Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 25, 1995 · 17
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m Lincoln Journal Star Saturday, November 25, 1995 Gordon Winters NU A 1 , id j '5 Jr I09 BY KEN HAMBLETON Lincoln Journal Star On history, the fiiture, and style " 'This is the way the Big Eight ends. not with a bang, but a whimper. : "Those reworked words from the famous line in the T.S. Eliot poem "The Hollow Men" seem to describe the way the string ran out on the1 Big Eight Conference and the Oklahoma-Nebraska rivalry. Friday's game didn't give Big Red fans those old fourth-quarter - 1 nervous shakes. - ; By the middle of the third quarter the question was not whether Sooner Magic would !revail once more against the oyal and true Cornhuskers. Other questions loomed. Q: Would Nebraska beat that "Judas Priest!" of a 33-point ; spread? A: Yes! Dadgumit if those gamblers don't guess right once in awhile. Q: Would the Nebraska defense be able to outscore the Nebraska offense? A : No. But it was close, with the defense able to claim at least 14 of Nebraska's total of 37 points while keeping Oklahoma off the scoreboard. And the underappreciated Nebraska defense - thanks you for asking. I Symbolic of the way the energy , has drained from the rivalry is that the goal posts in Memorial Stadium still stand, despite the hordeof fans that poured out on the field Friday afternoon with the intent of once again ripping them . from the ground and parading them through the street. Already dead Sometim during the past five years the rivalry died on its own. This year's victory was the fifth ; straighf4 Nebraska. Nebraska's seniors never knew what it was 4 - like to lose to Oklahoma. And the . Sooner seniors never knew what it ; was like to win. Already Husker fans had stopped gathering around the television with that awful mixture of anticipation and dread. And now, officially, life as we have known it in Nebraska for decades will never be the same. Future games with Oklahoma in the new Big 12 will be in a four-year rotation; two consecutive years with games, and two without. A major thread in the state s social fabric has come to an end But enough of looking back. "The future's so bright, , , I've gotta wear shades' .Timbuk3 The Huskers' 37-0 win against , " . Oklahoma should be convincing enough to leave the team . comfortably ensconced at No. 1. no matter what Ohio State does against Michigan today. This means that the Huskers are in control of their destiny more or - , leSS. i .. --V. -V :V AH they have to do is beat their Fiesta Bowl opponent. Big Rosy deal If Ohio State advances to the - Rose Bowl, its foe Southern Cal doesn't have enough stature to ; matter. Beating the Pac-10 " ? representative by even an ' overwhelming margin will not ' " ; convince poll voters to move the ' ; Buckeyes past Nebraska, hj- Style points don't count any . ;; " more, except in the Heisman race. U ' On that front. Tormnie-FrazieF & .. Snnnprs Undecided voters :' . , I I Sooners.Undecided voters p probably will staypn the bubble - -V p ; until after the'othet contetwfers $ $" ' ', have had their chances to turn in a 'P p dazzling performance; ; jj'C But we can still talk about the J ? 1 ''1 Frazier style. ' i'ivM ' Here's a little-known story from last year's Orange Bovirl that,,for me at least, gives insight into thS ' : V , complex mixture of fire arid ice ' I that make up the man who has : ! quarterbacked the Huskers frh v'v ft' "most of the past four yeaiif?vf-tv , As Frajfier ran onto the fretd tq f' j; f: - S-replace Brook Berrihr in if i third quarter with Nebraslii i u r irauine Miami, nurricane -.m. n y Jf 5? defensive tackle Warren Sift titty i t U to him, "Where have ypu , been; 1 ? T'co'mestotheline from ttife Husker II !j huddle, he looks over at SappKVil r , says, "it's not wnere im teen, rji ? Boy. It's where I'm gotflgV. - Ana r razier lanes ine icam '. f down the field to the endzoheand ;; -a national cbaihpionship.'''