Nebraska

Cornhuskers

Alabama

Crimson Tide ©

Played September 2, 1978

at Legion Field

Birmingham, Alabama

  

Teams' Belt Records

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

Nebraska 1 0 1 0 .000         0 1 0 .000        
Alabama © 1 8 1 0 .889 4 0 0 1.000 3 0 0 1.000 1 1 0 .500

                          Previous Belt Meetings:            None

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Nebraska

3

0

0

0

3

Alabama

0

7

6

7

20

Coach Tom Osborne brought his 10th ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers to Birmingham to battle the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide of coach Paul "Bear" Bryant to open the 1978 season.  Nebraska was the only team to defeat the Crimson Tide in 1977; a 31-24 loss in Lincoln which probably kept Alabama from being named National Champions.  Alabama’s defense led by All-American DT Marty Lyons stuffed the Nebraska offense while the Crimson Tide's offense was methodical in posting a 20-3 victory to avenge their 1977 loss & retain The Belt.  Midway through the 1st quarter, Nebraska’s only points of the game came on a 48-yard field goal from PK Billy Todd.  In the 2nd quarter, Alabama drove 99 yards in 16 plays with QB Jeff Rutledge connecting with RB Major Ogilvie on a 4-yard touchdown pass.  The drive was highlighted by a 29-yard run from RB Billy Jackson & a 36-yard run from RB Tony Nathan.  In the 3rd quarter, Alabama's CB Don McNeal intercepted Nebraska's QB Tom Sorley at the Alabama 39-yard line to set-up a 2-yard touchdown run by Nathan.  Alabama’s last touchdown came after Crimson Tide's LB Ricky Gilliland recovered a fumble setting up a 3-yard touchdown run by Rutledge with just 2:17 left in the game.  Rutledge finished with 54 yards passing with a touchdown as well as 56 yards rushing with a touchdown while the Alabama defense held Nebraska’s offense to just 174 total yards.  Sorley threw for 60 yards with 2 interceptions in the loss.  Alabama finished the season 11-1; SEC Champions & National Champions while the Cornhuskers finished 9-3, Big Eight Co-Champs & ranked 8th nationally.  Nebraska would play for The Belt again in 1997.

 

Nebraska Game Stats Alabama Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

I.M. Hipp 14 54 0 Tony Nathan 16 78 1
Rick Berns 12 42 0 Billy Jackson 14 62 0
Jeff Quinn 3 29 0 Jeff Rutledge 19 56 1
Andra Franklin 2 5 0 Lou Ikner 3 23 0
Tom Sorley 7 -20 0 Steven Whitman 6 20 0
        Major Ogilvie 4 18 0
        Joe Jones 3 7 0
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Tom Sorley 21 9 2 60 0 Jeff Rutledge 13 5 0 54 1
Jeff Quinn 2 1 0 4 0            
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Kenny Brown 2 18 0 Bruce Bolton 2 30 0
Tim Smith 3 18 0 Major Ogilvie 2 14 1
Rick Berns 3 15 0 Steven Whitman 1 10 0
Junior Miller 2 13 0        

 

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