The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 24, 1998, Page 7, Image 7
Give thanks for football’s final days As we enter that period where it seems like every person at the Daily Nebraskan is thankful for something because it's Thanksgiv ing, 1 thought I'd get in on the act. The one main thing I'm thankful for'.' That this mess of a college football season is almost over, because I'm sick 01 It. I'm sick of the game. I' m sick of the wrong teams winning. I'm sick of the fact that the three of the four undefeated teams Tennessee. UCLA and Kansas State - couldn't hang two quarters w ith the previous five national champions. I'm sick of the Big 10 and its ndicu lous Rose Bowl selection of a Wisconsin team that hasn't beaten one good team this y ear. No. worthless Penn State doesn't count. I "m sick of Bill Sny der. w he'd apparently be happier if the media never covered him. Fine. Bill, there's a team in Siberia that's got your name on it. You can play the Red Army of Russia 12 times a year. It fits in with your reg ular nonconference schedule the Red Army s never played football before, either. I'm really sick of the Bowl Championship Series, which isn't going to solve a damn thing. College football's foolproof sy stem is a couple of wins aw ay from being fooled. I'm sick of John Cooper, coach of Ohio State. Pie's the worst big-game coach in America. Why doesn't he just stay home on gameday so his team can win the national championship like it ought to ? I'm sick of ABC. Really, truly. 1 wonder if those folks could cough up a game or two to ESPN so we could ALL watch Flonda-Flonda State or. maybe, just get rid of the regional broadcast. I'm not using the pay-per-view thing, either, especially w hen one of the games on it is the one I'm already watching. I'm sick of Lee Corso. Have been for years. I’m sick of Lou Holtz. See Lee Corso. I'm sick of the people in Nebraska dying over a three-loss season for NU. Memo to all those calling for Frank Solich's head: He’s human. You're human. Leave him alone. I'm sick of HuskerVision. Most of the people I talk to are. Hey Bill Byrne, why don't you tone that operation down a little bit for next year0 Most of all. I'm sick of commer cialization of football: too many spon sors, too many games, too many gim micks and not enough real football. 1 watched Auburn-Alabama on Saturday. Now that game transcends gimmicks. So does Army-Navy But anymore, few do. College football now ranks second to college basketball for sheer tradition and fun. And thankfully, college basketball is just starting. Sam McKewon is junior political science and news-editorial major and Daily Nebraskan senior editor. NU looks to extend win streak to seven vs. bewitched Colorado By Sam McKewon Senior editor It started with a 52-7 pasting in 1992. It continued through the Kordell Stewart and Rashaan Salaam days. It survived the Buffaloes' walk through the stands at Folsom Field, with CU pounding on drums and screaming "Wartime!” It's Nebraska's six-game winning streak ov er Colorado. And no matter what the Buffaloes have done or what talent they've had (and there's been plenty of both). CU hasn't been able to beat the team former Coach Bill McCartney designated the Buffs' rival since 1990. And it's starting to get to them. “It's an issue of playing a complete game," Colorado offensiv e coordinator Carl Dorrell said. “Boy, we've had some opportunities to make things hap pen, and obviously, we fell short on that everv time." Colorado established what McCartney thought to be a rivalry w hen CU upset then-No. 3 Nebraska 20-10 in 1986. The Huskers then dropped games in 1989 and 1990 to the Buffs by scores of 27-21 and 27-12. CU’s rain-soaked win in 1990 propelled the Buffs to a share of the national il title. After a 19-19 tie in 1991, Nebraska started its streak. In 1992-94, the Huskers preyed on quarterback Stewart, now a starter for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL. NU won all three games by pressuring Stewart into mis takes. When Coach Rick Neuheisel took over, the streak continued. NU beat Colorado 44-21 in 1995. But the last two seasons have been tight, with NU escaping 17-12 and 27-24. Neuheisel said the game has changed little in importance over the last six years. "It's our biggest game of the year, no question." Neuheisel said. “We've had a rough time trying to