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Story ran on October 14, 1995

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Perhaps Missouri coach Larry Smith should take his team in a
walk back through time.

Smith might consider renting ``Animal House'' for the Tigers, or maybe he
could play a few songs from the movie ``Grease.''

Both were hot releases the last time the Tigers beat Nebraska -- in 1978.
Today Missouri will try to reverse a 16-year trend when it plays the No.
2-ranked Cornhuskers at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Stadium.

The enormity of a victory today has not been lost on any of the players.

``It would be the greatest thing in the Big Eight and the college football
world if we could beat Nebraska,'' Missouri noseguard Steve Martin said.

While oddsmakers have listed the Tigers (2-3, 0-1 Big Eight) as 41-point
underdogs against the Cornhuskers (5-0, 1-0), MU is doing what it can to
reverse the trend.

``We don't worry about all those statistics,'' wide receiver Lou Shepherd
said. ``The only statistic that we really care about is a W.''

In order to do that, Missouri must find some semblance of its offense. After
last week's 30-0 shutout at Kansas State, Smith vowed to revamp MU's offense.
Since then he has kept the reconstruction under wraps by closing practice to
fans and media alike.

What will emerge today is totally up to speculation. One player said he
wouldn't be shocked to see MU run the option. But Smith won't acknowledge what
he is planning to do and has ruled out only a few possibilities.

``We're not running the wishbone,'' he said.

The quarterback situation has also been kept confidential. Smith deemed
quarterbacks off limits for interviews.

But a potential reason for that decision became evident earlier this week. Two
MU players said that Corby Jones, who attended Hickman, would ``come out of
his redshirt'' against the Cornhuskers. If Jones does play, he would be the
first true freshman quarterback to play since Ronnie Cameron in 1985.

Smith has remained tight-lipped except to say that he is considering three
quarterbacks. Those under consideration apparently are Jones, Brandon Corso
and Kent Skornia. Players have said that Misael Alvarado and John McArthur
both are working out with the scout team.

While Nebraska coach Tom Osborne said the potential changes in the Tigers'
offense leaves Nebraska ``a little vulnerable,'' Smith isn't quite so sure
Osborne is losing much sleep about preparation.

``I don't think they'll be particularly worried about us at all,'' Smith said.
``I don't think who'll we're practicing at quarterback will bother him.''

The one thing Smith will disclose is that he has stressed simplicity this
week. The Tigers might face the Cornhuskers with a repertoire of just five
running plays and six passing plays.

Nebraska's offense certainly is no mystery. Even without I-back Lawrence
Phillips, a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate, the Cornhuskers have not
missed a beat. Osborne suspended Phillips indefinitely when he was arrested
for assault after hitting his ex-girlfriend.

Nevertheless, Nebraska is leading the nation in rushing with the help of true
freshman Ahman Green, who is expected to start today. The Cornhuskers are
averaging 491.2 yards rushing per game, and Green has rushed for more than 100
yards in the last three games.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Green has impressed coaches with his physical ability.
Osborne said when Green attended Nebraska's summer camp as a junior, he scored
higher on a physical skills test than NU's varsity players. During that
summer, Green ran an 4.36 40-yard dash.

``He looks like a 25-year-old playing as a freshman,'' defensive backs coach
George Darlington said.

Aside from Green, the Cornhuskers have called on Clinton Childs, Damon Benning
and James Sims to carry part of the load.

Though the defense will face a tough test, Smith is more concerned about the
offense mounting a few lengthy drives. In the last two games, MU has had only
one offensive play of 20 yards or more.

``We just have to step it up,'' MU tailback Brock Olivo said, ``especially
this week.''

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