Colorado 28
Nebraska 13

Nov. 29, 2002 • 2:36 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • ABC
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Judd Davies

Fullback Judd Davies rushed for 59 yards on five carries. | Courtesy of
1st Quarter
CU: McCoy 40 pass from Hodge (Brougham kick) 4:56
2nd Quarter
NU: Herian 80 pass from Lord (Endorf kick) 11:52
NU: Endorf 33 field goal, 1:50
3rd Quarter
NU: Endorf 49 field goal, 13:36
CU: Purify 2 run (Brougham kick) 7:25
CU: Drumm 1 run (Brougham kick) 3:23
4th Quarter
CU: Drumm 16 run (Brougham kick) 2:14

                             CU       NU
FIRST DOWNS................. 21       18
  Rushing................... 15       13
  Passing.................... 5        3
  Penalty.................... 1        2
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)...... 53-253   46-215
PASSING YDS (NET).......... 122      119
  Att-Comp-Int......... 23-12-0   17-6-1
TOTAL OFFENSE .......... 76-375   63-334
Punt Returns-Yards........ 3-47     2-17
Kickoff Returns-Yards..... 1-38     3-71
Int. Returns-Yards......... 1-0      0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)...... 7-48.6   7-42.3
Fumbles-Lost............... 3-1      3-1
Penalties-Yards........... 6-58     3-35
Possession Time.......... 33:05    26:55
Third-Down Conv. ........  4/14     2/13
Fourth-Down Conv. .......   1/1      0/1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.... 3-3      2-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards.... 3-19      1-7

CU: Calhoun 20-137, Purify 17-62, Drumm 4-33, Hodge 7-17, Houston 3-6, Team 2-minus 2

NU: Diedrick 13-96, Davies 5-59, Lord 21-53, Horne 7-7

CU: Hodge 12-23-122-0
NU: Lord 6-17-119-1

CU: McCoy 6-71, Donahoe 2-16, Drumm 2-14, Hackett 1-11, Williams 1-10

NU: Herian 2-95, Ringenberg 1-15, Davies 1-6, Diedrick 1-3, Horne 1-0

Attendance: 77,804


Stats & Recap

Buffs dominate second half, rally for win

No. 13 Colorado erased a six-point third-quarter deficit with 21 unanswered second-half points, earning their first win in Lincoln since 1990 with a 28-13 victory.

The Huskers dropped to 7-6 on the season, marking the first time in 34 years Nebraska will fail to win nine games.

Nebraska led 13-6 early in the third quarter after a Colorado fumble led to Dale Endorf’s second field goal of the game, a 49-yarder, but Brandon Drumm and Bobby Purify combined for three touchdowns in the game’s final 22 minutes. Nebraska was outyarded 199-75 in the second half.

Colorado improved to 9-3 on the season heading into next week’s Big 12 title game.

The Buffs got a big boost from freshman Brian Calhoun, who rushed for 137 yards on 20 carries in relief of Purify, who missed part of the game with a sprained ankle.

Nebraska’s Dahrran Diedrick ran for 96 yards on 13 carries, but the Huskers were held to 215 yards rushing, nearly 60 yards below their Big 12-leading average of 274.3 yards per game.

NOTE: Frank Solich announced staff changes three days after the game.
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2002 schedule
04/20Red 17, White 7
08/24Arizona St.W 48-10
08/31Troy St.W 31-16
09/07Utah St.W 44-13
09/14@ Penn St.L 7-40
09/28@ Iowa St.L 14-36
10/05McNeese St.W 38-14
10/12MissouriW 24-13
10/19@ Oklahoma St.L 21-24
10/26@ Texas A&MW 38-31
11/02TexasL 24-27
11/09KansasW 45-7
11/16@ Kansas St.L 13-49
11/29ColoradoL 13-28
12/27Ole MissL 23-27


Colonel Mustard

This whole staff did a poor job this year, including Frank. But, as I said, he deserves a chance to fix his problems.


Maybe it was bound to happen. All of the great empires, starting with Ming and Rome, flamed out eventually.

Omaha World-Herald

No one seemed to be questioning the Huskers’ heart this time around.

Grand Island Independent

Succeeding is tough. But failing and coming back to succeed is entirely more difficult. That’s what Solich is up against now.

Daily Nebraskan
Red Clad Loon

This all-too-familiar tendency to melt down in the second half is downright stunning for a bunch who chose the motto ‘Start Strong, Finish Stronger.’


In late November it’s tougher to win in Nebraska than in Russia. It doesn’t matter that the Cornhuskers are fragile and feeble this season.

Denver Post

What has changed under Barnett is Colorado now wins the battle of the trenches. For two years now, it has won it big.

Rocky Mountain News
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