Nebraska opened its Big Eight season in Lincoln with two goals in mind: winning the game against Oklahoma State and protecting quarterback Brook Berringer.
Tommie Frazier was still laid up in the hospital at game time with blood clots in his right leg, and Berringer suffered from the partially collapsed lung he received against Wyoming.
OSU jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a 27-yard field goal on its first drive after a Nebraska turnover. Nebraska went up 6-3 on Lawrence Phillips’ 2-yard run to begin the second quarter, then Darin Erstad hit a career-long 48-yard field goal to give Nebraska a 9-3 lead at intermission.
Halftime X-rays showed Berringer’s lung was again leaking, and he was not allowed to return. Enter sophomore walk-on Matt Turman, who led the Huskers to three more scoring drives and a 32-3 lead as the Husker Blackshirts took control of the game and shut down the Cowboys.
While Lawrence Phillips rushed for a career-high 221 yards on 33 carries and scored three times, the Blackshirts allowed just 136 total yards, including a mere 24 in the second half. Phillips eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
In the second half, OSU crossed midfield just once and had just two first downs. The Husker defense came up with two turnovers, one of which the offense converted to a TD.
While the defense held strong, NU scored twice in the third quarter on two Phillips runs and again early in the fourth on Clinton Childs’ seven-yard run.
Nebraska succeeded on two-point conversions twice in the game, the second one coming when holder Jon Vedral picked up the ball after a bad snap, scrambled and threw to place-kicker Darin Erstad in the end zone.
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