Indiana was no match for the Nebraska Cornhuskers as NU beat the Hoosiers 69-17. Nebraska gained 613 yards in total offense as the Huskers raised their record to 3-1.
A regional ABC-TV audience and 42,738 watching in the rain at Bloomington, watched as the Huskers scored touchdowns the first four times they had the football. I.M. Hipp, who gained national prominence against Indiana in 1977, scored the first two touchdowns for Nebraska. The NU I-back raced in from nine yards for the first score and in from six, four minutes later.
The game was decided before the first quarter ended with the Huskers holding a demanding 28-0 lead. NU added a second period TD, two in the third quarter and three more in the final stanza, to make the score NU-69, IU-17.
Hipp—ABC-TV Offensive Player of the Game—gained 123 yards and scored four times for the day. Tim Wurth, a second team I-back, also contributed two touchdowns as he gained 95 yards. Tom Sorley continued his fine passing attack completing eight for 168 yards.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Sept. 30, 1978
Nebraska 28 7 14 20 — 69
Indiana 0 10 0 7 — 17
NEB - I.M. Hipp (9, run; Billy Todd kick) 11:14
NEB - I.M. Hipp (6, run; Billy Todd kick) 7:48
NEB - Tim Wurth (2, run; Billy Todd kick) 4:23
NEB - I.M. Hipp (8, run; Billy Todd kick) 2:27
IND - Mike Friede (24, pass from Scott Arnett;
David Freud kick) 11:32.
IND - David Freud (35, field goal) 10:00.
NEB - Rick Berns (1, run; Billy Todd kick) 3:18.
NEB - I.M. Hipp (9, run; Billy Todd kick) 12:54
NEB - Frank Lockett (65, pass from Tom Sorley;
Billy Todd kick) 6:41
NEB - Bruce Dunning (Recovered blocked punt in end zone;
Kick failed) 14:06.
NEB - Tim Wurth (37, run; Dean Sukup kick) 12:56.
NEB - Jim Kotera (2, run; Dean Sukup kick) 0:34.
IND - Mark Fishel (19, pass from Tim Clifford;
David Freud kick) 0:03.
First Downs....................32 12
Rushing Net...................415 120
Passes, Comp.-Att.-Int ...10-17-0 8-23-2
Passing Net ..................198 156
Total Offense.................613 276
LEADING NU RUSHER:
I.M. Hipp 123.
LEADING NU PASSER:
Tom Sorley 8-13-0 for 168 yards.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME:
I.M. Hipp (ABC-Chevrolet Offensive Player of Game)
123 yards and 4 TDs.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME:
Lee Kunz 16 tackles, 11 unassisted.