Alabama scored first on a 32 yard touchdown pass from Steve Sloan to Ray Perkins as Alabama took a 7-0 lead. In the second quarter, Nebraska's Bob Churchich threw a 33 yard touchdown pass to Tony Jeter to tie the game at 7. Alabama's Les Kelly scored on a 4 yard touchdown run as the Crimson Tide led 14-7. Sloan and Perkins connected for the second time of the game, as Alabama led 21-7. An 18 yard field goal before halftime gave Alabama a 24-7 lead.
In the third quarter, Churchich threw a 49 yard touchdown pass to Ben Gregory as Nebraska narrowed the deficit to 24-13. Steve Bowman scored on a 1 yard touchdown run giving Alabama a 32-13 lead. In the fourth quarter, Churchich scored on a 1 yard run making it 32-20. Bowman scored on a 3 yard run as Alabama led 39-20. Churchich threw a 14 yard touchdown pass to Tony Jeter as the final score was Alabama 39, Nebraska 28.