No. 2 Nebraska 49, Pacific 7
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Damon Benning ran for three touchdowns and No. 2 Nebraska piled up 569 rushing yards before calling in the reserves and coasting to a 49-7 victory over Pacific on Saturday.
Benning finished with 173 yards before leaving with a sprained ankle in the third quarter. He had missed two games with a pulled hamstring.
Nebraska probably could have scored more points. Three drives in the fourth quarter stalled within the Pacific 30-yard line. There were no field goal attempts.
The 731 yards of offense was Nebraska’s fifth-highest total ever.
The Huskers (4-0) were not as sharp as in the record-breaking half Sept. 16 against Arizona State (63 points and 508 total yards). But it was 35-0 at halftime and Nebraska rushers already had 343 yards.
Still, quarterback Tommie Frazier struggled with his throws. He finished 6-for-14 for 90 yards and an interception, with some dropped passes and overthrows. Brook Berringer was 9-for-17 for 57 yards.
Nebraska quarterbacks, who came into the game averaging 10 throws, attempted 36 passes and gained 162 yards in the air.
Pacific (1-3) didn’t cross midfield until 6:59 in the third quarter on the its only scoring drive. Nick Sellers found Eric Atkins with a 38-yard pass to the Nebraska 33 to set up a 12-yard scoring pass to Tyrone Watley.
Pacific finished with 60 yards rushing and just 197 yards overall. Roger Fleenor punted 11 times.
Benning’s 26-yard run opened the scoring and capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive. After a 33-yard punt return by Kenny Cheatham to the Pacific 17, Benning scored on the next play for a 14-0 lead.
Nebraska forced two more punts and Kris Brown missed a 30-yard field-goal attempt before Benning scored his third touchdown. After Nebraska converted a fourth-and-1, Benning ran 43 yards for the score to put Nebraska ahead 21-0 with 4:57 left in the first quarter.
Ahman Green and James Sims added touchdown runs in the second quarter. Green finished with 112 yards and two touchdowns, his second straight week with at least 100 yards.