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Nebraska sees toughest foe to date
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Nebraska sees toughest foe to date

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By BLAIR KERKHOFF - The Kansas City Star
Date: 09/17/99 22:15

LINCOLN, Neb. -- They've scored at least 40 against both opponents, lead with their defense and are counting on being the best in their conference.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers? Yes. But also the Huskers' opponent today, Southern Mississippi.

Oh, yes, the opponent. Easy to forget about the Golden Eagles this week, what with Nebraska I-back DeAngelo Evans quitting and coach Frank Solich making Eric Crouch the starting quarterback and moving Bobby Newcombe to wingback.

That's dominated the headlines in Nebraska this week. But you better believe the Golden Eagles have the Cornhuskers' attention.

Southern Miss is coming off a 40-6 triumph over Northwestern State, a Division I-AA team. But more impressive was the 48-14 triumph over Tulane a week earlier. Tulane went 12-0 the previous season.

"Southern Miss will be the best team we've played to date," Solich said.

Tulane scored one touchdown against the Eagles' first-team offense. On offense, quarterback Jeff Kelly has passed for nearly 400 yards and has six touchdown passes in two games. Nebraska hasn't seen that kind of passing offense this season.

But the Huskers aren't too shabby. Their defense hasn't allowed a score and has yielded only 217 passing yards this season.

And Southern Miss has lost its previous 20 games against ranked teams since beating Auburn and Alabama in 1990.

The Cornhuskers, tied for fourth in The Associated Press poll with Florida, also have a poll-climbing opportunity today. Top-ranked Florida State plays host to No. 20 North Carolina State. Second-ranked Tennessee is at Florida, and No. 3 Penn State visits No. 8 Miami, Fla.

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