Junior I-back Dahrran Diedrick collected his second straight 100-yard rushing game and the Nebraska defense forced four Fighting Irish turnovers, as No. 5/4 Nebraska defeated No. 17/17 Notre Dame, 27-10, in front of a Memorial Stadium-record crowd of 78,118.
Led by senior Jamie Burrow’s 11 tackles, Nebraska’s defense held Notre Dame to just 162 yards of total offense.
The Huskers set the tone early as rush end Demoine Adams forced a fumble on Notre Dame’s first offensive possession. Mike linebacker Burrow recovered the fumble to set up quarterback Eric Crouch’s 22-yard touchdown pass to wingback John Gibson.
That score put Nebraska up 14-0 as the Huskers also scored on their opening drive of the night. Nebraska took the kickoff and marched 64 yards in nine plays, capped by Diedrick’s two-yard touchdown run. With the score, Nebraska held a 7-0 lead just over four minutes into the contest.