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tt-fe SALINA JOURNAL TOPIC TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7. 1997 COACHES NORTH DIVISION NCE Kansas (4-1, 2-0) < Next game at Texas Tech, Sat. ^e Coach Terry Allen is trying to do * J anything to help out the Jayhawk struggling offense. Allen instruct& ed his kickoff ^.return team to run out kickoff .. from the end "zone, trying to set up better field position. ., "We have to do all we can to ALLEN spur the offense 'so we wanted to use the opportunity in that area," Allen said. "We feel good about it (kick returns) so we • '-.were anxious to bring it out. "We're looking forward to playing Texas Tech said. .'They will be a ,;challenge for our defense and every team is a challenge for our offense so it should be interesting." Kansas State (3-1, 0-1) Next opponent vs. Missouri, Sat. " Coach Bill Snyder expected a better performance despite the quality of the opposition. 'It was not "much of a con- lest," Snyder said. "We "played below i'what we were capable of play- ;;ing and Nebraska apparently ,,has a talented ' .football team. It ' was basically a mismatch." . Now the Wildcats have to pre : pare for Missouri. "We just have to go back to the r simple process of doing what we're supposed to do and getting enough reps to keep doing it that ^ay," Snyder said. "Nebraska has 'the ability to bring out the tiniest , bit of execution problem, which 'might go unnoticed by another team." •Iowa State (0-5, 0-2) •'- Next game at Texas A&M, Sat. • Coach Dan McCarney has great •<respect for the team he's facing Saturday and the stadium where the game is being playing. The unbeaten Aggies are 4-0 this season .and rarely lose a game in historic ,,.Kyle Field. '; ; 'They've done an outstanding '•'job running the football," McCarney ' b said. 'They've got a relentless offensive line in front of truly outstanding running backs. They have one of the best rushing offenses in ^college football right now." )••-. And, the game is in Kyle Field, where the Aggies have the fourth best home winning record in Division I-A for the 1990s, 39-4-1. SNYDER Nebraska (4-0,1-0) Next opponent at Baylor, Sat. Tom Osbome isn't about to be drawn into this one. Is this year's team better than his national champions? "I think it's a good team, but there is a lot left to be played," Osbome said. "I'd be leery to make a statement that can come back to haunt me. Any time you say you're as good as two or three years ago that can be a little foolhardy. "But to this point, we've played well. Early, we were concerned about coverage in the secondary but I think our secondary has improved." Missouri (3-2,1-1) Next game at Kansas State, Sat. Coach Larry Smith took one more fond look at Saturday's 45-21 victory over Iowa State before moving on to the task at hand, Kansas State. "I think that was a good old-fashioned hard-workmanship type of victory," Smith said. "Corby Jones had his best day balancing the run and the pass. That really helps a lot. Our passing game showed some improvement and defensively after the first quarter, we controlled their running." Smith thinks Kansas State's defense may be better than it showed against Nebraska. "Nebraska is a running team for the most part and we're a running team, too, so we have some similarities (with Nebraska)," Smith said. "But although the score was lopsided, I felt for 2 Mi quarters, the Kansas State defense went nose to nose with Nebraska. I don't think that game exposed any great weaknesses in Kansas State's defense." Colorado (2-2, 0-1) Next game at Oklahoma St., Sat Rick Neuheisel says his job this week is to prevent any finger-pointing following Saturday's 16-10 loss to the Texas Aggies. "This is no time to throw in the towel," Neuheisel said. "We've got a good football team that is not playincj its best right now. We can't point fingers. We ve got to improve from within. It seems every team we play is right high when we get them and that's the case with Oklahoma State." Neuheisel wasn't that disappointed with Colorado's defense against the Aggies. "I thought their game plan stayed the same, they pounded at us to see if they could make us wilt and they certainly ran with efficiency," Neuheisel said. "But if you hold them to 16 points and seven comes from a turnover inside your 10, we should win. But our hats are off to A&M for a great game they played." SOUTH DIVISION Oklahoma (2-3, 0-1) Next game at Baylor, Sat. The Texas Longhorns have -•been embarrassed twice this season with a 66-3 loss to UCLA and a 42-16 defeat by Oklahoma State jast weekend. But the Oklahoma Sooners won't expect an easy time when they cross the Red River for their annual showdown Saturday. 