College Football Belt - 1972 Nebraska at UCLA

Nebraska

Cornhuskers ©

UCLA

Bruins

Played September 9, 1972

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles, California

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

Nebraska ©

1

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UCLA

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                            Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Nebraska

0

10

0

7

17

UCLA

3

7

7

3

20

 

In the first ever Belt match-up, champion Nebraska traveled to Los Angeles as 21-point favorites to defeat the UCLA Bruins.  The top-ranked Cornhuskers coached by Bob Devaney were riding a 32-game winning streak while UCLA was coming off a disappointing 1971 season with a record of 2-7-1 in Coach Pepper Rodgers first season.  Coach Rodgers installed & unveiled a new wishbone offense against Nebraska led by Bruins' QB Mark Harmon.  While the Cornhuskers were starting a new quarterback in David Humm, they still had Heisman Trophy winning, All-American WR Johnny Rodgers.  UCLA stunned the defending Belt holders in the first-ever title defense with PK Efren Herrera hitting a 29-yard field goal with just 0:20 to play for a 20-17 upset of the Cornhuskers.  Herrera hit a 27-yard field goal for the only points of the 1st quarter.  Early in the 2nd quarter, UCLA's DE Cal Peterson recovered a fumble by Nebraska’s RB Gary Dixon.  On the next play, Harmon completed his first college pass -- a 46-yard scoring strike to WR Brad Lyman giving the Bruins a 10-0 lead.  Rodgers set-up the first Cornhuskers' score with a 50-yard punt return leading to a 28-yard field goal by PK Rich Sanger.  Late in the quarter, Nebraska drove 78 yards in 6 plays helped by a 42-yard pass interference penalty.  Rodgers carried the final 11 yards for the touchdown to tie the game at 10-10 as the teams went to halftime.  In the 3rd quarter, UCLA's CB Jimmy Allen intercepted Humm before returning the ball to the Nebraska 15-yard line.  Five plays later, Harmon scored on a 2-yard touchdown run giving the Bruins a 17-10 lead midway through the 3rd quarter.  The Cornhuskers scored early in the 4th quarter when Humm found TE Jerry List open on a 44-yard touchdown pass tying the game at 17-17 with 14:01 left in the game.  UCLA’s defense was able to keep the powerful Cornhusker offense from scoring the rest of the game as they forced 5 turnovers in the game including 2 interceptions by Allen to keep Nebraska off-balance.  The final Bruins' drive covered 47 yards, including a critical 3rd down completion from Harmon to TE Jack Lassner for 15 yards, before Herrera’s kick gave the Cornhuskers their first loss since October 11, 1969.  Harmon finished with 65 yards passing with a touchdown & 71 yards rushing with a touchdown to lead the Bruins.  Humm threw for 146 yards with a touchdown but 2 interceptions while Rodgers rushed for 43 yards with a touchdown & had 3 catches for 63 yards in the loss.  The Bruins finished 8-3 for the season; ranked 15th nationally while the Cornhuskers finished at 9-2-1, Big Eight Champions & ranked 4th nationally.  Nebraska would play for The Belt again in 1978.

 

Nebraska Game Stats UCLA Game Stats
 

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Gary Dixon 15 65 0 4.33 James McAlister 18 90 0 5.00
Johnny Rodgers 7 43 1 6.14 Mark Harmon 21 71 1 3.38
Dave Goeller 6 35 0 5.83 Gary Campbell 9 29 0 3.22
Bill Olds 10 20 0 2.00 Kermit Johnson 12 27 0 2.25
Maury Damkroger 6 19 0 3.17 Bobby Ferrell 1 2 0 2.00
David Humm 4 -8 0 -2.00          
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
David Humm 21 8 2 146 1 Mark Harmon 8 4 0 65 1
 

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Jerry List 3 74 1 24.67 Brad Lyman 2 47 1 23.50
Johnny Rodgers 3 63 0 21.00 Jack Lassner 1 13 0 13.00
Glen Garson 1 5 0 5.00 James McAlister 1 5 0 5.00
Bill Olds 1 4 0 4.00          

 

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