LAWRENCE, Kans. — The jut-jawed Kansas Jayhawks were dominant from start to finish Saturday while scoring a major upset over Nebraska's defending Big Eight Champions, 10-0, before a hoarse-voiced throng of 40 thousand.
Kansas had lost three straight games under its new coach, Pepper Rodgers.
Nebraska, a 13-point favorite, was undefeated in three outings. The Huskers hadn't lost at Lawrence since absorbing a 31-0 beating in 1960. They had scored in 59 consecutive games after falling victim to Colorado, 7-0 in 1961.
But history was of no interest to these Jayhawks, who went gallivanting through Nebraska's vaunted defense for 62 yards and a touchdown in the second quarter.
They cut the Huskers' throat with a pass interception late in the fourth quarter, then decorated their triumph with Bill Bell's 30-yard field goal when only 36 seconds remained.
While cutting down the Top 10 Nebraska team, Kansas built a 91-72 advantage in ground yardage and an edge of 13-11 in first downs.
The touchdown was scored by Bob Douglass, 6-3 junior from Eldorado, Kans., on a four-yard sweep around the N.U. right flank. Substitute Fullback Mike Reeves blocked Jim Hawkins in front of the goal line as Douglass tumbled across, just inside the corner flag.
Tommy Ball's placement came with 1:14 to play in the half. That was enough to salt this one away for joyous recall in the decades to come.
Most remarkable was the Kansas rushing defense, with End John Zook taking part in 15 tackles. Most effective among his rampaging cohorts were Linebackers Mike Sweatman and Mickey Doyle and Tackle Orville Turgeon, a 203-pound junior from Valentine, Neb.
Nebraska had time for one of its patented rallies when, with almost seven minutes to go and the score 7-0, it belted its way up field from the 10 to the Nebraska 42.
At that point, though, the ball squirted free when Quarterback Frank Patrick and Flanker Tom Penney bumped in a backfield miscue. Turgeon recovered on the Nebraska 35.
Although Nebraska quickly forced a punt, it took possession on its own 15 with 5:41 to go.
On first down, Patrick faked to Dick Davis, rolled out and passed to Dennis Richnafsky, Earlier in the fourth quarter, Richnafsky had made his fifty-second catch to break the school career record held by Freeman White.
But on this occasion, Denny was shadowed by two defenders. Richnafsky fell as he stretched for the ball. The catch was made by Safety Ball, who pedaled 28 yards to the Nebraska 32.
That set up the drive that led to Bell's clinching field goal.
The conference foes sparred like nervous prelim boys in the opening quarter. K.U. cracked the pattern late in the second period with its long scoring trip.
Then suddenly, Nebraska was alive — on its toes, rubbing its hands, eager to get going. Davis's 14-yard return of the kick-off after K.U.'s touchdown put Nebraska in business on its 24.
Davis and Ben Gregory toted the ball to the 40; Kansas yielded 15 more on a roughness penalty. Then Patrick unwound a pass to Tom Penney for 42 yards.
Penney made a falling catch just inside the Jayhawk three-yard line.
Eight seconds remained in the half. Gregory failed to gain at the right side. Time evaporated as Patrick ran to his right and flipped out to Gregory, who was knocked over the sideline at the one by Zook.
The sun was out on this warm, breezy day, but it did not shine again for the invaders.
Previously, Nebraska had failed to get rolling after starting sequences on its 46 and 48, on the Kansas 35 and the N.U. 47.
The problem was not one of field position; rather, it was a case of linemen and backs failing to block with enough skill and consistency to buckle the defense.
Davis was the losers' toughest runner netting 43 yards on a dozen carries. Gregory added 24 on 10. Joe Orduna was throttled, managing only 17 yards on nine thrusts.
Riggins was game leader with 53 on 19 tries. Fullbacks Reeves and J.C. Hixon followed on the Kansas chart with 28 and 25. Patrick outpassed Douglass, 119 yards to 93.
The Nebraskan who seemingly gave the most of himself in defeat was all-America Middle Guard Wayne Meylan. Wayne was a factor in 17 tackles, and on other occasions his relentless rush steered the ball carrier into the grasp of a compatriot.
Linebacker Ken Geddes, the rookie from Boys Town, had his best day, figuring in 11 tackles and making the only interception against Douglass.
The Kansas effort grew in intensity throughout the game as the possibility of victory became increasingly apparent.
Players on both sidelines stood during most of the final pulse-pounding quarter. As the game ended-on a 14-yard pass from Patrick to Davis-the Jayhawks picked up Coach Rodgers and marched across the field to accept the roaring tribute of the student section.
Kansas fans and most of the 65 hundred red-clad Nebraskans simply stood and gaped.
Kansas takes its newly found strength to Oklahoma State this week. Nebraska, now 1-1 in the conference, will be at home against Colorado.
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Nebraska is 91-23 all-time against Kansas.
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