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f' i Stanford, risKf i 'V 'I More picurest stories See Tennessee triumph See stories; Pago 6B 7 sty i a mi T( ''jV fr ..0 xi'r jt 4 i 4 1CI Nmti pkft ly MYCKNCtX 0 Devaney gets ranking to match his ly fcHAJtUE NOBLES -auwit Nm lrt Nebraska entered the fourth quarter night trailing for the first time this 'season. But-the Cornhuskers weren't oing against Louisiana State's nationally, distinguished defense when they got jthfe ball; they Wert going for dream. possible No. 1 itatlohal rankin. if And they caught flat-footed in" the-early going, first.moying' 48 yard? to put.

PaulJRodgers in position for a 26-ylrd field goal and then claiming a Buddy Lee fumble aj the LSU 15 to et up halfback Joe Ordu-na'sjhree-yard After that LSU became tlie aggressive team which had won nine of 11 regular sea- son games and led. the nation in rushing defense. The Tigers used field goals of 36 and attjtftt didn't have mueh In. tiling of the fun. ahead when they left the' Ivanhoe" for the Orange Bowl last', night Ohio State, was beating Stanford, 14-13, at the dries Said middle guard Xd Per-lard, j'Everjtody waa celling But their11 spirit changed quickly when they' heard Stanford moved ahead, 20-17, as fliey were farming yards by Mark Lumpkin and a 31 -yard scoring pass from.

Lee to reserve end Al fee to take tjelead, before Nebraska got in the, last punch. Still, Nebraska's Xwillie liarper had to wrestle the ball away from backup quarter, back Bert Jones and Bob Terrio had to inter- Continued on Page SB, CoL teeth flash across the. television: com-, Wercials, Darrel) Royal is known in the Southwest as St. Dar-. rell or simply DKR and Paul Bryant is no less than a legend.

Bob Devaney? Probably the most' anonymous winning ioMegt football coach in America. A gonial and who eats on the head and never gets asked for an autograph. ports Illustrated sent a writer out to describe the Nebraska coach before the bowl games and the best that he could do Was call Devaney the worst-dressed coach in the business. i Devaney has the best won-lost record In college football Jmt it. has been repeatedly suggested that this was built igainst teams made of solid cardboard.

Earner a 'hip game He has dominated the Big Eight, ever since' he came iNebraska in .1962. But outsidery never took this completely seriously, because whenever the Cornhuskers went out to; play in the big, rough world of post-season competition, they, jgot their heads handed to thentt Before last night, Nebraska had lost its last three major Jsowl games. Heacl of the class guya said run Anything yoii want' we're going to move tlit ball," said Ne-; braska quarterback Jerry l'" WleW about It," vfteferiitatei AfferVf alvt tackl Bob Nwtbn, "wf I lot fin- centlva ftt that drive." r.7" 'w And the Nebraskas got whit they want--, td, movlrij 67 yards In playi for -the touchdown that gavi them a 17-12 Bowl Classic victory over LSU. It took two -standout defensive plays late in game for the Cornhuskers to make the lead, hold VP -a fvmble recovery by end Willie Ha per and Pss interception, by, linebacker Bob Terrl6 a state record- 80,699 wife nesses and national television audience saw them soft-shoe toward their dressing room, thinking they are clearly the country' No. 1 college team.

Hnal poll "iX next wek' Now all that remains is for the Associated Press' select group of voters around the flountry td'make it official. The final tally will be Uken after todayl Gator Bowl game and announced early next week. which finished 11-0-1, was ranked third behind Texas and Ohio State entering the game, but (Texas was bumped off' by Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl and Ohio State fell to Stanford jn the Rose. Nebraska -Bobi Devaney doesn't want to see anothef poll if his team doesn't get 1.. He tught to quit Ing them.

I don't, see how even the Pope could vote, for Notre Dame (which beat and once he recovered a fumble which set VP Nebraska's first touchdown, a three-yard run by Joe Orduni. Although hi motherland iirlfriend. (along with about '52 million 'others) were watching last night, Harper wore his pads; And everyone knows how television makes people look fatter. It was one of those small sacrifices football players must make. -In the second half Harper's play was less noticeable until, with' LSU trailing 17-12, quarterback Buddy Lee went back to pass with less 'than 1:30 left th the game.

among others, provided pressure and out of a group of Nebraska jerseys Harper emerged with the football. "Time was running out," Harper Mid. the, play I said to myself we've got to get 'a fumble or something. I wanted to get that man. We'd heard so much about LSU's' defense.

We proved we could stop people too" Nebraska did. And by the time Harper had finished running in circles, 1:20 was left and Nebraska, had the fled down the line of scrimmage to tee if I could assist in the tackle," Harper said. "My arm got caught in his and just tugged at the ball." And he had his second 'Iy ELLIOTT HAKR1S i I' Mlinrt Ntwi aHrlK. -v- 1 playa "an important-'part in Willie Harper's life. He likes his shades tinted, purple, his pants' bottoms belled and his-'see-through shirts made of lace.

