Nebraska 24
Oklahoma St. 17

Oct. 3, 1998 - 6:08 p.m. Central
Arrowhead Stadium | Kansas City, MO | FSN
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 0 3 14 7 24
Oklahoma St. 0 3 7 7 17
Second quarter
OSU: Sydnes 37 field goal, 14:14
NEB: K Brown 48 field goal, 1:06
Third quarter
NEB: Newcombe 6 run (Brown kick) 11:52
NEB: Evans 2 run (Brown kick) 7:43
OSU: Fobbs 3 run (Sydnes kick) 2:13
Fourth quarter
OSU: Et Howell 67 pass from T Lindsay (Sydnes kick) 12:08
NEB: Walker 73 punt return (Brown kick) 7:29

                           NEB      OSU 
First downs ................12       19 
  Rushing................... 6       13
  Passing................... 5        5
  Penalty................... 1        1
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)...... 36-73   55-175
PASSING YDS (NET)......... 142      180
  Att-Comp-Int........ 16-10-0  24-11-0
TOTAL OFFENSE.......... 52-215   79-355
Punt Returns-Yards...... 6-106     3-20
Kickoff Returns-Yards.... 4-68     3-49
Punts (Number-Avg)..... 8-42.9   8-41.9
Fumbles-Lost.............. 2-0      2-0
Penalties-Yards.......... 1-15    10-59
Possession Time......... 24:50    35:10
Sacks By: Number-Yards... 1-11     3-23
RUSHING
NEB: Evans 15-41, Newcombe 13-22, Makovicka 6-9, Wiggins 1-1, Crouch 1-0.

OSU: Simmons 26-114, Fobbs 12-55, Aikins 5-15, Halferty 3-8, K Brown 1-2, T Lindsay 8-(-19).

PASSING
NEB: Newcombe 9-15-0-112, Crouch 1-1-0-30.
OSU: T Lindsay 10-23-0-158, Elder 1-1-0-22.

RECEIVING
NEB: Cheatham 3-32, Davison 3-31, S Jackson 2-70, Evans 1-5, Wiggins 1-4. 

OSU: Et Howell 2-72, Love 2-36, Richardson 2-2, Steggs 1-41, Ev Howell 1-22, Fobbs 1-5, Simmons 1-5, W Grissom 1-(-3).

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Goal-line stop on final play secures win

No. 2 Nebraska used a fourth-quarter punt return for a touchdown by Joe Walker and a decisive goal-line stand on the final play to hold off an upset-minded Oklahoma State squad, 24-17, at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium.

Walker’s 73-yard punt return with 7:29 remaining broke a 17-17 tie as the Huskers extended their winning streak to 19 games in the Big 12 opener.

The Cowboys had a chance to send the game into overtime, driving to the Nebraska 1 before Mike Rucker, who finished with a career-high 11 tackles, stopped OSU’s Nathan Simmons short of the goal line on the final play to preserve the win.

The Huskers struggled offensively, managing only 73 yards rushing, the lowest regular-season total since November 1975, and just 215 yards of total offense. The first-half numbers were particularly meager: four rushing yards and 43 total yards.

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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

O-State had a special defense from the ’40s to stop us, but I was very disappointed that we couldn’t adjust and defeat it.

Shatel

Where was the offense that dazzled the country against Washington just one week ago? Where was the souped-up machine? The dominating blocking?

Omaha World-Herald
Douglass

Solich couldn’t say that his second-ranked Huskers were flat, even though they were.

Grand Island Independent
Dodd

This kind of skin-your-teeth stuff is what might have the ’Huskers laughing in Phoenix’s January sun. It wasn’t like they hadn’t been in this situation before.

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