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Huskers roll after spate of early miscues
Nebraska fumbled four times and lost three in the first half and led stubborn Wyoming by just 14-7 at halftime, but the Huskers righted themselves with three third-quarter touchdowns and went on to down the Cowboys, 42-7, in the 1984 season opener for both teams.
New starters Jeff Smith at I-back and Tom Rathman at fullback paced a 440-yard Nebraska rushing attack, Smith picking up 170 for the second-best opening-game performance at Nebraska in the Bob Devaney-Tom Osborne era. Rathman gained 108 yards, the most for a Husker fullback since Andra Franklin’s 122 yards against Oklahoma in 1980.
Nebraska outyarded the Cowboys 559-202 and racked up 34 first downs to Wyoming’s 11. Eighty-five Huskers played, including five quarterbacks. Thirteen Nebraska backs had carries.