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battle to gain
By Jay Saunders
- Staff Reporter
A pair of old Southwest Conference
teams are looking to establish control
in the new Big 12 Conference’s South
Texas Tech (4-3 overall and 3-2 in
the conference) is hoping to get back
on its horse after losing to Nebraska
The Texas A&M Aggies (3-4 and i
1-2) are looking for their first divi- 1
sional victory. 1
Last year’s contest was a nail-bit
ing 14-7 Tech win in Lubbock. This 1
year, the game switches venues to Col
lege Station. Tech Coach Spike Dykes 1
said his team will have its hands full
on the road.
“They are a very good football team i
n College Station,” Dykes said. “We
vill have a very tough time beating
hem down there.”
The game could come down to
vhether the A&M defense can stop
rech tailback Byron Hanspard, who is
he No. 2 rusher in the nation.
“Byron is an outstanding back,”
AfeM Coach R.C. Slocum said. “He is
lefinitely one of the best .”
Kansas threatens JNU
league, home streaks
KU from page 12
out of the end zone,” Osborne said of
last Saturday’s 24-10 NU win. “You’ve
got to give them a lot of credit, but at
times we didn’t cover people.”
Osborne is also concerned with the
Huskers’ offensive execution.
After turning the ball over only
once in three games since losing to
Arizona State, Nebraska had five turn
overs against the Red Raiders, includ
ing an interception that was returned
for Tech’s only touchdown.
“When your execution is poor, ev
erything lodes bad,” Osborne said. “It
makes it look like nobody is trying and
that nothing is working right. We just
need to execute better.
“The puzzling thing and the thing
that is interesting about coaching is that
you never quite know what is going to
Osborne is also worried about in
juries. Senior fullback Brian Schuster
practiced on Thursday, but he probably
won’t start because of a separated
shoulder, Osborne said.
Offensive linemen Jon Zatechka
and Eric Anderson, who are recover
ing from ankle injuries, also returned
to practice Wednesday and should start
Junior defensive tackle Jason Pe
ter, who broke his hand against Texas
Tech, was fitted with a cast and should
start against the Jayhawks.
“I guess I don’t feel real comfort
able playing anybody right now,”
Osborne said. “Hopefultyrwe T1 play a
little better this week than we did the
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QB 7 8cottFrost 64 215 Jr. QB 18 MattJohner 6-1 196 Jr.
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PK 35 Kris Brown 6-10 206 So. PK 36 Jaff McCord 64 220 Jr.
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BOV 10 Mike Muter 610 190 8r. 88 28 Tony Blevins 60 170 Jr.
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Yankees snag Series lead
with 1-0 Game 5 victory
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dium — where New York is just 2-4
this October—with a chance to clinch
its record 23rd title and dethrone the
Game 6 will be Saturday night, with
Jimmy Key starting for New York
against Greg Maddux.
“It’s a game of inches,” Atlanta
ManagerBobby Cox said. “The breaks
have not gone our way ”
mtitte snut out tne Braves on foui
hits through the first eight innings.
Smoltz fell to 9-2 lifetime in the
postseason despite not giving up an
earned run. A mi scommunication in the
outfield caused a two-base error to be
charged to Marquis Grissom in the
fourth and set up an RBI double b;
Cecil Fielder. Smoltz struck out 10 ii
eight innings and permitted four hits
three by Fielder.
By Peter Mahhoefer
Don’t tell former Nebraska basket
ball player Erick Strickland how to
Strickland survived a tumultuous
senior season as a Comhusker last year,
and how as a free agent with the Dal
las Mavericks, he is turning heads as
the exhibition season nears an end.
Through the Mavericks’ first five
preseason games, Strickland is third on
the team in scoring (9 point per game);
he leads the team in 3-point percent
age (.500); and he’s making veteran
Jimmy King and rookie Shawn Harvey
worry about weather they’ll have a job
early next week.
“Erick’s doing much better than
expected,” said Strickland’s agent,
Frank Martin. “He has outplayed a few
guys charted ahead of him.”
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound
Strickland, who is playing point guard,
looks to have joined the Mavericks at
the right time. Injury-plagued Dallas
is hoping to improve on last year’s 26
56 record. Guards Troy Dumas, Jason
Kidd, and Jimmy King have all been
hit by injuries during the preseason.
“I have done all I can do to show
them I can play in this league,”
Strickland has had some help ad
justing to the NBA game. Veteran
Derek Harper has tutored Strickland.
Harper’s 10-plus years of NBA expe
rience have helped Strickland, he said.
“Harper and I talk every day,”
Strickland said. “He tells me what to
work and improve on. It’s definitely a
big help having a veteran like Derek
Harper teaching you how to play and
Strickland is not intimidated by the
NBA stars he had before seen only on
“At first I was like, Dang. These
are guys I used to 'watch,*” Strickland
said. “I learned to not think about that.
I had to change my thought process.
I’m here in the NBA, and when the
game starts, I have to compete.”
The Mavericks are a good fit for
Strickland. First-year Dallas Coach Jim
Clemmons plays an up-tempo game
that focuses on a tough defense.
