Nov. 4, 1989
Nebraska 7 7 7 0 - 21 Colorado 14 3 7 3 - 27 First Quarter NU - Bryan Carpenter 51 pass from Gerry Gdowski (Gregg Barrios kick) 13:30 CU - J.J. Flannigan 70 run (Ken Culbertson kick) 8:22 CU - Darian Hagan 1 run (Culbertson kick) 5:04 Second Quarter NU - Morgan Gregory 12 pass from Gdowski (Barrios kick) 11:33 CU - FG Culbertson 49, 0:12 Third Quarter CU - Flannigan 2 run (Culbertson kick) 8:00 NU - Chris Garrett 26 pass from Gdowski (Barrios kick) 1:04 Fourth Quarter CU - FG Culbertson 28, 8:47 A-52,877. NU CU First downs 19 13 Rushes-yards 43-186 47-205 Passing yards 211 22 Returns-yards 3-23 3-108 Passes 11-27-0 2-10-1 Sacks by 3-20 1-4 Punts-avg. 6-38 5-51 Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-0 Penalities-yards 6-47 4-20 Time of possession 31:12 28:48 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS Rushing: NU: Ken Clark 21-95, Gdowski 11-69. CU: Flannigan 18-96, Hagan 25-86. Passing: NU: Gdowski 11-27-0-211. CU: Hagan 2-10-1-22. Receiving: NU: Gregory 5-77, Carpenter 2-66, Richard Bell 2-33. CU: John Perak 1-13. Missed field goals: none. Interceptions: NU: Tyrone Byrd 1-0. CU: none. Tackles (UT-AT-TT): NU: Byrd 5-3-8, Jeff Mills 4-4-8, Mike Murray 5-27, Pat Tyrance 3-4-7. CU: Michael Jones 5-6-11, Tim James 6-4-10, Joel Steed 4-4-8. Sacks: NU: Kenny Walker 1-9, Kent Wells 1-7, Mike Croel 1-4. CU: Kanavis McGhee 1-4.
RecapGerry Gdowski's pass intended for Jon Bostick in the end zone on the last play of the game was deflected by Colorado's Dave McCloughan, preserving the second-ranked Buffaloes' 27-21 win over third-ranked Nebraska and leaving CU all alone at the top of the Big Eight standings.
Gdowski, who threw three touchdown passes and racked up 280 total-offense yards, had driven the Huskers from the NU 12 to the CU 42 in the last 1:40 before the last-ditch pass fell incomplete.
Nebraska opened the scoring with a 51-yard touchdown on a screen pass from Gdowski to fullback Bryan Carpenter. Colorado tied it up five minutes later when halfback J.J. Flannigan scored on a 70-yard run.
A key moment came in the third quarter when a red-zone interception by Nebraska was ruled interference and a subsequent Colorado touchdown gave the Buffaloes a 10-point lead. Late in the quarter, the Huskers pulled within three with a pass from Gdowski to Chris Garrett, but Colorado kept NU off the board in the final period and added a field goal for the final six-point margin.
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