Nebraska 36
Cal 26

Sep. 9, 1978 - 1:35 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE
1st 2nd 3rd 4th  T 
Cal 7 0 7 12 26
Nebraska 0 7 7 22 36
First Quarter
CAL: Floyd Eddings 12 pass from Rich Campbell
    (Joe Cooper kick) 6:30
Second Quarter
NEB: Tom Sorley 1 run (Billy Todd kick) 7:46
Third Quarter
CAL: Paul Jones 2 run (Cooper kick) 9:05
NEB: Rick Berns 14 run (Todd kick) 0:49
Fourth Quarter
NEB: Maurice McCloney 32 pass from Sorley (Todd kick) 13:22
NEB: L.C. Cole, fumble recovered in end zone
    (Sorley pass from Rick Berns) 12:39
CAL: Holden Smith 72 pass from Campbell (run failed) 9:44
NEB: Andra Franklin 2 run (Todd kick) 5:18
CAL: Allen Blackman 2 run (pass failed) 1:06

                         CAL       NEB
First Downs...............19        22
Rushing Net...............76       302
  Comp-Att-Int ..... 16-32-1   10-20-2
Passing Net  ............271       190
Total Offense............347       492
Return Yards ............ 95        41
Punts ................. 5-46      5-39
Fumbles-Lost ........... 1-1       4-3
Penalties ............ 10-79     9-104
Third-down conv. ...... 6/18      7/16
Possession time ...... 30:07     29:53

LEADING NU RUSHER
  I.M. Hipp 154

LEADING NU PASSER
  Tom Sorley 10-18-1, 190 yards

ATTENDANCE: 75,980

NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME
  I.M. Hipp (UPI Backfield of the Week)

NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME
  Kerry Weinmaster, 7 tackles, 3 for 24 yd loss.

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Recap

Jeff Quinn passes under pressure from Cal linebacker Greg Bracelin. | Courtesy of Nebraska Athletics

Huskers rebound with win over Bears

The Cornhuskers came back from an season-opening loss to Alabama to beat the California Golden Bears 36-26.

The Golden Bears drew first blood when the Huskers fumbled the ball on their own 20-yard line and California recovered. A 12-yard pass from Rich Campbell to Floyd Eddings put the Bears on top, 7-0.

The Cornhuskers tied it up before halftime with some nifty ball handling, quarterback Tom Sorley pitched to I.M. Hipp who in turn pitched back to Sorley, who then passed 57 yards to wingback Kenny Brown. Nebraska scored five plays later with Sorley sneaking over from the one.

The two clubs traded touchdowns in the third quarter which set up the explosive final period in which 34 points were scored. Nebraska scored with only 1:38 gone in the final frame when Sorley hit wingback Maurice McCloney with a 32-yard touchdown strike. The Huskers came right back in the next 45 seconds to score again. NU defensive end Laurence Cole recovered a California fumble in the end zone to make it 29-14 as Nebraska went for two on the point after.

The Huskers scored once more on fullback Andra Franklin’s run and California added two more tallies to make the final 36-26.

Nebraska was led by Hipp’s 154 yards on the ground and Sorley’s 190 yards through the air.

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Game stories
Pregame & team info
1978 schedule
04/29 White 14, Red 13
09/02 @ Alabama L 3-20
09/09 Cal W 36-26
09/16 Hawaii W 56-10
09/30 @ Indiana W 69-17
10/07 @ Iowa St. W 23-0
10/14 Kansas St. W 48-14
10/21 @ Colorado W 52-14
10/28 Oklahoma St. W 22-14
11/04 @ Kansas W 63-21
11/11 Oklahoma W 17-14
11/18 Missouri L 31-35
01/01 Oklahoma L 24-31
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