The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 09, 2000, Page 12, Image 12
I NU,KSU similar save QBs The Huskers and Wildcats stand toe to toe, staring at each other, and it’s like looking in Matthew Hansen Not a pretty sight, either - the image is one of fat, cartoonish Lil’ Red mating with the ridiculous Powercat to produce a bastard offspring that both stands on his head and uses his arms to expert ly spell out the letters, “K,” “S” and “U." Power Red. Lil’ Cat Acreation from mascot hell. The similarities are so many and varied that it’s hard to imag ine Saturday’s game being any thing but close, though not neces sarily well played. Both teams are chock full of talent They have more than any one else in the nation save Florida State. Both teams have under achieved this season. Both were beaten by an Oklahoma team that had no business beating them. The Sooners just wanted it more. Both teams have spectacular field generals - Eric Crouch, Michael Bish... oh. It’s not Bishop, but a pawn named Jonathan Beasley that leads these Wildcats. He inter rupts the utter duplicity of the Comcats, theWildskers. Saturday, he will be the difference, a Nebraska negative differ wfff not ence, for KSU. WUl HOl Nebraska Win this will not win this 50 Ee“S much as get knocked Beasley downbyanoth ... er round of big Wlll get game football. knocked Jonathan, down by “Z; another time, neither round Of MissourTHgere big-game will make the football. bruises disap __ pear. All this big game pummeimg started with Nebraska last season, when Beasley attempted 19 passes and scattered 16 of them across the Memorial Stadium turf. Of course, to hear K-State coaches and Beasley tell it this week, his shoulder was grue somely separated. Not buying it Yes, there’s no doubt that Beasley was banged up. If he'd been seriously injured, though, why didn’t capable back up Adam Helm start? The results weren’t much bet ter when Beasley's shoulder was all better. In the Midcats’ loss to Oklahoma this season, it was 22 incomplete passes and two inter ceptions. More? Twenty-five incom plete passes and two picks came in a loss to Texas A&M. His totals - three big games, 31 of 94 passing (32 percent), 538 yards (179 yards/game) and four interceptions. Joe Montana he ain’t Let’s not forget the games where KSU unexpectedly strug gled, with Beasley at the helm. In close wins over Iowa State last season and Texas Tech this season, Beasley threw for a whop ping 184 yards combined. The opinion behind all these numbers is that Beasley can’t do it when the bright lights are on. His stats are padded beyond belief by easy wins over mediocre Big 12 teams and nonconference door mats. The burning speed of Aaron Lockett and Quincy Morgan has a lot to do with Beasley’s inflated numbers. But come game time, real game time, Beasley won’t show up. You can bet that Eric Crouch will. Nebraska by two touch downs. Otherwise, these teams might play forever. Two boring coaches with questionable big-game juevos, good offensive and defensive lines, religious zealot fans who insist on the mass wearing of bright, ugly colors, Lincoln, Manhatt... oh. ! Huskers shatter A&M win streak ■ Nebraska maintains perfect record by defeating the Aggies in tough College Station atmosphere. BY KRISTEN WATERS The Huskers ended two Texas A&M streaks and kept their own undefeated streak going as they beat the Aggies in four games, 8-15,15-6,15-13 and 15-9. With the win, Nebraska ended A&M’s 28-match home winning streak. The Huskers also snapped their own two-match losing streak in College Station. NU moved its record to 23-0 and kept their No. 1 ranking intact, but it wasn’t easy. In a hostile crowd of 2,130, NU lost its first game of the match to die Aggies, (15-5, 10-4 in conference play), something it has only done three times this season to Colorado State, Texas and UCLA. "It’s a hard place to play here,” Head Coach John Cook said in a post-game radio interview. “They got the troops rallied up tonight. But for the most part we were able to keep our focus and win.” Nebraska started the night out strong in the first game as sophomore setter Greichaly Cepero served four straight points for NU, leaving A&M down 4-0. But the Aggies were able to fight back as the Huskers had a hard time controlling the ball and executing an offense. The bad pass ing, missed hits and serves allowed Texas A&M to slip by the Big Red in an easy 15-8 first-game victory. Nebraska stepped up its fundamental play in the second game as they shot down 11 points before the Aggies could put up two. A&M didn't buy into the Husker intimi “It’s a hard place to play here.They got the troops rallied up tonight. But for the most part we were able to keep our focus and win.” John Cool _NU volleyball coach dation and crept back into the game by cap italizing on Nebraska’s errors. But the six kills and three stuff blocks by Junior Jenny Kropp was too much for A&M to handle. In a quick thirty minutes Nebraska ran away with a 15-6 win. The Huskers started the third game with a 4-1 run, but couldn’t hold on to its lead. Nebraska was sluggish as they continued to suffer from missed hits and serves. The Aggies stepped back in the game with five straight points to tie the game at 6-6. Nebraska and A&M were in a dog fight for control of the game. The squads strug gled back and forth giving and taking one side out after another. But sophomore Amber Holmquisi refused to allow the Huskers to lose anothei game to the unranked Aggies, as she stepped up her play and dammed down ter kills. Freshmen Anna Schrad added anothei three and NU rolled on to win 15-13 in a tight third game. Please see VOLLEYBALL on 1C Line prepares for KSU's rushing attack ■With the defensive front healthy, Nebraska looks to shut down K-State's running game. BY SAMUEL MCKEWON It was reminiscent of an NFL Films serial - Nebraska defensive lineman Jeremy Slechta sticking a giant