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    The Big 12 ofiens^a^^
the week was Oklahoma sopho
more quarterback Justin Fuente.
Fuente completed 14 of 21 pass
ing attempts for 228 yards and
two touchdowns in a 32-21 come
back victory over Texas Tech.
Oklahoma State junior safety
Ricky Thompson was the Big 12
defensive player of the week.
Thompson had seven tackles and
two key interceptions in a 24-14
win over Baylor. OSU finished
the season 8-3, its best since 1988.
OSU also had the Big 12 spe
cial teams player of the week.
Sophomore cornerback R.W.
McQuarters won the award for the
third time this season, as he had
two punt returns for 93 yards in
the win over Baylor.
Nebraska will finish the sea
son first in the Big 12 in third
down conversions at 53 percent,
and is the only team over 50 per
cent in the conference. NU is 9
percent better than Missouri, who
finished the season at 44 percent
on third down. The worst in the
conference was Kansas at 22 per
cent.
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The Huskers are also tops in
Big 12 attendance with a 75,587
per home game this season, a 0.7
percent increase over last season.
Texas was second in the confer
ence averaging 74,631 per game.
Missouri had the biggest increase
in attendance at 34 percent, while
Kansas had the worst attendance
this year at 37,353 fans per game.
There’s a shake-up in the
Sooner nation as OU Head Coach
_ John Blake fired four assistant
coaches after OU’s 32-21 victory.
Blake fired both his offensive and
defensive coordinator. One of the
coaches he hired to replace the
four was Rex Ryan, son of former
Philadelphia Eagles Coach Buddy
Ryan.
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ISU Coach Dan McCamey is
a voter in the USA Today/ESPN
Coaches Poll and he said he
selected Nebraska as the number
one team in the nation over cur
rent No. 1 Michigan.
“Just by seeing Nebraska first
hand and on the field, I think
they’re the best team,” McCamey
said
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Texas Coach John Mackovic
makes no bones about how impor
tant the Texas-Texas A&M
matchup is this week in College
Station, Texas. The Aggies and
Longhorns annually engage in
one of the most heated rivalries in
football.
“One day out of the year, we
want to win more than anything,”
Mackovic said. “This game means
a lot to us.”
Big 12 Notebook compiled
by staff reporter Sam
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By Sam McKewon
\ Staff Reporter
The Nebraska-Creighton women’s
basketball game provided a simple
lesson in Darwinism Monday night
Both teams played pressure
defense early in the first half, and both
teams tried to get out to quick starts.
But only the Comhuskers were fit for
survival in the physical battle, coming
away with an 80-59 victory in front of
2,005 fans at die Bob Devaney Sports
Center.
“We came out and jumped on
them right away,” NU senior forward
Anna DeForge said. “We wanted to
make a statement”
The Huskers (4-1), who moved up
to No. 14 in The Associated Press poll
Monday, their highest ranking ever,
struck quickly against the Lady Jays
(0-3), sprinting out to a 16-4 lead with
13 minutes, 21 seconds remaining in
the first half.
NU’s pressure-trapping defense
forced 16 CU turnovers in the first 20
minutes as Nebraska took a 37-25 lead
at halftime.
Nebraska Coach Paul Sanderford
said the Huskers were able to make big
defensive plays from the opening tip,
giving NU a sizable lead.
“We felt like we pretty much dic
tated the game with our pressure
defense,” Sanderford said. “The
defense was pretty good tonight”
Nebraska’s offense was also able
to score against a Creighton team that
with 29 turnovers, but shot 51 percent
from the field for tlfe game, including
60 percent in the second half.
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Sanderford said Nebraska effec
tively handled the Lady Jays’ tight
man-to-man defense throughout the
contest.
“We knew exactly how they would
play us, and we attacked it,’
Sanderford said.
Creighton, on the other hand, con
tinually shot itself in die foot with poor
shooting and turnovers. The Lady Jays
did cut the NU lead to 39-28 early in
the second half, but misfired on its
next seven possessions, helping the
Huskers build an insurmountable 46
28 lead.
“We knew what we were getting
into,” CU Coach Connie Yori said.
“And we knew what we were going tc
see from Nebraska. We just weren’t
able to execute on offense.”
Sanderford said he was pleased tc
see NU put Creighton away in the sec
ond half. J vjjg-,7
“We were very focused half
time,” he said. “We knew exactly whai
we wanted to get done and we didit.”
DeForge, who was named the Big
12 player of the week on Monday, lec
the Huskers with 14 points while
sophomore guard Brooke Schwartz
added 13 and a team-high eight
rebounds. Sophomore guard Nicole
Kubik also scored in double figures
with 12.
