Husker quarterback Dennis Claridge broke the game open before fans had settled in their seats. Aided by a Bob Brown block, Claridge bolted 68 yards down the sideline to put NU ahead 7-0 on the Huskers’ second play from scrimmage. At the time, it was the longest TD run in OB history. Moments later, Dave Theisen broke another OB record with a 31-yard field goal. The record lasted until the second quarter when he booted a 36-yarder to give NU a 13-0 halftime lead.
Auburn quarterback Jimmy Sidle almost brought the Tigers back, but Husker linebackers John Kirby and Bruce Smith broke up a fourth-and-four pass inside the 10-yard line with less than two minutes to go to preserve the win.