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$) E5 OCT 3 0 1988 2D SPORTS ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1988 COLLEGE FOOTBALL Missouri quarterback Corey Welch tries to Chris Caliendo. Welch completed six scramble away from the grasp of Nebraska's passes for 97 yards. Mizzou ; From page one even making defensive stands. ' That halftime score from Lincoln: Missouri 6, Nebraska 0. Total offense at halftime: Mizzou 124, Nebraska 15. The Cornhuskers weren't just losing, " they were getting the stuffing kicked it out of them. "The first half, it seemed like they had fear in their eyes. They were ; frightened," MU cornerback Adrian . Jones said of the 'Huskers. ; ; "I'm sure they were surprised," Mizzou defensive end Lee Johnson said. "Whenever you hold Nebraska to one first down in a half I'm . pretty sure they were surprised." There was joy in the Missouri locker room at halftime. Then quiet. According to safety Charles Murphy, one thought buzzed through the room: -. "Hey, we can win. Man, we're close. We're really close." But for all their effort, that's all the Tigers got close. In his three-plus seasons at Mizzou, Widenhofer is 2-13-1 in games decided by eight points or fewer. Nebraska came up with the big plays when it needed them. "That's why they're ranked No. 5," Johnson said. "They came up with ' two bigs plays on us that I think made the difference in the game." Big Play No. 1: Trailing 9-0 early in the third quarter, Nebraska faced a third and 22 from its own 30. Under heavy pressure, Taylor scrambled right, was hit by a Mizzou defender but unleashed a bomb to tight end Todd Millikan. Murphy was in perfect position to intercept, or at least bat the pass away. ; "I thought I had it," Murphy said "In my eyes, I knew I had it." But Murphy missed the ball then lost his balance. And Millikan not only caught the ball, he was able to run into the end zone for an 82-yard TD. "It wasn't even intended for me," Millikan said. "I was a decoy. ... Steve just happened to see me when he was scrambling around, and I came open." Big Play No. 2: Trailing 15-14 late in the third quarter, Nebraska faced a third and 14 from its 30, Once again, Taylor found himself under heavy pressure. Once again he scrambled out of the pocket. Once again he threw deep. Once again he connected, this time for 59 yards to reserve wide receiver Nate Turner. The 'Huskers got a field goal out it to take a 17-15 lead. But Mizzou answered with Jeff Wheatley From page one .phy's fingernails were another inch ' : longer. Mizzou had laboriously built a 9-0 lead on three Jacke field goals early in the third quarter. Nebraska had . third down and a whopping 22 yards to go from its own 18. :' Nebraska quarterback Steve Tay-1 lor was running for cover when he is unloaded a 50-yard pass toward tight ": end Todd Millikan. The ball had the hang time of a punt. Murphy leaped. Murphy , missed. Millikan didn't. - That scoring play, which covered 82 yards, slashed Mizzou's lead to 9-7. . The 'Huskers soon leap-frogged into a 14-9 lead. ; ' This kind of one-two punch in the :. second half had kayoed Mizzou last week at Oklahoma State. :, This time, Mizzou leap-frogged back into a 15-14 lead. . Nebraska leap-frogged back again into a 17-15 lead. Mizzou leap-frogged back again into an 18-17 lead on the monster field goal by Jacke, whose kickoffs had carried only to the 10- or 15-yard line all day. ' , Nebraska leap-frogged back again into a 23-18 lead with 2:14 left. With no timeouts and 73 yards to .travel, Mizzou looked Intent on leapfrogging back into the lead again. h 4 ' . . Jacke's fourth-field goal of the day, a 51-yarder that gave the Tigers an 18-17 lead with 10:43 left in the game. It would have been an incredible story line. Jacke, who missed a last-second chip shot in that 28-28 tie with Indiana, could have been Saturday's hero. But the 'Huskers had one more big play left one that Johnson hadn't included on his list. The Tigers held I-back Ken Clark, who had rushed for 481 yards in his previous two games, to 57 yards Saturday. But it was unheralded fullback Bryan Carpenter who made sure the Tigers, who were five-touchdown underdogs, didn't go home with a huge upset. On second and 7 from the Mizzou 49, Nebraska caught the Tigers in a blitz. Carpenter raced almost untouched to the end zone on a dive play, giving Nebraska the lead for good, 23-18, with 8:24 left to play. Chris Drennan added a 23-yard field goal 6 minutes later as Nebraska dodged a bullet. "I guess people are going to be upset with us because we didn't cover the point spread," said Nebraska coach Tom Osborne, who was upset himself by some unexpected booing by the red-clad 'Huskers fans. "That was the most ridiculous point spread I've ever seen in my life.Anybody who thinks that they don't have personnel doesn't know football. They could have played