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Published: November 1, 2008
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→Huskers RB Marlon Lucky vs. Sooners LB Austin Box: The Huskers’ hopes are tied into controlling the clock with a run-pass mix. The run part relies on Lucky, who has had his best games this season the past two weeks. He’s also a solid receiver, with 20 catches. Box best know Lucky’s whereabouts at all times.

Man in motion

→Nate Swift, WR, Nebraska: The 6-2 senior is the Huskers’ leading receiver — this season and all-time. His 11 catches a week ago sent him ahead of Johnny Rodgers to No. 1. OU’s past two games should have him thinking of lengthening his lead.

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→Chris Brown (above), RB, OU: For all the attention heaped on DeMarco Murray, how’s this for a thought: Brown is OU’s best back. While Murray has rebounded nicely the past two weeks, Brown has led OU in rushing and yards per carry each game. Not as much flash, but more dash.

Horsecollar’d

→Jimmy Stevens, K, OU: At Texas Tech, they dragged a kid out of the stands to kick PATs. And he was busy and perfect his first time under the gun. The scholarshipped Stevens has missed three — and stands just 3-of-5 on field goals — and faith in him is wavering. Get ready for a new halftime promotion: Make a Kick, Get a ’Ship.

Clippings

→Oklahoma 48, Nebraska 28: "The Sooners are still struggling defensively without LB Ryan Reynolds working in the middle of their D. Joe Ganz, one of the country’s most underrated QBs, can exploit that void. But Nebraska just doesn’t have the athletes to keep up with the slick crew of receivers whom Sam Bradford showcases.”

— Bruce Feldman, ESPN.com

BY JOHN HELSLEY


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