get over that hump in trying to win that game. It's been tough." CU has had its problems in the past, NU rush end Chad Kelsay said, but the psychological advantage the Huskers have enjoyed in recent years may be lessened this year, courtesy of a three loss season. “You're used to walking in with a swagger." Kelsay said. “You pound at teams for a couple quarters, and they give up. Three losses takes that fear way from them." If the fear returns, Kelsay said, the NU defense probably will have some thing to do w ith it. hi the six-game win ning streak. NU has sacked C'U 21 times and picked off 1 1 passes. The Buffs haven't scored more than 24 and have scored under 15 three times. Kelsay said the key to NU's win ning streak was those defensive perfor mances. “Look at 1994. when Colorado came in here with Kordell Stewart." Kelsay said. "The defense just shut them down. In 1996. w;e shut them down. We have to go out there and do that again Friday afternoon." Junior cornerback Ralph Brown added one thing that might be impor tant Friday that Nebraska has an adv an tage in: heart. Brown said NU hasn’t always been the better team in the game, but has always played harder. "They've had more talent than us a couple of times." Brown said. "But we're just giv ing ev ery thing we have. That's why we're winning these games." Seniors proud of legacy established in the 1990s Women get 23rd place in NCAA meet ByLisaVonnahme Staff writer For Nebraska Cross Country Coach Jay Dirksen, the NU women’s cross country season ended Monday “the best way it possibly could.” The Comhuskers concluded their season at the NCAA Championships in Lawrence, Kan., with a 23rd-place showing in the 31 -team field. Villanova won the women’s team title with 106 nnints Dirksen said he was pleased with NU’s finish, as it exceeded the expecta tions of most coaches and competitors at the meet. “This was a great way for us to sal vage our year,” Dirksen said. “It has been a disappointing and frustrating season. We just weren't able to get everything together.” NU pulled together during Monday's 5.000-meter race with fresh man Jeannette Zimmer and sophomore Amy Wiseman leading the way. Please see NCAA on 8 By David Wilson Senior staff writer It's probably not often a 6-foot-3, 290-pound offensive lineman calls home because he’s scared. For Nebraska senior center Josh - — Heskew, the realization that he will be play ing his final game at Memorial Stadium Friday prompted a dis tress call to Mustang, Okla., HPckPw on Sunday night. HesKew „Thls could be it,” said Heskew, who will graduate in December. “I’ve been playing this sport since second grade. I might be done and then 1 have to go out into the real world. That scares me to death." He's not alone. “1 try not to think about it as much Please see SENIORS on 8 football Starters ^ gg;,l Nebraska starters S^mam 90,3 KRNU Offense Defense Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. QB 7 Eric Crouch 6-0 200 LR 57 Chad Kelsay 6-3 250 IB 36 Correll Buckhalter 6-2 220 NT 99 Jason Wiltz 6-4 310 FB 45 Joel Makovicka 5-11 240 DT 91 Loran Kaiser 6-5 280 WB 5 Shevin Wiggins 5-11 200 RR 84 Mike Rucker 6-6 260 SE 6 Kenny Cheatham 6-4 210 SLB 37 Tony Ortiz 6-0 215 TE 88 Sheldon Jackson 6-4 245 MLB 44 Jay Foreman 6-1 240 LT 69 Adam Julch 6-5 315 WLB 27 Eric Johnson 6-1 205 LG 63 James Sherman 6-2 295 LCB 16 Erwin Swiney 6-0 185 C 59 JoshHeskew 6-3 290 FS 19 Clint Finley 5-11 200 RG 55 Russ Hochstein 6-3 280 ROV 21 Mike Brown 5-10 205 RT 65 Jason Schwab 6-1 300 RCB 22 Ralph Brown 5-9 180 PK 35 Kris Brown 5-10 205 P 23 Bill Lafleur 5-11 200 Colorado starters Offense Defense Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. QB 4 Mike Moschetti 6-0 195 DE 13 Fred Jones 6-3 245 WR 19 Javon Green 6-2 190 DT 90 Aaron Marshall 6-4 280 WR 6 Darrin Chiaverini 6-2 210 DT 97 Justin Bannan 5-10 235 LT 72 Shane Cook 6-7 305 DE 82 Brady McDonnell 6-4 265 LG 76 Brad Bedell 6-5 295 WLB 8 Hannibal Navies 6-3 245 C 58 Ryan Johanningmeier 6-7 295 MLB 66 Brandon Southward6-4 240 RG 70 Ben Nichols 6-6 300 SLB 21 Albus Brooks 6-0 205 RT 71 Victor Rogers 6-7 310 LCB 2 Damen Wheeler 5-10 175 TE 87 Tom Ashworth 6-5 265 SS 15 Michael Lewis 6-2 195 WR 2 Marcus Stiggers 5-7 180 FS 37 Marcus Washington6-3 215 TB 9 Marlon Barnes 5-11 210 RCB 1 Ben Kelly 5-10 185 | FB 42 Marcques Spivey 6-3 215 P 47 Nick Pietsch 6-0 170 | Jon Frank DN !