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Mck Duane Thomas on his 74-yard touchdown run In the first quarter.
8 d°wn Pacific wide receiver
Nebraska fullback Jeff Mackovicka runs away from the pack.
Offensive guard Bryan Pruitt races to block for him.
Mackovicka rushed for 59 yards.
By Derek Samson
For the 75,273 fans in attendance
for Nebraska’s 70-21 drubbing of
Pacific Saturday, they were probably
wondering one thing.
Who are these guys?
And they probably weren’t talk
ing about Pacific.
All 110 players that suited up saw
action Saturday, and most of them
saw plenty of it.
Quarterback Tommie Frazier
played for only nine plays, while
starting I-back Lawrence Phillips car
ried the ball only nine times (and got
Much of the starting defense and
offense, especially the lines, only
played for three series.
Offensive tackle Zach Wiegert said
the game itself didn’t do Nebraska
much good, but preparing for it did.
“It was a benefit because we
worked so hard in practice,” Wiegert
said. “We might not have benefltted
much from the game, but we did so
much work in practice, and that's
going to help us a lot down the road.”
That preparation enabled the game
to be such a rout and also let the
younger players get the playing time,
“It showed that we worked hard
all week,” he said. “It showed that
we didn’t slack off or take a week off
of practice just because of our oppo
nent. We went out there and played
like we would against anybody else.”
Nebraska’s third-string quarter
back, Matt Turman, replaced Brook
Berringer for the last series of the first
half, while the second-, third- and
fourth-string defenses played against
the top Pacific offense for most of the
Berringer, who finished with a
team-high 120 yards passing, shared
the signal-calling duties with Turman
in the second half.
Linebacker Troy Dumas played in
Pacific’s first three possession and
then took the rest of the game off.
“I wanted to be in there for a
couple more series, but they had to
get the younger guys ready to play,”
Dumas said. “That was their time to
Offensive guard Brenden Stai said
it didn’t matter what unit was in the
game for Nebraska to improve as a
“Each week I think we improve,
and I think practice really does that
for us,” Stai said. “As far as playing
that game out there, I think we im
proved as a team because we got a lot
more experience with the second- and
“I had fun watching the guys out
there. It felt kind of strange just sit
ting there the whole game. I haven’t
done that for a couple years.”
But for the many fans that stuck it
out, searching through their program
for the unfamiliar names and num
bers, their patience didn’t go unno
“The only thing I can say is that I
really appreciated the fans showing
up and selling the place out,” Ne
braska coach Tom Osborne said. “I
looked up there in the middle of the
fourth quarter, and there were still
most of them (fans) up there. It’s un
believable that people are that faith
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Neb- Damon Benning 1yd. run (Tom Sieler kick)
Neb- Lawrence Phillips 74yd. run (Sieler kick)
Neb- Cory Schlesinger 8yd. run (Sieler kick)
Neb- Schlesinger 39yd. run (Sieler kick)
Neb- Brook Berringer 6yd. run (Sieler kick)
Neb- Clester Johnson 15yd. pass from Berringer (Darin Erstad kick)
Neb- Eric Alford 46yd. pass from Berringer (Erstad kick)
Neb- Abdul Muhammad 18yd. pass from Berringer (Erstad kick)
Pac- Joe Abdullah 17yd. pass from Craig Whelihan (Roger Fleenor kick)
Neb- Clinton Childs 1yd. run (Ted RetzlafF kick)
Pac- Abdullah 2 yd. run (Fleenor kick)
Neb- Jeff Lake 24yd. pass from Matt Turman (Retzlaff kick)
Pac- Damon Bowers 9yd. pass from Nick Sellers (Fleenor Kick)
Rushing Att. Yds. Rushing Att. Yds.
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Time of Possession 31:38
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