The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 25, 1997, Page 10, Image 10

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    Teams turn attention to internal problems, look for leadership
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rushing offense, averaging 347.7
yards per game.
“We’re certainly not taking any
thing for granted in any game we play
this year,” CU coach Rick Neuheisel
said. “Wyoming is an excellent-look
ing football team.”
Both teams used their off weeks
in similar fashion. After Colorado’s
27-3 loss to Michigan and Texas’ 66
3 loss to UCLA, both Neuheisel and
UT coach John Mackovic said their
teams focused on internal problems,
rather than dwelling so much on the
blowout losses.
Mackovic said after the UCLA
game Texas needed to take total
inventory of its football team.
“What did we do wrong against
UCLA? Name something,”
Mackovic said. “The way we played
in that game, everything had to be
looked at again, and we had to rethink
what we were doing.”
Neuheisel said much of his time
was spent getting the Buffaloes into a
positive mood and looking forward to
the season.
“A lot of people are assuming it
will be a down year for us, when we
know it’s not going to be,” he said.
Both coaches said after the losses
they told their players to put the
games out of their minds.
Mackovic said he tried to take
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thoughts of the game away by simu
lating game situations in practice.
Mackovic said the Texas offense and
defense lined up against each other,
and ran whatever formations or plays
they wanted.
“We needed to just play some
football,” he said. “We have to find
out which guys are going to be able to
make plays on the field for us, and
help our team out in the future.”
Another plus for the Longhorns
will be the return of senior quarter
back James Brown, who was hurt
against UCLA.
“James is one of the those certain
players who really lifts our team up,”
Mackovic said. “He’s our No. 1 guy.”
Despite that optimism, neither
team expects an easy game on
Saturday, especially Mackovic,
whose Texas team lost the last time it
played at Rice, a 19-17 setback in
Mackovic said stopping the Rice
wishbone attack could be a tough
task for four quarters.
“We don’t face that kind of
offense every week, so we have
poured a lot of time into trying to pre
pare for that,” Mackovic said. “It’s
not going to be easy.”
Still, both coaches said they are
-looking at this week as a chance to re
establish themselves as national pow
ers with wins over respectable teams.
Texas packs punch
By Jay Saunders
Assignment Reporter
Some of the nation’s top offensive
soccer players will be in Lincoln this
weekend when Baylor and Texas Tech
face Nebraska on Friday and Sunday,
respectively, at the Abbott Sports
Baylor forwards Molly Cameron
and Courtney Saunders will lead the
Bears’ attack in Friday’s 7 p.m. game
against the Huskers. Cameron and
Saunders combined to score 123
points last season for the Bears, who
finished third in the Big 12 confer
ence with a 17-3-1 record.
That same one-two punch has
already contributed 12 goals this sea
son, guiding Baylor to a 7-1 record
overall and a 3-1 mark in the Big 12
This will be the first time
Saunders will play against the
Huskers. She sat out last year’s 2-1.
Nebraska victory because of an
Baylor coach Randy Waldrum
said the Bears will need more than
just two players to beat Nebraska (6-2
overall, 2-2 in the Big 12).
“It will need to be a collective
effort,” Waldrum said. “We need to
do a good job of finishing and make
sure we are organized overall.”
Waldrum said this is a big game
for his team to see where their pro
gram stands. Despite having a better
overall and conference record than
NU, Waldrum said the Bears were
still intimidated by NU.
“We still feel they are the best
team in our conference,” Waldrum
said. “We can’t go into Lincoln
putting all of our marbles into one
bag. That is unrealistic to put our kids
under that kind of pressure.”
Defense is one place where
Baylor may find themselves under
pressure. Nebraska scored 15 goals in
two games last weekend against Iowa
State and Arkansas.
Leading the Baylor defense is
freshman goalkeeper Dawn
Greathouse is just
a freshman she is
familiar with big
game situations,
and was a high
school All
American. She
also played goalie
for the U.S. under
Baylor 17 national team,
and has compiled a 0.55 goals
against average so far this season.
“(Nebraska) has a lot of weapons
on that team,” Waldrum said. “Dawn
won’t be rattled by the pressure. She
doesn’t play like a freshman.”
The offensive firepower of
Saunders and Cameron won’t be the
only pressure Nebraska will go up
against this wepkpnrl
Texas Tech sophomore Kristy
Frantz leads the Red Raiders. Texas
Tech and NU will play a noon game
Sunday at the Abbott Sports
Red Raiders coach Felix Oskam
said playing Nebraska was not his
favorite thing to do.
“It is just kind of scary to play
them,” Oskam said. “If you go down
the list they have very good players at
every position.”
The Red Raiders return 10
starters from last year’s team, which
lost to NU 2-0 on two second half
goals last season in Lubbock, Texas.
Oskam knows NU has scored
goals early and often this season, but
said it was very important to keep the
game close and not let the Huskers
get up early.
“We have to go into the game with
the thought that we can beat
Nebraska,” Oskam said. “We have to
maintain possession of the ball. Once
we turn it over it will be tough to get
it back.”
role expands
for offense
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Makovicka will be the first NU
fullback to rush for 1,000 yards in a
season. Tom Rathman currently
holds the record for fullback rush
ing yards in a season with 881 in
Makovicka said Rathman is the
standard by which all Husker full
backs are measured.
“I don’t really remember
watching him when I was growing
up,” Makovicka said, “but when
guys talk about good fullbacks at
Nebraska, they talk about Tom
Rathman. You want to play like
With just a little less than two
years left in his career, Makovicka
has established himself as a legiti
mate threat running the football
from the fullback position.
Following in the footsteps of
his brother, Jeff, Joel Makovicka
said he owes most of his running
prowess to his high school days at
East Butler High School, where he
rushed for 3,500 yards in his career.
“I just try to stay low and keep
my head down,” Joel Makovicka
said. “When I get out in the open
field, I think about the times that I
played tailback in high school and
all of those things come back to
In college, Makovicka said he’s
had plenty of good tutors, the fore
most of whom is his brother.
“He’s always taught the right
way to do things around here,” he
said. “Jeff knew how to give a team
spark with his running, and I think
that some of that has rubbed off on
me in many ways.”
Makovicka gives credit to NU
running backs coach Frank Solich
as well. Solich played fullback for
the Huskers in 1965.
“Coach Solich is kind of a per
fectionist, which is a good thing,”
he said. “He likes to make sure
you’re doing everything right.”
Makovicka said he’s seen the
fullback taking on a bigger respon
sibility in the Husker’s offense.
“We’re getting the fullback out
on the swing pass more often and
getting them out more on screens,”
he said.
While the offense rushed for 384
yards against the Huskies,
Makovicka said the Huskers’ offense
hasn’t reached its full potential.
“We still have a lot of things
that we have to work on, and we’re
going to get better,” he said. “I
wouldn’t want to be the defense
that goes against us at the end of the
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