It took a stout Nebraska defensive effort in the final period, an alternate quarterback (Tim Hager), two alternate I-backs (Jarvis Redwine and Craig Johnson), and a senior field goal kicker (Dean Sukup) for the Cornhuskers to down an upset minded Iowa University 24-21.
Iowa took the lead in the first period 7-0 after an I.M. Hipp fumble and the Huskers had some catching up to do. Iowa managed to mount a 21-7 lead before the end of the third period when it was Hager, Redwine and Johnson to the rescue.
NU scored on the next two drives with Hager scoring the first time and Johnson over the middle for the tying score. Senior monster-back Mark LeRoy then forced a fumble and Nebraska drove the ball to the Iowa 13 yard line where Sukup kicked the 30 yard field goal to give Nebraska the win.
LeRoy was named Big 8 Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the come from behind victory.
Sept. 22, 1979
Iowa City, IA
Nebraska 0 7 7 10 - 24 Iowa 7 0 14 0 - 21 First Quarter IOW - Dean McKillip (2 run, Roby kick) 11:51 left Second Quarter NEB - Jeff Quinn (1 run, Sukup kick) 2:12 Third Quarter IOW - McKillip (2 run, Roby kick) 6:53 IOW - Keith Chappelle (29 pass from Rich Gales, Roby kick) 5:21 NEB - Tim Hager (4 run, Sukup kick) 2:02 Fourth Quarter NEB - Craig Johnson (5 run, Sukup kick) 11:02 NEB - Dean Sukup (30 field goal) 5:52 NU IOW First Downs.....................20 11 Rushing Net....................244 85 Passes, Comp, Att, Int. ....6-13-0 10-25-1 Passing Net ...................40 154 Total offense .................284 239
Jarvis Redwine 89
Jeff Quinn 6-13-0 for 40 yards.
Craig Johnson 39 yards and scored once.
Mark LeRoy, five tackles, caused one fumble, one pass interception.