The Kansas City Star from Kansas City, Missouri on November 8, 1992 · 46
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Sunday November 8 1992 The Kansas City Star Big Eight football i C-8 Jayhawks ready to put one-sided loss behind them KU surprised by Nebraska dominance f Colorado is next By BLAIR KERKHOFF Staff Writer LINCOLN Neb — On deck for Kansas is Colorado and the Buffaloes could not come at a better time "‘Luckily we have Colorado next week” Kansas quarterback Chip Hilleary said "You couldn’t ask for anything better coming off this week" Dub next week’s game at Lawrence the Misery Loves Company Bowl Kansas was drubbed by Nebraska on Saturday 49-7 but was not beaten as badly as the Buffaloes were They lost to the Cornhuskers the previous week 52-7 “Definitely Nebraska’s in the driver’s seat” H illeary said “But we’re playing for No 2 or possibly No I” Forget No I Nebraska which improved to a Big Eight-leading 4-0 Saturday bombed the two biggest obstacles in its title path Saturday’s bludgeoning which dropped No 13 Kansas to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big Eight surprised all involved "Before the game I would have been pleased with any kind of win” Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne said “I thought if we played real well we’d win by a couple of touchdowns “I didn’t know whether we would be able to play hard and play with emotion two weeks in a row” Nebraska put Osborne’s mind at ease at the outside The Cornhuskers scored five plays into the game and on live of their nine first-half possessions on their way to a 35-7 halftime lead The Jayhawks were stunned “I definitely was expecting a lot closer game I think everybody else was too” Hilleary said Osborne was He figured Kansas’ more balanced attack would pose a greater threat than the Buffaloes’ new wing-it offense But the Jayhawks never got started “I thought we matched up with them more poorly than Colorado” Osborne said "Colorado has some fine athletes and a fine football team But I’m always more concerned about a team that can run the ball can run time off the clock and has the diversity in their offense that Kansas has shown” The Jayhawks were without one key player starting fullback Monte Cozzens who is recovering from minor knee surgery earlier this week But even though he had gained more than 100 yards in each of the last two weeks it hardly would have mattered on an evening when Nebraska stripped Kansas of all of its weapons Another day another site maybe it’s a closer game according to Hilleary “Nebraska’s a great football team but I don’t know if they’re 42 points better” Hilleary said “They’ve been a powerhouse for two weeks but I don’t think the Kansas Jayhawks showed up today” I I CRAIG SANDSThe Star Nebraska s Corey Dixon left Kansas cornerback Robert Vaughn behind on his way to a first-half touchdown Dixon caught a 46-yard scoring pass from Cornhuskers quarterback Tommie Frazier Nebraska still center of college football world By GIBTWYMAN Staff Writer LINCOLN Neb — Every time I come here I am reminded that Missouri Kansas and Kansas State never had an excuse for football ineptitude If Nebraska can become a football superpower anyone can Frankly as one wends one’s way up here occasionally you have to wonder how the Huskers did How did they ever attract the athletes in the first place which began to build the empire? Nebraska Highway 2 from Nebraska City to Lincoln is a fascinating 50-mile panorama of cows telephone poles water towers barbed wire fences silage and thriving communities such as Unadilla (pop 294) The Rockies this ain’t The beach either About the same as driving to Columbia Lawrence or Manhattan actually Only Highway 2 is nothing you’d confuse with 1-70 There is no fun like settling in behind a couple of dozen semis and dodging potholes on a two-lane road for about an hour Makes you want to come back right away Once you hit Lincoln a very nice friendly place you can crawl down O Street behind the red snake of tail-lights as far as the eye can see toward the football field After you park a few blocks away you can trudge through the inevitable icy