Orange Bowl

1955

Duke 34
Nebraska 7

January 1, 1955 – Orange Bowl Stadium
 
Duke Turns Nebraska Blue
Duke won the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1954 and Oklahoma won the Big Seven, but the Sooners stayed home because of a conference rule that prohibited consecutive Orange Bowl appearances.
 
This allowed runner-up Nebraska to enter the game, which it lost to the Blue Devils 34-7.
 
The Blue Devils controlled the ball throughout the game. They dominated every statistical category, including plays (76-to-54), first downs (23-to-6) and yards (361-to-105).
 
Duke scored first on Bob Pascal’s seven-yard run in the second quarter and Jerry Barger threw five yards to Jerry Kocourek for a 14-0 halftime lead.
 
Nebraska got on the board with Don Comstock’s three-yard run over the left tackle in the third quarter, but Barger’s second touchdown pass to Sonny Sorrell for five yards made it 20-6. Duke’s final touchdowns were on a one-yard run by Nick McKeithan and a three-yarder by Sam Eberdt.
 

  DUKE NEB
First Downs 23 6
Rushing Attempts 64 34
Rushing Yards 288 84
Passes Attempted 13 9
Passes Completed 7 1
Had Intercepted 0 2
Passing Yards 82 26
Total Offense 370 110
Punts/Avg. 5/26.6 7/28.9
Fumbles/Lost  2/1 0/0
Penalties/Yards 2/30 2/20

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Duke 0 14 6 14 - 34
Nebraska 0 0 7 0 - 7

SCORING SUMMARY
DUKE: Pascal 7-yard run (Nelson kick); DUKE: Kocourek 5-yard pass from Barger (Nelson kick); DUKE: Sorrell 5-yard pass from Barger (kick failed); NEB: Comstock 3-yard run (B. Smith kick); DUKE: McKeithan 1-yard run (Nelson kick); DUKE: Eberdt 3-yard run (Nelson kick)
 
Duke Head Coach: Bill Murray
Nebraska Head Coach: Bill Glassford