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Dominating from the opening kickoff, the Huskers used 35 first half points to pull away to an easy 56-10 victory. The win upped the Huskers' record to 2-1 with a television date at Indiana the next week in Bloomington.
Everyone got into the touchdown act as eight Huskers tallied scores. I.M. Hipp led off the scoring, capping a 78 yard drive in 11 plays on the Huskers' first posse-sion of the game with a 10 yard run. Nebraska added touchdowns by sophomore fullback Andra Franklin, Tom Sorley, Frank Lockett and a 52 yard punt return by Kenny Brown in the second quarter to account for their first half blitz of the Rainbows.
The Rainbows capitalized on a Nebraska turnover and the strong kicking leg of Peter Kim to rally 10 third quarter points, but it wasn't enough to slow the Huskers. With the reserves playing most of the second half, Nebraska rolled up 599 yards total offense for the day.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Sept. 16, 1978
Hawaii 0 0 10 0 — 10
Nebraska 7 28 7 14 — 56
NU - I.M. Hipp (10, run; Billy Todd kick) 9:03
NU - Andra Franklin (11, run; Kick failed) 9:40.
NU - Tom Sorley (1, run; Junior Miller pass
from Tom Sorley) 8:27.
NU - Frank Lockett (39, pass from Tom Sorley;
Billy Todd kick) 4:56.
NU - Kenny Brown (52, punt return; Billy Todd kick) 3:01
UH - Wayne Black (11, pass from Jeff Duva;
Peter Kim kick) 7:31
NU - Rick Berns (9, run; Billy Todd kick) 4:19
UH - Peter Kim (49, field goal) 1:03
NU - Jim Kotera (3, run; Dean Sukup kick) 12:24.
NU - Craig Johnson (1, run; Dean Sukup kick) 6:56
First Downs....................14 31
Rushing Net...................100 389
Passes, Comp.-Att.-Int ...21-12-0 20-16-0
Passing Net .................132 210
Total Offense.................232 599
LEADING NU RUSHER:
I.M. Hipp 70, Rick Berns 69.
LEADING NU PASSER:
Tom Sorley 9-11-0 for 133 yards.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME:
Tom Sorley 9-11-0 for 133 yards and 1 TD.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME:
George Andrews 6 tackles.