Nebraska 24
California 3

Sep. 12, 1998 - 6:08 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Berkeley, CA | FSN
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 7 7 0 10 24
California 0 0 3 0 3

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First quarter
NEB: Crouch 1 run (K.Brown kick) 12:08
Second quarter
NEB: Crouch 3 run (Brown kick) 9:55
Third quarter
CAL: Wolleck 38 field goal, 6:42
Fourth quarter
NEB: Wiggins 5 pass from Christo (Brown kick) 3:54
NEB: Brown 41 field goal, 0:19

                            NEB      CAL
FIRST DOWNS................. 24        9
  Rushing................... 12        2
  Passing.................... 9        7
  Penalty.................... 3        0
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)...... 60-254    25-12
PASSING YDS (NET).......... 180      224
  Att-Comp-Int......... 28-15-1  32-14-2
TOTAL OFFENSE........... 88-434   57-236
Fumble Returns-Yards....... 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards........ 4-23     4-48
Kickoff Returns-Yards..... 2-48     3-84
Int. Returns-Yards........ 2-17      1-0
Punts (Number-Avg)...... 7-41.9   9-38.2
Fumbles-Lost............... 0-0      0-0
Penalties-Yards........... 4-29     9-53
Possession Time.......... 35:42    24:18
Sacks By: Number-Yards.... 6-36     3-21

RUSHING
NEB: J.Makovicka 14-83; C.Buckhalter 12-71; E.Crouch 16-59; M.Christo 12-26; D.Alexander 6-15.

CAL: Fields 8-30; White 8-15; Davenport 1-minus 2; Vedder 7-minus 15; Clemons 1-minus 16.

PASSING
NEB: E.Crouch 6-16-1-74; M.Christo 9-12-0-106.

CAL: Vedder 14-32-2-224.

RECEIVING
NEB: S.Wiggins 7-97; M.Davison 5-44; S.Jackson 1-31; T.J.Debates 1-11; C.Buckhalter 1-minus 3.

CAL: Douglas 5-124; White 4-15; Kunkle 3-51; Davenport 1-22; Smith 1-12.

Attendance: 67,000

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Stats & recap

Huskers fend off Bears in first road test of ’98

Behind a stingy defense and steady quarterback performances by Eric Crouch and Monte Christo, Nebraska improved to 3-0 on the season with a 24-3 victory over California in Berkeley.

Crouch, who started his second consecutive game in place of the injured Bobby Newcombe, led the Huskers on a seven-play, 67-yard drive to give NU a 7-0 advantage just 2:52 into the contest.

Nebraska extended the lead to 14-0 midway through the second quarter after driving 64 yards on five plays to the delight of the more than 35,000 red-clad fans in attendance.

Crouch rushed for 59 yards on 16 carries and completed 6 of 16 passes for 74 yards before leaving with a hamstring injury.

Christo played the entire second half, completing 9 of 12 passes for 106 yards, including a five-yard touchdown pass to wingback Shevin Wiggins to cap a nine-play, 70-yard drive. Wiggins had a career-high seven receptions for 97 yards. Senior fullback Joel Makovicka rushed 13 times for 77 yards, while I-back Correll Buckhalter had 12 carries for 71 yards.

Defensively, the Blackshirts held California to just 12 yards rushing and recorded five sacks, including a pair by Eric Johnson.

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Pregame & team info
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

I can’t wait to see our offense with Evans and a healthy Crouch and Newcombe.

Ratto

Cal fans can take solace in the developments from Saturday’s game. Nebraskans don’t. They can’t. And trust us, they won’t.

San Francisco Examiner
Fainaru-Wada

By scoring late and then adding the field goal with 19 seconds remaining, Solich accomplished the mission.

San Francisco Examiner
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