The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 27, 1994, Page 8, Image 8

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    Pass is fourth leaf on CU’s clover
By Mitch Sherman
Senior Reporter
Colorado coach Bill McCartney’s swing of
emotions in the final minutes of Saturday’s
game against Michigan was so vast that he
couldn’t even describe the feeling.
The fifth-ranked Buffaloes, down 26-21 with
15 seconds remaining, had the ball at their own
15-yard line following a Wolverine punt.
“I’ve got to tell you,” McCartney said, “I
was very frustrated prior to that last play. I felt
like we were the best team, and we weren’t
going to get the victory."
After moving the ball 21 yards to the Michi
gan 36-yard line, the Buffs called a timeout.
With eight seconds left and 64 yards to go.
McCartney said he thought the game was over.
But Colorado quarterback Kordell Stewart
launched a pass that traveled more than 70
yards in the air.
The ball came down in a crowd of players,
was tipped and fell into the arms of Colorado
wide receiver Michael Westbrook.
“I was the last one to think that play would
work,” McCartney said. “I wasn’t optimistic.
When Kordell did launch it, I thought.
Doggone, we got a chance.’’’
Even after the reception, McCartney still
had to look twice before believing the Buffs
had won.
“We had so many penalties during the game
that when 1 looked around and saw no flags, it
was a great feeling,” he said.
McCartney, whose teams have been known
to pull off fourth-quarter magic in recent years,
said the play came down to execution and luck.
“We were fortunate that they only rushed
three people,” he said. “Kordell was able to buy
extra time. That was about as far as he could
throw it and still have it come down with our
guys having a chance to catch it.”
Stewart, a 6-foot-3,210-pound senior from
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Marrero, La., is third in the nation in both
passingefficiency and total offense. Last week’s
Big Eight offensive player of the week has
completed 66.7 percent of his passes this year.
McCartney said Stewart deserved to be consid
ered for the Heisman Trophy.
“IfKordell continues to play like he has and
we continue to win,” McCartney said, “he has
a chance.”
Colorado travels to Austin, Texas, to take on
Texas Saturday, the last of three consecutive
games against top 15 opponents.
• Colorado players swept this week’s
player of the week honors. Westbrook, who
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caught seven passes for 157 yards, was given
the offensive award. Ted Johnson, a senior
inside linebacker, who had 14 tackles and caused
a Michigan fumble in the fourth quarter, won
the defensive honor.
• Nebraska continued to roll up the rushing
yardage Saturday. The Comhuskers’ 510 yards
on the ground in their 70-21 win over Pacific
pushed their season average to 471.5 yards per
game. ITie Nebraska record for rushing yards
pergameis401.7,setin 1983. Nebraska is less
than one yard away from being on pace to
eclipse the NCAA record of 472.4 yards per
game, set by Oklahoma in 1971.
NU softball
team defeated
after 11 wins
From Staff Reports
The Nebraska softball team's 11 -game
winning streak was stopped last weekend
at the National Invitational Champion
ship tournament, held in Rock Island, III.
After advancing to the championship
game of the tournament, the Comhuskers
were defeated by Big Eight rival Okla
homa State 7-2.
Junior Stacie Stafford won two games
against Drake and Iowa State on Sunday
to propel the Huskers into the title game.
The Huskers defeated Drake 8-0 and Iowa
State 10-2.
The game against Oklahoma State was
tied 2-2 after six innings, but Nebraska
pitcher Angela Blackwood allowed five
runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Blackwood, a freshman, gave up seven
runs, with only two earned.
Stafford, a transfer from Fairoaks.
Calif., was named to the all-tournament
team. Outfielder Amy Offenbacker and
Blackwood were the other two Huskers
who made the all-tournament team.
Offenbacker had two hits and two
RBIs against Oklahoma State to lead the
Nebraska hitting attack.
The Huskers went 6-1 in the tourna
The Huskers are now 11-1 on the
season, and their next action will be Oct.
2 in the alumni game.
