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The Big 12 offensive player of
the week is Texas tailback Ricky
Williams, who had 249 yards rush
ing on 28 carries and five touch
downs in the Longhorns’ 38-31
comeback win over Rice in Houston.
The Big 12 defensive player of
the week is Colorado senior line
backer Ron Meikerson, who had 12
tackles. Merkerson also had a 33
yard fumble return that helped set up
Jeremy Aldrich’s 18-yard field goal
with three seconds left, giving the
Buffaloes a 20-19 win over
Colorado also had the Big 12
special teams player of the week in
freshman defensive back Ben Kelly,
who brought CU back into the game
against Wyoming with a 100-yard
kickoff return for a touchdown.
Nebraska senior offensive guard
Aaron Taylor and defensive end
Grant Wistrom were named semifi
nalists for the 1997 Lombardi
The Huskers and Washington
were the only teams with two players
among the 12 semifinalists. No other
Big 12 school had a semifinalist.
The list of 12 semifinalists will
be narrowed to four on Oct. 31, and
the award, which recognizes the
nation’s top lineman, will be present
ed Dec. 10 in Houston. Last year, NU
defensive end Jared Tomich was one
of the four finalists before losing out
to Ohio State offensive lineman
Missouri senior running back
Brock Olivo became the all-time
leading rusher in Tigers history with
a 4-yard run in MU’s 31-10 loss to
Ohio State Saturday. Olivo has
rushed for 2,612 yards in his four
year career with the Tigers. Olivo is
also trying to become the only player
in MU history to lead the team in
rushing yards all four years.
What’s the secret of the
Nebraska football team’s success?
Baylor coach Dave Roberts said it’s
the Huskers extensive walk-on pro
“They have something like 110
guys who want to walk on and play
for Nebraska, where as we’re lucky
we get 15 guys who will,” Roberta
said. “Any time you havejhat kind of
tradition, there’s going to be some
good football.” ,
The great escape of the week
happened in Boulder, where the
Colorado Buffaloes overcame a
nine-point deficit in the last five min
utes to beat Wyoming 20-19. Ben
Kelly returned a kickoff 100 yards
for a touchdown to cut the lead to 19
17, and after a fumble recovery, CU
drove to the Wyoming 1-yard line
before place-kicker Jeremy Aldrich
booted an 18^yard field goal with
five seconds left for the win.
“We were lucky to get out of
there with our lives,” CU coach Rick
Neuheisel said. “But when you’ve
got kids that believe good things will
happen, you can come bade.”
This week’s Big 12
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Big 12 Notebook compiled by
staff reporter Sam McKewon.
Tea invades coliseum
■ Pettit expects a thankful crowd to
honor Allison Weston, who returns
tonight for an encore performance.
By Shannon Heffelfinger
For the first time this season, the Nebraska vol
leyball team enters a match in which winning won’t
be connected to the final score.
The Cornhuskers expect a loss at the NU
Coliseum tonight at 7 when they play host to the U.S.
National Team. But just competing against the
national team, which features former Husker All
American Allison Weston, will benefit Nebraska and
its program in several ways, NU coach Terry Pettit
“It’s just a win-win situation,” Pettit said.
“Imagine if the basketball team had the Chicago
Bulls come in. How could you lose in that type of sit
The most important positive of the match, Pettit
said, will occur before the teams step onto the court.
Nebraska will retire Weston’s No. 18 jersey.
A three-time All-American, Weston earned
national player-of-the-year honors in 1995, guiding
Nebraska to its first-ever national title.
After serving as an assistant coach for the
Huskers last season, Weston competed with the
national team this summer. The all-time career kill
leader for NU secured a starting position with the
team because of her solid all-around game, Pettit
“Of course the pinnacle for any female volleyball
player in this country is playing on the U.S. Olympic
team,” Pettit said. “The way I understand it, (Weston)
may be their most stable player. I don’t know that
we’ve had anybody who’s done more for Nebraska
volleyball than Allison.
“It’s heartening to see our players go on, like Lori
Endicott and Weston, and see how eager they are to
come back. I want the place packed for Allison. I
want her to see that people appreciate how much she
did for Nebraska volleyball and the university in gen
A current Nebraska All-American, Lisa Reitsma,
also stands to benefit from tonight’s match. Reitsma
trained with the national team for one month this
summer, and U.S. coach Mick Haley said he was
impressed with the senior right-side hitter’s blocking
and attacking ability.
Haley already extended an invitation to Reitsma
to join the national team in the spring, but Reitsma
said she hopes to make a positive impression on
“I definitely want to play well and I want the
whole team to play well,” Reitsma said. “It’s a little bit
of pressure, but (Haley) knows what I can do already.
“Just the excitement of it gets the adrenaline
going, and you just pick it up and play really well.”
The national team played Kansas State Monday
night, the first stop of a nationwide college tour.
