Nebraska 27
Colorado 24

Nov. 28, 1997 • 1:36 p.m. Central
Folsom Field •Boulder, CO • ABC
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First quarter
NU: FG K Brown 25, 4:16
Second quarter
NU: Frost 19 run (K Brown kick) 11:42
CU: FG Aldrich 30, 0:27
Third quarter
NU: Green 16 run (K Brown kick) 14:25
CU: Cherrington 35 pass from Hessler (Aldrich kick) 13:53
NU: Green 11 run (K Brown kick) 10:37
NU: FG K Brown 46, 0:20
Fourth quarter
CU: Stiggers 32 pass from Hessler (Aldrich kick) 3:16
CU: Toler 18 pass from Hessler (Aldrich kick) 2:37

                         NU       CU
First downs ............ 20       20
  Rushing............... 15        5
  Passing................ 5       14
  Penalty................ 0        1
Rushed-yards ....... 58-350    25-93
Passing yards .......... 92      362
  Comp-Att-Int ..... 7-14-0  19-36-2
Total offense ...... 72-442   61-455
Sacked-yards lost ..... 0-0     3-12
Return yards ........... 29        6
Punts .............. 5-38.4   4-39.0
Fumbles-lost .......... 3-2      0-0
Penalties-yards ...... 7-56     7-71
Possession time ..... 33:51    26:09
Third-Down Conv. ..... 6/15     2/10
Fourth-Down Conv. ..... 2/2      1/2

NU: Green 29-202, S Frost 14-76, Makovicka 12-46, Sims 3-26.

CU: Cherrington 10-78, Troutman 8-26, Weisinger 2-minus 4, Hessler 5-minus 7.

NU: S Frost 7-14-0-92.

CU: Hessler 19-35-2-362, Weisinger 0-1-0-0.

NU: Cheatham 2-42, Green 2-minus 8, Davison 1-22, Makovicka 1-21, Wiggins 1-15.

CU: Savoy 6-107, C Anderson 3-39, D Chiaverini 2-54, Stiggers 2-38, Troutman 2-17, T McCarty 1-45, Cherrington 1-35, Toler 1-18, Heffner 1-9.

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Stats & Recap
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Huskers survive Buffaloes’ late surge in Boulder

After missing several opportunities to close the door on Colorado, Nebraska pulled out a 27-24 victory in Boulder to complete an 11-0 regular season.

The defenses held their own in the first half, and Nebraska led 10-3 at intermission.

After halftime, the Huskers struck quickly as Ahman Green burst through the middle for 64 yards, then scored one play later on a 16-yard run.

NU’s two-touchdown lead didn’t last long as Colorado marched 80 yards on two big pass plays. The rest of the third quarter belonged to the Huskers, as Green scored again from 11 yards and Kris Brown added a 46-yard field goal to give NU a 27-10 edge.

With 4:59 left in the game, Nebraska was driving toward a 24-point advantage but fumbled at the CU 23.

The Buffs sprang to life, scoring on a 32-yard pass from John Hessler to Marcus Stiggers, then recovered an onside kick. CU needed four plays to cut the NU lead to three points as Hessler connected with Robert Toler from 18 yards out. Nebraska survived one last CU drive to pull out the win.

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Pregame & team info
1997 schedule
04/26Reds 34, Whites 28
08/30AkronW 59-14
09/13Central FloridaW 38-24
09/20@ WashingtonW 27-14
10/04Kansas St.W 56-26
10/11@ BaylorW 49-21
10/18Texas TechW 29-0
10/25@ KansasW 35-0
11/01OklahomaW 69-7
11/08@ MissouriW 45-38
11/15Iowa St.W 77-14
11/28@ ColoradoW 27-24
12/06Texas A&MW 54-15
01/02TennesseeW 42-17


Colonel Mustard

We have totally lost perspective on things. We are 11-0 and it's not enough, like if we go undefeated and finish second in the nation that the season has been a letdown.


Just when Nebraska was cruising 27-10 and trying to figure out how many more touchdowns it might need to impress the voters watching from their easy chairs, something strange occurred.

Omaha World-Herald

The Huskers had better hope most of those watching with a vote succumbed to too much turkey and stuffing and fell asleep at halftime.

Grand Island Independent

Forget style points. The Huskers were fortunate to survive.

Lincoln Journal Star

There was no national embarrassment, no 77-14 blowout by an undefeated team still in the hunt for a national championship against a team with high hopes and low self-esteem.

Denver Post

For 4 stinking, solitary minutes, Colorado's underachieving football program finally delivered on its promise.

Rocky Mountain News

The Cornhuskers were undermined by a prideful Colorado effort and their own weak link — a sorry pass defense.

Dallas Morning News
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