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NEBRASKA 57 , Missouri 00

(c) 1995 Copyright The News and Observer Publishing Co.
(c) 1995 Associated Press
Missouri 	0  0  0 0--00
Nebraska 	7 21 22 7--57

LINCOLN, Neb. (Oct 14, 1995 - 18:54 EDT) -- With Nebraska's offense so often stealing the show, coach Tom Osborne was especially happy to see his defense record its first shutout of the season.

So what if it came against a struggling Missouri team that is last in the Big Eight in total offense and scoring? The 57-0 victory Saturday was still a dominating performance and the 17th straight against the Tigers.

"There was a good pass rush and they were very sound," Osborne said. "The only disturbing thing is that they had two or three guys running open and they just couldn't hit them."

Missouri had trouble hitting anything. The Tigers (2-4, 0-2 Big Eight) lost two of five fumbles, threw two interceptions and finished with 122 total yards.

On 39 carries, the Tigers gained 39 yards with sophomore Brock Olivo held to 10 yards on 11 rushes. He had averaged 101 yards per game.

"This was by far our best defensive game yet," rush end Jared Tomich said. "All last week we heard about how they were going to revamp their offense so we didn't know what they were going to do .... but they came up with the same stuff that they did before."

While Missouri struggled, Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier dazzled. The senior ran for three touchdowns and threw for two as he improved to 26-1 as a starter in regular-season games.

Along the way, he became became the school's career leader in touchdowns with 64, breaking Steve Taylor's record of 62 from 1985-88. But the record wasn't a big concern to Frazier.

"The passing game is not where it needs to be, but we're going to get better at that," he said. "It's just concentration on my part and on the receivers' part."

It was not a pretty game. There were 11 fumbles, two interceptions and several muffed kick returns. But in a game of botched opportunities, the Cornhuskers (6-0, 2-0) came out ahead.

Even a broken pass play resulted in a touchdown. On the final play of the first half, Frazier's 29-yard pass to Jon Vedral was tipped into the end zone and into the hands of split end Brendan Holbein. Kris Brown's extra point with no time on the clock gave Nebraska a 28-0 lead.

The play capped an ugly half that included seven fumbles, two of them lost by Missouri. The Huskers, meanwhile, had three fumbles and punted three times. In one drive, Nebraska got the ball at its 49 but had to punt after gaining 12 yards in a drive that included two mishandled pitches in a row by tailback Damon Benning.

But the ugliest performance came from the Missouri offense.

Coach Larry Smith started freshman Kent Skornia at quarterback, switched to redshirt freshman Corby Jones two drives later and later used junior Brandon Corso. None did well; the quarterbacks completed 9 of 24 passes for 83 yards and two interceptions.

Nebraska freshman tailback Ahman Green finished with 90 yards and a 9-yard TD run in his first start. Frazier finished with 71 rushing yards and completed half of his 14 passes for 133 yards.

The Huskers enjoyed excellent field position most of the day, and scored first following a 29-yard punt to the Missouri 31. Frazier sprinted in from 29 yards with 7:08 remaining in the first quarter.

He added a 1-yard plunge with 5:24 remaining in the half after Tomich recovered a fumble by Olivo at the Missouri 27. Frazier's third score came with 1:14 left from 3 yards out to cap a five-play, 64-yard drive.