1964

Nebraska 13
Auburn 7

January 1, 1964 – Orange Bowl Stadium
 
Nebraska Holds Off Late Rally
Nebraska linebacker John Kirby batted away an Auburn pass on fourth down as the final seconds ticked away in the 1964 Orange Bowl, giving his team a 13-7 win. Nebraska came into the game ranked fifth and Auburn sixth in the UPI poll. The AP poll figured it the opposite way.
 
With the help of a Bob Brown block, Nebraska quarterback Dennis Claridge ignited the Big Red early, taking a bootleg 68 yards on only the third play of the game.
 
Dave Theisen added a pair of field goals and the Huskers led 13-0 at halftime.
 
Auburn quarterback Jimmy Sidle, one of the top runners in Southeastern Conference history, pulled his team within six, 13-7, on a 13-yard, third-quarter run. In the closing minutes of the game, Sidle had the Tigers in position to win, but Kirby's pass breakup on a fourth-and-four play prevented the score for Nebraska.
 
Claridge rushed for 108 yards on the afternoon while Sidle racked up 96 yards for his team. Nebraska head coach Bob Devaney made his first of five appearances in the Orange Bowl.
 

  NEB AUB
First Downs 11 17
Rushing Attempts 26 57
Rushing Yards 204 126
Passes Attempted 9 27
Passes Completed 4 14
Had Intercepted 0 1
Passing Yards 30 157
Total Offense 234 283
Punts/Avg. 7/38.3 6/35.2
Fumbles/Lost  2/1 3/1
Penalties/Yards 6/65 5/39

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Nebraska 10 3 0 0 - 13
Auburn 0 0 7 0 - 7

  
SCORING SUMMARY
NEB: Claridge 68-yard run (Theisen kick); NEB: Theisen 31-yard FG; NEB: Theisen 26-yard FG; AUB: Sidle 13-yard run (Woodall kick)
 
Nebraska Head Coach: Bob Devaney
Auburn Head Coach: Shug Jordan