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Cornhuskers survive shaky defense
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make some plays that kept us from being in
poor field position.”
Smith's second critical play again gave NU
a 14-point lead at a crucial point in the game.
After rush end Chris Kelsay forced Mizzou's
Zack Abron to fumble at his own 28-yard line,
Nebraska’s Jamie Burrow picked up the ball
and broke two tackles in his way to scoring for
the defense and giving NU a 35-21 lead with
8:14 left in the third quarter.
The play by Kelsay and Burrow personi
fied what the Blackshirts have been stressing
in the week leading up to Saturday's game -
“That is the kind of stuff that we need to
do,” Vanden Bosch said. "That is what being a
Blackshirt is all about We said that we needed
to start putting points on the board and get
some turnovers. That is where our focus was
Despite the fumble return for a touch
down and Tfrjy Watchhom’s second intercep
tion of the season in the fourth quarter,
Nebraska’s defense had very little to cheer
about after hitting the showers.
The Blackshirts were held without a sack
and gave up 22 first downs and 209yards rush
ing to Mizzou - almost twice the Tiger average
of 107.7 on the year.
“We need to get more solid on defense in
terms of not allowing big plays,” said Solich,
whose defense allowed Mizzou seven plays of
23 yards or more.
Quarterback containment was also on the
mind of Solich and defensive coordinator
“Both quarterbacks had great mobility
Husker Blackshirts swarm to stop a run by Missourri tight end Dwayne Blakley.
and the ability to pull the ball down and run,”
said Bohl, whose defense gave up an average
of seven yards per play.
“That posed a lot of problems. I don’t think
that we were executing our tackling well in our
pass rush lanes.
“I think our guys were pressing so hard
that the quarterback spilled out some times. I
think our guys were coming about a foot short
of coming up with a good sack.”
Vanden Bosch, who had five tackles in the
game, said he blamed himself as much as any
body for the defense’s slow start.
“We really are prepared well, but by game
time, we lose our edge,” he said. “As a senior
and as a captain, I take a lot of the responsibil
ity. It is my job to make sure the players are
ready and to bring excitement”
Bohl said he has not hit the panic button
yet, despite his defense givingup an average of
340.2 yards per game this season.
Members of the offense, which have had
to shoulder much of the load up to this point
are not getting down on their teammates on
the other side of the ball.
“If I remember right from last year, at this
point, they were carrying us,” NU center
Dominic Raiola said.
Newcombe grabs Rodgers record in return
NOTEBOOK from page 12
Bobby Newcombe now owns
die record for longest punt return
in Nebraska history with his 94
yard second quarter return, top
ping a 92-yard return by Johnny
Rodgers against Oklahoma State
in 1971. The return also tied
Kansas State’s David Allen for
longest return in Big 12 history.
It was a third quarter to
remember and forget for Missouri
freshman ZachAbron. He record
ed a career high 13-yard run on a
touchdown that cut the Nebraska
lead to 28-21. On the next series,
Abron fumbled the touchdown
back to Nebraska, as linebacker
Jamie Burrow picked up die loose
ball and ran it 28-yards for the
Missouri Coach Larry Smith
pulled a card out of his sleeve in
the third quarter, when he called
for a reverse to wide receiver Justin
Gage. Only, Gage didn’t carry out
the reverse but instead became a
quarterback and fired a pass to
Kurt Farmer who was finally hit
late out of bounds by Keyuo
Craver 35 yards later.
The pass by Gage may serve as
Gage could be No. 2 On the
depth chart at quarterback after
Larry Smith won’t likely be
sending Christmas cards to the
referee crew that worked the game
Saturday night. After his team
received a sideline warning in the
fourth quarter, Smith-exchanged
words with the refs as he stood on
the field, earning a 15-yard penal
ty for his actions.
Troy Wat chom picked off his
second pass of the season to grab
the team lead in interceptions in
the fourth quarter of the Missouri
game. One week prior, he picked
off an Iowa pass and returned it for
Nebraska handed their No. 1
ranking over to Florida State when
Sunday’s AP Poll was announced.
