Taylor torches Bruins for five touchdown passes
Steve Taylor threw five touchdown passes to lead No. 2 Nebraska to a 42-33 win over No. 3 UCLA before the Huskers’ 150th consecutive home sellout crowd.
With two of the top three teams meeting in Lincoln for the first time, Taylor compensated for the Huskers’ 117-yard rushing attack and led NU to a 42-17 lead late in the game.
Taylor’s five scoring passes tied the Big Eight record set in 1938 by basketball coach-to-be Ralph Miller, for Kansas vs. Washburn. UCLA’s Gaston Green scored three touchdowns but was held to 46 yards rushing.
In a game that featured 10 touchdowns and 75 points, both offenses struggled early. Green gave UCLA a 7-0 advantage with a four-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. Nebraska answered with a touchdown of its own 2:44 into the second quarter when Taylor found Tom Banderas in the end zone on a nine-yard pass.
The Huskers took the lead for good less than five minutes later when Taylor and Ken Clark hooked up for an 11-yard touchdown strike. UCLA cut the lead to 14-10 with a 23-yard field goal with 57 seconds left until intermission.
In the second half, the Huskers exploded. Clark scored his second touchdown of the game — and Nebraska’s lone rushing TD — on a one-yard plunge just 1:51 into the third quarter. The Huskers scored again less than two minutes later when Taylor found Rod Smith for a 48-yard touchdown strike.
Recap source: Nebraska Athletics