Nebraska 42
Utah 30

Sep. 16, 1989 - 1:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Utah 13 3 0 14 30
Nebraska 7 14 7 14 42
First Quarter
UT: Dennis Smith 5 pass from Scott Mitchell (Wayne Lammle kick) 9:24
NU: Gerry Gdowski 8 run (Chris Drennan kick) 4:00
UT: Smith 43 pass from Mitchell (run failed) 1:43
Second Quarter
NU: Gdowski 8 run (Drennan kick) 12:51
NU: Mike Croel 6 INT return (Drennan kick) 11:51
UT: FG Lammle 45, 5:16
Third Quarter 
NU: Ken Clark 1 run (Drennan kick) 6:57
Fourth Quarter
NU: Bryan Carpenter 29 run (Drennan kick) 14:55
NU: Gdowski 4 run (Gregg Barrios kick) 10:48 
UT: Darrel Hicks 1 pass from Mitchell (run failed) 3:38
UT: Bryan Rowley 20 pass from Mitchell (Steve Abrams pass from Mitchell) 0:00

                          UT       NU
First downs ............. 25       23
  Rushing ................ 8       21
  Passing ............... 13        2
  Penalty ................ 4        0
Rushes-yards ........ 31-105   59-442
Passing yards .......... 297       27
  Comp-Att-Int ..... 26-44-3    3-7-1
Total offense ....... 75-402   66-469
Returns-yards ......... 2-17     5-28
Sacks by ............... 0-0     4-34
Punts-avg. ............ 4-48     3-37
Fumbles-lost ........... 2-0      2-1
Penalties-yards ...... 11-70     7-60
Possession time ...... 28:37    31:23
Third-down conv. ...... 6/15      2-9
Fourth-down conv. ...... 0/0      2/3

Rushing
UT: Clifton Smith 17-82, Abrams 5-39.
NU: Clark 22-130, Carpenter 5-102, Gdowski 15-98, Richard Bell 4-38, Nate Turner 3-34, Leodis Flowers 5-21, Sam Schmidt 3-10, Jerry Dunlap 1-1, Tyrone Hughes 1-(-2).

Passing
UT: Mitchell 26-44-3-297.
NU: Gdowski 3-6-0-27, Keithen McCant 0-1-1 0.

Receiving
UT: C. Smith 7-62, D. Smith 6-84, Rowley 4-72, Hicks 3-28, Mike Anglesey 2-28, Abrams 2-13, Dean Witkin 1-11, Steve Sigloch 1-(-1).

NU: Morgan Gregory 2-25, Richard Bell 1-2.

Attendance: 76,333

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Reggie Cooper

Reggie Cooper breaks up a pass, one of 44 thrown by Utah’s Scott Mitchell. | Courtesy of Nebraska Athletics

Huskers pull away from Utes in second half

Nebraska broke open another close game with a quick second-half start and went on to top a determined Utah team, 42-30.

Behind the passing of quarterback Scott Mitchell, the Utes pressed the Huskers at intermission, 21-16, but NU scored touchdowns on its first three possessions of the second half to break the game open. The Huskers drove 85 and 69 yards to score, then a Tyrone Byrd interception set up an 18-yard drive that gave them a 42-16 lead with 10:48 left.

Utah scored twice in the final four minutes to make the final score more respectable.

Recap source: 1990 media guide

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Pregame & team info
1989 schedule
04/29 White 40, Red 28  
09/09 No. Ill.   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 @Okla. 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 Fla. St.   L 17-41
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