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1980 Cotton Bowl
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
07/09/2002
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Dallas, Texas, Jan. 1, 1980--Reserve quarterback Terry Elston threw a 6-yard fourth-down touchdown pass to Eric Herring with just 12 seconds left in the game as Houston handed Nebraska a heart-breaking 17-14 loss in the 44th Cotton Bowl game--another in a six-year string of incredible finishes in Husker bowl games.

Before a CBS-TV national audience and 72,032 on hand in Dallas' famous oval, the Huskers and Cougars battled tooth-and-nail for a full 60 minutes. The goal-line situation at the end was a fitting finale.

Nebraska struck first as I-back Jarvis Redwine scored on a 9-yard run late in the first period, but Houston came back to tie, 7-7, at halftime on an 8-yard Elston run early in the second period.

After a scoreless third period, Southwest Conference champion Houston took its first lead of the game, 10-7, on a 41-yard field goal by Ken Hatfield with 8:25 left in the game. The Huskers made little headway against the Cougar defense in the second half, but took advantage of a Houston fumble to drive 31 yards in six plays to take a 14-10 lead on Jeff Quinn's 6-yard touchdown pass with 3:56 left.

The next 3:44 were all Terry Elston, as the junior accounted for all but 11 yards in the Cougars' winning 66-yard drive, completing five of seven passes for 45 yards, including three for crucial first downs and rushing three times for 10 yards.

1980 Cotton Bowl

Teams

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2

3

4

Final

Nebraska

7

0

0

7

14

Houston

0

7

0

10

17


Statistics

NU

UH

First Downs

13

18

Rushing, Net

136

206

Passes Att., Comp., Int.

22-11-1

19-9-0

Passing, Net

91

119

Total Offense

227

325


Scoring Summary

First Quarter
NU-Jarvis Redwine 9 run (Dean Sukup kick), 5:13

Second Quarter
UH-Terry Elston 8 run (Ken Hatfield kick), 12:17

Fourth Quarter
UH-FG Hatfield 41, 8:25.
NU-Jeff Finn 6 pass from Jeff Quinn (Sukup kick), 3:56
UH-Eric Herring 6 pass from Elston (Hatfield kick), 0:12

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