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Alabama 20
Nebraska 3

Sept. 2, 1978
Birmingham, AL
Nebraska          3   0   0   0  -   3
Alabama           0   7   6   7  -  20

First Quarter
NEB - Billy Todd 48 field goal, 8:14
Second Quarter
ALA - Major Ogilvie 4 pass from Jeff 
      Rutledge (Roger Chapman kick) 3:06
Third Quarter
ALA - Tony Nathan 1 run (Kick failed) 1:26
Fourth Quarter
ALA - Jeff Rutledge 1 run (Alan McElroy 
      kick) 2:17

                             NU      ALA
First Downs................. 11       17
  By rushing................. 8       11
  By passing................. 3        5
  By penalty................. 0        1
Rushing Net (Att-Yds)... 38-110   65-264
Passing Net  ............... 64       54
  Comp.-Att.-Int ...... 23-10-2   13-5-0
Total Offense........... 61-174   78-318
  Avg. per play........... 2.85     4.08
Punts .................. 8-40.9   7-41.4
Fumbles-Lost............... 2-2      3-1
Punt returns-Yards......... 0-0     3-22 
Kickoff returns-Yards..... 3-70     1-27
Penalties-Yards........... 4-52     6-59

LEADING NU RUSHERS:
I.M. Hipp 54, Rick Berns 42
LEADING NU PASSER:
Tom Sorley 9-21-2 for 60 yards
ATTENDANCE: 77,023 (Stadium Record)
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME:
Billy Todd 48 yard field goal
and Tim Smith punting eight times for 40.9 average
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME:
George Andrews 19 tackles
(ABC Chevrolet Defensive Player of Game)

Tide puts clamps on Cornhuskers in ’78 opener

Nebraska's Cornhuskers traveled to Birmingham to open the 1978 season against Paul "Bear" Bryant's Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tide showed why they were ranked No. 1 in the nation as they turned back the Huskers 20-3.

With a national ABC-TV audience and a record crowd of 77,023 looking on, Nebraska jumped to an early 3-0 lead on a 48-yard field goal by Billy Todd, with 8:14 left in the first period. Nebraska had moved to the Alabama 31 on their first possession before the drive stalled and the Huskers settled for the field goal.

The teams played even until midway through the second quarter when Alabama had a 99-yard, seven-minute drive with Major Ogilvie catching a four-yard Jeff Rutledge pass for the score.

In the second half, Alabama controlled the line of scrimmage and scored two more times. The Crimson Tide added their second touchdown in the third quarter when an intercepted pass led to 39-yard drive with halfback Tony Nathan going over from the one.

Another Husker turnover resulted in the final Tide score when NU fumbled on its own three yard line late in the fourth quarter. Alabama recovered the miscue and scored three plays later, on a one yard Rutledge run, to make the final score 20-3.

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