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The Big 12 has announced the
conference extended its television
contract with Fox Sports Net. The
deal is a 10-year contract through
2007. The package is worth an esti
mated $156.2 million dollars.
This week’s Fox Sports Net game
will be Texas Christian at Iowa State.
Kickoff is scheduled for 11:30 a.nu
The game is one of three on tele
vision. The conference opener
between Oklahoma State and Kansas
will be the ABC regional game at
2:30 p.m. Colorado and Colorado
State play will begin at 8 p.m. on
The game will be at Denver’s
Mile High Stadium.
Last season, Nebraska was tele
vised on Fox Sports Net two times,
against Kansas State and Iowa State.
Colorado doesn't play the only
night game this week. Permanent
lights have been installed at
Oklahoma’s Owen Field.
The Sooners are taking advan
tage of the lights right away. OU
opens its season with a 6 p.m. game
with North Texas.
“We are really excited for our
night games,” Oklahoma Coach John
Blake said. “It is kind of like going to
the movies. It is entertainment for
The only quarterback controver
sy in the conference this season was
at Colorado. CU Coach Rick
Neuheisel named junior college
transfer Mike Moschetti as the Buffs’
starting signal caller.
The announcement prompted
junior Jeremy Weisinger to leave
Colorado and transfer to Texas
A&M. Weisinger had been the start
ing quarterback in during spring
Moschetti started out fall practice
as a defensive back, but was quickly
moved to quarterback.
Neuheisel said he heard
Weisinger may leave if he wasn’t
named the starter, but that wasn’t the
first thing on his mind.
“I just thought Mike was better,”
Neuheisel said. “(Jeremy) didn’t tell
me he was going to transfer, but
someone told me that would be a pos
Moschetti won’t be the only first
time quarterback in the Big 12 this
season. Six teams roll out new quar
terbacks when the season begins.
That list includes Nebraska’s Bobby
Newcombe, who was 9-10 passing
for 168 yards last Saturday against
Texas Tech Coach Spike Dykes
said he hopes his first-time starter,
junior Rob Peters, can have the same
kind of effect in the Red Raiders’
first game against Texas-El Paso.
Peters is replacing three-year starter
Zebbie Lethridge and has played nine
positions for the Red Raiders in the
“I didn’t think (Newcombe) was
ever going to miss a pass,” Dykes
said. “Rob is a guy with a big load on
his shoulders. It will be interesting to
see how well he does when he first
steps on the field.”
Big 12 Notebook compiled by
staff writer Jay Saunders.
SENIOR TIGHT END Sheldon Jackson runs in the open field Saturday against Louisiana Tech. Jackson had a
career-best 94 receiving yards against the Bulldogs.
Jackson shines for NU
By Shannon Heffelfinger
Senior staff writer
It was a picture even more perfect
than Sheldon Jackson had ever imag
ined in his daydreams of a pass-happy
Nebraska football team.
Jackson raced up the middle of the
field at Memorial Stadium Saturday,
turned and grabbed a perfectly thrown
pass from quarterback Bobby
Newcombe in the third quarter against
Louisiana Tech. He sprinted away from
the Bulldogs and toward the end zone
in anticipation of his second touch
down of the game.
He saw nothing but a wide-open
About six seconds later, Tech cor
nerback Roderick Pernetter pulled
Jackson flat to the ground. At the 1
“It almost seemed pointless to do
all that running to get taken down on
the 1-yard line,” Jackson joked.
Hie Jackson five
Sheldon Jackson’s five best receiving games as a Husker
Year Opponent Rec Yards TD NU Score
1998 Louisiana Tech 2 94 1 56-27
1997 Tennessee 4 56 0 42-17
1997 Central Florida 3 61 1 38-24
1997 Iowa State 3 32 1 77-14
1996 Kansas State 2 18 0 39-3
“I honestly don’t know if I scored
or not. My teammates said I did, and
the fans said I did, but the men in
stripes are all that matters. But I’ll work
on that Monday. I can assure you it
won’t happen again.”
