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November 7, 1993


Trev Alberts won't send a card, so this will have to do:

"I'd like to thank Kansas for going for two," Alberts said. "It was in their best interest and ours."

It certainly turned out to be in Nebraska's best interest when, with 52 seconds left, Kansas eschewed the one-point conversion in favor of the two-pointer. Asheiki Preston's pass fell incomplete, and the sixth-ranked Huskers escaped with a 21-20 win over KU on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

"We knew, basically, that was our season right there," said Alberts, Nebraska's marquee linebacker. "The bottom line is, we're undefeated. It does feel good to come out with a win."

That the Jayhawks went for the win was no surprise to NU coach Tom Osborne, who has never lost to Kansas. The Huskers have won 25 straight against KU.

"Kansas is, what, 4-5? I believe the object of the game is to win," Osborne said. "They have to win the game. That's what I would have done."

And would he have passed on the conversion attempt, even though the Jayhawks had rushed 16 of the 17 plays on that final 80-yard scoring drive?

"They know their personnel," Osborne said. "They know what they can do. So I'm not going to second-guess anything they did today. If I'm going to second-guess anybody, it'll be Tom Osborne."

Though KU was in position to tie or take the lead, Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier wasn't worried.

"I didn't want to go out there and pull out some last-minute heroics," Frazier said. "Yeah, I could have done it. I never had any doubt that we'd win the game."

There was some doubt, however, that he would even play in the game. He suffered a shoulder sprain last week and was questionable most of the week. Similarly, running back Calvin Jones was questionable with the flu.

Apparently, both are feeling much better now. Frazier rushed for 35 yards and passed for 31 more. Jones led all rushers with 195 yards on 29 carries.

"Our offense moved the ball real well," Alberts said. "We just didn't put it together. It sure would be nice if we could have a day where the offense and defense put it all together.

"But I give them credit. They had a great game plan, and we were struggling trying to counter it. When you think about it, there was a lot of luck involved."

The Huskers amassed 368 total yards, while Kansas gained 297. That's a stat Osborne found offensive.

"Defensively, Kansas stopped us flat, and their offensive line was stronger than us," he said. "Defensively, we made some good plays. We just didn't make enough of them. They were just too strong for us. I guess, at this time of year, we should just be thankful we're 9-0."

The Huskers will play host to Iowa State next Saturday.

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