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William F. Reed
November 09, 1992
RISING FROM THE SWAMP
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November 09, 1992

College Football

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Winston-Salem wasn't the only place goalposts were tumbling last weekend. Nebraska fans did some demolition of their own after the Cornhuskers routed Colorado 52-7. The two Big Eight teams came into the game tied for No. 8 in the AP poll, and Nebraska had lost its last eight games against Top 10 teams. Some people were even beginning to wonder if the Huskers, with their traditional I-back attack, could compete with speedy teams like Colorado.

In stopping the Buffaloes' Big Eight winning streak at 25 games and handing them their worst loss in eight years, Nebraska rolled up 373 yards on the ground to only eight for Colorado. While the Husker defense was hounding Buffalo freshman Koy Detmer into three interceptions and a fumble, Tommie Frazier, the first freshman to start at quarterback for Nebraska in coach Tom Osborne's 20 years in Lincoln, threw two touchdown passes. The Cornhuskers also got a lift from I-back Calvin Jones, who bolted through gaping holes for three touchdowns and 101 yards.

While most Huskers agreed with cornerback Kenny Wilhite, who said the victory "takes a lot of the burden off our shoulders after hearing that we can't win the big one," Osborne, ever the stoic, refused to acknowledge any such relief. "All that stuff about we can't win the big one, I don't pay attention to," he said. "I don't know of any game you can lose here, whether it's Bottom 10 or Top 10, and not get nailed to the cross on Monday."

SQUIBS

Memphis State and South Carolina are unbeaten since players at both schools protested the coaching of Chuck Stobart and Sparky Woods, respectively. The Tigers, who are now 5-3, routed Tulane 62-20 for their fifth straight win, and the 3-5 Gamecocks upset Tennessee 24-23 for their third in a row....

After a loss to Southern Cal two weeks ago ruined Washington State's unbeaten season, Cougar quarterback Drew Bledsoe said, "We've got Oregon at home, and, I'm telling you, they better look out." Bledsoe is the one who should have been looking out. He was sacked six times in the Ducks' 34-17 victory....

Syracuse's 41-10 rout of Pitt was the Orangemen's 1,000th game. The only other schools to have played that many games are Rutgers, Navy and Michigan....

Southern Cal junior Curtis Conway has achieved a grand slam of sorts, scoring at least one touchdown four ways this season—on a run, a reception, a kickoff return and a punt return....

When North Carolina's Natrone Means rushed for 249 yards in his team's 31-24 win over Maryland, he became the 21st Tar Heel to gain at least 1,000 yards in a season. No other school has had that many 1,000-yard rushers....

The only entertaining part of Notre Dame's 38-7 romp over Navy was Irish coach Lou Holtz's pregame statement that the Middies, who had been outscored 204-51 in losing all six of their games this fall, were "the most dangerous Navy team we've played since I've been at Notre Dame."

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