white bear claw in cele bration of his first interception of the season against Kansas Saturday. The claw was actually a giant cast on Slechta’s right hand, the result of yet another injury to a Comhusker interior lineman. KU quarterback Dylen Smith searched for a Jayhawk receiver over the middle. Slechta was back in shallow coverage. “I was in the right place, right time,” said the junior from Papillion. Slechta watched as the ball stuck in his arm like a rock would in a slingshot. It was almost too easy. And for the NU interior linemen, it was about time some thing happened without the dif ficulty of a kidney-stone passing. As the key trio of Slechta, Jason Lohr and Loran Kaiser pre pare for one of the better rushing foes of the season in No. 16 Kansas State - yes, Kansas State. The Wildcats bring with them nine games’ worth of pain, injury and lost time. At different times of the sea son, each player has either been injured or, as in Lohr’s case, out of condition after being injured for two-a-day practices. “It's been one thing or anoth er most of the season" said Lohr, who leads the defensive tackles with 32 stops in 2000. “As soon as it looks like one guy’s healthy, another guy would get hurt” Right now, all three are healthy enough to play, as Kaiser, the senior from Grand Island, saw extended action against Kansas after playing sparingly in the loss to Oklahoma. Before that, he sat out three games with a sprained foot Nebraska Defensive Coordinator Craig Bohl said it continues to hamper Kaiser’s production, but he could start on Saturday. Slechta’s broken hand was Steven Bender/Dti Nebraska defensive tackle Jeremy Slechta celebrates with teammates after his interception during the Huskers'win against Kansas Saturday. received against OU. Besides having to take awkward notes in class and occasionally use an awkward three-point stance, the 6-foot-6, 285-pounder has lost the ability to grab and throw offensive lineman. Instead, he uses the cast as a human billy club of sorts to smack lineman out of the way. “That’s worked a couple of times,” he said. “But it's still been tough at times.” Despite the turmoil, there have been few rushing defenses better than the No. 4 Huskers. They give up only 101 yards per game, good for 19th nationally. Despite the injuries, NU Defensive Line Coach Jeff Jamrog said he hasn’t detected oppo nents attempting to exploit an injured middle. The most rushing yards this season weren’t relinquished in the 27-24 overtime win against Notre Dame as some might expect, but against Missouri, when a number of quarterback scrambles netted the Tigers 203 rushing yards overall. That was the only NU oppo nent over the two-century mark this season. San Jose State weighed in with 193 yards. ND had 184. Only Oklahoma, with 118 yards, managed triple digit rushing figures otherwise. Kansas State, if it has its way, would be No. 5. Though KSU’s 214 rushing yards per game pales in compar ison to the 381 yards Nebraska averages, the Wildcats, with run ning backs Josh Scobey and David Allen, have struck a bal anced offense that relies equally on a diet of wide off-tackle plays, quarterback draws from Please see DEFENSE on 1C KSU still has bite after losses Courtesy Photo Kansas State quarterback Jonathan Beasley and the Wildcats have a lot left to play for this weekend against Nebraska. ■ After a rebound victory over }2) s?id Tuesday that they ' haven t lost their bite. l0W3 St3t6, KdllSdS St3t6 Still They’ll need it coming into has Big 12 title hopes coming ^SaSe0"* intOtheNUgame. te^tKSUis always charged up BY JOHN GASKINS “The fans aren’t going to - want to come here anymore just MANHATTAN, Kan. -Kansas to watch a good football game State football players, coaches and see Nebraska play,” KSU and fans had to swallow a lot of junior linebacker Ben Leber purple pride in October, and it said. “They're going to be more didn’t go down easy. excited. The community is more First, now-No. 1 Oklahoma excited.” blazed into Manhattan gun Even K-State’s morbidly slinging and shot down the stoic coach, Bill Snyder, said he Wildcat’s national title hopes wants and expects his team to 41-31 on Oct. 14. play like there is plenty to play If that wasn't bad enough, K- for. State had to endure the agony of “If you attempt to play with the Aggies and a deafening 12th- out any (emotion), you set your man crowd two weeks later. self up for some difficult times,” KSU lost 26-10 at Texas A&M in said Snyder, who is 1-10 against an ugly game where nothing NU. went right. “I would suggest that if But despite losing national you’re 21 years old and you’re respect and being in grave dan- going to play year-in and year ger of losing three games for the out one of the finest football first time in four years, the 11th ranked and four-point-under dog Wildcats (6-2,4-2 in the Big Please see WILDCATS on 10 Huskers to play Richmond first FROM STAFF REPORTS The question surrounding the fourth-seeded Nebraska soccer team was who it was going to plaj in its first match of the NCAA Tournamenl Wednesday night it was answered resoundingly. Richmond blew past West Virginia 5-1 with for ward Brooke Sands leading the way. Sands, Richmond's all-time leader in points (124) and goals (51), scored two goals and twc assists for the Spiders, which scored on four ol their first six shots on goal. The Mountaineers were unable to put anj points on the board until the 56:36 mark in the sec ond half. NU Coach John Walker said his team will begin preparations for his team’s matchup with Richmond Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Abbott Sports Complex. Walker said he spoke with coaches around the country, trying to get as much information aboul Richmond and West Virginia, but won't have a chance to look at game film until tomorrow. The Spiders will enter the contest with a pro gram-best 13-6 record, while NU has only one blemish on it’s 21-1 record.