The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 14, 1979 · 33
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 33

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Jayhawk Jottings Brent Robinson Linebacker Jim Zidd O" iNebraiko: "Nebraska Is a good team, but thty re not that overwhelming. I dldnl have that much trouble with their blocking, Its ' !i!?tL.t,12,.,hv stav oftr vu- ' really didn't think that they were that physical, but they beat us and thev r-at us bod. Anybody that crushes Penn State has to be good." On Jarvls Red wine: "jarvis is a good back, and boy Is he quick, but anymore It seems like everybody's got a good back. If there's any one thing that makes Nebraska so tough, Its the tact that they have at least four backs who can all do it." Noseguard Stan Gardner On center Kelly Soolfeld: "He's a good player. I came up here knowing I'd have a reol battle on my hands. Kelly and I battled all day." On Nebraska's blocking: "It bothers you when they drop down and roll at vour legs, but why make a big deal about It. If they're No. 1 in the notion it really doesn't moke any differ-, ence whether they roll at your legs or hit you In the chest." On Nebraska's backs: "They have some real good blocking backs, they really stick with their blocks. Overall, Nebraska iust sticks to basics. They beat vou with the same thing thev beat the team the week before." Linebacker Kirby Crlswell On Nebraska: "They embarrassed us. They didn't run over us like thev had In years before, but they still beat us 42-0. I'm not trying to take anything away from Nebraska, but I was more Impressed with Syracuse back Joe Morris than I was with any of Nebraska's backs. Syracuse was more of an explosive team while Nebraska comes right at you. They wait for you to make the mistakes, then they capitalize. Nebrakska dldnl beat us as bad as last year, but I think we've got a better team than we had last season." On Craig Johnson: "He always has a good day against us, his run was the only play all day which was really demoralizing. It really hurt us." On playing before 76,000 Nebraska fans: "I love It. I really enloy playing before a big crowd. It makes all the effort worthwhile." Assistant Coach Larry Donovan (a former Nebraska player from the turnaround years, the beginning of the Devaney era.) "I'll tell vou why Nebraska is so successful. It's stability. The guys who coached me are . still coaching. Nebraska has great stability. That's what I'd like to see happen at KU, and Nebraska has a great program to model after." Oct. 14, 1979 Lincoln, Neb., Sunday Journal and Star 3D Series From page ID- pinch-hitting opportunity, allowing his pitcher, Tim Stoddard, to swing. "I was very surprised," the pitcher admitted. "When he told me to go up and hit, I couldn't believe it. He said 'Take until it's two strikes.'" But Stoddard, making his .first major league appearance .a the plate, swung at the first .pitch for an RBI single. That's 'the kind of stuff of which managerial genius is made. j.., .Baltimore was trailing 6-3 when Kiko Garcia, hero of the Birds' victory in Game 3, opened the eighth inning with a single. Garcia earlier had doubled home the first two Baltimore runs after the Pirates grabbed an early 4-0 lead. Ken Singleton moved Garcia up to second with his third hit of the game. After Eddie Murray forced Singleton, Doug De- Cinces' drew a walk, loading the bases. That brought Tekulve out of the Pirate bullpen. The lanky, side-arming right-hander relieved in 94 games in the regular season, posting 31 saves. But he just didn't have it on Saturday. Lowehstein came off the bench to bat for Gary Roe-nicke in a righty-lefty switch by the Orioles. He drilled a double into the right-field corner, scoring two runs and cutting the Pirate lead to 6-5. Billy Smith batted for Rich Dauer and was given an intentional walk, loading the bases again. Then Oriole Manger Earl Weaver went for his third straight pinch hitter, inserting Crowley to bat for Dave Skaggs. Again, the strategy worked, with the pinch hitter drilling Randy York Palmyra to Moscow Even though she's the youngest member of the 1980 U.S. women's Olympic volleyball team, Palmyra's Julie Vollertsen won't be awestruck by the thought of playing in Moscow. Having competed in Russia's Spartacade during the summer, she already has been exposed to an Olympic-type atmosphere. "It was so neat, being among runners, swimmers, gymnasts and everyone else, I can't wait for the Olympics," Julie said during a break at the U.S. Olympic training site in Colorado Springs. Last year, when the American women's team played the Japanese Olympic team before 6,000 spectators at Bob Devaney Sports Center, Julie was a promising Olympic prospect. But she had 1984 written on her, not 1980. . ' A week from Monday night, when the American Olympic ' team plays the Korean Olympic team at the Sports Center, Julie Tpjobably will get a bigger standing ovation than she received last year. The daughter of Palmyra farmers Norm and Elva Vollertsen "was the surprise of the Spartacade and now ranks as the "brightest young player in the country," says Al Monoco, executive director of the United States Volleyball Association. Since she turned 20 in March and since most of America's best volleyball players are