Nebraska's Cornhuskers celebrated Band Day by jumping to a 17-0 first quarter lead enroute to a 31-0 win over Utah before 65,424 fans.
Paul Rogers, the soph hero of the Wyoming game, got the Huskers rolling with a 28-yard field goal the first time Nebraska got possession.
Utah fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Nebraska had the ball at] the Redskin 18. Six plays later it was 10-0 as Mike Green plunged over with 9:36 left in the quarter and Rogers kicked the point.
Another Utah fumble at midfield set up a 53-yard Husker drive. An Ernie Sigler-to-Guy Ingles pass and a 19-yard run by Green were the big gains on the march that was capped by Joe Orduna's one-yard TD drive with 2:33 left in the opening quarter.
Frank Patrick came off the bench in the second quarter and tossed a 41-yard TD pass to End Tom Penney. It was Penney's first Husker TD after two years of pass-catching stardom, and later in the game he was to suffer a fractured collarbone.
With a 24-0 halftime lead, the Husker defense kept Utah throttled. In the fourth quarter, Sigler wound up the scoring by hitting Jim McFarland with a six-yard TD pass.
The Huskers amassed 518 yards and the Scarlet defense held Utah to only 46 yards on the ground and a total of 138 yards.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Sept. 21, 1968
Utah 0 0 0 0 — 0
Nebraska 17 7 0 7 — 31
NU — Paul Rogers, 28 field goal, 11:39
NU — Mike Green, 3 run (Rogers kick), 9:36
NU — Joe Orduna, 1 run (Rogers kick), 2:33
NU — Tom Penney, 41 pass from Frank Patrick
(Rogers kick), 4:25
NU — Jim McFarland, 6 pass from Ernie Sigler
(Rogers kick), 11:16
First Down ....... 24 11
Rushing Net ...... 204 46
Passing Net ...... 314 92
Total Offense .... 518 138
Leading NU Passers: Ernie Sigler 8 for 12—165 yards;
Frank Patrick 9 for 18—122 yards.