Approximately 12,000 Husker fans cheered Nebraska to a 14-13 victory in the Rose Bowl as NU posted its second come-from-behind win in as many weeks.
UCLA scored first on a 39-yard field goal followed by a 6-yard rushing TD by freshman Skip Hicks, but then-No. 8/6 (AP/coaches) Nebraska came back. True freshman Lawrence Phillips came off the bench for starter Damon Benning and rushed for a 5-yard score with less than three minutes remaining in the second quarter, and NU went into the locker room down 10-7.
The Husker Blackshirts forced UCLA to punt four times in the second half and held the Bruins to a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, while the NU offense overcame four turnovers on the day (three in UCLA territory) and put together an 80-yard drive capped by an 11-yard TD strike from Tommie Frazier to tight end Gerald Armstrong to go up 14-10 with 6:56 remaining in the third.
Phillips, a West Covina, Calif., native, became the third Husker I-back in as many games to rush for over 100 yards.
Frazier, despite being hobbled by the sprained ankle, rushed for 33 yards and completed a career-best 13 of 19 passes for 145 yards. The Huskers' "Itty-Bitty Committee" of 5-foot-9 and under receivers combined for eight receptions for 65 yards, including 3-38 by California native Abdul Muhammad and a career-high 3-20 by Reggie Baul.
Defensively, rover Toby Wright had a team-high 13 tackles while Trev Alberts was named the ABC Chevrolet Nebraska Player of the Game as well as the Sports Illustrated Defensive Player of the Week for his performance: 12 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, a pass breakup and two QB hurries.
Although NU was minus four on turnovers, the Husker defense did not allow the Bruins to convert any to points.
UCLA dropped to 0-2 but finished the year 8-3 and headed to the Rose Bowl for the first time in eight years. Nebraska was one of two teams on the year to hold All-America receiver J.J. Stokes scoreless.