-'- N', The final game of the storied Big Eight Conference ended without quarterback wizardry, sans dazzling and daring running, only brutal defensive domination. No sirens for long touchdown S asses. No bells for reverses and ea-flickers. - Just the loud thuds of Oklahoma quarterbacks and running backs hitting the turf as Nebraska slammed a 37-0 conclusion on the Sooners Friday at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska's touted offense was slowed and quarterback Tommie Frazier's hopes of a Heisman Trophy were diminished somewhat. The Cornhusker defense provided the solution domination in Nebraska's first shutout of Oklahoma in 53 years in the legendary series. Nebraska outside linebackers Jared Tomich and Grant Wistrom raced through the Oklahoma back-field with vengeance. Husker defensive tackles Jason and Christian Peter mauled the Sooner line and wrestled their way into Oklahoma's offensive plans. Tomich ; had two quarterback sacks and rushed Oklahoma quarterbacks for at least four hurries, resulting in harmless passes. Wistrom had two sacks and a number of hurries, while the Peter brothers combined for nine tackles. "These kids are confident for a good reason they're very good." Nebraska defensive coordinator Charlie McBride said. "We had great pass coverage, great leadership on the field and our best defensive effort in years. There was a lot of head-banging in there and I think our kids were having a lot of fun." Top-ranked Nebraska, 11-0, received an unofficial invitation to the Jan. 2 Fiesta Bowl at Tempe, Ariz., to play in its third consecutive national championship game for a chance to win a second straight national title. Coach Tom Osborne said the victory was almost expected by his team. "It's interesting that a lot of times a team goes undefeated and wins the Big Eight. There's a huge amount of emotion and everybody gets excited.- he said. "It wasn't real Scoring, game statistics Oklahoma 0 0 0 0 0 Nebraska 10 3 10 14 37 NU FG Kris Brown 31 NU Jamd Williams 36 interception return NU FG Brown 27 NU Tony Veiand 57 fumble recovery return ; NU FG Brown 35 NU Jon Vedral 38 pass from Tommie Frazier ' NU Joel Makovicka 1 7 run OU First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Total yards Passing Return yards Punts Fumbtes-tost Penalties-yards Time of possession Third-down conv. Fourth-down conv. . 12 30-51 190 241 16-34-2 16 10-41.7 3-1 9-97 27:14 3-15 0-1 NU 26 56-271 136 407 13-27-1 215 4-43.0 4-1 3-24 32:46 3-14" 2-3 quiet, but the team was like it expected to win and the real major focus is the whole ball of wax." ; Nebraska's Fiesta Bowl opponent will likely be the winner of today's Florida-Florida State game, or possibly Notre Dame. ' "I don't care who we play, just getting in the national championship game was the goal today. Winning it is the goal tomorrow," said Christian Peter. It didn't take long for the Huskers to establish supremacy over Okla-- homa for the fifth year in a row (the longest Nebraska win streak over Oklahoma since 1930-36). The Sooners, who finished with a 5-5-1 record Oklahoma's worst since 1965 never threatened to score and were limited to 241 yards of total offense. , "Their defense gave us trouble, too." Nebraska center Aaron Graham said. "But our guys on defense were outstanding and Oklahoma had trouble breathing, not just moving the ball." NU's freshman place-kicker Kris Brown, who booted three field goals, ended the first Nebraska drive with a 31-yard kick. That was the last time Nebraska's offense was heard from until the final second of the first half, when Brown added a 27-yard field goal. More on NU, Page 4C . ' ;$r-.