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Ricky Williams rushed for 466
yards on 77 carries Saturday.
Those were not new NCAA
records. It took two Williamses
from the Big 12 Conference to set
those marks.
Ricky Williams from Texas,
also this week’s Big 12 offensive
player of the week, rushed for 215
yards on 36 carries with six touch
downs to set a new Texas record.
Texas Tech's Ricky Williams
was not to be outdone by his name
sake. He rushed for 251 yards on
41 carries with two touchdowns.
“I don't feel like I'm in his
shadow,” Tech’s Williams said.
“(Texas’ Williams) plays and runs
hard, but so do I, and I'm here to
help Texas Tech win.”
Texas' Ricky Williams will
lead the Longhorns into battle
against UCLA on Saturday in a
battle of two Heisman Trophy can
didates. Williams, an early
Heisman favorite, will face UCLA
quarterback and Heisman Trophy
candidate Cade McNown.
“Ricky has handled the
Heisman hype really well,” UT
Coach Mack Brown said. “He and
Cade are probably really excited to
go and play the game.”
Oklahoma State linebacker
Troy West was named Big 12
Defensive Player of the Week for
his role in the Cowboys' 38-28 vic
tory over Kansas.
West had two interceptions,
one returned for a touchdown and
the other set up their final score.
His three tackles on the day also
were for losses.
Colorado punt returner Cedric
Cormier’s 130 yards on four
returns led him to be named the
Big 12 Special Teams Player of the
Week. One return was returned 82
yards for a touchdown that helped
Colorado to a 42-14 win over
Colorado State.
The state of Iowa will have an
intrastate battle Saturday when
Iowa State faces Iowa. The
Cyclones last victory over the
Hawkeyes was a 19-7 win in 1982.
Still, Iowa State Coach Dan
McCarney is looking forward to
this weekend’s game.
“I think it is great for the state
of Iowa,” McCarney said.
“Turning tradition around is get
ting kids to believe they c?n and
will win.”
If Saturday’s 37-0 victory over
Bowling Green was any indica
tion, the Missouri Tigers will have
one of the most balanced offenses
in the nation this year. Mizzou
rushed for 340 yards and passed
for 204 in their victory.
It was the first time the Tigers
rushed for more than 300 yards
and passed for more than 200
yards in the same game in Coach
Larry Smith’s six years at
Compiled by staff writer
James Nicas
Matt Miller/DN
SENIOR MIDFIELDER KRISTEN GAY is a leader on the NU soccer team this year after spending her first three seasons as a role player in the shadow of
Kari Uppinghouse. The captain has started 54 straight games, leading all current Huskers.
Dusker reaches out to youths
By Darren Ivy
Staff writer
After a long day of practice in the
hot sun, most soccer players would be
ready to call it a day and go home.
Not Kristen Gay.
The senior midfielder’s days are just
“We’ll all be driving to come home
and see her car at an under-11 game,”
Assistant Coach Megan Bechtold said.
“We’re tired and exhausted, but she will
still stop. That just makes the (kids’) day.
“I'm not even sure if she realizes
what a positive role model she's been."
Friday's game at the Abbot Sports
Complex was an indication of what an
impact Gay has made in the young girls'
lives. As Gay ran out of the locker room
and onto the field, she was greeted with
a big sign that said “Go Kricket” while
tons of little girls yelled and screamed
for her.
Ten-year-old Holly Remmenga was
one of them.
“She helps me so much; I feel like I
owe it to her,” Remmenga said.
Remmenga and Gay met two years
ago while Remmenga was playing on a
recreational team. Since then, Gay has
coached two of her teams and worked
individually with her, said Remmenga s
mom, Cindy.
“Now she is on a select team,”
Cindy Remmenga said. “Kricket and
(NU semor soccer player Becky) Hogan
are the reason.”
Gay also has gone out of her way to
make it to Remmenga’s personal activi
“She was going to come to my birth
day party, but she couldn’t make it,”
Holly Remmenga said. “So she took me
out to ice cream another time. I love her.
She's like a big sister.”
Remmenga is just one girl Gay has
become a big sister to since coming to
Nebraska in 1995.
Bechtold said Gay met many of the
girls through NU soccer camps. At
those camps, Gay is one of the most
popular counselors, Bechtold said.
“We have teams ask to have her,”
Bechtold said. “The kids at camps just
fall in love with her personality. They
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Newcombe prepared for first road-game test
By David Wilson
Senior staff writer
The last time a first-year Nebraska
starting quarterback played his first
game on the road, the result was the
Comhuskers’ only regular-season loss
not play really well on the road,” Solich
said at Tuesday’s weekly press confer
ence. “I certainly did not want that to
happen again this year in terms of
where we’re at experience-wise in the
offensive line and the quarterback
That’s why the Huskers added a
matchup with Louisiana Tech in the
Kickoff Classic Aug. 29, Solich said.
He said he hopes the experience of two
home games will be enough to help a
relatively inexperienced team win on
the road.
“If you think about it,” Solich said,
“Nebraska - really the last three or four
years - had played tremendously well.
Then, all of a sudden, we lose - really a
devastating loss. It was just kind of a
heartbreaking moment for the players
and staff.”
With a year of experience under his
belt last season, Frost put much specu
lation aside when he led the Huskers to
a win in their first road game against
Washington in Seattle.
Newcombe watched from the side
lines in Seattle - an experience he said
will help him Saturday when Nebraska
travels to California for its first road
game of the season.
“Last year when we went to
Washington, that was one of the loudest
games I’ve ever played in,” Newcombe
The game down in Texas against A&M -
that was a very loud game. That's definitely
going to help me this week.
Bobby Newcombe
in the last seven
expects his first
road start under
center to be a little
Win or lose,
the first road game
of the season has
said. “We played in the Orange Bowl
and the game down in Texas against
A&M - that was a very loud game.
That’s definitely going to help me this
Newcombe played as the third
string quarterback in NU’s first two
games last season, then moved to wing
back after the Washington game. After
winning the starting quarterback slot
last spring, Newcombe started the
Huskers’ first game this season before
sitting out last week with a knee injury.
But Newcombe, who now is wear
ing a knee brace in practice, said he will
be near full strength this Saturday and
expects to start.
Nebraska senior fullback Joel
Makovicka is confident Newcombe
will be ready.
“Bobby has looked real good in
practice,” Makovicka said.
The Huskers will practice on the
grass through Wednesday in prepara
tion for the Bears’ 74,909-capacity
Memorial Stadium. Solich said NU also
will simulate crowd noise in practice.
“Anytime you get your first game
on the road, it’s a new experience,”
Makovicka said. “Maybe it’s an experi
ence some of the guys haven’t come in
contact with. We’re going to have to be
ready to play if we’re going to win the
ball game.”
And, like last season, Makovicka
said the Huskers have something to
“I think there’s a lot of similarities,
about people questioning how good of a
football team we are,” Makovicka said.
“We just want to go out and take it one
game at a time and play well.”
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Solich proven to be a
learning experience for the Huskers in
each of the last two seasons.
In 1996, under the direction of first
year quarterback Scott Frost, Nebraska
fell 19-0 to Arizona State in Tempe,
Ariz. The Huskers won their next nine
games before losing to Texas in the Big
12 Championship, but many fans were
slow to forgive Frost for NU’s first two
loss season since 1992.
Nebraska Coach Frank Solich has
brought up the loss in Tempe more than
once this season.
“We went to Arizona State and did