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NU runner looks
for at-large bid
BY TOBY BURGER
TVvo seconds - that's what sep
arated Nebraska cross country
runners Marcus Witter and Aaron
Carrizales in Saturday's NCAA
Midwest Regional meet
That sliver of time was the dif
ference between Carrizales’ auto
matic bid to the NCAA
Championships and the chance
that Wltter*s season, and career,
may be over
Winer’s seventh-place finish
(30:42) at die regional meet didn’t
provide him an automatic spot in
the NCAA Championships. He
still may get an at-large bid to the
Winer, a senior, entered the
regional as NU’s best runner and
best hope for success at die cham
lhat was me bad news, lne
good was that fellow NU senior
Carrizales finished two seconds
(30:40) better, placing sixth, and is
headed to nationals on Nov. 20 in
Ames, Iowa, for his first appear
ance in the championships. The
result came as a surprise to
*1 really didn't expect it at all"
Carrizales said. "For this to hap
pen is amazing."
Witter’s fate lies in two spots
available to the two runners in the
nation with die fastest times who
didn’t automatically qualify for
All runners on the top-two
teams in each region, and the top
four individual finishers in each
region not on a qualifying team,
Coach Jay Dirksen said he has
looked at the results from all other
regional meets and said he thinks
Witter will get one of the two at
The men's and women’s teams
7 really didn’t expect
it at all. For this to
happen is amazing. "
NU cross country runner
didn't fare as well as Carrizales or
Witter. Hie men finished fifth and
the women eighth.
Dirksen said he was disap
pointed that his team didn't finish
higher in the standings, but he
was pleased with the teams’ per
"I thought both teams ran real
hard and very well,” Dirksen said.
“I kind of have the feeling that we
did about as well as we could da”
While Dirksen won’t see his
teams at the NCAA
Championships, he said he is con
fident in both Carrizales’ and
“Witter has proven himself in
some of his races this year,"
Dirksen said. “Carrizales has really
come on a lot The way Carrizales
is running right now, and the way
he is moving up towards the end
of the race, he might be a surprise
The men’s individual winner
was Iowa State senior Daniel
Kinyua, finishing the 10,000
meter race in a time of3028. The
team title went to Oklahoma
Amy Mortimer lead Kansas
State to die team tide with a 20:54
time in the women's 6,000-meter
Carrizales, and possibly
Witter, will return to Iowa, as Iowa
State hosts the NCAA
Championships. The women’s
race begins at 11 am., followed by
die men at 12:15 pm
Husker wrestlers defeat Rider in dual
■The Nebraska wrestling
team won 23-16, taking six
of 10 matches.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
The sixth-ranked Nebraska
wrestling team improved to 2-0
with a 23-16 win over Rider (0-1)
in Lawrenceville, N.J., on
Senior Todd Beckerman, the
133-pounder ranked No. 2 in the
nation, picked up his second
consecutive pin of the year to
start the day for the Corn
Rider bounced back with a
decision and a fall at 141 pounds
and 149 pounds, respectively.
With Rider up 9-6, two-time
All-American Bryan Snyder put
the Huskers back on top for
good with an impressive 24-9
technical fall over R J. Haynes.
Nebraska won its next two
matches at 165 and 174 pounds
to increase its lead to 16-9.
At 184 pounds, All-American
and sixth-ranked Shawn
Scannell of Rider defeated Matt
Fletcher 10-1 to reduce Rider’s
deficit to three points. Fletcher,
normally at 174 pounds, was fill
ing in for the injured Charles
Defending NCAA champion
Brad Vering won by a major
decision over 13th-ranked Marc
DeFrancesco of Rider.
Nebraska secured its victory
with a double-overtime win
from heavyweight Pat Miron to
put NU up 23-13 heading into
the final match of the meet.
At 125 pounds, lO^-ranked
Jerold Limongelli defeated NU’s
redshirt freshman Jason Powell,
Overall, the Huskers won six
of 10 matches to win 23-16.
