Arizona St. 19
Nebraska 0

Sep. 21, 1996 - 9:15 p.m. Central
Sun Devil Stadium | Tempe, AZ | Prime
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 0 0 0 0 0
Arizona St. 9 8 0 2 19

1996 Nebraska-Arizona State photo safetyAhman Green lies on the turf after the first of Arizona State’s three safeties. · Asbury Park Press · Newspapers.com

Jared Tomich
Jared Tomich and the Blackshirts surrendered just one touchdown.
First quarter
ASU: Poole 25 pass from Plummer (Nycz kick) 11:38
ASU: Safety, Green fumbled out of end zone 10:38
Second quarter
ASU: FG Nycz 27, 8:59
ASU: Safety, ball snapped out of end zone, 2:19
ASU: FG Nycz 44, 0:30
Fourth quarter
ASU: Safety, Frost tackled in end zone, 6:43

                        NEB       ASU
First downs              13        22
  By rushing              8         7
  By passing              5        15
  By penalty              0         0
Rushed-yards         44-130    52-109
Passing yards            96       292
  Comp-Att-Int       8-25-0   20-36-1
Total offense        69-226    88-401
  Avg. per play         3.3       4.6
Sacked-yards lost      3-18      6-39
Return yards            118       107
Punts                8-45.9    9-42.7
Fumbles-lost            6-3       0-0
Penalties-yards        5-32      4-56
Time of possession    23:32     36:28
3rd Down Conv.         3-16      6-20
4th Down Conv.          1-1       1-2

RUSHING
NEB: Green 20-87, Benning 6-52, Schuster 4-10, Turman 3-8, Frost 10-minus 7, Team 1-minus 20.

ASU: Martin 26-77, T Battle 9-39, Redmond 6-30, Boyer 1-minus 4, Plummer 10-minus 33.

PASSING
NEB: Frost 6-20-0-66, Turman 2-4-0-30, Benning 0-1-0-0.

ASU: Plummer 20-36-1-292.

RECEIVING
NEB: Holbein 3-26, L Brown 1-22, Green 1-20, Vedral 1-19, Schuster 1-10, Benning 1-minus 1.

ASU: L Jackson 8-105, Poole 3-68, Bush 2-29, Martin 2-17, Redmond 1-31, Mitchell 1-24, Kendall 1-9, Boyer 1-8, T Battle 1-1.

Att: 74,089

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Huskers dealt first loss since ’93 season

Even the best have bad days. Top-ranked Nebraska found that out the hard way when it visited 17th-ranked Arizona State.

A fired-up and opportunistic Sun Devil defense held the Huskers scoreless, while the ASU offense had a big first half en route to a 19-0 win that shocked the college football world.

The Sun Devils set the tone early, marching the opening kickoff 80 yards for a score and a 7-0 lead. Nebraska sputtered on its opening drive and gave up a safety, which gave Arizona State a 9-0 lead. And so it went for the rest of the evening. The Husker offense never got untracked, while ASU took advantage of its scoring opportunities.

The shutout marked the first time in 51 games an NU team was held scoreless, dating back to the 1992 Orange Bowl. The loss also snapped several incredible streaks by the Huskers, including 26 straight wins overall and 37 consecutive regular-season victories.

Linebacker Jamel Williams was a standout in the loss, recording 17 tackles, the most stops by a Husker since 1983. Defensively, the Huskers allowed 401 total yards, but only 103 after halftime. The defense allowed just 13 points as the Sun Devil defense recorded three safeties.

Recap source: 1997 media guide

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1996 schedule
04/20 Reds 20, Whites 17
09/07 Michigan St. W 55-14
09/21 @ Arizona St. L 0-19
09/28 Colorado St. W 65-9
10/05 Kansas St. W 39-3
10/12 Baylor W 49-0
10/19 @ Texas Tech W 24-10
10/26 Kansas W 63-7
11/02 @ Oklahoma W 73-21
11/09 Missouri W 51-7
11/16 @ Iowa St. W 49-14
11/29 Colorado W 17-12
12/07 Texas L 27-37
12/31 Virginia Tech W 41-21

Commentary

Colonel Mustard

ASU gave up 42 points two weeks ago. That's not a championship defense, but we made it look like one.

Shatel

It's time to say it: Maybe this offensive line isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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