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Defending national champion Nebraska opened the 1971 season with a convincing 34-7 victory over Pac-8 power Oregon. It was Nebraska's 20th straight game without a defeat.

A crowd of 67,437 at Memorial Stadium saw the Cornhuskers shut out the Ducks until late in the fourth quarter when a fumbled punt by a Husker reserve gave Oregon a shot at seven points.

While the NU defense was halting the potent Ducks with only 86 yards rushing and 118 yards through the air, the Husker offense flashed great opening form.

Nebraska's star I-back, Jeff Kinney, ran for 124 yards to completely overshadow Duck ace Bobby Moore (Ahmad Rashad), as the Cornhuskers piled up 298 yards on the ground. NU added another 117 yards as Jerry Tagge hit 8 of 10 passes.

Kinney's 1971 debut was complemented by the fine backup performance of junior college transfer Gary Dixon, who scored three TDs. Actually, all NU tallies came from the I-backs — one by Kinney, three by Dixon and one by Randy Butts.

Nebraska was off and running.

NOTES: Quarterbacking the Ducks was junior Dan Fouts, a future Pro Football Hall of Famer.

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD: 1, 2
LINCOLN JOURNAL & STAR: 1, 2
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1971 OREGON RESULTS

1971 Oregon-Nebraska football, Jeff Kinney
Jeff Kinney scores Nebraska’s first touchdown.
 
Nebraska 34
Oregon 7

Sept. 11, 1971
Lincoln, NE
Oregon      0   0   0   7  -   7
Nebraska    7   7   7  13  -  34

First Quarter
NU - Jeff Kinney 1 run (Rich Sanger
     kick) 1:21
Second Quarter
NU - Gary Dixon 2 run (Sanger kick) 8:55
Third Quarter
NU - Dixon 1 run (Sanger kick) 7:47
Fourth Quarter
NU - Dixon 6 run (kick failed) 14:46
NU - Randy Butts 2 run (Sanger kick) 5:18
UO - Bobby Moore 7 run (Mike Battle 
      kick) 3:21

                       ORE        NEB
First downs             18         23
Rushes-Net yards     22-86     73-298          
Passing, net           118        117  
  Comp-Att-Int     13-25-3    10-13-0
Total offense          204        415
Punts               6-31.5     4-38.0
Fumbles lost             0          2
Yards penalized         49         30      

LEADING NU RUSHERS:
  Jeff Kinney 124, Gary Dixon 42,
  Jerry Tagge 41.
	
LEADING NU PASSER:
  Jerry Tagge, 8 of 10-98.
	
MORE INDIVIDUAL STATS HERE

ATTENDANCE: 67,437
 
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