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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 28, 1991)
RIGHT: Missouri quarterback
Phil Johnson is pursued by Corn- ,JB|
huskers Travis Hill (93), John
Parrella (diving) and Pat
Engelbert (97). Johnson, who
came into the game leading the
Big Eight in total offense, fin
ished with only 169 yards on 15- ^ "jm
BOTTOM RIGHT: Nebraska’s
Tyrone Leaette breaks up a pass
intended for Missouri wide re
ceiver Kenneth Dunn.
BELOW: Third-string quarter
back Tom Haase runs for seven
yards late in the fourth quarter
back. Haase was one of 109
players to see action for the
Victory too easy, Huskers say
By Todd Cooper
By most Comhusker accounts, the
Missouri Tigers were too tame for
anyone’s good during Nebraska’s 63
6 victory Saturday.
Tight end Johnny Mitchell:
“Actually, I didn’t want the score
to be the way it was today. I wanted it
to be tight. You don’t learn from that
type of game.”
Strong safety Steve Carmcr:
“They really kind of surprised me.
1 thought emotionally they were kind
of low. I had heard earlier in the week
where they said they were going to
come in here and pass on us at will.
That didn’t happen.”
Defensive coordinator Charlie
“I thought they would be as good a
football team as Kansas Stale was.
After watching film of them 1 thought,
‘Holy Smokes, these guys arc ripping
teams.’ I really thought we were going
to have our hands full.”
And it appeared that way when
Missouri capped its opening drive
with a 42-yard field goal by Jeff Jacke.
Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne de
clined a holding penalty that might
have taken Missouri out of field goal
position on the previous play.
It was a small price to pay, Osborne
“It may have been a dumb call,”
Osborne said. ‘‘I was satisfied with
giving them three points. We figured
we’d come back and score.”
And score the Huskcrs did.
After the field goal, Missouri never
looked back — at the scoreboard that
is — as Nebraska rattled off touch
downs on eight straight possessions.
Nebraska scored three touchdowns
each in the first and second quarters
and added three in the second half to
hand the Tigers their 13th consecu
tive loss to the Huskers.
Nebraska, 6-1 and 3-0 in the Big
Eight, racked up 681 total yards against
the Tiger defense, ranked 102nd na
tionally coming into Saturday’s game.
Meanwhile, Nebraska’s defense —
which was riddled by 340 yards of
Kansas State passing last week —
held Missouri to 261 total yards.
“Today, everything seemed to work
well, offensively and defensively,”
quarterback Keithcn McCant said.
McCant worked the offense well,
Osborne said. For the second week in
a row, McCant threw and ran for
more than 100 yards.
He also ran for more yards than I
back Derek Brown, who finished with
118 yards on 18 carries. That marked
the seventh consecutive game in which
Brown rushed for more than 100 yards.
It marked the first time Brown had
been outrushed by McCant.
Brown said he didn’t care.
“If he gets us near the end /one, I
don’t mind,” Brown said. “He can run
for 200 yards if he wants.”
McCant, who finished with 268
total yards including 144 yards on 9
for-13 passing, pul Nebraska in the
end /one when he found a wide-open
Jon Bostick for a 27-yard touchdown
with 8:57 remaining in the first quar
After Nebraska corncrback Kenny
Wilhite intercepted a Missouri pass,
Brown ran twice for eight yards.
McCant then ran untouched down the
sideline for a 36-yard score to make it
14-3 with six minutes left in the first
By then, Mitchell had seen enough.
“After the second one, we felt like
we could score at will,” Mitchell said.
“It was kind of easy for us as the game
“When you have a couple-touch
down lead, you can take chances.”
Nebraska didn’t have to.
After another Missouri punt, Brown
capped Nebraska’s ncxt scoring dri ve
with a 5-yard run. Brown ran for 43
yards on the drive, while McCant
sparked the offense with a 35-yard
pass to split end Tyrone Hughes.
By the end of the first quarter,
Nebraska had 221 yards of total of
fense to Missouri’s 123. By half, the
Huskers had outgained the Tigers 398
After a Missouri field goal, McCant
completed four of five passes on the
Huskers’ first drive of the second
quarter. He found Mitchell for a 7
yard touchdown which put the Husk
ers up 28-6.
One play later, Missouri quarter
back Phil Johnson, who finished with
169 yards on 15-for-29 passing,
fumbled and Nebraska outside line
backer Travis Hill recovered at Mis
souri’s 17-yard line. Six plays after
Hill’s recovery, back-up I-back Calvin
Jones barreled in from five yards out
to make it 35-6, three minutes before
“I should have got to them more
than that,” said Hill, who also had a
sack Saturday.“I was in the backficld
a lot today, and the rest of the defense
“We did what we had to do today.
And we did the same things that we
did last week. We just approached it
differently — more intensely.”
