Joe Orduna runs ... hesitates ... spins ... plops. And it's six points for Nebraska. The official signals the eight-yard first-quarter feat. JOHN SAVAGE/THE WORLD-HERALD
BOULDER, Colo.— Nebraska’s Cornhuskers coupled a revitalized offense with a bullying defense Saturday to wallop Colorado, 22-6, raise their season record to 6-3 and advance to fourth place in the Big Eight Conference.
The attack was paced by junior Halfback Joe Orduna whose twisting, leaping, hard-pounding rushes accounted for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
Fullback Dick Davis contributed a highly significant 92 yards, along with the body-racking blocking for which he has become known.
Guy Ingles was a veritable whirlwind on punt returns, returning one 62 yards for a touchdown and gaining a total of 123 yards on five runbacks. Guard Joe Armstrong gave the winners the best punting they have had in ages, averaging 44.4 yards on five left-footed efforts.
Paul Rogers delivered a 46-yard field goal. It was his sixth of the season, tying the school record set last year by Bill Bomberger.
Any comparison between this Nebraska offense and the one shutout by Kansas State the previous week was strictly unthinkable.
Meanwhile, the N.U. Blackshirts were putting skids to Colorado’s vaunted quarterback, Bobby Anderson, much to the anguish of Buff partisans in the record home turnout of 48,327.
The fans had their own skirmishes, pelting each other, officials and players with snowballs as the mood moved them.
Snow whipped in from the near-by Rockies in the morning, but the field was cleared and footing appeared to be good. The sun was shining through most of the game.
The Blackshirts put unnerving pressure on Anderson. He never was thrown behind the line, but he often was forced to hurry his passes, and he absorbed countless belts as he got the ball away.
The junior from Boulder completed only nine of 28 passes as Ends Mike Wynn and Sherwin Jarmon took lead roles in the harassing.
Bob Liggett, Jerry Murtaugh, Ken Geddes and Al Larson added to the pressure.
Particularly effective on sweeps in the second half, Anderson topped Buff rushers with 82 yards. However, his total offense was 140 compared with his previous average of 212.7.
Nebraska’s 16-point margin over Colorado was burnished by the Oklahoma triumph over Missouri. The Sooners also own the only victory of the year over Kansas U.
Three weeks ago, Colorado jolted Oklahoma, 41 to 27.
Sigler Pass Clicks
The second time the Huskers got their eager mitts on the ball, they stampeded 55 yards for a touchdown. The long play was a 20-yard boomer up the middle by Davis. Important momentum also came on a 14-yard pass, Ernie Sigler to Ingles, that carried to the nine.
Two plays later, with Davis taking out Cornerback Pat Murphy, Orduna sailed around the N.U. left end for eight yards and six points.
Roger’s placement was well off the mark. The sophomore also was wide of the target when he attempted a 33-yard field goal later in the first quarter.
In the final minute of the period, Ingles fielded a punt by Dick Robert, deftly moved to the sideline and streaked for the end zone. No threat remained after he eluded a diving tackle by Tom Nigbur near the 10-yard line.
Rogers went in to kick, but Coach Bob Devaney pulled him and instructed Sigler to go for a two-point pass. Orduna got his hands on the ball but couldn’t hold it when socked hard by Steve Tracy.
The issue was decided in the first period, with Nebraska amassing 102 air-ground yards along with its 12 points.
Rogers Adds 3 Points
A 12-yard punt return by Ingles to the 50 put Nebraska in business again on the opening play of the second quarter.
Orduna twice romped for first-down yardage as Nebraska hustled to the Buff 25. However, a running play lost four and two passes failed to connect. Rogers salvaged three points with his strong field goal from the 36.
Colorado closed the half by pushing from its 38 to the Nebraska two-yard line. The Blackshirts’ stand was capped by Murtaugh’s tackle of Anderson as time ran out. Coach Eddie Crowder was furious because, he said, an official had told him C.U. had a time-out remaining when, in fact, it did not.
Coupled with the apparent loss of a sure touchdown earlier in the period when Monte Huber broke free but dropped a pass near the N.U. 15, that put the host club in a sour frame of mind.
The Buffs came out steaming for the second half, but promptly were thwarted by the storming Wynn’s deflection of a third-down pass.
Colorado had to punt, but retrieved the ball on Blake Blount’s interception of a Sigler toss on first down. Dana Stephenson squared accounts by derailing an Anderson pass four plays later.
Stephenson lateraled to Larson, who made short yardage. From that point, Nebraska blazed in for its final score. End Mike Schnitker, who had been the star of the C.U. defense, suffered a dislocated shoulder during the drive. The rugged guy walked off the field unaided.
Briefly, it appeared Colorado might have spiked the threat when Tom Duncan nailed Orduna far behind the line following a wild pitchout. But the Buffs were offside, and Nebraska got the ball on the one — a decision which sent snowballs flying at the officials.
Orduna blasted through the middle for the touchdown, and Rogers converted.
The plucky Buffs came right back for their touchdown, moving 80 yards on a mixture of passes and runs by Anderson along with plunges by Steve Engel, Nigbur and Ward Walsh.
Engel scored on a pitch-out around his right end from the three. Nigbur bucked in vain for two more points, being halted by Liggett and Larson.
Nebraska moved 48 yards to the Colorado one in the fourth quarter, but was denied satisfaction when Mike Bynum recovered Mike Green’s fumble.
There were no tears over that. Nebraska had its day of much-deserved glory.