The Huskers turned in a solid performance last
October against the national team in Lincoln, when
several Huskers had breakthrough nights.
Sophomore Mandy Monson, who slid into her first
starting role when regular starter Jaime Krondak was
struck with the flu, played especially well, Pettit said
Finding motivation tonight won’t be a problem,
middle blocker Megan Korver said.
“You’re playing a high-quality team, and that’s
what volleyball’s about,” Korver said. “Last year, we
actually stuck with them a little bit. It gave me confi
dence that our side of the net could play with their
side of the net.”
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AMY WALSH has marie a smooth transition from McGill University to the Nebraska soccer team this season.
Walsh shines in reserve role
B y Nate Odgaard
Her coach says she is good
enough to be a starter, and after sam
pling a taste of it she wants it back.
Her performance against Arkansas
even indicated she is deserving of a
Despite all she has gping for her,
Amy Walsh still hasn’t earned that
starting role for the Nebraska soccer
But that doesn’t mean the sopho
more midfielder hasn’t contributed to
the No. 10 Huskere’ 8-2 record.
Against the Razorbacks ott Sept.
21, Walsh came off the bench to score
her first-two goals as a Husker and
added an assist in NU’s 8-0 victory.
Walsh’s first goal of her NU
career came off an assist by Sandy
Smith at the 33:06 mark to give the
HuskerS a 3-0 lead against Arkansas.
Later in the same game, Walsh passed
\ the ball to freshman Lauren Tatum,
who scored her first goal of the sea
son, giving Walsh her first assist.
Nebraska coach John Walker said
Walsh, who has two goals and two
assists this year, gives the team a
“It was nice to see her score two
goals for us because she’s done a lot
of good work this year, and she hadn’t
scored yet,” Walker said. “That’s a big
boost for us to bring in a player of that
quality, who’s obviously good enough
to start, but understands right now
this is the role we need her in.”
Standing in Walsh’s way are the
top seven returning point earners
from last season’s 23-1 squad:
In addition, Walsh must contend
with junior Kim Engesser, who has a
team-high 10 goals this season.
But starting is not Walsh’s top pri- ;
ority, as long as she knows she is
helping the team win, she said.
“It felt good to be able to say that
I contributed to a part of the win,” she
said of the game against Arkansas.
“It’s a way of showing that, yeah,
you’re doing your job.”
Walsh averages about 70 minutes
on the field per game, she said.
“Everyone knows the role they
have to play” she said, “it’s a new role
for me, but I’m happy with it.”
Walsh passed up an opportunity
to start, and shine, on a less-talented
team this year in Montreal.
- “I realized it wasn’t going to be
the level of soccer I expected,” she
Walsh wanted to play at a top
notch program, she said, and since
she knew Walker, choosing Nebraska
was easy. Walsh had played on the
Canadian Under-20 National Team,
for which Walker was an assistant
coach last season.
Through the upder-20 team,
Walsh hdsaiso played with junior
Heather Brown. She has also played
with spphomore Isabelle Momeau on
the club-,j)rovincial- and national
Walsh said she likes Walker
because he demands hard work from
players both in practice and in games.
“With John, you know you’re get
ting better every time you go out,” she
Though she is content with her
status on the team, Walslrultimately
hopes to become a full-time starter.
She’s started one game this season, a
1 -0 loss to Texas A&M.
6th, 9th at
■ Broekzitter and Boor
finish in the top five for
the Husker men.
The Nebraska men’s and
women’s cross country teams
held their own in their first
encounter with top-10 competi
tion at the Roy Griak
Invitational in Minneapolis on
The No. 20 NU women’s
team finished sixth out of 18
teams. No. 6 Wisconsin won the
invite with 53 points, while
fourth-ranked Providence came
in second with 93 points.
The NU men’s team fin
ished ninth out of 15 teams.
“I was very pleased with
both teams,” Husker coach Jay
Dirksen said. “They competed
well this weekend.”
On the women’s side, fresh
man Amy Wiseman led all
Huskers with an 1 lth-place fin
ish while senior Nora Shepherd
h' finished 19th and sophomore
Jaime Pauli finished 33rd.
Dirksen said the women’s
team, which finished with 160
points, made a statement.
“We proved that we’re as
good as our ranking, if not a lit
tle better,” Dirksen said. “We’re
running really well right now.”
The men had two runners in
the top five. Freshman Jeroen
Broekzitter finished third, and
senior Cleophas Boor finished
fifth. No. 15 Nebraska was the
only team to complete such a
While the men’s team didn’t
finish in the top half of the
field, Dirksen said, the team
made marked improvement
over the past week.
“It’s good to see we’re not
cashing in the chips on this sea
son,” Dirksen said. “We’re
committed to putting together a
Both teams compete again
at the Furman Invitational in
Greenville, S.C., on Oct. 11.
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