Nebraska 56
Utah St. 12

Sep. 5, 1987 - 1:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Utah St. 0 3 3 6 12
Nebraska 7 21 21 7 56
First Quarter
NEB: Keith Jones 1 run (Chris Drennan kick) 10:31
Second Quarter
NEB: K. Jones 1 run (Drennan kick) 13:43
USU: FG Dean Garner 29, 6:48
NEB: Dana Brinson 57 punt return (Drennan kick) 3:09
NEB: Steve Taylor 44 run (Drennan kick) 1:24 
Third Quarter
USU: FG Garner 26, 12:03
NEB: Taylor 58 run (Drennan kick) 10:19
NEB: K. Jones 13 run (Drennan kick) 7:47
NEB: Rod Smith 80 punt return (Drennan kick) 4:05
Fourth Quarter
NEB: Clete Blakeman 10 run (Drennan kick) 14:54
USU: Timo Tagloa 50 pass from Russ Widerburg (pass failed) 8:36

                      USU      NEB
First downs .......... 14       32
Rushes-yards ..... 29-(-l)  67-515
Passing yards ....... 226       88
  Comp-Att-Int .. 19-46-1   7-19-2
Return-yards ........ 3-7    7-205
Sacks by ............ 1-9     8-59
Punts-avg. ........ 10-40     3-26
Fumbles-lost ........ 2-0      6-3
Penalties-yards .... 4-24     7-75
Possession time ... 29:25    30:35
Third-down conv. ... 2/16     7/12

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Rushing
USU: Scott Munson 4-10, Demetrius Brown 5-8.

NEB: Taylor 9-157, K. Jones 18-118, Ken Clark 7-59, Micah Heibel 7-52.

Passing
USU: Brent Snyder 12-33-1-132, Widerburg 7-13-0-94.

NEB: Taylor 5-14-1-69, Blakeman 1-4-1-11.

Receiving
USU: Kendal Smith 8-101, Brett Payne 2-22, Pat Newman 2-18, Tim Ray 2-17, Tagloa 1-50.

NEB: R. Smith 3-29, Todd Millikan 1-25, Keith Neubert 1-15.

Missed field goals
USU: Garner 42.

ADDITIONAL STATS

Attendance: 75,910

Coverage

Recap

Huskers overpower Aggies

Nebraska was guilty of six fumbles and five turnovers, but the Huskers rolled to a 56-12 win over Utah State as NU amassed 515 rushing yards and held the Aggies to minus-1 yard on the ground.

Steve Taylor broke a 35-year-old school quarterback record by rushing for 157 yards and I-back Keith Jones had 118 yards and three touchdowns rushing. The Husker defense recorded eight quarterback sacks.

Nebraska tied its own Big Eight record with two punt-return touchdowns, 57 yards by Dana Brinson and 80 by Rod Smith.

Recap source: 1988 media guide

 

Rod Smith TD

Rod Smith returns a punt 80 yards for a third-quarter touchdown. | Courtesy of Nebraska Athletics
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Pregame & team info
1987 schedule
04/25 Reds 33, Whites 28
09/05 Utah St. W 56-12
09/12 UCLA W 42-33
09/26 @ Arizona St. W 35-28
10/03 South Carolina W 30-21
10/10 Kansas W 54-2
10/17 @ Oklahoma St. W 35-0
10/24 Kansas St. W 56-3
10/31 @ Missouri W 42-7
11/07 Iowa St. W 42-3
11/21 Oklahoma L 7-17
11/28 @ Colorado W 24-7
01/01 Florida St. L 28-31
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