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Lincoln Journal-Star SUNDAY, SFPTFMBFR 26, 1993 mmooffier Me coitfortalbfe c lltfv " 4 r ism - I torJdi f . , - I 17k U . I" , . Nebraska l-back Lawrence Phillips (1 , Two seasons ago, Calvin Jones watched the Colorado-Nebraska football game from the sideline. Jones, a redshirted freshman, was healthy that day in Boulder, Colo., and could have played. But he didn't, even though he had been alternating with Derek Brown! astheCornhusker Calvin Jones I-back. Even so, Jones never complained. He was as upbeat as always. The next week against Kansas, he rushed for 294 yards, a Nebraska record, and scored six touchdowns, a Big Eight record. That bit of history might help explain why Jones was at I-back on the Cornhuskers' first play from scrimmage Saturday. Jones is recovering from a knee strain, suffered in the opening game, and wasnt supposed to play against Braves stay IV2 ahead, beat Phils PHILADELPHIA (AP) Atlanta and Philadelphia provided a possible National League playoff preview Saturday in a game filled with tension and comebacks. The Braves hope they get a chance to do it again. Atlanta kept its lH-game lead over San Francisco on Saturday as Ron Gant's 36th homer capped a three-run eighth inning in a 9-7 victory over Philadelphia. . The Giants beat San Diego 3-1 to stay one game behind the National League West-leading Braves in the loss column. The win was the 99th of the season for Atlanta, breaking the franchise record set last year. vWe were fortunate to get a lot of hitting," Braves Manager Bobby Cox said. "We got up three runs twice, and I thought it was over, but they have a great bench. They can hurt you from both the right side and the left side. We battled back, but so did they." The Braves had 14 hits, and the Phillies totaled 15. Otis Nixon had three hits, an RBI and two stolen bases for Atlanta. With the score 6-6, Deion Sanders started the rally in the eighth with a pinch-hit infield single off reliever Roger Mason. Nixon then singled to left field, and when the ball bounced past Pete Incaviglia for an error, the sfledy Sanders scored and Nixon went to third. , "I saw the ball go by him and thought I could score," Sanders said. "It's been a while since I contributed to a win." ' : Jeff Blauser hit a popout to shallow right field, and Nixon tagged up and scored. Gant followed with a line drive over the left-field fence. Steve Bedrosian, the fourth of five Braves pitchers, worked one-third of , an inning for the victory. Greg McMichael pitched two innings for his 16th save, allowing a run in the ninth on a wild pitch with Dave Hoi-lins at third base. . D Jays near repeat. Page 2C. ' ' " 1 O Expo hears ethers. Past 3C. iartidpij? Jones n. 1 . , ; . i : ' ) carries for a first down during the Colorado State. Friday afternoon, in fact, Tom Osborne said he wouldn't play. Jones didn't play on Saturday, according to Osborne, whose skill in semantics is exceeded only by his skill in coaching. Jones "participated," as opposed to played, Osborne said. For one snap, he participated. Then freshman Lawrence Phillips replaced him. Jones removed his pads and - ,. watched as the Cornhuskers ' ' ' f -. ! completed non-conference play with ' a 48-13 victor. : , ;:f';.'4j! Jones' per-game pishing average dropped from 124 yards to 62 because of the participation. "Things happen," he said with a smile. That's what he had wanted. In order to qualify for NCAA and conference statistics, a player must , participate in at least 75 percent of his team's games. Since Jones already has missed two of Nebraska's 11 regular-season games, he can't ' miss another and qualify. The Cornhusker sports information office brought that to the attention of J-:. IT Kansas City's George Brett wipes his eye while announcing his retirement. Muriel Kauffman, widow of former Royals Owner Ewing Kauffman, is at left. Royals' Brett says playing day KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -Sometimes tearful, sometimes joking, Kansas City's George Brett announced Saturday that he will retire. The 40-year-old infielder-desig-nated hitter joins Texas pitcher Nolan Ryan in retiring this year, and they quite likely will form the nucleus of the Hall of Fame's Class of 1998.' " "I'm 40, but I'm a young 40," said . Brett, who