The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 17, 1996, Page 7, Image 7

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    Fans of the Big 12 will have
their fill of conference teams on
television this weekend. Five
games involving conference
teams will be televised, high
lighted by the Texas-Notre Dame
game, which will be shown na
tionally by ABC. Baylor, Texas
Tech, Missouri and Nebraska will
also be broadcast regionally.
The Cornhuskers’ game
against Arizona State was moved
to a ?:15 p.m. kickoff to
accomodate Prime Sports Net
Kansas tailback June Henley
was named the nation’s offensive
player of the week by USA To
day. Henley had a 201-yard rush
ing performance Saturday against
Texas Christian. “June has been
a very good performer at the Big
Eight level and now the Big 12
level,” KU Coach Glen Mason
Oklahoma State Coach Bob
Simmons said his team made a lot
of progress in Saturday’s 30-9
victory over Tulsa. “We measure
progress by looking for consis
tency,” Simmons said. “We
played a lot more consistently on
both sides of the ball. The young
players are starting to settle in,
and we were able to sustain a
drive on offense.”
Missouri had to go up against
more than Memphis Saturday. Of
ficials penalized Missouri 15
yards after a whiskey bottle flew
out of the stands following MU’s
failed extra-point attempt in the
fourth quarter of its 19-16 loss to
Missouri Coach Larry Smith
said that the penalty was harsh
and that security needs to be
tightened at Faurot Field. “We
need to find the yo-yo who threw
the bottle and get him out of the
The Tigers had more special
teams problems Saturday when a
botched punt snap led to a Mem
phis touchdown. “We missed any
chance we had to win the game
or send it into overtime,” Smith
said. ^Jrgk
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Iowa State’s schedule does rfbt#
get a whole lot easier this week
after a 38-13 loss to Iowa Satur
day. The Cyclones will play intr
astate Northern Iowa Saturday in
Ames. The Division I-AA Pan
thers have beaten ISU each of the
last two years.
“Anytime you get two schools
within the state border it is going
to be exciting,” Cyclone Coach
Dan McCarney said. “We have
the utmost respect for UNI, and
there is no question they have a
good football team.”
Oklahoma State running back
David Thompson and Colorado
linebacker Matt Russell were
named the Big 12 offensive and
defensive players of the week.
Thompson had a 252-yard rushing
performance against Tulsa and
Russell had 22 tackles in the Buffa
loes’ 20-13 loss to Michigan.
Big 12 Notebook compiled
by staff reporter Jay Saunders.
By Gregg Madsen
Staff Reporter
Thursday morning, as Cathy Noth
prepared to board a plane for North
Carolina, she was.
expecting a typical 1
road trip with the
Nebraska volley
ball team.
Nebraska’s top as
sistant coach
learned that Coach
Terry Pettit had in
would not travel Noth
with the Comhuskers to matches
against North Carolina and Duke.
The weekend took on a whole new
“My initial reaction was concern
for him and his health,” Noth said. “It
never crossed my mind that ‘Oh no.
I’ve got the team.’”
Pettit, who suffered a torn
quadricep muscle, had surgery Satur
day morning. Noth said he will attend
practices this week, although he is un
able to drive and walks with crutches.
No. 4 Nebraska was upset by North
Carolina on Friday, losing the fifth
game 15-12, but the Huskers defeated
Duke in three games on Saturday.
Noth, an All-America Nebraska
setter in 1983 and 1984, said she was
comfortable taking over for Pettit.
“I felt confident in myself,” she
I felt confident in myself I just needed to
display that with the players ”
Cathy Noth
NU assistant coach
said. “I just needed to display that with
the players.”
Running the Husker show wasn’t
a completely new experience for Noth.
She filled in as head coach last season
during Nebraska’s three-game win at
Missouri, when Pettit had stayed in
Lincoln because of a stomach ailment.
But last weekend, she said, was a
new situation and a new challenge.
“Playing back to back was differ
ent,” she said. ‘It was definitely a chal
lenge to prepare them. But I feel like I
learned a lot from this, too.”
