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Story ran on November 10, 1996

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Imagine every conceivable thing that could awry involving a
punt. You are beginning to understand what Missouri did wrong yesterday in a
51-7 loss to Nebraska.

There were two blocked punts, a dropped punt snap, a fumbled punt return and
poor punt coverage that led to a Nebraska return of 26 yards. That is a pretty
comprehensive list of problems, and those bloopers led to 23 Cornhusker

``It's frustrating because we spend so much time on it, but again, you just
have to give credit to them,'' Missouri coach Larry Smith said.

Nebraska wasn't doing anything surprising. The players who blocked Missouri's
punts -- Terrell Farley and Eric Warfield -- have a history of blocks. MU was
double-teaming both of them.

Warfield got his third of the season when he stormed in from the left side and
blocked Jason Smith's kick in the second quarter. Farley scooped up the loose
ball and returned it 9 yards for a touchdown.

Later, Farley partially blocked a Vince Sebo punt, causing it travel just 13
yards. It was third block of Farley's career, and the seventh this season for
a Cornhusker.

``They just have great personnel,'' MU coach Larry Smith said. ``That's really
what makes special teams is great personnel. They have tons of speed, and they
get it to the right spots. They believe in it and sell it to their players,
and their players play hard with it.''

``We sat and watched a lot of film on them,'' Sebo added. ``How they stand and
what kind of rush they have and what kind of speed they have and what kind of
returners they have. They're good. There's no doubt about it.''

Of course, some of Missouri's special teams errors weren't forced.

With the game scoreless in the first quarter, MU returner Randy Potter let a
punt bounce off his chest. Nebraska recovered on the Missouri 25 and scored
three plays later.

``No excuse,'' Potter said. ``I should have caught the ball.''

Sebo's hands have been a concern all season, but he hadn't dropped a snap
since the Memphis game and was averaging 46 yards per kick. But standing in
his own end zone early in the second quarter, he dropped a good snap. It
rolled out of the end zone for a safety.

``Whenever you're in the end zone, you try to get it off as quick as
possible,'' Sebo said. ``I guess I got a little bit ahead of myself and was
trying to kick the ball before I caught it.''



MU's Jason Smith has his punt blocked by Nebraska's Eric Warfield yesterday
during the Huskers' 51-7 victory. NU's Terrell Farley returned the block 9
yards for a touchdown to give the Huskers a 23-0 second-quarter lead. (Sean
Meyers photo)

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