Huskers prevail in sloppy showdown
In a showdown of Big 12 division leaders, Nebraska and Texas Tech did their best to aid the other team’s cause.
The fifth-ranked Huskers committed a season-high five turnovers and were flagged for 11 penalties, their most in five seasons. However, Texas Tech was unable to capitalize on Nebraska’s uncharacteristic sloppy play. The Red Raiders committed three turnovers of their own, and Nebraska pulled out a 24-10 victory.
It didn’t take long for NU to take advantage of a Red Raider error. Heisman candidate Byron Hanspard fumbled on the first play from scrimmage, and Husker linebacker Terrell Farley scooped up the ball and ran 21 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 NU lead. The score, which came just seven seconds into the game, established a Nebraska school record for the quickest score in a game.
Tech responded with a defensive TD of its own, as Robert Johnson returned a Scott Frost pass nine yards for a score. The teams traded field goals in the second quarter and were tied 10-10 at the half. In the second half, NU overcame its own mistakes to pull away for a 24-10 victory.
Offensively, NU was led by I-back Ahman Green, who carried 19 times for 76 yards. The defense was paced by Jon Hesse, who had 11 tackles, four for losses, and a blocked punt; he was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.
The Husker defense held Hanspard, the nation’s leading rusher, to 107 yards on 31 carries, more than 100 yards under his season average. The Blackshirts extended their streak without allowing a TD to 14 quarters.
Recap source: 1997 media guide