Helped by awesome offensive line play, Penn State tailback Curt Warner ran through and around the Nebraska defense for 238 yards, and the Nittany Lions came from behind in the fourth quarter to post a thrilling 30-24 win over the Huskers.
The game saw five lead changes, three in the first half when the Lions moved out to a 17-10 lead only to see Husker quarterback Mark Mauer throw two touchdown passes in the third quarter to give Nebraska its second lead of the game, 24-20, entering the final 15 minutes.
However, Penn State took the lead for good early in the fourth quarter when Joel Coles capped a 61-yard drive with a two-yard TD run. Then, helped by a 56-yard run by Warner, the Lions put Brian Franco in position for his fifth field goal of the day and the game's final points with 4:54 left.
Roger Craig had another fine day for the Huskers with 121 yards, but it wasn't enough to offset Warner's performance.
Sept. 26, 1981
Penn State 3 14 3 10 - 30 Nebraska 0 10 14 0 - 24 PSU - FG Brian Franco 29 NEB - Roger Craig 2 run (Kevin Seibel kick) PSU - FG Franco 48 PSU - FG Franco 39 NEB - FG Eddie Neil 30 PSU - Kenny Jackson 33 pass from Todd Blackledge (Joel Coles pass from Blackledge) NEB - Jamie Williams 9 pass from Mark Mauer (Seibel kick) PSU - FG Franco 20 NEB - Scott Woodard 16 pass from Mauer (Seibel kick) PSU - Coles 2 run (Franco kick) PSU - FG Franco 32 A-76,308 PSU NU First downs 18 18 Rushes-yards 56-327 52-255 Passing yards 87 142 Comp-Att-Int 4-13-0 9-22-1 Return yards 38 0 Punts 6-39.7 5-44.4 Fumbles-lost 7-4 6-3 Penalties-yards 2-10 4-30 Time of possession 32:38 27:22INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Penn State, Curt Warner 28-238, Jon Williams 11-30, Mike Meade 6-27, Coles 5-21.
Nebraska, Craig 24-121, Phil Bates 10-40, Mike Rozier 5-23, Mauer 4-20.
Penn State, Blackledge 4-13-0-87.
Nebraska, Mauer 8-21-1-87, Mason 1-1-0-55.
Penn State, Jackson 1-33, Mike McCloskey 1-30.
Nebraska. Woodard 3-46, Williams 2-64, Craig 2-9.