between 23 and 29 years old, Julie was being groomed for Los Angeles instead of Moscow. Injuries opened door Julie acknowledges that she had her sights set on '84, but a couple of key injuries helped showcase her talents more quickly. , She gained her first international experience in February during a five-week training tour of Japan, Korea, Peru and KraziL ZH. She wasn't scheduled for Olympic qualifying competition in 3Jpba in April, but when Laurie Flachmeier suffered a stress "fracture in her leg, Julie became a last-minute replacement. SFnat led to a spot on the U.S. team that made a 2-week exhibi-3bn tour of Israel. Another injury gave Julie the chance she needed most. When American captain Patty Dowdell hurt her back, Julie became a last-minute replacement for the Spartacade. She played well in Russia well enough that her .coach, Arte Selinger, asked her to join the American team in the Pan American Games in Puerto Rico. Because she is still a junior player, Julie already had committed herself to the World University Games in Mexico City, so she declined the Pan-Am experience. She suffered no penalty. Selinger recently told Julie she was the No. 13 player on the 14-member team the United States will take to Moscow. Wants advancement Julie is grateful to get a four-year jump on the dream she 3ms had since she joined America's Junior Olympic training program after high school graduation. But, she says, she'd like to Sflvance one more step before Moscow. "Only 12 can play," she said, "and I want to be one of those 35. I'm thrilled about the honor, but I want to be out on that Seurt, competing." 7 Julie intensified her competitive attitude after a junior 'tournament last year in Hawaii, "That's when I first knew 1 could be a good international player," she said. "That's when I started thinking '80 instead of '84." Her coach started thinking the same thing during the U.S. exhibitions with Peru before the Pan-Am games. "Before," Julie said, "I'd get in when the score was lopsided. Then I started getting into games when the score was tense. There was a purpose, and I guess I responded." She responded well enough to be on the first U.S. women's volleyball team to qualify for the Olympics since 1968. "But," she said, "we're going to Moscow to win, not look good." ." Those hopes were buoyed on a recent tour playing against mie Japanese Olympic team. The 76 Olympic champion Japa-3se won the first game in Los Angeles, then lost the next five in J3an Francisco, Portland, Albuquerque, Colorado Springs and -fort Collins. The traveling is enough to make anyone dizzy, especially a rUfryear-old. Z "I did get home for four days in May for my parents' 30th Sjedding anniversary," Julie said, "but I'm really looking for- 'ward to getting home this time. I have two nephews I haven't ven seen (5-month-old Nathan and 4-month-old Jacob). I'm Just Sting to see them." ZSL Almost as much as southeast Nebraska volleyball fans are pytjigtoseeJulie First downs Rushes-yards Passing vards Return yards Passes Punts Fumbles-fost Penalties-vards NU line 'traffic jams 9 Jayhawk backs another double almost identical to Lowenstein's into the right-field corner for two more runs, giving the Orioles a 7-6 lead. Tim Stoddard, the fourth Baltimore pitcher of the game, was the next batter. Because of the American League designat-ed-hitter rule, Stoddard had never had an official plate appearance in the majors. But this World Series is being played without the DH, and the Orioles' hurler, a former star basketball player at North Carolina State, always will remember his first swing. Stoddard bounced a single past third base, scoring the fifth run of the inning, and Baltimore added another on a force play groundout by Al Bumbry. BYU rips Utah St., 48-24 BYU USU 22 22 39-142 39-86 394 250 96 137 20-27-0 24-44-0 6-40 7-44 2-1 2-2 12-153 7-96 LOGAN, Utah (AP) -Quarterback Marc Wilson passed for 372 yards and two touchdowns and Eric Lane scampered for five scores as 16th ranked Brigham young buried Utah State 48-24 in a Saturday football game matching the nation's two top passing teams. BYU, unbeated. in five games, built up a 14-0 first period lead, and was never seriously threatened in the non-conference game. Wilson, the nation's total offense leader, completed 19 of 25 passes, and had scoring tosses of 20 and 35 yards. Lane's school record five touchdowns all came on runs of five yards or less, and all were set up by Wilson passes, one for 76 yards. Utah State, trailing 28-10 at halftime, scored twice in the third period and pulled to within 11 at 35-24, but the Aggie defense was unable to mar Wilson's aerial mastery. BYU scored on its first possession, driving 61 yards with Lane going in from the one. Late in the first quarter, Wilson hit Bill Davis for a 20-yard touchdown set up by a 41-yard pass from Wilson to Lloyd Jones. In all, the defending Western Athletic Conference champion amassed 536 yards in total offense, 200 more than upstate rival USU. Brigham Young 14 14 14 4 tl Utah Slate 0 10 14 0 M BYU Lane 1 run (Johnson kick) BYU-Oovli 20 pass from Wilson (Johnson kick) USU Thompson 6 pass from Bradshaw (Steinkeklck) BYU Lane 3 run (Johnson kick) BYU Lane 1 run (Johnson kick) USU FG Slelnke 40 USU Parros 1 run (Steinke kick) BYU Lone3run (Johnson kick) USU Brown 1 past from Hippie (Steinkeklck) BYU LoneSrun (Johnson kick) BYU Phillips 35 pass from Wilson (kick failed) A-28,094 Arkansas gains win over Tech First downs Rushes-yards Posslng vards Return yards Passes Punts Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards Arkansas T.Tech 13 13 48-183 46-121 109 110 129 -1 5-11-0 11-26-0 9-38 10-4! 