First of all, these teams haven’t met in 8 years, after having been rivals for 60 years, in the Big 12. Colorado joined the Pac 10, and Nebraska joined the Big Ten. The game was played on September 8th, in Memorial Stadium, in Lincoln, NE. Following are some key facts, that entered into the game. won by Colorado 33-28.
Both teams started true freshman quarterbacks.
The lead bounced back & forth, with Nebraska leading 28-27, late in the 4th qtr. The defense of Nebraska played well, and put Colorado in a 3rd down & 24. Nebraska was penalized on the next play, for pass interference. A terrible call, the ball was totally uncatchable. It gave Colorado a first down. Colorado then scored on a beautiful catch by Shenalt with one minute left.
Nebraska quarterback, Martinez was injured, so couldn’t return for an attempt at victory. The intended backup quit school the week before, and transferred to FSU, after getting beat out by Martinez. The new backup had never thrown a pass in a game. He made a valiant attempt, but couldn’t put one in the end zone.
Nebraska finished with 329 rushing yards, 187 passing yards.
Colorado finished with 351 yards passing, but only 44 yards rushing.
Nebraska’s defense had 7 sacks, the most in 11 years.
Truly an exciting game, with both true freshman quarterbacks playing exceptional games. A heart wrenching loss for Nebraska, because of a terrible call that let Colorado score, and ruin coach Frost’s first game