The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 26, 1982 · 23
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p p1 SECTION D feunbap Journal nnb itar Lincoln, Neb., Sept. 26, 1982 Pocketbook dooms HeskerSa Eate drive 27 24 '111'"' , ' V4 '- ,f -. - 1 v ' v.fsgBgt-;. -v- ) 't. - - S-lttl'' - 1 'W M7 Nebraska's Dave Ridder Loss not By Randy York . Staff Sports Writer STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - There's no way to eurninate the pain, but Irving Kryar and Mike Rozier have a good way to ease the pain of Nebraska's 27-24 loss to Penn Stale here Saturday. Nebraska's leading rusher and leading receiver will go to Atlantic City, N.J., Sunday and spend the day with their girl friends, walking the Boardwalk and listening to the slot machines roll in the casinos. Maybe the two will have a better day with Lady Luck Sunday before they fly back to Lincoln early Monday morning from Philadelphia. "I wanted to cry, but you're supposed to be a man, so I decided not to," said Fryar, whose biggest catch among seven for 112 yards was a 30-yard touch Giants tighten NL West race; Cardinals move closer to title By The Associated Press Joe Morgan's RBI single capped a two-run, eighth-inning rally that gave the San Francisco Giants a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and tightened the National League West race Saturday. The loss cut the front-running Dodgers' lead to one game over the Atlanta Braves, who beat San Diego 12-6 while the third-place Giants moved up to two games off the pace. The Dodgers have lost four straight games while San Francisco has won nine of its last 11. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Cardinals moved closer to the NL East title with a 5-1 victory over the Chjcago Cubs. The triumph boosted the Cardinals' lead to 5' games over the Philadelphia Phillies, who lost 2-1 to the New York Mets. San Francisco capitalized on two Dodger errors to overturn a 4-3 deficit in the eighth against Fernando Valenzuela, 19-13, in a game watched by a crowd of SC shuts out OU; Texas Mews Wire Southern California, buoyed by a back-breaking touchdown pass from flanker Timmy White to split end Jeff Simmons and a defense that bent but never broke, ended Oklahoma's NCAA record of 181 games without a shutout Saturday, topping the Sooners 12-0 in college football. The last time Oklahoma failed to score was in 1966 when Notre Dame beat the Sooners 38-0. Southern Cal extended its consecutive -jamf scoring streak to 169, best in the How AP's Top 1. Woshlneton O-l) del. Oregon, J7-J1 2. Nebraska (M ) toet to Penn ito, 27-24 . Pittsburg (3-0) def Illinois, 20-1 I. Alabama (l-O) dot. VonoerMlt. 24-21 S. Florida (2-0) def. Mississippi State, 27 4. SMU (34) del. TCU, 14-11. .... 7. Goorota (2-0) de. to. Carottna, 34-11.. J. Form State (4-0) det. Nebraska. 27-24.. . Arkanso (14) . Mississippi 14-lJ 10. Notre Dam (24) del. Purduo, U-Z7.. 11. Norm Carolina (J 1) art. Army, 24 12. UCLA (24) def. Micntoon, J1-Z7.. 11 Ohio State (2-1) toet s Stanford, 22-20.. 14 Arizona State (4-01 def. Coitomla 1S4.. 11. Wast Vlremto 4 24) oef. K icmond. 14, Miami, F la J 2-1 ) def . Michigan State, 24-22.- 17. Trias (34) a. MisaevrL 214 . tovtnor Cat - Oklahoma. 124.- If. IHinort (2-1 J toot ! Pitt. JO 20. Michigan 4J 21 tost to UCLA. 11-27.. sits silently on the bench at the end of down in the last 38 seconds of the first half. For Fryar, it was hard to tell Which hurt more the loss or the shoulder he bruised on a crucial 13-yard catch in the Huskers' last scoring drive. "I think my body hurts more," Fryar said with a smile. The junior wingback. who also rushed 45 yards on a reverse play, was disappointed, but not depressed. "We've got to get together," he said. "If we're a great team, we'll get it back together. If not, well fall apart." Fryar doesn't believe in the negative. "This game was a matter of who got the ball last and the$ got it last," he said. "We can't go 13-0 anymore, but we can go 12-1. I'd settle for that." So will Rozier, who netted 86 yards on 19 carries and caught a two-yard touch 49,634 that let the Dodgers set an all-time major league season attendance record