No. 2 Nebraska 70, Pacific 21

(c) Copyright the News & Observer Publishing Co. and The Associated Press, 1994

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Backup quarterback Brook Berringer, seeing extended duty against an outmanned opponent, threw for three touchdowns and ran for one as No. 2 Nebraska manhandled Pacific 70-21.

The Cornhuskers (4-0) scored the first seven times they touched the ball.

Quarterback Tommie Frazier played in only the first two possessions, driving the Huskers 61 yards in six plays to Damon Benning's 1-yard run, then handing off as Lawrence Phillips ran 74 yards for another score with six minutes gone.

Fullback Cory Schlesinger ran for 8 yards and 39 yards to put the Huskers up 28-0 in the first period over the Tigers (2-2).

Berringer then took over with a 6-yard touchdown run, followed by scoring passes of 15 yards to Clester Johnson, 46 yards to Eric Alford and 18 yards to Abdul Muhammad.

Coach Tom Osborne substituted liberally throughout and had his third- and fourth-string and scout squad players on the field most of the second half.

The 49-0 halftime lead by Nebraska tied a school record for most points in a half. The Huskers also scored 49 in a 63-42 win over Oklahoma State in 1988.

Pacific, a Big West Conference member, picked up two third-quarter touchdowns from Joe Abdullah, on a 17-yard pass from Craig Whelihan and a 2-yard run.

The Huskers, the nation's leading rushing team with an average of 458 yards a game, had 448 through three quarters.

Phillips had 138 on nine carries, the sophomore's fourth-straight 100-yard game.

Game Statistics


Pacific  	 0  0 14  7--21
Nebraska 	28 21 14  7--70

Neb--Benning 1 run (Sieler kick)
Neb--Phillips 74 run (Sieler kick)
Neb--Schlesinger 8 run (Sieler kick)
Neb--Schlesinger 39 run (Sieler kick)
Neb--Berringer 6 run (Sieler kick)
Neb--Johnson 15 pass from Berringer (Erstad kick)
Neb--Alford 46 pass from Berringer (Erstad kick)
Neb--Muhammad 18 pass from Berringer (Erstad kick)
Pac--Abdullah 17 pass from Whelihan (Fleenor kick)
Neb--Childs 1 run (Retzlaff kick)
Pac Abdullah 2 run (Fleenor kick)
Neb--Lake 24 pass from Turman (Retzlaff kick)
Pac--Bowers 9 pass from Sellers (Fleenor kick)
A--75,273.
Pac Neb First downs 20 32 Rushes-yards 25-84 59-510 Passing 290 189 Return Yards -2 94 Comp-Att-Int 27-51-2 12-22-0 Punts 7-29 1-45 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1 Penalties-Yards 5-37 8-90 Time of Possession 28:22 31:38
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING--Pacific, Reeder 4-34, Abdullah 9-20, Green 4-17, Edwards 1-9. Blakney 3-5, Whelihan 3-0, Wallace 1-(minus 1). Nebraska, Phillips 9-138, Benning 10-87, Childs 10-64, Makovicka 3-59, Schlesinger 3-51, Turman 4-37, Berringer 6-32, Uhlir 3-13, Davenport 2-10, Jackson 2-10, Frazier 1-5, Kucera 1-4, Norris 1-2, Stanley 1-0, Held 1-0, Schuster 2-(minus 2).
PASSING--Pacific, Whelihan 25-49-2-279, Sellers 2-2-0-11. Nebraska, Berringer 8-15-0-120, Turman 3-4-0-43, Frazier 1-2-0-26, Kucera 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING--Pacific, Watley 7-126, Brown 4-28, Atkins 4-29, Green 3-26, Morales 2-20, Bowers 2-16, Weston 2-10, Abdullah 1-17, Blakney 1-16, Blackwell 1-2. Nebraska, Baul 2-26, Alford 1-46, Childs 1-26, Lake 1-24, Muhammad 1-18, Johnson 1-15, Carpenter 1-12, Holbein 1-8, Vedral 1-7, Benning 1-4, Gilman 1-3.