The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 04, 1996, Page 11, Image 11

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    Ifenopir gives NU
a passing grade
By Sam McKewon
Eight games into the season, Ne
braska Offensive Line Coach Milt
Tenopir gives the NU football team
• high grades for its performance this
“We are playing good football
right now,” Tenopir said Sunday.
“There aren’t many teams that could
beat us.”
The fifth-ranked Huskers (7-1
overall and 5-0 in the Big 12) won
their sixth-straight game, 73-21,
over Oklahoma Saturday in
Norman, Okla.
Tenopir said NU is playing with
a lot of momentum going into its last
three regular season games. Ne
braska will play host to Missouri
Saturday before traveling to Iowa
State and finishing with Colorado
in Lincoln on Nov. 29.
“We know that we’re a good
football team,” Tenopir said. “We
know we have a good offense and a
tremendous defense.”
The defense has been nearly
flawless since its performance
against Arizona State on Sept. 21.
“We have so much speed on that
side,” Tenopir said. “They get
physical and run like a son of a gun
out there.”
Offensively, Tenopir said, there
is still some inconsistency.
“We have had trouble at times
moving the football,” Tenopir said.
“But we’re getting die ball into the
end zone.”
Tenopir said he is pleased with
the NU passing game. The Husk
ers, who have averaged 68 points
in their last two games, threw for
179 yards Saturday against Okla
homa, one week after passing for
We are playing good
football right now.
There aren’t many
teams that could
beat us.”
Milt Tenopir
NU offensive line coach
273 yards in a 63-7 win over Kan
“We are throwing the ball with
a lot of efficiency right now,”
Tenopir said. “Our kids are block
ing well up front, and we’re getting
the ball downfield.”
Tenopir said the Huskers are a
better team than many of their sta
tistics indicate.
“You can’t base the defense’s
performance on the last quarter or
the offense’s performance on the
first quarter,” Tenopir said. “They
played a lot better than that.”
Nebraska is playing well enough
to win the rest of its regular-season
games and qualify for the Big 12
championship game, Dec. 7 in St.
Louis, Tenopir said, but the team
can’t become complacent.
“We can and should win our last
three gpmes,” he said. “But Colo
rado will be a toughie, and we can’t
stub our toe against Iowa State or
Missouri. We’ve got to stay fo
“We’re playing as good as any
one right now. We can get to the
Sugar Bowl and play for the title.”
BC officials address
gambling rumors
“There’s no evidence, nothing that substan
tiates a rumor of gambling,” Gladchuk said.
“Therefore, at this particular time, we are going
to continue the investigation, both internally and
to ask the district attorney’s office to guide us
through the process.”
Boston College plans to contact the NCAA
about its in-house investigation. Neither
Gladchuk nor Henning identified any players
whose names may have surfaced in the rumors.
“The news and rumors are varied and came
from all directions,” Henning said. “Everybody’s
looking for answers. All we have is rumors.”
He said the team feels any players involved
in wrongdoing should be removed from the foot
ball program.
The loss to underdog Pitt ended BC’s slim
hopes for a bowl berth.
The Eagles struggled in a season-opening 24
21 win, beating weak Hawaii cm a last-play field
goal. They were routed by Virginia Tech 45-7
then played well at Michigan, now ranked ninth,
before losing 20-14.
BC was impressite in beating Navy 43-38
to even its record at 2-2. That was followed by
a 34-17 loss to West Virginia, currently ranked
18th. But the Eagles reached .500 again by win
ning at Cincinnati 24-17.
They improved to 4-3 with a 37-13 win over
Rutgers that kept their bowl hopes alive. But
they followed that with a 45-17 home loss to
To that point, there were few surprises. On
Thursday night, though, they were expected to
handle the Panthers.
Henning, 54, took over for Tom Coughlin,
who left after the 1993 season to become head
coach of the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars of
the NFL.
Henning was offensive coordinator of the
Detroit Lions for the two seasons before he went
to BC. He also was head coach of two NFL
teams—the Atlanta Falcons from 1983 through
1986 and the San Diego Chargers from 1989
through 1991.
Comhusker men swim
to a pair of dual wins
From Staff Reports
The 21 st-ranked Nebraska men’s
swimming and diving team opened its
dual season Friday and Saturday with
victories over Texas Christian and
Southern Methodist.
NU won eight of 13 events, defeat
ing TCU 137-105 and downed SMU
Individual and relay winners in
cluded divers Eric Cook (1 -meter) and
Daniel Bergman (3-meter), and swim
mers Adam Pine (100-yard freestyle,
400-yard medley relay), Josh Mathias
(200-yard freestyle), Juan Benevides
(500-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle,
400-yard medley relay), Eric Rasser
(1,000-yard freestyle), Michael
Windisch (200-yard butterfly), Carlos
Asarta (200-yard individual medley,
400-yard medley relay) and Chris Ford
(400-yard medley relay).
