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mny nr ny 1 'i 6D HIISSCEHS 1 Touchdown, touchdown, touchdown! ymwatMmm i i i .1 '-'WLp. l)" ST' y'i 'd I I A jt 1 I 0, I Nebraska shook off its recent offensive lethargy and exploded for nine touchdowns in its 63-10 victory over Kansas Saturday. Here are three reasons why. In the photograph at left, Todd Mllll-kan is all alone as he corrals a pass from quarterback Steve Taylor to complete a 22-yard scoring play in the first quarter. Millikan's catch and Chris Drennan's extra-point kick made it 14-0, Nebraska, with 6:47 left in the quarter.

Later in the quarter, an official (photo to the right) signals 1 another six points for the Cornhuskers as Ty-reese Knox bolts through the line for a 4-yard score. Kansas' Rodney Harris (80) can only watch as Knox's run, and the subsequent PAT kick, gives NU a 21-0 lead, still with 3:28 left in the first period. Finally, Bryan Carpenter (29) (photo below right) breaks loose on a 31 -yard TD scamper. Carpenter's TD and another Drennan PAT gave Nebraska a 42-3 lead with 8:23 remaining in the second quarter. Nebraska's nine-touchdown day tied the total in the 63-13 victory over Utah State, but the Cornhuskers' total offense of 667 yards represented their highest output of the season.

TED KIRKSUNDAY JOURNAL-STAB PCTOBeR9.iqB 'SUNPAY JOURNAL-STAR Oj mmmm rn'mfMnmsspmrnviii muu mii i. mi wuiiunm tnmmm, 4.: sv(AWW 1 "i Ji Kansans Carpenter, Lewis pleased to play role for NU helps a lot going into the Oklahoma State game. saw where they (Oklahoma State) were beating up on Colorado pretty good. "I feel a lot better going into that game now," he sail Lewis said the fullback trap plays -that he and Carpenter scored on were changed from previous years. "The blocking was a little different, but it was great considering we just started running it again." NU running backs coach Frank Solich said he wanted a big day from the fullbacks.

"The outside trap has been averaging 7.6 yards a carry, but the inside trap hadn't been getting as much as we wanted so it was good to see Bryan and Lance make those plays go," he said. "I thought Tyreese (Knox) did well too, and hell be ready to fill in at fullback if we need him again," he said. Knox, who started at fullback a week ago, returned to I-back when Terry Rodgers suffered a season-ending knee injury last week in practice. Knox finished with 120 yards on six carries and a touchdown. By Ken Hambleton LAWRENCE, Kan.

Bryan Carpenter glanced at the ground and said he was glad he was in front of the Nebraska locker room instead of standing in the Kansas interview rodm. "I know a few of their guys on offense. They cant feel too good. I'm glad I'm over here," said Carpenter, who started at fullback for Nebraska Saturday against the Jayhawks. Carpenter chose Nebraska over Kansas twice once out of high school and again after a year of junior college.

"I was always sure I'd choose Nebraska over Kansas. I thought about Kansas, though," he said. It was only natural for both Nebraska fullbacks, Carpenter and freshman Lance Lewis, to consider playing for the Jayhawks. Carpenter grew up in Olathe, some 25 miles away from Lawrence, and Lewis grew up in Scott City, where he was an all-state football player and a state track champioa "It was great to score my first touchdown ever here on this field," Lewis said. "I know Bryan's first Nebraska touchdown was against Kansas last year.

That is something special." Lewis, who rushed 10 times for "50 yards, scored on a 5-yard run to put Nebraska ahead 35-0 early in the second quarter. Carpenter carried twice and scored on a Sl-yard inside trap play to give Nebraska a 42-3 lead. "I'd never dreamed I'd be playing on the varsity this quick and be here today and to score, too, is a good topper for that," said Lewis, who was elevated to the varsity at the start of practice last August. "The blocking was so good on my touchdown, I dont know if there was anybody close to tackling me," he said as he greeted his family and friends from Kansas. "With my family here, my uncle, who runs a grocery store here in Lawrence, my brother and a lot of friends, it was a bit of an extra load for me," he said.

"I dont know when I've been more nervous." The experience will help, Lewis said. "The more you play, the more you see. It Left out Penalty costs Cornhuskers9 Bell chance at touchdown a is i Cornhuskers' offense Saturday, especially in the first half. Nebraska led 28-0 at the end of the first quarter "We've been sputtering along for three or four weeks, not scoring in the first quarter and that was one of ouf goals," Bell said. "Coach (Tom) Osborne told us, 'Hey, let's get at least 14 points in the first quarter "We came out and scored 28." The first-quarter offensive assault on Kansas "prepares us well" for Saturday's game against Oklahoma State at Lincoln, said BelL "We've got our fourth-quarter game.