'They'll play us like they're un- defeated," Oklahoma coach John Blake said. "It doesn't matter who's ,.healthy or what. It's a different <, game. We know we have to get ' .ready for that. ' "Every year it's for bragging rights ... You're not just represent'• ; lhg the University of Oklahoma, but all the fans in Oklahoma. It's like a big championship fight every year." 'Oklahoma State (5-0,2-0) Next game vs. Colorado, Sat. - Oklahoma State knocked off a big opponent last week and the undefeated Cowboys get a chance ., ,to do the same to the Colorado ' Buffaloes in Stillwater, Okla., on ^Saturday. The Cowboys moved into the •"• AP ranks at No. 20 with their 42-16 victory over the slumping Longhorns. Now they hope to catch Colorado down, too. The Buffs lost to Texas A&M 16-10. "Obviously, when you can play a ^.team of Colorado's caliber in your 'back yard, you like your chances only because your fans will be there for added support," Oklahoma State coach Bob Simmons said. . So are the Cowboys the fa- yorites in the Big 12 South? ,',. "All I can is we are undefeated ''•.In the South and any team can '' -beat the other on a given week," '•"Simmons said. "We are playing 'J with a lot of confidence. Texas (2-2, 0-1) Next game vs. Oklahoma, Sat. . ;\ Coach John Mackovic is among ., .those questioning the Texas Long-. .horns' slump this season. But he also has some answers. & "What do we need to do?" Mack- »*bvic asked following Saturday' 4216 loss to unbeaten Oklahoma State. "First of all, the defense has to come out and get in the game early and not allow the other team to move the ball down the field. 'The offense needs to get the ball and put some points on the board. We haven't scored in the first quarter in our first four games. This week It's important for us to play well in the first quarter, something we haven't done in previous games." \ Texas A&M (4-0,1-0) Next game vs. Iowa State, Sat. The Aggies thought they were on their way to a national championship two seasons ago until they were cut down by Colorado. But after beating the Buffaloes 16-10 on Saturday, they're not talking national titles. "I like being 4-0 but what that means for the rest of the year I don't know," coach R.C. Slocum said. "It's significant that we've been there before. Going through a season like this, it's helpful having been through winning all your games. You're aware of the pitfalls that lie ahead." One of the pitfalls is coming up Saturday when the Aggies host winless Iowa State. "It's a challenge to keep your team on even keel. Last week is over, now can we do it again this week?" Slocum said. Texas Tech (2-2,1-0) Next game vs. Kansas, Sat. Kansas may have changed up its defense but Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes doesn't see that it matters. 'Their defense may have changed schemes but they haven't changed their mannerisms, they still play hard, they're well-coached and do a heck of a job," Dykes said of Saturday's opponent. "They are a team laden with good players, they have good team speed and they really scare you, I promise you that. They made some, changes against Oklahoma but they had the same intensity and the reason they played good defense was they had great team pursuit and they don't give up many big plays." Baylor (1-3, 0-1) Next game vs. Nebraska, Sat. The competition isn't getting any easier for the Baylor Bears. They got belted 38-3 by No. 6 Michigan and first-year Bears coach Dave Roberts says the No. 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers are a bigger challenge. "I don't know if we're too excited about playing the No. 3 team in the country," Roberts said. "They look good, a bit better than Michigan and that's scary, but we are looking forward to playing them. "Their front is awesome defensively. They just pressure the heck out of you and beat you up." — The Associated Press V COLLEGE FOOTBALL Longhorns losing and losing badly Texas fans calling for Mackovic's job after 42-16 loss to O-State By CHIP BROWN The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — What's wrong with the University of Texas? Just about everything. The defending Big 12 champion Longhorns aren't just losing, they're losing badly. First, there was the 66-3 loss to UCLA. Now, a 42-16 loss to Oklahoma State. A team that had all but expected to be 5-0 heading into an Oct. 25 home game against Colorado is fighting to salvage a season and probably won't be much of a favorite in its next two games against Oklahoma and Missouri. • "We're fumbling, we're jumping offsides, we're not moving the ball, the