3-3 4-1 5 36 5-40 LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -Twelfth-ranked Arkansas scored touchdowns on Gary Anderson's 67-yard punt return and Kevin Scanlon's 76-yard pass to Bobby Duckworth to defeat Texas Tech 20-6 Saturday in a Southwest Conference football game. Attentat I II J 7- Tent Ted) 1 I 4 TTFO Adams 34 ARK-FGOrdon1 ARK Duckworth 76 posi from Scanlan (Ordoneiklck) ARK-FOOrdonetM TT FG Adorns 30 ark Anderson 67 punt return (Ordoneiklck) . A-47,109 to By Mike Babcock Staff Sports Writer Nebraska linebacker Kim Baker noticed there weren't as many ball carriers corning his way Saturday afternoon. Had he been Mtchhiking, he'd have gotten no rides. What little traffic the Kansas football team could generate was usually brought to a screeching halt long before it reached Baker. The roadblock came in the form of Nebraska's defensive interior, two tackles and a middle guard. The mess it created among the Jayhawk running backs would rival, the worst traffic jam you could find on game day outside Memorial Stadium. "You can tell when the defensive tackles are shutting down the run, especially up the middle," Baker said. "A lot of times, the linebackers have to help plug the middle, but it was pretty well plugged today. "And you can tell they're (the opposition) not gaining much when you see the (defensive) tackles making hits in the backfield," he said with a smile. Nebraska's defensive interior presented Kansas with two problems: (1) how to block Kerry Weinmas-ter, Bill Barnett and Rod Horn, and (2) how to block Oudious Lee, Dan Pensick and David Clark. KU's offensive line failed to accomplish either task against NU's alternating units. The Cornhusker defense limited Kansas to eight first downs and 79 yards of total offense. Nebraska's rushing defense, ranked eighth in the nation going into the game, cramped the Jayhawks' style to the tune of 20 yards net in 28 carries. Kansas made a strategic mistake which explained its offensive frustration in the 42-0 loss. "They were trying to block our tackles one-on-one early in the game," said Barnett "Then they started keeping their backs in to help out, and we sent in our ends. "They thought that if they could establish the run, they'd throw our defense off because nobody has been able to run against us. They were trying to run us out of our 'flex' defense," Barnett said. In Nebraska's "flex defense" one tackle lines up nose-to-nose on a guard and "reads" the play. The Cornhusker front read correctly most of Saturday afternoon. Nebraska's tackles accounted for nine unassisted tackles and six assists. Clark was credited with three of each to lead the way. Four of the tackles two by Pensick - came behind the line of scrimmage for losses totaling 29 yards. "It was a pretty good day for the tackles. We were chasing 'em around a little back there," said Barnett. Though he hadn't seen the rushing totals, he knew the Jayhawks had been effectively shut down. "Usually after you string a play out, you have to look for an angle of pursuit on the ball carrier, but that wasn't necessary today. You could just look down the line of scrimmage or see a pile-up in the backfield," he said. Statistically, Nebraska's defense has improved each week. The Black Shirts have whittled the opposition's total offense from a first-game high of 335 yards by Utah State to a season-low of 79 yards by Kansas. Utah State is the only team to rush for more than 100 yards against the Huskers. The Aggies managed 116. Since then, the totals have been 85, 60, 88 and 20. Opponents have rushed 166 times for 369 net yards, an average of 2.2 yards per carry. At that rate, it takes five carries to make a first down NCAA rules still allow only four. One of Nebraska's defensive goals is to hold opponents under 100 yards rushing. "Among the players it is, but the coaches never bring that up," said left tackle Rod Horn. "Keeping them under 100 (yards) and shutouts . . . those are two goals we have." Saturday's shutout was Nebraska's second in a row, the first time a Cornhusker defense has accomplished that since 1975 when it shackled Kansas State (12-0) and Iowa State (52-0) on consecutive weekends. Last fall, the Huskers' only shutout came at Iowa State (23 0). , "The big part of the game is played in the line; If your line is controlling the line of scrimmage, there's not much backs can do," said Baker, who was credited with three tackles and three assists Saturday. ' It wasn't a busy afternoon for him or the other NU linebackers. "We'd go to a gap, and here'd come a defensive lineman clearing everything out," Baker said. "If they can do their assignments and still make the tackle, that's great." '.' '; Saturday afternoon, it was great . . . unless you happened to be a Kansas back trying to go somewhere forward. Very few Jayhawks came Baker's way, but several started out in his direction. 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