The Kansas City Star from Kansas City, Missouri on November 1, 1992 · 41
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StarTouch codesC-14 Horse racingC-15 I SUNDAY November 1 1992 orts KANSAS CITY STAR RadioTVC-flpf OutdoorsC-iT G Section GIB TWYMAN KU gets strange victory LAWRENCE — The day before Halloween we marked the S4th anniversary of Orson Weljes’ world-shaking fake broadcast of a Martian invasion You’d have thought history was repeating itself somewhat as Kansas football coach Glen Mason spoke of the alien beings Saturday in Jayhawk uniforms Yes they had beaten Oklahoma State 26-18 but they hadn’t played like the No 1 8 team in the nation And yes Mason had put KU in strong position for its first bowl since 1981 But he said he hadn’t coached like a man who has led KU to 7-1 Okie State’s 1 5-point rush in the last 2 minutes 46 seconds had its own earth-shaking effect on Mason It had him thinking that the War of the World Beaiers to come — starting with Nebraska next week — just got tougher for KU “You play the game to win and I am happy we won but I am not happy about much else” Mason said tossing a stat sheet in disgust “To slop around and give them a chance for an onside kick and a tie is a crime You should not have to hang on for dear life “Maybe I’m wrong but I think we can play better We better be with the teams we’ve got coming up” Mason’s players were no softer on themselves TheJayhawksNo 10 nationally in total defense had just allowed 378 yards to a young team guidtd by a true freshman 1 quarterback As defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield said “We knew our front three were better than theirs — our front three can handle anyone when we play But today we didn’t come to play” Maurice Douglas got 77 of KU’s 26 1 yards rushing but called'his performance “Mediocre at best Same for the whole offense” Mason agreed Asked why KU got only $3 air yards he said “Because our passing stunk S-T-U-N-K — underlined exclamation point with quotes around it” Then having thrown the book at his team he reached back for something extra and fired heat at himself Of a Cowboys interception seconds before halftime Mason said “It was my fault It was stupid S-T-U-P-I-D — underlined exclamation point with quotes around it The ball never should have been snapped “And I don’t blame the players for letting them back in the game I blame me “I don’t blame Charley Bowen for muffing that punt (leading to an Oklahoma State TD) I blame me It’s my job to say if it’s any kind of tough punt play smart don’t field it “But I’m out there just watching the clock” The fact is Mason’s post-game fireworks are understandable — to a point Kansas had an average team down 20-0 and 26-3 but let it up That happens when teams that have been down so long themselves are not used to being overdogs But the fact also is that this game was a measure of how far KU has come It won one on form It had the luxury of talking about an artistically unsatisfying victory Not long ago a homely victory would have been wildly welcome And 7-1 just does not happen to KU every week It was 7-0 in ’68 It was 6-1 in ’32 and ’48 Aside from that you go back to the Gay ’90s and the turn of the century for records like that here That sank in the more Mason moaned “Listen to me I’ve got to be crazy” he said “I’m as bad as the fans griping about this game I’m like my team up one minute and down the next” Soon he was shouting “I am HAPPY with the victory — don’t forget to say that” KU is 7-1 It’s no hoax But it's still an alien feeling and the Jay hawks are trying to make sense of the ne Nebraska charges past Buffaloes Ml - 1 S2-7 victory keeps the Comhuskers unbeaten in conference play By ADAM TEICHER Staff Writer LINCOLN Neb — Nebraska healed some festering sores Saturday taking care of all of its ills in one convincing package The Comhuskers unloaded on Colorado 32-7 giving them a victory over their Big Eight nemesis and a highly ranked opponent for the first time in four seasons Nebraska and Colorado share the No 8 ranking in the Associated Press poll Nebraska 6-1 and 3-0 in the conference has a showdown for the Big Eight lead next Saturday at home against Kansas But the Huskers paused to do a little gloating before turning their attention to the Jayhawks “We wanted to shut everybody up about not beating a top-10 team” said tailback Derek Brown Most mouths are closed around the Big Eight now except those open in awe of the Huskers’ domination They sacked Koy Detmer and Kordell Stewart five times and hurried them into three interceptions Then they used their powerful rushing game to gain 373 yards Tailback Calvin Jones led the way with 101 yards and three touch downs Freshman quarterback Tommie Frazier ran for 86 yards and also threw for two touchdowns “I was really surprised the way it went” Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne said “I thought it would be a close game Turnovers make you look bad Colorado is a better team than they showed today but the turnovers just make you look like you’re not getting anything done” Colorado threw an interception on the game’s first play Detmer’s pass went off the hands of running back Lamont Warren and intdJJhe arms of linebacker Travis mil Moments later Jones scored on a 3-yard run Hill figured in a big play lataSn the first half He knocked the'jQll out of Detmer’s hand ande covered the fumble at the Colorado 27 Jones then ran in from 1 yard out and gave Nebraska a 24-7 See NEBRASKA C-7 Col 6 X Jayhawks overcome doldrums I & fs li Oklahoma Stata makes push late but mistakes hurt in 26-1 8 KU victory By BLAIR KERKHOFF Staff Writer - JIM McTAQQARTThe Sfar Kansas quarterback Chip Hilleary cleared Oklahoma State's Keith Burns on his way to a 37-yard touchdown in the first quarter Saturday Hilleary helped KU improve its record to 7-1 and 4-0 in the Big Eight Sooners get breaks nip Wildcats They win 16-14 extend streak against Cats to 22 By BOB DUTTON Staff Writer NORMAN Olda — This one was different It was close enough that Kansas State could point to a few key plays and calls that spelled the difference in a losing streak now up to four games Oklahoma escaped Saturday with a 16-14 victory over the Wildcats thanks in large part