On the NU’s two-meet road
stretch on the East Coast, the
team defeated Drexel 35-12 on
Thursday before its victory over
“Our guys wrestled really
hard,” NU Coach Mark Manning
said. “We need to keep wrestling
like we are as we grow and learn,
especially when we are on the
Manning said the team is
anxiously awaiting its first home
meet of season against
Wyoming on Friday, Nov. 17, at
7:30 p.m. at the NU Coliseum.
Second-half surge helps NU
advance to the third round
don’t think that’s a great concern
to them,” said Richmond Coach
While the amount of shots
allowed didn’t sit well with
Walker, he said, he did like the
mental toughness exhibited.
Walker said he was anxious
to see how his team would react
to being up only one goal at half
time. The results couldn’t have
"We’ve addressed that, actu
ally, multiple times this year,”
Walker said. “In some ways, we
just said, ‘hey look, we’re playing
well, but we do need to do a bet
ter job of finishing and try to
play with the same energy and
pressure we played with in the
It was also a day of redemp
tion of sorts for Meghan
Anderson. The forward missed a
penalty kick in NU’s 1-0 loss to
Oklahoma - the Husker’s only
loss of the season and first-ever
“In some ways, we just said, ‘ihey look, we’re
playing well, but we do need to do a better job
of finishing and try to play with the same
energy and pressure we played with in the first
NU soccer coach
conference loss at Abbott Sports
When Big 12 Player of the
Year Christine Latham was
fouled in the penalty box, the
forward was slow to get up. So
when the penalty shot was
called, the team looked to
Anderson with the game tied
with no score.
“They knew I needed to get
one back,” Anderson said.
And Anderson delivered
with a blast that Spider goal
keeper Kristen Samuhel dove at
and deflected off the right post
into the net.
While Walker said he was
pleased with the way the team
handled adversity, Albright said
he was simply amazed by the
“They come at you from so
many angles,” Albright said.
NU will next face UConn in
the Sweet 16 on Friday at 7 p.m.
at the Abbott Sports Complex.
The No. 13 Huskies defeated
Wisconsin 1-0 Sunday.
Nebraska defeated UConn
2-0 on Sept. 17.
lization are a perfect example.
The signs they held read, “Losers
turn right,” in 1998, but now the
signs read, “Non-winners turn
As easy as it would be to
respond to individuals such as
those with the age-old question
“Where were you 10 years ago?"
it has been overstated, and now
we should look toward the
It is one that will contain
many more good games and a
few Husker blowouts like 1999
So if KSU doesn’t stumble
against Missouri next week,
good luck to the Wildcats in the
Big 12 championship against
NU’s first rival, Oklahoma.
Lincoln, and plenty of purple
haters, will be waiting in 2001.
K-State slips by the Huskers
LOSS from page 6
The turning point seemed to
arrive in die second quarter on a
third-and-24 from the Wildcats’ 2
when Beasley found Morgan
upfield for a 35-yard gain. K
State cut the lead to 14-10 on that
drive, then took the lead 17-14
when Morgan took a Beasley <
screen pass at midfield and
dashed 49 yards to the end zone
near the dose of the first half.
“Morgan’s the best I’ve
faced,” said comerback Craver.
“He made all the plays, man.”
The Wildcats were armed
with several chances in the third
quarter to extend their 17-14
lead, but only managed two
Jamie Rheem field goals.
KSU Coach Bill Snyder’s con
servative, rushing game plan
gave way to a bombs ahoy pass
ing fancy, none of which Beasley,
who connected on only 12 of 36
passes, completed to his striding
receivers. Aaron Lockett’s punt
return for a touchdown was
called back, and a field goal fake
ended in a fumble. Yet, consider
ing NU’s absent offense, K-State
looked comfortable with 2:06
remaining in the third quarter.
Then, as inexplicably bad as
Nebraska had been, it got inex
After I-back Correll
Buckhalter pounded out five
yards on a fourth-and-1 from the
KSU 44, die Huskers rolled gain
ing four, six, 10 and 19 yards on
consecutive plays, the last of
which ended in an Alexander
touchdown. NU cut the lead to
Then Nebraska did it again -
all Alexander, all seven plays, all
74 yards, ending with a 45-yard
jog to the end zone on a toss
right Nebraska now led 28-23.
