The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, August 29, 1994, Page 7, Image 7

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Monday, August 29, 1994 Page 7
Huskers kick off season with shutout win
_ Nebraska 31
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd 4th m_et us--.!-!- n
Nebraska ~ 3 21 0 7 ™eSt Virginia 0
West Virginia 0 0 0 0
Neb- FG Tom Sieler
Neb- Tommie Frazier 25yd run (Sieler kick)
Neb- Reggie Baul 12yd pass from Frazier (Sieler kick)
Neb- Frazier 27yd run (Sieler kick)
Neb- Frazier 42yd run (Sieler kick)
Rushing Att. Yds. Rushing Att. Yds.
Frazier 12 130 Walker 12 46
Phillips 24 126 Barber 6 23
Schlesingw*™ 8 31 Gary 2 4
Passing Comp-Att. Int. Yds. Passing Comp.-Att. Int. Yds.
Frazier 8-16 2 100 Boykin 4-13 1 62
Phillips |ajLtsijiP*J 0 0 Johnston 2-6 1 19
Receiving 11 no. Yds. Receiving No. Yds.
Baul j 3 r 46 Vanterpool 3 50
Phillips ') 2 ,v 17 Purnell 2 36
Muhammad 1\. 1 23 Ga 1 -5
Gilman vl 7
Holbein 1 7 LzHjLl
Breakdown Neb wvu
First Downs 28 9
Rushes-yards 60-368 38-8
Passing 100 81
Return Yards 152 10
Comp-Att-Int 8-17-2 6-19-2
Punts-avg. 3-48 9-60
Fumbles-Lost 4-3 4-1
Penalties-Yards 6-41 5-44
Time of Possession 33:52 26:08
DN graphic
Blackshirts rack up
first shutout since ‘92
By Trevor Parks
Staff Reporter
Nebraska’s offense controlled the ball
and the defense took advantage of
West Virginia’s offense, combining
forces to shut down the Mountaineers
in the Kickoff Classic.
The No. 3 Cornhuskers defeated
No. 24 West Virginia 31 -0 at the 12th
annual KickoffClassicbcforcacrowd
of 58,223 at Giants Stadium.
The game’s most valuable player,
Tommie Frazier, who rushed for 130
yards on 12 carries and had eight com
pletions for 100 yards, said the Nebras
ka offense simply wore down the
Mountaineers as the game went on.
“They had a great defense,” Frazier
said. “I guess they got fatigued or tired.
Once their defense got tired, there was
no way they were going to keep up
with our offense.”
West Virginia coach Don Nchlcn
agreed, and said the experience Frazier
had over his own quarterbacks—Chad
Johnston and Eric Boykin—was a big
“Our quarterbacks didn’t have a
chance,” Nchlcn said. “We have a lot
of work to do everywhere. That was
never more evident than in the first
The Huskcr offense controlled the
ball for 18:17 of the first hal f, and used
that to take a 24-0 halftime lead. Husk
cr running back Lawrence Phillips
spearheaded the attack with 94 first
half rushing yards. He finished the day
with 126 yards on 24 carries.
Nebraska coach Tom Osborne was
pleased with the first-halfperformancc,
however, he said the Huskers could
have scored more than they did.
Turnovers plagued the Huskers all
day. Nebraska had two first-half turn
overs and three in the second half.
Frazier threw two interceptions on the
“We had some chances,” Osborne
said. “The sad thing is that we proba
bly should have scored one more time
in the first half.”
The Nebraska scoring began with a
32-yard field goal by Tom Sielcr with
34 seconds remaining in the first quar
ter. The field goal was Sielcr’s first
ever field goal at Nebraska.
Frazier then gave Nebraska a 10-0
lead after a 25-yard touchdown run
with 10:49 left in the second quarter.
The Nebraska defense set up the
Huskers’ next score.
