The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 03, 1989, Page 7, Image 7

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NU fans expect more than just a win
The Nebraska football team will
have one less worry going into Satur
day’s Big Eight opener with Kansas
State - if it’s even worried in the first
Nebraska will inarch on to the
field worry-free, knowing it don not
have to feel threatened at being the
wimpy team that loses first to the
Wildcats, who entered this season not
having won a game since 1986.
That’s right It’s over.
The Wildcats no longer are going
to be referred to as the team with the
nation’s longest losing streak - at
least for awhile.
The dark cloud that's been station
ary over Manhattan, Kan., for nearly
three years has moved out, and fore
casters predict it could be headed
toward nearby Lawrence.
Nebraska coaches and players can
breathe a heavy sigh of relief - the
pressure is off.
And, thanks has to go to the not-so
Mean Green Eagles of North Texas
State, 20-17 losers to the monsters of
The Wildcats will come into Lin
coln with a one-game winning streak,
their longest in 30 games.
Forget that the Cats’ victory was
over a Division 1-AA school, a win’s
a win no mattei at whose expense.
The fact is they won.
Winning. That’s something of
which Nebraska fans could learn to
be proud.
Instead, it’s not only winning -
but by how much.
For example, take last weekend’s
non-conference win over Oregon
State by a mere 35-7 score.
Nebraska only beat this team by a
spread of 28 points. Come on. How
The Comhuskers should have had
BRINSON from Page 6
that might put a slight dent in his huge
ego, Brinson knew he was wrong and
ate his words.
And his new teammates, who at
one time appeared ready to cram the
statements down his throat if he
didn’t readily swaUow them, have
accepted him. Brinson is now an
important part of San Diego's of
fense, and it hasn’t come at James’
Brinson was so impressive during
^e preseason that John Madden
made him an early candidate for his
All-Madden” team. That honor
was bestowed on the former Husker
when Madden, after spending almost
a minute flipping through his notes
[tying to find out who the running
back who was shredding the Dallas
defense was, realized it wasn’t a run
ning back at all - it was a receiver.
35 points by halftime. Thank good
ness the Huskers weren’t playing
Duke, who upset seventh-ranked
Clem son, this weekend.
While the point this Saturday
should be that the Huskers won, talk
will be about how bad Colorado and
Oklahoma are going to thump the
Followers of Nebraska football —
including myself - expect a blowout
every weekend when die opponent is
predetermined as lousy. .
Magically, Nebraska fans know
these kinds of things about other
teams, even without looking at game
films or knowing any of the players or
who coaches the pathetic team.
And, when the Huskers fail to live
up to those expectations, then they
are lousy toa a *
Nebraska fans expect the team to
score at at least 50 points - again 35
by halftime - to prevent being
termed lousy.
The defense has to hold the oppos
ing quarterback to what is equivalent
to one yard per pass. This weekend
the Huskers railed to hold the Beavers
to 41 yards passing. That’s not good.
That’s lousy.
In addition, the defense only can
give up a field poal. A shutout is
preferred, but fans have cut some
slack in that area.
Nebraska gave up a touchdown to
the Beavers. Lousy.
In reference to the field goal, it has
to be against the third-team defense,
and a minimum of 60 yards against
the wind, hi t the cross bar and barely
bounce over. Otherwise, the de
fense’s performance would be
deemed - you guessed it - lousy.
A lot of this could be attributed to
fans at Memorial Stadium not liking
to sit through four quarters of foot
The guidelines the players have to
follow every Saturday arc just too
numerous. Even I have problems
keeping them straight, and they
change from year to year, team to
Fans need to form a committee
and put together a handbook so every
year the players are aware of the
Madden proceeded to rave about
Brinson's acceleration and big-play
ability, and loved the fact that he
returned punts at Nebraska. He also
loved the fact that Brinson was mak
ing a name for himself even though
he was a lOth-round draft choice, and
would have loved the story about
cockiness and subsequent cheap
shots if he would have known about
Madden also would have loved
how Brinson played his entire senior
season with a neck injury thai ham
pered his blocking, and how he
vowed to make the NFL no matter
what the cost And most of all, if he
could have foreseen it, he would have
loved the impact Brinson already has
had this season.
Apol i« iMilofMW-d Hariri major and
to the Dally Nebraskan sports editor.
standards they are expected to meet
on game days. That way disconcert
ing performances like the one Satur
day may be avoided.
Then fans can go drink their beer
earlier, and everyone will be happy.
Fowler is a junior news editorial major and is
a Daily Nebraskan sports senior reporter.
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