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    1973 Liberty Bowl Recap
     
     

    NC State 31, Kansas 18
    December 17, 1973
    Memphis Memorial Stadium • Memphis, Tenn.

    The tough Wolfpack ground game outscored the flashy Kansas passing attack as NC State rolled to a 31-18 Liberty Bowl victory.

    The Pack surge was led by fullback Stan Fritts, who scored a pair of touchdowns and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Fritts smashed the Jayhawk line for 83 yards on 18 carries as Coach Lou Holtz’s squad won a bowl trophy for the second straight season.

    Fritts opened the scoring on a two-yard run and gave the Wolfpack the lead for good at 17-10 with an eight-yard burst in the third quarter.

    “We honestly believed we could run against them,” said Fritts. “We felt all season long we could run against anybody.”

    State sealed the victory when reserve fullback Charley Young scored from 12 yards out following an 80-yard, 19-play drive in the fourth period. The drive included only one pass, and Young’s touchdown run was the longest play.

    Freshman defensive tackle Jim Henderson capped the scoring with a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown with 4:03 remaining in the game.

    The Wolfpack victory came in spite of an outstanding performance by Kansas’ All-America quarterback Dave Jaynes, who hit on 24 of 38 passes for 218 yards and one touchdown.

    SCORING SUMMARY 1 2 3 4 F
    Kansas 0 10 0 8 18
    NC State 7 3 7 14 31

    NCSU Fritts 2 run (Sewell kick)
    KU Miller 12 pass from Jaynes (Love kick)
    NCSU FG Sewell 33
    NCSU FrItts 8 run (Sewell kick)
    NCSU Young 12 run (Sewell kick)
    NCSU Henderson 31 interception return (Sewell kick)
    KU Miller 12 run (Jaynes pass to Adams)

    TEAM STATISTICS KU NCSU
    First Downs 24 17
    Rushes-Yards 31-130 56-188
    Passing Yards 218 86
    Comp-Att-Int 24-33-2 7-14-1
    Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-0
    Penalties-Yards 4-37 4-35
    Punting 4-37.0 5-38.0

    INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
    Rushing - (KU) Miller 15-104
                   (NCSU) Fritts 18-83
    Passing - (KU) Jaynes 24-36-2, 218
                  (NCSU) Shaw 5-8-1, 71
    Receiving - (KU) Adams 8-73
                     (NCSU) Gargano 4-48

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