In her eighth season as a Husker
assistant, Noth said she has thought
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AARON TAYLOR (right) has adjusted well to the center position this season. Taylor played left guard
last fall. ^
Position switch fits
By Patrick Wyman
~ Staff Reporter
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coaches were noi
among that group.
“Football players aren’t mea
sured on how tall they are but wha
they’re made up of,” NU offensive
Line Coach Milt Tenopir said. “He
certainly has the inner drive and
what it takes to be a football player.
Taylor’s height does not hurt
him on the football field, Tenopir
“Just because he is a couple
inches shorter than what people
think he ought to be doesn’t make
him a lesser player,” Tenopir said.
R was that kind of attitude by
the Husker football coaches that
allowed Taylor to pick Nebraska
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over Oklahoma State, Texas Tech
and New Mexico State. t
Despite his size, Nebraska’s
starting center finds himself as a
All-America candidate
?verhaving played a game
don prior to this season.
S?:Tm stUI big,” Taylor s*id.
just like a couple of inches, and
even if you don’t have die size, you
can make up for it with your heart
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Husker assistant says ASU will be prepared
By David Wilson
Staff Reporter |
After defeating Michigan State
55-14 last week, the Nebraska foot
ball team had two weeks to prepare
for Arizona State.
With less than a week left, NU
Running Backs Coach Frank Solicit
said the offensive chemistry still
needs work.
“I think (the off week) was good
for us,” Solicit said Monday. “Even
though we won the (Michigan State)
game by a fair margin, there were a
lot of things that we felt we needed
to work on.”
The No. 1 Cornhuskers (1-0) will
travel to Tempe, Ariz., Saturday to
face Arizona State (2-0) in Sun Devil
Stadium at 9:15 p.m.
Nebraska defeated the Sun Dev
ils 77-28 last season in Lincoln. The
Huskers scored on their first play
from scrimmage on a 65-yard run by
Clinton Childs — the first of 304
yards gained by the Nebraska of
fense in the first quarter.
“Arizona State will provide a tre
mendous football game for us,”
Solich said. “Last year, the game got
out of hand for them. Butif you re
ally analyze that, it was not a deal
where you just beat up on a team.”
The Huskers, who led 63-21 a!
halftime, were held to just twc
touchdowns in the second half.
Led by Tommie Frazier’s 191
passing yards, the Nebraska offense,
which threw for 292 yards, recorded
the sixth highest total in school his
“They committed their defensive
backs a little bit too much to the run,
and the play-action pass really hurt
diem last year,” Solich said. “I have
a feeling that they’ll have that cor
The No. 17 Sun Devils, who re
NU Athletic
! department
By Trevor Parks
Senior Reporter
Mach maligned near die end of last
season, Nebraska Basketball Coach
Danny Nee has the full support of the
Comhusker Ath- -I
ter a season iny
which NU lost nine I
straight games fori
the first time since I
ana naa
players meet with Nee
Athletic Director Bill Byrne to voice
concerns about Nee.
^ ' And in the middle of it all, the
NCAA launched an investigation
spurred by a Houston Chronicle report
that Nee sent a North Carolina busi
nessman $8,600 to lure a recruit to
“Adversity can be a great learning
tool,” Nee said. “Through that adver
sity and that losing streak there was
something to be learned, and we have
to understand that.
“Last year’s over with. I can’t con
trol what happened in the past. I can
control what we are doing on a daily
basis and preparing us for what we
Byrne said he was impressed with
the way Nee turned things around.
“I thought the team played very
hard despite doing their best to self
destruct in die middle of the season,”
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turn 19 starters this season, have
defeated Washington and North
Texas and are off to a 2-0 start for
the first time since 1991.
No. 3 right rush end Kareem
Sears strained his knee in practice
Monday. The injury is not serious,
Coach Tom Osborne said.
Nebraska’s Sept. 28 home game
against Colorado State has been
moved to 11:30 a.m. It will be pro
duced by Fox Sports Net and tele
vised on channels 3 and 10/11.