COLLEGE FOOTBALL : Big Eight Roundup : No. 3 Nebraska Rolls Over Missouri, 48-17; Oklahoma Wins, 19-0
Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne likes Tyreese Knox because of his size, but it was the sophomore’s speed that put his name in the record book Saturday.
Knox, who was moved from fullback to I-back in practice last week, scored on a 92-yard run as the third-ranked Cornhuskers defeated Missouri, 48-17, in a Big Eight Conference game at Lincoln, Neb.
“Knox gives us a little punch where we’ve been lacking,” Osborne said. “We’ve lacked size at that position. He’s definitely one of our top two now.”
The 215-pound Knox ran through a gaping hole off tackle for the longest run ever against Missouri and the longest by a Nebraska player since 1981. Knox also ran two yards for the first touchdown of his college career and led the Cornhuskers with 127 yards in 8 carries.
“We responded for a while, but we just don’t have enough depth and skilled players right now to compete with Nebraska,” Missouri Coach Woody Widenhofer said.
The Tigers took the opening kickoff and drove 68 yards for a field goal. They didn’t advance beyond their 44 again until the fourth quarter.
The Cornhuskers (6-0) are 2-0 in the Big Eight. Missouri, which has lost five straight, is 1-5 and 0-2.
The long run by Knox wasn’t the only time Nebraska’s offense struck quickly. Sophomore wingback Dana Brinson scored on a 63-yard run and finished with 83 yards in 4 carries.
Oklahoma 19, Oklahoma St. 0--At Norman, Okla., Oklahoma State Coach Pat Jones sounded more like the winner than the loser against fifth-ranked Oklahoma.
“This game is something we can be very, very proud of,” Jones said. “I think OU is one of the best teams in the country, and we played toe-to-toe. It was a supreme effort on everyone’s part.”
Oklahoma’s Tim Lashar kicked field goals of 38, 32, 20 and 32 yards, and linebacker Dante Jones returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown as the Sooners improved to 5-1 overall, 2-0 in the Big Eight.
With his four field goals, Lashar tied a record he equaled in the Orange Bowl last season. Mike Vachon also kicked four, against Texas in 1966.
Oklahoma State, which dropped to 2-4 and 0-2, turned in an outstanding defensive effort in limiting the Sooners to 305 yards rushing and 352 in total offense. Oklahoma entered the game as the nation’s top rushing team with an average of 387 yards per game.
But the Sooners allowed only 85 yards on the ground and 72 more through the air.
Oklahoma quarterback Jamelle Holieway led the Sooners in rushing with 97 yards in 21 carries.
Kansas State 29, Kansas 12-- At Manhattan, Kan., Erick Harper returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown, and Mark Porter kicked three field goals as the Wildcats (2-4) snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 1-1 in the Big Eight.
With the loss, Kansas fell to 3-3 overall and is 0-2 in the Big Eight.
Two fourth-quarter touchdowns by Arnold Snell allowed Kansas to escape its first shutout against Kansas State since 1955.
Colorado 31, Iowa St. 3--At Boulder, Colo., freshman halfback O.C. Oliver ran for two first-quarter touchdowns as the Buffaloes converted three Cyclone fumbles into scores.
The Buffaloes, 2-4 overall and 2-0 in the Big Eight, jumped to a 17-0 first-quarter lead and, after a field goal by Iowa State’s Rick Frank in the second quarter, drove 77 yards in 13 plays to take a 24-3 halftime edge.