Facing a coaching staff that included first-year head coach Lou Holtz and first-year defensive backs coach Phil Elmassian, the No. 1 Nebraska football team defeated
The strong first-half effort was an indication of the strength of the 1984 Blackshirts, who ranked as the top defense in the nation in total defense (allowing just 203.3 yards of total offense per game) and scoring defense (allowing 9.5 points per game). The 1984 season marks the only time Nebraska led the nation in scoring defense and one of only two times that it led the nation in total defense.
The Huskers’ stout defensive effort allowed
“I think we played reasonably well today,” Coach Tom Osborne said. “I think
Still, Nebraska ran off 31 straight points before Minnesota finally answered with a 63-yard touchdown pass from Valdez Baylor to Rickey Foggie eight seconds into the fourth quarter to cut the NU lead to 31-7 before Nebraska would add a Doug Dubose 11-yard touchdown run with 5:58 remaining in the game to bring the score to its final 38-7 margin.
The first quarter was scoreless, thanks to three
The Gophers couldn’t capitalize on the Husker mistakes, and
While the Husker offense found its stride after a rocky first quarter, the Blackshirts were on from the kickoff.
Holtz, coaching in just his second game at
“I think their fans are really tremendous,” Holtz said. “You can talk about the great fans all over the world, but these are the best. They have a good time. Coming through the tunnel after our game with the
The win was