of 3,378,718. Cla udell Washington belted a home run among three hits, knocked in four runs and scored three as the Braves routed the Padres. Joaquin Andujar fired a three-hitter, leading the Cardinals to their 11th tri-umph in 13 games. Any combination of St. Louis wins and Philadelphia defeats totaling Inree will give the Cardinals the division title. Ni' York's Craig Swan pitched a seven-hitter and escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the seventh inning to out-duel Steve Carlton and the Phillies. Scott Sanderson fired a seven-hitter as Montreal beat the Pirates 9-4 and eliminated the Bucs from the NL East race. Tim Tolman and Phil Garner each had a pair of doubles to spark Houston over Cincinnati 3-1. In the AL, Fred Stanley hit run-scoring singles that ignited two five-run. in nation. Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer said the shutout was Incidental" "We knew It would happen some time. It's the kind of thing you want to happen against good teams," Switzer said. "All losses hurt, but it hurts more when you lose to teams that are not so good." In other Big Eight games, Penn State beat Nebraska 27-24, Texas defeated Missouri 214, Kansas State thrashed WtcMU State 31-7, Iowa State blew past Drake &10, Kansas rallied to tie Ken-lucky 13-13, Wyoming stopped Colorado 20 Fared . San (Moao tt. .... at Auburn ... West Virginia .Arkansas State - 2K. . Lovntfono St, .Norm Texas Stato ..at Mississippi St. - TtU- ..ol Micntgon State ' Georgia Tocti u. .j Cbtoroxto ' Florida State Kontao Stato 4i.... -Pitt . at Louisville of Rica .at mi .Indiana '5 ' STAFF PHOTO BY TED KIRK end of the game. season for F down pass from Turner Gill in the last 3'4 minutes of the third quarter. "This doesn't knock us out of the national championship," Rozier said. "Everybody will lose at least one game this year. Nobody will go undefeated. "I'm down because we lost," Rozier said. "But I'm glad we lost now instead of later in the year. This will make us go home and work harder." Fryar and Rozier received permission from NU Coach Tom Osborne earlier in the week to spend a day with their families and friends in New Jersey before returning to Lincoln. "We plan on going to the Orange Bowl, so we probably won't get a chance to go home again until next summer," Fryar said. Gill, who completed 16 of 34 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns, said nings for Oakland as the A's beat Kansas City 10-3 and dimmed their title chances in the West. Rick Cerone belted a tie-breaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, powering New York to a 6-2 victory over Boston and eliminating the Red Sox from the East race. In AL night action, Eddie Murray slammed a three-run homer and Cal Ripken Jr. slammed a solo shot, while Jim Palmer pitched a four-hitter for his 13th victory in his last 14 decisions, leading the Baltimore Orioles to a 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Rod Carew and Doug DeCinces hit home runs as the California Angels erupted for four runs in the seventh inning to post a 6-5 comeback victory over the Texas Rangers. The victory gave the Angels a 3-game lead. Steve pillard drove in five runs, three with a bases-loaded double, to lead the Chicago White Sox and LaMarr Hoyt to a 13-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins. 24-10 and Louisville shocked Oklahoma State 28 22. At Norman, Okla., the 18th-ranked Trojans, who got their first points on a 1-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Sean Salisbury to fullback John Kamana, repeatedly stopped Oklahoma drives, including a last-ditch effort in the fourth quarter that ended on the Southern Cal three. Oklahoma spent most of the second quarter in USC territory, but came up empty after advancing to the Southern Cal 22, 28, 23 and 21. The Trojan defense was lifted by a pair of interceptions, one in the second quarter by Joey Browner and another in the final period by Darrel Hopper. The first interception was Immediately followed by White's pass to Simmons. . Salisbury banded off to tailback Fred Crutcher, wbo pitched to White. White then threw deep to Simmons, who completed