has spent his entire 21-year major league career with the , Royals. Brett, who got his 1000th career hit in September 1992, said he decided to retire Monday after meeting with his brother, Bobby, and his agent, Dennis Gilbert "It wasnt that difficult," said Brett, although his misty eyes and choked voice belied his words. "Bobby asked me how much money they would have to pay me to come back. I said, They don't TED KIRKUNCOLN JOURNAL-STAR second - quarter drive capped by Tommie Frazier's 1 6-yard TD run. deserving m;ke babcock Sports Frank Solich, Nebraska's assistant : j . head coach and running backs coach. ' Solich conferred with Osborne, who; agreed to leave the decision to Jones. 1 He could have one play and out. --, "It made sense to both of us," Solich , said. . .,, It also made sense to Jones, who appreciated being allowed to participate. "It shows a lot of : ' ; character by Coach Osborne," he said. "In a different situation, a coach might have said, 'Hey, he's not going to play at all. We're going to do what's best for the team.' But he gave me that opportunity, and I thank him for it." 7 ASSOCIATED PRESS sover have enough money.' "The game became a job. It wasn't a game anymore. And baseball shouldn't be treated that way." Brett announced his retirement flanked on one side by his wife of two years, Leslie, and his 6-month-old son, Brett, hitting 270 on the season and .305 for his career when be announced his retirement, moves into the front office with what General Manager Herk Robinson insisted will be a meaningful role as vice president of baseball operations. Brett will be in charge of evaluating young players within the organization and with conveying "the spirit with which be played the game" to those young players, Robinson said. Brett is the only major leaguer to win batting titles in three decades, and he flirted with the .400 mark in 1930 before settling for .390. r7! of odd opportunity Fullback Cory Schlesinger would carry the ball. Jones would be a decoy. And quarterback Tommie Frazier would not audible.! ... V Jones wore dry-weather shoes and was instructed "not to worry about carrying out the fake," Solich said. ' "We had the bases covered." Osborne and Solich probably wouldn't have allowed just any player to participate in a game for individual, statistical purposes. Jones is special, and not only because of his athletic ability, which placed him ; among the preseason candidates for':', the Heisman Trophy. . i Th Colorado game two years ago illustrates how special. "Anything Calvin can earn, we want," Solich said. "He's been a 1'; delight to coach, since the day he stepped on campus. He's never come to me with a self ish request. Even when he was hurt, when a lot of guys would fade, drown themselves in ,. sorrow, he did what he could. "I'm sure Calvin's hurting inside, sometimes. All people are that way." But Jones never shows the Miami wins brawl in Boulder 12 players ejected after second-quarter melee BY GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI Los Angeles Times ' ' BOULDER, Colo. - Pompons in hand, Colorado cheerleaders scurried up an end zone embankment in search of safety. School band members deserted their tubas and took cover. Fans hurled insults and ice. Surprise like Kilroy, Miami was here. The Brawl in Boulder, which was almost as eventful as the third-ranked Hurricanes' 35-29 victory against No. 13 Colorado on Saturday at Folsom Field, might be remembered more for a second-period melee than a final score. This time it wasn't all Miami's fault. By all indications, members of Colorado's kickoff team were as much to blame for the fight, which came with 20 seconds to play in the first half, as the Hurricane return team. But rather than walk away from the confrontation, the Hurricanes fought back. "No way we're going to let part of our family get roughed up like that," said Miami defensive end Kevin Patrick. : Soon there were six separate skirmishes, complete with punches thrown and facemasks grabbed. By Big plays give Plainsmen BY MARK DEROWITSCH Lincoln Journal-Star Nebraska Wesleyan Coach Jim Svoboda smiled and shook his head. Svoboda's postgame actions best summed up the Plainsmen's 40-25 upset of Northwestern of Iowa on Saturday at Abel Stadium. It was that kind of game. "We made a lot of big plays," Svoboda