with anyone in the country today." The Tigers lived, then died with a gambling, blitzing defense. For much of the game, Smith made life miserable for Taylor, sacking him twice, causing a Taylor fumble and recovering that same fumble. "They went back to their 1981 game plan, when we had Turner Gill and we beat them 6-0 in Columbia," Osborne said. "They were blitzing from every angle, and I think they came with a full blitz probably 60 to 70 percent of the time." No one was more surprised at Miz-zou's blitzing success than Smith himself. "I was going through most of the time untouched," he said. But the 'Huskers did a better job picking up Smith's blitzes in the second half. And Taylor did quite a job of scrambling out of trouble. "When you're rolling out and running for your life, and you just throw up a Hail Mary pass, I don't think that's on the chalkboard," Mizzou tight end Tim Bruton said. So it was pure luck? "A good team finds a way to win and they did it," Bruton said. The best teams usually are both lucky and good. And the Tigers might have, if freshman quarterback Corey Welch had not overthrown tight end Tim Bruton down the middle on first down. Even after Nebraska blocked a punt to set up its final field goal, the Tigers thought they could pull out a tie. Welch had moved them to a first down on their 34 with 1:11 to play when a hand injury sent him to the bench. What stood out in this game was the absolute confidence of the Tigers and their coaches. In the previous seven games, it was often hard to figure out what the Tigers were trying to accomplish. Take the homecoming loss to Iowa State. Trailing 7-0 in the second quarter, Widenhofer gambles on fourth down from his 17. Trailing 21-3 in the third quarter, he punts on fourth down from ISU's 33. The indecision over a quarterback was inexplicable, too. But with John Stollenwerck injured, Widenhofer started young Welch and stuck with him. If anything, Saturday's game showed that Welch, despite an erratic arm, is the quarterback of today as well as of Ihe future. After the second-half kickoff, when Nebraska defenders began waving their arms to incite the home crowd, Welch waved his arms, too. But Welch had stiff competition in the poise derby from fellow freshman Jacke, who has reboundj from the J AP Of 14 Fantasy To Reality MISSOURI NEBRASKA 3 3 9 3-18 0 0 17 1-U FIRSTOUARTER TIGERS-Jocke 25 FG, 1:03. SECOND QUARTER TIGERS - Jacke 32 FG, 7:35. THIRD QUARTER TIGERS -Jacke 19 FG, 11:04. NEBRASKA - Millikan 82 pass from Taylor (Drennan kick), 10:04. NEBRASKA Knox 1 run (Drennan kick), 6:32. TIGERS Jones 3 run (run fail), 4:10. NEBRASKA - Drennan 29 FG, 1:37. TIGERS - Jacke 52 FG, 10:43. FOURTH QUARTER NEBRASKA - Carpenter, 49 run (run fall), NEBRASKA - Drennan 23 FG, 2:15. A - 76,316. TEAM STATISTICS Tigers Huskers First downs 14 9 Third down efficiency 4-18-23 2-13-15 Total net yards 253 269 Total offensive plays 70 61 Rushes-yards 55-156 52-116 Passing yards 97 153 Total return yards 15 21 Passes 6-15-2 3-9-0 Sacks-yards lost 6-33 3-26 Punts 7-37.3 7-41.0 Fumbles-lost 5-3 7-3 Penalties-yards 3-26 7-47 Time of possession 31:02 28:58 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING Tigers Att. Yds. Avg. Lg TD M.Jones 14 62 4.4 12 1 Stowers 14 49 3.5 13 0 Welch 20 44 2.2 15 0 Hall 3 8 2.7 8 0 Elmore 3 -1 -0.4 2 0 Fitzmaurice 1 -6 -6.0 -6 0 Huskers Art. Yds. Avg. Lg TD Carpenter 12 96 8.0 49 1 Clark 23 57 2.5 10 0 Knox 2 4 2.0 3 1 Brinson 2 -3 -1.5 2 0 Taylor 13 -38 -2.9 24 0 PASSING Tigers Att.Comp Yds. Int. TD Welch 14 6 97 1 0 Fitzmaurice 10 0 10 Huskers Att.Comp Yds. Int. TD Taylor 9 3 153 0 1 RECEIVING Tigers No. Yds. Lg TD Stowers 2 40 31 0 Bruton 1 27 27 0 Lammers 2 21 16 1 0 Elmore 1 9 ' 9 0 Huskers No. Yds. Lg TD Millikan 1 82 82 10 Turner 1 59 59 0 Gregory 1 12 12 0 PUNTING Tigers No. Avg. Lg Michalski 7 37.3 55 Huskers No. Avg. Lg Kroeker 7 41.0 50 PUNT RETURNS i Tigers No. Yds. Lg TD Lammers 4 15 8 0 Huskers No. Yds. Lg TD Brinson 2 7 5 0 Bell 13 3 0 KICKOFF RETURNS Tigers No. Yds. Lg TD Elmore 3 40 16 0, Hall 2 30 15 01 Moore 17 7 0 Huskers No. Yds. Lg TD Brinson 4 68 34 0 Bell 2 41 21 0 MISSED FIELD GOALS None. missed field goal that would have beaten Indiana. "We had a real relaxed attitude," Jacke said. "But on my first field goal, I was kind of flabbergasted. I looked up and saw all that red in the stands and said, 'Gol-lee!' I almost missed that one. "But we weren't going to be intimidated by their team or their fans. We wanted to come in and throw some bull ourselves." Jacke wasn't buffaloing Widenhofer when the coaclwapproached before the 51 -yard, go-ahead boot. "He looked at me dead straight in the eyes," Jacke said. "I just nodded my head. I didn't say a word. I just had this cold look in my face. And he said, 'Let's go.' " That studied hunch by Widenhofer was another breakthrough. At times, he and his pro-oriented staff