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Huskers overcome kickoff risks
By uerex samson
Tom Osborne has never had to see
what happens to his team after it loses
a Kickoff Classic.
And after Sunday’s 31-0 win over
West Virginia, the Comhuskcr coach
was glad he didn’t have to deal with a
Osborne knew the risks of adding a
12th game, especially with a rated
opponent, to a regular season sched
“The danger is the extra exposure,
possibly more injuries and you have
the possibility of losing the game,”
Osborne said. “That (a loss) is very
dangerous. Anytime you play you run
Kansas took the risk last year and
suffered a 42-0 defeat at the hands of
The Jayhawks, who finished the
1992 season 8-4 and captured a 23-20
victory over Brigham Young in the
Aloha Bowl, fell to 5-7 in 1993.
But Kansas coach Glen Mason said
playing against then-No. 1 Florida State
was an opportunity he couldn’t pass
up. “If I could do it over again. I’d
definitely do it again,” Mason said.
“We were playing against the No. 1
team on national TV, so there were a
lot of opportunities there. I don’t think
that game affected our season very
much. We had a lot of injuries last
year, and a lot of those came the next
week against Western Carolina.”
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Jayhawks was completely opposite of
Osborne’s, whose Huskers were a 17
point favorite going into Sunday’s
But Mason said unless you’re No.
1, he secs no reason not to play in the
“If you arc Florida State last year
and you’re No. 1, you already have to
defend that ranking 11 times and in a
bowl,” Mason said. “I don’t know why
you’d want to defend that 12 times in
the regular season. If you’re not No. 1,
though, you have a chance for national
exposure and a chance to move up in
“If I were in Tom Osborne’s shoes,
I would be very anxious to play this
But Osborne’s anxiety about the
game didn’t show. The Huskers may
have solidified their standing as a na
tional title contender with the convinc
ing win over the Mountaineers.
The KickoITClassic isa test Osborne
and his teams have passed before.
Nebraska won the inaugural game
in 1983 with a 44-6 drubbing of Penn
State and stayed unbeaten in the annu
al contest by defeating Texas A&M
23-14 in 1988.
Only Penn State, Iowa and Nebras
ka have played in the KickoITClassic
twice, with Nebraska being the only
school without a loss in the game.
Osborne said accepting a third invi
tation to the Kickoff Classic was an
attempt by Nebraska to upgrade its
“In the past we’ve been criticized
for our schedule,” he said. “We’ve
played in the Kickoff Classic three
times, and I don’t think anyone else
has done that. We’ve played very good
teams in Penn State, Texas A&M and
“I think you can only play in this
game every six years or so. I don’t
know how long its been going on, and
we’ve played in it three times. No one
else has done that.”
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Huskers a nine-point lead.
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Huskers then ran off eight points, in
creasing their lead to 14-4 before out
side hitter Billie Winsctt finished the
game with an ace.
The fast start helped the Huskers
gain momentum and control the rest of
the match, Weston said, but their play
was far from perfect.
“I thought we did real well for the
first match,” Weston said. “It’s always
hard to come out and play perfect.
Everyone wants to play perfect, espe
cially me. rm a little bit ol a pcrtcc
tionist. But as far as the first match
goes, I thought we played well.”
The alumnae held a 2-1 advantage
early in the second game before Ne
braska rolled off seven straight points
to take an 8-2 lead. A 10-4 spurt by the
former Huskers tied the game at 12,
but Kelly Aspegren and Weston traded
kills to close out the game 15-12.
After jumping out to a 7-1 lead in
the third game, Nebraska stayed even
with the alumnae and hung on to win
the game by the score of 15-10.
In game four, which was played as
a special treat to the fans, Nebraska led
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The Huskers’ next action will be at
the Purdue Invitational in West
Lafayette, Ind., on Friday. Sccond
and fifth-ranked Nebraska will play
Oregon State on Friday and both Ken
tucky and Purdue on Saturday.
Aspegren said she was looking for
ward to beginning a successful season.
‘‘I can’t wait,” she said. “I won’t be
satisfied with this season unless we
win a Big Eight championship and at
least gel to the Final Four. 1 think this
team has the right attitude, and we
have the talent to go that far.”
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Former NU volleyball players
give current Husker team a test
By Todd Walkenhorst
The Nebraska alumnae volleyball team look
a trip back to the past when it faced the current
Huskcr squad Saturday night.
Former Husker volleyball players got the
chance to relive their glory days as they returned
to the court to face the second- and fifth-ranked
Comhuskcrs in an exhibition match.
The former Huskers lost all four games to the
current squad, but Huskcr assistant coach Cathy
Noth said it wasn’t the end result that mattered.
Noth knew the alumnae team was prepared to
give the Huskers a test.
“I knew they were ready,” said Noth. “They’ve
been practicing for three weeks.”
Noth said the strategy was to get the top six
alumnae players on the court to sec what they
could do against this year’s Nebraska team.
“They distributed the ball well,” she said.
“All in all. we’re real pleased.”
Assistant Coach Val Novak works with the
current team every day, so she had a good idea
what was coming her way.
Novak said the exhibition match was fun for
the former Huskers, but it was even more bene
ficial for the current Husker team.
“They arc going to do things that will work
against teams that don’t know what they’re
going to do.” she said. “They arc going to be at
a big advantage.”
Novak said the Huskers still needed to work
on some things—such as their passing—before
Friday’s season opener.
"They are going to do things
that will work against teams
that don t know what they 're
going to do. Ihey are going to
he at a hig advantage."
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“They passed pretty well until the end,” she
said. “They need to center the pass to (Kelly)
Overall, though. Noth said both she and
Novak were pleased with the Huskcrs’ perfor
“I’m sure on tape we will sec some adjust
ments we have to make before the season," she
Nebraska coach Terry Pettit said the alumnae
team showed him what his current Huskcr squad
needed to work on.
“We did some things real well,” Pettit said. “I
think there arc other things we need to take
“The pursuit in the middle of the court,
running down balls,” he said, “1 think some of
those things, they did very average."
Two Huskers on preseason Butkus list
From Staff Reports
Two Nebraska linebackers arc on the pre
liminary list of candidates for this year's
Butkus Award honoring the nation's top
Seniors Ed Stewart and Troy Dumas both
are on the preliminary list for the award.
The Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando,
Fla., announced its preliminary list of candi
dates for this year’s award. This year’s list
includes 48 college linebackers.
The 48 candidates will be trimmed to 10
semi finalists on Oct. 20, and the three final
ists will be announced Nov. 17.
Last season former Cornhusker Trcv
Alberts won the trophy. Alberts is in the
National Football League with the Indianap
olis Colts, but he is out for the season after
surgery on his elbow.
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