blasts this time of COMMENTARY year (local forecasters call them “football flurries” rather than “snow flurries”) And then you shuffle on into the concrete igloo of ancient Memorial Stadium Which thousands and thousands of Nebraska faithful do every single game The Kansas game marked the 1 88th consecutive sellout in Memorial Stadium an ongoing NCAA record For many of fans no Husker home game would be complete without risking life and limb by dashing across O Street to the Big Red Shop for team trinkets In fact I believe the Huskers have cranked out their long string of fabulous tailbacks by having them practice their nifty footwork by crossing O in pre-game traffic Once inside the Big Red Shop a wonderful panoply of Big Redness unfolds before you My personal favorites do-dads Big Red kiddie snowsuit $3999 for getting the next generation used to Husker football Big Red hardhat $2295 to connote the blue-collar working-stiff ethic Husker football projects and the Big Red snowshovel one presumes for cleaning off one’s seat for home games And each and every one of those seats will be covered Old Nebraska joke: A Husker official spots an empty seat one Saturday He goes into the stands to investigate “What’s this seat doing empty?" he demands of a man next to it “It’s my wife’s” the man says “Why didn’t you give it to one of your friends?” asks the official “Couldn’t” says the man “They’re all at the funeral” OK so football is not taken that seriously But when you are as incredibly successful as Nebraska’s is almost When the Huskers moved up to No 7 in The Associated Press poll this week it marked their 1 82nd straight appearance in the rankings since 1 98 1 In fact Nebraska has been in 356 of the last 359 polls since 1 969 missing only one in 1977 and two in 1981 With their 49-7 victory Saturday night the Huskers are 660-287-40 a 689 percentage for 102 years They are 398-121-20 in Lincoln (757) Guys like Dr Langdon Frothingham Fielding Yost and “Bummy" Booth started it back in the 1 890s and the turn of the century Bob Devaney gave this place 101 victories and Tom Osborne who has the most victories of any active coach in Division I -A has brought 195 more That is why once you get here it is worth the trip on cratered Highway 2 Why it is a center of the football universe Nebraska 49 Kansas 7 Kansas 0 7 0 0 —7 Nebraska 7 28 14 0 — 49 NU Armstrong 36 pass from Frazier (Bennett kick) NU: Armstrong 11 pass from Frazier (Bennett kick) NU Dixon 46 pass from Frazier (Benneft kick) KU Douglas 4 run (Eichloff kick) NU: Jones 5 run (Bennett kick) NU: Jones 6 run (Bennett kick) NU: Bvrd 30 interception return (Bennett kick) NU: Lewis 5 run (Bennett kick) Announced attendance 76165 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING — Kansas White 8-18 Thomas 2-(-5) Hilleary 9-45 Johnson 1-0 Douglas 17-63 Levine 3-7 Nebraska Grant 3-(-12) McDuffy 8-30 McMillen 1-1 Frazier 9-6 Veland l-(-l) Berringer I-(-3) Brown 15-156 Lewis 3-42 Muhammad 1-2 Hughes 1-9 Hawkins 1-1 Schiesinger 4-9 Jones 13-107 Mackovicka 1-4 PASSING— Kansas Thomas 0-2-0 0 Hilleary II-78-2 145 Nebraska Grant 2-4-0 21 Frazier 6-11-0 161 RECEIVING— Kansas White 1-11 Gav 6-58 Douglas 3-41 Vang 1-35 Nebraska Dixon 1-46 McDuffy 1-13 Hawkins 1-14 Jones 1-41 Bell 1-8 Armstrong 3-60 Cozzens hopeful Kansas fullback Monte Cozzens didn t play Saturday after undergoing minor knee surgery Tuesday but he s hopeful for a quick recovery "I'm taking it day by day ' said Cozzens who injured the knee last week against Oklahoma State "It s feeling better I hope I can come back next week (against Colorado) Maumalanga hurt Defensive tackle Chris Maumalan- KANSAS REPORT ga hurt his knee and had to leave the game but he was seen walking around later on the sideline and in the locker room after the game Confidence Nebraska l-back Derek Brown knew early the Cornhuskers could have their way with Kansas Brown gained 2 yards on the game's first carry and 24 on the next "After that carry I thought we could do anything we wanted to" Brown said "They're a great defensive football team but we also play a great offense and I thought we could have run anything