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Nebraska cornerback Ralph
Brown has been named a semi
finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award.
Brown is one of 12 players up for
the award and the only Big 12 rep
resentative. The award honors the
best defensive back in college
Kansas State gave up its first
touchdown of the season in the
second half when running back
Darrell Bush of Baylor scored.
Bush ran for a 4-yard touchdown
in the fourth quarter. The only
other points that KSU had given up
prior to that in the second half were
due to a field goal by Texas.
The Big 12 Conference soccer
tournament will be held from Nov.
3 to 6 in San Antonio, Texas.
Nebraska is the No. 1 seed, Texas
A&M is second and Missouri is
third. The Huskers will face Texas
Tech in the first round. Other first
round matchups include Baylor vs.
Texas, A&M vs. Iowa State and
Missouri vs. Colorado.
Texas held Darren Davis, the
Big 12’s leading rusher, to a sea
son-low 67 yards on 24 carries.
Davis has dropped to fifth in the
nation in rushing at 145.5 yards
The Big 12 Offensive Player of
the Week was quarterback Mike
Moschetti of Colorado. Moschetti
led the Buffaloes to a 38-24 win
over Oklahoma. He passed for four
touchdowns and ran for another
while completing 22 of 31 passes
for 382 yards. Moschetti had been
figured as doubtful for the game
beforehand with a shoulder injury.
Defensive honors went to nose
tackle Mike Marriott of Missouri.
Marriott played a major role in the
Tigers holding Texas Tech to 9
yards rushing. He had five tackles
- two of which were sacks.
Bobby Newcombe of Nebraska
received the special teams honor
after single-handedly sparking the
Huskers to a 24-17 win over
Kansas. Newcombe returned a
punt for an 86-yard touchdown and
caught the game-winning touch
down pass of 49 yards. He was also
used as a valuable decoy in the
Huskers’ attack time and time
again on fake reverses.
Newcombe would be leading
the nation in punt returns with a
23.5 yard average, but he is two
returns short of the 1.2 returns per
Husker Head Coach Frank
Solich said that Newcombe con
tributed in many ways to the victo
“We have some excellent punt
return people, and Bobby’s ability
showed through not only on spe
cial teams but also on offense as
well,” Solich said.
Notebook compiled by staff
writer Joshua Camenzind.
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NEBRASKA SPLIT eld Matt Davison tries to break free of the grasp of Kansas
defensive back Andrew Davison. Davison Is part of a complex scheme of
relayfif plays la and oat f« the Nuskers.
Complex audibles force
Nebraska to race clock
By Darren Ivy
Senior staff writer
By the time junior receiver Matt
Davison gets done with a typical
game, his voice is hoarse and his
throat hurts. - -
It’s not from trash talking with the
defensive backs but rather from
relaying plays from Coach Frank
Solich to quarterback Eric Crouch in
“It gets pretty loud, and you have
to yell the play, and you are a foot
away,” said Davison, who didn’t relay
plays against Kansas on Saturday for
the first time this season- “It gets
pretty tough sometimes to hear, and
you have to read lips.”
Normally, the tight ends and
receivers who bring plays into games
go unnoticed. But like messengers in
ancient battles who relayed the com
mands of the general to front line
troops, their roles are essential to a
“So much of football is commu
nication,” Davison said. “You tell
Eric. Eric tells the huddle. It gets
from one to another to another. It is
very important that it gets translated
exactly right because so many of our
plays are closely related in terms of
Where it gets complicated is
when Solich doesn’t make the call
fast enough, one player doesn’t hear
the play and Crouch has to repeat it,
the guy bringing in the play doesn’t
hustle or the referee spots the ball
quickly, starting the 25-second clock
before NU is ready.
A combination of all four hap
pened in Texas two weeks ago, said
sophomore tight end Tracey
As a result, the Comhuskers were
forced to bum all three of their sec
ond-half timeouts in the first 17 min
utes and didn’t have one left to stop
die clock in the end.
“It may have cost us in the Texas
game, but I guess you never know,”
Whether it cost NU or not, the
burned timeouts were a sore issue
with Husker fans on weekly call-in
shows and letters to the editor.
