Nebraska 60
N. Illinois 14

Sep. 8, 1990 - 1:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
N. Illinois 8 3 3 0 14
Nebraska 16 10 13 21 60
First Quarter
NEB: Mickey Joseph 1 run (Gregg Barrios kick) 12:59
NEB: Safety, Stacey Robinson tackled in end zone, 8:22
NEB: Chris Garrett 20 pass from Joseph (Barrios kick) 5:32
NIU: Adam Dach 48 run (Robinson run) 1:47
Second Quarter
NIU: FG John Ivanic 42, 9:33
NEB: Leodis Flowers 1 run (Barrios kick) 2:40
NEB: FG Barrios 32, 0:01
Third Quarter
NIU: FG Ivanic 34, 11:18
NEB: Omar Soto 8 run (Barrios kick blocked) 5:29
NEB: Tim Johnk 13 run (Barrios kick) 0:29
Fourth Quarter
NEB: Derek Brown 1 run (Barrios kick) 13:27
NEB: Brown 59 run (Byron Bennett kick) 10:34
NEB: Robert Glantz 12 run (Bennett kick) 5:53

                       NIU       NU
First downs             14       30
Rushes-yards        48-197   66-424
Passing yards           98      125
Returns-yards          1-0     5-51
Passes             10-17-1   6-14-1
Sacks by               0-0      1-4
Punts-average         5-38     1-42
Fumbles-lost           3-2      3-1
Penalties-yards       6-37     1-15
Possession time      31:39    28:31

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Rushing:
NIU, Dach 13-89, Robinson 20-58. 
NEB, Flowers 21-124, Joseph 11-75, Brown 5-72, Soto 9-52.

Passing:
NIU, Robinson 10-1-1-98.
NEB, Joseph 4-11-1-103.

Receiving:
NIU, Brett Schroeder 4-18, Steve Rodgers 3-67.
NEB, Jon Bostick 2-66.

Missed field goals: none.

Interceptions:
NIU, Rich Favor 1-0.
NEB, Tyrone Byrd 1-27.

Tackles (UT-AT-TT):
NIU, Steve Henriksen 6-4-10, Nick Jones 5-5-10, Kurt Cassidy 5-2-7, Earl Upton 4-3-7.
NEB, Pat Tyrance 4-5-9, Reggie Cooper 4-4-8, Le Andre Anderson 3-3-6, Kenny Walker 2-4-6.

Sacks:
NIU, none.
NEB, Mike Croel 1-4.

ADDITIONAL STATS

Attendance: 76,043

Weather: clear, 85 degrees, wind N 6.

Coverage

Recap
Pat TyrancePat Tyrance was the Huskers’ leading tackler.

Offense rebounds as Huskers roll after halftime

After being held to just 13 points and one touchdown by Baylor in the opener the week before, Nebraska’s offense exploded for eight touchdowns against Northern Illinois in blasting the Huskies, 60-14.

The 10th-ranked (AP) Cornhuskers upped their record to 2-0 and spread the wealth around, as seven different players got into the NIU end zone, including four who scored their first career touchdowns – fullbacks Omar Soto, Tim Johnk and Robert Glantz, and freshman I-back Derek Brown, who scored on a 1-yard run on his first career carry early in the fourth quarter, then outran the Huskie defense on a 59-yard sprint moments later.

The Huskers, however, had a game on their hands for nearly three quarters, despite the onesided final. Nebraska didn’t let NIU forge a halftime tie, as had happened in 1989 (17-17), but the Huskies threatened to do just as well, if not better.

NU jumped to a 16-0 lead in the first 10 minutes on a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Mickey Joseph, a safety, and a 20-yard Joseph-to-Chris Garrett TD pass. But Northern Illinois, 1-1 and coached by former Nebraska assistant Jerry Pettibone, bounced right back as fullback Adam Dach got the Huskies on the board with a 48-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Stacey Robinson ran for a 2-point conversion, then engineered an 11-play, 59-yard drive that ended in a 42-yard John Ivanic field goal, cutting Nebraska’s lead to a precarious 16-11 with 9:33 before halftime. The field goal also made Ivanic NIU’s all-time leading scorer at 205 career points.

After that, though, it was almost all Nebraska. The Huskers scored 10 points in the final three minutes of the half to go up 26-11, and, after Ivanic cut it to 26-14 early in the second half, NU ran off 34 unanswered points in the game’s final 21 minutes.

Game stories
Pregame & team info
1990 schedule
04/28 Reds 44, Whites 34
09/01 Baylor W 13-0
09/08 N. Illinois W 60-14
09/22 Minnesota W 56-0
09/29 Oregon St. W 31-7
10/06 @ Kansas St. W 45-8
10/13 Missouri W 69-21
10/20 Oklahoma St. W 31-3
10/27 @ Iowa St. W 45-13
11/03 Colorado L 12-27
11/10 @ Kansas W 41-9
11/23 @ Oklahoma L 10-45
01/01 Georgia Tech L 21-45
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