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Published Tuesday, November 21, 2000

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  By Terry Douglass
The Independent

STILL IN BCS HUNT

Although it's a long shot, apparently Nebraska is still in the hunt for a Bowl Championship Series bowl berth should it win Friday against Colorado. The Nos. 8- and 9-ranked Cornhuskers are 8-2 going into their final regular season game and are ranked eighth in the latest BCS standings released Monday.

Right now, Nebraska's most likely postseason destination is Dallas and the Cotton Bowl, but Big 12 Conference commissioner Kevin Weiberg said he believes the Huskers still have a shot at a berth in the Fiesta Bowl or Sugar Bowl -- as does Kansas State.

"I think Nebraska is another team that is very much under consideration for the at-large positions," Weiberg said Monday during the Big 12 teleconference. "Assuming Nebraska does beat Colorado, then I think it's a team that will be very attractive. That's something that has been expressed to me by both the Sugar Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl. I think they're in the mix, whether they're in the mix to any greater extent than the other at-large teams, I think it's too early to say."

CROUCH'S SEASON

Now that Nebraska has lost two of its last three games to fall out of the national championship race and Husker quarterback Eric Crouch has fallen from Heisman Trophy consideration, NU head coach Frank Solich was asked Monday if he thought Crouch has had a good season.

"When you look at why we're moving the football and how we're moving the football, Eric has been a big part of that," Solich said. Crouch has rushed for 846 yards and 17 touchdowns and has passed for 962 yards and 11 TDs.

Solich said that he's been impressed with the way Crouch has played, despite battling shoulder and leg injuries that have forced him to miss practice time. "I don't want to overplay that because a lot of people play with injuries and bumps and bruises and he's one of those guys," Solich said. "He's a tough kid that stays on the field for you. Certainly, that's really appreciated."

PRACTICE REPORT

The Nebraska football team worked out in full pads in the Cook Pavilion on Monday as the Huskers continued preparations for Friday's 11 a.m. contest with Colorado.

"It was a pretty good practice," Nebraska Head Coach Frank Solich said. "I thought they moved around well. Nobody appeared to get anything banged up. They've worked hard here at the beginning of this week. They had a fair amount of contact -- enough to keep them sharp and crisp."

Friday's matchup will mark the final game for 27 Husker seniors in Memorial Stadium.

"They have really been a special group," Solich said. "You don't have to be a guy that starts and plays every down to contribute to the program. Every senior that's gone through here has done an awful lot to keep the program where it's at."

Solich said the Huskers will likely work out in half pads today.



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