Nebraska 14

Sept. 18, 1993 • 2:30 p.m. Central
Rose Bowl •Pasadena, CA • ABC
1st2nd3rd4th F 
First Quarter
UCLA: Bjorn Merten 39 field goal, 0:13
Second Quarter
UCLA: Skip Hicks 6 run (Merten kick) 6:06
NEBR: Lawrence Phillips 5 run (Byron Bennett kick) 2:54
Third Quarter
NEBR: Gerald Armstrong 11 pass from Tommie Frazier (Bennett kick) 6:56
Fourth Quarter
UCLA: Merten 27 field goal, 12:22

                       NEBR     UCLA
First downs ............ 22       19
Rushes-yards ....... 49-208   43-192
Passing yards ......... 145      134
 Comp-Att-Int ..... 13-19-1  11-22-0
Total offense ...... 68-353   65-326
Returns-yards ........ 3-21      2-6
Sacks by ............. 6-33      1-7
Punts-average ...... 3-44.0   6-40.5
Fumbles-lost .......... 4-3      1-0
Penalties-yards ...... 5-45     7-67
Possession time ..... 28:00    32:00
Third-down conv. ..... 7/15     4/13
Fourth-down conv. ..... 0/0      0/0

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NEBR: Lawrence Phillips 28-137; Tommie Frazier 9-33; Cory Schlesinger 5-20; Damon Benning 7-18.

UCLA: Skip Hicks 19-148; Sharmon Shah 10-56. 

NEBR: Frazier 13-19-1-145.
UCLA: Wayne Cook 11-22-0-134.

NEBR: Abdul Muhammad 3-38; Reggie Baul 3-20; Gerald Armstrong 2-42; Trumane Bell 2-37.

UCLA: J.J. Stokes 6-65; Kevin Jordan 3-45; Mike Nguyen 2-24.

NEBR: Bennett, 44.
UCLA: Merten, 53, 44.

NEBR: None.
UCLA: Tommy Bennett 1-0.

NEBR: Toby Wright 11-2-13; Trev Alberts 10-2-12; Barron Miles 6-1-7.

UCLA: Travis Collier 7-2-9; Marvin Goodwin 6-2-8; Jamir Miller 4-4-8.

NEBR: Alberts 2-3; Bruce Moore 1½-12; Terry Connealy 1½-9; Ed Stewart 1-9

Attendance: 50,299


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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

Game stories
Pregame & team info
1993 schedule
04/24Red 29, White 8
09/04North TexasW 76-14
09/11Texas TechW 50-27
09/18@ UCLAW 14-13
09/25Colorado St.W 48-13
10/07@ Oklahoma St.W 27-13
10/16Kansas St.W 45-28
10/23MissouriW 49-7
10/30@ ColoradoW 21-17
11/06@ KansasW 21-20
11/13Iowa St.W 49-17
11/26OklahomaW 21-7
01/01Florida St.L 16-18
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