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Fourth-rated (AP) and eventual co-national champion Washington exploded for four touchdowns in the final 16 minutes to erase ninth-rated Nebraska's 21-9 lead and post a 36-21 win before 76,304 fans in Memorial Stadium and millions more on ABC-TV.

The Huskers struck first, scoring on a six-play, 76-yard drive on their second possession. Quarterback Keithen McCant started the drive by scrambling 16 yards to the NU 40 on third-and-10 and, after an 11-yard gain by I-back Derek Brown, hit split end Tyrone Hughes for a 22-yard pickup to the Washington 27.

On the next play, Brown took a pitchout around left end and sprinted into the end zone. The sophomore went on to carry 21 times for two touchdowns and 100 yards, the best individual effort against the Huskies in 1991.

Washington quarterback Billy Joe Hobert pulled the Huskies within 7-6 with a 9-yard TD run early in the second quarter, but UW failed to tie because of a bad snap on the PAT. Nebraska took a 14-6 lead with 3:40 left until halftime on McCant's 42-yard TD pass to split end Jon Bostick, who grew up in Bellevue, Wash., across Lake Washington from the UW campus.

The Huskies drove 51 yards to the NU 26 on their first possession of the second half and closed to 14-9 on Travis Hanson's 43-yard field goal with 12:27 left in the third.

Six-and-a-half minutes later, Washington's Beno Bryant fumbled a Mike Stigge punt at the UW 4-yard-line and NU's Mike Anderson recovered at the 2. On the first play, Brown pounded up the middle for his second TD and Nebraska had a 21-9 lead with 5:32 left in the third.

But that was it for the Huskers. Washington scored on its next four possessions to take the game away, going ahead for good at 22-21 on Hobert's 8-yard TD pass to Orlando McKay with 11:20 left, then applying the coup de grace on Jay Barry's 81-yard run for the final score of the game with 5:38 to go.

After Brown's second TD, Washington steamrolled to 292 yards and four scores, while the Huskie defense limited Nebraska to eight plays, 2 yards and no first downs on its next three possessions, and forced a McCant fumble which it recovered to set up the touchdown that made it 29-21. The Huskies finished with 618 total-offense yards, the third-most on record vs. Nebraska, behind 656 by Oklahoma in 1956 and 620 by Notre Dame in 1948.

Notes: It was Nebraska's 178th-straight home sellout since 1962 … Washington's win ended the Huskers' 20-game home-field win string against nonconference opponents … The Huskies went on to finish 12-0 and split the national title with Miami (Fla.), the team that was to beat Nebraska in the 1992 Orange Bowl.

Quote of the game: "This has got to be the best comeback I've ever been a part of. Coming back against a great team like Nebraska is really something." — Washington defensive tackle Steve Emtman, 1991 Outland/ Lombardi winner, and No. 1 1992 NFL draft pick.

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Washington 36
Nebraska 21

Sept. 21, 1991
Lincoln, NE
Washington    0    6   10   20  - 36
Nebraska      7    7    7    0  - 21

First Quarter
NU - Derek Brown 27 run (Byron Bennett 
     kick) 8:41
Second Quarter
UW - Billy Joe Hobert 9 run
    (PAT failed, bad snap) 9:07
NU - Jon Bostick 42 pass from Keithen 
     McCant (Bennett kick) 3:40
Third Quarter
UW - FG Travis Hanson 43, 12:27
NU - Brown 2 run (Bennett kick) 5:32 
UW - Beno Bryant 15 run (Hanson kick) 0:19
Fourth Quarter
UW - Orlando McKay 8 pass Hobert (Hobert
     pass failed) 11:20 
UW - Hobert 3 run (Hanson kick) 7:26 
UW - Jay Barry 81 run (Hanson kick) 5:38

                    Wash.           NU
First downs            31           15
Rushes-yards       47-335       36-135
Passing yards         283          173
Returns-yards        6-34         5-38
Passes            23-40-2      12-29-2
Sacks by             4-18          1-1
Punts-average        5-41         9-44
Fumbles-lost          3-1          1-1
Penalties-yards      8-91         4-29
Time of poss.       35:38        24:22

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

RUSHING
UW: Bryant 17-139, Barry 11-110.
NU: Brown 21-100.

PASSING
UW: Hobert 23-40-2-283.
NU: McCant 12-28-2-173.

RECEIVING
UW: Mario Bailey 7-97, McKay 6-67, Matt 
    Jones 3-40, Aaron Pierce 3-39
NU: Bostick 4-63, Tyrone Hughes 3-50

INTERCEPTIONS
UW: Dana Hall 1-0, Dave Hoffmann 1-15
NU: Kenny Wilhite 1-5, Tyrone Legette 1-0

TACKLES (UT-AT-TT)
UW: Steve Emtman 5-3-8, Hoffman 5-3-8, 
    Hall 3-2-5, Paxton Tailele 3-2-5
NU: Mike Anderson 7-5-12, Steve Carmer 
    3-9-12, Travis Hill 7-3-10

SACKS
UW: Emtman 1, Jaime Fields 1, Hoffmann 1,
    Andy Mason 1
NU: Tyrone Byrd 1

MISSED FIELD GOALS
UW: Hanson 49
NU: none

Attendance: 76,304.
Weather: clear, 73 deg., wind S 20-29 mph