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Sunbaif jBegtetcr DAVID WITKE, executive sports editor, 515-284-8130 November 6, 1988 HARRY BAUMERTThe Register MARC HANSEN I tyUmH Jl fflf if 1 leaves UorKiuesta eold in 3-1 romp N'wMtern loeM First downs 10 22 Rushes-yards 33-149 45-167 Passing yards 61 224 Return yards 13 Passes 9-24-2 18-27-0 Punts 4-31 4-41 Fumbles-lost 3-1 1-1 1-10 7-60 Time of possession 25:15 34:45 By BUCK TURNBULL Register Staff Writer IOWA CITY, IA. Only the diehard football fans stuck it out to the finish Saturday while Iowa was routinely disposing of Northwestern. But the ones who left early can be excused. It was such a raw, wet and windy day that some of the Hawkeye players didn't feel like hanging around. "I've never played in this kind of weather before," said Iowa fullback Nick Bell after he scored two touchdowns in the Hawkeyes' 35-10 triumph.

"My hands really got cold, and after a while my left arm was numb. "I'm just not used to this," said Bell, a sophomore from Las Vegas, Nev, "I'd never even played in the rain until this year's game at Michigan State." Bowl Scouts The temperature at game time was 40, but strong north winds made it feel more like 20. By the start of the fourth quarter a Kinnick Stadium sellout crowd of 67,300 had been just about cut in half. The stands were nearly empty by the time Northwestern finally scored a touchdown. One small group of onlookers had no reason to depart early: Scouts from four bowls were protected by the warmth of the pressbox.

Afterward, they stopped by to tell Iowa Coach Hayden Fry once again how much they're interested in his team. The visitors were from the Peach, Liberty, Ail-American and Freedom bowls. Asked if he has any preference for a postseason game, Fry replied: "I'd just like to go. I have no preference. But the bowl people who have SCORING Northwestirn 0 0 1 7 IP low 14 0 14 35 I Bass 1 1 run (Skillett kick) I Bell 6 run (Skillett kick) I Stewart 1 run (Skillett kick) FG Adler 31 I Bell 3 run (Skillett kick) I Cook 3 pass from Hartlieb (Skillett kick) Buchanan 1 3 pass from O'Brien (Adler kick) A 67.700.

been watching us are very enthusiastic about our team." Although Iowa quarterback Chuck Hartlieb had been a question mark for this game because of an ailing i knee, he started and played until the final minutes, giving his usual classy performance. Hartlieb completed 18 of 26 passes for 224 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked for 27 yards in losses, but overall, he didn't hurt his ranking as the Big Ten's leader in total offense. "Leg Is Fine" "The leg is fine much better this week than last week," Hartlieb said. "I didn't practice much, just a little late in the week, and I think the rest did me a lot of good." Iowa's rugged defense was responsible for making things look easy.

Two of the first three touchdowns followed pass interceptions by nose iowa Please turn to Page 5D i Northwestern wide receiver Richard Buchanan on end around play. ground pm ovgrpows (clones, 51-16 i r- a i HL f. Iowa tackle Matt Rubland wraps up Mrasira's By RON MALY Register Staff Writer AMES, IA. When it comes to playing "smash-mouth" football, as Iowa State Coach Jim Walden calls it, few college teams in America do it better than Nebraska. The seventh-ranked Cornhuskers proved that by piling up 566 yards on the ground, and stopping Iowa State on defense when it mattered, in a 51-16 cruise on a snowy, bitterly cold Saturday.

But Nebraska's coaches and players were viewed as something less than a class act by Iowa State's fans and plavers for the wav it wanted to pour it on late in the first half. When the Cornhuskers kept calling time to kill the clock so they could score more points, Iowa State fans among the announced crowd of 50,158 booed. Afterward, some of the Cyclone players voiced their own disapproval. "At first, I was confused why Nebraska kept calling time," senior running back Joe Henderson said. "Then I thought of the disagreement Coach I I I Osborne cold as the wind AMES, IA.

This could be mere coincidence, but the Iowa State-Nebraska point spread seemed to widen last week every time Jim Walden opened his mouth. It never got wide enough. The point spread, that is. Near the end of the first half in this 51-16 embarrassment to college football parity, Iowa State fans had learned a new trick. They'd discov- Osborne's only recourse for Walden1 carping was to pound the Cyclones into AstroDust.

ered the art of booing over their shoulders as they fled the wind tunnel aptly named Cyclone Stadium. The fans weren't booing Iowa State. They were booing Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne, who kept stopping the clock at 28-0 near the half, trying to increase his lead. Such audacity. The fans' frustration is understandable, especially when it's 3 degrees wind chill.

But 28-0 late in the first half is no time to lock the door, close up shop and stop trying to cross the goal line. Jim Walden wouldn't agree or disagree. "I've said enough this week," was his uncharacteristic response. Over-the-shoulder booing isn't easy. Try it sometime.