After the game, Sanderford said he
play hard tonight can go back anc
watch the tape with me,” he said. “We
played very hard, Creighton.”
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NU SENIOR ANNA DEFORCE drives the hme in the Hnskms’ 80-59 victory over
Creighton Monday night. DeForge led Nebraska with 14 points. Before the
game, she was named Big 12 player of the week.
Osborne expects
best shot from CU
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By Antone Oseka
Senior Reporter
During the 1990s, the Colorado
Nebraska game has been a late-sea
son showdown for the conference
championship.
Not this year.
Nebraska (10-0 overall and 7-0 in
the Big 12 Conference) has already
clinched the Big 12 North Division
Championship, while Colorado is
fourth in the Big 12 North with a 5-5
overall record and a 3-4 conference
mark. The two teams meet Friday at
1:35 p.m. at Folsom Field in Boulder,
Colo.
With a win, CU could clinch a
spot in die Aloha Bowl on Christmas
Day in Honolulu. With a loss, the
Buffaloes put their uniforms away for
the season.
“You’ve got to assume they’re
going to give us their best shot,”
Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne said.
“We’ll see them at their best and,
hopefully, they’ll see us at our best.”
Nebraska had an off week last
Saturday, but is coming off a 77-14
win over Iowa State on Nov. 15.
Colorado also had an off week last
Saturday, and is coming off a 37-20
loss to Kansas State in Manhattan,
Kan.
“We approached Missouri,
Washington and Iowa State the same
way,” Osborne said of his team’s
preparation this week. “Colorado has
good athletes. Basically, they’re very
strong.”
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On paper, the Huskers are
stronger. They rank first in the nation
in total and rushing offense while
ranking third nationally in total
defense. Colorado ranks 10th in the
conference and 64th in the nation in
rushing offense, and seventh in the
conference and 63rd in the nation in
total offense. In total defense,
Colorado ranks sixth in the confer
ence and 40th in the nation.
The only major category in which
Colorado ranks better than Nebraska
is in passing offense. Although NU
senior quarterback Scott Frost com
pleted eight of nine passes against
ISU, Nebraska is still last in the con
ference and 106th in the nation.
Colorado, behind the arm of John
Hessler, is second in the conference
and 44th in the nation.
Osborne just wants Nebraska to
focus on playing well against a des
perate Colorado team.
“The only thing we have to focus
on is how. well we can play, so I think
we’ll play hard,” he said. “This is
their last hurrah. If they were going to
play hard for 60 minutes, this ought
to be it.
“We understand that, we have a
good team and we’re going-to play
hard too.”
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Nebraska runners
finish season strong
By Sam McKewon
Staff Reporter
After battling through a season
of injuries and departures, the
Nebraska men’s cross country team
finished with
its best perfor
mance of the
season with an
1 l^-place fin
ish at the
NCAA
Champion
ships in
Greenville,
S.C., Monday.
NU fin
ished with 294 points and defeated
three teams that had previously beat
en the Huskers this season. Stanford
won the meet with 53 points, while
Arkansas finished second with 56.
“Our guys ran just great today,”
Nebraska Coach Jay Diiksen said.
“Two All-Americans and an 11th
place finish is more than we could
have ever hoped for coming into this
season. I think this finish is tremen
dous.”
Leading the way for Nebraska
was senior Cleophas Boor, who fin
ished sixth in the race with a time of
29 minutes, 22 seconds over the
10,000 meter course at Furman
University, 28 seconds behind win
ner Mebrathom Keflezighi of
UCLA, who ran the course in a time
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of28:54.
NU freshman Jeroen Broekzitter
finished 20th with a time of30:06.
Senior Aaron Johnson finished 98*
with a time of 31:21, freshman
Marcus Witter was 109* at 31:34,
and junior Lou Petricca was 138*
with a time of 32:01.
“Cleophas ran very well,”
ly took off* and Cleophas just went
with them. They were flying up
front”
The women’s team had hoped for
similar results Monday, but couldn’t
produce them as they finished 19*
out of the 22-team field. Nebraska
failed to have any runners in the top
90 of the race and finished with 457
points. BYU won the women’s title
with 100 points, two points ahead of
second-place Stanford
Freshman Amy Wiseman was
the top Husker for the seventh
straight time this season, in 94th
place with a time of 17:56.
Senior Nora Shepherd was sec
ond among the Huskers in 101st at
17:59. Freshman Kate Centerwall
was 109* at 18:05, sophomore
Melinda Mohr was 133™ at 18:24,
and sophomore Jaime Pauli, who ran
die race with a stress fracture in her