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Blackshirts Make It Look Easy
Nebraska 51
Missouri 7
 


by Mark Fricke

(Lincoln, Nebraska - November 9, 1996) - A late game touchdown spared the Tigers from being shutout, but didn't erase the fact that the Nebraska's offense scored 42 points while the defense added 9 of their own. It all adds up to a 51-7 rout in Lincoln. The Huskers record now goes to 8-1(6-0) while the Tigers fall to 3-6 (1-5).

Playing before the 213th consecutive Memorial Stadium sellout, the Huskers first drive ended in disappointment. The first drive ended at the Missouri 14 yard line with a missed 31 yard Kris Brown field goal attempt. Big plays came quickly though for the Huskers.

After the next Nebraska drive stalled, Jesse Kosch punted. The Missouri return was fumbled, however, and Jay Sims fell on the ball at the Missouri 25 yards line. Three plays later Husker quarterback Scott Frost found Brendan Holbein open in the end zone for a 14 yard strike and a 7-0 Husker lead.

The two teams traded punts before the Missouri kicking game let them down again. On their first drive of the second period Missouri punter Vince Sebo fumbled the snap out of the end zone for a safety. The Huskers lead 9-0 two minutes into the second quarter.

The next Husker drive ended like the first of the game as Kris Brown missed his second field goal of the game.

Things went from bad to worse for the Tigers on their next drive. Missouri starting quarterback Corby Jones left the game with an injury, making way for Kent Skornia. Although the next drive lasted nine plays and included two first downs, the Tigers netted only two yards thanks to penalties and an anemic rushing game. When the Tigers tried to go to the passing game they found Husker rover Mike Minter in the way. Minter intercepted his fifth pass of the year and set the Cornhuskers up at the Missouri four yard line. Freshman I-Back DeAngelo Evans pushed ahead for three yards followed by a one yard sneak by Frost for the score .

The Black Shirts struck again on the next drive when linebacker Terrell Farley scooped up a blocked punt and took it in for a Husker touchdown and a 23-0 lead with 2:23 left in the half.

The Black Shirts showed their domination on the score sheet as Missouri recorded minus four yards rushing in the first half and 27 yards in total offense with only two first downs.

Things didn't change much at the start of the second half. Missouri's first drive went three and out and the Huskers started off at their own 44 yard line after the punt. Lightening struck for the Husker offense on the first play when Ahman Green turned in a run reminiscent of Tommie Frazier's famous Fiesta Bowl run. Green ran around the right side, bounced off several would-be tacklers and broke free for a 56 yard touchdown run.

Husker backup quarterback Matt Turman took over the offense on the next drive and guided the team 85 yards in five plays and back in to the end zone. The key play came when Ahman Green took an option pitch and sprinted 70 yards down to the Missouri 12. Evans finished the job three plays later with a one yard scoring dive. The Huskers led 37-0 with 7:09 left in the quarter.

The Huskers weren't finished yet. Missouri's next drive ended with a punt that Octavious McFarlin returned 26 yards to the Tiger 5 yard line. Nebraska capped their second one play scoring drive of the day with a 5 yard Evans touchdown run.

The Husker defense returned to the spotlight on the next play from scrimmage. Quarterback Skornia was forced to fumble on an option attempt by back-up rush end Mike Rucker. Rucker fell on the ball at the Tiger eight yard line and the Huskers were in business again.

Matt Turman did the honors three plays later with a five yard scoring run.

Missouri finally broke through late in the fourth quarter with a 24 yard pass from third string QB John McArthur to Jay Murchison.

The Huskers finished the game with 413 yards in total offense, 299 of those coming on the ground. Quarterback Scott Frost finished with 9 completions on 14 attempts for 114 yards and one touchdown. The Husker ground attack was led by Ahman Green with 161 yards on 12 carries.

Grant Wistrom and Jamel Williams both recorded six tackles on the day for the Black Shirts. The Huskers now prepare for a trip to Ames, Iowa and a visit with Troy Davis. Davis needs only 178 more yards in his last two games to become the first back in NCAA history to rush for 2,000 yards in two consecutive seasons.


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