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Rod Horn
Official recap
It came down to a game of seconds as Houston, the Southwestern Conference champion, defeated Nebraska, runnerup in the Big 8, 17-14 in the 44th annual Cotton Bowl game in Dallas.

The Huskers struck first, with 5:13 left in the opening quarter, when junior I-back Jarvis Redwine scored on a nine-yard run and with Dean Sukup's extra point, NU led 7-0. But Houston came back strong in the second period and marched 71 yards in six plays and one penalty, to score with 12:17 left in the first half, on an eight yard run by sub-quarterback Terry Elston. With the Cougars' extra point, the game was tied 7-7 at the half.

Neither team scored in the third period, but with 8:25 left, UH kicker Ken Hatfield booted a 41-yard field goal, to give the Cougars a 10-7 lead. However, Nebraska then rallied, and with 3:56 left in the contest, scored on a six-yard pass from quarterback Jeff Quinn to junior tight end Jeff Finn. And with Sukup's PAT, Nebraska held on to a 14-0 lead with only 3:39 left to play.

Houston then took the kickoff and drove 60 yards in 12 plays, down to the NU six yard line. On fourth and goal, Elston threaded the ball between three Nebraska defenders in the endzone and Eric Herring caught it for the winning score, with :12 left.

Full recap here.

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Houston 17
Nebraska 14

Jan. 1, 1980
Dallas, TX
Nebraska      7    0    0    7  —  14
Houston       0    7    0   10  —  17

First Quarter
NEB — Jarvis Redwine, 9 yard run (Sukup kick) 5:13
Second Quarter
HOU — Terry Elston, 8 yard run (Hatfield kick) 12:17
Fourth Quarter
HOU — Ken Hatfield, 41 yard field goal 8:25
NEB — Jeff Finn, 6 yard pass from Jeff Quinn
 (Sukup kick) 3:56
HOU — Eric Herring, 6 yard pass from Terry Elston
 (Hatfield kick) :12

ATTENDANCE: 72,032 
Nebraskans in attendance: 13,683

                                 NU      UH
First Downs                      13      18
  Rushing                         7      11
  Passing                         6       6
  Penalty                         0       l
Rushing Attempts                 41      61
  Yards Rushing                 138     224
  Yards Lost Rushing              2      18
  Net Yards Rushing             136     206
Net Yards Passing                91     119
  Passes Attempted               22      19
  Passes Completed               11       9
  Had Intercepted            .    l       0
Total Offensive Plays            63      80
  Total Net Yards               227     325
  Average Gain Per Play         3.6     4.0
Fumbles: Number—Lost            1-1     7-3
Penalties: Number—Yards        7-90    2-22
Interceptions: Number—Yds       0-0     1-0
Number of Punts—Yards        10-406   7-294
  Average Per Punt             40.6    42.0
Punt Returns: Number—Yds       3-58    3-18
Kickoff Returns: Number—Yds    3-44    3-64


RUSHING
NEBRASKA     Att. Gain Lost  Net  TD  Long
Redwine ...   17   60    2    58   1    9
Franklin .... 12   40    0    40   0    8
Hipp.......    3    8    0     8   0    6
Quinn......    3    7    0     7   0    4
Brown .....    3    3    0     3   0    3
Miller......   1    1    0     1   0    1
Steels  ...... 1    0    0     0   0    0
Hager......    1    5    0     5   0    5
Johnson  ....  2   14    0    14   0   14
Totals......  41  138    2   136   1   14
HOUSTON      Att. Gain Lost  Net  TD  Long
Clark.......  19   52    8    44   0    8
Newhouse . .  14   61    0    61   0   10
Brown......    6   18    4    14   0    9
Elston......  22   93    6    87   1    9
Totals......  61  224   18   206   1   10


PASSING
NEBRASKA       Att. Com. Int. Yds TD  Long
Quinn..........  19  10   1   78   1   14
Redwine .......   1   1   0   13   0   13
Miller.........   1   0   0    0   0    0
Hager  ........   1   0   0    0   0    0
Totals.......... 22  11   1   91   1   14
HOUSTON        Att. Com. Int. Yds TD  Long
Elston.......... 16   9   0  119   1   27
Brown..........   3   0   0    0   0    0
Totals.......... 19   9   0  119   1   27


PASS RECEIVING
NEBRASKA    No.  Yds.  TD  Long
Brown, K.    5    30    0    9
Miller...    2    26    0   14
Quinn....    1    13    0   13
Smith, T.    1    10    0   10
Finn ....    1     6    1    6
Redwine      1     6    0    6
Totals..... 11    91    1   14
HOUSTON     No.  Yds.  TD  Long
Herring...   5    51    1   15
Phea  ....   2    47    0   27
Miller....   1    18    0   18
Clark.....   1     3    0    3
Totals ...   9   119    1   27
        
ALL RETURNS
NEBRASKA     Punts   Kickoffs   Inter.
Liegl......   3-58
Steels.....            3-44
Cole ......                       1
Totals.....   3-58     3-44
HOUSTON      Punts   Kickoffs   Inter.
Phea ......   3-18
Wright ....            3-64
Bradley....                     1-0
Totals.....   3-18     3-64     1-0
PUNTING
NEBRASKA   No.  Yds.  Avg.  Long
Smith, T.  10   406   40.6   53
HOUSTON    No.  Yds.  Avg.  Long
Ford        7   294   42.0   50
        
FIELD GOALS
NEBRASKA   Att.  Made  Long
Sukup       1     0      0
HOUSTON    Att.  Made  Long
Hatfield    2     1     41
DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
NEBRASKA UT  AT  TT  TFL 
Gary...........145-
Lindquist......538-
Means..........2-2-
McCrady........11--
Davies.........1-1-
Seibel.........-11-
Weinmaster.....2241/1
Horn...........415-
Clark..........3-31/1
Cole...........1231/1
Nelson.........55101/4
Pensick........112-
Barnett........369-
Potadle........-22-
LeRoy..........7181/2
Baker..........93121/6
Vering.........73101/1
B.Williams.....6391/4
Ruud...........-11 -
        
HOUSTON UT  AT  TT  TFL 
Cook...........2-2 -
Hatfield.......538 -
Chumchal.......2-2 -
Bradley........325-
Ebner..........5381/2
D.Love.........628 -
Redman.........-11 -
Proctor........314 -
Oglesby........5-5 -
H.Taylor.......-22 -
Wilkerson......246 -
Monroe.........1-1 -
Hodge..........358 -
Turner.........6612 -
Adams..........1-1 -
Wright.........1-1 -
 
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