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Maturity struck in Manhattan.
Lincoln Journal Star
True freshman Running back D'Angelo Evans had his first 100-yard game as
a Husker. It won't be his last.
Against one of the country's top defenses quarterback Scott Frost put together
a drive with five third-down conversions that consumed almost half the second
True freshman cornerback Ralph Brown II picked off his second interception
of the season when a ball trickled off the hands of safety Eric Stokes into
In the offensive line, the new faces in the pipeline center Josh Heskew,
guard Matt Hoskinson and tackle Fred Pollack worked smoothly in rotation
with the starters.
Now, in a season no longer young, the untested and unproven members of 1996
Huskers share in a solid accomplishment.
"The (Kansas State) defense had as good of athletes as we'll see all
year," offensive tackle Eric Anderson said after the game.
"We were concerned about the reality of this team, whether it was the
one that played Arizona State or the one we thought we had," Coach
Tom Osborne said after the game. "I think it showed today it was the
one we thought we had. I'm encouraged about the future now."
Evans inspired by boos
Of all the untested players who made a mark on Saturday,
the most sensational was D'Angelo Evans, who only a week ago was fourth
Booed after every carry by Kansans irritated that Evans left his home state,
the 5-9, 210 fireplug of a running back stutter-stepped his way through
traffic, slipped through imperceptible cracks, absorbed and delivered some
serious hits on his way to a 168-yard game.
Is it now only a question of how long he stays at Nebraska before he turns
Well, that might be getting a little ahead of things.
But against the Wildcats Evans showed something special.
In the clock-swallowing drive that Nebraska put together at the end of the
second quarter it was Evans who carried the ball on two of the third down
For Husker fans, one of the most encouraging performances in the drive was
by quarterback Scott Frost.
After a first shaky first quarter in which he missed several open receivers,
Frost carried for one third down conversion and completed a shovel pass
to Green for another.
The drive was not electrifying. It was not dazzling. It was just effective.
Seventeen plays, three of them passes. No penalties. One touchdown, which
is all that any drive can produce.
One of the big reasons for the success of the drive was the offensive line.
If my observation was correct, at least seven offensive linemen played in
front of Frost during the drive.
The pipeline didn't sputter Saturday. It was steaming. By the end of the
game the Wildcats wore down.
ü1Black Shirts sparkleò
Meanwhile the Husker defense put together a gem.
Grant Wistrom and Jared Tomich are on a mission to prove they are the best
pair of rush ends in the country. With Jason Peter and Jeff Ogard in the
middle they have the freedom to be reckless.
When the history of this season is complete it may be the defense wrote
most of the chapters.
Osborne described the Black Shirts' performance on Saturday as one of the
best he has seen.
Playing an important role was Brown, who four games ago was an untested
freshman in one of the loneliest positions in football. Since then he's
seen as many passes as some corners see in a season.
He's long past the point that he just wants to survive. He's setting goals
on a defense that wants to make a special mark.
"We wanted to prove we were the best secondary," Brown said, referring
to the praise heaped on the Wildcat defense.
If a football season is a lifetime, the Huskers have survived a gawky adolescence.
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