The last time a team lost their No.
1 ranking in the AP Poll without
losing their game was in 1997.
Coincidentally, it was Nebraska
who lost the ranking after a 45-38
overtime win against Missouri,
and they were replaced by Florida
State atop the poll
Scoreboard watchers surely
noticed Iowa State's 31-17 win
over Baylor on Saturday night. The
Cyclones will be undefeated com
ing into next week's contest in
Ames against Nebraska.
The game may serve as the
second biggest attraction in Ames
that day, with the Dixie Chicks
performing at the Hilton
Coliseum later that night
Compiled by Brian
BY JILL ZEMAN
A small Nebraska Cross
Country team faced windy con
ditions Friday in the Emporia
State Cross Country Invitational
in Emporia, Kan.
Cross Country Coach Jay
Dirksen did not send enough
runners for either the men or
women to compete as a team.
Rather, four women and one
runner from the men’s team
competed for individual pur
poses, Dirksen said.
The rest of the team stayed at
home to train for Saturday's
meet in Orono, Maine, he said.
Freshman Hillary Laird was
the first Comhusker to cross the
line, taking ninth place out of 96
Laird completed the 5,000
meter course in a time of 19:34.
Following close behind Laird
was sophomore Christy Linnell,
who finished 18th in a time of
Sophomore Melissa Drozda
took 37tl1 and senior Deb
Osteen, who is recovering from
an injury, placed 39th.
Dirksen said he expected a
good, solid race out of Laird, and
was pleased to see she delivered.
On the men’s side, sopho
more Phillip Davis placed 304*1
among 127 runners, with a time
of27:25 in the 8,000 meter race.
“It was a good meet for those
who went,” Dirksen said.
Weather conditions and the
makeup of the course vary from
meet to meet, so it’s hard to
gauge improvement by just
looking at die runners’ times, he
The Huskers will travel in full
force to Saturday’s Murray
The meet features several
strong teams, and Dirksen said \
he was looking forward to see
his team to run against them.
“Our top runners had good
training sessions and needed
that more than going to a meet,”
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Swimmers allege NCAA violations
She said coaches tampered
with the scholarship money
because there wasn't enough to
Jowsey receives 80 percent of
a full scholarship while com
pleting her undergraduate
degree. She has finished her eli
gibility but still practices with
She said the violations were
"I always heard talk about it
on the pool deck among the
other swimmers,” Jowsey said. “I
was never approached about
receiving money, nor did I see
anyone receive it with my own
Tve also heard athletes talk
about receiving money while at
the Hewitt Center.” ;
Kapinus said he was sur
prised the swimming team was
able to get away with the viola
tions for as long as it did.
Byrne and NU Associate
Athletic Director Bob Burton
referred questions about the
investigation to the Nebraska
‘This has been happening years before I came
here.... / think after the wrestling incident, the
university is trying to crack down on these kind
Sports Information Office. The
office issued a short, 76-word
release announcing the suspen
sions Friday afternoon.
Bryne met with swimming
coaches on Thursday for about
10 minutes to announce the
suspensions, Paine said.
Swim team members met
Friday at a meeting led by the
university’s legal staff, Byrne
Specifics of the university’s
investigation were not disclosed
at the meeting, said Jowsey, who
was in attendance.
Both Kapinus and Jowsey
said, as far as they knew, the vio
lations have been going on for
“It started when I got here
four years ago,” Kapinus said. “I
heard through the grapevine
who was getting asked to take
cuts in their scholarships. I was
n’t hearing it from coaches.”
Jowsey shared his senti
“This has been happening
years before I came here. I’m not
quite sure what sparked this
whole issue,” she said. “I think
after the wrestling incident, the
university is trying to crack
down on these kind of things.”
Earlier this year, former
Nebraska Wrestling Coach Tim
Neumann resigned amid allega
tions from former Husker
wrestlers that he tampered with
The University of Nebraska
Lincoln and the athletic depart
ment are investigating his case.
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