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Coalition concerns Devaney, bowl officials
By Todd Cooper
Senior Editor _
Cornhusker Athletic Director
Emeritus Bob Devaney approached
Orange Bowl President Bob Epling
Thursday with a question on behalf
Epling had just finished briefing
Nebraska media and athletic depart
ment officials on South Florida trav
el and safety issues when Devaney
raised another concern:
“Why is Miami up there ahead of
us?,” Devaney asked Epling, refer
ring to the bowl coalition poll. “What
can we do about this, Bob?”
Epling said he shared Devaney’s
concerns regarding the college foot
ball coalition poll, which has 8-1
Miami ranked ahead of undefeated
“Our goal, of course, is to have a
national championship game,” Epling
said. “But in the AP poll, it appears
that some of the writers are deliber
ately trying to set up a national cham
pionship game in the Fiesta Bowl.”
After last weekend, Miami jumped
44 points ahead of Nebraska in the
rankings, which combine the point
totals from The Associated Press and
the CNN/USA Today polls to deter
mine bowl matchups.
Epling said he was shocked when
he learned before last weekend that
some writers told Fiesta Bowl offi
cials they would vault the Hurricanes
above Nebraska. That would set up a
national title game between Miami
and the winner of Saturday’s Florida
State-Notre Dame game in the Fiesta
“You always know that something
like that can happen,” he said. “But
you don’t think it ever will.”
Epling said he and the other major
bowl representatives would meet in
Chicago Friday to discuss the coali
And, Epling said, he will voice a
simple concern on behalf of the Or
ange Bowl and Nebraska.
“We have a once-beaten team
who’s ranked ahead of an unbeaten
team,” he said, “My question is: How
could that happen?
“Is there anything there that is
subjective? Is it objective enough?”
Epling said Nebraska could alle
viate any of those concerns with two
solid performances in its last two
“The Big Eight champion can play
their way into a national champion
ship with a strong performance in
their remaining games,” he said.
“Maybe the Big Red had their bad
week last week and will climb back
above Miami this week.”
Cyclones to threaten NU again, Osborne says
Quarterback Tommie Frazier, shown here in the Cornhuskers’ 21-20 win over Kansas, hopes to lead Nebraska to
vengeance Saturday against Iowa State, which upset Nebraska 19-10 last season. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at Memorial
Walden: Cyclones grow in talent, confidence
By Jeff Singer
At the beginning of this year, Iowa Stale
football coach Jim Walden thought Saturday’s
Nebraska-Cyclone game might affect the Big
Eight conference standings.
After all, Iowa State was coming off a 19
10 upset of Nebraska at the end of last season,
and Walden believed he had more talent this
year than in his previous seven seasons.
But with a 3-6 record so far, Walden and
his Cyclones — destined for their fourth
straight sub-.500 season — once again will be
limited to a spoiler role on Saturday against
the 3rd- and 4th-rankcd Cornhuskcrs at Me
“I thought this year was going to be a six
or seven- win season for us, especially since I
do think this is the best group of total athletes
I’ve had here,” Walden said. “This is the best
crop I’ve been able to grow; but then again,
this is the first time I’ve been in dirt rather
On defense, strong safety Kevin Fulton leads
the Cyclones with 98 tackles and was named
the league’s Defensive Player-of-thc-Weck
after registering 10 tackles and an interception
in Iowa State’s 20-17 win over Oklahoma
State Oct. 23.
And on offense, freshman quarterback Todd
Doxzon, a 6-foot, 167-pounder from Millard
North, came off the bench to lead Iowa State
to a 27-23 upset of thcn-No. 18 Kansas State
Walden said he would not decide until Fri
day whether to start Doxzon or more experi
enced junior Bob Utter at quarterback against
Either way, the effects of Iowa State’s win
over the Wildcats should carry over to this
“The K-State win probably gave us some
confidence.” he said. “Hopefully on Saturday,
our kids won’t feel like they can’t do it.”
While the majority of Big Eight teams have
emphasized their passing attacks in recent
years, Iowa State differed and went to the
wishbone running attack last season.
“With the wishbone, they’re probably not
used to seeing it because nobody runs it any
more,” Walden said. “Sometimes it looks like
lightning, sometimes it looks like junk — it
usually just depends on who we’re playing.”
Walden said Iowa State might not be as
much of an underdog to Nebraska, especially
after last year’s win.