-4r n "rx X-'' ' S ' ;' aff i "t"' m i Mjmm l ' li -rtfiMiii- i V in "Iim i i faii-li'r" iliiiiiii IAN DOREMUSI mmki .Iniimal Star Nebraska's outside linebacker, Jarei fomtcfi sacfts dklahorha quarterback Eric Moore for an 1 1 -yard loss in the first quarter Friday at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers held OU td just 51. yards' rushing on 30 - .u i ! nt r '..ihiiiiei .w. .. IUiiit', . M - ' , .1 Attempts in a 37 vlmMt.Jl: No. 1 Husker volfeyball team route (Wr, too BY RON POWELL Lincoln Journal Star OMAHA The Oklahoma volley-baH.eam. fared no better than its. foolioynterpart against a top-ypked Nebraska squad Friday. jOjfielUfid 15 kills from Lisa Reit-Sma and fzeach from Billie Winsett and All toon Weston, the Cornhuskers r rmoVed one step closer to their 17th 9 .dV.i.M ii m i -i ' pig itffim lournameni cnampion-iplnfl9-years with a 15-7, 15-9, 15-5 AejinflnaF.yrVictory against the ooners before a crowd of 2.963 at Civic Auditorium. Nebraska, 26-1 and winner of 25 straight, will face Iowa State in the championship match (and the last in Big Eight history) at 7:30 p.m. tonight. The Cyclones (21-10), led by 21 kills by senior outside hitter Kristin Hugdahl. eliminated Colorado 15-17, 15-9. 17-15. 15-11 in the first semifinal. The Huskers defeated the Cyclones twice during the regular season - 15-4, 15-11. 15-11 at Ames Oct. 7 and 15-3. 15-5. 15-9 at home Oct. 28. The Big Eight and Southwest conferences will merge next season to form the Big 12. The new conference will not have a postseason tournament. "We have great tradition in this tournament, and we'd like to finish it on a high note" NU Coach Terry Pet-tit said. "Maybe our team would like to make a statement tomorrow night. You have to wait and see." After watching Nebraska outhit his team .317 to .133, outdig them 58-42 and outblock them 15-4, Oklahoma Coach Miles Pabst made some bold statements about the Huskers. "I hope they go all the way and win it all (the national championship)," said Pabst whose team finishes the season 19-12. "This is the strongest Nebraska team there's yer been," added Pabst, who completed his 18th season as the OU coacfc, "This is the best chance they've ever had to win a national championship." Nebraska's high j hitting percentage came as a result of a quicker, offense to theoutside, which benefitted Winsett and Kate Crnich, who smashjd a 'Career-high 10 kills. Crnich hit JwuWeston .364 and Win sett .344. Setter Christy Johnson ig nited the attack with 51 assists. ' "We've been working on a quicker outside attack in practice, and it really worked against Oklahoma because their blockers pinch in so much," Johnson said. "That was a big adjustment and that's why we hit so well." The Huskers jumped to a 13-2 lead in the first game and led 10-4 in the second game before Oklahoma More on TOURNEY, Page 3C Boesis er steps up forNWU jr. XV' BY MARK DEROWITSCH Lincoln Journal Star ' Nebraska Wesleyan guard Marcus Boegiger tried hard Friday riot to be noticed during his first collegiate start. Boesiger's play, though, grabbed the attention of . Wesleyan Coach Todd Raridon. And it exceeded all of , Rarido.n's expectations. ' . Boesiger. hd had scored a total .. :,M.jtr)r,i$ points inWiesJeyan'i first ; three games hi a 'reserve role. scored a career-high 16 4 point sC ' kwt1twfalMis5W'taied the1 ' - baft over ortly once in more than 39' : minutes of action against Linden-(wood ( Mo.) College In the first game ;,bftheSnyder Classic. . But-' more , important for Wes-Jeyani'. Boesiger, directed the Plain-smen to a much-needed 89-67 victory in the first men's basketball game at Snyder Arena, V -' r " fBoesiger .was' Verted into the ' starting lineup so- Kipp; Kissinger could move back to off guard, a spot be played all of last year. Kissinger