Michigan 27
Nebraska 23

Jan. 1, 1986 - 12:30 p.m. Central
Fiesta Bowl | Tempe, AZ | NBC
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 0 14 0 9 23
Michigan 3 0 24 0 27
First Quarter
UM: FG Pat Moons 42, 3:41
Second Quarter
NU: Doug DuBose 5 pass from McCathorn Clayton (Dale Klein kick) 14:22
NU: DuBose 3 run (Klein kick) 3:51
Third Quarter
UM: Gerald White 1 run (Moons kick) 12:57
UM: Jim Harbaugh 1 run (Moons kick) 10:43
UM: FG Moons 19, 6:42
UM: Harbaugh 2 run (Moons kick) 1:537
Fourth Quarter
NU: Steve Taylor 1 run (Klein kick) 2:29
NU: Safety, Monte Robbins ran out of end zone, 1:22

A-72,454
                        NU       UM
First downs             20       16
  By rushing            16        9
  By passing             3        5
  By penalty             1        2
Rushes-yards        60-304   49-171
Passing yards           66       63
  Comp-Att-Int      6-15-1   6-16-0
Total offense       75-370   65-234
Sacks by               1-4     3-24
Punts-Avg.          3-40.3   5-43.8
Return Yds.             20        3
Fumbles-lost           6-3      2-0
Penalties-yards       7-46     8-43
Time of possession   32:01    27:59

RUSHING
NU: DuBose 17-99, Taylor 10-76, Clayton 14-68, Rathman 9-47, Sheppard 7-13, Kaelin 1-1, Jones 2-0.

UM: Morris 22-156, White 13-38, Perryman 2-1; Robbins 1-minus-4, Harbaugh 11-minus-20.

PASSING
NU: Clayton 4-6-0-51, Taylor 2-9-1-15.

UM: Harbaugh 6-15-0-63, Jokisch 1-0-0 0.

RECEIVING
NU: Frain 3-46, Smith 1-8, Sheppard 1-7, DuBose 1-5.

UM: Kattus 3-38, Morris 2-10, Jokisch 1-15.

Missed field goals: None.

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Recap
Freshman QB Steve Taylor led a fourth-quarter comeback that came up short.

Third-quarter miscues spell trouble in Tempe

Michigan took full advantage of a spate of Nebraska errors in the third quarter to score 24 unanswered points and turn a 14-3 halftime deficit into a 27-23 win over NU in the Fiesta Bowl.

Nebraska led at halftime on a pair of second-quarter TDs by Doug DuBose — a 5-yard pass from McCathorn Clayton and a 3-yard run — but disaster struck soon and often after Michigan kicked off to start the second half.

On the Huskers’ third offensive play, Wolverine linebacker Jeff Akers pounced on a DuBose fumble at the Husker 21. Four plays later, Gerald White went over the top from a yard out to cut the Nebraska lead to 14-10. Two plays after the ensuing kickoff, Clayton fumbled and the Wolverines recovered at the Husker 38. Five plays later, quarterback Jim Harbaugh scored on a 1-yard keeper to give Michigan the lead for good at 17-14 after just 4:17 of the second half.

The Huskers managed a first down on their next possession but stalled at their 35. Dan Wingard’s punt was blocked and recovered by Michigan at the Husker 6. Nebraska’s Blackshirt defense held, but Pat Moons kicked a 19-yard field goal that upped Michigan’s lead to 20-14 with 6:42 left in the third period.

Coach Bo Schembechler’s team got the ball back later in the quarter and took advantage of two Husker pass interference penalties to drive 52 yards for what proved to be an insurmountable 27-14 lead.

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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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