Official recapCritics wondered whether Nebraska would be able to recover quickly enough from the previous week's heart-breaking loss at Penn State to handle a tough, unbeaten Auburn team on the Tigers' home turf-and for more than a half, there was plenty of reason to wonder.
The Huskers struggled to a 14-7 halftime lead and had an anything-but-safe 21-7 advantage after three quarters. Nebraska had benefited from two drive-ending Tiger fumbles to establish that lead, but the Huskers made some key defensive adjustments in the second half to shut off the home club's outstanding outside speed, and then scored on three-straight possessions in the fourth quarter to make the final score a deceptively-comfortable 41-7.
On the minus side, Wingback Irving Fryar sprained an ankle, starting a series of injuries that kept him far from full speed for the next six games.
Oct. 2, 1982
Nebraska 7 7 7 20 - 41 Auburn 7 0 0 0 - 7 NU - Doug Wilkening 15 run (Kevin Seibel kick) AU - Bo Jackson 4 run (Al Del Greco kick) NU - Todd Brown 58 pass from Turner Gill (Seibel kick) NU - Mike Rozier 2 run (Seibel kick) NU - Rozier 12 run (Seibel kick) NU - Mark Schellen 41 run (Seibel kick) NU - Tim Brungardt 13 run (kick failed) A-73,900 NU AU First downs 31 13 Rushes-yards 68-342 43-171 Passing yards 162 116 Return yards 13 18 Passes 19-10-1 11-7-1 Punts 2-50.5 4-43.0 Fumbles-lost 4-2 3-3 Penalties-yards 3-45 3-15 Time of possession 36:44 23:16INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Nebraska, Rozier 24-88. Wilkening 9-60. Schellen 5-54. Gill 11-50. Jeff Smith 8-42.
Auburn, Lionel James 8-69. Ron O'Neal 8-40.
Nebraska, Gill 19-10-1-162.
Auburn, Randy Campbell 10-6-1-91.
Nebraska, Brown 2-78, Jamie Williams 2-24. Shane Swanson 2-18.
Auburn, Chris Woods 3-59, Ed West 2-25.