at them and it would have worked" Bowl scouts on hand Scouts from the Orange Blockbuster and John Hancock bowls were in attendance The Big Eight champion goes to the Orange Bowl and a second team will play in one of the following bowl games: Fiesta Blockbuster Gator or John Hancock A third team will play in the Aloha Bowl and it appears a fourth team is headed for the Copper or Freedom Bowl The Big Eight hasn't placed four teams in bowls since 1988 Tackle times three Things got so bad for Kansas in the first half that the Jayhawks used all three of their tackles — Dana Stubblefield Chris Maumalanga and Gilbert Brown — at the same time on two Nebraska series in the first half Brown played nose guard It didn't help The Cornhuskers scored on both series and led 35-7 at the break "We were just trying to get more beef in there" Stubblefield said Smith starts Redshirt freshman receiver Ashaundai Smith made his first career start Rob Licursi had started every Kansas game this season except the opener at Oregon State when the Jayhawks opened with two tight ends Drive efficiency Nebraska's last three scoring drives of the first half lasted 8 seconds 1 :54 and 22 seconds Ratings war The last time Kansas and Nebraska met as ranked teams was 1974 when the No 12 Cornhuskers pasted the No 13 Jayhawks 56-0 In 1973 No 1 1 Nebraska won a 10-9 decision over No 18 Kansas We-backs Nebraska has never produced two 1 000-rushing yards backs in the same season but l-backs Calvin Jones and Derek Brown are on their way to accomplishing that feat Jones who ran for 107 yards has 859 yards and Brown who rushed for 156 has 863 The Cornhuskers have three games remaining Nebraska has won 46 straight games when the team rushes for 300 or more yards and is 16-1 over the last two years when either Brown or Jones rushes for at least 100 The exception is Washington last season — Blair Kerkhoff Tigers’ Stewart hands out kudos and award to Williams Banquet is scene for exchange of friendly banter among rivals By BILL RICHARDSON Staff Writer On the basketball court they're staunch rivals But on the banquet circuit Coach Norm Stewart of Missouri and Roy Williams of Kansas like to engage in friendly conversation That was the situation Saturday night when Stewart presented Williams an award for outstanding achievement in college coaching at the Jewish Community Center Wide World of Sports Nite at the Allis Plaza Hotel Stewart set the ground rules for the exchange of levity with his opening remarks “You Hawks fan can relax because I’m going to do a good job" Stewart said "Roy’s very deserving of this award He has won 103 games in four years He beat Missouri three times last year Hey I think Roy wrote that part" Stewart got in one polite jab "The only criticism I’ve heard of him is that he’s too nice" Stewart said "But I've never heard another Big Eight coach say that" Williams got in a friendly rejoinder in accepting the award in front of a sellout crowd of 1 000 in the ballroom "I didn't ask him to do the introduction but I did have to pay him" Williams joked Others honored were Joe Burke former president and general manager of the Royals who died this year Deron Cherry former Chiefs safety who retired this summer and Joe McGuff former editor and sports editor of The Kansas City Star MISSOURI-KANSAS WILLIAM JEWELL 92 PERU STATE 81: Weldon Stubbs and Chris Trout each scored 20 points in the Cardinals basketball victory at home Fouls played a big part in the outcome as William Jewell made 38 of 53 free throws and three Peru State players fouled out Rod Green led Peru State in scoring with 18 points Get $50 For Your Old Suit Or Topcoat And Give New Hope To Someone In Need As part of Project Warmth Gentry Men's Clothing will give you a $50 credit toward the purchase of any new topcoat or selected suits worth $199 or more when you bring in an old topcoat or suit in wearable condition So take advantage of this special opportunity between November 8th and November 22nd Surely you could use some new clothes And surely Project Warmth could use the help Identical comparison 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