K-State, over the course of six
minutes, didn't know what hit it
“We just got back to basics,”
Alexander said, noting that “we
tried some stuff in the second
and third quarters, and it didn’t
Said Solich of the turn
around: “I wish I had a good
explanation for it. At times, we
showed flashes where we could
really move the ball, and at times,
Nebraska guard Russ
Hochstein didn’t question
Solich's play calling that preced
ed those two drives - the coach
called several deep pass patterns
- but did say “as an offensive line
man, I love it when we run the
Both teams traded punts on
ensuing drives, until Kansas
State got what looked like its final
shot - 62 yards away, with 6:06
remaining. In a drive that would
give theWildcats the victory over
its highest-ranked opponent in
history, the key play was the first
one, Defensive Coordinator
Craig Bohl said.
Fullback Rock Cartwright
took a draw handoff from
Beasley, and was immediately
met by NU middle linebacker
“I got through clean,”
Polk said. “It should have been
an easy tackle.”
But Cartwright wriggled
away, then broke two more tack
les en route to a 13 yard run that
put K-State on the Huskers’ side
of the field.
“That turned the field over
for them,” Bohl said. “When that
occurred, the game changed.
They were in four down territory;
their play selection grew.”
After a NU holding penalty -
one of 11 called against the
Huskers - Beasley barreled 15
yards on a quarterback draw to
the Huskers’ 24, then another 9
yards two plays later to the NU 9.
Running back Josh Scobey hit
the line for 2 yards on first and
Then, after a false start penal
ty against the Wildcats - one of 13
called against them - Beasley
found Morgan wide open on a
short crossing route, and the
senior All-American walked into
the end zone.
“Don’t know who had him on
that play,” Craver said.
It was a play that K-State’s
Beasley had overlooked on a pre
vious drive when he had Morgan
open for a touchdown. But the
maligned senior - who had a
miserable 3-for-19 showing in
Lincoln one year before - walked
off a hero despite completing
just 12 of 36 passes.
“I was really proud of
Jonathan,” Snyder said. “He’s the
guy who’s lived with all the criti
cism throughout a year’s period
Nebraska’s answer ended
when Davison had the fourth
down pass jarred loose by cor
nerback Dyshod Carter. A few K
State players slid across the field
like sleds, while another made a
Nebraska players walked off,
besieged by surging Wildcat fans.I
It was a bitter pill to swallow,
especially for the offense, which
was at one time considered one
of the best in NU history. After
239 total yards, it’d be hard to
claim that now.
“Sometimes,” Crouch said,
“you can't explain certain
Morgan, KSU defense halt Nil's title run
MORGAN from page 7
He only completed 12 of 36
passes but was Mr. Clutch on
KSU’s last drive.
“It’s one of those things you
take with you the rest of your life -
just knowing that your teammates
are going to step it up with you
and get tilings done,” Beasley said
of tiie game-winning touchdown
And of all things, Beasley
drove it down as the snow fell. It
was the first time the Arizona
native ever played in snow.
“It was kind of cool seeing
your footprints in the snow,”
It would be doubtful that
Crouch would say the same thing.
The Huskers called a time-out
with 57 seconds remaining in the
game, facing a fourth-and-five
play to keep their dreams and
most of a state’s dreams alive.
“It was just unbelievable - the
atmosphere, with die noise of the
fans and the snow coming down,”
Kansas State Defensive
Coordinator Phil Bennett said.
Nebraska broke huddle.
Crouch took the snap, his feet slip
ping slightly as he backpedaled
into the pocket, cocking his arm
and letting the hall go.
For a second, Nebraska split
end Matt Davison seemed to be
open, but the throw was slightly
high, much like the 10 incomple
tions Crouch had already thrown
The snow fell.
Davison seemed to have the
catch for a moment, but KSU cor
nerback Dyshod Carter met
Davison at the same time die ball
did, knocking it to the hosted turf.
Davison sat dejectedly on the
field as K-State players slid on the
snow like fourth-graders.would
after hearing that school was can
celed for the day. Only this was
better. They had beat Nebraska.