the 17-yard scoring play with less than sevet minutes left In the first Jatf. . W worked on that pass in practl a lot Salisbury sail "We decided if we ' ever got a turnover, we would hit them ' with that pUj" Oklahoma, number Bva m the nation ' with aa average of 342 yards per came ta rushing, was held to 43 ground yards by the Trojan defense and 1H yards passing. The Sooners bad just 18 yards rushing tn the first half. X)n the final second-quarter drive. NU Penn St. First downs 23 30 Rushes-yards 48-233 41-210 Posslng yards 239 295 Return yards 0 13 Posses 16-34-1 23-39-1 Socks by - 0-0 1-1 Punts 3-39 2-38 Fumbles-lost 3-2 3-2 Penalties-yards 4-35 2-10 Time of Possession 30:13 29:47 Third down conversions 11-19 6-13 Fourth down conversions .... j 0-1 2-2 By Virgil Parker Sports Editor STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - No. 2 is known for trying harder. Nebraska's No. 2 ranked football team did just that Saturday. But the Cornhuskers learned what Avis has known for years. Trying harder doesn't necessarily make you No.l. Before the largest crowd in Penn State history (85,304) and millions more on national TV, Nebraska took the lead for the first time over the Nittany Lions at 24-21 with just 1:18 left in the game. But Coach Joe Paterno's No. 5 rated Lions, with the aid of a questionable officials' call which enabled Penn State to reach the Nebraska 2-yard line, scored on the last play of the game to claim a 27-24 decision. The game, which saw the two teams record 53 first downs and gain 977 net yards, was filled with big and crucial plays by both teams, especially in the final moments. On Nebraska's march to score its go-ahead touchdown, quarterback Turner ryar, the loss was "definitely depressing. It'll probably hang on for a day or two. Any loss like that is hard to get out of your mind." The junior quarterback, though, was as calm in the dressing room as he was directing the 80-yard drive that gave the Huskers a 24-21 lead with 1:18 remaining. Gill covered the final yard himself after completing passes of 13 yards to Todd Brown, 18 yards to Jamie Williams, 11 yards to Mitch Krenk and 13 yards to Fryar. He also executed a brilliant option before pitching the ball to Rozier for a 12-yard gain. Hindsight told Gill that "we probably should have thrown the ball a little earner. But I fumbled a snap and had a bad pitchout. A couple mistakes really hurt us. We only played well for two quar- inside Saturday's football scores N'western 31, No. III. 6 Big Ten roundup, Page 2D "Bama 24, Vanderbilt 21 SEC roundup, Page 6D Pittsburgh 20, Illinois 3 Independents, Page 7D Benedictine 31, NWU 14 State colleges, Page 6D Also in today's section Nebraska Open golf Page 2D Outdoor news Page 8D Southeast wins Page 3D ""Sports Sunday Baseball Baltimore at Milwaukee, 1 p.m., O San Diego at Atlanta,! :05 p.m., (8j Football Purdue at Notre Dame, 6 a.m., 3 a.m., (5) NFL today: strike coverage. Super Bowl XVI highlights. 11:30a.m., O blanks Mizzou Sooner quarterback Kelly Phelps was booed by the Oklahoma fans after two passes were overthrown. Phelps was taken out of the game late in the third quarter after passing for 106 yards but hitting on only five of 17 attempts. He was replaced by sophomore Danny Bradley, who also was incapable of putting points on the scoreboard. Trojan tailback Crutcher, who left the game in the third quarter with strained ligaments in his left leg, had 92 yards rushing. Salisbury hit on tl of 15 passes for 86 yards. Texas 21, Missouri O At Austin, Texas, flanker Herkie WaU raced 80 yards on an end around and a striking defense led by linebacker Jeff Leiding scored another touchdown and shut out Missouri's potent offense. Both quarterbacks, Robert Brewer of Texas and Marlon Adcfler of Missouri, were sacked repeatedly by blitzing defenders. Texas got two big offensive plays, however, and they were enough. Texas scored quickly after Missouri's Mike Baku had missed a 31-yard field goal Walls, a IM-poundef' ho is a sprinter m the Texas track team, took a reverse handoff ,'aad streaked M yards untouched for Texas first touchdown with 3:31 remaining tn the first quarter. Spot .end