It took a stout Nebraska defensive effort in the final period, an alternate quarterback (Tim Hager), two alternate I-backs (Jarvis Redwine and Craig Johnson), and a senior field goal kicker (Dean Sukup) for the Cornhuskers to down an upset minded Iowa University 24-21.
Iowa took the lead in the first period 7-0 after an I.M. Hipp fumble and the Huskers had some catching up to do. Iowa managed to mount a 21-7 lead before the end of the third period when it was Hager, Redwine and Johnson to the rescue.
NU scored on the next two drives with Hager scoring the first time and Johnson over the middle for the tying score. Senior monster-back Mark LeRoy then forced a fumble and Nebraska drove the ball to the Iowa 13 yard line where Sukup kicked the 30 yard field goal to give Nebraska the win.
LeRoy was named Big 8 Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the come from behind victory.
CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Sept. 22, 1979
Iowa City, IA
Nebraska 0 7 7 10 - 24
Iowa 7 0 14 0 - 21
IOW - Dean McKillip (2 run, Roby kick) 11:51 left
NEB - Jeff Quinn (1 run, Sukup kick) 2:12
IOW - McKillip (2 run, Roby kick) 6:53
IOW - Keith Chappelle (29 pass from Rich Gales,
Roby kick) 5:21
NEB - Tim Hager (4 run, Sukup kick) 2:02
NEB - Craig Johnson (5 run, Sukup kick) 11:02
NEB - Dean Sukup (30 field goal) 5:52
First Downs.....................20 11
Rushing Net....................244 85
Passes, Comp, Att, Int. ....6-13-0 10-25-1
Passing Net ...................40 154
Total offense .................284 239
LEADING NU RUSHER:
Jarvis Redwine 89
LEADING NU PASSER:
Jeff Quinn 6-13-0 for 40 yards.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME:
Craig Johnson 39 yards and scored once.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME:
Mark LeRoy, five tackles, caused one fumble, one pass interception.