Brian Franco kicked a school record five field goals and Curt Warner rushed for 238 yards to lead third-ranked Penn State to a 30-24 victory over 15th-ranked Nebraska today.
Warner was 12 yards short of breaking a 1912 school record for rushing in a game. It was the fourth highest rushing total for any back in the history of Penn State.
Nebraska dropped to 1-2, its worst start since 1960. Penn State is 2-0.
Franco provided the winning margin with second-half kicks of 20 and 32 yards. They came after Nebraska's Mark Mauer had thrown touchdown passes of nine yards to Jamie Williams and 16 yards to Scott Woodard.
The Nittany Lions, trailing, 24-20, scored on a two-yard run by fullback Joel Coles and on Franco's record-setting fifth field goal to regain the lead in the fourth quarter.
Penn State took advantage of two fumble recoveries to set up Franco's field goals of 48 and 39 yards in the second quarter. Franco kicked a 29-yarder on the Nittany Lions' first possession of the game.
Penn State Coach Joe Paterno said of Franco, "He may have the strongest leg of any of the kids we've had. He's a cool kid."
"I counted on being called at least three times, but no way did I think they'd call me five times," said Franco.
Franco eclipsed the Penn State record held by Matt and Chris Bahr, who each kicked four field goals in a game. Matt Bahr had four games with four field goals in 1978.
Warner, who carried 28 times, bettered the effort of Nebraska I-back Roger Craig, who gained 120 yards on 24 carries.
"I said at the beginning of the season that he was quicker, stronger and faster, and that he was one of the best backs in the country," Paterno said of Warner. "I think today he proved that."
Warner's performance was a record for an opponent at Memorial Stadium and was just nine yards short of the all-time rushing record against Nebraska. That record was set by Billy Sims of Oklahoma in 1979.
Today's game included six fumbles by each team, with each losing three. The Huskers also had one pass picked off as Giuseppe Harris intercepted Mauer with just over four minutes to play.
The victory avenged Penn State losses to Nebraska the past two years. Nebraska beat Penn State, 42-17, in Lincoln two years ago and won, 21-7, in College Station last year.