Nebraska 40
Colorado 14

Oct. 9, 1982 - 2:30 p.m. Central
Folsom Field | Boulder, CO
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 7 13 0 20 40
Colorado 0 0 14 0 14
First quarter
NU: Doug Wilkening 3 run (Kevin Seibel kick) 6:05
Second quarter
NU: Roger Craig 1 run (Seibel kick) 8:48
NU: Seibel 26 field goal, 0:51
NU: Seibel 31 field goal, 0:00
Third quarter
CU: Richard Johnson 37 pass from Randy Essington (Tom Field kick) 8:09
CU: Johnson 24 run (Field kick) 0:22
Fourth quarter
NU: Mike Rozier 6 pass from Turner Gill (pass failed) 8:26
NU: Rozier 11 run (Seibel kick) 8:09
NU: Jeff Smith 1 run (Seibel kick) 4:43

                        NU         CU 
First downs ........... 31         21
Rushes-yards ...... 73-446      23-81  
Passing yards ......... 68        361  
  Comp-Att-Int ...  6-15-1    24-51-2
Total offense ..... 88-514     47-442
Return yards .......... 39         19  
Punts ............. 4-40.5     5-43.4  
Fumbles-lost ......... 4-0        3-1  
Penalties-yards ..... 4-30       4-45  
Possession time .... 36:34      23:26
Third-down conv. .... 5/14       7/13
Fourth-down conv. .... 2/3        1/4

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Rushing
NU: Rozier 32-212, Gill 13-69, Craig 13-67, Wilkening 6-31, Smith 3-24, Simmons 1-19.

CU: Lee Rouson 8-41, Johnson 2-31, Egging 2-11.

Passing
NU: Gill 15-6-1-68.
CU: Essington 51-24-2-361.

Receiving
NU: Todd Brown 1-20, Mitch Krenk 1-12, Ricky Simmons 1-12, Craig 1-11.

CU: Donnie Holmes 7-107, Dave Hestera 6-105, Chris McLemore 5-41, Johnson 3-76, Campbell 1-14

ADDITIONAL STATS

Attendance: 53,022

Coverage

Recap

Buffs give Huskers a fight before falling

New Colorado Coach Bill McCartney began pointing his team toward its Big Eight opener against Nebraska almost from the moment he was hired. Critics scoffed, and appeared well-justified when the high-powered Huskers rolled to a 20-0 halftime lead over the underdog Buffs.

However, fired-up Colorado scored two third-quarter touchdowns to cut Nebraska’s lead to a scary 20-14, and, if that wasn’t enough, the Huskers nearly fumbled away the ensuing kickoff inside their own nine.

NU righted itself, though, drove 91 yards in 16 plays to go back up 26-14 midway in the final quarter, then took advantage of two interceptions by linebacker Steve Damkroger — the only ones of his career — to put together two short drives and ice the game.

“I told our players at halftime that it wasn’t over,” said a relieved Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne. “This is the best Colorado team we’ve faced in years.”

H’MAX NOTES: Nebraska I-back Mike Rozier topped 200 yards rushing for the first time, picking up 212 yards on 32 carries. … CU quarterback Randy Essington passed for 361 yards, eclipsing the NU opponent record of 321 by Miami’s George Mira in the 1962 Gotham Bowl.

Recap source: 1983 media guide

Game stories
Pregame & team info
1982 schedule
04/24 Red 24, White 9
09/11 Iowa W 42-7
09/18 New Mexico St. W 68-0
09/25 @ Penn St. L 24-27
10/02 @ Auburn W 41-7
10/09 @ Colorado W 40-14
10/16 Kansas St. W 42-13
10/23 Missouri W 23-19
10/30 @ Kansas W 52-0
11/06 Oklahoma St. W 48-10
11/13 @ Iowa St. W 48-10
11/26 Oklahoma W 28-24
12/04 @ Hawaii W 37-16
01/01 LSU W 21-20
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