Huskers corral Buffs, claim division title
Colorado replaced Oklahoma as Nebraska’s post-Thansgiving matchup, and the game was reminiscent of many classic Husker-Sooner tilts.
Nebraska needed a gutty defensive performance to hold on for a 17-12 victory over the inspired Buffs on a rain-soaked Memorial Stadium turf.
Colorado used two first-quarter field goals to take a 6-0 lead on the Huskers, but NU countered with a touchdown on a 21-yard interception return by linebacker Jay Foreman. Nebraska added a second-quarter field goal and touchdown to take a 17-6 advantage into halftime.
But Nebraska was plagued by turnovers in the second half, losing three fumbles. That put constant pressure oo the Husker defense, but the Blackshirts were up to the task. NU held Colorado out of the end zone, giving CU just two second-half field goals to hold on for the five-point victory.
NU’s defense held Colorado to a season-low 51 rushing yards and 277 yards in total offense while sacking CU quarterback Koy Detmer three times and hurrying him another 20.
Rush end Grant Wistrom led the defensive charge with 15 tackles and two sacks, while freshman cornerback Ralph Brown broke up a school-record seven passes. On the offensive side, NU piled up 238 rushing yards, including 123 by freshman I-back DeAngelo Evans.
The victory improved the Huskers to 10-1 overall and 8-0 in the conference. It also gave NU the Big 12’s North Division title and a berth in the first Big 12 Championship game against Texas.
Recap source: 1997 media guide
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