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Story ran on October 23, 1994

Big Eight Standings
Conf. Overall
Team W L T Pct. W L T Pct.
Nebraska 3 0 0
1.000
8 0 0
1.000
Colorado 3 0 0
1.000
7 0 0
1.000
Oklahoma 2 1 0 .667 4 3 0 .571
Kan. St. 1 2 0 .333 4 2 0 .667
Kansas 1 2 0 .333 4 3 0 .571
Missouri 1 2 0 .333 2 5 0 .286
Okla. St. 0 2 1 .167 3 3 1 .500
Iowa St. 0 2 1 .167 0 6 1 .071
Yesterday's games
Nebraska 42, Missouri 7
Colorado 35, Kansas State 21
Oklahoma 20, Kansas 17
Iowa State 31, Oklahoma State 31
Talking it up
Missouri receiver Rahsetnu Jenkins said he exchanged more than a few
pleasantries with Nebraska cornerback Barron Miles.
Miles intercepted one of Jeff Handy's passes, but coach Larry Smith said that
happened because Jenkins did not completed his route. Jenkins said he was to
blame on the play, but redeemed himself when he scored a TD.
``I was talking with'' Miles ``all day,'' Jenkins said. ``We had little words
exchanges, stuff like that. I messed up on the pick, and I said, `That's a
nice job, you got me.' But I said, `I'm going to get you back, I told him
that.' ''
Be prepared to show your I.D.
The youth movement appears to be in full force as Smith continued to get good
performances from some of his younger players.
Jenkins, a sophomore, led the Tigers in receiving with 90 yards, including a
36-yard touchdown reception. True freshman tailback Brock Olivo led the team
in rushing with 37 yards.
Though he didn't question the effort of the older players, Jenkins said the
younger players bring a bit of a different approach.
``Losing is a weird thing,'' Jenkins said. ``I haven't lost a lot in my life.
I won't accept losing; I will never accept losing. I don't think the seniors
really accept losing, but I don't know what goes through their mind when they
see the score.''
But if need be, Jenkins said that some of the younger players must be prepared
to take their burden of the responsibility.
``If it takes a freshman and a sophomore to lead the team and get wins, that
is what we are going to have to do,'' Jenkins said.
Jenkins said there was a noticeable split between younger and older players,
but it was not necessarily divisive because all players are working for the
same goal.
``I feel like we're playing off of a lot of heart,'' Jenkins said. ``I'm not
saying the seniors aren't playing off heart, but I can't talk for the seniors.
I don't want to put anybody down or say anything bad about anybody, but it
will take a team thing, freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors.''
One-armed bandit
Nebraska's Lawrence Phillips collected 110 yards on 22 carries yesterday,
giving him 100-yard performances in all eight Cornhusker victories this
season.
Not bad for a one-armed running back.
Phillips strained ligaments in his right thumb last week against Kansas State
and can't carry the ball in his right arm, which he usually does.
``Lawrence is playing with one arm,'' Nebraska coach Tom Osborne said. ``He
couldn't carry the ball with his right arm. He couldn't catch the ball very
well. Hopefully next week he'll be better. He really had to keep his hand out
of any kind of contact all week.''
Phillips entered the game ranked third in the nation averaging 160.43 rushing
yards a game.
``It hurt me when I ran to the left because I couldn't use my right arm to
straight-arm anybody,'' Phillips said.
No homecoming
Rumor in Lincoln was that this was Missouri's homecoming. Earlier in the week
a Nebraska player was quoted saying so, and yesterday cornerback Barron Miles
was confused.
``We knew coming down here Missouri was going to play us tough,'' he said.
``It's their homecoming, and we had to be ready for them.''
Poll watching
The Cornhuskers aren't assuming anything about what their 42-7 victory against
Missouri will mean to the poll voters. After beating ranked Kansas State last
week, Nebraska dropped from No. 2 to No. 3, while Penn State claimed the top
spot and Colorado took over at No. 2.
``I don't know right now,'' Miles said yesterday when asked about the impact
of the game on the polls. ``We might even drop. Who knows? As long as we keep
winning.''
Said Osborne: ``I don't know about the polls. People don't believe you when
you say it, but I don't really think much about the polls. That's the honest
truth. We just wanted to beat Missouri today and play well and go from
there.''
Linebacker Ed Stewart said the team was more concerned about being undefeated
when the Buffaloes visit Lincoln.
``We didn't know where we'd be in the polls, but we wanted to be undefeated
coming into this game,'' Stewart said. ``We are and they are, so it should be
a very good game.''
But MU defensive tackle Damon Simon said he thought Colorado had the better
team.
``I think Colorado's team is more complete,'' he said. ``I think Nebraska can
be beaten.''
Crowd support
MU's announced attendance for the game was 50,537, the second largest home
crowd this season. For its opener against Tulsa, 55,263 showed up. The
visitors section, of course, overflowed with red.
Tiger highlights
Handy had 150 yards passing on the day, upping his career total to 6,109. He
is the first Missouri quarterback to amass 6,000 yards.... Linebacker Travis
McDonald had 16 tackles to give him 327 for his career, good for second place
on Missouri's all-time list.... Strong safety Andre White had nine tackles to
give him 231 for his career and move him into 14th place on the all-time list.
Tiger lowlights
MU still has yet to convert a first down on any of its opening possessions
this season.... Smith is still looking for his first victory at home....
Missouri has not defeated Nebraska since 1978, when receivers coach Eric
Wright was playing for the team.... Nebraska has now scored 40 points or more
against Missouri five out of the last six times the two teams have played....
The scoreless first half for the Tigers was the first time since the Illinois
game that they had failed to score a point in the half.
By SCOTT CAIN, JENNIFER KUESTER and MELINDA VIA
CUTLINE
Nebraska cornerback Leslie Dennis tackles MU receiver Rahsetnu Jenkins. (Mike
Stewart photo)


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