Huskers corral seventh-ranked Buffs in Boulder
The Huskers scored on their first offensive play and never looked back as second-ranked Nebraska went on the road and soundly defeated No. 7 Colorado, 44-21.
Nebraska began its barrage less than two minutes into the game when freshman running back Ahman Green took an option pitch from quarterback Tommie Frazier and raced 57 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown. Colorado tied the game at 7-7 midway through the first quarter, but the Huskers responded with 14 points to lead 21-7 after a quarter.
Leading 24-14 late in the second period, Frazier orchestrated a perfect drive to end the first half and give Nebraska a comfortable 31-14 lead at intermission.
Nebraska answered Colorado’s final challenge after the Buffaloes closed within 31-21 midway into the third quarter. The Huskers responded with two Kris Brown field goals to lead 37-21 and scored a late touchdown for the final margin.
Frazier passed for a career-high 241 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score. Green was Nebraska’s leading rusher with 97 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns.
The Husker defense was also strong, holding Colorado to 100 fewer yards than the Buffs’ average in total offense, and forcing two key turnovers resulting in 10 Husker points.
The Huskers committed no turnovers for the third straight game and no penalties in a game for the first time since 1976.
Summary condensed from 1996 media guide