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Nebraska doesn't fear Iowa State's running attack

(c) 1995 Copyright Nando.net
(c) 1995 Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nov 1, 1995 - 00:42 EST) -- It's difficult to evaluate Iowa State without talking about star running back Troy Davis, but Nebraska players are willing to try.

"I don't worry too much about the run, even though they've got a great back," Nebraska cornerback Tyrone Williams said Tuesday. "I know they've got some good receivers there, too, so I don't overlook them."

Iowa State receiver Ed Williams is second in the Big Eight Conference with 555 yards and four touchdowns, but the focus this season has been on Davis, the sophomore from Miami who leads the nation with 1,526 rushing yards.

Davis is the first sophomore ever to reach the 1,000-yard mark in five games. He has rushed for more than 200 yards four times this year and his 221 total yards per game also leads the country.

A 5-foot-8, 185-pounder, Davis runs for 190.7 yards per game, 77 percent of the Cyclones' ground attack of 246.8 per game. Still, Iowa State (3-5, 1-3 Big Eight) has lost three of its last four games, and its first league victory since 1993 came last week against Oklahoma State.

"They kind of live by Troy Davis and die by Troy Davis," Nebraska rush end Grant Wistrom said. "We hope if we can go out and shut him down, we can win."

Nebraska (8-0, 4-0) has been winning for some time. The Huskers have the nation's longest winning streak (21 games), longest regular-season streak (33 games) and have won 20 consecutive Big Eight games.

Nebraska's last conference loss was at Iowa State -- 19-10 -- in 1992. It was the only loss for Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier in 29 regular-season starts.

"We've been mentioning it all year," Frazier said. "It was cold, windy, and we couldn't do much. We couldn't move the ball against them ... it was one of those games when everyone on offense and defense was flat. We had no emotion."

Frazier has been outstanding this year. He has rushed for 10 touchdowns and completed 56 percent of his passes for 13 TDs and two interceptions. He is 335 yards short of the school record of 5,283 career total set by Jerry Tagge (1969-71).

"Every game we've played has tested us in a way," Frazier said. "We've been able to pass them so far. I think Iowa State will give us a tough game."