Strickland, an All-Big Eight defensive
team selection while at NU from 1992 •.
through 1996, said he enjoys the Mav
ericks’ style of basketball.
“This team has a lot of young play
ers, young players that are up and com
ing NBA stars,” Strickland said,
“They’re going to turn things around
It’s tough to make it
if you’re not a name.
Dallas likes Erick.
likes Erick. It just
depends on who he
can heat out. I think
Erick will make the
Erick Strickland’s agent
If cut from the Mavericks,
Strickland said he will give basketball
one more year. He has worked out for
the Indiana Pacers and New Jersey
Nets and several CBA teams have also
inquired about him.
Strickland also still has ties to the
Florida Marlins baseball organization,
For which he played following his
freshman year at Nebraska. As a Au
gust college graduate, Strickland said
ne is Keeping ms options open.
One of those options, however, is
not football. Strickland entertained
thoughts of playing for Nebraska this
fall, but after one spring practice, he
“It was a basketball decision,” he
said. “I was getting calls from NBA
scouts and coaches saying this wasn’t
in my best interest. I didn’t want
coaches to think that I wasn’t dedi
If Strickland is to make the Dallas
team this fall, the Mavericks must find
a way to work him into a team that al
ready has 12 players on contract, the
“With all the guaranteed contracts,”
ne said, “it’s a numbers game now.”
Added Martin: “The NBA has a lot
of young point guards. It’s tough to
make it if your not a name. Dallas likes
Erick. Coach Clemmons likes Erick. It
just depends on who he can beat out. I
think Erick will make the team.”
Strickland said he will probably by
be next week if he’s got a spot.
‘We have two preseason games in
Mexico this weekend,” he said. “They
old me they’d give me an indication
NU can win
uses Nebraska as
a model to build his
BU soccer program.
By Peter Marhoefer
Baylor Soccer Coach Randy
Waldrum will not let his team’s
12-1-1 record fool his first-year
players when it comes to today’s
game against fifth-ranked Ne
braska in Waco, Texas.
“We don’t match up,”
Waldrum said. “Nebraska’s
physical, big, strong, talented,
technically gifted, and have great
Baylor’s first-year success is
the surprise of the Big 12 Con
ference. The Bears head into
today’s game with an outside
chance of winning the confer
“We got real fortunate,”
Waldrum said. “We got two key
recruits, and others fell into
place. Our schedule isn’t as
strong as other teams, and we’ve
had some good success.”
Baylor is using Nebraska as
a role model, Waldrum said. The
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third year leaves the Bears with
a blueprint to follow, he said.
“Nebraska’s in a position to
make a run for the national
championship, and they are tal
ented enough to do it,” Waldrum
said. “We have a lot of respect
for Nebraska and what Coach
John Walker has done with the
The game today at 3 p.m. is
the biggest in Baylor history, he
said. A win over NU would give
the Bears the respect they have
lacked despite their early suc
“This is certainly a big
game,” Waldrum said. “There’s
no pressure on us to win. It’s OK
for us to lose this one.”
Baylor forward Molly
Cameron is leading the nation in
scoring. Stopping her is a key to
“Regardless of what the score
is, our kids will compete,” he
said. <(We’U learn some lessons
Comhuskers can clinch Big 12
SOCCER from page 12
Baylor, in its first season, has not
played with the look of a first-year
squad this fall.
Baylor carries a No. 6 central-re
gion ranking into today's game. The
Bears still have an outside chance to
win the Big 12 title and have sewn up
a spot in the six-team Big 12 Tourna
ment, Nov. 7-10 in St Louis.
Hie Bears’ only loss came at the
expense of eighth-ranked Texas A&M.
Baylor also tied Oklahoma State ear
lier this season. Freshman forward
Molly Cameron leads the nation with
“From what I hear, they’re defi
nitely the best first-year program,"
Walker said. “They are a very solid
team defensively and very well
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Texas Tfech is ranked seventh in the
' central region. Kristy Frantz leads the
Red Raiders with 3 9 points on 16 goals.
Amaris Weeks-Smith (22 points) and
Kristi Patterson (21 points) have also
“They’re very similar to Baylor,”
Walker said. “They have two excellent
strikers. They’ve scored a lot and
haven’t conceded a whole lot. It’ll be
a tough road game.”
Nebraska is coming off another sti
fling defensive effort. The Huskers
blanked Kansas 2-0 Sunday, NU’s
ninth shutout of the season.
Junior midfielder Kari
Uppinghouse leads the way for Ne
braska with a single-season record 41
points on 16 goals.
“We’re ready for better teams,” said
Uppinghouse, the nation’s ninth-lead
ing scorer. “We have to take them like
at Baylor, today, 3 pjn.
they’re as good as us.”
As one of two undefeated teams left
in Division I, Nebraska is now a
marked foe, Uppinghouse said.
“(Baylor and Tech) are looking for
these games,” Uppinghouse said.
“We’re not taking them lightly. They’re
looking to create an upset. We see our
selves as the team people want to beat.”
After Sunday, NU plays Texas
Christian and Southern Methodist be
fore the league tournament.
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