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Nebraska profits from multifaceted offense
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By Todd Cooper
Nebraska dominated most facets
of the game in its 38-13 victory over
the Iowa State Cyclones and, in tum,
overcame a whirlwind of elements
which included fog, mist, wind, cold
and a sparse sellout crowd of 76,078
While doing so, the Huskers used
a multifaceted offense—counting on
five different players for high yard
And, in the end, the Comhuskers
saved some elements for their Nov.
29 matchup with Oklahoma.
“We were really trying to make
this a game that we put everything
together,” outside linebacker Trev
Alberts said. “Earlier this week, we
decided that we’ve got to start strong.
We did that, but we didn’t finish as
strong as we wanted to.”
But by game’s end, Nebraska fin
ished strong enough — outgaining
the Cylones 525-267 in total yards,
outrushing them 353-174 yards and
oulpassing them, 172 yards to 93.
Five Huskers accounted for most
of those yards:
• Quarterback Kcithen McCant
ran for 83 yards and threw for 161,
marking the third game during Big
Eight play in which McCant threw
and ran for more than 200 yards.
• I-back Derek Brown had his
eighth 100-yard game of the season,
rushing 15 times for 107 yards.
• I-back Calvin Jones picked up
where he left off in his record-break
ing performance last week, rushing
for 121 yards and two touchdowns on
• Split end Jon Bostick caught two
passes for 80 yards, including an acro
batic 55-yard touchdown grab in the
• Tight end Johnny Mitchell caught
three passes for 83 yards, including a
49-yard catch, the longest of his ca
That catch set up Nebraska’s first
touchdown of the day. After Brown
ran for 15 yards and Iowa State was
called for a 15-yard personal foul,
McCant found Mitchell to place
Nebraska at Iowa Stale’s three-yard
line. McCant scored from a yard out
to make it 7-0.
“I think we came out and executed
the way we wanted,” light end Wil
liam Washington said. “We scored
and scored quick, so I think we set the
tone for the game early on.”
That tone didn’t change for the
rest of the first half. After a Byron
Bennett field goal and two stalled
Iowa Slate drives, McCant rambled
42 yards to Iowa State’s 30. Brown
look an option pilch 26 yards. Three
plays later, Jones scored from eight
By halftime, Brown, Jones and
McCant had accounted for 173 of
Nebraska’s 185 yards rushing, com
pared to 66 rushing yards for Iowa
State. McCant also threw for 143
yards in the first half, compared to
Iowa State’s 64.
But the play that padded McCant’s
passing statistics rounded out Ne
braska’s scoring in the first half. Af
ter Jones rambled 25 yards to Ne
braska’s 45-yard line, McCant lobbed
a pass m Bostick s direction.
Bostick outleaped Iowa State’s
Shawn Walker, reached over him,
stole the football and walked into the
The catch, which put Nebraska up
24-0, was a surprise to the Memorial
Stadium crowd, but not Bostick’s team
Wingback Nate Turner:
“I knew he had caught it. And 1
knew he was going to catch it. That s
just me knowing Jon.”
“Jon’s the type of person who will
go after the ball. Nine times out of 10,
Jon will make that catch.
“He makes those kinds of catches
every day in practice. It was no big
thing to him — just another catch in
Jon Bostick’s book.”
Yet that first-half score didn’t close
the book on Iowa State. After Ne
braska’s next drive stalled, Iowa Stale’s
James McMillion returned Mike
Stigge’s punt 55 yards to the Ne
braska 1 -yard line.
Two plays later, Cyclone quarter
back Kevin Caldwell rambled in from
a yard out to make it 24-6 at the half.
“The doggone punt return was kind
of inexcusable,” Huskcr Coach Tom
Osborne said. “We let them off the
hook and let them get a little momen
Nebraska tried its best to swing
that momentum, stopping Iowa State’s
first drive of the second half and
scoring on a 40-yard march. But after
Brown made it 31-6 on his 32-yard
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to relax. _ .
“We relaxed, we definitely re
laxed,” Turner said. “We just kind of
got lulled to sleep after that touch
Nebraska woke up when back-up
quarterback Mickey Joseph fumbled
a snap. Four plays later, Caldwell
scored from 11 yards out to make it
31-13 with 12 minutes left in the
“I was just concerned enough with
the turnover and everything that we
mighthavca problem,’’Osborne said.
