The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 05, 1998, Page 8, Image 8
Gameday: Nebraska 24, Okla Several Oklahoma State players said after the game that they would have liked to play the Cornhuskers at their home field instead of at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. ] he game was moved" from Stillwater. Okla.. to the neutral site partly because OSU earned a SI.3 million payoff. Instead of playing in front of a stadium full of its fans. Oklahoma State was forced to deal with a loud, predominantly Nebraska crowd. "We should have had the / game in Stillwater.” said Cowboy quarterback Tony \ Lindsay, who admitted NU fans distracted OSU. "That's where we've been practicing for this game. That's our home" NU Defensive tackle Jason - Wiffz thought he had intercept ed his position-record third pass of the season with 4:07 remain ing in the third quarter. Wiltz grabbed a Lindsay pass and tossed it to linebacker Jay Foreman who ran it to the OSU 2-yard line. But the pick off was called back because of a Husker roughing the passer call. Said Lindsay of the call: "It wasn't really anything. (NU linebacker Eric Johnson) hijpfne after I threw' the ball, but itjvasn't that hard.'UU^. * Nebraska's Joe Walker scored NU's game-winning touchdown when he returned a punt for 73 yards with 7:29 remaining in the third quarter. OSl: Coach Bob Simmons criticized the Buskers' punt return blocking techniques after the game. “I -talked to the officials before the game about the tech nique they use with hav ing a guy in front and a guy in back." Simmons said."If y ou slow down, they run by you. and if you go through, they call you for getting into the returner's halo. "It's a situation where we could not be right. Am 1 happy with the officials ’ No. I am not." Nebraska spin end kenm Cheatham did not return after the third quarter of Sauirdas's game because of an injurs to Ins left shoulder. Cheatham caught three passes lor 32 sards Offens:\e guard Brandt Wade mimed his iett knee dur um the second half and did not return Redshin freshman quarter hack hrn Crouch also suffered a hip-pom'er in the third quar \ l C etch i rank Solicit said rouch. the 1 i inkers' No. 2 quarterback, entered the game so the coaches could talk with, starter Bobhs New combe 7 rouch did not return Game das notebook com piled bs senior staff s\ riters Shannon Heffel finger and Das id iison. Last-second stand preserves NU win By David Wilson Senior staff writer KANSAS CITY. Ylo. ()ne pla\ (>ne foot, fixe seconds Dreams of a national championship and thoughts of the hard work lie endured during the off-season danced in Nebraska senior Mike Rucker's mind as the piax ciock wound down Saturdax at Arrowhead Stadium, i le xxasn't alone 1 acini! a game-tying threat, the ('orniiusker defensive unit hit fate head on. and stopped )k!ahoma State half bad. Nathan .Ninmons short of the goal line. ! he Cow box s flirted w ith an upset of No. 2 Nebraska for four quarters the first team to do so tins seaso i. But when it came down :o one iast play, the dusker defense proxed it had the muscle to pre sent’ a 24-P win oxei Oklahoma State m trout of "0.555 fans The duskers improved to .^-0 in their first Big 12 Conference game, while the Cowboxs fell to 2-2 and id Basicalix. xx fiat we were telling each other is. This is the whole season.'” said Rucker, the first to hit Simmons on the final pkn "It boiled down to fixe sec onds It tame down to a foot That's the whole season We xxere there.” The Cowboy s had pounded almost 90 percent of their 55 running plays up the middle Saturday, so the final battle in the trenches didn't come as much of a surprise to the Huskers. Nebraska Coach Frank Solicit said the Husker coaches didn't fret too much upon deciding to apply pressure up the middle to stop the run But that didn't mean Solicit was calm and confident on the sidelines as the clock ran down. "They said Coach Solicit almost had a heart attack." said rover Joe Walker, who was on the field for the final play. "1 almost did as well. I hank Cod for the v ietory." Walker was beat bv ()Sl receiver Lthan Flowed for a 07-vard touchdown before giving Nl it> final lead a ’’3 yard punt return with ":29 left in the fourth quarter. Trailing by a touchdown. (tklahoma State forced the Huskers to punt and began their final drive at their own 41 yard line w ith 2:21 left in the game. Simmons trucked up the middle for seven cards, then OSU sophomore quar terback Tony Lindsay connected with receiver Sean Love for 25 yards to put the ( owboy s on NT "s 2 "Ward line. In the final minute. (tklahoma State was successful on two fourth-down con versions. including another completion to Love, which set up the final play « They said Coach Solich almost had a heart attack. I almost did as well. Thank God for the victory." Joe Walker NU rover inside the I -sard line. "It svas kind of a reality check." senior linebacker Jas foreman said. “1 think the next game w ill be a rea 11 \ telling game. We base to go back to the chalkboard and get better" But the defense, NU quarterback Bobbs Nesvcombe said, was the I luskers' strong point. The Low boss rushed for 175 sards and tossed for ISO yards though the air. Nebraska, on the other hand, was on the losing end of esers statistical category w ith the exception of special-team vardage and score. In the first half, the Buskers rushed for 4 yards on 15 carries, and entered the Please see HUSKERS on 11 Photos by Matt Miller/DN (clockwise from top left) TIGHT END SHELDON JACKSON hauls in a 30-yard pass to set up a DeAngelo Evans touch down in tne third quarter. Jackson had two receptions for 70 yards, about one-third of Nebraska’s total yards. NATHAN SIMMONS IS STOPPED by the Husker defense on the last play of the game, pre serving the NU victory. JOE WALKER FINDS A SEAM on the way to his 73-yard punt return in the fourth quarter. The touchdown proved to be tlie game-winner. DEFENSIVE END CHAD KELSAY and the rest of the Blackshirts did not allow Tbny Lindsay many yards, but Simmons and Jamaal Fobbs ran for 169 yards. NU ran for 73 yards.