October 29th – @ Nebraska #3 Nebraska 24, #2 Colorado 7
Like many over-hyped Super Bowls, the Game of the Year failed to live up to advance billing, as Nebraska methodically took care of business, defeating Colorado 24-7 to take the inside track to the Big Eight and National Championships. Led by quarterback Brook Berringer, subbing for injured starter Tommy Frazier, the Cornhuskers built a 17-0 halftime lead. The Nebraska offense was not flashy, but it was effective, keeping the ball for 21:27 of the first half clock.
The Buffs did have their chances. In the third quarter, Nebraska’s defense stopped two Colorad drives on fourth down, first at the Cornhusker 35-yard line, the second at the Nebraska 21. The fourth quarter was a repeat of the third, as Nebraska stopped the Buffs on two more fourth down attempts.
Colorado’s offense, so dominant in recent weeks, was kept in check. Rashaan Salaam did pick up 134 yards and a score, but the Buffs could manage only 155 yards total on the ground. “Other than Nebraska’s fine play, I really don’t have any explanation for why we didn’t play well,” said Colorado head coach Bill McCartney. “They just outplayed us.”
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