The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 06, 1998, Page 7, Image 7

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    With Colorado’s 27-25 victory at
Oklahoma on Saturday, CU became
the first visiting team to win five
straight games at OU’s Memorial
Texas’ Ricky Williams became
the NCAA Division I career touch
down leader with 67 after his five
touchdown performance against
Iowa State. Indiana’s Anthony
Thompson was the NCAA career
leader with 65.
After Kansas’ 24-21 loss to Texas
A&M, the Jayhawks fell to 0-3 in
conference for the first time since
Missouri quarterback Corby
Jones scored two rushing touch
downs to set two Tiger records with
34 career rushing touchdowns and 54
touchdowns produced (34 rushing,
20 passing). Jones is questionable for
Saturday’s game against Iowa State
because he has a sprained left toe.
Four games into the season,
Oklahoma has used four quarter
backs this year. Out of the four quar
terbacks, none has played an entire
game-or played in every game.
Iowa State quarterback Todd
Bandhauer rewrote the Cyclones
passing record book in ISU’s loss at
Texas. Bandhauer set single game
records for touchdowns (five), pass
ing attempts (62), completions (30)
and passing yards (437). His 35
career touchdown passes are also a
new Cyclone record.
After a 5-0 start, Texas Tech has
trailed its opponent for just 12 min
utes and 29 seconds out of a possible
300 minutes this season.
In his first start of the season,
Texas A&M quarterback Randy
McCown completed only nine of 18
passes for 89 yards in a 24-21 win
over Kansas. However, his perfor
mance was hampered by four drops
and four sacks.
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For the second week in a row,
Texas running back Ricky Williams
was named Big 12 offensive player of
the week. Texas A&M linebacker
Dat Nguyen was defensive player of
the week, and Nebraska kick returner
Joe Walker was the Big 12
specialty player of the week.
Two weeks into the Big 12 vol
leyball season, there are three teams
that remain undefeated in conference
play. Nebraska, Texas and Colorado
are atop the conference with a 4-0
mark. Texas A&M trails die leaders
with a 3-1 record, while Texas Tech
and Kansas State remain in con
tention for conference honors at 2-2.
Notebook compiled by staff
writer James Nicas
NU’s Walker redeemed with return
By David Wilson
Senior staff writer
From the grass at Arrowhead
Stadium, Joe Walker watched
Oklahoma State receiver Ethan Howell
score the game
tying touchdown
with just over 12
minutes remaining
Instead of
playing it safe, he
had gambled.
He went for the
He lost.
Walker Butthesopho
more Nebraska
rover didn’t go home a loser.
Walker got his revenge when the
Cowboys punted in their next posses
sion. Seventy-three yards later, Walker
put the Comhuskers ahead for good
with the longest punt return of his
“Great football players don’t get
down,” Walker said. “When you make a
mistake, you put that behind you. I feel
I’m a big player, and that’s what big
players do - make big plays.”
The score came as no surprise to
Nebraska Coach Frank Solich.
“He’s really an electrifying player,”
Solich said. “He’s a talented athlete. It
wasn’t out of the question that he
returned one.”
In Nebraska’s season opener against
Louisiana Tech, Walker returned a kick
off 99 yards for a touchdown.
Neither big play by Walker came as
a shock to NU cornerback Ralph
Brown, who laid a key block on OSU
safety Trent Alexander during Walker’s
run Saturday.
“I knew I only had to get him a sec
ond,” Brown said of his block.
“(Walker) is exciting. That’s why I
try to do my job 100 percent, because I
know he can take one to the house any
As a true freshman in the NU sec
ondary last season, Walker had two
interceptions, including one for a 71
yard touchdown against Kansas State.
The Arlington, Texas, native added
his third career interception against
Washington two weeks ago.
But, as he found out Saturday, going
for the interception doesn’t always pay
“Joe about did me in with a couple
of plays on defense,” Solich said.
The 67-yard touchdown pass was
Oklahoma State’s longest pass play
since 1992. It also was the Cowboys’
longest play from scrimmage this year.
