The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 3, 1982 · 41
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Husker fullback trap is back Oct 3. 1082 T .v .. , By Randy York SWI Sport Writer tAUBURN, Ala. - Godhead and butter the bread. TBe 34 and 36 trap' are back and the best part about it is they're back with two new stars Doug Widening and Mark Schellen. In the absence of starter Roger Craig here Sat-' urday, Nebraska's two Junior fullbacks combined for 114 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a 41-7 win over Auburn. "Our trap hasn't been that good, so we wanted to make it work today. It's as important to our offense as the pitch play," offered offensive guard Mike fc Mandelko. Widening did his part in his first collegiate start. Me rushed for 60 yards on nine carries and scored Nebraska's first touchdown on a 15-yard bolt up the middle. . "1 really couldnt believe it I was shocked," Widening said. "Jeff Kwapick had a real good block on their linebacker and I just cut right behind him. Their linebackers read it wrong." - ; . The Tigers read it wrong all day'. They were still ' confused in the fourth quarter when Schellen bounced the trap to the outside for a 41-yard touchdown. 1 . : . "Instead of going behind the double team, I went against the flow in the opposite direction," Schellen sail "I was really excited. I havent had a feeling like this since high school." .Counting third-learner Mark Moravec's 19-yard run in the fourth quarter, Nebraska's three fullbacks rushed for 133 yards on only 15 carries. They were almost exclusively the result of trap plays. "We've been showing so much pitch, the inside is starting to open up," Schellen said. "We thought it was going to work today because of the way Auburn lines up," Widening said. "They never had a man directly over the center. The trap should work against an aggressive, hard-charging defense." J Although the fullbacks get the yards, Widening said the linemen deserve all the credit. , "When they open holes like they were opening today, it doesn't matter who's back there . . . they're going to get 10 yards," Widening said. Even so, Saturday's performance allowed Wid-ening's confidence to soar. "Running has always been a little bit of a problem for me," Widening admitted. "But I've been looking for my reads and playing enough to finally feel comfortable." Schellen also got a big lift. "Now I know I can play in a big game Uke this," he said. Even though Rimington is the 1981 Outland Trophy winner, he also proved something Saturday, lie proved he could survive a week of adversity. Nebraska's AU-American center not only had been slowed by a virus, but also was the subject of a mid-week controversy that supposedly had him in Tom Osborne's "doghouse." The source oi that story was a Kearney radio station's interview with NU defensive Coordinator Charlie McBride. "It wasn't his (McBride's) fault," Rimington said. "The guy in Kearney went nuts. I don't know if he thought he was Howard Cosell or what." Rimington forgot about the incident almost as soon as it happened. "Worse things will happen than that," he said. "If I'm going to try and make a living out of tins, I've got to accept adversity. It'll happen more than once." Lincoln, Neb., Sunday Journal and Star 5E rir ' r ' Of SV ("A V ib 1LIvOTO " - $v -S I Lt 3h NU'S Mike Ro2ier 3) dra9s Pal Thomas and an unidentified Tiger along JJ '.IW'U J fWr4r with him during first-quarter action. MHl - ; K Oii $ U !t !VV' v v h i... iL-Jbt-' .. - fiVwk tr 7 ..."''!;.lr A C1 Ai' r- first drive. Dowe Aughtman (61), r5T."F fc . V.n "rfn'T'" ' .1-2 It.,-'- 18 3-6 Defense -1 - w 13 4.3 Linemen k . . . in 5 a UTATTT IHJ - - i3 0 Thomos 3 5 8 '"I " ,., 4 10 " $'d 1 Auburn's Bob Harris tries to pull down Jamlcf Williams on a third-down pass in the Huskers Gregg Carr (54) and Vernon Blackard (90) race after the Husker tight end. Statistics Nebraska Offense Rushing Yds. Ave. SO 4.5 3.7 No. Gill 11 Rozler 24 Schellen 5, MOson 2 Wllktning 9 Smith 8 Fryar 1 Swonson 2 Brunoardt.... 5 Morovec. 1 Punting No. Yds. Campbell 2 101 Passing No. Co. Yds GUI 19 10 162 Pass Receiving No. Yds. Brown 2 78 24 18 1? 13 6 4 54 6 60 42 3 3 17 19 10.4 3.0 4.7 5.3 3.0 1.5 3.4 19.0 Ave. 50.5 PI 1 Williams 2 Swanson 2 Hill 1 Simmons 1 Krenk 1 Frvar 1 Punt Returns No. Smith 1 Klckoff Returns No. Yds. Rozler 1 27 Interception Returns No. Yds. Lvdav 1 12 Defense Linemen UT AT TT Fellcl 3 0 3 Groeber 0 2 2 Merrell 6 1 7 Stuckev 4 1 5 Praeuner 1 Weber 2 Gdowskl 1 Skow 4 Williams 1 Linebackers Damkroger 1 Knox 2 McWhlrter 4 Evans 5 Seibel 1 Backs Lydov 2 Harris 5 Clark 3 Burke 2 Von Norman 0 AAcCashland 1 Larsen 1 Auburn Offense Rushing No. Yds. Campbell.... 