Nebraska 56
Louisiana Tech 27

Aug. 29, 1998 - 3:08 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE | FSN
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Louisiana Tech 0 6 15 6 27
Nebraska 14 21 7 14 56

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First quarter
Neb: S Jackson 46 pass from Newcombe (K Brown kick) 14:12
Neb: Newcombe 1 run (Brown kick) 5:49 NU
Second quarter
Neb: Miller 8 run (Brown kick) 13:05
LaT: Cangelosi 1 pass from Rattay (kick failed) 7:14
Neb: Walker 99 kickoff return (Brown kick) 6:57
Neb: Newcombe 1 run (K Brown kick) 2:41
Third quarter
LaT: Edwards 52 pass from Rattay
    (Cangelosi recep. for 2-pt. conv.) 12:58
LaT: Edwards 94 pass from Rattay (Pond kick) 7:06
Neb: Alexander 4 run (Brown kick) 2:59 NU
Fourth quarter
Neb: Buckhalter 4 run (Brown kick) 13:02
LaT: Edwards 80 pass from Rattay (kick failed) 12:45
Neb: Buckhalter 43 run (Brown kick) 1:24

                      La Tech       Neb
FIRST DOWNS............... 25        29
  Rushing.................. 1        17
  Passing................. 22         6
  Penalty.................. 2         6
RUSHES-YARDS (NET).... 14--21    56-289
PASSING YDS (NET)........ 590       173
  Att-Comp-Int....... 68-46-1   13-10-0
TOTAL OFFENSE .......  82-569    69-462
Fumble Returns-Yds....... 0-0       0-0
Punt Returns-Yds......... 0-0       1-5
Kickoff Returns-Yds..... 2-33     5-182
Int. Returns-Yds......... 0-0      1-32
Punts-Avg............. 3-36.7    2-39.5
Fumbles-Lost............. 3-0       3-1
Penalties-Yards........ 12-88      5-49
Possession Time........ 27:56     32:04
Sacks By-Yards........... 1-6      3-26

RUSHING
LaT: K Johnson 2-9, Edwards 1-6, Tell 4-5, Team 1-minus 19, Rattay 6-minus 22.

Neb: Buckhalter 19-143, Makovicka 10-47, Alexander 8-24, Miller 3-24, Wiggins 2-20, L Brown 1-13, Newcombe 12-12, Crouch 1-6.

PASSING
LaT: Rattay 46-68-1-590.
Neb: Newcombe 9-10-0-168, Crouch 1-3-0-5.

RECEIVING
LaT: Edwards 21-405, Jordan 8-45, Cangelosi 5-57, Daigre 5-25, Simon 3-36, Newman 1-8, Jenkins 1-7, Hampton 1-4, C Williams 1-3.

Neb: Cheatham 3-19, S Jackson 2-94, Davison 2-21, Debates 1-16, Buckhalter 1-12, L Brown 1-11.

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Solich era begins with win over pass-happy ‘Dogs

It was a new look but an old result as the Frank Solich era began with a 56-27 victory over Louisiana Tech in the Eddie Robinson Classic.

Solich was an assistant for 19 seasons until replacing Hall of Fame Coach Tom Osborne after last season. The Huskers scored on all six of their first-half possessions en route to a 35-6 lead at intermission.

Sophomore quarterback Bobby Newcombe completed nine of 10 passes for 168 yards and rushed for a pair of scores in his starting debut before suffering a torn PCL in his left knee late in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs, behind the explosive combination of quarterback Tim Rattay and wide receiver Troy Edwards, closed the gap to 35-21. Edwards set an NCAA record with 405 yards on 21 catches, while Rattay completed 46 of 68 passes for 590 yards.

Sophomore I-back Correll Buckhalter rushed for a career-high 143 yards and two scores, including a 43-yard jaunt for the final score.

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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

Bobby was accurate passing but couldn’t get any room on the option. And he won’t get any until Evans returns.

Dodd

The nation’s No. 5 defense last year surrendered 569 yards and a bit of its pride.

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