#1 Nebraska 13, Oklahoma 3

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

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Nebraska's defense made sure the top-ranked Cornhuskers didn't need Tommie Frazier to beat Oklahoma on Friday.

Frazier, who hasn't played since Sept. 24 against Pacific, was suited up and available if needed. But Nebraska held Oklahoma to 47 second-half yards in a 13-3 victory that sends the Cornhuskers to the Orange Bowl for another chance at the national title.

Nebraska (12-0, 7-0 Big Eight) lost the national championship to Florida State in the Orange Bowl last season.

Oklahoma (6-5, 4-3) is expected to go to the Copper Bowl. The Sooners turned in their best defensive effort of the year in Gary Gibbs' last regular-season game as coach, but the offense had no success.

Quarterback Brook Berringer scored Nebraska's only touchdown, a 1-yard sneak early in the fourth quarter. The Cornhuskers threatened again in the final minute, but Berringer's pass was intercepted in the end zone.

Nebraska gave up 132 yards but only the one field goal in the first half, then throttled Oklahoma after that. The Sooners made only four first downs in the second half, none in the fourth quarter.

Nebraska's powerful offense didn't exactly have a field day, either. The Cornhuskers, who average 358 yards rushing and 494 overall per game, wound up with 136 on the ground and 302 overall.

Nebraska beat Oklahoma for the fourth straight time, and in the process secured its fourth straight Big Eight title.

The game was tied 3-3 at halftime. A 26-yard field goal by Tom Sieler midway through the third quarter ended an 81-yard drive. Then the Cornhuskers drove 82 yards for a touchdown on their next possession.

Nebraska gained only 63 yards in the first half and didn't make a first down in the second quarter. The Cornhuskers failed on a fake field goal early in the game and were hurt by inconsistent passing by Berringer, who also was sacked three times in the half.

On the fake field goal, Matt Turman came up two yards short on fourth-and-11 from the Oklahoma 28. Nebraska later moved to the Sooners 22, but a reverse play lost seven yards and Berringer was sacked on third-and-15, resulting in a 46-yard field goal by Darin Erstad.

The Sooners gained only 15 yards in the first quarter and then were unable to take advantage when they did start to move the ball in the second quarter.

On their first possession of the second quarter, the Sooners moved from their 20 to the Nebraska 16 before Barron Miles blocked a 33-yard field goal try. The Sooners had hurt themselves earlier with a procedure penalty on first-and-10 from the 16.

Oklahoma started one drive late in the half at the Nebraska 39 but only came away with a field goal.

Game Statistics


Nebraska 	0  3  3  7--13
Oklahoma 	0  3  0  0--03

Neb--FG Erstad 46
Okl--FG Blanton 25
Neb--FG Sieler 26
Neb--Berringer 1 run (Sieler kick)
A--70,216.
Neb Okla First downs 18 10 Rushes-yards 50-136 32-108 Passing yards 166 071 Return yards 0 20 Passes 13-23-1 6-18-2 Punts 5-47 7-38 Fumbles-lost 2-0 0-0 Penalties-yards 4-28 5-35 Time of Possession 36:48 23:12
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING--Nebraska, Phillips 21-50, Berringer 15-48, Benning 3-10, Schlesinger 3-11, Turman 1-9, Makovicka 3-9, Childs 3-6, Muhammad 1-(minus 7). Oklahoma, Moore 15-71, McGee 5-20, Allen 9-8, Chandler 3-9.
PASSING--Nebraska, Berringer 13-23-1-166. Oklahoma, McGee 6-17-2-71, Brown 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING--Nebraska, Muhammad 5-98, Phillips 3-24, Gilman 2-23, Alford 2-16, Baul 1-5. Oklahoma, Hall 3-51, McDaniel 2-11, Allen 1-9.