No. 2 Nebraska 42, Wyoming 32

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

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Lawrence Phillips and backup quarterback Brook Berringer each scored three touchdowns to rally second-ranked Nebraska past Wyoming 42-32 on Saturday.

Berringer made the first start of his career in place of Tommie Frazier, who is out at least two weeks because of a blood clot in his right leg.

Berringer scored on runs of 5, 24 and 10 yards and the Huskers (5-0) needed each one to get by Wyoming (2-3).

Redshirt freshman quarterback Jeremy Dombek, making his first start, threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Harris on the Cowboys' second possession, then found Jeremy Gilstrap from 6 yards out with 25 seconds left in the first quarter.

Nebraska, using a conservative game plan without Frazier, managed only 58 yards in the first quarter and didn't get on the scoreboard until Phillips vaulted in from 1 yard out with 5:25 remaining in the half. And Nebraska didn't put the game away until Phillips' 8-yard run following a Wyoming turnover in the fourth period.

Phillips ended with 27 carries and 168 yards in a one-sided duel with Cowboys back Ryan Christopherson. Phillips is third nationally in rushing at 154 yards a game, Christopherson fifth at 152. Christopherson was held to zero net yards in 12 carries.

Wyoming picked up another score when Lee Vaughn intercepted Berringer's pass at the Nebraska 22 to set up Terry Hendricks' 1-yard sweep for a 21-7 Cowboys lead with 2:12 left in the half.

The Huskers put together another scoring drive before intermission, however, with Berringer hitting seven straight passes, then capping a 64-yard drive with a 5-yard sprint around end with 12 seconds left in the half.

It was first time Nebraska had trailed at halftime of a regular-season game since Oklahoma State led 13-6 in 1993, and the first time trailing at home since being down 14-3 to Oklahoma in 1991.

Berringer evened the game four plays into the second half when he ran 25 yards to set up a 24-yard scoring run. Barron Miles picked off his second pass 20 seconds later at the Wyoming 40 and Phillips swept left end on the next play for a touchdown and a 28-21 Nebraska lead.

Berringer's third touchdown came at the 8:11 mark when he optioned left, cut inside and scored from 10 yards away.

Taylor Sorenson's 40-yard field goal just before the gun cut Nebraska's margin to 35-24 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Huskers knocked Dombek from the game early in the fourth quarter but senior John Gustin engineered an 86-yard scoring. Gustin capped it with a 2-yard TD toss to Gilstrap and the same combination worked for a 2-point conversion and a 35-32 game with 9:09 to play.

The Cowboys forced Nebraska to punt but Je'Ney Jackson bobbled the fair catch and Damon Benning recovered for Nebraska at the 8. Phillips went in on the next play.

Game Statistics


Wyoming  	14  7  3  8--32
Nebraska 	 0 14 21  7--42

Wyo--Harris 39 pass from Dombek (Sorenson kick)
Wyo--Gilstrap 6 pass from Dombek (Sorenson kick)
Neb--Phillips 1 run (Sieler kick)
Wyo--Hendricks 1 run (Sorenson kick)
Neb--Berringer 5 run (Sieler kick)
Neb--Berringer 24 run (Sieler kick)
Neb--Phillips 40 run (Sieler kick)
Neb--Berringer 10 run (Sieler kick)
Wyo--FG Sorenson 40
Wyo--Gilstrap 2 pass from Gustin (Gilstrap pass from Gustin)
Neb--Phillips 8 run (Sieler kick)
A--76,234.
Wyo Neb First downs 18 24 Rushes-yards 21-36 56-322 Passing 344 131 Return Yards 8 53 Comp-Att-Int 25-46-3 15-22-1 Punts 7-41 8-42 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-1 Penalties-Yards 6-30 9-91 Time of Possession 25:40 34:20
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING--Wyoming, Hendrix 1-33, Gustin 2-9, Dombek 3-7, Hendricks 3-1, Christopherson 12-0. Nebraska, Phillips 27-168, Berringer 12-74, Benning 6-46, Makovicka 4-19, Childs 3-9,Muhammad 1-3, Schlesinger 3-3.
PASSING--Wyoming, Dombek 17-35-3 264, Gustin 8-11-0 80. Nebraska, Berringer 15-22-1 131.
RECEIVING--Wyoming, Harris 8-149, Pratt 8-126, Gilstrap 3-25, Peace 2-15, Christopherson 2-14, Tillman 1-9, Kuhn 1-6. Nebraska, Gilman 4-48, Muhammad 4-30, Phillips 3-22, Johnson 2-14, Holbein 1-11, Baul 1-6.