Nebraska 9
Oklahoma State 0

Nov. 11, 1967 • Memorial Stadium, Lincoln

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Oklahoma State 0 0 0 0 0
Nebraska 0 6 0 3 9

Huskers Buck Stubborn Cowboys

How do you prefer the Huskers? An attack with Joe Orduna's 11-yard gain, left, or pushing foes back with Wayne Meylan? LAWRENCE ROBINSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

Richnafsky Catch, Bomberger Fielder Keep N.U. in Race

LINCOLN — Co-captain Ben Gregory went on a 120-yard rampage Saturday as Nebraska remained in Big Eight title contention with its third straight shut-out, 9-0 over the defiant Cowpokes of Oklahoma State.

Gregory charged 20 times into the teeth of a tough, quick defense. He finished with a six-yard average.

It was a day of redemption for the Uniontown, Pa., senior, who had been sharply self-critical of his work in earlier games.

Gregory didn’t score a point, but he provided the spark that enabled Nebraska to dominate the contest in number of plays, 79-60, and total yardage, 308-103.

Nebraska scored a touchdown in the second quarter on Frank Patrick’s four-yard pass to End Denny Richnafsky, then fattened its advantage with a 29-yard field goal by Bill Bomberger in the fourth period.

Missouri, O.U. Next

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.

Black Shirts at Best

Even more ferocious, though, were the N.U. Black Shirts. In protections of their national lead in total defense, earned with a 144.3-yard average, they cut down Oklahoma State to a net of 37 on the ground and 66 in the air.

The Black Shirts were at their demoniac best in the fourth quarter when Dana Stephenson, fielding a high snap from center, suffered a blocked punt.

End Doug Cathey broke through to obstruct the kick; the ball slithered out of bounds on the N.U. 26.

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.

Critics Disregarded

Nebraska was out to play bold, critics be damned.

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.

Cowboys Finally Move

The visitors generated darkly threatening momentum early in the second half, coupling Johnson passes to Terry Brown with hard running by Reynold and Larry Gosney to reach the Nebraska nine.

Then the Black Shirts started to show their fangs.

Meylan hit Gosney for no gain, a hurried pass fell incomplete. Faking a field goal on fourth down, sub Quarterback Bruce Scott passed to Brown. Husker Jim Hawkins was there with a pink slip for the receiver.

Nebraska, taking possession on its nine, held the ball for the next six minutes. The key thrust was an end run by Gregory, who broke one tackle and sped 27 yards to the Nebraska 48.

Huskers Go for Fielder

Oklahoma State didn’t get the ball back until Davis was stopped for no gain on a fourth-down buck at the enemy 33.

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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Game stats

Opp NU
Penalty yards 25
Rush yards 37 250
Rush attempts 44 65
Yards per carry 0.8 3.8
Pass yards 66 58
Comp.-Att.-Int. 5-16-1 5-14-1
Yards/Att. 4.1 4.1
Yards/Comp. 13.2 11.6
Fumbles 1 1

Series history

Nebraska is 37-5 all-time against Oklahoma State.

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1967 season (6-4)

Washington Sept. 16
Minnesota Sept. 30
Kansas State Oct. 7
Kansas Oct. 14
Colorado Oct. 21
TCU Oct. 28
Iowa State Nov. 4
Oklahoma State Nov. 11
Missouri Nov. 18
Oklahoma Nov. 23

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