“I made a snow angel,”
Beasley downed the ball and
basked in his revenge. It was 1998
all over again in Manhattan, and
fans celebrated just as hard as
they did following that 40-30 vic
“It was crazy trying to get to
the locker room, everybody going
for the goal posts,” Beasley said.
Meanwhile, Nebraska fans
scattered out of the stadium
quickly, hearing the jeers from K
A beautifiil white snowflake
never looked so black to all
dressed in red.
Big plays lead to Rams victory
■Three turnovers anda
special teams led to the win.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.
(AP) — Are the St Louis Rams in
trouble without Kurt Warner
and Marshall Faulk? Ask the
New York Giants.
Trent Green threw touch
down passes to four receivers
and scrambled for another, and
the Rams used three turnovers
and a couple of big plays on spe
cial teams to beat the Giants 38
24 on Sunday.
“This just goes to show this is
a complete team,” said Warner,
last season’s regular-season and
Super Bowl MVP who has been
sidelined since Oct. 22 with a
"This isn't about one or two
guys,” Warner added. “This is
about a complete team, what we
have from top to bottom. Our
defense played great. Our
offense played great. This is
more the team we saw last year.
This shows we’re a great football
The loss ended a four-game
winning streak for the error
prone Giants (7-3), who again
showed they are not in the same
class with the NFL’s elite teams.
New York, also was out
classed in losing to Washington
and Tennessee, is a half-game
ahead of Philadelphia in the
“We heard all the nay-sayers
say we hadn't beaten anybody
and is this team a first-place
team?” Giants tackle Lomas
Brown said. “We wanted to
answer those questions and
silence them. We didn’t.”
Green’s touchdown passes
“Any time we’re able to put that many points on
the board, I’m happy.”
St. Louis quarterback
covered 1 yard to Roland
Williams, 5 yards to Torry Holt, 8
yards to Ricky Proehl and 34
yards to Isaac Bruce. Warner’s
backup also scrambled 18 yards
for a touchdown, a run that gave
St Louis a 28-7 halftime lead.
The four touchdown passes
tied Green’s single-game best,
set while playing for
Washington against Arizona in
1998. He finished 27-of-45 for
272 yards, and he also rushed for
54 yards on six carries on a day
the Rams rushed for 141 yards
against the Giants, the NFL’s
second-best rushing defense.
They are ranked seventh overall.
“Any time we’re able to put
that many points on the board,
I’m happy,” said Green, who has
started the last three games.
Faulk, who led the NFL in
yards, has missed the last two
games with a knee injury.
Kerry Collins threw touch
down passes of 13 yards to Tiki
Barber and 46 and 34 yards to
Ike Hilliard. The longer one
started a 10-point run by the
Giants at the start of third quar
ter that closed New York to 28
After Hilliard’s longTD made
it 28-14, Green was intercepted
by linebacker Ryan Phillips on
the next play from scrimmage,
giving the Giants possession on
die St. Louis 11. A run by Barber
got the ball almost to the 1, but
Ron Dayne was stuffed on the
next two plays, and New York
settled for Brad Daluiso’s field
Green then drove the Rams
for two scores, a 50-yard field
goal by Jeff Hall and the touch
down pass to Bruce, which was
set up by London Fletcher's
The Rams used a fumble
recovery, a favorable review, a
big punt return, a fake field goal
and interception to build a 28-7
The play that ignited the
Super Bowl champions came on
the Giants’ first series when
Keith Lyle stripped the ball from
Amani Toomer at the end of a
21-yard reception and Dexter
McCleon picked up the ball and
returned it to the New York 1.
After the Giants lost their
challenge, Green hit Williams all
alone after a play-action fake.
Az-Zahir Hakim helped
stretch the lead to 14-0 late in
the first quarter, returning a
punt 39 yards to the 27. Green
finished off the three-play drive
with a 5-yard pass to Holt
A 50-yard run by Dayne
ignited a three-play, 66-yard
drive that got the Giants on the
scoreboard, with Barber scoring
on a 13-yard swing pass.
The score seemed to get the
of 78,174 back in the game, but
the Rams didn’t take long to take
them out of it again.
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