The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 28, 1996, Page 8, Image 8

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. lom Osborne cred
ited tne tans after Nebraska won its
school-record 34th-straight 'hc
game Saturday night o”— Vn'
The previous mark w
from 1901 through 1906
“I really do believe that we m
gotten more of a home-field adva
tage in recent years,” Osborne said.
‘It seems like die crowd has ^UU&U
into a lot more and shown more en
At many stadiums, he said, fans
would not stay to watch the end of
a 63-7 blowout. “Most of the people
would have been gone by the end
of the third quarter,” Osborne said,
“but it's nice have that kind of
support f< people to stay around
and see d last substitution.” -
The Comhuskers’ last home de
feat was a 36-21 loss to Washing
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Kansas tailback June Henley did
not make the trip to Lincoln after
being ticketed for suspicion of driv
ing while intoxicated last week. KU
decision to suspend the seventh
ranked rusher in the nation.
“Any time any of my guys act
inappropriately, I don’t like it,”
Mason said. “I take full responsi
bility for it. I dealt with it and I
talked to Mm.” U j j
Mason said he titisure if 1
Heiley W^uld rettfnri 6SSthrday,
when die Jayhawks travel to Iowa -
Nebraska’s victory Saturday
was its 27th-straight conference
win and its 28th-consecutive win
oyer Kansas. The NU defense also
extended its streak of games with
at least one quarterback sack to 35.
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Injury report: Rush end Jared
Tomich (deep thigh bruise) may not
practice today; fullback Brian
Schuster (partially separated shoul
der) did not play Saturday; I-back
Ahman Green (reaggravated turf
toe) will practice today.
Cornerbacks Mike Fullman
(bruised ankle), Michael Booker
(bruised ankle), Chad Blahak (sore
shoulder), linebacker Terrell Farley
(sore shoulder) and rover Octavious
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also treated for injuries. None ap
peared serious.
Previously unbeaten Alabama
and West Virginia lost Saturday.
The Tide lost 20-13 to Tennessee
and Miami beta the Mountaineers
10-7, leaving just No. 1 Florida, No.
2 Florida State, No. 3 Ohio State,
No. 4 Arizona State and No. 17
Wyoming with perfect records.
Nebraska remained fifth in both
major polls Sunday.
Before the game, former Ne
braska quarterback Tommie
Frazier’s jersey was retired. Frazier
put on his red N6.15 one last time
before die game and threw a 20
yard pass to former NU wingback
Clester Johnson.
Notebook compiled by senior
reporter Tfcevor Parks and staff
iiidrter David Wilson.
Husker quarterback
nears NU record with
254 yards passing.
By Trevor Parks
Senior Reporter
Under a full moon and a stadium
filled with artificial light Saturday
night, the Nebraska football team
shined the brightest.
The fifth-ranked Comhuskers, who
struggled to score only 24 points and
committed five turnovers last week at
Texas Ted), exploited for a 63-7 win
over Kansas before 75,158 fans in
Memorial Stadium's first night game
junce 1992. Jp ;}£
The win, Nlrs 34th straight at
home, improved Nd)rasl»t06«J over
* all and 4-0 in the Big 12, keeping die
Huskers in a fu^itece tie wim Colo
rado in North Division.
NU Coach fom Osborne was in a
mudi better mood after the tumover
: * free offensive effort against Jayhawks
than he was one week earlier.
“I was struggling a little bit trying
to figure out if we were solid on both
sides of the ball or not,” Osborne said.
“We seemed to be more sure of what
we wanted to do— and that’s be a
After going three downs and out on
\ its opening offensive series, theNe
braska offense looked better than it hadj
all season* scoring touchdowns on
A msijor reason was quarterback
Seed Frost ;
Frost, a junior tr|j|sfer from
Stanflrd, had his best game as a
Husker. In the first half, he completed
11 of 15 passes for 220 yards.rTwo of
his incompletions wej&majfcln an ef
fort to stop the clodtjoIf NlJ’s final
drive of the halfii ‘ ^
“It felt good to get out there and
throw quite a fewpasses,” Frost said.