defense isn't stopping anything, the list goes on and on," said Texas tight end Steve Bradley. "Guys are just trying to figure out what's going on, and we're a little bit worried about the rest of the season." On Saturday, Oklahoma State avenged a 71-14 loss to Texas in Austin last year with its wipeout of the Longhorns in Stillwater, Okla. The Cowboys (5-0, 2-0) raced to a 22-0 lead after the first quarter and Texas (2-2, 0-1) never threatened. The Longhorns have yet to score in the first quarter this season. They are 106th nationally (of 112) in rushing defense, 69th in total offense and have lost their two games by a combined score of 10819. "Clearly, from a confidence standpoint, we have a lot of work to do," Texas coach John Mackovic said Monday. "Last year, the games we lost were close and we could still get something positive from them," said center Ryan Fiebiger. "But when you're losing by 30 or 40 points, it doesn't help you at all." The UCLA loss rattled the foundation of the Longhorns' program — it was the worst loss by Texas in 93 years — and sent fans, full of high hopes after last year's Big 12 championship, into panic. The Oklahoma State loss has left fans simply disgusted. Letters to the editor of the Austin American-Statesman and calls to sports radio talk shows are demanding Mackovic's job. "Coaches coach and players "Last year, the games we lost were close and we could still get something positive from them. But when you're losing by 30 or 40 points, it doesn't help you at all." Ryan Fiebiger Texas Longhorns' center play," Mackovic said. "The coaches can't play, and the players shouldn't try to coach. The players have to do what you set out for them to do. As much as the coaches would like to get out there and show them, they can't." Injuries have been part of the problem, but players are at a loss to explain what's gone wrong. Running back Ricky Williams said the team came into the season overconfident and went into shock after the UCLA loss. Most expected Texas to struggle in the secondary and at receiver, where there have been wholesale changes. But even the strengths of the team — the offensive line and defensive front seven, have performed poorly. "I'm not going to publicly criticize them, but I think we need to get down and get a little hungrier in the trenches, on both sides of the ball," Mackovic said. The luster from the Longhorns' 37-27 victory over then-two time defending champion Nebraska for the Big 12 title has all but disappeared. This year's Texas team, who ranked as high as No. 11, once was viewed as a longshot national title contender with two potential Heisman Trophy candidates — Williams and quarterback James Brown. "I don't read a lot of things during the season," Mackovic said. "I learned a long time ago you are never as bad as they say you are and you're never as good as they say you are. "All of us would like to ride the crest of the highest waves. No one wants to ride in the valleys," Mackovic said. "It would be different if we were throwing up our hands and not trying, but we are working hard. Does anyone think that I enjoy what we're going through?" Time changed for KSU's game vs. A&M DALLAS — The kickoff time for Kansas State's game against Texas A&M on Oct. 18 in Manhattan has been changed to 2:30 p.m., so it can be televised regionally on ABC. The was originally scheduled for 1:10 p.m; The Fox Sports Net telecast that day will feature Kansas at Colorado at 6 p.m. Big 12 honors three Oklahoma St. players DALLAS — Oklahoma State swept all three positions for the Big 12 Conference players of the week. V HIGH SCHOOL GOLF Redshirt freshman quarterback Tony Lindsay received offensive honors after leading the Cowboys to a 29-0 halftime against Texas in OSU's first victory over the Longhorns since 1944. He rushed 19 times for 126 net yards and three touchdowns while he set up a pair of TDs by completing four of five passes for 85 yards. Defensive honors went to junior strong safety Trent Alexander, who had eight total tackles, a sack, two fumble recoveries . and a pass deflection. Specialty player of the week laurels were given to junior cor- nerback R.W. McQuarters, who had a 78-yard return for a touchdown and returned four other punts for a total of 113 yards. South's Mitchell top medalist By The Journal Staff MANHATTAN — Salina South and Salina Central's golf teams competed in separate versions of the Manhattan Invitational on Monday with both teams finishing fourth. South's Sara Mitchell was top medalist with a round of 89 at Manhattan Country Club. Shawnee Heights won that tournament with a team score of 387, followed by a