The Huskers held No. 18 Penn State to just 60 rushing yards on the game and just 66 yards of total offense in the second half as the No. 6 Huskers throttled the Nittany Lions, 42-17, on Sept. 29, 1979 in this week in Husker History.
Hager almost immediately redeemed himself for his mistake, leading a Husker drive 85 yards and 13 plays and putting the Huskers on the board with a 11-yard touchdown pass to Junior Miller to cut Penn State’s lead in half 52 seconds into the second quarter.
Hager and Miller would connect again later in the second quarter, as NU tied the game on a 70-yard touchdown pass from Hager to Miller with seven minutes to go in the half.
The Nittany Lions turned the ball over on the first play on the ensuing drive, giving
Nebraska would polish off their 28-point second quarter on the following drive with a four-play, 58-yard scoring drive keyed by a 34-yard run by Andra Franklin. Two plays later,
It was in the third quarter that the Blackshirts turned up the heat on
While the defense stymied the PSU offense, the
After NU forced a three-and-out on
Jarvis Redwine led the Huskers in rushing with 124 yards in 22 attempts, while Hager was 14-for-22 with 215 yards and two touchdowns passing. The stout Blackshirt effort was led by Kim Baker and Brent Williams, who notched 16 tackles each.
All-time, the Huskers are 7-4 on Sept. 29. Among