Huskers fend off challenge from Golden Knights
The Golden Knights rode the strong right arm of Daunte Culpepper and a fleet of speedy receivers to a 17-14 halftime lead over No. 6 Nebraska. In the third quarter, Nebraska responded to the UCF challenge, scoring 17 unanswered points to open a two-touchdown lead.
Kris Brown connected on a 21-yard field goal early in the third quarter to tie the game and true freshman I-back Correll Buckhalter had scoring runs of 13 and five yards to give the Huskers the 14-point lead.
Central Florida gave the Huskers a late scare, scoring with just over seven minutes remaining to cut the Nebraska lead to 31-24. However, the Huskers marched 69 yards in eight plays for the clinching touchdown run by Scott Frost, giving NU a 38-24 win.
Nebraska’s offense rolled up 514 yards in total offense, including 364 on the ground. Ahman Green rushed for 113 yards on 25 carries, while Buckhalter added 82 yards and two scores. Frost threw for 120 yards and a second-quarter touchdown to tight end Sheldon Jackson.
On the defensive side, rover Mike Brown led the Huskers with nine tackles, while Jason Peter had 1½ sacks and Grant Wistrom also got to the Central Florida quarterback. Culpepper finished with 318 yards passing on a 24-of-35 performance.
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