The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 24, 1997, Page 8, Image 8

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    KU attacks errors
ByAntone Oseka
Senior Reporter
So far this season, the Kansas
offense has struggled.
Although the Jayhawks are 4-3
overall and 2-2 in the Big 12
Conference, starting center Chris
Enneking said they haven’t played
up to their potential all season.
“We’re trying to cut out the
mistakes we make,” the 6-foot-3,
260-pound sophomore from
Lawrence, Kan., said. “If I cut out
the mistakes I make, I give my
skill-position players a chance to
The Jayhawks’ running game
features Eric Vann, a senior aver
aging 71 yards per game.
However, Enneking said that if
the offensive line can open the
holes, Vann can get the job done
rushing the ball.
“Eric’s very obviously the guy
who can do it,” Enneking said,
calling Vann the key to the
Jayhawks’ offense. “So we know
we need to get our jobs done. That
gives him a chance to do more
things with the football.”
The Kansas offense ranks 11th
in the Big 12 in both rushing and
passing offense. However, they
rank last in total offense.
Ironically, Nebraska leads the
conference - not to mention the
nation - in rushing, but is last in
the conference in passing the ball.
Nebraska leads the conference,
and the nation, in total offense.
“You always feel like if you
execute well, you have a chance,”
he said. “We’ll try to control the
ball and keep from turning the
ball over.
“We always have the same type
of goals - rush for 150 yards apd
pass for 225. We want to move the
ball and score in the red zone.”
Rushing the ball could be the
key again Saturday, as the forecast
is for rainy and cold weather for
the 6:07 p.m. kickoff at Memorial
Stadium in Lawrence, Kan.
Enneking said the weather
conditions wouldn’t bother him.
“My high school coach used to
tell us ‘Champions don’t slip,”’ he
said. ‘“Guys for championship
seasons never come back saying,
‘I slipped.’”
NU begins first meet
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Josh Mathais in the freestyle events,
and David Foster in the backstroke.
The women’s team also returns
some promising athletes, including
27 letter winners and 12 All
Americans, seven of whom were
freshmen on last year’s national team.
The team returns only four seniors
and six juniors.
Although the team was young last
year, they still managed to come
place finish at the NCAA champi
onship, the highest finish for any
Husker swimming and diving team.
This year’s leading returnees for
the women’s team include freestyle
swimmers Helene Muller and Anna
Windsor. Muller won a team-leading
six conference gold medals in 1997
and Windsor is a conference champi
on in the 200-yard freestyle.
“They’re both here their second
year, but it’s also only their second
semesters, Bentz said. “Obviously
they had great starts to their careers.
“Windsor and Pine both made the
Australian national teams, so they
also will be competing at the interna
tional level this season,” Bentz said.
Other first-team All-America
returnees include Beth Karaica, a
relay swimmer, Lenka Manhalova in
the 200-yard breaststroke, Terrie
Miller in the 100-yard breaststroke
and Stacey Sedlacek, a relay swim
. With all this experience returning
on both teams, there should be no
problem accomplishing the goals the
team has set.
“We’re going to make every effort
to win the Big 12 championships —
both the men and women,” Bentz
said. “But the University of Texas
men had a strong team last year and
Texas Tech will be good again in the
women’s. We also want to get as
many points as we can in the NCAA
tournament, but we have to take the
season one step at a time.”
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nation against the pass.
“We’re playing pretty dam good
football right now,” Wistrom said.
The Kansas offense, on the other
hand, has been sputtering all season.
The Jayhawks racked up a season
high 337 yards against Alabama
Birmingham in their season opener at
home. Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne
said he doesn’t know which team will
show up Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.
“Offensively, at times, they have
moved the ball and other times they
haven’t,” Osborne said.
KU’s offensive problems have pri
marily come on the road. In its first
road game at Cincinnati, KU recorded
a season-low 53 yards of total offense.
At home this season, though, the
Jayhawks are 4-0. Their success may
be a direct result of first-year Head
Coach Terry Allen.
“I think Terry Allen has done a
good job of motivating them,”
Osborne said.
In the season opener, Allen started
a new Jayhawk tradition having his
team arrive at Memorial Stadium via
a sidewalk that runs down
“Campanile Hill” to the southern,
open end of the stadium.