“We threw a lotmoreln the first half
Hum we have infSe first half of a lot of
“When you get a chance to throw
that many, you get into a rhythm.”
He finished the game with a sea
son-best 254 yards passing—just 43
yards shy of David gfejmm’s school
record set in 1973 T-^ibmpleting 12
of 16 passesjor^hfee touchdowns.
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we can perforin and what level we can
play at,” Frost said.
Said Osborne: “He threw the ball
well, ran the ball well, ran die team
weU. There is no question if you looked
at that game, that he’s got the skills to
be an outstanding player.
“We’re very pleased with himapd
really have been generally satisfied
with him all year.” -
KU Coach Giefi Mason, who is Q
9 against NU, said he underestimated
Frost’s ability.
“Bill Walsh recruited him 40
Stanford as a passer and he’s in <§£
Hall of Fattie,”t^ud Mason, whose"
team fell to 3-4«M&|a2 after losinglte
third straight gaihe. '‘And Tm riding
the bus home eating a bologna sand
Against the Jayhawks, the NU
passing game was not as bland as bo
logna. The Nebraska offense finished
the game with 322 yards rushing and
273 yards passing. Entering the game,
NU had the 104th-ranked passing of
fense in the country, averaging 114.3
yards per game.
‘1 think the perception out there is
that we can't throw it or catch it,”
Lane Hickenbottom/DN
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We all understand
now how well we
can perform and
what leiMl we can
1 play at.”
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NU quarterback
Osborne said: ‘I’ve beat seeing things
in practice that lead me to believe that
we can.”
Whatever Osborne saw in practice
worked in die first half.
Ll Frost’s second pp$s of die game
was 8,41-yard toss to tight end Vershan
Jadboii, giving NU a first down at the
Gameday sr f
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Player Att Yds, TO* Ptoyer Att. YA. TO*
21 Damon Beming 9 54 l34 Made Sanders 5 8 0
I «*» Kac.YA.TDi Play* **e. YA. TO* [
gly* Attempt Yd*. TOt Hay* Att/Qmp/latYA, TPs
First downs 34 9 Fumbles / returns 0/0 0/0
Rushing yards 322 55 Penalties/yards 2/15 6/34
Passing completions 13 14 Kickoffietums/yards 0/0 4/75
Total plays 81 57 Third-down conversion 8ofl4 3 of 13
Average yards per play 7J 3.7 Sacks/yards 3/18 0/0
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Jayhawks within 21-7. The score was
the first toudidown allowed by die NU
defense in 15 quartan. Gram Wistrom
led the Nebraska defensive effort widi
seven tackles and Jem Hesse added six.
After a 10-yard toudidown run by
Frost and 1-yard DeAngelo Evans’
score, Frost showed his ability in the
two-minute offense. :
He guided NU on ah eight-play, 62
yard drive in 55 seconds, throwing a
15-yard touchdown pass to Holbein to
put the Huskers on top 42-7 with 20
seconds remaining hefnm hidftim<».
The 35 second-quarter points tied
an NU record for points scored in the
second quarter, equalling the total set
against Kansas in 1978.
the ball well; we came off die line hard;
and we ran hard,” center Aaron Thylor
said. It was an all-around good team
Nebraska continued to sparkle in
the second half .
Frost ran for his second touchdown 1
of the game from nine yards out with
12:29 left in the third. Damon Benning
added an 11-yard touchdown run less
than 10 minutes later and Josh Cobb, \
a sophomore from Wallace, scored his
first career touchdown on a 5-yard run
with 8:37 left in the game.
As the Huskers begin preparation
for Saturday’s trip to Norman, Okla.,
to play 2-5 Oklahoma, Osborne said j
he thinks NU is back in the national
title hunt
‘1 redly feel like we have a chance
to make a run at it,” Osborne said. “A
week ago I wasn’t sure, but I think we
do have a chance.”