Nebraska 27
Texas Tech 24

Dec. 31, 1976
Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl | Houston, TX | TVS
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 7 7 13 0 27
Texas Tech 3 14 7 0 24
First Quarter
NEB: Rick Berns 1 run (Al Eveland kick) 5:42
TTU: Brian Hall 28 field goal 1:22
Second Quarter
TTU: Billy Taylor 14 pass from Rodney Allison (Hall kick) 12:08
TTU: Taylor 11 pass from Allison (Hall kick) 2:14
NEB: Mark Dufresne 22 pass from Vince Ferragamo (Eveland kick) 0:33
Third Quarter
TTU: Taylor 8 run (Hall kick) 11:32
NEB: Berns 18 run (Eveland kick failed) 9:19
NEB: Chuck Malito 23 pass from Ferragamo (Eveland kick) 7:01

                       NU       TT
FIRST DOWNS            21       24
  By Rushing           10       13
  By Passing            9       11
  By Penalty            2        0
NET YARDS RUSHING     164      191
  Rushing Attempts     48       42
  Yards Gained        191      206
  Yards Lost           27       15
NET YARDS PASSING     232      193
  Attempted            24       23
  Completed            14       15
  Intercepted           0        0
TOTAL OFFENSE      72-396   65-384
PUNTS-AVERAGE      4-39.7   3-36.3
  Blocked               0        0
PUNT RETURNS-YDS     2-11      1-3
K.O. RETURNS-YDS     2-12     5-64
PENALIZED-YARDS       1-5     2-21
FUMBLES-LOST          2-2      4-1

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Recap

Rick Berns scored twice for the Huskers.

Huskers rally past Red Raiders for bowl win

Two back-to-back third-quarter touchdowns moved Nebraska from a 24-14 deficit to a 27-24 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the 1976 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl.

Those two TDs came on an 18-yard run by Rick Berns and a 23-yard Vince Ferragamo-to-Chuck Malito pass. The touchdown pass was set up by a partially blocked Texas Tech punt by Kent Smith and Ted Harvey.

With Nebraska ahead by 27-24 entering the fourth quarter, the game was far from over. Twice before in ’76 – against Missouri and Oklahoma – the Huskers saw fourth-quarter leads vanish. But the third time was the charm for Nebraska.

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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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