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The No. 9 Nebraska Cornhuskers opened their 104th season with a 76-14 victory over North Texas. Nebraska jumped out to a 28-0 first-quarter lead and took a 42-7 advantage into the locker room at halftime. In all, nine different Huskers scored, including rover Toby Wright on a 33-yard interception return.

Unfortunately, the Huskers lost three starters to injuries, including quarterback Tommie Frazier on the first play of the game. Heisman Trophy candidate Calvin Jones strained his knee and would miss the next two games after leading all rushers with 16 carries for 124 yards and two scores, and OLB Donta Jones left the game with a sprained ankle.

In Frazier's place, sophomore Brook Berringer was perfect (7-7) passing for 124 yards, including a 33-yard TD strike to Corey Dixon to open the scoring. Berringer also rushed for two touchdowns.

The Huskers totaled 575 yards to North Texas' 294 and outrushed the Eagles, 360-39. Berringer, Tony Veland and Matt Turman combined to pass for 215 yards, the first Husker 200-yard passing game since 1991.

Defensively, 40 Huskers were credited with at least one tackle, led by Ernie Beler and Daren Williams with five each.

The 76 points scored by NU was a season high and the most since the 1983 team defeated Minnesota, 84-13, in Minneapolis.

SERIES HISTORY
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER

Nebraska 76
North Texas 14

Sept. 4, 1993
Lincoln, NE
North Texas   0   7   7   0  -  14 
Nebraska     28  14  21  13  -  76

First Quarter
NU - Corey Dixon 33 pass from Brook Berringer
 (Byron Bennett kick) 12:26
NU - Calvin Jones 1 run (Bennett kick) 8:15
NU - Toby Wright 33 INT return (Bennett kick), 7:03
NU - Abdul Muhammad 11 pass from Tony Veland
 (Bennett kick), 2:34
Second Quarter
NU - Berringer 1 run (Bennett kick) 10:56
NT - Terrance Brown 2 run (Richard DeFelice kick) 6:42
NU - Jones 24 run (Bennett kick), 2:50
Third Quarter
NU - Berringer 4 run (Bennett kick) 13:05
NU - Veland 1 run (Bennett kick) 8:35
NU - Damon Benning 9 run (Bennett kick), 5:30
NT - Clayton George 71 pass from Mitch Maher
 (DeFelice kick) 5:08
Fourth Quarter
NU - Riley Washington 15 pass from Matt Turman
 (Bennett kick), 12:45
NU - Turman 1 run (kick failed), 7:46

                        NT       NU
First downs             11       28
Rushing att.-yards      30-39    61-360
Passes                  34-15-2  17-14-1
Passing yards           255      215
Total att.-yards        64-294   78-575
Returns-yards           1-19     6-145
Sacks by                0-0      5-41
Punts-average           7-40.1   1-31.0
Fumbles-lost            1-1      0-0
Penalties-yards         6-43     3-35
Time of poss.           27:28    32:32

Individual leaders

RUSHING

NT: Terrance Brown, 17-55-1; Mitch Maher 3-27; Todd Bloom, 3-9-0; Cromer 2-6.
NU: Calvin Jones, 16-124-2; Damon Benning, 8-82-1; Clinton Childs, 7-35-0; Jeff Makovicka, 5-35-0.

PASSING

NT: Mitch Maher, 12-23-246-1; Valentine 3-11-9-1.
NU: Brook Berringer, 7-7-124-0; Tony Veland, 6-9-76-1; Matt Turman, 1-1-15-0.

RECEIVING

NT: David Brown, 3-61-0; Clayton George, 2-81-1; Troy Redwine, 2-43-0; Luis Silva, 2-42-0.
NU: Corey Dixon, 3-56-1; Clester Johnson, 2-28-0; Eric Alford, 2-17-0.

MISSED FIELD GOALS

NT: Defelice, 40.
NU: None.

INTERCEPTIONS

NT: Roland Jackson 1-19-0.
NU: Toby Wright 1 -33-1; Eric Stokes, 1-34-0.

TACKLES (UT-AT-TT)

NT: Sean Mayes, 6-5-11; Greg Matthews, 9-2-11; Wayne Walker, 1-9-10; Chad Renfro, 3-5-8.
NU: Ernie Beler, 1-4-5; Daren Williams, 2-3-5, Lorenzo Brinkley, 3-1-4; John Reece, 3-1-4; Mike Minter, 0-4-4.

SACKS

NT: None.
NU: Ed Stewart, 1-8; Trev Alberts, 1-6; Kevin Ramaekers, 1-9; Dwayne Harris, 1-8; Billy Wade, 1-10.

Attendance - 75,614

 
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