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Story ran on October 15, 1995

LINCOLN, Neb. -- After proclaiming Missouri's offense would be revamped, Tiger
coach Larry Smith knew he could be accused of false advertising.

While there were a few new faces in Missouri's offense, most notably true
freshman quarterback Corby Jones, the offensive dearth continued as
second-ranked Nebraska defeated the Tigers 57-0 at Memorial Stadium in front
of 75,552 fans.

``It was a hell of a revamp job, huh?'' Smith said after suffering the worst
defeat in his 19-year coaching career.

Smith pledged to change Missouri's offense after losing 30-0 last week at
Kansas State, but the end result was the first back-to-back shutouts suffered
by the Tigers (2-4, 0-2 Big Eight) since 1966.

Missouri now has plodded through 151 minutes, 57 seconds without scoring a
touchdown. It's been 10 quarters since the Tigers have scored in any fashion.
The Tigers finished with a meager 122 total yards -- 4 more than last week.

Missouri never threatened to score. In fact, MU finished just two of its 15
drives in Nebraska territory.

The loss was the largest margin of defeat Missouri has suffered under Smith,
and ties the sixth worst loss in school history. Ironically, the other
57-point deficit came at Nebraska in 1991 when the Tigers lost 63-6 under Bob
Stull, who was also in his second year.

What's frightening is that Nebraska, by its own admission, still managed to
steamroll the Tigers even though the Cornhuskers weren't totally in synch.

``Overall, I think it was an average day for us,'' center Aaron Graham said.
``Looking back, I wonder if we were clicking on all cylinders.''

Nebraska (6-0, 2-0) gave the Tigers a few opportunities early. The Cornhuskers
couldn't capitlize on their first series, even though they took over on the
Missouri 46. Nebraska stymied itself as true freshman Ahman Green fumbled on
the first play, and the Cornhuskers were later called for illegal procedure.

The drive ended on fourth and goal from the 1 when Green was stuffed by
defensive end Brian Cracraft and free safety DeMontie Cross.

The Tigers trailed 7-0 at the end of the first quarter and seemed destined to
score -- a 19-yard punt gave Missouri the ball on the Nebraska 35.

But Missouri was too anxious, getting called for two false start penalties. To
compound matters, Jones overthrew receiver Martez Young, and free safety Tony
Veland intercepted the pass and returned it 43 yards.

On the ensuing drive, Nebraska I-back Damon Benning fumbled twice, but the
Cornhuskers retained possession.

``We had a few times we were in scoring position but we made stupid errors,
offsides, little things here and there,'' Smith said. ``We can't do that
against good teams like that.''

The final blow came when the Cornhuskers scored on the last play of the second
quarter. Facing fourth and 1, Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier's end zone
pass was tipped by wingback Jon Verdal and into the outstretched hands of
Brendan Holbein.

Missouri defensive back Clayton Baker said he thought he knocked the ball
away, but to no avail.

Nebraska coach Tom Osborne said MU's defense was the ``strongest part of its
team,'' but it got no help.

``I think the problem their defense had is that they simply are out there too
long,'' Osborne said. ``Their offense is so many times three plays and out.
Eventually you're going to crack them, and we did.''

That chasm was widened in the second half when Nebraska scored 22 points in
the third quarter. The Tigers have been outscored 73-7 in the third quarter
this season.

With that performance, Osborne could heap praise on some of his reserve

``I was really proud of some of our second- and third-unit guys that really
don't necessarily get a lot of practice repetition,'' Osborne said. ``They
seemed to hold up pretty well later in the ballgame.''

Perhaps the most intriguing part of the game for the Tigers was the mystery of
which quarterback would play. Redshirt freshman Kent Skornia got his first
start while Brandon Corso, who didn't start for the first time this year, was
the third quarterback in the rotation.

``I think you'll see'' Jones ``playing the rest of the year,'' Smith said.
``Also, I'm not saying he is going to be the starter. You have to go in there
and play with who is moving the football team.''



The frustration shows on the face of DeMontie Cross after Nebraska scored its
final touchdown.

With Nebraska cornerback Michael Booker on his trail, MU receiver Martez Young
can't come up with a reception in the first quarter of Missouri's 57-0 loss.
(Sean Meyers photo)

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