to three big plays A disputed miss on a 27-yard field-goal attempt by K-State’s Warren Claassen late in the third quarter with the Wildcats trailing 16-14 A muff by Oklahoma’s Dewell Brewer on a kickoff which became a touchback when he downed it in the end zone The Wildcats who led 14-10 at the time felt it should have been ruled a fumble and a safety BA 43-yard interception return by Darrius Johnson late in the first quarter that put Oklahoma at the K-State 6 Three plays later the Sooners got their only touchdown for a 10-7 lead “A play here or a play there” linebacker Brent Venables said “and we would have had a different outcome” Instead Kansas State dropped to 3-4 overall and 0-3 in the Big Eight by losing to Oklahoma for the 22nd straight year The Sooners won for the first time in See SOONERS C-4 Col 6 LAWRENCE — Smiles were forced on the faces of the Jayhawks after Kansas’ 26-18 triumph Saturday over Oklahoma State The Cowboys scored 1 3 points in a late 2-minute span and were attempting an on-side kick with 42 seconds to play A touchdown and two-point conversion would have forged a tie and tugged at Kansas Coach Glen Mason’s emotions “I know we won this game otherwise I’d be crying” he said Mason was nearly moved to tears watching his 18th-ranked Jayhawks fight off the game Cowboys who had they protected the ball better might not have needed to rally late A perturbed Mason had to remind himself afterward that Kansas won “There were a lot more down sides than up sides” Mason said “A 7-1 team should play better than that” Kansas came up with five turnovers including four interceptions by defensive backs The Jayhawks got only nine points from the miscues but three of the turnovers came deep in Kansas territory and prevented Oklahoma State scores: B With Kansas leading 7-0 in the first quarter the Cowboys drove to the Jayhawks’ 24 where Gfy Porter completed a 12-yard pass to Shannon Culver But safety Kwamie Lassiter jarred the ball loose and defensive end Guy Howard scooped up the fumble B Kansas led 1 3-0 when a flanker pass from Rafael Denson was intercepted by Lassiter at the goal line late in the second quarter B Robert Vaughn picked off a Porter pass at the Jayhawks’ 19 late in the third quarter preserving a 20-3 lead “The turnovers just killed us" Oklahoma State Coach Pat Jones said SeeKUC-4Cpj6 Cyclones add notch to MU’s list of frustrations 28-14 defeat comes after Tigers’ errors on offense special teams By MIKE DeARMOND Staff Writer AMES Iowa — Missouri started out like a house afire and burned itself to the ground Saturday In falling to Iowa State 28-14 Missouri’s ninth straight loss on the road over the last two seasons the Tigers nearly exhausted avenues for football self-destruction After jumping to a 7-0 lead on a six-play 60-yard drive capped by Jeff Handy’s 20-yard touchdown pass to a ridiculously wide-open Kent Gardner the Tigers: B Drove to the Iowa State 6 before Jeff Jacke missed a 23-yard field-goal attempt B Gave the Iowa State offense first life with Antwan Johnson’s roughing-the-punter penalty that prolonged a drive the Cyclones used to tie the score B Yielded a 40-yard punt return to Iowa State’s James McMillion that led to another touchdown BGave up a 78-yard punt return by McMillion for Iowa State’s third touchdown of the second quarter Then down 28-14 with second and goal from inside the Iowa State 1 Handy fumbled away a scoring opportunity with 12 minutes 18 seconds to play Handy later was harried into an interception at the Iowa State 12 that was just another arrgh in what is now this 1-7 team’s lease on frustration Walking out of the visiting athletic director’s box with about 4 minutes remaining in the game Missouri’s Dan Devine declined comment on the grounds that he didn’t want to say anything until Troubled past may not be best gauge of future for Chiefs’ supplemental pick By JO-ANN BARNAS M — - 9iin writer About 6 pm on Aug 17 while the University of Florida football team completed its second session of two-a-day drills Darren Mickell and Derrick Ferguson sat under the cool shade of an oak tree sipping beer and talking about lift Mickell’s life The scene was Williams Park a five-acre city playground wedged into the northwest corner of Overtown in downtown Miami You know the history of Overtown site of the riots in the early 1980s a community as tough as any you’ll find in America There wasn’t any sign of trouble at Williams Park that summer day A group of teen-agers tossed a ball at the park’s football field Neighborhood kids splashed in the newly renovated community pool On a park bench Ferguson a hospital aide discussed Mickell’s future A few weeks earlier Mickell had been kicked off the Florida football team for his senior season for violating a class-attendance policy Academics never had been Mickell’s strong suit he said missed close to a dozen classes during spring semester of his junior year Now Mickell a 22-year-old defensive end was about to find out whether any NFL team was willing to take a chance on him in this year’s supplemental draft He knew the Chiefs were interested So was Indianapolis which was where Mickell was heading the next day for a visit “Be careful keep your head straight” Ferguson 24 told him “You’re going to have a chance to make it be somebody So go and do it” See MICKBLL'S C-IO Col 1 DANIEL STARUNOSpecM to The Star Darren Mickell picked by the Chiefs In a supplemental draft earlier this year believes he is looking toward a brighter future after leaving the University of Florida Sports sxtrai Gene Bess builds a basketball power in Poplar Bluff M0C-2 INSIDE High schoolst State champions are decided in three sportsC-12-13 Hal McRae will talk with George BrettC-14 TOMORROW in The Star M A preview of Big Eight Conference basketball m i:v the game was over He then added: “I just can’t think of anything intelligent to say” Words of wisdom from Missouri Coach Bob Stull? “The summation was that we can’t play any team and make the mistakes that we did in tlje kicking game and the turnover and expect to win" Stull told his players “We’ve got three games left to get things right” In statistical battles that mean See CYCLONES C-4 C91 6

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