On the football field, as well, as off, he i likes to maintain his chic appearance. And so against Kansas State, the Urii-iverslty Nebraska defensive end decided t6" set a new footbkll fashion. His mother a'nd girlfriend were in the stands witching, so in an effort to look mbre trim, he decided not to wear his hip '1 ftlt' better without them," Harper aid, "until 1 got And when he got alt he realized why he 'should have worn them. "I'almost said with a bit ef exaggeration. It wasn't quite that bad, but he did mlsi Nebraska's last twe regu- lar Mason games.

Last night in the Or-ange BOwl he was IM per cent healthy. Louisiana State gladly would attest to that. 'X Twice in the first half he dumped the LSU quarterback trying to pass, once he helped tackle Al Coffee on an end around recovery of the game. For his perfor-maflce he' wn the game's most valuable lineman iward. halftlme' switch left Harper and taxkle Larry Jacobson less effective than they were the first half' "But we came up with the- bi plays and that'a what you need," Harper A the 1970 Big Eight Conference aophomore lineman of the year'and a member of What likely could be the nation's No." 1 'team, Harper "doesn't have much room for improvement "Now I know what I have to do," he Said.

"All Big Eight would be real nice. I'm' hot choosy. "Ml take anything they give me." TWiii last' night LSU gave Harper the ball Hfll take that anytime. And Nebraska's 17-12 victory may' make Nebraska No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll.

He'll take that too. As one of four unbeaten teams In the Top 20 (Arizona Dartmouth tod Toledo are the others), Nebraska would loom a likely choios, even over Toledo, Harper's hometown university. 'X)t course. I'm for Toledo 100 per cenf.he said, "But I'm for Nebraska 200 per cent" And that's the way he played. i But while ball-control Texas and Ohio State were being "upset yesterday, Nebraska turned to the forward pass to de-ffeat Louisiana State in the Orange Bowl, 17-12, which should Jmove Devaney and his team to the head of the class; leaving fDarrell and Ara and Woody behind him, just as Devaney did long ago in the won-lost In the same dressing room where Devaney was pitched Into the shower last night, a year ago Penn State Coach Joe taterno was wailing after defeating Missouri that his had as much right as undefeated Texas to the I 'ranking.

The voters in the Associated Press post-bowl poll' ididn't see it that way. 'X I i Devaney' made a ilmilar speech with much mora confi-rdence last night. When the final AP poll Is taken neat week, Nebraska should be No. 1. It's hard to make a case lor any except Nebraska.

Notre Dame, the most likely contender, was beaten by team which Nebraska tied, Southern Cat 1 The Big Eight hasn't had a national champion since the mid-1950s Bud Wilkinson era at Oklahoma, but yesterday's iowl countdown leaves Nebraska a clear No. 1. 't Nebraska has been regarded as an unknown quantity for iyears. desgite its winning records. i "We were rated No.

in the pre-season polls of 1965, won 10 straight games and wound up third," said makes you wonder what you have to do." XL Texas) as No. I after tonight" ---v A nidit of Questionable de for LSU You have to Miri IjomIs j' yt 7'. i li --X- i Ihutout after 14:11 of the second quarter. It. came on, fourth-and-16 at the 20.

The he said. "It's awful hard taking points off the board. Who knows, I might end up trying Officials Said that Nebraska What you have to do is Win bowl games. Before winning 1 thf Sun Bowl last year, Nebraska had lost three straight bowl -games to Arkansas and Alabama twice. Perhaps Bryant is far much of Devaney' i'mwsing recognition.

i Devaney came closest to a Rational championship the 1965 season, when his undefeated team played once-, beaten Alabama in the Orange Bowl, with a No. 1 ranking sit-' 1 ting there waiting for the winner. Alabama won, 39-28. i i. 1 a A i-J By AL LEVlNE Mliri Nnti BtHrtW Clurlie Mctlendon was on the sidelines pleading for a conference with one of the officials; He was being Ignored.

A moment LSU punter Wayne Dickinson lay "I thought it wit a ing the kicker with-out a doubt," McClendea, the LSU coach, aid. "Ha (the kicker) was ap in the al. If he's in the air, tt'r a Dickinson said they- never touched the ball when they A had held on the goal and gave another field goal. And we a clarification. Maybe he just didn't want me to question his judgment" The fourth-quarter incident would have prolonged LSU's 'next -to-last major threat of night in Ks 17-; 12' loss to Nebraska before $0,639 in the Orange Bowl McCl4ndon considmd the play a major turning foint "That certainly cost us rmv raentum and the ball," he It wu a night ef question-able derisions for McCIendon and his tigers.

Forty-nine seconds before the half, McCIendon was faced with a decision te take a field goal Mark Lumpkin had 'already kicked or to genjbie on a fourth es -play end- try. to scost a touchdown. Lumpkin's 36-yard kick had ruined Nebraika's 10-0 Devaney iook hub penupu ocrciu i mi mncPTCnc LSU the option accepting "ter the three points or taking the penalty half the distance (0 the goal. Half the diataactt-' ifit Tlgri mwtd 5' still lef LSU inches short jpda to (heir first field goal a first down, measurement tale in -tin half, they had revealed, and McCIendon keen limited te a total ef took the three points. "It was o.uUt dedsicn," Centinutd en Page I that game," he recalled last night "Psychologically and every other way even in onaidl kicks and f1' et c1 after a kick that to explain tt to me.

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