Huskers Hold Off Buffs, 27-24
Boulder, Colo. (Nov. 28, 1997) - Perfect doesn’t always have to be pretty. The second-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers found that out against Colorado in Boulder.
Although the Huskers missed several opportunities to close the door on CU, Nebraska pulled out a 27-24 victory in the Rockies to complete a perfect 11-0 regular season.
The defenses held their own in the first half as Nebraska led 10-3 at intermission. The Huskers scored on a 25-yard field goal by Kris Brown on their first drive and added a 19-yard touchdown run by Scott Frost early in the second to lead 10-0.
Colorado countered with a field goal late in the first half to cut NU’s lead to 10-3. In the second half, it was time for both offenses to shine. It took Nebraska just two plays to score after the half, as Ahman Green burst through the middle of CU’s defense for 64 yards, then scored one play later on a 16-yard run.
However, NU’s two-touchdown lead lasted just two plays as Colorado marched 80 yards on two big pass plays. The rest of the third quarter belonged to the Huskers, as Green scored again from 11 yards and Brown added a 46-yard field goal to give NU a 27-10 edge. Nebraska was driving for a game-clinching touchdown late in the game, but fumbled and gave CU new life.
The Buffs responded by scoring on a 32-yard pass from John Hessler to Marcus Stiggers, then recovered an on-side kick. CU needed four plays to cut the NU lead to three points, as Hessler connected with Robert Toler from 18 yards out. Nebraska survived one last CU drive to pull out the win.
The Husker offense was paced by Green, who posted his second consecutive 200-yard game with 29 carries for 202 yards and two scores. Frost added 76 yards rushing and 92 passing to become the 12th player in history to rush and pass for 1,000 yards in a season. However, the Husker offense needed all it could muster, as CU kept the Blackshirt defense off balance, passing for 362 yards and posting 455 yards of total offense.