Off to its worst start (1-2) since 1960 and playing before a record non-conference crowd at Memorial Stadium (76,423), Nebraska came up empty in the first half and found itself at the short end of a 3-0 score against Auburn.
However, the Huskers shook off fumble problems in one of the rainiest games in years, began to take advantage of Auburn fumbles, and scored 17 second-half points to post a 17-3 win over the visitors from the Southeastern Conference. Auburn had taken its lead on a 52-yard first-quarter field goal by Al Del Greco, while the frustrated Huskers saw two first-half drives end inside the Tiger 10.
In the second half, though, Nebraska scored on its first two possessions (a 39-yard field goal by Kevin Seibel and a three-yard run by Roger Craig), recovered four Auburn fumbles, and iced the game late in the fourth quarter on an eight-yard run by Turner Gill.
Oct 3, 1981
Auburn 3 0 0 0 - 3 Nebraska 0 0 10 7 - 17 First quarter AUB - FG Al Del Greco 52 Third quarter NEB - FG Kevin Seibel 39 NEB - Roger Craig 3 run (Seibel kick) Fourth quarter NEB - Turner Gill 8 run (Seibel kick) A-76,423 AUB NU First downs 12 16 Rushes-yards 52-55 64-257 Passing yards 95 50 Return yards 44 80 Passes 5-10-2 6-15-2 Punts 7-44.3 5-50.2 Fumbles-lost 10-5 3-2 Penalties-yards 5-26 6-80 Time of possession 26:52 33:08INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Auburn: Ron O'Neal 14-22. Lionel James 4-19.
Nebraska: Craig 22-87. Mike Rozier 15-76, Phil Bates 12-68, Gill 8-20.
Auburn: Charles Thomas 5-10-2-95.
Nebraska: Mark Mauer 5-9-1-41, Gill 1-6-1-9.
Auburn: Ed West 3-51, Chris Woods 1-30.
Nebraska: Jamie Williams 3-26, Todd Brown 2-19.