Ahearn Stadium, Manhattan, Kans. — Nebraska had to work hard to pull out a 14-7 victory over Kansas State here Saturday, and remain in a deadlock for the Big Six lead.
In fact, coach Bernie Masterson’s Huskers had to put over a pair of last-quarter touchdowns to repulse the Wildcats.
For K-State was intent on breaking a 21-game losing streak before 17 thousand Homecoming Day fans — including Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The loyal supporters of coach Sam Francis’ K-State team had plenty of reason to feel cheerful at the half, with their buckos out in front by 7-0.
But they had to admit that Lady Luck helped protect that margin.
Except for a couple of penalties which nullified scoring plays, Nebraska would have had two touchdowns in the opening half.
Before the Kansans had scored, Alex Cochrane of Ord clutched a forward pass from Dick Thompson and raced into the end zone for a 7-yard gain.
But Husker backs were in motion, and that scoring chance was erased.
Then, just a few plays later, Jim Myers of York fielded a punt by Harold Bryan and raced back 56 yards into the end zone.
It was a quick run straight ahead, then a change of direction and a beautiful sprint down the sidelines.
But as Wildcat fans sighed, officials called the play back to slap a clipping penalty on Nebraska.
Tom Novak had committed the foul, completely away from the runback. Instead of having a touchdown, Nebraska had to give the ball to the Wildcats on their 35-yard line.
And it didn’t take the home forces long after that to assume a seven-point lead.
Jim Stehley broke through a quick-opening of the T and galloped 51 yards through the startled Huskers for a touchdown.
There was no calling back of this one, and when Delbert Ehret kicked the point, the Huskers were definitely in a hole.
It was late in the third period when Nebraska finally started to assert its superiority.
And Tom (Stop-light) Novak was the individual who changed the tide.
The Wildcats seemed headed to another score when Novak, who was linebacking superbly all afternoon, intercepted a pass by Dana Atkins and got back to the K-State 44.
But this chance was missed when Dick Hutton fumbled after running 15 yards to the 30-yard line. Bill Moomey brought the Huskers back into contention three plays later, when he returned a punt 43 yards to the enemy 33-yard line.
Myers raced around right end for 18 yards and a first down as the third period closed.
Then on the opening play of the last quarter, Darwin Salestrom showed what a good fullback should do under such conditions.
He ducked his head, clutched the ball and drove 15 yards for a touchdown. Bobby Costello’s kick tied the score.
The Wildcats still were in the ball game, but they took a chance on a dangerous play and lost the gamble.
Bill Church, the kid from Fairbury, Neb., tossed an unprotected lateral and Cochrane rushed in fast to intercept. The tall wing ran to the K-State 31 before being downed.
The Huskers lost 10 on a fumble by Cletus Fischer, and Myers punted for the sidelines. Again a K-State gamble failed. Tom Christopoulous tried to make a running catch, but juggle the ball and let it get away.
Handy Novak was right there to fall on the ball and give the Huskers new life on the Wildcat 12-yard line.
Salestrom carried to the three in three plunges, then Myers ran off tackle for a touchdown. Costello had to kick the point twice, when the Huskers were holding on the first attempt.
In statistics, each side made a dozen first downs. Nebraska had an edge in rushing, 233 yards to 150, but the losers gained 110 yard on 13 pass completions in 20 efforts.
Novak played the entire game for the Huskers, while quarterback Dick Thompson and Joe Partington got in more time Saturday than in four previous games combined.
Nebraska is 78-15 all-time against Kansas State.
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