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The fireworks exploded.
Jason Peter made a speech
instead of a tackle. What was left
of the “Sea of Red” chanted and
screamed, even though the game
had been decided for a long time.
Nebraska's 69-7 victory over
longtime rival Oklahoma was
about more than just beating the
Sooners. It was about celebrat
ing yet another milestone of the
greatest football coach of all
Tom Osborne won his 250th
game last Saturday - winning
those games in just 25 years,
faster than any other coach in
On that cold and rainy first of
November evening, an evening
perfect for college football, it
would not have mattered who the
opponent was. Every player and
every fan was honoring Osborne.
In true Osborne fashion, on
his night, he gave so much of the
credit to his players, his assis
tants and the fans.
1 have to admit, one of those
fans was me.
1 know. I am supposed to play
the role of objective journalist
here and not be a fan. But that
night, standing in the south end
zone, it was hard not to get emo
If someone would have told
me 10 years ago while watching
Nebraska and Oklahoma play in
"Game of the Century II” that I
would be covering a Nebraska
football game, you would have
gotten an amusing response. But
there I was, 10 years later, on the
turf at Memorial Stadium, part
of history. I wasn’t alone.
“We would give our heart and
soul for him,” senior co-captain
Grant Wistrom said. “We know
he would do it for us.”
Peter, usually known for his
wit, gave art emotional speech
while presenting the game ball to
Osborne. In the press room after
the game, Peter said he was
happy to be able to be a part of
“I was thrilled 1 got the
opportunity to give (the game
ball) to him,” Peter said. “Coach
Osborne means the world to me.”
Osborne is loved by players
and fans alike. He means as
much to Nebraska football as
almost any man: past, present
and probably future. In a busi
ness where it is tough to main
tain a job. Osborne has been at
Nebraska for 25 years. He is the
driver of the Nebraska bus that
has beer, steering since 1973.
I'm just glad 1 could be there
to go along for the ride.
Saunders is a sophomore
broadcasting major and a
Daily Nebraskan assignment
NEBRASKA’S TYRONN LUE drives past Team Pella’s Jacy Holloway during NU’s exhibition 83-63 win.
By David Wilson
It wasn’t the toughest competition the Nebraska
basketball team w ill face this season, but an 83-63 win
over Pella Windows Wednesday night will serve as a
stepping stone for the Comhuskers.
In an exhibition game at the Bob Devaney Sports
Center, Nebraska handed Team Pella (9-2) its second
loss of the season before 5,253 fans.
“I felt all of the starters have improved from a year
ago,” Nebraska Coach Danny Nee said. ‘"I don't think
Team Pella played or shot the ball well, but I think we
did a lot of things right. It's a starting point and we're
going to try to build on it.”
The Huskers also tested a new video system, which
allowed the team to view four minutes of seiected game
tape at halftime. They will break down the rest of the
tape for review this week.
“Our kids really learn from the TV” Nee said.
NU junior guard Tyronn Lue, who recorded a dou
ble-double for the first time inftis career at Nebraska,
led the Huskers with 20 points and 11 assists.
Though Nebraska controlled most of the game, Lue
said the Huskers looked out of shape running the court
with Team Pella, which is comprised of former colle
"1 think we got a little lackadaisical out there,” Lue
said. "1 got kind of bored."
But some players had excuses for not playing 100
Sophomore guard Cookie Belcher, who is still
recovering from a strained left hamstring he suffered
Oct. 18 in the first day of practice, saw 28 minutes of
court time Wednesday.
Please see PELLA on 11
Freshmen excel in exhibition
By Sam McKewon
A chapter opened for three
Nebraska basketball freshmen who
made their debut at the Bob Devaney
Sports Center Wednesday night.
Forward Chad Johnson, center
Brant Harriman and guard Rodney
Williams all played for more than 12
minutes in Nebraska's 83-63 exhibi
tion victory over Pella Windows.
