Colorado 27
Nebraska 21

Nov. 4, 1989 - 1:30 p.m. Central
Folsom Field | Boulder, CO | CBS
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 7 7 7 0 21
Colorado 14 3 7 3 27
First Quarter
NU: Bryan Carpenter 51 pass from Gerry Gdowski (Gregg Barrios kick) 13:30 
CU: J.J. Flannigan 70 run (Ken Culbertson kick) 8:22 
CU: Darian Hagan 1 run (Culbertson kick) 5:04
Second Quarter
NU: Morgan Gregory 12 pass from Gdowski (Barrios kick) 11:33
CU: Culbertson 49 field goal, 0:12
Third Quarter
CU: Flannigan 2 run (Culbertson kick) 8:00
NU: Chris Garrett 26 pass from Gdowski (Barrios kick) 1:04
Fourth Quarter
CU: Culbertson 28 field goal, 8:47

                         NU        CU
First downs ............ 19        13
Rushes-yards ....... 43-186    47-205
Passing yards ......... 211        22
  Comp-Att-Int..... 11-27-0    2-10-1
Total offense .......70-397    57-227
Returns-yards ........ 3-23     3-108
Sacks by ............. 3-20       1-4
Punts-avg. ........... 6-38      5-51
Fumbles-lost .......... 1-0       2-0
Penalities-yards ..... 6-47      4-20
Possession time ..... 31:12     28:48
Third-down conv. ..... 8/17      7/15
Fourth-down conv. ..... 2/3       0/0

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INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Rushing
NU: Ken Clark 21-95, Gdowski 11-69, Carpenter 7-12, Richard Bell 2-5, Nate Turner 2-5.
CU: Flannigan 18-96, Hagan 25-86, Hemingway 3-14, Kissick 1-9.

Passing
NU: Gdowski 11-27-0-211. CU: Hagan 2-10-1-22.

Receiving
NU: Gregory 5-77, Carpenter 2-66, Bell 2-33, Garrett 1-26, Kratzenstein 1-9.

CU: John Perak 1-13, Hemingway 1-9.

Missed field goals: none.

Interceptions
NU: Tyrone Byrd 1-0. CU: none.

Tackles (UT-AT-TT)
NU: Byrd 5-3-8, Jeff Mills 4-4-8, Mike Murray 5-27, Pat Tyrance 3-4-7.

CU: Michael Jones 5-6-11, Tim James 6-4-10, Joel Steed 4-4-8.

Sacks
NU: Kenny Walker 1-9, Kent Wells 1-7, Mike Croel 1-4.

CU: Kanavis McGhee 1-4.

Attendance: 52,877.

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1989 Nebraska-Colorado photoNebraska’s Tahaun Lewis breaks up a pass intended for Jeff Campbell.The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, Colo.) • Newspapers.com

Buffs prevail in battle of two top-3 teams

Gerry Gdowski’s pass intended for Jon Bostick in the end zone on the last play of the game was deflected by Colorado’s Dave McCloughan, preserving the second-ranked Buffaloes’ 27-21 win over third-ranked Nebraska and leaving CU all alone at the top of the Big Eight standings.

Gdowski, who threw three touchdown passes and racked up 280 total-offense yards, had driven the Huskers from the NU 12 to the CU 42 in the last 1:40 before the last-ditch pass fell incomplete.

Nebraska opened the scoring with a 51-yard touchdown on a screen pass from Gdowski to fullback Bryan Carpenter. Colorado tied it up five minutes later when halfback J.J. Flannigan scored on a 70-yard run.

A key moment came in the third quarter when a red-zone interception by Nebraska was ruled interference and a subsequent Colorado touchdown gave the Buffaloes a 10-point lead. Late in the quarter, the Huskers pulled within three with a pass from Gdowski to Chris Garrett, but Colorado kept Nebraska off the board in the final period and added a field goal for the final six-point margin.

Recap source: 1990 media guide

 

1989 Nebraska-Colorado photoNebraska’s Mike Murray brings down Colorado quarterback Darian Hagan.York Sunday News (York, Pa.) • Newspapers.com

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1989 schedule
04/29 White 40, Red 28
09/09 N. Illinois W 48-17
09/16 Utah W 42-30
09/23 @ Minnesota W 48-0
09/30 Oregon St. W 35-7
10/07 Kansas St. W 58-7
10/14 @ Missouri W 50-7
10/21 @ Oklahoma St. W 48-23
10/28 Iowa St. W 49-17
11/04 @ Colorado L 21-27
11/11 Kansas W 51-14
11/18 Oklahoma W 42-25
01/01 Florida St. L 17-41
Gerry Gdowski on the run
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