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BREAKDOWN - Liner Notes
October 12, 2002
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State at Oklahoma
Nebraska at Oklahoma State
Iowa at Indiana
Notre Dame at Air Force
Texas at Kansas State
AGAINST THE SPREAD
INSIDE99: (16-16-2 overall)
Maryland -2 over Georgia Tech
Northwestern +25.5 over Penn State
Washington +8 over Southern Cal
Nebraska -8 over Oklahoma State
Texas A&M -23 over Kansas
San Jose State +5 over Nevada
Ricky Sixx: (12-18 overall)
Iowa -13 over Indiana
Wisconsin +6.5 over Ohio State
Alabama -11 over Mississippi
Vanderbilt +25.5 over Georgia
Temple -3 over Connecticut
Louisiana State -7.5 over South Carolina
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Louisiana State junior cornerback
OF THE WEEK:
LSU'S WEBSTER NAMED
NAGURSKI PLAYER OF THE WEEK
(FWAA) – LSU junior cornerback
Corey Webster (Vacherie,
La.) is this week's recipient of the Bronko
Nagurski National Defensive Player of the
Week Award for his performance in the Tigers'
36-7 win over Florida this past Saturday
Webster tied a school-record with three
interceptions last Saturday. He is only
the sixth player in Tiger history to have
three interceptions in a game and the first
since 1978. His first interception set up
an LSU field goal to give the Tigers a 3-0
lead. He returned the second interception
45 yards for a touchdown and a 10-0 LSU
lead. His third pick came in the fourth
quarter. He also added three tackles and
three pass deflections in the game.
three-person panel from the Football Writers
Association of America (FWAA) selects the
winner of the weekly award.
FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club pick
a National Defensive Player of the Week
each Monday. Webster will be added to the
Watch List for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy
which will be presented on Dec. 9 in Charlotte,
N.C., by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown
Bronko Nagurski Players of the Week
• Sept. 9: Maurice Sikes, Miami
• Sept. 16: Shane Walton, Notre Dame
• Sept. 23: Willie Pile, Virginia
• Sept. 30: R.J. Jones, Missouri
• Oct. 7: Matt Grier, Mississippi
• Oct. 14: Corey Webster, LSU
NOTES USED ON THE AIR
STATE AT OKLAHOMA
COACH: Dan McCarney
Iowa State is off to its best start in 64 years
and is in the top 10 for the first time ever -
#9 AP Poll.
trip to Oklahoma is the first of four road games
in five weeks for the Cyclones, who also must
play at Texas on Oct. 26, at Kansas State on Nov.
9 and at Colorado on Nov. 16.
Mike Wagner -- Back-to-back 100-yard rushing games
has earned the 5-7 Wagner a chance to start against
Oklahoma. Hiawatha Rutland, the starter for the
first seven games, has been slowed by a sprained
Seneca Wallace's thrilling zig-zag 12-yard scoring
run will be the play that most fans will remember
from the win over Texas Tech. But bidding for
equal time in coach Dan McCarney's memory banks
was the game-clinching, 80-yard drive that ate
almost nine minutes off the clock in the fourth
a Texas Tech team that had scored 48, 49 and 48
points in its previous three games to 17 underscored
the progress Iowa State's defense is making, McCarney
Against Texas Tech - The two big plays helped
the Cyclones pile up 228 yards rushing, a key
factor in keeping Kingsbury and the potent Tech
offense off the field. Iowa State frustrated a
Texas Tech offense that averaged 48.3 points over
its last three games. Kingsbury, who threw for
more than 400 yards in each of his two previous
games, had just 272.
COACH: Bob Stoops
Oklahoma held Texas to 53 yards rushing, with
star TB Cedric Benson getting 54 on 22 carries.
The Sooners shut down the Longhorns without needing
to bring their defensive backs into the box to
aid in run support. The Sooners are almost always
good against a conventional offense with an immobile
quarterback; things sometimes get dicey for OU
when it faces a quarterback like Seneca Wallace
who can improvise and make something out of nothing.
who was a defensive back at Iowa when McCarney
was an assistant coach on Hayden Fry's staff.
Oklahoma once again has a great set of linebackers
with Lance Mitchell and Teddy Lehman. Harassed
Chris Simms constantly last week.
TB Quentin Griffin picked up most of his 248 yards
on sprint draw plays. He was named the Big 12
Player Of The Week while beating Texas 35-24.
