The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 07, 1988, Page 10, Image 10

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Huskers crunch more Aggies
By Nick Hodge
Mike Kluck
Staff Reporters
Nebraska tuned up for its show
down this weekend against UCLA by
blasting Utah State 63-13 Saturday at
the 156th consecutive sellout at
Memorial Stadium.
The Comhuskers, ranked No. 2 in
both The Associated Press and United
Press International college football
polls, travel to Pasadena, Calif., Sat
urday to play the Bruins, who arc
ranked 5th in both polls, at the Rose
For the Utah State Aggies, who
played in front of its largest crowd
ever of 76,233, it may have seemed
like they were reliving a nightmare of
last season’s 56-12 thrashing by the
Senior quarterback Steve Taylor
completed 7 of 10 passes for 143
yards and one touchdown. He also
rushed for 74 yards on ninecarries and
scored two touchdowns.
Taylor said the Huskers played a
nearly flawless game.
“We were ready for today and we
did what we were suppose to do,”
Taylor said. ‘‘We went out there and
executed well and put some points on
the board — no turnovers, which was
very crucial. We had a pretty good
Utah State coach Chuck Shelton
was so impressed with Taylor that he
made him a proposition.
“He’s everything they say he is,”
Shelton said. “In fact, I talked to him
after the game and told him we would
name our practice field after him if he
wanted to transfer to our school. But
he didn’t seem very interested. He’s
pretty good.”
The Huskers had no turnovers
while rolling up 590 yards of total
offense, including 421 yards rushing
and 169 yards through the air. Ne
braska was penalized only five times
for 34 yards while the Aggies had one
penalty for 5 yards.
But Nebraska’s offense wasn’t the
only Husker unit that played well
Saturday. The defense limited the
Aggies to just 206 yards of total of
fense — 19 yards rushing and 187
Senior outside linebacker Broder
ick Thomas had five unassisted tack
les, including three for losses. Tho
mas said the defensive performance
has improved since the Huskers’ 23
14 victory over Texas A&M last
The Huskers took the game’s
opening kickoff and drove 80 yards in
nine plays,capped off by Taylor’s 22
yard touchdown run.
Nebraska’s 3rd possession re
sulted from a Cartier Walker fumble
recovery. Nebraska junior Sam
Schmidt scored on a 6-yard run three
plays later to give the Huskers a 14-0
Taylor completed a 71 -yard, nine
play drive in the second quarter with
a 15-yard touchdown scramble. On
Nebraska’s next possession, Taylor
went to the air, completing three
passes for 74 yards, including an 11
yard touchdown pass to junior wing
back Ri hard Bell. Bell’s reception
sent the Huskers to the locker room
with a 28-0 lead.
The Huskers opened the second
half the same as the first half by
driving 68 yards in six plays with
junior I-back Ken Clark carrying the
final seven yards for the touchdown.
Clark’s 12 rushes for 90 yards was a
career high.
Utah State took the ensuing kick
off at their 27-yard 1 ine and proceeded
73 yards down the field in 15 plays. A
1 -yard scoring pass from Aggie quar
terback Brent Snyder to wide receiver
Patrick Newman completed the
Nebraska only needed three min
utes for its next score — a 2-yard run
by I-back Terry Rodgers. On the first
play of the fourth quarter, Nebraska
junior quarterback Gerry Gdowski
passed to wingback Brad Dcvall fora
6-yard touchdown and a 49-7 Huskcr
In his Nebraska debut, redshirt
freshman quarterback Mickey Joseph
ran eight yards for another Huskcr
score. Gdowski finished the scoring
for Nebraska with a 1-yard sneak.
With 2:47 left, Snyder hit wide
receiver Kendal Smith with a 15-yard
touchdown pass.
' Butch Ireland/Daily Nftbraskan
Nebraska quarterback Steve Taylor drops back to pass
Saturday during the Cornhuskers’ 63-13 win against Utah
State in Memorial Stadium.
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