“They had a little momentum.”
After stopping Nebraska’s next
drive, Iowa Slate again moved the
ball, this time 41 yards to Nebraska’s
24-yard line. Middle guard Pat
Engelbert recovered Caldwell s
fumble, snuffing any dreams of a late
“I was just glad we were able to
stop something before it got started,
Engelbert said. “We rose when we
needed to, and that’s always a good
Nebraska’s offense hasn’t peaked
yet, Turner said, and that is a better
“We haven’t pulled out all the
stops,” Turner said. “I think it will
come two weeks from now. We have
plenty of time to prepare.”
“We might have been looking past
a couple of these teams before, but we
got through that,” McCant said. “So
now it’s time to prepare for Okla
“And I think we’ll be ready.”
Cyclone coach says
NU sped to victory
By Nick Hytrek
Iowa Slate Coach Jim Walden was
quick to admit that Nebraska’s speed
on offense was the difference in his
team’s 38-13 loss to the 1 lth-ranked
Comhuskers on Saturday.
“They’ve got great speed,” Walden
said. “They’ve got backs that will
make you miss. They’ve got guys that
can get the backs into the area where
they can make you miss.
“They have a nice plan offensively.”
Nonetheless, Walden hadn’t
planned on Nebraska’s offense burn
ing his defense for so many big plays.
I he Huskcrs had eight plays re
sulting in gains of at least 20 yards,
including Jon Bostick’s 55-yard touch
down pass from Kcithcn McCant,
Derek Brown’s 32-yard touchdown
run and a 61-yard touchdown run by
“I sometimes wonder if the same
people that watch Nebraska football
arc watching the same Nebraska foot
ball that I’m watching,” Walden said.
“I keep hearing all this stuff about the
pass. They’ve got the best big-play
offense in college football.
“If it gets any bigger-play than this
I’m going to quit coaching because I
don’t know what these people arc
looking at because I’ve never seen a
team score so many points, from so
far out, so often.”
Cyclone defensive tackle Matt
Rchbcrg said it was those big plays
that dampened hopes of a win.
“They hil two- and thrcc-play
drives,” Rchbcrg said. “They didn t
[ drive it but they scored nonetheless.
“Thai’s what killed us.”
Rehbcig also said Iowa State mental
lapses on defense had just as much to
do with the final score as the Huskcr
“Intelligence-wise, we didn’t play
very smart today and that hurt us,” he
said. “It was our mental mistakes
more or less and with all the speed
they have they’re just going to kill
With a team that has been hit hard
by injuries — especially on defense,
where seven starters have been lost to
injury — Walden made no excuses.
“Overall, I thought our kids played
with a lot of effort and I’m proud of
them,” he said. “They’re just trying
their best to play the best they know
how and we’re just not good enough
to beat (Nebraska).”
If nothing else, Walden said, the
injuries have made this season one of
the most unusual he’s ever had.
“This is the 1 Oth week,” he said.
“I’ve coached 10 different teams. It’s
not something you want to do but it
makes things interesting.”
Iowa State made the game inter
esting in the fourth quarter.
Trailing 31-13, the Cyclones drove
to the Nebraska 24-yard line but
quarterback Kevin Caldwell and run
ning back Leonard Holmes fumbled a
handofl and Nebraska’s Pal Engelbert
Three plays later, Jones put Iowa
State’s comeback hopes to rest with
his 61-yard touchdown.
“I think we were having a good
time,” Walden said. It would have
been kind of fun to get a score, just to
see these Nebraskans get nervous.
“They were nervous anyway be
cause we scored 13 points."
Caldwell seemed to think it was
much earlier that Nebraska had the
game put away.
“It’s really hard to say if wc were
really in the game at one point and
time,” he said.
FAR LEFT: Nebraska quarterback Keithen McCant is chased by
Iowa State’s Mark DouBrava in Saturday’s 38-13 Nebraska win.
McCant rushed for 83 yards and passed for 161.
LEFT: Iowa State quarterback Kevin Caldwell is pulled down by
Nebraska linebacker Darren Williams.
Photos by Shaun Sartin/DN
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