Manhattan split squad with 416, Washburn Rural with 428, South with 441 and Hutchinson with 458. At Stag Hill Golf Course, Manhattan's other team had the top three medalists and won handily with a score of 351. Emporia shot 391, Clay Center 415 and Salina Central 439. South had two of the 15 medalists in its meet as freshman Amber Weems added an llth-place finish with a round of 106. "Sara played extremely well," South coach Jim SchefTer said of Mitchell, who edged runner-up Lyndsay Selig of Shawnee Heights by two strokes. "It was the first time she played that golf course and it's a difficult course even when you've played it before. "As a group (the Cougars) probably didn't play their best, though I was very impressed with Amber Weems' score of 106, which was by far her best tournament." Manhattan dominated the Stag Hill tournament, led by medalist Lindsay Hammerschmidt's 77. Teammate Christy Kitterman was second at 85. For Central, Bekah Kickhaefer finished 12 with a round of 104 and Jordanne LaRue 15th with a 107. "We finished dead last and played the best we've ever played," said Central coach Floyd Gibson. "All five girls shot their career best scores, which was very good. They've showed a lot of improvement" CLASS 6A TMUI „ W-L 1. Olathe North (1) 5-0 2. Manhattan (2) 5-0 3. Shawnee Mission West (3) 4-1 4. Olathe East (4) 5-0 5. Shawnee Mission North (NR) 4-1 Thl» week — Olathe North vs. SM East; Manhattan vs. Salina Central; SM West at Olalhe East (Saturday); SM North at Lawrence. CLASS 5A Team W-L 1. Liberal (1) 5-0 2. Salina Central (2) 5-0 3. Wichita Carroll (3) 5-0 4. Blue Valley North (NR) 5-0 5. Shawnee Mission Mlege (NR) 4-t This week — Liberal at Great Bend; Salina Central at Manhattan; Wichita Carroll at Wichita Kapaun; Blue Valley North at Aquinas; SM Mlege at Blue Valley Northwest. CLASS 4A Tttm _ W-L 1. Smoky Valley (1) 5-0 2. Ulysses (2) 5-0 3. Topeka Hayden (4) 4-1 4. Loulsburg (5) 5-0 5. Osawalomle (8) 5-0 6. Sanla Fe Trail (9) 5-0 7. Andale (7) 4-1 8. Paola (NR) 4-1 9. Holton (NR) 5-0 10. Sabetha (NR) 5-0 Thli week — Smoky Valley at Elllnwood; Ulysses vs. Holslngton; Topeka Hayden vs. Highland Park; Louisburg at Osawatomle; Santa Fe Trail at Lansing; Andale at Rose Hill; Paola at Eudora; Holton at Jefferson West; Sabetha at Hiawatha. CLASS 3A Team W-L 1. Smith Center (1) 5-0 2. Holslngton (2) 5-0 3.Holcomb(4) 5-0 4. Silver Lake (5) 4-1 5. Eureka (8) 5-0 6. Marlon (7) 5-0 7. Rrverton (3) 4-1 8. Conway Springs (NR) 5-0 9. Belleville (8) 4-1 10. Central Heights (NR) 5-0 ThlB week — Smith Center at Stockton; Hols- lngton at Ulysses; Holcomb vs. Elkhart; Silver Lake vs. Rlley County; Eureka at Fredonla; Marlon at Remington; Rlverton vs. Caney Valley; Conway Springs vs. Udall; Belleville at Ellsworth; Central Heights at Unlontown. CLASS MA .w-L 1. Claflin (2) .................................................................... 54) 2. St. Francis (3) ............................................................ 5-0 3. Hill City (4) .................................................................. 4-1 4. Centralla (5) .............................................................. 5-0 5. Garden Plain (1) ........................................................ 4-1 8. Frankfort (6) .............................................................. 4-1 7. Lyndon (9) .................................................................. 5-0 8. Stanton County (8) .................................................... 4-1 9. Elkhart (NR) .............................................................. 5-0 10. Dlghton (NR) ............................................................ 5-0 This week — Claflin at Falrfleld; St. Francis at Dundy County, Neb.; Hill City vs. Phllllpsburg; Centralla vs. Washington; Garden Plain vs. Belle Plalne; Frankfort vs. Waverty; Lyndon vs. Mission Valley; Stanton County at Olghton; Elkhart at Holcomb. EIGHT-MAN I Tram ............................................................................ W-L 1.Mankalo(1) ................................................................ 5-0 2. Waconda East (3) ...................................................... 5-0 3. Spearville (4) .............................................................. 4-1 4.Coldwater(6) .............................................................. 4-1 5. Ashland (7) ................................................................ 4-1 8. Centre (8) .................................................................. 4-1 7. Midway Denton (9) .................................................... 5-0 8. Wilson (10) ................................................................ 