1975 Fiesta Bowl

Arizona State 17, Nebraska 14

1975 fiesta bowl
December 26, 1975

Attendance: 51,396

Offensive Player of the Game: John Jefferson, Arizona State

Defensive Player of the Game: Larry Gordon, Arizona State

Head Coaches: Frank Kush, Arizona State - Tom Osborne, Nebraska

Weather: Clear, sunny

Television: CBS

Payout Per Team: $210,419.91

Frank Kush will always be remembered as a legendary coach at Arizona State. But in the 1975 Fiesta Bowl, it was the other Kush – Frank’s son Danny – who will most likely be remembered.

Danny Kush booted a 29-yard field goal with 4:50 remaining in the game and ASU held on to defeat Nebraska, 17-14, in front of a record 51,396 fans at Sun Devil Stadium.

Arizona State battled from behind to post its fourth Fiesta Bowl triumph in as many trips. Many considered Fiesta Bowl V as the game that put the Fiesta Bowl on the map.

Nebraska jumped out to a 7-3 lead and looked good enough to take that margin into the locker room at halftime. But the Sun Devils, behind the passing of Dennis Sproul, marched down the field in just over a minute, and Kush finished the drive with a 33-yard field goal to make the score 7-6 at the break.

The Cornhuskers took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched 91 yards, culminating the drive with a four-yard touchdown run by Monte Anthony.

Trailing 14-6, ASU began playing catch-up. After Sproul was injured on a quarterback sneak, Fred Mortensen entered the game and, on just his second play, hit offensive player of the game John Jefferson for a 10-yard TD strike. Mortensen then hit Larry Mucker with the two-point conversion to even the score at 14-14.

Kush hit the game-winner on ASU’s next possession, and the Sun Devil defense preserved the victory.

It was the first game outside the “Big Four” pitting two teams with shots at winning the national title. ASU finished the season 12-0 and a No. 2 ranking in both national polls, while Nebraska wound up 10-2.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
Arizona State
3
3
0
11
17
Nebraska
0
7
7
0
14

Yardstick

NEB
ASU
20
First Downs
20
57-198
Rushes-Yards
37-162
90
Passing Yards
173
12-23-1
Passes
15-37-2
20
Return Yards
0
7-39.4
Punts
5-37.2
2-2
Fumbles-Lost
0-0
4-38
Penalties - Yards
6-54

How They Scored

NEB
ASU
0
3
Danny Kush 27 yard field goal
7
3
Monte Anthony 1 yard run (Mike Coyle kick)
7
6
Kush 33 yard field goal
14
6
Anthony 4 yard run (Coyle kick)
14
14
John Jefferson 10 yard pass from Fred Mortensen (Larry Mucker pass from Mortensen)
14
17
Kush 29 yard field goal

Individual Statistics

Rushing
NEB
Monte Anthony 22-94, Tony Davis 17-60, John O’Leary 10-45, Tom Heiser 1-6, Terry Luck 7-(-7).
ASU
Fred Williams 18-111, Stan Robinson 8-30, Dennis Sproul 10-19, Fred Mortensen 1-2.
Passing
NEB
Terry Luck 12-22-0-90, Vince Ferragamo 0-1-0-0.
ASU
Dennis Sproul 14-35-1-163, Fred Mortensen 1-2-1-10.
Receiving
NEB
Bobby Thomas 6-44, Dave Shamblin 2-13, Tom Heiser 2-12, Curtis Craig 1-12, Larry Mushinskie 1-9.
ASU
John Jefferson 8-113, Larry Mucker 3-39, Stan Robinson 3-13, Fred Williams 1-8.