“After you’ve done something once, it’s a
lot easier to do it twice,” he said.
but game called
no grudge match
By Jeff Griesch
The painful memories of Nebraska’s 19-10
loss to Iowa State last season still linger in the
minds of Cornhusker players and coaches.
“They spoiled a lot for me,” Nebraska coach
Tom Osborne said. “Our chances probably
weren’t too good, but they knocked us out of
any opportunity to win a national champion
Despite ISU’s upset of the Huskcrs last
season, Osborne said revenge would not be on
the Huskcrs’ minds for Saturday’s game with
the Cyclones at Memorial Stadium.
“We’ve not been a big revenge team,"
Osborne said. “We want to play well and play
well every week.”
And the Huskcrs will have to play well if
they arc going to beat the Cyclones, Osborne
Osborne said the 3-6 Cyclones could pose a
threat to Nebraska similar to what Kansas did
in the Huskcrs’ 21 -20 win over the Jayhawks.
“They are kind of like Kansas in that they
are playing their best football most recently,”
Osborne said. “They have gotten a lot better as
time has gone on.”
The Cyclones arc coming off their biggest
win of the season, a 27-23 upset of then-No.
18 Kansas State.
Iowa State dominated the Wildcats, piling
up 359 yards while holding Kansas State to
just 248 yards total yards — 124 fewer than its
But after committing four turnovers, the
Cyclones still had to come back from being 11
points down in the fourth quarter.
“You have to be doing a lot of other things
right if you go minus-four turnovers and still
win the game,” Osborne said.
Osborne said the biggest problem with pre
paring for the Cyclones was figuring out how
to stop the Iowa State offense.
The Cyclones usually start in a wishbone
formation with a full-house backfield, which
Nebraska hasn’t seen yet this season.
“They are the only team in the conference
that run the wishbone,” Osborne said. “It used
to be that we saw wishbone teams several
times a year, so we were well-prepared. But
now we only have four or five days to prepare
Although the Cyclones’ offense centers on
See HUSKERS on 8
Volleyball crowds affect Husker, visitor performance
By Tim Pearson
Surrounding the volleyball court at the NU
Coliseum are 17 Big Eight championship ban
ners, two national runner-up banners and one
national semi-final banner.
There is a lot of tradition at the home court
of the No. 14 Nebraska volleyball team.
Nebraska leads the nation in average vol
leyball attendance at home this season. And
partly because of fan support, the Cornhuskcrs
have won 17 straight Big Eight titles.
Missouri coach Craig Sherman, whose team
has never beaten Nebraska at home, said play
ing the Huskers in Lincoln has never been
easy. Sherman’s team will face Nebraska —
and, most likely, a big Coliseum crowd —
Saturday at 5 p.m.
“It’s one of the toughest places to play,”
Sherman said. “We haven’t played with crowds
that big. It’s a different atmosphere and it has
really affected our play in the past.
“You have to prepare for the crowd when
you play them at home.”
Colorado, which defeated Nebraska Oct.
13 in Boulder, Colo., wasn’t even able to win
a game in their Oct. 30 match against the
Huskers in Lincoln.
Buffaloes coach Brad Saindon said there
was a big difference between playing Nebras
ka in Lincoln and playing the Huskers on the
“It’s tough to pull out a win against them at
home,” Saindon said. “The crowd’s always a
factor when you play Nebraska.”
But even with the difficulty of playing the
Huskers at home, coaches have said the expe
rience is a good one.
Iowa coach Linda Schoenstedt, whose
Hawkcyc team lost to the Huskers in Lincoln
Sept. 1, said her team learned a lot from play
ing before a big crowd.
“This is a great place to play,” Schoenstedt
said. “It’s probably one of the funnest places
in the nation to play. Why wouldn’t you want
to bring a team in here?”
Nebraska opponents very rarely pull off a
win against the Huskers at home. The Huskers
arc 9-0 at home this season. Since 1990, the
Huskers are 53-3 at home.
This is a great place to
play. Why wouldn’t you
want to bring a team in
Iowa volleyball coach
But Pettit said that even after $ lo$s, the
Huskers don’t lose their fan support.
“1 don’t know of many places in the coun
try where fan support is solid after a win or a
loss,” Pettit said earlier this season. “It’s very
heartening to our players to sec that type of
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