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Led by I-back Jarvis Redwine, Nebraska rolled over Utah 55-9, in the season opener. Redwine rushed for 179 yards on only 17 carries to highlight a day that saw NU roll up 672 yards in total offense, including 545 on the ground.
Redwine scored three TD's, including a 67 yarder, before turning the rushing chores over to Craig Johnson and Roger Craig in the middle of the third quarter. In all, fifteen Huskers carried the ball en route to the second highest rushing total in NU history.
Jeff Quinn added 127 yards passing while the defense had little trouble with the scrambling tactics of Utah quarterback Ricky Hardin. Three turnovers (one fumble and two interceptions), helped thwart any serious threat by the Utes.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Sept. 13, 1980
Utah 3 0 0 6 - 9
Nebraska 14 7 20 14 - 55
NU - Jeff Quinn (4 yd. run; Kevin Seibel kick, 9:05 left)
UT - Gilbert Alvarez (42 yd. field goal, 6:38)
NU - Jarvis Redwine (67 yd. run; Seibel kick, 4:49)
NU - Redwine (8 yd. run; Seibel kick, 7:29)
NU - Andra Franklin (3 yd. run; Seibel kick, 12:55)
NU - Redwine (6 yd. run; Seibel kick, 9:44)
NU - Jim Kotera (4 yd. run; kick no good, 0:40)
UT - Del Rodgers (8 yd. run; pass no good, 11:33)
NU - Roger Craig (1 yd. run; Eddie Neil kick, 8:53)
NU - Craig (28 yd. run; Neil kick, 5:14)
First Downs....................13 32
Rushing Net...................144 545
Passes, Comp-Att-Int......14-25-2 8-15-0
Passing Net...................149 127
Total Offense.................293 672
LEADING NU RUSHER:
Jarvis Redwine-179 yards on 17 carries and 3 TDs.
LEADING NU PASSER:
Jeff Quinn-8-13-0 for 127 yards.