No.2 Nebraska 49, UCLA 21

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

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Last year, there were questionson both sides. This year, Nebraska had all the answers.

Tommie Frazier ran for one touchdown and threw for two as No. 2 Nebraska ran away from No. 13 UCLA 49-21 on Saturday, a far cry from its 14-13 victory over the Bruins a year ago at Pasadena, Calif.

"I think they did more talking than they did preparing for us," Frazier said. "All week long in the paper they were saying we were lucky to win last year. I think we were the better team last year and the better team this year."

"I made the comment before the game that I thought Tommie Frazier was in an elite class of athletes in college football," UCLA coach Terry Donahue said. "After having played him this year on Astroturf, I probably feel stronger about my belief than before the game. He's a Michael Jordan-type player that just makes such a difference in a game."

Phillips, who came into Nebraska's running back picture with a 137-yard game against UCLA a year ago, had 178 yards on 19 carries Saturday. He ran a yard for a touchdown and his 60-yard gallop set up another.

Nebraska (3-0) last year managed only 208 yards rushing against UCLA but had 234 yards on the ground by halftime this year. The nation's rushing leader, averaging 446 per game, totaled 484 yards on the ground.

"Defensively we just couldn't hold up with their speed, quickness, ability to break tackles and run the option," Donahue said. "Our defense just didn't hold up on the perimeter at all."

"So far it's been pretty easy," Nebraska coach Tom Osborne said. "We haven't been challenged that much. Down the road it will be and that will be a factor as to whether this is a great football team."

Frazier put the Cornhuskers on the board first with a 23-yard pass to tight end Eric Alford five minutes into the game.

Phillips, who had 82 yards rushing in the first quarter, capped a 13-play drive at the close of the period with a 1-yard TD.

The Bruins, playing a second straight game without All-American receiver J.J. Stokes, went to flanker Kevin Jordan to get its first score. Quarterback Wayne Cook hooked up with the speedy Jordan for 50 yards to set up a 20-yard pass for a touchdown two minutes into the third quarter.

Stokes was on the sidelines with a deep thigh bruise received against Tennessee in UCLA's opener.

Frazier, who was 5-of-11 for 59 yards, quickly offset those points with a 12-yard touchdown run, then ran for 2 points.

"I saw fear in their eyes," Frazier said. "A couple of linebackers looked at me like 'What play are they going to run now to get a big gain?"'

The biggest difference in the two games, Frazier said was turnovers. "We had one turnover. That's all that needs to be said about our performance. Last year we had four," Frazier said.

"Today I felt uneasy until about 10 or 12 minutes to go," Osborne said. "I don't like to have to outscore people but at times today it felt that way."

Clint Brown intercepted Cook's pass to set up Nebraska at the 50 and reserve backs Jeff Makovicka and Damon Benning took care of the rest. Benning got the TD on a 2-yard run and Frazier ran for 2 points and a 28-7 halftime lead.

After Sharmon Shah scored on a 3-yard run for the Bruins in the third quarter, Nebraska picked up scores from Clinton Childs on an 8-yard run, a 9-yard shovel pass from Frazier to Brendan Holbein and a 1-yard run by backup quarterback Brook Berringer. The longest of those drives took only 1:29.

Game Statistics


UCLA     	 0  7 7  7--21
Nebraska 	12 16 7 14--49

Neb--Alford 23 pass from Frazier (kick failed)
Neb--Phillips 1 run (pass failed)
UCLA--Jordan 20 pass from Cook (Merten kick)
Neb--Frazier 12 run (Frazier run)
Neb--Benning 2 run (Frazier run)
UCLA--Shah 3 run (Merten kick)
Neb--Childs 8 run (Sieler kick)
Neb--Holbein 9 pass from Frazier (Sieler kick)
Neb--Berringer 1 run (Sieler kick)
UCLA--Milliner 11 run (Merten kick)
A--75,687
UCLA Neb First downs 24 31 Rushes-yards 35-129 65-484 Passing yards 285 71 Rturn yards 13 17 Passes 21-35-2 6-12-0 Punts 4-40 3-47 Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-1 Penalties-yards 4-25 7-65 Time of Possession 27:55 32:05
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING--UCLA, Shah 18-91, Milliner 7-38, Ayers 4-15, Washington 4-(minus 2), Cook 2-(minus 13). Nebraska, Phillips 19-178, Childs 7-78, Schlesinger 7-50, Makovicka 7-50, Muhammad 1-30, Frazier 7-29, Benning 8-29, Schuster 2-19, Berringer 2-15, Uhler 2-9, Jackson 1-2, Turman 2-(minus 5).
PASSING--UCLA, Cook 15-28-2-217, Fien 6-7-0-68. Nebraska, Frazier 5-11-0-59, Berringer 1-1-0-12.
RECEIVING--UCLA, Jordan 7-129, Washington 4-39, McElroy 2-32, Adams 2-18, Ayers 2-17, Shah 1-20, Anderson 1-14, Nguyen 1-9, Breenan 1-7. Nebraska, Alford 2-35, Holbein 2-14, Muhammad 1-15, Childs 1-7.