said. "We hung in there and made the plays when we needed them." Wesleyan. ranked 21st in NAM Division IL improved to 3-1 with the win in the Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference opener for both football teams. Northwestern, ranked 13th, fell to 2 2. Svoboda had plenty to smile about o BY KEN HAMBLETON Lincoln Journal-Star It wasn't exactly a purr. But the recent creaks, limps, bumps, jolts and sputters were almost absent as No. 6-ranked and 4-0 Nebraska cruised to a 48-13 decision over 1-3 Colorado State Saturday at Memorial Stadium. "We showed we can tackle," Nebraska linebacker Trev Alberts said proudly. He had eight tackles, a sack and forced an intentional grounding call against Colorado State: . , M NU quarterback Tommie Frazier beamed and announced, "We hadn't had the big plays, and today, we got big plays. And no turnovers. After, four turnovers last week, we made that a big priority." Even I-back Calvin Jones was back for the first time in three weeks, briefly. He needed a one-play appear ence to qualify for the NCAA statis tics. Colorado State was in the game almost as briefly as Jones. The Rams' previous head coach (Earle Bruce) wanted out of the game, but Nebraska wouldn't allow that On the second play of the game, the NU defense showed why. "We came out smoking, and right away Toby Wright intercepts the pass, scores, and we're back in the saddle," Alberts said. "We were concerned about confidence, and that eliminated any doubts we had about ourselves." Wright intercepted a Colorado State pass and scored on a 32-yard return on the second play of the game. , . "That damn thing killed us," Colorado State Coach Sonny Lubick said. "We were down 7-0, and there was still 14 minutes to go in the first quar- personal hurt, Solich said. His focus has always been the team, according to Solich, just the way it was that bitterly cold night in Boulder " ' ' .' ' t Jones joked with the coaches about ' encouraging Frazier to audible so ' ! that he could carry the ball Saturday. "I was nervous," he said. The play went smoothly. Frazier handed to Schlesinger, who ran off. - -' right guard. Jones avoided contact ; ' and remained healthy, y f i That wasn't his only concern, , i i though. The play on which he v participated "gained a few yards Jones said. ' ' - '-'j Schlesinger picked up 4, to be t - eXaCt. , .... 'j,, ,i Of I If the play hadn't been successful, ; Jones wouldn't have been quite 99 happy. For him, there's always a team consideration. "Too good to be true? He's true. Solich said. "I hope he stays that way. Sometimes, athletics can change you." Not Calvin Jones. Not so far, anyway. D UCLA surprises 1 7th-ranked Stanford. Page 4c. BK-State is 4-0. Page 4C. the time order was restored and it took nearly 10 minutes for that to happen 12 players, seven from Miami and five from Colorado, had been ejected by the Big East crew. Banished from the game were Colorado star receiver Michael West-brook and starting right cornerback Dennis Collier, among others. The Hurricanes lost starting fullback Larry Jones. "I just got blindsided, turned around, and I started swinging at anyone that I saw," Collier said. "People just wanted to help their teammates. My first instinct was to fight, but I regret that now." Even with Westbrook and Collier gone, even with Miami owning a 20-point lead midway through the fourth period, the Buffaloes almost pulled off the comeback. " ' . Not until quarterback - Kordell Stewart's pass to wide' receiver Charles Johnson fell incomplete with 12 seconds to play was Miami's third victory of the season against no losses after the victory: Junior Jeremy Gardner kicked three field goals, the first from 40 yards out, in the fourth quarter that sparked the Plainsmen offense. . - The defense, despite giving up 447 yards passing, managed to hold on in the final quarter of the game. Free safety Jeff Wall picked off four passes, tying a school record. The Plauumei scored 31 first-half points on Jeff Lindquist's career-high five touchdown passes. With the swing of his foot on the wet, chewed up turf, Gardner jump-started the Plainsmen offense in the iuuria vunguig ui a vi-i waa. urr Opening the game-iln 31 -straight points, Wesleyan drove down to the Northwestern 22-yard line. an D Penalties prove costly to Colorado