sorted thear at Uie boint after Weslearfuraor "Mitch:-Mosser iej ", cided-td redshirt this season after tetng'jdeclarecl inelfgible for first se- mesei-.iAr. '- - h ' ,ri think 'oipg in..we'd have taken six points from,-Marcus," Raridon 'sarda hilvent.really asked him tqictlc waht hlrn.w;5 , v-.h,U , I,,. '..i. .,;,, NU stops Toledo in season opener Nebraska 72, Totedo 59 NEBRASKA (72) ta-taa n-tta Bernard Gamer 2- 1-2 Enck SincWand 6-8 Jaron Boone 4-11 Chns Salee M Tyronn Lue Jason dock ChadWeus Mikki Moore Vonson Hamirion Terranoe Badrjett Andy Markomki Lerl Nelson Team rebounds Total 4-5 1-1 1-3 34 0-2 0-0 0-0 84 4-4 00 00 1-1 0- 0 4-S 1- 2 0-1 04 00 .. 2S-41-2J TOLEDO (59) Ij-lga It-tta 4-9 2-6 ... 14 44 .... 7-14 12-13 .... 4-9 04 .... 0-1 .... 1-3 o-i i 0-0 rb 6 2 S 3 0 1 1 28 6 23 12 2 8 9 e 8 7 0 0 0 30200 72 1-2 Casey Shaw . Brett Fedak . Craig Tham -Kevin Baker a... Mandadieuii... Bober1Ki?er .Joe Gardner ..i.. Joet Howard..!. ' OereK Stfemore . Taam rebounds . Total Nebraska,, iToiBdo i mwMmin ejoara pieiasKa o- (omcKiano a-a, iBoona 0-4. Gtock 0-1, Haminon 0-1). Toradon 0-10 (Fade 0-2. Thames 0-5, Qtadnut 0-1. Klzer 0-1. Gard- .18-4623-33 More on NVVU, Page 7C cprjWtft iin; getting Hjs Into our Nebraska s trick Strickland puts up a shot over Toledo s Craig tiffenselHe did both tonight." -r. ; ;.v Tnames (35) aurina a tirst-rourtd game Friday tn the Big island ?lWu--lm . ,0 Invitational at Hllo, Hawaii. NU won the game 72-59. . - HILO, Hawaii Hoping ,to improve on last season's 18-14 record, during which opponents averaged 74 points a game while shooting 42 percent, the Nebraska men's basketball team made a preseason commitment to improve its defensive intensity.. ..' -IT'' v Friday, the effort paid off as the Cornhusker opjeneo their season with a 72-5$ victory against Toledo in the Big Island lrrvitational at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Th&iluskers held theRockets to . Sgrcsnthootingi.frbm the field. includjcgiQifrJlNlO ftlprtj Hhree-point range. . m ;:i Nebraska guard EricK Strickland I said the Huskers wanted -fij make a-i complete change from last season. " "We know if we play good de fense it win help us to run and fast break," Strickland said. "We have chanced our Dhilosoohv this season. anrtmvH.dncT it ntA tWtfifcnciim' r-k rw 0-1). Field goal patpantaaa Nebraska .510. '''end.-"". .: , - -WT 826. Toledo 69 AaalaM Nebraska 17 (Boon 7). Stickland led the Huskers with 23 v J0" L(S5T,Jitt"' 112" -j0 n r A , ' ' rxask 22. Toledo 21. Btockad hot NeCraska 1 points, Connecting On 3 Of 3 ShotS (Hmitonl).Toiedo0 l.-Nebrakae(Boon2). from three-point range and all eight, t. Toledo 7 (Thame. Baker. 2). - free-throw attempts. ' . . ,. . .. - Nebraska Coach Danny Nee'said P?iner by,0S,tIi1ck1! ave the. he was pleased with the Huskers1 ex-, "us k.e" ?n 181? lead thev never n-ecution in their openlrtg victory. - unquished. " . . : "We played solid defense and itU r Strickland's third three-pointer-as alM,a.gpod, start for, us,. Nee came with 1:33, left in the half to d.HfijalitoVk0sed witn ,ur ave the;Huskers a 32-24 lead, their: iy;.vsW::...;.Vtj i'S largest margin of the half, i ; 'Jp&t.H JbrS:wrK',tnef'Ull better .,4n the second halt. Nebraska in- hWaU8e'Wet.JmuiayeTs,butWi: 2rpoints on t did olav a M fcf iveoole " . .j . . ' inmn chn k., tr.kmn. V... t iTT; 1 V!CU 0 nr?,Vml,I i m , with U :39 remaining n the game. ft fldft'e Hrn o V thA, tame lintjLKtrirklnnd HoA it n . . . ? .. rb 3 . 4 5 2 1 3 0 6 2 2 28 ,33 .26 23200 39 33 - .the earns . M4l wlyj al'ytppint basket. Tole-do regained theTlead on a free throw by Craig Thames, but another three r - Lue, who started the game and played 14 minutes, finished with six! More on HUSKERS, Page 7C: 1 ' ' - . ': .V A

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