“It was good to get out and play
for the first time,” Johnson said. “We
don't have a lot of depth, so all the
freshmen are important.”
Johnson was the first freshman to
enter the game, at 13:44 of the first
half, and he had a solid debut, playing
18 minutes, scoring eight points and
grabbing five rebounds. Johnson was
a perfect 3-3 from the field and 2-2
from the free-throw line.
“I'm really, really excited about
Chad Johnson,’’ NU Coach Danny
Nee said. “He shows that he can play
on this level.”
Johnson was pleased about his
"It was an honor to be the first
freshman to enter the game.” he said.
"I just wanted to go in and play my
role, and it worked out for the best.”
Against Pella Windows, Williams
did not score, but he had a rebound
and an assist in 13 minutes.
“1 thought that Rodney did a good
job out there,” Lue said. “He’s got
time to get into that role.”
Big competition strikes Big 12 tourney
By Jay Saunders
Heading into this weekend’s Big 12
Tournament in San Antonio, Texas,
many of the conference coaches are
comparing the competition level of the
Big 12 to some of the nation’s best con
The top six teams in the conference
play at the Blossom Soccer Complex
this weekend in San Antonio for a
three-day tournament which will
decide the Big 12 champion. Because
of an unpredictable regular season, the
top six teams weren't decided until the
last day of the regular season.
Even with all the close competition
throughout the conference season,
Baylor Coach Randy Waldrum said he
still sees a clear-cut favorite in this tour
“Even body throughout the season
has been very competitive against each
other,” Waldrum said. "Certainh.
though. Nebraska is still the class of the
The No. 7 Cornhuskers, who are
the No. 2 seed in the tournament, and
No. 5 Texas A&M, which earned the
top seed in the tournament, are on the
top of the coaches' lists as the favorites
for the tournament.
“Nebraska is playing some great
soccer right now, and the same can be
said for Texas A&M,” Colorado Coach
Austin Daniels said. “I am not dis
claiming anybody. That is why the
game is played on the field."
Baylor, the No. 3 seed, has scored a
lot of goals this season and has one of
the top scoring duos in the country in
Molly Cameron and Courtne>
Saunders. Baylor beat both Texas and
Texas A&M in the regular season, and
lost 2-1 to Nebraska.
Baylor also has a lot to play for.
Nebraska Coach John Walker said. If
the Bears get to the conference final.
they will probably make the NCAA
But getting to the conference final
would mean beating the Huskers,
which is a test Baylor probably won’t
pass, Texas A&M Coach G. Guerreri
“The Huskers just have a huge
advantage in personnel,” Guerreri said.
“They have more than the Bears can
Before playing the Huskers, the
Bears have to beat sixth-seeded Iowa
State. ISU has the conference’s leading
scorer, Jo Hinks, who has 18 goals and
10 assists. She ranks 15th nationally in
“There are a lot of teams in there to
make the tournament exciting,”
Waldrum said. “We need to focus on
Iowa State. If we don’t take care of that,
Last season, both Nebraska and
Texas A&M swept through the confer
ence tournament on the way to a title
showdown. With increased conference
competition, the Big 12 coaches said
there probably won’t be two teams that
can walk through to Sunday’s 1 p.m.
Even though the coaches have
tabbed Nebraska and A&M as favorites
this weekend, Daniels said the regular
season’s upsets could be just a preview
for the conference tournament.
“I think (the tournament) will be
competitive from the first round all the
way to the final,” Daniels said. “The
one thing the Big 12 has shown is how
unpredictable it is.”
The Big 12 Conference announced
its 1997 soccer all-conference team.
Seven Nebraska players were selected
to the team including: Tanya Franck.
Sharolta Noonen. Jenny Benson.
Isabelle Momeau. kari Uppinghouse.
Lindsay Eddleman. and Kim Engesser.
NU's Becky Hornbacher was
named to the Big 12 Conference’s sec
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