Nebraska linebacker Doug Col man,
who hails from Ventnor, N.J., forced
and recovered a fumble by West Vir
ginia’s Boykin, who entered the game
in the second quarter after Johnston
started the game.
The fumble recovery gave the Husk
ers the ball on the West Virginia 12
yard line.
Nebraska took advantage, and two
plays later. Frazier hit Reggie Baul,
who made a diving catch in the end
zone to extend the lead to 17-0.
A key West Virginia penalty aided
Nebraska on its final score of the half.
Punter Darin Erstad, who alsoplays
baseball for Nebraska, was roughed on
a fourth down and eight as he punted
from the Nebraska 46-yard line. The
roughing the kicker penalty on Moun
taineer Vann Washington gave Ne
braska a first down. Two plays later,
Frazier scored on a 27-yard run.
“In the second quarter we noticed
they were tired,” Phillips said. “It was
an opportunity... It made us get from
the huddle a little quicker.”
While the offense built its lead by
wearing down the Mountaineer de
fense, the Nebraska defense allowed
just four net yards and two first downs
in the first half.
Linebacker Ed Stewart said the
defense stuck with its game plan and
said speed was a major reason for the
team’s first shutout since it blanked
Oklahoma State 55-0on Oct. 10,1992.
“It looked like we were quicker
today,” Stewart said. “It was impor
tant to gel well as a unit.”
Frazier took Stewart’s words a step
“Defensively we arc a lot better
than last year,” he said.
In the second half, the Husker de
fense continued todominatethe Moun
Nebraska didn’t allow West Vir
ginia to cross midfield until a Cory
Schlcsinger fumble gave the Moun
taineers the ball at the Nebraska 44
yard line with 13:05 left in the fourth
But West Virginia couldn’t put the
ball in the end zone.
Frazier finished olf the scoring for
Nebraska with a 42-yard run with 7:27
remaining in the game.
The N ebraska dc fense stopped W cst
Virginia’s final attempts to avoid the
shutout when comerback ScdricColl ins
intercepted a Boykin pass in the end
zone with 2:12 remaining.
Osborne said although the offense
did well, the defense deserved a lot of
the credit.
“To have a great football team, you
need a great defense," Osborne said.
“We did a good job of mixing things
Volleyball team sweeps up in match against alumnae
By Mitch Sherman_
Senior Reporter
The Nebraska volleyball team made short
order of a group of 10 former Cornhuskcr stars
at the NU Coliseum Saturday night.
Behind the play of All Big
Eight middle blocker Allison
Weston, the current Huskers
won the exhibition match 15
4, 15-12. 15-10 and 15-7 be
fore a crowd of 1.583. Weston
led Nebraska with 19 kills. •
The 6-foot junior from
Papillion said Nebraska
showed signs of playing to its
potential, but it still needed
Weston work before this weekend’s
season-opening Purdue Invitational.
“We have got a lot of things to work on these
next few days,’’ Weston said. “We can see them
in a game like this.”
Junior setter Christy Johnson also played a
key role in Nebraska’s victory, leading all play
ers with 57 sets.
Despite being swept, the former Huskers held
their own for much of the match.
Former Nebraska three-time All-American
Stephanie Thaler contributed a match-high 20
kills and 13 digs for the alumnae.
Husker assistant coach Val Novak, a two
time All-American, led the alumnae with a .526
hitting percentage.
Nebraska coach Terry Pettit said the Huskers [
performed well, considering it was their first
match of the season.
“It gave us the opportunity to look at a lot of
situations,” Pettit said. “We looked at a lot of
different things, and the longer we did them, the
more comfortable we got with some of them. I
thought it was a very good start for us.”
However, the alumnae stayed with the Hunk
ers during the opening moments of the first
With the score 6-4 in favor of Nebraska.
Weston notched her first kill of the match. The
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Travis Heying/DN
Nebraska outside hitter Kelly Aspegren blasts a shot in two Nebraska alumnae players during the annual Nebraska
alumni game Saturday night at the NU Coliseum.