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Sunday, November 10, 2002

Kansas’ Cole happy with record, not result

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— It was a memorable moment for Greg Cole in a game the Kansas University football team would rather forget.

KU's senior co-captain set a school single-season record Saturday at Nebraska when he tackled running back Cory Ross for a three-yard loss in the third quarter. It was the linebacker's 21st tackle for loss this season, breaking the record of 20 1/2 set by Ron Warner in 1997.

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"I'm happy for myself, as far as the record," Cole said. "I worked really hard. It's an accomplishment for myself."

Cole wasn't as happy about the final score. The 45-7 loss was the Jayhawks' sixth in a row. KU's defense allowed 414 total yards, including 352 rushing.

Nebraska had six plays of 25 yards or more, including four running plays in the first quarter.

"We knew they were going to run the ball and be physical," Cole said. "We had to stop that, and we didn't. They made plays. We didn't."

Cole did what he could with nine tackles, including his fifth sack of the season.

The senior from Hutchinson Community College is KU's leading tackler with 99 and also has an interception, a pass breakup and a blocked field goal to his credit.

Cole was encouraging his teammates in the locker room after the loss, looking ahead to the season finale against Oklahoma State.

"Those are the kinds of kids you need on your ballclub," KU coach Mark Mangino said. "My only regret is that he's gone after this year."

KU (2-9, 0-7 Big 12) hopes to end a season filled with losses with a victory against OSU (4-5, 2-3) on senior day at Memorial Stadium.

"Next week is the last game," Cole said. "We're going to play all out, give it everything we've got. We've got nothing to lose."

Saturday's kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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