'95 Huskers Edge Out '94 Lions

Despite the heroic efforts of PSU's Ki-Jana Carter and Kerry Collins, the 1995 Huskers rode the back of a memorable performance from premier tailback Lawrence Phillips to rally for a thrilling 37-34 win in what was the most anticipated first round matchup in the Scout.com/WhatIfSports.com Tournament of Champions.

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Phillips finished with 32 rushes for 235 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 7.5 yards per carry and Ahman Green added 16 rushes for 131 yards and a score as the Huskers' running game provided their spark. The game featured several long rushes, and unfortunately for PSU most of them fell into place for Nebraska, rendering Ki-Jana Carter's opening touchdown of 63 yards moot.

Green scored on a 75 yarder in the 2nd quarter and Phillips broke through the Nittany Lions' defense for 74 and 73 yard touchdowns, the latter opening the scoring in the second half. All told, Nebraska shredded the PSU defense on the ground, rushing 56 times for 384 yards and averaging nearly 7 yards per carry. Simply stated, Penn State had no answers for the Nebraska ground game.

Overshadowed by Nebraska was the Penn State offense, which also moved at will many times throughout the contest. Carter had 34 rushes for 155 yards and a touchdown, including his breakaway 63 yarder in the opening quarter. Collins was spectacular in the air, gaining 304 yards on 26 of 37 passes with a touchdown pass to Brian Milne. However, Collins also threw a first quarter interception that stalled a promising drive and led to a Nebraska field goal.

Penn State had eight more first downs (26 in total) than Nebraska and held the edge in time of possession.

No field goal in this game proved to be as crucial as Kris Brown's clutch 47 yarder with 11 seconds left. Brown connected on three long field goals (52, 45, 47), the final one providing the Huskers with an impressive victory in a thrilling offensive contest.

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