Nebraska took control of the Big Eight race and took a major step toward a run at the national title with a resounding 24-7 win over Colorado in a matchup of top-3 teams in Memorial Stadium’s 200th consecutive sellout.
Many critics didn’t give the Huskers much of a chance against the potent Buffaloes without quarterback Tommie Frazier, but Brook Berringer showed that the Huskers and Tom Osborne sport more than a running, one-dimensional offense, while the Husker Blackshirts dominated the game.
Nebraska scored on its first possession on a 14-yard run by fullback Cory Schlesinger. NU added a 24-yard field goal by Tom Sieler six minutes into the second quarter, then took a 17-0 lead on a 2-yard run by Clinton Childs with 36 seconds remaining in the first half. At that point, NU had 234 yards to CU’s 89, Berringer had completed 9 of 12 passes for 100 yards, and CU’s Kordell Stewart had completed 2 of 6 passes for 7 yards.
In the second half, Nebraska scored on a 30-yard pass from Berringer to tight end Eric Alford to go up 24-0 before the Buffs scored with 1:06 remaining in the third.
In the end, the Blackshirts held CU to 314 total yards and did not allow the Buffs to convert a third or fourth down all game. Entering the contest, Colorado ranked No. 2, No. 4 and No. 4 nationally in rushing, total and scoring offense, respectively.
Nebraska, meanwhile, totaled 345 yards, led by Lawrence Phillips’ 103 yards on the ground. Berringer completed 12 of 17 passes for 142 yards. Tight end Eric Alford grabbed a career-best five catches for 78 yards, and tight end Mark Gilman had four catches for 46 yards.
Nebraska controlled the clock with a season-high 38:24 of possession time. The win extended Nebraska’s streak of nine-win seasons to 26 and was the Huskers’ fourth victory of the season over a ranked opponent.
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