AT OKLAHOMA STATE
This will be the first meeting between
the teams since 1999 because of the Big 12's scheduling
format. Nebraska is 35-0-1 against OSU since it
last lost to the Cowboys in 1961. Make it 36-0-1
COACH: Frank Solich
Huskers are winless in their last four games away
from Memorial Stadium, with none of the decisions
Jammal Lord -- Lord was cited for disturbing the
peace early Sunday morning in an incident at his
Lincoln apartment and spent several hours at a
detoxification center because he appeared intoxicated.
NU coach Frank Solich said the incident wouldn’t
keep Lord from starting Saturday.
Missouri, QB Jammal Lord completed just 4 of 12
passes for 34 yards. He never appeared comfortable
in the pocket, and he threw balls out of bounds
on the run in an attempt to avoid sacks.
Nebraska gouged Missouri for 325 rushing yards,
so the passing game wasn't as vital against the
Tigers as it could be in upcoming games against
Texas, Kansas State or Colorado. But the Husker
OL and punishing running game is improving no
The coaching staff was generally pleased with
the results that came from a shakeup on the defensive
side of the ball. The Huskers had four new starters
in the lineup for the McNeese State game.
True freshman I-back David Horne isn't wasting
time making an impact. In two games since being
taken out of his redshirt season, Horne has rushed
for 169 yards.
OKLAHOMA STATE (2-4)
COACH: Les Miles
OSU needs to get its offense cranked up again.
The Cowboys averaged 39 points and 421 yards per
game in their four non-conference games. In Big
12 games against Texas and Kansas State, OSU's
offense has averaged 12.0 points and 229 yards.
Much of the credit has to go to the opposing defenses,
which each rank in the Top 15 nationally.
The Cowboys' 4-2-5 defensive alignment is designed
to offset spread-the-field passing attacks. Kansas
State averaged 22.4 yards per reception.
"We went into a hornets nest at Kansas State.
They beat us in every phase of the game.'' --
OSU coach Les Miles, on the Cowboys' 44-9 loss
When you play Nebraska, they're going to punch
you in the snout and you better be ready to return
fire. The Cowboys didn't do that in a 44-9 pounding
by Kansas State. The Wildcats ran for 297 yards,
with TB Darren Sproles getting 130 and QB Ell
COACH: Kirk Ferentz
RB Fred Russell should have a field day against
Indiana's shaky run defense. Unless the Hawkeyes
are looking past the Hoosiers, this game should
not be difficult.
The Hawkeyes are hitting on all
cylinders. QB Brad Banks is not always going to
hit a high percentage of his passes -- he was
8-of-19 against Michigan State -- but he also
threw TD passes of 62 and 20 yards to WR C.J.
Jones. The running game has been consistent from
the start of the season and the Hawkeyes believe
their offense is as good as anybody's in the conference.
This a tough and gritty unit that
makes big plays on a regular basis. Look at safety
Derek Pagel. He set the tone for the rout of Michigan
State with a 62-yard interception return for a
TD. Iowa's defense has been able to produce those
kind of plays at key moments this year.
is rolling in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes improved
to 3-0 in the conference for the first time in
six years with a 28-point win over Michigan State.
They also moved up to No. 15 in the Associated
Press poll -- Iowa's highest ranking since Nov.
The Hawkeyes' much maligned pass defense held
Rogers to five catches for 78 yards and ended
his NCAA record streak of 14 straight games with
a TD catch. The defense also collected four sacks,
forced two fumbles and picked off three passes
as No. 17 Iowa beat Michigan State 44-16.
COACH: Gerry DiNardo
The Hoosiers have a two-game winning streak and
have played much better than they did in the early
part of the year.
QB Gibran Hamdan -- In addition to putting nice
stats on the board, Hamdan has won the team's
respect with his leadership.
OFFENSIVELY: The Hoosiers are exceeding expectations.
In addition to the passing of Gibran Hamdan, WRs
Glenn Johnson and Courtney Roby are starting to
produce big plays.
There's little doubt that the Hoosiers are usually
overmatched when their defensive unit takes the
field. They lack strength at the point of attack
and have a very difficult time against the run.
As a result, coach Gerry DiNardo has been emphasizing
field position. Ryan Hamre averaged 46.5 yards
per punt on four kicks against Wisconsin, and
that helped the defense tremendously.
