Penn State tight end Kirk Bowman made a miraculous catch of a low Todd Blackledge pass deep in the Nebraska end zone with just four seconds left to lift the Lions to a 27-24 win over the Huskers, sending a Beaver Stadium record crowd of 85,304 into a frenzy.
Thanks to a series of Nebraska errors, the Lions controlled the early stages of the game and led, 21-7, just into the third period before the Huskers started to rally.
NU had pulled within 21-17 in the fourth quarter when quarterback Turner Gill, playing before the largest regular-season crowd ever to see Nebraska play and a national CBS-TV audience, guided the Huskers 80 yards in 13 plays in a drive that consumed 6:50, capping the drive himself on a 1-yard run with 1:18 left — only to see Blackledge take the Lions 65 yards in 10 plays.
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