Nebraska 31
Oregon St. 7

Sept. 29, 1990
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE
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First Quarter
OS: Dwayne Owens 4 pass from Matt Booher (Jamie Burke kick) 7:35
NU: FG Gregg Barrios 22, 2:00
Third Quarter
NU: Scott Baldwin 1 run (Barrios kick) 14:12
Fourth Quarter
NU: Tyrone Hughes 24 pass from Mike Grant (Barrios kick) 13:55
NU: Leodis Flowers 3 run (Barrios kick) 7:24
NU: Baldwin 3 run (Barrios kick) 3:54

                    OSU        NU
First downs           8        35
Rushes-yards      32-29    64-428
Passing yards       104        80
  Comp-Att-Int  13-34-1    5-14-0
Total offense    66-133    78-508
Returns-yards       1-5      5-48
Sacks by            0-0      8-55
Punts-average     10-36      4-37
Fumbles-lost        1-1       3-3
Penalties-yards   10-84      8-90
Time of poss.     29:01     30:59

Oregon State, Reggie Pitchford 4-17, Owens 5-11.

Nebraska, Flowers 16-141, Omar Soto 10-95, Grant 9-49, Baldwin 9-46.

Oregon State, Booher 13-31-0-104.
Nebraska, Grant 4-10-0-71, Mickey Joseph 1-4-0-9.

Oregon State, Maurice Wilson 7-73, Pitchford
3-12. Nebraska, Hughes 2-11.

Missed field goals:
Oregon State, none. Nebraska, Barrios, 49.

Oregon State, none. Nebraska, Tyrone Legette 1-0.

Tackles (UT-AT-TT):
Oregon State, Brent Huff 5-4-9, Earl Zachery 5-3-8, Dennis Edwards 4-3-7, Todd Sahlfeld 2-5-7.

Nebraska, Kenny Walker 5-2-7, Reggie Cooper 4-3-7, Pat Tyrance 3-4-7.

Oregon State, none.
Nebraska, Walker 4-29, Curtis Cotton 1-8, Trev Alberts 1-6, Pat Engelbert 1-6, Dan Svehla 1-6.

Attendance: 76,061

Weather: Overcast, 57 degrees, wind NE 8


Kenny Walker
Kenny Walker created havoc, sacking Oregon State’s quarterback four times.


It wasn’t supposed to be this tough. Eighth-ranked (AP) Nebraska was a prohibitive favorite to demolish winless Oregon State, a team which had been outscored 142-50 by four previous opponents, none of which were top-25 candidates.

However, the Beavers, starting to get healthy after a rash of preseason injuries, held Nebraska to a field goal in the first half as they took a shocking 7-3 halftime lead and extended the Cornhuskers to the limit before finally falling, 31-7. NU upped its record to 4-0 and dropped OSU to 0-5.

Playing before the 172nd-consecutive sellout crowd in Memorial Stadium (76,061), OSU took advantage of a fumbled punt to drive 18 yards to the game’s first score, a 4-yard Matt Booher-to-Dwayne Owens pass with 7:35 left in the first quarter.

Later in the first period Nebraska drove to a first down at the OSU 11, helped by a 43-yard run by fullback Omar Soto, but the drive stalled on the five and the Huskers had to settle for a 22-yard Gregg Barrios field goal, then didn’t manage another first down until the final two minutes of the half.

“So much for 51-point spreads,” NU coach Tom Osborne said. “I told the team at halftime they were on the verge of the biggest embarrassment in the history of the school and possibly the biggest upset of the year if they didn’t get with it.”

The Huskers got with it in a hurry in the second half, taking the opening kickoff and driving 82 yards in three plays to take the lead for good.

1990 schedule
04/28Reds 44, Whites 34
09/01BaylorW 13-0
09/08N. IllinoisW 60-14
09/22MinnesotaW 56-0
09/29Oregon St.W 31-7
10/06@ Kansas St.W 45-8
10/13MissouriW 69-21
10/20Oklahoma St.W 31-3
10/27@ Iowa St.W 45-13
11/03ColoradoL 12-27
11/10@ KansasW 41-9
11/23@ OklahomaL 10-45
01/01Georgia TechL 21-45
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