NU made some adjustments
before Kansas, the most notable leav
ing Davison in the entire game. It
seemed to work, as NU had to bum
only one timeout to avoid a delay of
To understand why timeouts are
called, it is important to understand
the NU system.
Solich said Nebraska’s offensive
style, which uses multiple formations
and allows quarterbacks to audible at
the line of scrimmage, usually
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Comeback win takes
Texas into high gear
By Joshua Camenzind
Texas’ last-second, 44-41 win at
Iowa State saw two programs headed in
The Longhorns have won their last
three games since slipping to Kansas
State, while the Cyclones have dropped
four of their last five.
UT, at 7-2, is on a roll- one hat has
seen it beat upstart Oklahoma, upset
Nebraska and squeak by ISU (4-4). The
win in Ames, Iowa, was a test of the
Iowa State led Texas 20-17 at half
time Saturday-a week after UT upset
the then-No. 3-ranked Nebraska
Cornhuskers. Head Coach Mack
Brown said that his team might have
still been thinking about the NU game
onthe way toAmes.
“After a win like the one we had
against Nebraska,” Brown said, “people
in Austin tend to tell the players how
great they are. But the young players
sometimes forget that they have to play
the next week after a big win.
“We have to play better against
Oklahoma State than we did against
Iowa State, or we will get beat”
Brown said that it is tough these
days to get a college football team up for
games it is supposed to win.
“You have got to convince your
team that every game will probably
come down to the fourth quarter,”
Brown said. “You have got to beat the
teams that you are supposed to and then
try and upset somebody else. But if you
are not mature enough to go on the road
and beat the teams you are not supposed
to, then you are not a good enough team
to be called a champion.”
The Longhorns came into die game
with a plan to stop ISU’s Darren Davis.
They succeeded, holding die Big 12’s
leading rusher to 67 yards. But stopping
the Cyclone rusher led to a career day by
quarterback Sage Rosenfels.
Rosenfels passed for a career-high
291 yards and two touchdowns to keep
“They did the best job of throwing
the ball against us that anybody has
done all year,” Brown said. “We didn’t
make the plays we needed to, but that
was because the quarterback Sage did
such a tremendous job throwing the
Texas seemed to have the game in
hand several times in the second halfbut
could not finish the job.
The Cyclones were down 14 points
with a little less than 10 minutes to go
but came back with two late scores from
Davis and Ennis Haywood. “. -Vs'V
Texas was able to drive downtiie
field late and kick an 18-yard gatne
winning field goal with time expiring. 4
UT benefited from another out-;
standing performance from
Applewhite. He threw for 345 yards
while completing 30 of 40 passes. - f
ISU Coach Dan McCamey saidthat ?
the Texas sophomore gunner is one of 4!
the best in the conference.
“He is outstanding, he has a great
touch, he does not make mistakes, he ,
has tremendous vision, he has a strong .
arm and is an outstanding leaderof that
offense,” McCamey said. “When this
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coming true for NU
Nebraska Volleyball Coach
Terry Pettit said his team’s three
game dismantling of Kansas State
on Saturday night wasn’t a gut
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n’t a gut check for Vanilla Ice’s one
hit-wonder career. Come on, Terry!
“Nice try,” Pettit said to a
reporter after being asked what the
win would do for NU’s title
chances. “You guys are looking for
that needle in the haystack. There’s
no needle. It’s a gut check every
We ought to buy it. Because
Terry Pettit is die coach, and we’re
the media. The man knows what
he’s talking about. We should heed
the Dean of Big 12 volleyball’s
We should heed them, much the
same way we should have heeded
them all along.
Since August, since the Huskers
lost their first of five matches to
ranked teams and their first at the
Coliseum in 65 matches against
Pacific in the season opener, Pettit
has said he only cares about how his
team is playing in December, when
NCAA Tournament time rolls
around and cream rises to the top.
But we’ve been caught up in a
very slow rise. For two months,
we’ve seen NU follow a 32-2 mad
dash-to-the Final Four 1998 season
with a dabble of inexperience, a
dabble of bad luck and a dabble of
critical breakdowns in its compli
cated 6-2 offense.
We’ve questioned some oflf-the
wall decisions the 23-year veteran
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