Brent Duhoa had a clearing block on Walls' run. Gill found split end Todd Brown and wingback Irving Fryar with a pair of crucial third-down completions to keep the 80-yard drive alive. Penn State's Todd Blackledge, who completed 23-of-39 aerials, faced fourth and 11 with 35 seconds left. He escaped a heavy rush to pass for exactly 11 yards to the Nebraska 34. Backbreaker After Blackledge gained six yards on a keeper to the Husker 17 when he couldn't find a receiver came the backbreaker. A pass to tight end Mike McCloskey was ruled a completion and a 15-yard gain to the Nebraska two, although some thought the ball was caught out of bounds. "Our coaches in the press box were so sure he was out of bounds that they didn't even get excited about the play," NU defensive coordinator Charlie McBride said later. "They were speechless when it was ruled a catch. They said one official ruled it was caught out of bounds. The other said it was good," The next pass the last play, of the game was the decider. "I can't comment on the pass play," Cornhusker Coach Tom Osborne said. "Once it was ruled good it doesn't matter." Asked whether he thinks TV replays should be used to determine such things, Osborne said, "Personally, I'm for it, but it's unpractical. Who would decide Rozier lers. You can't beat a good team when you play two quarters." Brown said the passing game was there. "Their defensive backs were playing way o(f," he said. "Everybody was blitzing, so they wanted to make sure they didn't get burned " To Brown, the Penn State loss was almost tougher than the Orange Bowl loss to Uemson. "It would have been so sweet." he said. "We scored at the end, like we should have. But they came back at the end and did the same thing." " Fryar thought two teams responded to the challenge. "We were good, but not good enough," he said. "All we can do is go back out and buckle up our chinstraps a little lighter. Auburn will be coming at us just as hard next week." British Columbia at Toronto, 12:30 p.m., O Calgary at Edmonton (ioined in progress), 3:30 p.m., O UCLA at Michigan, 7:30 p.m., X1 UNO highlights, 10:30p.m. , Q Mississippi State at Florida, 11:30 p.m., UJ Auto Racing Auto Racing: NHRA North Star Nationals, 5:30a.m., (j Detroit Grand Prix, noon, fjj Other sports Wrestling, 8:30 a.m., dl PKA Full Contact Karate, 2 p.m., CE SportsBeat, 3:30 p.m., Q WCT Tennis, 4 p.m., 3j Wrestling, 6:05 p.m., Ct) Monday Baseball Inside Baseball, 6 p.m., 2:30 a.m., X1 Footboll Mississippi State at Florida, 11 a.m., CD Australian Rules, 2 p.m., CD Montreal at Winnipeg, 3 30 p m , X Purdue at Notre Dame, 7 p m., CD UCLA at Michigan, 3 a.m., CD Other sports Racquetball, 8:30 a.m., CD Boxing: Bobby Czyi-Chris Linson, 11 p.m., CD Donnie Duncan, midnight, O Texas forced a Missouri punt to the Texas 49 at the end of the third quarter. Brewer, who was intercepted three times, lofted a 30-yard pass to Duhon at the Missouri 11. John Walker ran wide to the right for eight yards and a score on second down. KSl '31,'ich. St. 7 At Manhattaa Kan., Greg Best and Reggie Smgletary led a strong defensive effort and Darrell Dickey threw for a touchdown and ran for another, to pace Kansas State past previously-unbeaten Wichita State. Best, a senior defensive back, Intercepted two Shocker passes, recovered a fumble and deflected two more passes. Smgletary, K-State's all-conference defensive lineman, consistently clogged up the middle and harassed Prince McJ unions, Wichita State's quarterback. K State led 14-7 at halftime and tacked on 10 points early in the fourth period to ice the game. Iowa St. 35, Drake 10 At Ames, Iowa, Tommy Davis rushed for 147 yards and one touchdown and Harold Brown ran for two scores to lead Iowa State. Davis, who carried 28 times, scored on a nine-yard run early In the second quarter to cap a three-touchdown outburst in a span of ( minutes, SO seconds. Brown, who alternated with Davis at See BIG EIGHT on page 2D which plays should be reviewed? Besides, it would slow things down too much." Pleased with performance Osborne, disappointed with his team's1 play in the first half, was pleased with the Huskers' second-half performance. "But