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Big Red Rout II

Improved Spartan defense is silver lining in 55-14 loss

State News/ERIC KANE

MSU's Marvin Wright (18) leaps over outside linebacker Ike Reese (44) during the tackle of Nebraska's Damon Benning (21) as the Spartan's Tyrone Garland (37) looks on during MSU's loss to the Cornhuskers Saturday afternoon in Lincoln, Nebraska.

When a quick scroll through final game defensive statistics shows offensive players as well as defensive players in the tackle category, it can only mean one of two things.

Either there are a number of players going the way of Deion Sanders and playing both ways, or the offense is turning the ball over way too much.

Unfortunately for the Spartans Saturday afternoon, the latter was the case, as Nebraska scored 35 of its 55 points either indirectly or directly off MSU offensive miscues.

Meaning: The Spartan defensive corps played a solid game, despite the lopsided final score of 55-14 in favor of Nebraska.

Nebraska head coach Tom Osborne said the Spartan defense, which held Nebraska to only 184 yards on the ground, is much improved over the 1995 squad, which gave up the majority of points in last year's 50-10 Nebraska victory.

"They're better this year defensively," Osborne said. "Don't just say our offense isn't good, they got a good defense." MORE

Woes continue for Volleyball team against defending champ Nebraska

Volleyball team loses both weekend matches, falls to 1-4

State News/ERIC KANE

Spartan senior middle hitter Val Sterk (12) attempts to block the spike of Nebraska's Megan Korver (5) during MSU's Saturday night loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln, Nebraska.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Chuck Erbe, the usually stoic MSU volleyball coach, was off his chair and livid.

Freshman Jenny Whitehead had just made an illegal hit, and Erbe was out of his normal spot on his chair and pacing the sidelines, ranting and raving at the young outside hitter.

Yes, the MSU volleyball team is having problems- serious problems.

The Spartans, coming off a 1-2 performance in the Goff/MSU Volleyball Classic, were husked by defending national champion Nebraska twice this weekend in the Arby's Challenge. That left Erbe frustrated, incensed and infuriated. MORE

Men's soccer opens home schedule with victory over Northwestern

A balanced scoring attack proved to be the key for the MSU men's soccer team Sunday.

And a red-hot senior goaltender named Reid Friedrichs.

The No. 19 nationally-ranked Spartans beat Northwestern 4-1 Sunday at Old College Field to improve to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten for the season.

MSU head coach Joe Baum said the balanced attack is really one of the keys to this Spartan team.

"If you look at Michigan State, you can't say you have to stop just Brad Snyder and Brad Dennis," Baum said. "We like to think we have a balanced team."

It was Snyder, a senior, who got the ball rolling for MSU when he scored the first goal of the game at 6:12 in the first half. Snyder beat the Northwestern defender in the corner and put it in the net from the right side. MORE

Undefeated field hockey team wins 4th consective game

The MSU field hockey team met the challenge of two national powerhouses this weekend and came away with two impressive early-season home victories.

The Spartans defeated Boston College 3-1 on Saturday, but it was Sunday's 5-3 victory over Temple that showed the potential this team has to be a factor in the Big Ten race this year.

MSU got the early advantage in Sunday's game when senior captain Terry Pacheco guided the ball into the net for a 1-0 MSU lead. It was a short-lived advantage, though, as Temple forward Cherifa Nouri scored at 13:33 into the game to tie the contest 1-1. MORE

Cornhusker victory follows plot line of bad horror movie

There wasn't much difference between one of those low-budget, Saturday-afternoon-TV horror flicks and Nebraska's gruesome blood-letting of the MSU football team this weekend.

You had a seemingly unstoppable, grotesque monster terrorizing anything and everything in its path while the helpless victim squirmed and writhed in a pool of its own blood.

And who's to say the Spartans will be the last victim the evil Cornhuskers slaughter? There is no indication that any of the Big 12's sacrificial lambs will be able to put an end to the "Nebraska Chainsaw Massacre III."

The Big Red Machine will barrel through its schedule again this season without even breaking a sweat until it plays Colorado in the final game of the season. Oh, the humanity. The beast must be stopped! MORE

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