It was the fourth consecutive week without Tommie Frazier as the Huskers won their third conference game and improved to 8-0 with a 42-7 victory over Missouri in Columbia.
The Huskers were held scoreless in the first quarter but quickly rectified the matter, scoring 14 points in each of the last three periods. Missouri did not score until 7:36 remained in the fourth quarter, against Husker reserves.
The NU offense totaled 482 yards to Missouri’s 198 and outrushed the Tigers 330 to 48. Lawrence Phillips led all rushers with 110 yards and tied Bobby Reynolds’ school record of eight straight 100-yard rushing days to open a season. Meanwhile, Brook Berringer completed 9 of 13 passes for 152 yards and three TDs.
The offense was still limited as NU coaches successfully protected Berringer from unnecessary hits. The defense once again made up for the offense’s limitations as it held Missouri to less than 50 yards rushing, the fourth straight game the Blackshirts had done so.
Ed Stewart had eight tackles, four quarterback hurries, a sack, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery. Cornerback Barron Miles picked off his fourth interception, returning it 27 yards, and also had five tackles and caused a fumble in the end zone.
It was the fifth time this season the Huskers scored 42 or more points and the seventh time the offense rushed for more than 300 yards.
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