Game to watch

October 27, 1995|By Ken Murray

No. 2 Nebraska (7-0, 3-0) at No. 7 Colorado (6-1, 2-1)

Where: Folsom Field, Boulder, Colo., 3:30 p.m.

TV: Channel 2

The week that was: Nebraska used a 24-7 victory over Colorado in Lincoln last year to leap from No. 3 in the AP poll to No. 1. The Cornhuskers' defense stuffed the Buffaloes, who were 0-for-15 on third- and fourth-down conversion attempts. Nebraska QB Tommie Frazier missed the game with a blood-clot problem, and his replacement, Brook Berringer, threw for 142 yards and a touchdown.

Math wizard: Colorado coach Rick Neuheisel must have seen Nebraska red last week when he called for a two-point conversion pass in the final three minutes of a 50-28 victory over Iowa State, a pass that failed. "I've always been a math guy," Neuheisel said, "and 24 is better than 22."

By the numbers: Nebraska leads the nation in rushing with 426.9 yards a game, is second in scoring offense (54.4 per game) and third in total offense (584.9 yards). On defense, the 'Huskers give up 2.3 yards per rush and 73.1 per game (second in the nation). Those numbers add up to a 20-game win streak.

Bottom line: If it turns out to be a close game, Frazier could be the difference. He's first in the Big Eight in passer efficiency (170.1) with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. Said Missouri coach Larry Smith: "I've seen some great players on TV, but I guarantee you and whomever plays them, he's the difference in that team. He's the best I've seen. I've said all along that he's the best football player in the country."

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