LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The talk has turned to hope in the Nebraska
football program after yesterday's 45-14 loss to Oklahoma State.
Prospects of the Cornhuskers repeating as Big 12 North champions
are fading fast. The buzz now is about whether fourth-year coach
Bill Callahan will make it to a fifth season at Nebraska, despite
signing a five-year contract last month.
Following Nebraska's worst beating at home since 1958, Callahan
gave no clear answer when asked why anyone should believe things
will get better this year.
He says coaches, players and fans just have to believe.
He said, quote, "You have to keep hope alive for those kids.
You can't walk away from them and point fingers and blame and do
anything like that. We're all in it together."
The Cornhuskers' confidence on defense has been obliterated by
what has been some of the worst performances since the pre-Bob
Devaney era, which began in 1962.
Oklahoma State hadn't won in Lincoln since 1960. But the Cowboys
set an opponent first-half scoring record while getting out to a
38-0 lead en route to a 45-14 win yesterday.
The Cowboys averaged 7.8 yards a play and finished with 551
yards, making them the fifth straight opponent to amass 415 or more
Callahan says his players are trying, but it's just not enough.
He says no one feels worse than the coaches and players.
Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller says he and
his teammates are going through a miserable time right now. He also
says they know they haven't lived up to the expectations of the
program and the state.
He pointed to his chest after yesterday's 45-14 loss to Oklahoma
State, saying there is a pain inside that won't go away.
He says everybody on the team must fall into line and the
leaders must take over.
The Huskers play Texas A&M at home this Saturday, then play
three of their final four regular-season games on the road.
Keller says the only way for the Huskers to go is up.