The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 7, 1982 · 31
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 31

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Sunday, November 7, 1982
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Nov. 7, 1982 Lincoln, Neb.; Sunday Journal and Star 7D" Respect doesWt ease is; M vm k- u r-' m i, . , : - -. . . L ' Anderson's chagrin .','.. By Ken Hambleton Staff Sports Writer ' All the handshakes, pats on the back and applause Ernest Anderson received as he walked off the field didn't help. "It's nice that the opponent's fans respect me, but I'm really disappointed that I didn't help the team more," said Anderson, the leading rusher in the NCAA. "I'm disappointed I got hurt. That's not me on the sidelines too often. I came to win and you cant do that on the sidelines," he said. As for the highly publicized matchup between Anderson and Nebraska's Mike Rozier, it was never a contest Rozier rushed his way into the Husker record books, gaining 251 yards, while Anderson was held to 68 yards on 15 carries, marking the second time in eight games the 5-11, 190-pound junior running back has been limited to less than 150 yards rushing this season, ,iS "I dont go into a game thinking about a matchup with anyone else: I just blocked it out of my mind,' Anderson said. "Because one back rushes more than the other doesn't make one better than the other. (Mike) Rozier and (Roger) Craig are both very good backs and I wish them luck." . C t Anderson, who now has 1,396 yards for the season, was sidelined with 4:06 left in the third quarter when he re-injured his ribs. The , only back in Big Eight history to rush for 1,000 yards in the first five games of the season suffered rib injuries earlier this season and. started the Nebraska game wearing a flak-, jacket. ,., "I guess I'm lucky I didnt get hit in the first half, but once I got hit I don't think J could've gone back in the game," Anderson said. "If I had stayed in, I could have hurt myself more and that would have hurt the team., "Nebraska has a very physical defense and they were playing to stop me," he said. "It, wasn't the defensive stunts, but just good defensive football that stopped us. We were able -, to execute, they didnt take any plays away from us, they just cut down what we could do. "Nebraska is great and plays the defense smart. They don't go for the fakes. Most times when a defense is too aggressive a back can hurt a team," he said. "Nebraska wasnt too aggressive and they seemed to just be waiting for me. "We didn't open the holes, or we might have made it a different game," Anderson said. Nebraska's Rob Stuckey (75) strains to grab Cowboy running back Ernest Anderson (34) under the block of John Cegielskl (71), but Husker teammate Steve McWhlrter is coming up to stop the nation's leading rusher; , Johnson: NIJ a- BipRed Machine' By Chuck Sinclair Stan Sports Writer Last Monday as Oklahoma State football coach Jimmy Johnson was fielding questions from members of the press, he was relating how impressed he was with Nebraska's program, and especially the Nebraska training facilities. After he finished telling about the sheer size of the Nebraska weight room and b3M the program boasted six assistant weight coaches, he asked if there were any more Questions. One writer asked him why he was bothering to take his team to Lincoln to face a team as awesome as he made Nebraska sound ... Johnson just laughed. Jimmy Johnson wasn't laughing anymore Saturday afternoon. 'Great team In the wake of Nebraska's 48-10 whipping of the Cowboys at Memorial Stadium Saturday, Johnson was back to finding new superlatives to describe what he called, "The Big Red Machine." "Nebraska, needless to say," has a .great football team," Johnson said. "They have a tremendous amount of talent, and they have the numbers. You take a look around you and you see as fine a facility as there is in the nation. They have a great program. I guess that's why they say it's the Big Red Machine. When they say Big Red Machine, that's exactly what it means. "In order to compete with a team like this, you have to have s comparable type program," he added. "You take a walk through their six weight rooms, then walk through ours that's just double the size of this small room and you see what I mean. "Count the number of I . i1t i wm'--mnhr - nr m f - : r: : K -" - .jL.-fl' ''m.,, uKMH " vSIv'TWWlfll lI ' '' :':v ' S S"".- W I 'W v 1 'MIWWXWW.1 'JMW' . WTSwWW if . Wtn il I t v fin , . . .V : ill v!'f' ,J' V' y , ' t . ' ! M U heads Neoraska -puts on a practice field," he said. "There are other great teams around the country, but few can show these types of facilities." For the past four years, Johnson has said he wanted to pattern his Oklahoma State program after Nebraska's, but the outcome of Saturday's game was proof the plan was not working like he had hoped. When asked if he was gaining any ground, Johnson didn't answer. He said he did feel his Oklahoma State team was battling Nebraska early, but that it was only a matter of time before Nebraska started to roll. Sleamroll teams "Once they got ahead, it's the same old thing," he said. "Unless you're fighting with every ounce of energy you've got in your body to stay with them, they just sleamroll teams. . A team like Oklahoma State has a difficult time staying with teams like Nebraska unless we get some breaks early, and unless we can get