“The ball was thrown very, very
well,” Solich said. “(Walker) was just
out of position, and he fell.”
Nebraska Secondary Coach George
Walking on Daylight
Rover Joe Walker’s return numbers in 1998:
Punt returns:
No. Yds. Avg. TD Long
1998 12 157 13.08 1 73*
Career 19 196 10.31 1 73*
Kickoff returns:
No. Yds. Avg. TD Long
1998 10 266 26.6 1 99*
Career 25 655 26.2 1 99*
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Darlington saw things a little differently.
“He was beaten like a dog,”
Darlington said. “He’s too good of an
athlete for that.”
But for Walker, that’s football.
“Sometimes you gamble, and you
lose,” Walker said. “Sometimes you
gamble, and you win.”
In other news:
Nebraska starting quarterback
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Zimmer runs
past pressures
for Nebraska
Staff writer
Jeannette Zimmer couldn’t handle
the pressure.
Afterwinning theWashington state
In the past, school fresh
. man, Zimmer
expectations was told by
her coaches,
meant family and
. , friends that
everything to she was going
ri' me.
Pi j u Bat she
they don t couldn’t deal
mean a lot. expectations.
Jeannette sherlaiIedi°
7TMMFR qualify for the
DIMMER state meet as a
cross country runner sophomore,
1 and she never
won the state
cross country title again.
And so she made a decision - a
decision that changed her outlook on
Please see PRESSURE on 8
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Jeannette Zimmer, a UNL freshman cross country runner, practices Monday afternoon at Oak Lake Park. Zimmer
vows not to feel the pressures of her high school career in college.
KSU s Snyder says
North up for grabs
By Christopher Heine
Staff writer
The Big 12 North Division is so dif
ficult this season that it makes Kansas
State Coach Bill Snyder more than a lit
tle nervous.
Snyder said
Monday that com
peting in this year’s
league “is like
being a kitty cat in
a room full of
rocking chairs.”
Kansas State
(4-0 overall and 1
0 in the Big 12
Snyder Conference),
along with its con
ference peers, has reason tobe worried.
The North currently has four of its
six teams ranked in college football’s
Top 25.
Two of those teams, Nebraska and
Kansas State, make up two of the
nation’s top five spots.
Because of die stiff competition,
finishing the season without a loss
should prove to be a difficult task for
any of the six clubs.
No. 2 Nebraska (5-0 and 1-0) has
already experienced some Big 12 but
Last Saturday night, Oklahoma
State was less than a yard, maybe even
an extra minute, away from upsetting
the Comhuskers.
A penetrating tackle by Huskerrush
end Mike Rucker in the Cowboy back
field preserved the victory as time
Husker Coach Frank Solich isn’t
surprised by how any of the Big 12
teams are performing; even traditional
conference cellar-dweller Iowa State (2
3 and 0-2).
“I thought it would be a strong con
ference coming in,” Solich said last
week. “I’m real pleased with what Iowa
State has gotten done.”
Solich said Iowa State’s 27-9 victory
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Big 12 report card
Rising Comment Week grade*
Nebraska Whew! Got out-yarded but survived to beat Oklahoma St. B
Kansas St Now they play Colorado. Will it be qtose? NA
Texas Tech Squeaked by Baylor 31 -29. It’D do. B
GqIothIo ^^W^ia^s|w»^a^instIowaSt. ^ B
Oklahoma St - Theyranoflukes. Defertseas good as any in Big 12. B- j|
Stable i < m & % *
Missouri Ought to be ashamed for beating iWljftfMMMS c
Oklahoma They’re starting to call for John Blake'S head in NShnan. " C- p
Iowa St Twenty Cyclones couldn't have stopped FOcfcyWW&mS.. *1 C
Baylor Baylor’s barely losing. But they’re stfit losing. ’ ' C
Kansas Almost beat A&M. Almost doesn't count. C
None — we were merciful.
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‘Grades not given for teams who haven’t played.