Despite his mock frustration,
Jackson knows the Comhuskers’ open
er may have signaled a turning point
for him. With two receptions for 94
yards and one touchdown, Jackson
nearly equaled his 1997 scoring total of
After notching 11 receptions as a
junior and only four the year before,
Jackson has grown eager to make an
impact for NU. Husker tight ends
Vershan Jackson and Tim Carpenter
completed their eligibility in 1997, and
Sheldon Jackson recognizes the oppor
tunity to influence NU’s fortunes for
the first time in his career.
That thought weighed heavily on
Jackson’s mind before Saturday’s
opener, when he made the fourth start
of his career as one of five Husker co
In his pre-game speech to the team,
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NU to play
By Andrew Strnad
In a world where people are less
and less acquainted with their
neighbors, Nebraska and Creighton
will be reintro
duced tonight at
meet on the vol
leyball court for
the first time
since Oct. 7,
1980, and for
Korver only the third time
The fifth-ranked Cornhuskers
finished last year with a 27-7 mark
and were one match away from
their third straight Final Four
before bowing to Long Beach State.
The Bluejays were a school-best
15-13 a year ago, but Coach
Howard Wallace will have to find a
way to replace four seniors who
were lost to graduation.
Junior middle hitter Shelly
Kapler appears to be the player to
fill the void.
At 5-foot-10, Kapler leads all
returning Bluejays with 283 kills
and 95 blocks.
But youth will dominate the
Creighton roster as Wallace wel
comes eight new recruits.
Wallace has praise for the
“Nebraska’s ranked Number
Five, but really they’re better than
that,” Wallace said. “I think they’re
a Final Four team right now.”
Creighton, Wallace said, isn’t.
And that means the Bluejays will
have to play the best match of their
season to knock off NU.
. CU also must find some way to
quiet the Husker crowd at NU
“We’re not going to neutralize
Nebraska,” Wallace said. “But
we’ve got to find a way to neutral
ize that crowd. We’ve got to get
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Crouch could start against UAB
By David Wilson
Senior staff writer
Freshman quarterback Eric
Crouch said he prepares for every
game like he’s going to start.
tions could come
after suffering a
Crouch slight tear in the
ligament of his left knee last week
end in the Cornhuskers’ 56-27 win
over Louisiana Tech.
NU Coach Frank Solich said a
decision would be made later this
week as to whether Newcombe will
start Saturday when the Huskers
play host to Alabama-Birmingham
at 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
Either way, Crouch will be
“I think maybe it’s an opportu
nity to go out and see what I’ve
been working toward all this time,”
said Crouch, who saw playing time
for the first time in the fourth quar
ter Saturday after receiving a med
ical hardship season last year.
“Whatever happens, I just have to
make sure I’m prepared to play.”
Solich said he is confident in
Crouch completed 1 of 3 passes
for five yards in NU’s final two
series against Louisiana Tech
In his first ever start at quarter
back, Newcombe threw for 168
yards as the Huskers jumped out to
a 35-6 lead against the Bulldogs.
Most of Newcombe’s passing yards
came in the first half.
“Eric is very much like Bobby,”
Solich said. “I would expect that
Eric would step in and play the kind
of game that Bobby did for us.”
But Newcombe isn’t ruling out
“I’m feeling okay,” Newcombe
said. “I can still jog on it, run on it,
and cut a little bit. There’s a little
bit of swelling, but not too much.
“I think I could (play), but the
coaches don’t want to push it. The
doctors want to make sure I’m at
100 percent so I don’t reinjure it.”
Though getting a chance to start
as a freshman would be good expe
rience for Crouch, Solich said, he
hopes Newcombe will heal quickly.
“I think without question, that
would be a plus for Eric,” Solich
said. “Myself, I’d like breaking in
just one rookie quarterback per
Other injuries included line
backer Eric Johnson, who suffered
a bruise below the knee and did not
practice Monday. Rush end Mike
Rucker didn’t finish practice
because of a groin injury he aggra
vated Saturday. Wingback Lance
Brown left practice early Monday
with a sprained foot. Cornerback
Erwin Swiney also didn’t finish
practice because of a sore groin.
In other football news, 70 stu
dent tickets still remain for the
Nebraska football season, NU tick
et manager John Anderson said.
The tickets are $107.50 for six
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