State. Page 12c. ter." It didn't quite end the contest after 57 seconds, but it set the tone. Colorado State answered with a 43-yard David Napier field goal, but Nebraska answered with a 78-yard scoring march in 11 plays. Lawrence Phillips carried seven times for 57 yards and ended the drive with a fourth-down, 7-yard run around left tackle Lance Lundberg to pad the lead to 14-3 with 2:49 left in the first quarter. Phillips sparked another scoring dnve with three carries for 25 yards. Prn?ior hit Tnimano Roll An & irUvarH pass and ran 16 yards for the touch- down to give the Cornhuskers a 21-3 Mead with 5: 17 left in the first half. A quick three-and-out for Colorado State, courtesy of an 11-yard sack by Alberts, kept the Rams pinned at their 3-yard line. After the punt, I-back Jeff Makovicka sped through the line for gains of 11, 17 and 4 yards to set up a 1-yard touchdown pass from Frazier to tight end Gerald Armstrong to boost the lead to 23-3 with 43 seconds left in the half. "We were still inconsistent, and we've got a lot of polishing to do before the Big Eight season, but this was a pretty good show," said Frazier, who rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown and hit 7 of 13 passes for 79 more yards and two more scores. Colorado State made one last thrust against the Nebraska first defense and picked up a 42-yard Napier field goal on the last play of the first half to make it 28-6. "We didn't give up the big plays some kind of big plays, but not the big, a , Please see NU on page 6C SCDTO, TEAM STATS Colorado State 3 3 0 7 13 Nebraska 14 14 6 14 48 Neb Toby Wright 32 interception return (Byron Bennett kick) CSU FG David Napier 43 Neb Lawrence Phillips 7 run (Bev., nettkick) .. ... .. ' ' Neb Tommia' Frazier 16 run (Bgrv . nettkick)' ' v- . v : Neb Gerald Armstrong 1 pass from Frazier (Bennett kick) CSU FG Napier 42 Neb Abdul Muhammad 41 pass from Frazier (kick failed) . ';. ; Neb Clinton Qhilds 5 pass f rojn Brook Berringer (Bennett kick) I CSU Leonice Brown 8 run (Napier kick) i'i ,i -',; '. V Neb Jeff Makovicka 22 run (Bennett , kick) A 75.625. v i CSU 15 39-124 144 Neb 20 46-275 108 First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Total yards Passing Return yards ' Punts Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards Time of possession Third-down conversions Fourth-down conversions 268 381 11-35-2 11-21-0 18 105 8-42.0 0-0 14-124 27:30 7-18 0-0 7-40.4 1- 0 7-79 32:30 4-15' 2- 2 ' secure. The Buffs fell to 2-2. "It went from me coming out of the game to us almost losing," said Miami quarterback Frank Costa, who completed 18 of 27 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns. "Things can happen, and they almost did." Shortly after backup tailback; James Stewart scored on a 26-yard run with 8:50 left in the game, Costa returned to the sidelines and took off his shoulder pads. Miami led 35-15. But then Colorado took the kickoff and drove 73 yards for a touchdown. ; Then Colorado recovered an onside kick and promptly drove 36 yards for . another touchdown. The Hurricanes took the kickoff with 5:04 to play and moved to the Miami 43 when Colorado made another big play. Cornerback Chris Hud-'. son, an All-Big Eight selection who didn't start the game because of a bruised knee, somehow wrestled the ball from Stewart at the Colorado 36. "Once I stripped it, I just knew we were going to win," Hudson said. . The Buffaloes tried. They had a second-and-4 at the Miami 11 when guard Heath Irwin was penalized for a facemasking. That pushed the ball back to the Hurricane 29-yard line. Colorado would get no closer than the '17. v . - big victory The offense stalled, and Gardner was sent in to try a field goal from 40 yards out As Bob Andersen spotted the ball, Gardner slipped but managed to send the ball through the uprights. "I had to be convinced by two or three assistants to try the field goal," Svoboda said. "We missed on three extra points, either because of bad snaps or a bad kick, and the difference was they weren't rushing Jeremy. He had a lot of time to kick it That was a big play for us." Gardner added two more field goals in the fourth, from 25 and 36 i V jsrds. Ut to give Wesleyans defense 'enma hint rKnm Please see NWU on page 5C o. a 1 ! a y a

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