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Cyclones coach expects a loss

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(c) 1995 Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nov 3, 1995 - 18:36 EST) -- Iowa State's Troy Davis will continue his run at the record books, Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier will stay in the running for the Heisman Trophy and Cornhuskers tailback Lawrence Phillips will probably run for the first time in nearly two months.

Cyclones coach Dan McCarney just hopes the No. 1 Huskers (8-0, 4-0 Big Eight) don't run over his team Saturday. Iowa State (3-5, 1-3) is a 41-point underdog to Nebraska, which averages 53 points and 570 yards per game.

"It's our job to get these kids to understand it's not going to be the end of the season if we don't go over there and defeat Nebraska," McCarney said. "They'll score points, they're probably going to score a lot of points."

The points lately have come from Frazier, who has thrown or run for 12 touchdowns in the last three games. He had a career-high 241 passing yards last week against Colorado and is completing 56 percent of his throws. He hasn't been intercepted in 18 quarters.

"I remember watching him run all over the field in the Florida-Georgia all-star game in high school," said Todd Bandhauer, Iowa State's freshman quarterback. "He was running around making these cannon shots with his arm, and now he's doing it in college."

The Cyclones will need big games from Bandhauer and from Davis, a sophomore running back who leads the nation with 190.7 yards per game and is on pace to rush for nearly 2,100 yards this season.

"He's a powerful kid," Nebraska defensive coordinator Charlie McBride said of Davis. "I've seen him come through and drop linebackers. He's very tough, too. He must be if he's carried he ball 252 times."

Nebraska allows only 77.3 rushing yards per game and has given up 100 yards to a running back just twice in the last two seasons. The Huskers defense is well aware of Davis.

"It's all anyone talks about," linebacker Doug Colman said. "He must have a great offensive line for those kind of numbers. It will be a personal thing for us, trying to stop that line and Davis."

Despite Davis, Iowa State scores only 26.5 points per game and its defense gives up 30.3. Nebraska's NCAA-best rushing offense at 401.8 yards per game will go against a Cyclones defense that allows 246.1 -- last in the Big Eight.

"At times, we've been horrible defensively," McCarney said. "Now you're going to line up against maybe the best offensive line in college football, a Heisman candidate at quarterback, as fine a group of running backs as you'll see, great wide receivers -- it's all there."

Nebraska also will have Phillips on the sidelines for the first time since Sept. 9. Phillips was suspended from the team after attacking a former girlfriend and has missed six games. His availability has been in question because of a sprained ankle and freshman Ahman Green is expected to start.

"It's nice to have him (Phillips) back around," Frazier said. "I guess I'm going to be one of the ones who sits back and watches him to see what he can do and see if he can regain what he had when he was suspended."