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Two back-to-back third-quarter touchdowns moved Nebraska from a 24-14 deficit to a 27-24 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the 1976 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl.

Nebraska's third-quarter touchdowns came on an 18-yard run by Rick Berns, who ended the game with 118 yards on 27 carries, and a 23-yard Vince Ferragamo to Chuck Malito pass. The touchdown pass was set up by a partially blocked Texas Tech punt by Kent Smith and Ted Harvey.

With the score Nebraska 27, Texas Tech 24 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the game was far from over. Because twice before in '76 — against Missouri and Oklahoma — the Huskers saw fourth quarter leads vanish. But the third time was the charm for Nebraska.

Full recap here.

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Nebraska 27
Texas Tech 24

Dec. 31, 1976
Houston, TX
Nebraska       7     7    13     0   —  27
Texas Tech     3    14     7     0   —  24

First Quarter
NEB — Rick Berns, 1-run (Al Eveland kick) 5:42
TTU — Brian Hall, 28-yard field goal 1:22
Second Quarter
TTU — Billy Taylor, 14-pass from Rodney Allison
 (Brian Hall kick) 12:08
TTU — Billy Taylor, 11-pass from Rodney Allison
 (Brian Hall kick) 2:14
NEB — Mark Dufresne, 22-pass from Vince Ferragamo
 (Al Eveland kick) 0:33
Third Quarter
TTU — Billy Taylor, 8-run (Brian Hall kick) 11:32
NEB — Rick Berns, 18-run (Al Eveland kick failed) 9:19
NEB — Chuck Malito, 23-pass from Vince Ferragamo
 (Al Eveland kick) 7:01 

                                     NU     TT
First Downs Rushing                  10     13
First Downs Passing                   9     11
First Downs by Penalties              2      0
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS                    21     24
Number Attempts Rushing              48     42
Yards Gained Rushing                191    206
Yards Lost Rushing                   27     15
NET YARDS GAINED RUSHING            164    191
Number Passes Attempted              24     23
Number Passes Completed              14     15
Number Passes Had Intercepted         0      0
NET YARDS GAINED PASSING            232    193
Number Plays Rushing and Passing     72     65
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDAGE               396    384
Number Interceptions                  0      0
NET YARDS INTERCEPTIONS RETURNED      0      0
Number Times Punted                   4      3
Number Punts Had Blocked              0      0
PUNTING AVERAGE YARDS              39.7   36.3
Number Punts Returned                 2      1
NET YARDS PUNTS RETURNED             11      3
Number Kickoffs Returned              2      5
NET YARDS KICKOFFS RETURNED          12     64
Number Times Penalized                1      2
TOTAL YARDS PENALIZED                 5     21
Number Times Fumbled                  2      4
NUMBER OWN FUMBLES LOST               2      1


NEBRASKA
TEXAS TECH
RUSHING            Att  Yds  TD  Lng
Donnell              8   34   0    9
Berns               27  118   2   24
Craig                5   27   0    7
Ferragamo            7  -18   0    4
Stewart              1    3   0    3

PASSING   Att  Com  Int Yds  TD  Lng
Ferragamo  23   13   0  183   2   35
Craig       1    1   0   49   0   49

RECEIVING           No  Yds  TD  Lng
Craig                3   24   0   11
Berns                2   10   0    6
Dufresne             2   31   1   22
Donnell              1    1   0    1
Shamblin             2   45   0   24
Malito               3  107   1   49
Spaeth               1   14   0   14

PUNTING           No  Yds  Avg.  Lng
Lessman            4  159  39.7   49

RETURNS              Punt  KO    Int
Hansen                1-6  0-0   0-0
Butterfield           1-5  0-0   0-0
Craig                 0-0  1-11  0-0
Berns                 0-0  1-1   0-0

TACKLES      AT  UT  TT
Phillips      0   3   3
Pruitt        0   5   5
Fultz         0   2   2
Samuel        0   1   1
Andrews       0   3   3
Pillen        0   8   8
Eichelberger  0   7   7
Wightman      0   1   1
Smith         2   1   3
Butterfield   0   3   3
Harvey        0   3   3
Anderson      0   1   1
Valasek       1   7   8
Kunz          0   1   1
Carpenter     0   3   3
Davis         1   1   2
Lindquist     1   1   2
Young         0   1   1
RUSHING            Att  Yds  TD  Lng
Taylor              13   46   1   21
Allison             14   89   0   25
Isaac               13   54   0   13
Williams             2    2   0    4


PASSING   Att  Com  Int Yds  TD  Lng
Allison    23   15   0  193   2   25


RECEIVING           No  Yds  TD  Lng
Isaac                4   41   0   19
Nelson               1   14   0   14
Taylor               4   33   2   14
Turner               2   25   0   14
Williams             3   63   0   25
Brown                1   17   0   17


PUNTING           No  Yds  Avg.  Lng
Kuykendall         3  109  36.3   61

RETURNS             Punt   KO    Int
Patterson            1-3   0-0   0-0
Berlingeri           0-0   1-17  0-0
Nelson               0-0   2-36  0-0
Isaac                0-0   2-11  0-0

TACKLES      AT  UT  TT
Buell         0   9   9
Howard        2   6   8
McCright      0   3   3
Mock          0  10  10
Krahl         0   4   4
Arledge       0   5   5
Patterson     0  10  10
Roberts       1   5   6
Dupree        0   2   2
Emerson       0   3   3
Frazier       0   3   3
Bothwell      0   2   2
 
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