It's like reading a book while driving. Like trying to survive Nebraska after you've been criticizing Osborne's stance on annual scholarship limitations the week leading up to the game. He wants them, Walden doesn't. Walden thinks he's being hypocritical and selfish. Osborne wishes Walden would shut up.

It'll never happen, which is a good thing. This is no way to run a big-time football conference. With four of the teams in the Big Eight Iowa State included there's no such thing as "any given Saturday." Osborne's only recourse for Walden's carping was to pound the Cyclones into AstroDust- And to deny Walden any professional courtesies. The two shook hands at the end of the game, and Walden swatted Osborne on the rump. But check out Walden's TV show today if you think a warm wind was blowing from one sideline to the other.

Each week in a taping session before the game, Walden interviews the opposing coach. Not this time. "It isn't mandatory," Walden said. "It's a free country. But I think he missed a great chance to show his human side." Whenever Walden called Osborne's office Thursday, he got the run-around.

Either Osborne was in a meeting or he just stepped out or he'd gone to lunch or he'd mashed his button-pushing finger in a freak long-distance telephone accident. "I promise I won't ask him about scholarships," Walden told Osborne's secretary. Nice try, but no luck. Osborne never returned his call. Check out the Walden show today and don't be surprised if you see the coach interviewing Cyclone equipment managers, trainers, team doctors or anyone else who wanders into camera range.

"I'm looking for Tom Osborne," he'll say. "Are you Tom Osborne?" Trust me, Walden's show will be more entertaining than anything that happened on the field Saturday. Not that the game was a total affront to Iowa State pride. Other than some fictional tackling in the first half, the Cyclones played close to their capabilities. They didn't fumble the ball away.

They had only one interception. Third-string running back Paul Thibodeaux warmed the frozen faithful momentarily by zipping 67 yards for a touchdown. Judge Johnston should be nominated for Big Eight Player of the Week. Punting with the wind and snow swirling in his face, he cranked out an 80-yarder in the first quarter. But above all, Iowa State kept after the Huskers.

If anyone quit it was the fans, and you can't hold that against them on a day made for the luge. The exits began bleeding Cardinal and Gold midway through the second quarter. In the fourth quarter, by one reporter's count, 128 arctic explorers remained in the east-side upper deck. "If I'd been up there," said Johnston, "I might have left, too." Up in the stands, down on the field, 'it alj looked the same. Cold, gray and miserable.

Paul Thibodeaux, a Cyclone reserve running back who scored on a 67-yard dash in the third quarter, said Nebraska's time-killing tactics "disgusted us. Those timeouts served no purpose." Walden facetiously said Osborne "did the fans a favor by letting them know the game was over, and they could go home. He must not know I have a percentage of the concessions at the stadium. It cost me about $1,000." Turning more serious, Walden said, "Whatever Tom wants to do is all right with me. I've said enough this week.

My thoughts on if he was upset at the timeouts shouldn't be made public now. "Maybe in the next two or three years, when you watch my teams play, you can answer that." Nebraska scored 24 points in the final 8 minutes 58 seconds of the IOWA STATE Please turn to Page 7D Nebraska lowe State First downs 29 13 Rushes-yards 68-566 39-148 Passing yards 71 103 Return yards 11 0 Passes 5-10-0 7-17-1 Punts 3-43 8-45 Fumbles-lost 3-1 1-0 Penalties-yards 7-60 7-40 Time of possession 31:32 28:28 SCORING 7 24 7 13 51 Iowa State 0 0 3 13 16 MiHiKan 6 pass from Taylor (Barrios kick) Clark 18 run (Barrios kick) Taylor 28 run (Barrios kick) Taylor 23 run (Barrios kick) FG Barrios 30 Taylor 11 run (Barrios kick) FG Shudak 42 Gdowski 1 run (Drennan kick) Thibodeaux 67 run (Shudak kick) Flowers 3 run (pass failed) Ross 35 pass from DeGennaro (kick failed) Walden had with Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne during the week. "But, when you have a disagreement with another coach, you shouldn't take it out on his players. We had nothing to do with it. Why embarrass us? "What they did wasn't a classy thing." This member of the Nebraska band can't face the music of a cold wind blowing in Cyclone Stadium.

He can't see, but he cheers for another Hasker touchdown. Saggau: Sports are for the kids OAVIO PETERSONThe Reenter I Hawk tickets aren't hot item for students By JOHN CARLSON Of The Register's Mnra City Bureau IOWA CITY, IA. The giant stadiums and arenas are full, muscle-bound athletic departments are making more money than ever before and all seems well in college athletics. But a traditional part of that tidy little package the college student is beginning to slip away and few people seem to notice or care. Ac cording to athletic department ticket managers in the Midwest, college students are losing interest in intercollegiate athletics.