Defensively, Kansas is the top
team in the conference against the
pass, but the Jayhawks rank ninth in
rushing defense.
Unfortunately for KU, Nebraska
probably won’t be relying on its pass
ing game Saturday. The Husker
offense ranks last in the conference in
passing and currently leads the nation
in rushing.
Nebraska fell from 102nd nation
ally to 106th in passing offense last
week, but that doesn’t concern NU
senior quarterback Scott Frost.
“That’s not a bother,” Frost said.
“It’s like going to the prom with the
second ugliest girl in the school.”
Huskers must keep
crushing opponents
By Jay Saunders
Assignment Reporter
With a win over No. 4 Duke under
their belts, the Nebraska soccer team
players are riding high into the stretch
run of the season.
Even though the Comhuskers’ (13
2 overall and 6-2 in the Big 12
Conference) win over Duke was a big
one, NU has to get back into the confer
ence season with road games this week
end against Oklahoma and Oklahoma
With a possible two wins this week
end, the Huskers could clinch second
place in die conference and have a bye
in the first round of the Big 12
Tournament With two possible losses,
Nebraska could fall to as low as sixth in
the conference.
Nebraska Coach John Walker com
pared Nebraska’s situation to something
most Husker fans can relate to: college
football. Two weekends ago, LSU
knocked offNo. 1 Florida and lost at
home die next weekend to Mississippi.
Walker said, however, he doesn’t think
NU will have a letdown after the big win
ova* die Blue Devils.
“It can go both ways,” Walker said
“Some teams follow up a good win and
come out flat. I’m pretty certain that
won’t happen with us.”
Friday, the Huskers travel to
Stillwater, Okla., for a 4 p.m. game
against the Cowgirls. NU then goes to
Norman, Okla., Sunday for a 1 p.m.
face off against the Sooners. Oklahoma
State (6-8-1 overall, 2-5 conference)
still has a shot to make the conference
OSU must win all of its remaining
conference games to play in San
Antonio, Texas, for the Big 12
Conference Tournament Oklahoma (2
11 overall, 1 -6 conference) is in a differ
ent situation. The Sooners have no shot
... Just looking at
scores, they have
been steamrolling...”
Karen Hancock
OSU coach
at making the conference tournament.
“If we are able to pull off what
would be called an upset, we would
have a great chance at making the (Big
12) tournament,” OSU Coach Karen
Hancock said. “They are on a roll. Just
looking at scores, they have been steam
rolling people.”
She said in order to avoid the
Nebraska steamroller, OSU will have to
slow down the potent Husker attack. In
the last nine games, NU has scored 45
goals while shutting out every oppo
“We will try to slow them down,”
Hancock said. “We need to try and keep
them out of the back of our net for a
while and see what happens from
Both the Cowgirls and the Sooners
are hoping to spoil Nebraska’s nine
game winning streak. Junior midfield
er/striker Kim Engesser, who leads the
Big 12 in goals scored, said NU will use
this weekend to prepare for both the Big
12 and NCAA Tournaments.
“We know we can’t let (a letdown)
happen,” Engesser said. “With the Big
12 and NCAA Tournaments coming up,
we want to keep our level up so when we
get there we’ll be ready.”
Road victory
puts Huskers
in high hopes
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to tiie team that I knew the feeling
they had going into the match,
and I wished I could give them a
pill and tell them to play confi
dently or aggressively.
“But ultimately, coaching is
guiding people to make decisions,
and confidence is very fragil,you
have to choose to have it”
Nebraska right-side hitter
Nancy Meendering said the
Huskers are on their way to
“It’s hard to lose three in a
row,” she said. “There really was
n’t a whole lot of excitement on
the team, but it’s exciting to see
that it’s coming around again. It’s
like we were on a downward
slope, but now we’re definitely
heading back up it” >
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Picks from
the Hicks Sf
The Daly Nebraskan sports staff members
pick the winners (in bold) of 10 collage
football games this weekend. For the
•••son, the staff Is 51 and 19.
Florida at Georgia
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use at Ongon
Colorado at Texas
Virginia Tech at West Virginia
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Nebraska 49 at Kansas 17