We've been-able to score in the fourth quarter. And now we can back and as such, had the option of calling for the ball or letting Bell take it. Gregory deferred to BelL "Morgan called for me because he already had a punt return (for a touchdown). He said if it was anywhere close, he'd call for me," Bell said. "I was the guy on that one.

"It was a left return, and I was determined. I saw the blocks. I saw a hole and two guys to beat, and I was going to do something to get by them. I hit the crease and there it was, just like practice. Then I turned around." Penalty flag.

Kansas punted again, and Gregory re-- turned the ball 18 yards to the Jayhawk 44-yard line. Eight plays later, on second-and-4 from the Kansas 10-yard line, Bell nearly scored on a reverse. He was knocked out of bounds inside the 1-yard line by Jay-hawk comerback Rodney Harris. "The py got pfetty low on me. He held his ground a little bit," Bell said.

"I ran him over, but the momentum carried us out of bounds. "I was determined to get into the end zone," said" Bell, whose determination characterized the play of the By Mike Babcock LAWRENCE, Kan. Everybody got into the act" during Nebraska's 63-10 victory over Kansas Saturday except Richard Bell, or so it seemed. Actually, not every Cornhusker scored a touchdown. Only eight did, including quarterback Steve Taylor, who ran for two and passed for another.

Nevertheless, Saturday's game offered a golden op--portunity for a touchdown. And Bell wanted to seize it, particularly after teammate Morgan Gregory scored on a 64-yard punt return late in the first quarter. Gregory, a split end, and Bell, a wingback, have an on going, personal competition in such matters. And if you ask Bell, they battled to a draw on Saturday. "As far as I'm concerned, I scored," he said.

"Everybody saw what happened. But it wont be written down in the books." What happened was, early in the second half, Bell returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown, only to have it nullified when Nebraska was penalized for running into the kicker. "I thought I had it," said Bell, who would have credited Gregory with an assist if the play had stood. On the punt Bell returned, Gregory was the deep score in the first quarter. We think so, anyway," heJ SdlU.

"We know we should win against a team like Kansas, but. we played UNLV (Nevada-Las Vegas) last week, and we didn't score in the first quarter. This adds newi life to our offense." i Never mind that he didn't score a touchdown that counted Saturday. "I've just got to keep trying," Bell sakt "I've got to goafterituntilldoscore." in TED KIRK SUNDAY JOURNAL-STAR Nebraska punt returner Richard Bell (21) is tripped up by Kansas' Byron Homung (38) at the KU 33. Bell's return put Nebraska in position to drive for its first touchdown.

Scoring How scored Time left NU-KU 7-0 144 21-0 284 354 354 42-3 42-10 49-10 54-10 63-10 FIRST QUARTER Taylor 1 run Drive: 33 yards In six plays. Highlighted by Clark 4, 10 and 8 runs. Conversion: Drennan kick. Millikan 22 pass from Taylor Drive: 97 yards In seven plays. Highlighted by Taylor 13 pass to Millikan, Clark 13 run.

Conversion: Drennan kick. Knox 4 run Drive: 58 yards In four plays. Highlighted by Knox 34 run to KU 4. Conversion: Drennan kick. Gregory 64 punt return Conversion: Drennan kick.

SECOND QUARTER L.Lewis 5 run Drive: 65 yards In four plays. Highlighted by Knox 51 yard run. Conversion: Drennan kick. Fleeman 50 field goal Drive: 82 yards in 10 plays. Highlighted by four Hooks runs for 28 yards.

Carpenter 31 run Drive: 71 yards In five plays. Highlighted by Taylor 9, 11 passes to Clark and 11 to Gregory. Conversion: Drennan kick. Vaughn 89 pass from Donohoe Drive: 89 yards In one play. Conversion: Fleeman kick.

Flowers 1 run Drive: 61 yards In eight plays. Highlighted by Joseph 15, 18 runs. Conversion: Drennan kick. THIRD QUARTER Taylor 1 run -Drive: 44 yards In nine plays. Highlighted by Knox 20 run.

Conversion: Drennan kick. FOURTH QUARTER Joseph 2 run Drive: 83 yards In 18 plays. Highlighted by Flowers 14, 16 runs. Conversion: Drennan kick. 3:53 I 1 8:06 mMe i 1:55 TED KIRK SUNDAY JOURNAL-CTAR Nebraska's Broderlck Thomas (89) makes his point with Kansas tight end Jason Stallman in a first-quarter discussion.

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