After the alumni game, Nebraska will
head to the Big Eight Classic, which will
be Oct. 8-9 in Independence, Mo.
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and defense in for the entire game, the
score WOULD have been 140-0.
The Tigers were very lucky it was
Tom Osborne’s team on the other
sideline, or they would have been on
the wrong end of college football his
tory Saturday.
So Pacific gets money.
But what does Nebraska get be
sides another mark in the win col
Nothing but bumps, bruises and
“I think playing these type of games
once a year is enough,” offensive
guard Brenden Stai said. “You need
to Itave somewhat of a challenge week
in .and week out. These guys didn’t
pose much of a challenge.”
Maybe the younger guys down the
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ence, but isn’t that what practice is
I guarantee practicing against their
own Husker teammates would be bet
ter experience than going up against a
Pacific player.
And the crowd doesn’t have to pay
money to watch practice, either.
I wouldn’t want to see Nebraska
schedule itself out of a national cham
pionship by playing Michigan, Notre
Dame and Florida every year, but
let’s get some better teams than a
Pacific or North Texas, which came
to Lincoln last year.
Despite a70-21 triumph, there were
no winners last Saturday.
Even though the Tigers are once
again on Nebraska’s schedule in 1995,
I hope in future scheduling the Husk
ers stay away from any team that is
named after an ocean.
Samson Is a junior news-edttorlal major
and a Daily Nebraskan senior reporter.
Continued from Page 1
“If he is put on blood thinners,”
Edwards said Monday afternoon,
“then it would be dangerous for him
to play.”
Osbome said doctors Frazier had
seen in Lincoln agreed, though he
would be in otherwise perfect physi
cal shape.
“It would be kind of a tragedy if he
wasn’t able to play because of the
oioou winners,
Osborne said,
“even though he
could run and do
everything at full
The clot be
hind Frazier’s
knee was the sec
ond clot to form
in his leg. Doctors
lorn usoorne a Frazier
clot closer to his
calf moved to his knee, probably last
“It was a long shot,” Osborne said.
“It was just something they thought
they should check out. Nobody
thought there would be any chance or
very little chance of a blockage ."
Edwards said the proximity of the
clot was critical to the length of
Frazier’s recovery. He said a clot
above the popliteal vein (located near
the knee) would likely require blood
thinners, while a clot below the
popliteal vein could be handled
quickly without blood thinners.
Frazier, a starter of 22-consecutive
games for the Comhuskers, first com
plained of soreness in his calf the
morning of the UC LA game, Osborne
“We don’t know exactly when it
happened or if he got hit,” Osborne
said. “Monday (Sept. 19) he came in
and said his leg was a little sore.”
Frazier was carted out of practice
last Monday with ice on his lower leg
but returned Tuesday.
“Tuesday, he practiced some,"
Osborne said. “Wednesday, he prac
ticed real good. He ran normally and
said the soreness was all gone. TTiurs
day, he said it was a little sore again.
That’s when we began to get a little
concerned because the assumption
was that it was a bruise.”
Frazier, whom Osborne said would
be hospitalized at least until Wednes
day, played sparingly in Saturday’s
win over Pacific. He saw action on
Nebraska’s first two drives, leading
the Huskers to a 14-0 lead before
being replaced by Brook Berringer.
Edwards said it was probably dif
ficult for the medical staff to diagnose
a vascular problem on a young ath
lete. Most vascular problems, he said,
occur on older people.
“They probably thought it was just
a muscle bruise,” Edwards said. “It’s
not their fault that they didn’t recog
nize the vascular problem. 1 probably
wouldn’t have seen it either. After it
didn’t go away, I’m sure they looked
at it a little closer.”
Osborne said more would be
known in the next few days.
“We certainly wouldn’t do any
thing that would jeopardize his future
or his career,” Osborne said. “I don’t
know if we’re talking three, four
months or a couple, three weeks. I just
hate to speculate right now. I don’t
think the doctors know right now.”