LINCOLN, Neb. — Things got so out of hand in No. 9 Nebraska's game with Division I-AA North Texas that each coach felt the need to apologize.
Reserve quarterbacks Brook Berringer and Tony Veland accounted for five touchdowns Saturday as Nebraska opened with a 76-14 rout of the overmatched Eagles at Lincoln, Neb.
Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier sprained his ankle on the second play, but it hardly mattered. The Cornhuskers scored on their first five possessions. The longest of their 10 touchdown drives required only 3:19. "I was a little sorry about the score, but I don't know what to do about it," Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne said. "I'm not sure what this proves. I think we've got a good team. I've said that all along."
Berringer ran for two scores and passed for one. Veland passed for one and ran for another.
"It was a real nightmare," North Texas Coach Dennis Parker said. "If they are asking Coach Osborne about not letting the score get run up this bad, that's our fault. . . . I apologize to Coach Osborne for us not being a more worthy opponent."
Nebraska running back Calvin Jones suffered a sprained knee early in the second half after he had scored twice and rushed for 124 yards in 16 carries.