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New Colorado Coach Bill McCartney began pointing his team toward its Big Eight opener against Nebraska almost from the moment he was hired. Critics scoffed, and appeared well-justified when the high-powered Huskers rolled to a 20-0 halftime lead over the underdog Buffs.

However, fired-up Colorado scored two unanswered third-quarter touchdowns to cut Nebraska's lead to a scary 20-14, and, if that wasn't enough, the Huskers nearly fumbled away the ensuing kickoff inside their own nine. NU righted itself, though, drove 91 yards in 16 plays to go back up 26-14 midway in the final quarter, then took advantage of the only two interceptions of linebacker Steve Damkroger's career to put together two short drives and ice the game.

"I told our players at halftime that it wasn't over," said a relieved Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne. "This is the best Colorado team we've faced in years."

SERIES HISTORY
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER

Nebraska 40
Colorado 14

Oct. 9, 1982
Boulder, CO
Nebraska     7    13     0    20   —   40 
Colorado     0     0    14     0   —   14

NU — Doug Wilkening 3 run (Kevin Seibel kick).
NU — Roger Craig 1 run (Seibel kick).
NU — FG Seibel 26.
NU — FG Seibel 31.
CU — Richard Johnson 37 pass from Randy Essington
 (Tom Field kick).
CU — Johnson 24 run (Field kick).
NU — Mike Rozier 6 pass from Turner Gill
 (pass failed).
NU — Rozier 11 run (Seibel kick).
NU — Jeff Smith 1 run (Seibel kick).
A—53,022.
                          NU         CU 
First downs               31         21
Rushes-yards          73-446      23-81  
Passing yards             68        361  
Return yards              39         19  
Passes                15-6-1    51-24-2  
Punts                 4-40.5     5-43.4  
Fumbles-lost             4-0        3-1  
Penalties-yards         4-30       4-45  
Time of possession     36:34      23:26

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Rushing
 Nebraska, Rozier 32-212. Gill 13-69. Craig 13-67,
   Wilkening 6-31. Smith 3-24.
 Colorado, Lee Rouson 8-41, Johnson 2-31.
Passing
 Nebraska, Gill 15-6-1-68.
 Colorado, Essington 51-24-2-361.
Receiving
 Nebraska, Todd Brown 1-20, Mitch Krenk 1-12,
   Ricky Simmons 1-12.
 Colorado, Donnie Holmes 7-107. Dave Hestera 6-105,
   Chris McLemore 5-41, Johnson 3-76.
 
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