10 0 James 8 69 O'Neal 8 40 Ave. 0.0 8.6 5.0 Jackson 5 Beauford 3 Jessie 5 Pratt 4 Punting No. Yds. Colbert 4 172 Passing No. Co. Yds Campbell.. 10 6 91 Mann 1 1 25 Pass Receiving No. Woods 3 West 2 Carroll 1 James 1 Punt Returns No. Clanton 1 Klckoff Returns No. Yds. Jackson 2 42 Beauford 2 34 Interception Returns No. Yds. Dorminev 1 0 Yds. 18 Jackson 2 Aughtman 2 Blackard 1 Thomas 3 Rilev .1 Q.Williams 8 Robinson 3 Dailev 0 G.Williams 2 Smith 6 Linebackers Martin 6 Carr 6 Bellew 5 Bone 2 Bocks Clanton 2 Drinkard 0 King 1 Harris 5 Tutt 4 Dorminev 5 Howell 0 O'Neal., .1 13 Photos by: Randy Hampton Humberto Ramirez Associated Press United Press International f 1 7,A m NU-AU Scoring How scored Time Lett FIRST QUARTER 7- WilkenlngUrun 9:54 Drive: 74 vords In 13 plovs after opening klckoff. Highlighted by Williams 8, 16 passes from Gill and Simmons 13 pass from Gill. Conversion: Seibel kick. 7-7 Jockson4run 1:51 . ,. Drlvt: 72 vords in 10 plovs. Set up by Dor- mlney interception. Highlighted by West "V 20 pass from Campbell ond Woods 25 pass Z from Campbell. Conversion: Del Greco - kick. SECOND QUARTER ' 14-7 Brown 58 pass from Gill 1:32 Drive: 71 yards In 7 plays. Highlighted by Gill 11 run. Drfv started after Auburn missed field goal attempt. Conversion: Seibel kick. THIRD QUARTER 21-7 RozleO run 7:83 Drive: 57 yards In 13 plays. Highlighted by Wllktolrtg 11 run, and fourth down Roller t run for first and 10. Conversion: Stibel kick. FOURTH QUARTER 287 Rosier lima 11:59 Drive: 57 yards In 11 plovs. Set up after NU took over on downs when Stuckcy forced bad Auburn pitch. Highlighted by Swonson IS pom from Gill. Conversion: Seibel kick. 35-7 ScfceltoMlrwi 7:27 Drlvt: 74 yards In 4 plovs. Highlighted by Hill 19 pass from GUI. Conversion: Seibel kick. 41-7 Brwtordtllrm 1:24 Drtve: 42 yards In 9 plovs. Set up by Lvdav Intercept ton and return. Highlighted by Morovec 19 run. Conversion: fumbled Mebrasluj Auburn Attendance 7X9I8. 8 41 1 S3-' i '" i fit rv '''' V r . -- - ,r-- - - ,-n.l Auburn quarterback Clayton Beauford (11) is pulled down from behind by Rob Stuckcy as running back Lionel James (f) watches after going to the ground on his block. Auburn freshman Bo Jackson (34) dives head first into the endzone over NU defender Dave Burke for the Tigers' only score. Dye praises NU offense By Virgil Parker Sports Editor AL BURN. Ala. - Auburn football coach Pat Dye called Nebraska's 41-7 ictory here Saturday "a good example of good old-fashioned football. Nebraska took it to us and their maturity, pride and tradition were very evident out there on the field." Dye had particular praise for Hunker quarterback Turner GilL "I don't know when, if ever, 1 have seen a more effective quarterback than he was out there today. We never did stop him. Nebraska is really something on offense. A very talented team as fine as I've ever seen. I hope they're that good. That would mean we're not that bad defensively." Dye said he had hoped his Tigers could stay close until the start of the fourth quarter and then make i rush at the end. "But we were out of it by the fourth quarter. The game was over by then." The start of the second naif w as the key to the outcome, Dye said. "In every one of our three previous games, we went right down the field and scored the first time we got the ball in the second half. This time we received the second half kickoff and ran only three plays before we had to punt Then Nebraska came right down the field and scored to make it 21-7. That was it." The second-year Auburn coach said the other key was Nebraska's 58-yard touchdown pass near the end of the second quarter on a third-and -22 situation. "The guy (NU split end Todd Brown) ran right by our cornerback. That was an inexcusable defensive error," he said. "We missed a couple of good scoring opportunities in the first half but still stayed with them pretty well," Dye observed. "But we didn't sustain a thing in the second half. They just dominated the game in the last two quarters." Speedy Auburn halfback Lionel James said the Tigers "came out flat at the start of the second half. Nebraska came out on the top of their game and stuck it to us. You cant be flat and make mistakes against a team like Nebraska and expect to win." "Nebraska just whipped us physically," agreed strong safety Bob Hams. "We couldn't stop them, especially on third down (Nebraska converted lt-of-20 third -down situations). We have another home game next week (Auburn plays I of its 11 games this season at home). Well have to try to bounce back against Kentucky." 1

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