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NEBRASKA 64, Oklahoma St. 21

(c) 1995 Copyright The News and Observer Publishing Co.
(c) 1995 Associated Press
Nebraska     	6 30 14 14--64
Oklahoma St. 	0  7  7  7--21

STILLWATER, Okla. (Sep 1, 1995 - 01:42 EDT) -- Nebraska apparently didn't have much trouble replacing the 14 starters gone from last year's national championship team.

The No. 2 Cornhuskers dominated Oklahoma State, piling up 671 yards on the way to a 64-21 victory Thursday night. Lawrence Phillips and Tommie Frazier led the way, Phillips scoring three first-half touchdowns and Frazier throwing for two TDs and running for one.

Nebraska had 513 yards on the ground, 153 by Phillips. The Cornhuskers defense allowed 282 yards, but most came in the second half when the starters were on the sideline.

"Our running game was on tonight," Frazier said. "If it's on like that, I don't think too many teams can stop us."

It was an ugly debut for Oklahoma State coach Bob Simmons. His team had 1 yard of offense in the first quarter, just 95 at halftime, and five times during the game was held to 5 yards or less on possessions.

"I don't know quite what to make of a game like that," coach Tom Osborne said. "We certainly didn't try to embarrass them any."

Nebraska, 13-0 last year, won its 26th straight regular-season game -- the longest streak in the country -- and beat Oklahoma State for the 22nd straight time. They have not lost to the Cowboys since 1961, the only blemish a tie in 1973.

Oklahoma State, 3-7-1 in 1994, lost its 19th straight conference game dating to 1992.

"Basically we need to be a sound football team. Right now we're not," Simmons said. "We just played a national championship program. Now we have to hold our heads up and become a solid football team.

"I'm not apologizing for the way we played. They did not do anything that we didn't prepare for. We just didn't execute what we can do."

Phillips, cleared Tuesday by the NCAA to play, had 125 yards at halftime. He wound up with just 12 carries and took a seat early in the third quarter, after the Cornhuskers scored on their first possession of the second half to take a 43-7 lead.

Phillips fumbled at midfield on the Cornhuskers' first possession but the defense made that mistake incidental by holding Oklahoma State to minus-15 yards in three plays.

Nebraska then drove 72 yards in 12 plays with Phillips scoring on a 3-yard run. A field goal and defensive touchdown -- Terrell Farley returned an interception 29 yards -- made it 16-0 early in the second quarter.

David Thompson, who had 128 yards on 16 carries, provided one of the few Cowboys highlights when he went 79 yards to set up a touchdown that brought Oklahoma State within 16-7.

But Phillips immediately put a halt to any Cowboys momentum, going 80 yards for a score on the first play after the kickoff.

"I think that killed 'em," Frazier said.

Phillips said the play was designed to go outside.

"They were moving real well side to side. I could see them coming off their blocks and I just cut it back under and there was no one there," he said.

Phillips added a 27-yard touchdown on the next possession, and Frazier's 1-yard option keeper with 59 seconds left in the half made it 36-7.

Frazier, who missed much of last season due to a blood clot in his left leg, looked sharp. He ran for 64 yards on 10 carries and completed 6-of-10 for 120 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Baul on the Cornhuskers' second play of the second half.

Phillips' eligibility was in question while the NCAA looked into a meal he ate in November that was paid for by a representative of an agent. Phillips repaid the man for the meal in July. He remains under NCAA investigation for a car bought by his guardians at a California state home, where he was raised since age 13.