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Nebraska 42
Utah 30

Sept. 16, 1989
Lincoln, NE
Utah         13    3   0   14   -   30 
Nebraska      7   14   7   14   -   42

First Quarter
UT - Dennis Smith 5 pass from Scott Mitchell (Wayne Lammle kick) 9:24
NU - Gerry Gdowski 8 run (Chris Drennan kick) 4:00
UT - Smith 43 pass from Mitchell (run failed) 1:43
Second Quarter
NU - Gdowski 8 run (Drennan kick) 12:51
NU - Mike Croel 6 INT return (Drennan kick) 11:51
UT - FG Lammle 45, 5:16
Third Quarter 
NU - Ken Clark 1 run (Drennan kick) 6:57
Fourth Quarter
NU - Bryan Carpenter 29 run (Drennan kick) 14:55
NU - Gdowski 4 run (Gregg Barrios kick) 10:48 
UT - Darrel Hicks 1 pass from Mitchell (run failed) 3:38
UT - Bryan Rowley 20 pass from Mitchell (Steve Abrams pass from Mitchell) 0:00
A-76,333.
                       Utah      Neb.
First downs            25        23
Rushes-yards           31-105    59-432
Passing yards          297       27
Returns-yards          2-17      5-28
Passes                 26-44-3   3-8-1
Sacks by               0-0       4-34
Punts-avg.             4-48      3-37
Fumbles-lost           2-0       2-1
Penalties-yards        11-70     7-60
Time of possession     28:37     31:23

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Rushing:
Utah, Clifton Smith 17-82, Abrams 5-39.
Nebraska, Clark 22-130, Carpenter 5-102, Gdowski 15-98.
Passing:
Utah, Mitchell 26-44-3-297.
Nebraska, Gdowski 3-6-0-27.
Receiving:
Utah, C. Smith 7-62, D. Smith 6-84, Rowley 4-72, Darrel Hicks 3-28.
Missed field goals: none.
Interceptions:
Utah, Howard Reeve 1-14.
Nebraska, Byrd 1-13, Croel 1-6, Petko 1-5.
Tackles (UT-AT-TT):
Utah, La Von Edwards 7-2-9, Derrick Odum 6-2-8, Joe Clausi 4-4-6.
Nebraska, Reggie Cooper 8-3-11, Pat Tyrance 5-5-10, Bruce Pickens 3-4-7.
Sacks:
Utah, none.
Nebraska, Kent Wells 2-17, Joe Sims 1-12, Ray Valladao 1-5.
Mike Croel TD

Official recap

Nebraska broke open another close game with a quick second-half start and went on to top a determined Utah team, 42-30.

Behind the passing of quarterback Scott Mitchell, the Utes pressed the Huskers at intermission, 21-16, but NU scored touchdowns on its first three possessions of the second half to break the game open. The Huskers drove 85 and 69 yards to score, then a Tyrone Byrd interception set up an 18-yard drive that gave them a 42-16 lead with 10:48 left.

Utah scored twice in the final four minutes to make the final score more respectable.

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