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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
          first team.
               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
          snubbed.
          
               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.
               

Gameday notebook compiled by senior reporters Trevor Parks.

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