Nebraska 38
UAB 7

Sep. 5, 1998 - 12:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
UAB 0 7 0 0 7
Nebraska 7 14 0 17 38
First quarter
NEB: Makovicka 3 run (K Brown kick) 4:37
Second quarter
NEB: S Jackson 15 pass from Crouch (Brown kick) 11:27
UAB: Miles 2 run (Arians kick) 3:45
NEB: Crouch 11 run (Brown kick) 0:09
Fourth quarter
NEB: Brown 27 field goal, 10:13
NEB: Crouch 59 run (Brown kick) 5:47
NEB: Wistrom 63 pass from Christo (Brown kick) 2:19

                             UAB      NEB
FIRST DOWNS.................. 16       22
  Rushing.................... 11       13
  Passing..................... 3        7
  Penalty..................... 2        2
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)....... 46-154   43-236
PASSING YDS (NET)............ 56      208
  Att-Comp-Int........... 18-8-0  21-15-0
TOTAL OFFENSE............ 64-210   64-444
Punt Returns-Yards......... 1-12     3-51
Kickoff Returns-Yards...... 5-97     2-45
Int. Returns-Yards.......... 0-0      0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)....... 7-39.1   3-47.7
Fumbles-Lost................ 4-0      2-1
Penalties-Yards........... 11-81     8-68
Possession Time........... 33:59    26:01
Sacks By: Number-Yards...... 0-0     3-19


RUSHING
UAB: D.Dixon 16-50; O.Miles 8-33; B.Anderson 7-30; K.Rea 3-15; L.Foster 4-13; P.Coleman 1-10; M.Gallery 1-2; L.Jolly 6-1.

NEB: C.Buckhalter 19-96; E.Crouch 7-69; J.Makovicka 8-27; D.Alexander 3-23; S.Wiggins 2-12; M.Christo 3-11; F.London 1-minus 2.

PASSING
UAB: D.Dixon 8-15-0-56; L.Jolly 0-3-0-0.
NEB: E.Crouch 11-17-0-127; M.Christo 4-4-0-81.

RECEIVING
UAB: Q.Troupe 2-20; B.Anderson 1-15; D.Johnson 1-9; U.Crosby 1-7; J.Arrington 1-4; L.Foster 1-1; O.Miles 1-0.

NEB: K.Cheatham 4-37; S.Jackson 3-33; C.Buckhalter 3-18; T.Wistrom 1-63; S.Wiggins 1-29; J.Makovicka 1-17; B.Haafke 1-6; M.Davison 1-5.

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Crouch leads Huskers to win over Blazers

For the second time in two weeks, a Husker quarterback starting his first collegiate game led Nebraska to victory. Redshirt freshman Eric Crouch ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as Nebraska defeated UAB, 38-7.

Crouch completed 11 of 17 passes for 127 yards and rushed for 69 yards and two TDs. Crouch played in place of injured Bobby Newcombe, one of five Husker starters who missed the contest because of injury.

The Huskers took a 14-0 lead on a three-yard run by fullback Joel Makovicka, and Crouch connected with tight end Sheldon Jackson for a 15-yard strike on fourth-and-one early in the second quarter. UAB cut the lead to 14-7 on a two-yard run by Ortavious Miles with 3:45 remaining in the half.

Crouch then engineered a 12-play, 70-yard drive, capped by Crouch’s 11-yard score with nine seconds remaining to give NU a 21-7 halftime lead.

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1998 schedule
04/25 White 24, Red 21  
08/29 La. Tech   W 56-27
09/05 Ala.-Birm. W 38-7 
09/12 Cal        W 24-3 
09/26 Washington W 55-7 
10/03 Okla. St.  W 24-17
10/10 Texas A&M  L 21-28
10/17 Kansas     W 41-0 
10/24 Missouri   W 20-13
10/31 Texas      L 16-20
11/07 Iowa St.   W 42-7 
11/14 Kan. St.   L 30-40
11/27 Colorado   W 16-14
12/30 Arizona    L 20-23

Commentary

Colonel Mustard

We need both Crouch and Newcombe on the field because we are short on playmakers, and that’s what both of those guys are.

Shatel

Nebraska survived the heat and itself. This was the sloppiest, choppiest Husker game in some time.

Omaha World-Herald
Douglass

Even though the Nos. 3- and 4-ranked Cornhuskers eventually came away with a 31-point victory, it won’t be enough for some.

Grand Island Independent
Mabry

Once again, NU got a solid overall performance from the offense and a Jekyll and Hyde show from the defense.

Lincoln Journal Star
Scarbinsky

Has a team ever lost by this many points and earned this much respect?

Birmingham News
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