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The Pigs had the last laugh, or squeal, as the case may be, although the outcome wasn't certain until 30 seconds remained, when three Arkansas defenders hauled down Texas tight end Curtis Thrift on the Razorback 38, three yards short of a first down. Arkansas had taken a 14-0 lead in the first half, but Texas fought back, only to be done in by its pair of kicking Jasons. After the Longhorns made it 14-13 with 10:25 remaining, Jason Ziegler missed the extra-point conversion. Then, with 3:45 remaining, Texas coach David McWilliams called on Jason Post to win the game with a 39-yard field goal, but his attempt was wide left. "We were lucky," said Arkansas coach Jack Crowe. "Amen."
Credit Where It's Due
Please don't get the idea that Nebraska's narrow 38-31 escape against Kansas State was a matter of the Cornhuskers' playing beneath their potential or of coach Tom Osborne and his staff's doing a poor job of preparing their team. No, sir. Take it from Osborne, such erroneous conclusions by Husker fans are the fault of those darned Las Vegas oddsmakers. How dumb could they have been, making Nebraska a 32-point favorite in its homecoming game against a team that the Huskers have beaten for 23 consecutive years?
"I know a lot of our people will be conditioned by the gamblers," said Osborne after the game. "No matter what we see on film and what I say, once that stuff [the gambling line] comes out, that's the official word. Kansas State has a much better team than that."
Perhaps. But Nebraska fans also have reason to be concerned about their team, especially about how it will fare against Colorado on Nov. 2 in Boulder. The Buffaloes, who were upset by Baylor and Stanford in September, seem to have gotten their act together, judging by their 34-17 whipping of Oklahoma in Norman last weekend. The Nebraska defense, which allowed K-State to score more points than it ever had against the Huskers, faces a far stiffer challenge from Colorado and quarterback Darian Hagan.
Against Oklahoma, Hagan put up some impressive numbers. He completed 10 of 15 passes for 151 yards and three TDs, he ran for 60 yards on 17 attempts, and he even caught a 28-yard pass from wideout Michael Westbrook. "Big-time players show up in big games," said Hagan, "and I showed up today."
Last season Rice running back Trevor Cobb gained 1,325 yards for a 5-6 team, stats that would have prompted sports information directors at other schools to hype a player for this season's You Know What Trophy. Rice SID Bill Cousins thought about it but finally backed off, deferring to Ted Nance, his counterpart at crosstown Houston, who was already waging an all-out campaign for quarterback David Klingler.
However, now that Klingler's chances have been ruined by Houston's woeful offensive line, Cousins is considering some kind of push for Cobb, who leads the nation in rushing, with an average of 168 yards per game, despite being held—held, mind you—to 121 yards last Saturday in the Owls' 39-28 loss to TCU.
Bill, save yourself the time and the money. Only one player has won the Whatchamacallit while playing for a losing team—Paul Hornung for 2-8 Notre Dame in 1956—and the 3-3 Owls aren't what you would call a mortal lock to put together their first winning record since 1963. Nevertheless, Cobb certainly deserves some kind of recognition, because it's much tougher to run up his kind of numbers on a so-so team.