Mike Rozier ran for 149 yards and three touchdowns in the first half and third-ranked Nebraska set four NCAA offensive records in routing New Mexico State, 68-0, yesterday in Lincoln, Neb.
The Cornhuskers' total offense of 883 yards broke the NCAA Division I record of 875 yards, set by Oklahoma in 1980. Nebraska (2-0) also set Division I records in total first downs (43), first downs rushing (36) and yards rushing (667).
"I have mixed feelings because I can empathize with the guy on the other side of the field," said Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne. "I felt bad toward the end because I didn't quite know how to shut things down."
He said he hoped people wouldn't think Nebraska was trying to run up the score, saying the Aggies simply were outmanned. "I don't think New Mexico (State) quit trying," Osborne said.
Nebraska has outscored its opponents, 110-7, this season. The Cornhuskers play at eighth-ranked Penn State next week.
Nebraska used 80 players, seven scoring touchdowns. It scored touchdowns on four of five possessions in the first half, and in six of eight drives in the second half, with the drives ranging from 18 to 99 yards. Nebraska ran 105 plays to 59 for the Aggies.
New Mexico State (0-3) crossed midfield twice in 12 possessions and drove no further than the 38. The Aggies were held to 182 total yards.
Nebraska set the tempo on its first play from scrimmage, a 62-yard touchdown run around right end by Rozier. Nebraska did not punt until 12:31 of the final quarter.
Nebraska quarterback Turner Gill completed 10 of 13 passes before leaving for good before halftime.
Said his counterpart for New Mexico State, Jamie McAlister: "I'll tell you what, now I know how (PLO leader Yassir) Arafat felt when he left Beirut."