Hit: Mike Brown is known for his ferocious hits, but it was cornerback Ralph Brown who got in the best lick Sunday night. Ralph got in a crushing hit on Tennessee receiver Donte' Stallworth after the Volunteer had caught a short fourth-quarter pass from quarterback Tee Martin.
Catch: With Nebraska in danger of having to turn the ball and the momentum back to Tennessee in the third quarter, tight end Jon Bowling came up with a 17-yard reception from quarterback Eric Crouch. The catch gave Nebraska a first down at the 40-yard line, and two plays later, the Huskers had the touchdown that raised their lead from 17-14 to 24-14.
Run: On the play following Bowling's catch, fullback Willie Miller ripped off a career-high 47-yard rumble on a dive play that caught Tennessee off guard.
Play: Tennessee refused to quit after Nebraska had pushed its lead to 31-14, and the Volunteers hit the Huskers with a trick play to finish the scoring. Martin tossed a lateral to wide receiver Cedrick Wilson, and the former high school quarterback unleashed a 44-yard scoring pass to a wide-open Stallworth.
Return: Tennessee Coach Phillip Fulmer had called Bobby Newcombe a special player because of the Nebraska wingback's big-play ability. Newcombe showed the Volunteers just how special he can be, ripping off a 60-yard return that gave Nebraska its second touchdown and a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
NOT SO GOOD
Control: Tennessee All-America safety Deon Grant cost his team 15 yards when he ran Nebraska wingback Sean Applegate out of bounds in the second quarter, then pushed the Husker in the face mask to draw a personal-foul penalty.
Timing: Nebraska needed to come out in the second half and establish some momentum after Tennessee had scored late in the first half to cut the Huskers' lead to 17-7. Instead, the Huskers handed the Volunteers a scoring opportunity when I-back Dan Alexander, battling for extra yardage, fumbled at the Nebraska 26-yard line on the first play of the third quarter. Tennessee scored four plays later to pull within three points.
Tackling: Grant had a shot at keeping Alexander out of the end zone early in the game but missed a tackle at the 2-yard line.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"We had to be the most physical team. I think it showed. It seemed like every five minutes, they were a little bit injured, laying on the ground for maybe five or 10 minutes because they weren't in good enough shape. I don't know what the case was."
Nebraska quarterback, commenting on the toll NU's physical play took on Tennessee.