Solich mum on decision


Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 30, 2002 at 11:47 p.m.
LINCOLN, Neb. - Frank Solich isn't blaming quarterback Jammal Lord entirely for Nebraska's struggles.
The coach isn't exactly praising the first-year starter, either.
Solich benched Lord early in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 36-14 loss to Iowa State, a defeat which dropped the Cornhuskers out of The Associated Press poll for the first time since 1981. He wouldn't say Monday if the switch would continue this weekend, when McNeese State visits Lincoln.
"No question, Jammal is our best running quarterback," Solich said. "At times he has thrown the ball well. But he really has not done a good job of taking care of the ball. Jammal needs to get to where he's making better decisions."
Lord had two critical turnovers that led to scores by Iowa State on Saturday. His fumble near the end of the first quarter was recovered by Iowa State at Nebraska's 45-yard line. The Cyclones could only get close enough for a field goal. In the fourth quarter, Lord threw an interception that led to a touchdown.
Solich pulled Lord in favor of Mike Stuntz, who had more success with the offense in the closing series of the blowout. Solich said after the game he would review the videotape and decide if a change is needed.
The coach said any change probably will be announced today.
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