Error-prone Huskers rally past Bruins
Approximately 12,000 Husker fans cheered Nebraska to a 14-13 victory in the Rose Bowl as NU posted its second come-from-behind win in as many weeks.
UCLA scored first on a 39-yard field goal followed by a 6-yard rushing TD by freshman Skip Hicks, but then-No. 8/6 (AP/coaches) Nebraska came back. True freshman Lawrence Phillips came off the bench for starter Damon Benning and rushed for a 5-yard score with less than three minutes remaining in the second quarter, and NU went into the locker room down 10-7.
The Husker Blackshirts forced UCLA to punt four times in the second half and held the Bruins to a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, while the NU offense overcame four turnovers on the day (three in UCLA territory) and put together an 80-yard drive capped by an 11-yard TD strike from Tommie Frazier to tight end Gerald Armstrong to go up 14-10 with 6:56 left in the third.
Phillips, a West Covina, Calif., native, became the third Husker I-back in as many games to rush for over 100 yards.
Frazier, despite being hobbled by the sprained ankle, rushed for 33 yards and completed 13 of 19 passes for 145 yards. The Huskers’ “Itty-Bitty Committee” of 5-foot-9 and under receivers combined for eight receptions for 65 yards, including 3-38 by California native Abdul Muhammad and a career-high 3-20 by Reggie Baul.
Defensively, rover Toby Wright had a team-high 13 tackles while Trev Alberts was named the ABC Chevrolet Nebraska Player of the Game as well as the Sports Illustrated Defensive Player of the Week for his performance: 12 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, a pass breakup and two QB hurries.
Although NU was minus-four on turnovers, the Husker defense did not allow the Bruins to convert any to points.
UCLA dropped to 0-2 but finished the season 8-3 and headed to the Rose Bowl for the first time in eight years. Nebraska was one of two teams on the year to hold All-America receiver J.J. Stokes scoreless.
Recap source: 1994 media guide