Big 12 Notes
Three days before Nebraska took the field Friday
against Colorado, the Cornhusker defense received an extra
dose of motivation from the Big 12 coaches, whose
all-conference team was announced on Tuesday. The best
defense in the conference and the fourth-rated unit in the
nation placed only two players on the league's inaugural
Defensive tackle Jason Peter and rush end Grant Wistrom
were Nebraska's two selections. But leading tackler Jamel
Williams and returning All-American Jared Tomich were
conspicuously absent from the first team. Tackle Jeff Ogard,
rover Mike Minter and cornerback Michael Booker were named
to the second team, while Tomich, linebacker Terrell Farley
and linebacker Jon Hesse made the third team.
Safety Eric Stokes and cornerback Ralph Brown were
honorable-mention selections. Williams was completely
Wistrom was named by the coaches as the defensive
player of the year on Wednesday and quarterback Scott Frost
was chosen as the offensive newcomer of the year.
On the offensive side, linemen Chris Dishman and Aaron
Taylor earned first-team all-conference honors. Place-kicker
Kris Brown and lineman Eric Anderson made the second team,
and I-back Ahman Green and Frost were selected to the third
team. Split end Brendan Holbein, I-back DeAngelo Evans and
fullback Brian Schuster were honorable-mention picks.
Injury report: Three of NU's top four I-backs were
treated for injuries Friday. Green, who carried the ball
only three times for nine yards, hurt his toe -- not the
same turf toe injury that has bothered him for much of the
season -- on the game's first series.
Damon Benning sprained his ankle in the first half, and
Jay Sims was held out of the game because of an ankle
injury, leaving NU with only one I-back -- Evans, a true
freshman. Evans, who ran for a game-high 123 yards and
scored the only offensive touchdown, was bothered last week
by a sore groin but played every series in the second, third
and fourth quarters.
Split end Brendan Holbein suffered a hip flexor, but
will play on Saturday.
The NU defense held Colorado to a season-low 51 yards
rushing and a season-worst 277 yards of total offense. The
Huskers held CU without a touchdown for the first time this
season. Nebraska's top defensive unit has allowed five
touchdowns this year, and only two in the Big 12 games.
Friday's 17-12 NU win also marked the 39th-straight
game in which Nebraska has recorded a sack. The defense has
47 sacks this season and can break the school record of 49
-- set in 1985 -- with three sacks on Saturday in the Big 12
championship game against Texas.
With Koy Detmer's 226-yard passing effort, CU eclipsed
a school record for passing yards in a season. The previous
best was 3,271 yards, set in 1992. Colorado finished the
1996 season with 3,338 yards in 11 games.
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Gameday notebook compiled by senior reporters Trevor