Approximately 12,000 Husker fans cheered Nebraska to a 14-13 victory in the Rose Bowl as NU posted its second come-from-behind win in as many weeks.
UCLA scored first on a 39-yard field goal followed by a 6-yard rushing TD by freshman Skip Hicks, but then-No. 8/6 (AP/coaches) Nebraska came back. True freshman Lawrence Phillips came off the bench for starter Damon Benning and rushed for a 5-yard score with less than three minutes remaining in the second quarter, and NU went into the locker room down 10-7.
The Husker Blackshirts forced UCLA to punt four times in the second half and held the Bruins to a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, while the NU offense overcame four turnovers on the day (three in UCLA territory) and put together an 80-yard drive capped by an 11-yard TD strike from Tommie Frazier to tight end Gerald Armstrong to go up 14-10 with 6:56 remaining in the third.
Phillips, a West Covina, Calif., native, became the third Husker I-back in as many games to rush for over 100 yards.
Frazier, despite being hobbled by the sprained ankle, rushed for 33 yards and completed a career-best 13 of 19 passes for 145 yards. The Huskers' "Itty-Bitty Committee" of 5-foot-9 and under receivers combined for eight receptions for 65 yards, including 3-38 by California native Abdul Muhammad and a career-high 3-20 by Reggie Baul.
Defensively, rover Toby Wright had a team-high 13 tackles while Trev Alberts was named the ABC Chevrolet Nebraska Player of the Game as well as the Sports Illustrated Defensive Player of the Week for his performance: 12 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, a pass breakup and two QB hurries.
Although NU was minus four on turnovers, the Husker defense did not allow the Bruins to convert any to points.
UCLA dropped to 0-2 but finished the year 8-3 and headed to the Rose Bowl for the first time in eight years. Nebraska was one of two teams on the year to hold All-America receiver J.J. Stokes scoreless.
Sept. 18, 1993
Nebraska 0 7 7 0 - 14 UCLA 3 7 0 3 - 13 First Quarter UCLA - Bjorn Merten 39 field goal, 0:13 Second Quarter UCLA - Skip Hicks 6 run (Merten kick) 6:06. NEBR - Lawrence Phillips 5 run (Byron Bennett kick) 2:54 Third Quarter NEBR - Gerald Armstrong 11 pass from Tommie Frazier (Bennett kick), 6:56 Fourth Quarter UCLA - Merten 27 field goal, 12:22 NU UCLA First downs 22 19 Rushing att.-yards 49-208 43-192 Passes 13-19-1 11-22-0 Passing yards 145 134 Total att.-yards 68-353 65-326 Returns-yards 3-21 2-6 Sacks by 6-33 1-7 Punts-average 3-44.0 6-40.5 Fumbles-lost 4-3 1-0 Penalties-yards 5-45 7-67 Time of poss. 28:00 32:00 RUSHING NEBR: Lawrence Phillips 28-137; Tommie Frazier 9-33; Cory Schlesinger 5-20; Damon Benning 7-18. UCLA: Skip Hicks 19-148; Sharmon Shah 10-56. PASSING NEBR: Frazier 13-19-1-145. UCLA: Wayne Cook 11-22-0-134. RECEIVING NEBR: Abdul Muhammad 3-38; Reggie Baul 3-20; Gerald Armstrong 2-42; Trumane Bell 2-37. UCLA: J.J. Stokes 6-65; Kevin Jordan 3-45; Mike Nguyen 2-24. MISSED FIELD GOALS NEBR: Bennett, 44. UCLA: Merten, 53, 44. INTERCEPTIONS NEBR: None. UCLA: Tommy Bennett 1-0. TACKLES (UT-AT-TT) NEBR: Toby Wright 11-2-13; Trev Alberts 10-2-12; Barron Miles 6-1-7. UCLA: Travis Collier 7-2-9; Marvin Goodwin 6-2-8; Jamir Miller 4-4-8. SACKS NEBR: Alberts 2-3; Bruce Moore 1½-12; Terry Connealy 1½-9; Ed Stewart 1-9.
Attendance - 50,299