#8 Nebraska 28
South Carolina 6

Oct. 10, 1964 • Memorial Stadium, Lincoln

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South Carolina 0 0 0 6 6
Nebraska 7 14 0 7 28

Jinx, Phooey! Huskers Rip S.C., 28-6, Before 47,800

Open your eyes, Bobby Bryant. You're only getting air — not McCloughan. THE WORLD-HERALD

LINCOLN — Nebraska shook its fourth-game jinx with solid authority Saturday, ripping South Carolina, 28 to 6.

A record crowd of 47,800 saw the Huskers pluck the plumage of the Gamecocks with great ease as Coach Bob Devaney swept the bench.

In Devaney’s first season at Nebraska in 1962, the Huskers had to rally for a 19-to-14 fourth-game victory over North Carolina State. And last year the Scarlet’s only blemish in a 10-1 campaign was a 17-13 loss to the Air Force in the fourth encounter.

A majority of the fans stayed to the finish, rewarded with a parade of Scarlet third and fourth-team troops the entire fourth period.

Nebraska’s command was so decisive that South Carolina did not score until the last 2:55 of play.

Cornhusker offensive and defensive units shared credit for the victory which gave Nebraska a 2-to-1 edge in the series with the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Nebraska’s interior linemen were so effective that the Gamecocks couldn’t maneuver a first down rushing until the last minute of the third quarter.

Defense Lends Hand

Meanwhile, Defensive Ends Langston Coleman and Mike Grace were making life miserable for Carolina’s highly touted passer–Dan Reeves.

They tossed the Gamecock pitcher for 30 of the 36 yards the Carolinians lost.

The S. C. gross rushing afternoon was only 39, leaving the Gamecocks with a net three yard — one of the great ground defensive performances in Nebraska history.

Reeves took to the air for 240 yards (18 for 28).

Lacking time to throw the long bomb, his pitches threatened only when Nebraska neophytes manned the defense.

Nebraska’s offense teased the Gamecocks with a varied repertoire of plays used in the three earlier victories.

The Cornhuskers fired a long bomb for one touchdown, a short range shell for another, ran to one touchdown and plunged to a fourth.

The Huskers had the ball for 71 plays compared with 54 by South Carolina. They rushed to 12 first downs as compared to two by the Gamecocks.

Romp Starts Early

The Scarlet romp was indicated by the 21-to-0 first half. The Huskers out-rushed the Gamecocks, 122 to 7, and enjoyed a 114-to-61 margin in passing.

The Devaney offensive plunged, ran and pitched to a dozen first downs the first 30 minutes. South Carolina got only one first down.

The Gamecocks’ initial first down came on the last play of the first half when Jule Smith latched onto a Reeves pass and legged it down the sidelines for 60 yards.

North Platte sophomore Larry Wachholtz caught Smith from behind on the Nebraska 26 as the gun popped.

Coleman, a tough sophomore end from Washington, D. C., helped Nebraska in its first scoring opportunity as he wrapped himself around Reeves for an 11-yard loss to stymie SC's first series.

A few minutes later Langston again racked up the S.C. passer on the second play the second time the Gamecocks had possession.

The ball popped from Reeve's arms and Richard Czap, the husky sophomore from Essexville, Mich., pounced on the football on the S. C. 31.

2 Plays to Score

The Huskers needed only two plays to score.

Bob Hohn, Beatrice senior, picked up a yard. As the Gamecock defense shifted to the right to meet another Hohn thrust, Quarterback Bob Churchich whirled and threw to Kent McCloughan.

The Broken Bow halfback had slipped behind the Gamecock defense. As S.C.'s Sonny Dickinson watched, McCloughan took the pass on the three and whirled into the end zone.

Omaha North musicians greeted their alumnus by hoisting signs reading "Home of Bob Churchich."

There was 7:44 remaining when Duncan Drum delivered the first of his four successful conversions.

Long Strikes

Nebraska struck twice at long range during the second quarter.

Frank Solich, hero of the victory at Iowa State who saw limited action, scooted 41 yards for the second touchdown. This was one of the two times little Frankie toted the ball.

There was 9:33 remaining when Drum kicked.

This was sufficient time for another touchdown, with Churchich firing a long pass to Preston Love, Omaha Tech senior.

Perfect Pitch

This was a 50-yard play, with Churchich making a perfect throw and Love a great catch as he took the ball away from Lide Huggins, S.C. deep man, on the five.

The clock showed 1:16 away from the intermission as Drum converted.

Nebraska kept marching the second time the Huskers had the ball in the second half.

The drive started from the Scarlet 20. Hohn threaded his way through seven tacklers to the S.C. 40.

A 15-yard pitch to sophomore Ron Kirkland kept the march alive.

But with a second down on the three, Churchich fumbled and Huggins recovered in the end zone for a touchback.

From the press box it appeared that Churchich was at least a yard in the end zone before he lost control.

Officials, however, ruled that the Omahan never did have possession and S.C. scrimmaged from its 20.

It's 28-0!

The break gave South Carolina only temporary relief.

Just before the end of the third period, Mike Kennedy, Omaha Benson junior guard, recovered a Reeves fumble near midfield.

Again the Scarlet struck back swiftly.

This time Nebraska relied on an all sophomore backfield of Churchich, Kirkland, North Platte's Pete Tatman and the fancy stepping Harry Wilson of Steubenville, O.

The youngsters needed only six plays to boost the score to 28-0.

Tatman and Kirkland got big bites of 11 and 12 yards.

Wilson swept the Gamecock right flank from the seven to climax the 53-yard splurge.

S.C. Scores

The Gamecocks lost possession on pass interception by Love and Bill Haug before connecting with a 48-yard drive.

They had their final chance when Tatman fumbled.

Against deep replacements, it took 10 plays to go 50 yards, with South Carolina tallying on Smith's plunge from the two with 2:55 left.

The win gives the Cornhuskers a 4-0 record going into an all-conference slate which opens with Kansas State at Lincoln next Saturday.

N.U. Praised

South Carolina Coach Marvin Bass was irked at his team's performance but full of praise for the victorious Cornhuskers.

"We just didn't play well," he said. "We got beat all afternoon. We didn't block Dick's hat band."

Like most of his players, he was surprised at Nebraska's speed.

"Nebraska is quick, fast and well coached," he said. "When you play a quick, fast and well coached team and don't block, you get beat."

Then with a gracious Southern manner, he added:

"Nebraska is a fine team with several outstanding players. I wish Coach Devaney the best of luck the remainder of the season."


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Game stats

Opp NU
Penalty yards 55
Rush yards 3 263
Rush attempts 26 51
Yards per carry 0.1 5.2
Pass yards 240 138
Comp.-Att.-Int. 18-28-2 7-20-3
Yards/Att. 8.6 6.9
Yards/Comp. 13.3 19.7
Fumbles 2 2

Series history

Nebraska is 3-1 all-time against South Carolina.

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1964 season (9-2)

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Iowa State Oct. 3
South Carolina Oct. 10
Kansas State Oct. 17
Colorado Oct. 24
Missouri Oct. 31
Kansas Nov. 7
Oklahoma State Nov. 14
Oklahoma Nov. 21
Arkansas Jan. 1

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