Nebraska 52
Illinois 25

Sep. 21, 1985 - 1:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Illinois 0 10 0 15 25
Nebraska 14 10 21 7 52
First Quarter
NEB: Doug DuBose 1 run (Craig Schnitzler kick) 12:12
NEB: Chris Carr 56 interception return (C. Schnitzler kick) 10:12
Second Quarter
NEB: FG C. Schnitzler 35, 14:22
ILL: FG Chris White 42, 11:44
ILL: Cap Boso 5 pass from Jack Trudeau (White kick) 1:25
NEB: DuBose 1 run (C. Schnitzler kick) 0:28
Third Quarter
NEB: DuBose 49 run (C. Schnitzler kick) 12:52
NEB: Von Sheppard 12 run (C. Schnitzler kick) 3:16
NEB: Robb Schnitzler 9 pass from Travis Turner (C. Schnitzler kick) 0:27
Fourth Quarter
ILL: Boso 4 pass from Trudeau (David Williams pass from Trudeau) 12:54
ILL: Stephen Pierce 4 pass from Trudeau (White kick) 10:02
NEB: Chris Spachman 38 int. return (C. Schnitzler kick) 3:48

                         ILL       NEB
First downs               19        27    
Rushes-yards           30-98    74-456
Passing yards            292       110
Return yards               4       137
  Comp-Att-Int       29-51-4    3-10-1
Total offense         81-390    84-566
Sacks by                2-12      4-19
Punts                   6-41      4-32
Fumbles-lost             4-3       5-2
Penalties-yards         4-25      3-34
Time of possession     26:40     33:20

RUSHING
ILL: Thomas Rooks 11-66, Eric Wycoff 6-28

NEB: DuBose 26-191, Tom Rathman 13-74, McCathorn Clayton 17-69, Paul Miles 8-53

PASSING
ILL: Trudeau 29-51-4-292.
NEB: Clayton 1-5-1-64, Turner 2-5-0-46

RECEIVING
ILL: D. Williams 7-119, Pierce 7-51, Boso 4-44, Rooks 3-16, Ray Wilson 3-16, Anthony Williams 2-33, Keith Jones 2-7

NEB: R. Schnitzler 2-73, Sheppard 1-37

Missed field goals: Neb, C. Schnitzler 39

ADDITIONAL STATS

Attendance: 76,149

Coverage

Recap
Chris Spachman INT return
Chris Spachman gets in on the scoring with a 38-yard interception return in the fourth quarter.

Husker thefts deflate Illinois’ air attack

McCathorn Clayton’s 64-yard pass to Robb Schnitzler late in the first half cooled an Illinois rally and spurred Nebraska to a 52-25 win over the Illini.

Illinois seemed to have momentum going its way just before halftime, having narrowed a 17-0 deficit to 17-10, but the Clayton-Schnitzler aerial set up a Doug DuBose touchdown in the final minute of the first half, starting a run of 28 unanswered points for Nebraska.

The Husker defense picked off four of Illinois quarterback Jack Trudeau’s 51 passes and returned two of them for touchdowns. Although the Illini gained 390 total yards, they were held to 98 yards rushing, including minus-5 in the second half.

1985 Nebraska-Illinois, Trudeau & KnoxTrudeau tries to get a pass over Nebraska linebacker Mike Knox. · Chicago Tribune · Newspapers.com

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Pregame & team info
1985 schedule
04/27 Reds 26, Whites 21
09/07 Florida St. L 13-17
09/21 Illinois W 52-25
09/28 Oregon W 63-0
10/05 New Mexico W 38-7
10/12 @ Oklahoma St. W 34-24
10/19 @ Missouri W 28-20
10/26 Colorado W 17-7
11/02 @ Kansas St. W 41-3
11/09 Iowa St. W 49-0
11/16 Kansas W 56-6
11/23 @ Oklahoma L 7-27
01/01 Michigan L 23-27
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