The Comhusker women, ranked
No. 12, finished fourth at the SMU
Swimming and Diving Classic. Ne
braska placed behind second-ranked
SMU, Texas and Florida.
Fatigued Huskers dig
deep in sweep of OU
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Nebraska the game 15-11.
In the second game, again with the
NU rallying to tie the score at nine, the
Huskers scored six of the game’s final
seven points. Nebraska won when
Nepo and Korver teamed up again, this
time to block Arrington.
With the score tied at nine in the
third game, Nebraska scored the final
six points. Three OU errors, an ace by
Maria Hedbeck and Reitsma’s 18th kill
of the matcL put Nebraska in front 14
9. A Nepo and Korver block of
Peterson ended the match.
“We just need to learn how to pick
it up when we get to 10 points or get
ahead of a team,” Arrington said. “We
had Nebraska up in two games. They
will find a way to pick it up and find a
way to win. We just don’t have that
winning fire that they do.”
Reitsma said experience took over
1 ate in all three games.
“We stayed pretty poised,” she said.
“Coach didn’t want us to show our frus
trations off, and some people were get
ting frustrated. We were able to stick it
out and make plays when we needed
Nebraska returns to the court this
weekend, playing Missouri Friday
night and Iowa State Saturday night at
the NU Coliseum. Pettit said he was
glad to return to Lincoln with the Husk
ers in good shape for their final eight
conference matches.
“It wasn’t our best volleyball,” he
said. “When you play 30 matches,
you’ve got to find a way to win some
of them when you’re not playing your
best volleyball.”
Middle blocker Stacie Maser left
the match in the first game after aggra
vating a knee injury and did not return.
Pettit said Maser should play this
Middle blocker Lisa Avery returned
to the Nebraska lineup Friday after sit
ting out for more than a month because
of stress fracture in her left leg.
NU offense
awakens to
pummel OU
OU from page 8
After throwing incompletions on
his first four passes, Frost finished
the day 10 of 22 for 163 yards, three
touchdowns and one interception.
In the fourth quarter, Frost hit
Jeff Lake for a season-long 51 -yard
touchdown pass to give the Husk
ers a 52-0 lead with 12:04 remain
ing in the game.
During the game’s final seven
minutes, the Huskers and Sooners
each scored three touchdowns —
three by OU freshman halfback
DeMond Parker, two by NU I-back
Jay Sims and one 85-yard kickoff
return by Kenny Cheatham.
Oklahoma finished the game
with 189 yards rushing, 163 of
which came in the fourth quarter.
Parker finished with 151 yards on
13 rushing attempts, the best per
formance of the season against the
NU defense.
Sims led Nebraska with a sea
son-high 98 yards on seven at
tempts, all in the final quarter.
Green, who started the game but did
not play after halftime because of a
lingering turf toe injury, ran for only
9 yards.
“I am pleased to get out of here
with a win,” Osborne said. “I
thought with the way Oklahoma
played the last three weeks, it would
be anybody’s ballgame.”
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Henning became aware of
talk before BC’s 20-13 loss to
NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — Boston College
has launched an investigation into rumors of
gambling surrounding its football team, although
none have been substantiated, Athletic Director
Chet Gladchuk said Saturday night.
“This university will never tolerate any de
gree of unethical, illegal and immoral conduct
in any way by anyone,” he said. “Therefore, any
rumor that surfaces that may even have the most
remote connotation is something that we are
going to take very seriously.”
He said the university had contacted the dis
trict attorney’s office for guidance.
The school’s announcement came two days
after the football team was upset 20-13 by Pitts
burgh, an 11 -point underdog.
Boston College has previously been rocked
by a gambling scandal.
Rick Kuhn, a BC basketball player, was sen
tenced to 10 years in federal prison in 1982 af
ter being found guilty of conspiring to shave
points and fix six games in the 1978-79 season.
Football Coach Dan Henning said he learned
of the rumors last weekend. The team contin
ued to practice for Thursday night’s loss at Pitts
burgh, which dropped the Eagles to 4-5.
“I felt that there was nothing to the rumors,”
Henning said, *‘so we went on with the
Gladchuk and Henning spoke at a 20-minute,
late-night press conference that capped a vola
tile day at the school.
A late afternoon practice that had been
scheduled was not held, and players reportedly
shouted at each other after coaches left a team
Later, at least five assistant coaches left
Conte Forum, where the football offices are lo
cated, with a Boston College police escort. The
assistants did not comment.