Nebraska 31
Iowa St. 7

Nov. 14, 1981
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Iowa St. 0 7 0 0 7
Nebraska 0 7 0 24 31
ISU: Dwayne Crutchfield 2 run (Alex Giffords kick)
NEB: Mike Rozier 4 run (Kevin Seibel kick)
NEB: FG Eddie Neil 49
NEB: Irving Fryar 63 punt return (Seibel kick)
NEB: Anthony Steels 3 pass from Turner Gill (Seibel kick)
NEB: Phil Bates 11 run (Seibel kick)

A-76,258
                        ISU        NU 
First downs              13        15
Rushes-yards         43-161    51-205
Passing yards            85        67
Return yards              6       110
Passes              17-25-2    7-17-1
Punts                8-39.4    6-47.0
Fumbles-lost            3-2       4-3
Penalties-yards        5-48      3-36
Time of possession    31:33     28:27

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Rushing
 Iowa State, Crutchfield 25-97, John Quinn 8-25. Nebraska.
 Rozier 14-62, Roger Craig 11-52, Bates 9-43, Gill 8-22.

Passing
 Iowa State, Quinn 16-23-2-77.
 Nebraska, Gill 5-15-1-50, Mauer 1-1-0-10.

Receiving
 Iowa State, Jerry Lorenzen 4-17, Doran Geise 3-25, Tommy Davis 3-10, Rocky Gillis 2-12, Crutchfield 2-11.
 Nebraska, Steels 3-28, Todd Brown 2-22.

Coverage

Recap

Huskers win game but lose Gill for season

It was definitely a “good news-bad news” game for Nebraska, but the Huskers’ 31-7 win over Iowa State was certainly no laughing matter.

First, the good news. Nebraska erupted for 24 fourth-quarter points to break a 7-7 tie and down the stubborn Cyclones. The win was the seventh in a row for the Huskers, and combined with Missouri’s 19-14 win over Oklahoma the same afternoon, clinched Nebraska’s first outright Big Eight title in 10 seasons.

Now, the bad news. At some point in the second half, quarterback Turner Gill received what at first appeared to be a relatively minor leg bruise, but one which later that night caused nerve damage in his leg, forcing him to miss the rest of the season, and at least temporarily called in question his athletic future.

In that fourth quarter, though, the Husker rally took place in just 5:20, with the back-breaker a 63-yard punt return TD by Irving Fryar.

H’MAX NOTES: Husker wingback Anthony Steels sang the national anthem before the game and caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. … ISU running back Dwayne Crutchfield rushed for 98 yards in the first half but was held to minus-1 yard in the second half.

Pregame & team info
1981 schedule
04/25 Whites 22, Reds 21
09/12 @ Iowa L 7-10
09/19 Florida St. W 34-14
09/26 Penn St. L 24-30
10/03 Auburn W 17-3
10/10 Colorado W 59-0
10/17 @ Kansas St. W 49-3
10/24 @ Missouri W 6-0
10/31 Kansas W 31-15
11/07 @ Oklahoma St. W 54-7
11/14 Iowa St. W 31-7
11/21 @ Oklahoma W 37-14
01/01 Clemson L 15-22
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