5-0 9. Utlle River (NR) .......................................................... 44 10. OuMra Helgths (NR) ................................................ 4-1 This week — Mankato vs. Southern Cloud; Waconda East vs. Lucas-Luray; Spearville vs. Protection; Coldwater at Fowler; Ashland at Mlnneola; Centre at Amoret, Mo.; Midway Denton at Bern; Wilson vs. Sylvan; Little River at Burrton; Qulvlra Heights at Cunningham. EIGHT-MAN II Team ......... ....................................................... „ .......... W-L 1. Sylvan (1) .................................................................. 5-0 2. Hanslon (2) ............................................................... 5-0 ...... 5-0 ...... 5-0 ...... 4-1 ...... 3-2 3. Hope (3) . 4. Trlplains (4) 5. Northern Valley (5) 6. Protection (6) 7. Lewis (7) 3-2 8. Kensington (NR) 3-2 9. Bern (10) 4-1 10. Lucas-Luray (9) 4-1 Thli week — Sylvan at Wilson; Hanston vs. South Gray; Hope vs. St. Marys Academy: Triplalns at Sharon Springs; Northern Valley at Healy-Utlca; Protection at Spearville; Lewis at Pawnee Heights; Kensington vs. Morland; Bern vs. Mldway-Denton; Lucas-Luray at Waconda East. Rankings / Senior backfield leads Sainty FROM PAGE B1 The Indians couldn't be in much better shape with their all-senior backfield. Quarterback Nick Young directs the wishbone offense that has all three running backs over 300 yards through the first five games. Right halfback Justin McAtee has carried for 634 yards and nine touchdowns with left halfback Kelley Faylor adding 360 yards and fullback Aaron Culwell 317. "We knew the first couple of games we really had to step it up," said Culwell, a 5-foot-9, 190 pounder who is averaging 4.5 yards per carry. "We knew our line would pick it up and they've pretty much filled in what's missing." Culwell is the banger in the bunch, getting most of his yards between the guards while Faylor is equally adept running inside or out. McAtee is the breakaway threat, averaging more than 7 yards per carry. "Justin's the fastest and I pretty much just stay with my shoulders square," Culwell said. "Kelley can do both pretty good. It helps because you really can't concentrate on one person. That way we can run wherever we want." The Indians rarely put the ball in the air, but Young has completed 6 of 13 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Last week he went 2 for 2, both for first downs in long yardage situations. The Indians also have been solid defensively, allowing just nine points per game. "This team has proven it's a good football team," Lambert said. "We could be a better football team than last year and not get as far because of the strength of our district. It has been exciting to see because every year is different. It will be fun to see how this team develops." ,; n Ranking notes "; There is a new No. 1 team in Class 2-1A this week, where unbeaten Claflin replaced Garden Plain. Garden Plain, top-ranked since the preseason poll, fell 18-14 at Conway Springs (5-0), which moves into the 3A rankings at eighth ... Only three teams ranked No. 1 in the preseason remain — Liberal in 5A, Smith Center in 3A and Sylvan in Eight-Man II... The worst setbacks of the week came hi Eight-Man I, where No. 2 Satanta dropped out following a 56-12 drubbing by Hanston, and in 4A, where No. 3 Augusta fell out after absorbing a 42-0 beating by Maize ... Perhaps the biggest surprise was Winfield's 21-14 loss to Arkansas City. Winfield was ranked No. 4 in 5A with a 4-0 record while Cowley County rival Arkansas City was an uncharacteristic 0-4. Kukoc's foot 'almost normal' By The Associated Press DEERFIELD, 111. — After a summer of rest — and of worry — Toni Kukoc is thrilled to be running, jumping and shooting without pain. "It's almost normal," he said Monday of his right foot, so sore at times last season that he could barely walk. "I've been surprised, really, how good it's felt. If I feel like this during the year, no problem. I think I'm going to be healthy for a whole year and play all 82 games." Pain-free for 82 games? That would be a unique feeling for Kukoc. The NBA's top reserve in 199596, he was limited to 57 games last season. And he wasn't able to contribute much in the playoffs to help the Chicago Bulls win their second consecutive championship. Doctors told him that rest was the only cure. So he rested all summer. ; "I didn't practice. I didn't play. I didn't do anything," Kukoc said. ^ felt OK, but I couldn't be sure untyl I got to training camp to see how it reacted." Ducks Unlimited Banquet Oct. 7th Holidome Social Hour 5:30 pin Dinner 7 pm

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