seem to forget that their players are college students. You can't take the same things for granted with youngsters that you can with pros. Learning to read a teen-ager is hazy work, but the good college coaches master that murky art. The trick for Widenhofer now is not to let Saturday's magic trickle away. This loss will be a wasted effort only if his team fails to build on it. "We've still got three big games left," Widenhofer said. "We can come out of this 5-5-1." Don't laugh. After Widenhofer's magic show here Saturday, maybe he really can pull a rousing finish out of his hat. V By Jim Thomas Of the Post-Dispatch Staff LINCOLN, Neb. Jeff Jacke didn't say a word to Missouri coach Woody Widenhofer. "I just gave him a stern look in the eye and nodded," Jacke said. That was enough to convince Widenhofer. He sent Jacke, a freshman from Richardson, Texas, out to try a 51-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game with Nebraska. The kick was perfect the sixth longest in school history. More importantly for the Tigers, it gave them an 18-17 lead with 10 minutes 43 seconds left to play. "At that point in the game, it was great. I thought it would get the team up," Jacke said. "I knew I couldn't get too excited, because I was told on the sidelines that I could have to come back for more." In other words, the Tigers might need more points. They did, but got no more, as Nebraska rallied for a 26-18 victory. Jacke also connected on field goals of 25 and 32 yards in the first half, and made a 19-yarder early in the third quarter. That made it a four field-goal day, tying a school record set on six previous occasions. Jacke has now made six of seven field goals this year and hasn't missed since his 22-yarder clanged off the upright against Indiana in what was a 28-28 tie. Injury Report: Missouri defensive end Steve Vandegrift went down early in the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return. Trainer Fred Wappel diagnosed the injury as a possible cartilage tear. Also for Mizzou, quarterback Corey Welch suffered a bruised right shoulder and a bruised knee, and defensive end Lee Johnson suffered a pinched nerve in his left shoulder. Another Sellout: Saturday's crowd of 76,316 marked the 160th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium, an NCAA record. The sellout streak began in 1962 against Missouri, when the Tigers handed Bob De-vaney his first career loss 16-7. Ironically, the Tigers also handed Tom Osborne his first career loss, 13-12 in 1973. TIGER PAVTAS ALL-SEASON STEEL-BELTED RADIAL Good tread life Penetration resistance Good traction Comfortable ride Good value lUNIROYAL JuniLtfri.wini. s ck BtLi anu nuati pr- INSPECTION Free estimate on service, if necessary. 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The string began ignomini-ously enough in 1972, when the Tigers lost to Nebraska in Lincoln 62-0. Unlucky 13th: Tight end Todd Millikan's 82-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was the 13th of his career, setting a Nebraska record for tight ends. Stubborn Defense: Missouri limited Nebraska to just nine first downs, the 'Huskers' lowest total in 20 years. The Cornhuskers' 116 yards rushing was their second-lowest total in 130 games. Noteworthy: Nebraska I-back Ken Clark became the 10th player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season Saturday. His 57 yards gave him 1,019 for the year. Palombi Wins ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Ron Palombi of Erie, Pa., rolled clutch strikes in the final frame of the championship game Saturday to capture the Professional Bowlers Association's Kodak Invitational with a 216-202 victory over Philip Ringener of Big Spring, Texas. Palombi said the road to his third PBA crown was rocky. "The lanes were so tough. 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The drive went three plays and 77 yards with 10:04 left. '.Drennan kicked. Missouri led 9-7. NEBRASKA - A 24-vard scramble by Taylor set up Knox's 1-yard plunge. The ttiree-play, 25-yard drive began after Fryar recovered an M. Jones fumble.' Drennan kicked with 6:30 left. Nebraska led 14-9. MISSOURI M. Jones scored from 3 yards on fourth down with 4:10 left. The Tigers' eight-play, 63-yard drive began after McDonald recovered a Clark fumble. Two-point conversion attempt failed,. Missouri led 15-14. NEBRASKA - With 1:37 left, Drenndh kicked a 29-yard field goal. Key play of the six-play, 54-yard drive came on third.ond 14 from the Nebraska 30 when Taylor completed a 59-yard pass to Turner. Nebraska led 17-15. "" FOURTH QUARTER '. , MISSOURI: Jacke's longest kick ol the year (51 yards) finished a four-play, 39-yard drive with 10:43 left. Missouri led 18-17. NEBRASKA: Carpenter broke off tackle for a 49-vard run, ending a five-play.. 75-yard drive with 8:24 left. 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