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Penn State 30
Nebraska 24

Sept. 26, 1981
Lincoln, NE
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

                          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     27:22

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. Passing
Penn State, Blackledge 4-13-0-87.
Nebraska, Mauer 8-21-1-87, Mason 1-1-0-55. Receiving
Penn State, Jackson 1-33, Mike McCloskey 1-30.
Nebraska. Woodard 3-46, Williams 2-64, Craig 2-9.

Official recap

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.