we just couldn't stop them," Osborne sail "They had excellent pass protection blocking. We tried a variety of things, but we just couldn't put much heat on him (Blackledge). We must have blitzed 30 to 40 percent of the time which we don't like to do but we still didn't get to him." "We didn't come through when we needed to at the- end," McBride said. "Our kids played hard, but their inexperience showed through. They'll have See HUSKERS on page 4D Paterno gracious after win By Mike Babcock Staff Sports Writer STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was gracious in victory. Explaining the three-point difference between his Nittany Lions arid second-ranked Nebraska on Saturday afternoon was easy enough. "We had the ball the last time," Paterno said. It wasn't a case of one team controlling another. "These were two great squads going at each other, up and down, back and forth," said Paterno, who predicted Perm State would need four touchdowns in order to win the game. "I don't think anybody controlled anybody. "It was the kind of football game I thought it would be. Nebraska has a great team. They're a class outfit, and I feel bad for them. There was enough glory on that field today for both teams. I'm very proud. It was such a great football game, you're sorry to see anyone lose." he said. There might have been enough glory to go around, but for Nebraska, there weren't enough points. The Cornhuskers came up three short as Penn State marched 65 yards, using up 1:14 of the game's final i : 18, to pull out its 27-24 victory. The Nittany Lions made the big plas when they had to, converting on a fourth down with 11 yards and 35 seconds to go and again on a second down with five yards and 13 seconds to go. Both plays were Todd Blackledge passes, the first for 11 yards to Kenny Jackson; the second to Mike McCloskey for 15 yards to the Nebraska two-yard line. Paterno said if the pass to McCloskey had failed, he might have thought about attempting a field goal and gone for the tie. But the only time he really did consider kicking a field goal during the game-winning drive was just before the Blackledge pass to Jackson. Considering freshman place-kicker Massimo Manca would have had to kick the ball "52 or 53 yards," and considering he had missed three field goal attempts from shorter distances, Paterno opted for the pass. Four plays later, after Blackledge had teammed up with tight end Kirk Bowman for the winning touchdown pass, Manca missed a much closer extra-point kick. According to Paterno, Bowman wasn't the primary receiver on Blackledge's game-winning pass. Penn State lined up with two tight ends, and McCloskey was supposed to be the No. 1 choice. "I was afraid he (Blackledge) wasn't going to see Bowman," said Paterno, who "saw him wide-open." Blackledge did too, but threw the ball low, and "I didn't know if he (Bowman) caught it." The touchdown salvaged a game Nebraska appeared to have won with 1:18 remaining. The Cornhuskers had driven 80 yards in 13 plays to score and take a 24-21 lead on a series which began when Neil Hams intercepted a Blackledge pass in the NU end zone. "Blackledge made the one mistake, and it would have been a shame if we had lost the football game on that," Paterno said Blackledge, a junior who will have enough credits to graduate in the spring, completed 23 of 39 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns. The winning TD pass to Bowman was Blackledge's 15th of the season, tying the Penn State school record held by Chuck Fusina and John HufnageL The 295 yards were the third highest single-game total by a Nittany Lion quarterback, and yet "we've always had a bad rap about not being able to pass the football" said Paterno. Paterno was reminded that he had once said if one of his quarterbacks ever had to throw 40 passes in a game, Penn State would lose. "Did we really throw 40 passes?" he said. Almost, he was told Paterno smiled. "Well, we almost did lose, didn't we 7" Despite the victory, Paterno's respect for Nebraska had not diminished. "I still think they're a great football team," bet said.

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