshed.
Pete Tatman’s fumble on the third play after the kickoff following the K-State touchdown gave the ‘Cats life on the Nebraska 49.
The North Platte fullback lost possession after making a first down.
Pass interference gave K-State a first down on the Husker 39.
With a possible winning touchdown in reach, Kansas State got only a yard each from Mike Duncan and Nossek.
The third-down call was a pass and Larry Wachholtz fielded the pitch on the Husker 19 and returned 13 yards to the Husker 32.
The clock showed 6:23 and in nine plays Nebraska swept the 68 yards to the touchdown.
Dick Davis, Omaha North sophomore, got the big bites — 13 yards to the K-State 44 and a 23-yard sweep to the ‘Cat 13.
Tatman plunged for five and Davis got four yards. Ben Gregory then powered four yards for the touchdown with 1:31 left.
The defeat was the sixteenth in a row for Kansas State. The win was the fifteenth straight in regular season for Nebraska.
The victory also gave Devaney teams a 24-1 record for the first five games of each season Bob has been at Nebraska.
The only loss was the 17-13 setback by the Air Force Academy at Lincoln three years ago.
Two Sugar Bowl representatives — Dr. Fred Wolfe and Theo Maumus — watched from the press box.
Dr. Wolfe, who has been traveling to Lincoln games for four years, said he feels Nebraska is much more potent than it showed Saturday.
The New Orleans pair will return for the Missouri game in two weeks.
Next Saturday Nebraska invades Colorado. If successful against the Buffaloes, the Huskers then must turn back Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma U. for a perfect season.
The second division of the Husker slate is much rougher than the first in caliber of competition and three of the five games (Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma U.) are on the road.
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Nebraska is 78-15 all-time against Kansas State.
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