Nebraska 24
Colorado 12

Oct. 9, 1976 - 2:30 p.m. Central
Folsom Field | Boulder, CO
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 0 7 7 10 24
Colorado 3 9 0 0 12

1976 Nebraska-Colorado Butterfield FG blockDave Butterfield blocks a field goal attempt that would have given Colorado a fourth-quarter lead. · Lincoln Journal Star · Newspapers.com

First Quarter
CU: Mark Zetterberg 50 field goal, 5:32
Second Quarter
NU: Monte Anthony 1 run (Al Eveland kick) 9:36
CU: Zetterberg 46 field goal, 8:37
CU: Zetterberg 37 field goal, 4:07
CU: Zetterberg 29 field goal, 0:07
Third Quarter
NU: Curtis Craig 9 pass from Vince Ferragamo (Eveland kick) 5:30
Fourth Quarter
NU: Eveland 46 field goal, 5:07
NU: Rich Berns 1 run (Eveland kick) 1:55

                             NU      CU
First Downs................. 19      12
Rushing, Net............ 62-253  37-173
Passing, Net................ 96     107
  Comp-Att-Int ......... 9-20-1  8-23-1
Total Offense........... 82-349  60-280
Return yards ............... -5     107
Fumbles-lost .............. 2-1     5-2
Penalties-yards .......... 5-55    6-55

LEADING NU RUSHERS:
 Rich Berns 127, Monte Anthony 55.
LEADING NU PASSER: Vince Ferragamo 96.
TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: Rick Berns 127.

MORE INDIVIDUAL STATS

NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Rick Berns
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Dave Butterfield

Attendance: 53,538

Coverage

Recap

Huskers survive with key stops in second half

Typical of Big 8 play, the game between Nebraska and Colorado was nip and tuck until some fourth-quarter Husker heroics produced a 24-12 win before an upset-minded Colorado crowd.

The toe of CU’s Mark Zetterberg provided all of the offensive fireworks for the Buffaloes, as he kicked field goals of 50, 46, 37, and 29 yards to give the Buffs a 12-7 halftime lead.

With the lead in Husker hands, 14-12 in the third quarter, Colorado drove to the Nebraska 4 yard line, but was stopped short of paydirt by the tenacious Black Shirts. When Zetterberg attempted his fifth field goal — a chip shot of 21 yards — NU cornerback Dave Butterfield broke through the line and blocked the kick with his chest.

Nebraska took command from then on, salting the game away with a field goal of their own and a 1-yard Rick Berns run. It was Berns’ best day rushing, as he ground out 127 yards.

1976 Nebraska-Colorado photo Kent SmithKent Smith helps bring down CU’s Tony Reed. · Lincoln Journal Star · Newspapers.com

Pregame & team info
1976 schedule
05/01 Reds 26, Whites 29
09/11 @ LSU L 6-6
09/18 @ Indiana W 45-13
09/25 TCU W 64-10
10/02 Miami W 17-9
10/09 @ Colorado W 24-12
10/16 Kansas St. W 51-0
10/23 Missouri L 24-34
10/30 @ Kansas W 31-3
11/06 Oklahoma St. W 14-10
11/13 @ Iowa St. L 28-37
11/26 Oklahoma L 17-20
12/04 @ Hawaii W 68-3
12/31 Texas Tech W 27-24
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