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Story ran on October 23, 1994

Even Nebraska linebacker Ed Stewart felt for Missouri quarterback Jeff Handy.

The three sacks for 23 yards, the two passes broken up, the interception, the
hurries. Not to mention all the hits after the ball had left his arm.

A sample of all the punishments happened in one third-quarter series in
yesterday's 42-7 loss.

First play: Handy attempts his first deep pass of the day, and an NU pass
rusher slaps his arm enough to send the ball floating toward two Cornhusker
defenders, who get tangled and let the ball drop.

A 2-yard run, an 11-yard pass and a stuffed attempt up the middle bring the
Tigers to second and 10 at their own 33. Handy attempts to go deep again, and
as soon as he releases the overthrown pass, defensive tackle Christian Peter
slams Handy to the Omniturf. The 15-yard, roughing-the-passer penalty didn't
take away the sting, but it did give MU a first down.

Next play: Handy's taken down again, this time for a 7-yard loss. Ouch.

On second and 17, Handy sends his receiver out for a slant pattern, only to
find cornerback Barron Miles waiting for the pass, which he returns 27 yards
to begin a touchdown drive that puts Nebraska ahead 21-0.

``It was just all part of a day's work,'' said Stewart, one of 13
semifinalists for the Butkus Award given to the nation's top linebacker.
``Their offensive line, they came out and gave a good effort, but on defense,
we came out and gave a really great effort.''

The Cornhuskers held the Tigers to 198 total yards, including a meager 48
rushing.

``We pretty much knew what they were going to do,'' Stewart said. ``We had a
good game plan, and we just came in here and executed.''

No. 3 Nebraska (8-0, 3-0) has been doing this all year. The Cornhuskers
entered the game with the fifth-best rushing defense in the nation, allowing
62.4 yards a game. They extended their streak of allowing no rushing
touchdowns to 15 quarters, which dates back to the first quarter of the Oct. 1
Wyoming game. And they've only allowed a combined 16 points in the past three
games.

Handy was only able to complete one pass longer than 11 yards, a 34-yarder to
Rahsetnu Jenkins for the Tigers' only score.

Although some of the Cornhuskers complained of not getting the shutout, NU
coach Tom Osborne was satisfied.

``The defense played well except for one play,'' Osborne said. ``The safety
couldn't quite get over quick enough, and they threw it well and got it in
there.''

Besides constant badgering of MU's offensive line and quarterback, NU came up
with several big plays.

Stewart combined with Phil Ellis to sack Handy on a crucial third-and-2
situation toward the end of the first half, forcing a punt.

To begin the second half, Nebraska fumbled and gave MU the ball at its own
10-yard line. But two plays later, 1 yard from a touchdown that would have cut
Nebraska's lead to 14-7, Miles rammed running back Joe Freeman with his helmet
and knocked the ball loose for Stewart to recover.

And don't forget the interception in the third quarter that led the
Cornhuskers to their third touchdown.

``There were plenty of them,'' Stewart said of big plays, ``but that'' fumble
recovery ``was definitely a big stop for us defensively.''

By MELINDA VIA

CUTLINE
Phil Ellis stops Joe Freeman for a 1-yard loss. (Lisa D. Finger photo)


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