College Football Roundup
Sep. 25, 1998
Washington quarterback Brock Huard wants another shot at Nebraska. Then again, the Cornhuskers want another shot at him.
Huard leads No. 9 Washington (2-0) against No. 2 Nebraska (3-0) in Lincoln on Saturday. When the teams met last year in Seattle, the Huskers won 27-14 after Huard was knocked out in the first quarter.
``What I remember about that game was how hard they came in those first couple of series,'' said Huard, who left with a sprained ankle. ``I've never felt pressure like that coming off the ball. They were so revved up.''
Washington guard Tony Coats said the Huskies are taking precautions this time.
``I'm going to do whatever I can to keep Brock healthy,'' Coats said.
Nebraska has a 17-game winning streak and 44 straight victories in Lincoln. The last opponent to win at Memorial Stadium was Washington, 36-21 in 1991.
Two Huskers who gave Huard fits last season, All-Americans Jason Peter and Grant Wistrom, now play in the NFL. But end Chad Kelsay is back, and he said the game hinges on how well the Huskers defend Huard.
``We know he's a great quarterback and we want to make sure we get that same kind of pressure on him,'' Kelsay said. ``We don't want him to get into a comfort zone.''
That's what happened for Louisiana Tech's Tim Rattay, who threw for 590 yards against Nebraska in the season opener, while Troy Edwards set an NCAA record with 405 yards receiving.
The Huskers expect to be tested again through the air. Huard is a drop-back passer with a strong arm who bypassed the NFL draft to return for his junior season.
``He puts the ball on the money,'' said Nebraska safety Mike Brown. ``He knows their offense and he makes good checks. We're going to try to fool him a bit and force him into some mistakes.''
In a 42-38 victory at Arizona State, Huard threw a 63-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-17 with 28 seconds to play. In last week's 20-10 defeat of BYU, the Washington offense produced only one TD.
Meanwhile, Nebraska expects a boost with the return of quarterback Bobby Newcombe and running back DeAngelo Evans, both coming off knee injuries.
It will be Evans' first action since Nebraska's loss to Texas in the 1996 Big 12 title game _ the last time the Huskers lost.
Nebraska also will have safety Clint Finley (knee) and defensive tackle Jason Wiltz (ankle) available for the first time in weeks.
``I think we're as healthy as we've been in a long time,'' coach Frank Solich said.
In other games, it's Houston at No. 4 Tennessee; Northeast Louisiana at No. 5 Kansas State; Idaho at No. 6 LSU; No. 18 Southern California at No. 10 Florida State; No. 11 Virginia at Duke; Northwestern at No. 14 Wisconsin; Baylor at No. 15 Colorado; North Texas at No. 17 Texas A&M; Tulsa at No. 19 West Virginia; Stanford at No. 20 Oregon; Pittsburgh at No. 21 Virginia Tech; No. 22 Alabama at Arkansas; No. 23 Air Force at Texas Christian; and Purdue at No. 23 Notre Dame.
On Thursday night, No. 16 Arizona beat San Diego State 35-16.
No. 1 Ohio State has the week off before meeting No. 7 Penn State, and No. 3 UCLA's game at Miami was called off because of Hurricane Georges.
Oregon (3-0) opens its Pac-10 schedule Saturday having lost three in a row to the Cardinal and six of their eight matchups in the 1990s, including 58-49 last season.
``They've had our number, there's no way around it,'' Oregon middle linebacker Aaron Cheuvront said. ``And everybody here is very aware of it. That's why it's been more businesslike in practice this week.''
Unlike last year, when it upset Texas Tech, North Texas (0-3) hasn't come close to a victory in 1998, losing to Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Arizona State by a combined 101-24.
The Aggies (1-2) forfeited a Sept. 12 victory over Louisiana Tech. The school attributed a player's ineligibility to a clerical error in the registrar's office.