UCLA 41
Nebraska 28

Sep. 10, 1988 • 7 p.m. Central
Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA • ABC
1st 2nd 3rd 4th  T 
Nebraska 0 13 7 8 28
UCLA 28 10 3 0 41
First Quarter
UCLA: Charles Arbuckle 57 pass from Troy Aikman (Alfredo Velasco kick) 12:39
UCLA: Shawn Wills 50 run (Velasco kick) 6:38
UCLA: Arbuckle 3 pass from Aikman (Velasco kick) 3:21
UCLA: Darryl Henley 75 punt return (Velasco kick) 1:00
Second Quarter
NEBR: Mark Blazek 75 int. return (Chris Drennan kick) 11:44 
UCLA: David Keating 11 pass from Aikman (Velasco kick) 6:42
UCLA: Velasco 42 field goal, 3:54
NEBR: Morgan Gregory 8 pass from Steve Taylor (kick failed) 1:21
Third Quarter
UCLA: Velasco 34 field goal, 10:41
NEBR: Taylor 1 run (Drennan kick) 6:09
Fourth Quarter
NEBR: Todd Millikan 1 pass from Taylor (Taylor run) 5:32

A-84,086
                         NEBR      UCLA
First downs .............. 21        21
Rushes-yards ......... 41-260    47-233
Passing yards ........... 125       205
  Comp-Att-Int ...... 14-29-3   13-22-1
Total offense ........ 70-385    69-438
Returns-yards .......... 3-90     5-120
Sacks by ................ 2-9       0-0
Punts-avg. ............. 4-43      3-45
Fumbles-lost ............ 2-1       3-0
Penalties-yards ........ 8-70     14-98
Time of possession .... 26:14     33:46
Third-down conv. ....... 6/13      5/14

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Rushing
NEBR: Taylor 14-95, Bryan Carpenter 5-47, Ken Clark 12-46, Dana Brinson 3-40.

UCLA: Eric Ball 35-148, Wills 4-73.

Passing
NEBR: Taylor 14-29-3-125.
UCLA: Aikman 13-22-1-205.

Receiving
NEBR: Gregory 5-57, Brinson 3-15, Clark 2-22, Millikan 2-9.

UCLA: Arbuckle 5-110, Mike Farr 5-35, David Keating 2-28, Corwin Anthony 2-22.

Missed field goals: none.

Interceptions
NEBR: Blazek 1-75.
UCLA: Marcus Turner 1-22, Marcus Patton 1-3, Matt Darby 1-1.

Tackles (UT-AT-TT)
NEBR: Broderick Thomas 8-3-11, LeRoy Etienne 8-1-9, Pat Tyrance 6-2-8.

UCLA: Jim Wahler 5-2-7, Darby 6-0-6, Henley 5-1-6, Chance Johnson 5-1-6, Eric Turner 4-2-6.

Sacks
NEBR: Jeff Mills 1-5, Thomas 1-4.
UCLA: none.

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Bruins stagger Huskers with torrid start

Playing before an ABC national television audience and the fourth-largest crowd ever to see the Huskers play (84,086), second-ranked Nebraska was subjected to the worst first-quarter blitz it had ever seen.

Fifth-ranked UCLA scored on its first three possessions, then tacked on the first punt-return touchdown against NU in 24 years as the Bruins built a 28-0 lead.

The Huskers fought back gamely, but never seriously threatened, despite the fact that quarterback Steve Taylor out-yarded his UCLA counterpart, Troy Aikman, 220-196, in total offense.

NOTES
  • The Bruins’ 41 points were the most allowed by Nebraska since 1968.
  • It was first time since 1964 the Huskers had allowed a punt return for a touchdown.
  • UCLA’s win broke a streak of four consecutive Bruin losses in the series by an average score of 41-17.

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1988 schedule
04/23 Reds 37, Whites 14
08/27 Texas A&M W 23-14
09/03 Utah St. W 63-13
09/10 @ UCLA L 28-41
09/24 Arizona St. W 47-16
10/01 UNLV W 48-6
10/08 @ Kansas W 63-10
10/15 Oklahoma St. W 63-42
10/22 @ Kansas St. W 48-3
10/29 Missouri W 26-18
11/05 @ Iowa St. W 51-16
11/12 Colorado W 7-0
11/19 @ Oklahoma W 7-3
01/02 @ Miami L 3-23
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