LINCOLN — Nebraska relied on one of its little people for a giant effort during a lackluster 13-3 victory over Oklahoma State Saturday.
The Husker Good Guy was strong-willed Guy Ingles, a junior split end from Omaha Westside. He scored once, and set up the other touchdown with a spectacular catch.
Husker rooters among 66,421 perhaps should take heart in this day of the great Big Eight upsets, even though their favorites did not blow the stubborn Cowpokes out of the stadium.
The N.U. victory was only a point off what bookmakers had forecast and that's more consolation than Oklahoma and Missouri fans have to salve wounded spirits with today.
But back to Mr. Ingles, the 5-9, 160-pounder with the strong yearning for the ball.
Ingles, who had caught 14 passes for only 143 yards in five previous games, snared five for a total of 163.
The Ingles production erased the Huskers' one-game reception record of 145 set by Dennis Richnafsky in 1967 against Kansas State.
Trapping Cowboy defenders was an Ingles specialty as the Huskers kept alive their title hopes in what now appears to be the wildest of Big Eight races.
Nebraska's Blackshirts came up with their usual gristle. Unfortunately, the Huskers offensive platoon — except for Ingles — couldn't match their effectiveness.
Oklahoma State, which last week collected 391 yards against Missouri, was restricted to 43 yards on the ground.
What a frustrating afternoon Bob Cutburth experienced! He was flat o his back almost every play — even when he was able to get a pass off.
Nine times he was trapped for losses. The sturdy senior, showing more courage than skill, kept coming back for more punishment.
Cutburth tried 28 passes, most of them under stress, and completed only eight for 78 yards.
The ringleaders of the Blackshirts were Sherwin Jarmon and Dave Walline. Jarmon, the senior from Detroit, was in on 10 tackles — four behind the line of scrimmage for losses totaling 35 yards.
Walline, the junior who didn't win his starting role until the week before the start of the season, had 12 stops — four for losses of 17 yards.
But the whole Blackshirt forces came up with a performance that stopped Oklahoma State time after time when the offensive crew seemingly left the door ajar for Cowboy comeback effort.
Nebraska, winning for the eighth straight time from the Cowboys, had yardage accumulations that should have produced more than a pair of touchdowns.
But a season-long bugaboo — fumbles — deprived the Huskers of two good scoring opportunities the first quarter.
And Paul Rogers, whose golden toe lost some of the shine in a week, missed on three field goal attempts.
Nebraska collected 397 yards — 154 of them on the ground — while the defense allowed the least yardage (121) of any of its six games. The previous low was 171 against Texas A&M — 50 yards more than Oklahoma State garnered.
After Oklahoma State cut the margin to 7-3 in the third quarter, Coach Bob Devaney went to the bullpen for relief of Jerry Tagge, whose previous performances earned him the Big Eight total offense lead.
Tagge left after completing 11 of 18 passes for 174 yards. The Green Bay rookie gained 20 yards in 12 rushing attempts.
Fellow soph Van Brownson engineered the last touchdown drive, thanks to a bit of Ingles trickery, and had the Huskers threatening throughout the last period.
Nebraska appeared touchdown bound after thwarting an OSU drive at the Husker 19 in the first period. It was Ingles who set the drive in motion when he took a 37-yard pass from Tagge to put the ball on the Cowboys' 29.
Jeff Kinney had an apparent first down when he fumbled at the 16 and Larry Kirkland, who later suffered a broken arm, fell on the ball.
For Nebraska, it marked the 15th lost fumble of the season. Nebraska came back after the Blackshirts did their job, but Kinney, the talented soph from McCook appeared to be battling too hard to keep the handle.
Kinney lost the ball on a third-and-four try at the OSU 10. Tagge got the ball for a three-yard loss. Then Rogers, who established a Big Eight record with a 55-yard field goal against Kansas last week, knuckle-balled one to the right from 30 yards.
Nebraska never seriously threatened again until time was short in the first half.
Taking over at the 20, the Huskers had the score in five plays. The first play was the eye-opener of the day. Ingles made a head-long dive to catch a frantically-thrown Tagge aerial. Guy hugged the ball to his tummy only inches off the ground for a 47-yard advance to the Cowboy 34.
An illegal procedure penalty advanced the ball five more yards and then Tagge pitched to Jim McFarland for 10 and a first down at the 18.
Kinney held the ball with both arms as he plunged for four yards. With Mike Green putting a devastating block on Jerry Sherk, Tagge sprinted around the left side for seven yards and Larry Frost banged for six.
Tagge plowed straight behind center Glenn Patterson from the two to make it 6-0 with 1:29 left in the half. Rogers converted.
Kirkland intercepted a Tagge pass at the Oklahoma State 10 early in the third quarter and the Cowboys showed their best offensive of the day.
Cutburth needed a short pass to Dick Graham who spun away for 41 yards to the N.U. 29. There the spunky Husker defenders held the visitors to five yards in three plays.
German Uwe Pruss booted a 40-yard field goal to cut the Husker lead to 7-3.
Uneasiness gripped the red-clad Husker rooters then as the Nebraska offense was unable to move the ball.
When Nebraska took over the next time, with less than two minutes left in the third quarter, Brownson replaced Tagge at quarterback. Brownson's first appearance in two games was greeted by cheers.
His first play was something less than sensational — a loss of three yards on a keeper resulting from a broken play and an illegal procedure infraction.
The sophomore from Shenandoah, Ia., threw incomplete. He dropped back as if to pass, then stepped briskly straight up the middle on a quarterback draw for 12.
Faced with fourth-and-one at the Oklahoma State 47, Brownson looked to the sidelines for instructions as the crowd chanted, "Go, go."
Brownson went... on a sneak for a first down at the 47. On the next play Ingles gathered in a Brownson pass and outfoxed David Davis, Gary Darnell and Kirkland to score with 14 seconds left in the quarter. Rogers' kick was blocked and the score remained 13-3.
Jarmon blocked a Cutburth punt to give Nebraska possession only 16 yards away. After Brownson evaded a number of tacklers on an eight-yard gain, Kinney blasted to the two, only to — you guessed it — fumble. The Cowboys' Tim Potts had possession under a pile at the three.
Oklahoma State never got out of the hole, but Nebraska spun its wheels while bogging down at the 20 and 15-yard lines. Rogers missed two kicks from 37 yards, but no one seemed to care by then as the progress of Missouri and Oklahoma beatings were fed to eager ears.
The Huskers entertain Colorado Saturday, while the Cowboys travel to Kansas.
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Nebraska is 37-5 all-time against Oklahoma State.
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