some points up on the board. "We just don't have enough talent to stay with a team like Nebraska ... nowhere close." Johnson wanted to sidestep the issue of comparing Nebraska's Mike Rozier to OSU's Ernest Anderson. "That's foolish," he said. "That's very foolish to try and compare Mike Rozier and Ernest Anderson. Mike Rozier is a great, great back, but if you put Ernest Anderson in there with the surrounding talent, I'll guarantee you he'd be great there too. I don't want to take anything away from Rozier, because I thought he was the best back in the conference last year as a sophomore. But any back you put in there would make a lot of yardage. He's surrounded by great players." No comparisons Johnson said that Anderson, who was nursing a sore shoulder and a cracked rib, wanted to get back into action late in the game. "He wanted back in there really bad," Johnson said. "But I couldn't see a need to stick him back out there for that kind of abuse." It's evident, to almost everybody that Nebraska and Oklahoma are heading toward a Big Eight Conference championship showdown in Lincoln in three weeks, but Johnson stayed away from predicting a winner in that one. "I don't care a whole lot about comparing either one of those two teams," he said. ; - - . J J ; rA -'tP" i- - r?ty jr i- JJ) If . "? - ."TVS. .jaa. I f ;;;; -. j; 1 . sria; r . ' ; - ' f e I j , . ! X ' ' " ") Hov; Husker monster back Tim Holbrook (23) moves in on Ike Jackson (7). brook dropped Jackson for a 16-yard loss, halting an OSU drive. Holbrook lands big punch9 on OSU NU running back Roger Craig (21) jumps over teammate Mark Traynowicz who took an OSU defender out of the play. By Mike Babcock Staff Sports Writer Tim Holbrook was having too much fun to cause anybody trouble. When Nebraska's senior monster grabbed Ike Jackson, after sacking the Oklahoma State quarterback for a 16-yard loss in Saturday's 48-10 NU victory, he wasnt trying to be disrespectful. "I didnt know he (Jackson) had bobbled the football," said Holbrook. NU defensive tackle Doug Herrmann thought Jackson had fumbled, and he tried to fall on the ball. Jackson apparently took offense, so "I grabbed him around the waist and sort of picked him up," Holbrook said. "I was trying to help Doug." Holbrook thought about that for a second and smiled. "Not that Doug needed the protection. I was probably the guy who needed it," he said. Herrmann stands 6-5 and weighs 270 pounds. Holbrook is 5-10, 190. Jackson is 6-4,200- Holbrook, however, can take care of himself. He's a former Golden Cloves boxer who got in a good "punch" at Oklahoma State on Saturday. With Nebraska leading 14-0 early in the second quarter, the Cowboys had driven to the Cornhusker 11-yard line. On a third and-four, Jackson dropped back to pass. In came Holbrook, and down went Jackson, 16 yards from where he had taken the snap. "It was a 'bingo fire,' " Nebraska's monster blitz, Holbrook said of a play which gave Nebraska's defense an emotional lift because "they (OSU) were moving the ball. "1 knew he (Jackson) had a great ability to scramble, and I was hoping he wouldn't juke me J was the contain man, and if he juked me, I was in big trouble." Jackson, not Holbrook, had the problem, and on the next play, Oklahoma State attempted a 44-yard field goal which went wide to the left. That got the adrenaline flowing and "the fans going. Just like when Mike (Rozier) broke that (touchdown) run; you can't believe how that pumps your blood." - Nebraska's defense allowed Oklahoma State 289 yards of total offense. "We were bending a little bit," said Holbrook. But the Comhuskers only broke once, when Jackson and Jim Evans leammed up on a 63 yard touchdown pass. That was the longest scoring strike of the season against the Black Shirts. "It was really sad to see; it hurt our pride because we haven't been beajj deep very much," Holbrook sail . On the touchdown pass, he was on the "backy side." Cornerback Allen Lyday "broke up on a hookT and the guy gave him a good fake." Holbrook didn't start Saturday's game, but by "the second or third series" he was in until NK; braska had its eighth victory well in hand. - Holbrook got his chance when starter Kris Valt-Norman was dinged. Van Norman already had' been slowed by a sore foot, and Cornhusker defen(t sive backs coach Bob Thornton 'told me to bef.' ready for duty," said Holbrook, who was involved In " three tackles. "I had more fun today than I've ever had." Holbrook took the advice of Nebraska defensive captain Steve Damkroger, "who always gives us a pretty good speech" before each game. According to Holbrook, before Saturday's game' Damkroger told the defense "the pressure's not On us; it's on them, so go out and have a good time. He wasnt saying it to be funny, but you had to laugh a. little. He was just trying to get us to relax." Holbrook was relaxed; he was having too much fun not to be. ; r -7: r 0 t -1 . . . V -.; 4uu i" 7 - , - " :" t- l - t- , , . X i M I i , f if 1 rat i Mike Rozier (30) set up the Huskers" fifth touchdown with this 26-yard run. Rozier started left, but cut back to his right behind NU quarterback Bruce Mathfton (1). Rozier broke into open field (2) past a teammate as QSU's Greg Hill (11) moves in. Hill grabbed Rozier by the houlder. but Rozier dragged him fivf yards before Hill and teammate Chris Rock Ins team up to bring Rozief tionr 3 the three. r

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