Achieved before the second largest home crowd in history, 65,461, the triumph put Nebraska in position for an all-out drive against Missouri at Columbia this week and Oklahoma in Lincoln on Thanksgiving Day.
Nebraska is 3-2 in defense of its titled conference crown and 6-2 for the season.
Saturday was bright, warm ad a day for inspiration. The fans and N.U. marching band observed both homecoming and Veterans Day in a stadium build in memory of those who served in the First World War.
The temperature pushed into the 70s as the Huskers squared off with a respected rival which had upset Arkansas and Colorado.
And the home team needed all the inspiration it could get.
The Oklahomans dug in as though they were here to spend the winter. Although the Huskers attacking force played one of its steadiest games, OSU forced seven punts, claimed one fumble, stole a pass and became the first foe this year to block a punt.
Harry Meagher dumped Larry Gosney for a yard loss. It was no gain when Quarterback Ronnie Johnson recovered his own fumble on the exchange at center. Wayne Meyan barely missed Johnson as the beleaguered junior got off a pass to 6-5 Jerry Philpott for a first down on the 15.
Fullback Jack Reynolds bounced off one defender and was wrestled by End Frank Avolio for a two-yard loss. On the next play, Avolio smacked Johnson, whose fumble as recovered on the N.U. 24 by End Mike Wynn.
That’s how the Black Shirts operated under heaviest pressure.
Coach Bob Devaney permitted the Huskers to buck for less than a yard on fourth down in their own territory in the second quarter.
Oklahoma State took over on the M.U. 42, but Meylan, Wynn, Jim McCord and comrades quickly forced a punt.
Highlights of the action had been a 71-yard quick kick by Johnson and a short field goal attempt by Craig Kessler from the 41 until Al Larson’s fair catch gave Nebraska the ball on its 33 with 5:53 remaining in the first half.
Joe Orduna, who added 78 yards to his outstanding first-year production, slashed around end for 11 and a first down. Gregory made another by plowing into the heart of the defense.
Another first and 10 came on Patrick’s 10-yard pass to Richnafsky, carrying to the 18. Defensive holding on the play moved the ball down to the five. After Davis picked up a scant one, Patrick threw again to Richnafsky.
The senior wingman, who missed the Iowa State game because of a leg injury, made a falling catch in the end zone in front of Willard Nahrgang.
Those were Patrick’s first completions in nine passes.
With Cowpoke Benny Goodwin right on top of him, Bomberger was wide on his conversion attempt.
Nebraska hustled 61 yards late in the game, but lost four on a deep pitchout after reaching the OSU eight and wound up with Bomberger’s field goal on fourth down.
The sophomore from Columbus has contributed field goal in four consecutive games, now has a season mark of 6 x 10.
In Saturday’s fullbacking sideshow, Davis of Nebraska knocked out 38 touch yards in 15 carries. He never lost a yard. Rival Reynolds, losing two yards, netted 31 in 10 attempts.
Except for the one blocked, punting was superb. Johnson averaged 40 on eight, Stephenson 38 on six.
Middle Guard Meylan was credited with nine solo tackles and four assists. OSU Safety Harry Cheatwood, who needed four stops to break the school’s season record of 76, took part in 19.
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Nebraska is 37-5 all-time against Oklahoma State.
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