No. 2 Nebraska opened defense of its national championship with a dominating performance Thursday night, getting three first-half touchdowns from Lawrence Phillips in a 64-21 victory over Oklahoma State.
Phillips, cleared Tuesday by the NCAA to play, had 125 yards at halftime and finished with 153 on 12 carries as the Cornhuskers rolled up 671 yards and beat Oklahoma State for the 22nd straight time. They have not lost to the Cowboys since 1961, the only break a tie in 1973.
Tommie Frazier added two TD passes and scored once on the ground. The Cornhuskers, 13-0 last year, won their 26th straight regular-season game - the longest streak in the country - and 18th in a row in Big Eight play.
First-year coach Bob Simmons saw his Cowboys, 3-7-1 in 1994, get mauled from the outset and lose their 19th straight conference game. Oklahoma State had 1 yard of offense in the first quarter, and five times during the game had possessions of 5 yards or less.
One of the few Oklahoma State highlights came in the second quarter when David Thompson, who had 128 yards on 16 carries, broke off a 79-yard run. That set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Andre Richardson that made the score 16-7.
But Phillips immediately put a halt to any Cowboys momentum, going 80 yards for a score on the first play after the kickoff. He added a 27-yard touchdown on the next possession, and Frazier’s 1-yard option keeper with 59 seconds left in the half made it 36-7.
Oklahoma State’s only other touchdowns came against Cornhuskers reserves.
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