The Hoosiers have stepped it up when they have
had chances to score. That's the secret to their
two-game winning steak that included a major 32-29
upset over Wisconsin last Saturday.
DAME AT AIR FORCE
It's a showdown of two unbeaten teams,
both at 6-0. Air Force whacked Brigham Young 52-9
last Saturday, and its high-powered offense, which
ranks eighth nationally in scoring, will test
the Irish's stern defense.
COACH: Tyrone Willingham
Dame WR Arnaz Battle -- Battle, a converted quarterback,
caught 10 passes for 101 yards in the win over
Pittsburgh, almost doubling his season receiving
challenged Irish quarterback Carlyle Holiday to
throw by committing eight defenders to the run
and sending pressure into the pocket. Holiday
could only muster 145 passing yards. It wouldn't
be surprising to see Air Force and future opponents
completely sell out to stop the run like Pittsburgh
Irish are third in the nation in scoring defense,
allowing 11.7 points per game. In Saturday's 14-6
win over Pittsburgh, the Irish again created turnovers
that were critical.
Notre Dame won't be able win with defense alone.
That day might come Saturday when the Irish play
at Air Force. Notre Dame's offense has scored
10 touchdowns, five less than Air Force quarterback
Chance Harridge has scored alone.
Pitt controlled the line of scrimmage and limited
the Irish to only 40 yards on 31 carries -- an
average of 1.3 yards per attempt. With Air Force
coming up and Florida State just around the corner,
how long can offensively challenged Notre Dame
continue its incredible high-wire act? The struggling
running game needs to get in gear in a hurry.
COACH: Fisher DeBerry
Some of the greatest moments in Falcons history
have come at the Irish expense, usually in off
seasons for Notre Dame. A victory here will quiet
the Falcons' doubters for good.
QB Chance Harridge -- He's had back-to-back four-TD
weeks as he zooms in on MWC offensive player of
the year honors. Coach Fisher DeBerry is not happy,
however, with his mouthy style on the field.
The Falcons are deep in halfbacks and fullbacks,
and any one of them can join Harridge in gaining
big chunks of yardage. MWC teams are accustomed
to retooling for the option, but Notre Dame is
Rest of opponents on Falcon schedule have combined
record of 9-22. They will run the table.
Air Force, the nation's top rushing team, had
463 yards - 386 rushing - and used its ball-control
offense to keep BYU's high-scoring offense off
AT KANSAS STATE
COACH: Mack Brown
After losing to Oklahoma in 2001, Texas won its
next three games by a combined 121-40. Those three
wins came over Oklahoma State, Colorado and Missouri.
This season, the Longhorns' don't have the luxury.
of the keys to Oklahoma's victory was its ability
to keep talented Texas receivers Roy Williams,
B.J. Johnson and Sloan Thomas under control.
inability to sustain drives on offense led to
some of the Longhorns' defensive troubles against
OU. Texas gave up 397 yards, including 248 to
tailback Quentin Griffin. He had 102 of his yards
in the final quarter against what Brown called
a fatigued Texas defense.
last year, Texas has a legit shot at running the
table and getting back to the Big 12 title game.
As mentioned, the schedule will be much more difficult
starting this weekend with Kansas State…it
ain’t gonna happen this year. The Horns
would have to hope for a Nebraska type BCS situation
where they literally don’t play their way
in to a BCS bid.
COACH: Bill Snyder
State juggled its secondary for the Oklahoma State
game, with freshman Jesse Tetuan earning his first
start at safety and James Dunnagin his first start
at cornerback. The Wildcats had allowed Colorado
four plays that yielded 291 yards in the Oct.
5 loss in Boulder.
Ell Roberson won the starting quarterback job
with his legs. He's holding onto it with his throwing
arm. Roberson won the starting job from Dunn in
the Wildcats' 27-20 win over then-No. 11 Southern
California three weeks ago. I felt this was a
huge key for KSU back in the preseason.
Keep an eye on young, Darren Sproles, one of the
NationalChamps.net new kids to watch for 2001
back in July. He rushed for 130 yards on 18 carries
for Kansas State (5-1, 1-1 Big 12), including
a juking, twisting 38-yard TD run in the first
quarter for a 6-0 lead.
Kansas State has an edge when trying to handicap
the race for the Big 12 Conference North Division
title. The three games that shape up as the toughest
of the Wildcats' remaining six are at home --
this week against Texas, Nov. 9 against Iowa State
and Nov. 16 against Missouri.