Nebraska 55
Washington 7

Sep. 26, 1998 - 2:38 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE | ABC
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Washington 0 7 0 0 7
Nebraska 21 14 20 0 55

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First quarter
NU: Newcombe 3 run (K Brown kick) 10:37
NU: Evans 60 run (Brown kick) 8:46
NU: Evans 14 run (Brown kick) 2:55
Second quarter
NU: Evans 19 run (Brown kick) 10:59
NU: Buckhalter 3 run (Brown kick) 5:12
UW: Jarzynka 6 pass from Huard (Skurski kick) 1:07
Third quarter
NU: Newcombe 2 run (Brown kick) 12:42
NU: Newcombe 2 run (Brown kick) 5:58
NU: Miller 1 run (Hadenfeldt kick blocked) 0:06

                             UW       NU
FIRST DOWNS................. 16       29
  Rushing.................... 8       22
  Passing.................... 8        5
  Penalty.................... 0        2
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)....... 31-97   68-434
PASSING YDS (NET).......... 176       93
  Att-Comp-Int......... 41-20-3    9-6-0
TOTAL OFFENSE........... 72-273   77-527
Fumble Returns-Yards....... 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards........ 1-10     3-40
Kickoff Returns-Yards.... 4-122     1-14
Int. Returns-Yards......... 0-0      3-5
Punts (Number-Avg)...... 7-42.4   3-38.7
Fumbles-Lost............... 3-3      2-2
Penalties-Yards......... 12-114     7-59
Possession Time.......... 29:15    30:45
Sacks By: Number-Yards..... 0-0     3-17

RUSHING
UW: Hurst 10-36, Shaw 7-25, Tuiasosopo 1-19, Cleman 4-11, P Conniff 3-11, Huard 6-minus 5.

NU: Evans 13-146, Newcombe 14-79, Makovicka 11-65, Miller 9-48, Buckhalter 4-27, Alexander 5-25, Christo 4-20, Legate 2-5, Runty 1-5, White 1-4, Kingston 1-3, Tillery 1-3, Gragert 1-3, Stanislav 1-1.

PASSING
UW: Huard 18-32-2-160, Tuiasosopo 2-8-1-16, Scott 0-1-0-0.

NU: Newcombe 5-8-0-84, Christo 1-1-0-9.

RECEIVING
UW: Looker 7-77, G Harris 3-24, Desaussure 2-36, Jarzynka 2-12, Hurst 2-6, R Davis 2-(-1), Hooker 1-15, Juergens 1-7.

NU: Wiggins 2-45, S Jackson 1-18, Davison 1-12, Haafke 1-9, Evans 1-9.

Attendance: 76,372

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Huskers give Huskies a pounding

In an early-season clash between top 10 teams, the No. 2 Huskers celebrated the return of I-back DeAngelo Evans and quarterback Bobby Newcombe with a 55-7 rout over ninth-ranked Washington.

Evans, who had not played since the 1996 Big 12 Championship Game, rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries. The sophomore scored on runs of 60, 14 and 19 yards, all in the first half, as the Huskers scored the first 21 points and led 35-7 at halftime.

Newcombe, seeing his first action since the opener, drove Nebraska to a score on its opening drive, a 12-play, 82-yard march, culminating in Newcombe’s three-yard run to give the Huskers a 7-0 lead just 4:23 into the contest. After Nebraska forced a punt on Washington’s next possession, Evans broke free on a 60-yard score to give NU a 14-0 lead.

The Husker defense capitalized on the first of six Husky turnovers as Jason Wiltz intercepted a Brock Haurd pass and returned it to the Washington 22. Two plays later, Evans scored from 14 yards out.

Washington was driving deep into NU territory before linebacker Jay Foreman forced a fumble at the 3-yard line. Seven plays later, Evans gave Nebraska a 28-0 lead with a 19-yard run four minutes into the second quarter.

Washington’s six turnovers were converted into 34 Nebraska points. Rush end Chad Kelsay led the Blackshirts’ charge, recording three tackles, a sack and an interception to earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors.

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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 were more impressive on defense than on offense if that is possible. ... We used a variety of blitzes, and Washington never really had a chance.

Douglass

This was good old fashioned Nebraska, lining them up and knocking them down.

Grand Island Independent
Kelley

Nebraska savaged Washington’s offense. Made it look like something out of the WAC, all scurrying wide receivers and no running backs.

Seattle Times
Dodd

The game marked the full-fledged return of Nebraska’s I-option. Newcombe ran it so smoothly that he could have been mistaken for Turner Gill or Tommie Frazier.

CBS SportsLine
Bagnato

The most frightening part is that Solich didn’t have to dig deep into his playbook.

Chicago Tribune
Drape

Nebraska became the first team of the season to demonstrate that it is a true national title contender.

New York Times
Dufresne

Washington needed Hurricane Georges. If ever a Pacific 10 Conference intersectional game deserved cancellation, it was this Category Two football blowout.

Los Angeles Times
Biamchi

Others come and go, but Nebraska just keeps coming. Oh my goodness.

Jacksonville Times
Heine

Nebraska is in the process of making another legitimate run at yet another national championship.

Daily Nebraskan
Newnham

The tale of two teams, one with the most distinct identity in college football, and the other with none.

Seattle Times
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