Nebraska’s offense approached the
second half in a similar way, rattling
off a touchdown to open the second
half and engineering another drive
before McCant and the first team look
“He wanted to go back in,” Osborne
said of McCant, who exited with a
slight shoulder bruise in the third
quarter. “We told him he had had -
Back-up I-back Scott Baldwin, who
finished off that drive with a 1-yard
touchdown, probably has had enough
frustration. Playing for the first time
since spraining his ankle on Nebraska’s
opening drive against Utah State,
Baldwin dislocated his shoulder while
running through a Missouri defender
to make it 56-6 late in the third quar
That was practically Nebraska’s
only loss Saturday, Osborne said. But
it was cosily.
“We sure hate to lose Baldwin,”
Osborne said. “He’s a real inspira
Nebraska’s defense found some
inspiration after holding Missouri —
the No. 1 passing offense in the con
ference — to just 184 yards passing,
well below its 245-yard average.
“1 was really proud of them to
day,” Osborne said. “I thought they
were a little more ready to play emo
“Overall, they’ve done pretty well
But overall, what did this game
tell Nebraska going into next week’s
match-up with Colorado?
“It tells us we’re better than Mis
souri,” Osborne said. “Other than that,
I don’t know.”
Mitchell didn’t know cither.
“A game like Kansas Stale last
week, you learn from that,” Mitchell
said, “because you dig real deep in
side and it takes a team effort.
“You learn more from that than a
big-margin game like today.”
m Tigers shocked by loss margin
■ By Chuck Green
For ihc second straight week, a
Comhusker football opponent has gone
home angry at the way they lost.
Last week, Kansas State was upset
that it didn’t pull off the upset.
After Missouri’s 63-6 loss to ninth
ranked Nebraska Saturday in Memo
rial Stadium, Tiger Coach Bob Stull
■ was bewildered.
“That score, hopefully, is not in
dicative of where our program stands
at this lime,” Stull said. “This was a
classic example of things just getting
out of hand. Nebraska is a better team
than us, but not that much better.
“We’re better than this.”
On Missouri’s first possession of
the game, many in the crowd of 76,244
fans must have visions of last week’s
Huskcr struggle with Kansas State.
Ihc Tigers drove 57 yards on six
plays. Two of Missouri’s first three
plays were passes of 23 and 36 yards,
respectively. The drive ended with a
42-yard field goal by Jeff Jacke.
But Missouri’s offense sputtered
after that, and the Tigers’ only other
score of the game was another Jacke
field goal, this time from 47 yards out
in the second quarter.
Nebraska held Missouri to 261 yards
of total offense, while the Tiger de
fense firmly entrenched itself in the
bottom spot of the Big Eight by al
lowing the Huskers to roll up 681
Stull said he was concerned with
his team’s lack of ability to generate
points or to sustain drives. He said the
absence of big plays was the primary
“What we needed was to generate
some plays to create enthusiasm, to
make a spark,” he said. “We needed
to get some turnovers and score some
points early, but we didn’t do cither.”
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We're better than this.
Missouri football coach
Missouri’s leading rusher was full
back Michael Washington, who car
ried 11 times for 48 yards. Wide re
ceiver Kenneth Dunn was the Tigers’
leading receiver, pulling down four
passes for 69 yards.
Missouri quarterback Phil Johnson,
who leads the conference in total
offense, completed 15 of 29 passes
for 169 yards and threw one intercep
Because of Missouri’s inability to
move the ball, Stull said, the game
had no real turning point.
The Huskcrs “just look control with
their running game and never let up,”
he said. “What really hurts is that
when we were controlling the ball,
we turned it over and gave them some
Missouri lost one fumble and threw
two interceptions Saturday. All three
turnovers resulted in Nebraska touch
Stull wasn’t alone in his befuddlc
ment over Missouri’s poor play.
“You can’t let it hurt your confi
dence,” Missouri comcrback Jason
Oliver said of the lopsided score. “Once
that happens, it’s all over. You’re
going to hiakc mistakes, and Ne
braska’s a good team, but we helped
them. I know — I know — we’re
better than that.”
Oliver, who made seven tackles,
said the worst part about the game
was how poorly the Tigers played.
“It’s different if you play well and
lose, but today wasn’t Missouri foot
ball,” Oliver said. “When you get
beat that bad it hurts. It hurts real
Stull said the player he was most
impressed with in the game was
Nebraska quarterback Kcithcn
“He can run or throw extremely
well,” Stull said. “Thai’s why they
were able to do so well offensively. I
think (backup Husker quarterback)
Mickey (Joseph) is a little faster, but
McCant is more diverse.
“Last year at this lime, they were
trying to find out who their quarter
back was. This year, they knew.”
Stull said the Tigers have to work
on their consistency to have a suc
cessful remainder of the season.
“One week we play well, the next
week we do poorly,” Stull said. “I’m
not making excuses. I expect our
players to go out there and play better
then they did today.
“If we don’t, we’re in big trouble
the rest of the way.”
mrl ^ PQ jacke 42 /
^ NU - Bostick 27 pass from McCant (Bennett kick) |
2 NU - McCant 36 run (Bennett kick) \
■ NU - D. Brown 5 run (Bennett kick) \
I Mil - m larkP 47 a
I NU - Mitchell 7 pass from McCant (Bennett kick)
I NU - C. Jones 5 run (Bennett kick)
I NU - Hughes 21 pass from McCant (Bennett kick) '•/
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