It is a national phenomenon, they say, and represents a 1 TICKETS Please turn to Page 6D INDEX FOOTBALL Atlantic Coast 90 Big Eight, Big Ten 60 Iowa Colleges 4D NFL 140 Southeastern, Southwest 9D OTHER INTERESTS Basketball 90, 1 ODD Inside Report 11 NHL 12D Outdoor 3D Sports Forum 13D Sports Roundup 10D Championships set in four prep classes Pairings for next weekend's high school football championships at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls were determined Saturday in classes 3-A, 2-A, 1-A and A. Class 3-A SEMIFINAL ROUND Harlan 19, Spencer 10 Decorah 36. Oskaloosa 17 FRIDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP 7 p.m. Harlan (ll-O) vs. Decorah (10-1) Class 2-A SEMIFINAL ROUND Emmetsburg 21 Griswold 1 3 Wapsie Valley (Fairbank) vs.

Solon, pod. SATURDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP 2 p.m. Emmetsburg (10-1) vs. Wapsie Valley (10-0) or Solon (10-0) Class 1-A SEMIFINAL ROUND Grundy Center 14, Britt 7 Pekin (Packwood) 38, Southeast Warren 12 SATURDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP 11 a.m. Grundy Center (11-0) vs.

Pekin (Packwood) (10-1) Class A SEMIFINAL ROUND Schleswig 22, Elk Horn-Kimballton 8 Preston 27. East Greene 7 FRIDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP 4 p.m. Schleswig 1 0-1 vs. Preston 1 0-O) STORIES, PICTURES: 2D By RICK BROWN Register Staff Writer BOONE, IA. One night at a party, a woman approached Lois Saggau and asked her what her husband did.

"He's executive secretary of the Iowa Boys High School Athletic Association," Lois said. "Oh," was the woman's response. "What does he do for a living?" Bernie Saggau chuckles every time he recalls tne story. For the past 21 years, he's been the association's kingpin, overseeing a million-dollar budget and competition in nine sports which produce 34 team championships and 134 individual champions annually. Hardly part-time work, because work weeks as short as 40 hours are, for Saggau, little more than rumor.

But the 60-year-old Saggau tackles the challenge with the same enthusiasm and emotion that earned him all-state honors as a featherweight halfback at Denison High School and made him one of the nation's most respected collegiate football and basketball officials. "The thing that amazes me is that he never seems to get tired," said Lois. "He has a lot of energy, but he enjoys what he's doing. That makes a lot of difference." "He's a bundle of energy," said Dave Harty, the associa tion's assistant secretary and one of Saggau's lieutenants since 1970. "His enthusiasm is never ending." "I don't know that I've observed anyone more enthusiastic or sincere about kids involved in high school programs than Bernie Saggau," said Brice Durbin, executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations.

The secret to his success, Saggau will admit, is simple. "I have enthusiasm for athletics and work, because I consider them the same thing," Saggau said. "Everything I've ever done, I've worked at because it was fun. I honestly believe I could come to this job and work for half as much money because I enjoy what I'm doing. If I didn't, I'd go out and make three times as much money, because the opportunities have been there." Serving as the chief executive, which pays Saggau $72,300 annually, is akin to being President of the United States a no-win situation.

Praise comes, but the complaints and controversy constantly nip at his heels. "That goes with the territory," Saggau said. "I guess the best way to describe it is if everyone is unhappy and you're doing a good job, that's success. If you want to get SAGGAU Please turn to Page 13D HOW THE TOP 20 FARED Team How Team F.ntd N.xlFo T.m How Twin Fired NxtFo 1. Notre Dame (9-0-0) beat Rice, 54-1 1 Penn State (Nov.

19) 11. rKnii (9-0-0) beat Baylor. 33-3 Texas A 2. So. California (7-0-0) played California at Arizona State 12.

Oklahoma State (6-2-0) loit to Oklahoma, 3 1 -28 Kansas 3. Miami (Fli.) (7-1-0) beat Tulsa, 34-3 at Louisiana State 13. Louisiana State (6-2-0) beat Alabama, 19-18 at Mississippi State 4. West Virginia (9-0-0) beat Cincinnati, 51-13 vs. Rutgers 14.

Michigan (6-2-1) beat Minnesota, 22-7 Illinois 5. Florida State (7-1-0) played at South Carolina Virginia Tech 15. South Carolina (7-1-0) played Florida State Navy 6. UCLA (8-1-0) beat Oregon. 16-6 Stanford 16.

Syracuse (7-1-0) beat Navy, 49-21 at Boston College 7. Nebraska (9-1-0) beat Iowa State, 51-16 Colorado' 17. Clemson (7-2-0) beat North Carolina, 37-14 at Maryland 8. Oklahoma (8-1-0) beat Oklahoma State, 31-28 at Missouri 18. Alabama (6-2-0) lost to La State, 19-18 vs.

Southwestern La. 9. Auburn (8-1-0) beat So. Mississippi, 38-8 Georgia 19. Georgia (7-2-0) beat Florida, 26-3 vs.

Florida 10. Wyoming CJ 0-0-0) beat Texas-El Paso. 51-6 at Houston 20. Brlgham Young (7-1-0) played at San Diego State at Air Force Indiana (6-2-1) lost to Illinois, 21-20 Michigan State.

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