Tape: Husker knocked down Mizzou fan

Updated: October 15, 2003, 10:33 AM ET
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OMAHA, Neb. -- Nebraska cornerback Kellen Huston was suspended one game Tuesday because of his actions after Saturday's loss at Missouri, and his accuser wants Huston to be held accountable.

Huston was caught on videotape toppling a Missouri fan after the Cornhuskers' 41-24 loss in Columbia, Mo. Hundreds of Tigers supporters had run onto the field at the end of the game.

"Kellen is very sorry that this unfortunate situation happened, and so are we," Nebraska coach Frank Solich said. "After viewing the film and speaking to people who were at the scene, I truly believe that Kellen did not instigate the situation and that he was simply reacting to what he saw as a dangerous situation coming right at him.

"However, Kellen knows that we do not condone our players striking another person, and he will be suspended for this week's game."

Huston will miss the Big 12 Conference matchup with Texas A&M on Saturday.

A 5-11, 200-pound junior, he has one sack among two tackles in six games.

"First, I would like to say that I sincerely regret what transpired Saturday evening in Columbia," Huston said. "My actions should not be a reflection on Coach Solich, the University of Nebraska or our football team. I would never intentionally bring harm to another individual."

After the incident, Huston ran on toward the locker room while Missouri quarterback Brad Smith helped the fan off the turf.

Matthew Scott, of Lee's Summit, Mo., reported to University of Missouri-Columbia police that he was punched by Huston. Police Chief Jack Watring said the case is being handled as a misdemeanor assault because Scott didn't have any broken bones or serious injuries.

"He should receive some type of punishment for what he did. You just can't do that," Scott, who is 21, told WMIZ-TV.

Video shows Huston hitting someone in the face with a clenched fist soon after he ran at Huston while pointing a finger at him. Huston was confronted as he was unbuttoning his chin strap and walking off the field, Solich said.

Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson underlined that players must be responsible for their actions and said that he thought the punishment was appropriate. He continued, however, with a mini-lecture on fan misbehavior in general and the need for control.

"When did it become the right of anyone to scream obscenities and ridicule another person just because they have chosen to display their talents on a football field?" Pederson said.

"I would never claim that hitting someone is appropriate, but I was not standing in Kellen Huston's shoes on Saturday night," he added. "However, I was at the edge of the field, and I have never personally witnessed such an out-of-control situation. It may be easy to sit in your living room and watch what you think you see on television, but be careful to judge others too quickly."

Information from SportsTicker and The Associated Press was used in this report.