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Offense sputters, but defense delivers
Nebraska rode a strong defensive effort and the foot of senior place-kicker Kris Brown to a 16-14 victory over Colorado, extending the Huskers streak of nine-win seasons to an NCAA-record 30 years.
The Husker defense turned in one of its best performances of the season, sacking CU quarterback Mike Moschetti six times and forcing three CU turnovers, leading to 10 of the Huskers’ 16 points.
The Blackshirts struck early when free safety Clint Finley intercepted a Moschetti pass and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown to give the Huskers a 7-0 lead. That would be Nebraska’s only TD of the afternoon.
After leading by 10-7 at halftime, the Huskers went ahead by 13-7 on a second Brown 30-yard field goal. Sophomore I-back Correll Buckhalter had a 52-yard run to set up the score and finished with 92 yards on 15 carries.
Colorado capitalized on NUs only turnover, an Eric Crouch interception in the end zone, and regained the lead at 14-13 on a touchdown pass from Moschetti to Adam Peeke.
Trailing 14-13 early in the fourth quarter, senior rush end Mike Rucker sacked Moschetti, causing a fumble, and freshman Jeremy Slechta recovered at the Nebraska 42. Brown’s 25-yard field goal 10 plays later gave Nebraska a 16-14 lead with 8:48 remaining.
CU had two more possession but was unable to cross its own 40.
Brown earlier in the day set the NCAA career record for extra points with 217.