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can't mate Cornhusker notes, quotes TTTr iJiier pressure 'f ByRytvJaneHambletnn Arizona State quarterback Dan Fort was forced to make some quick decisions under pressure, hit the Sun Devil defense couldnt put the same pressure en Nebraska's Steve Taylor. And that proved to be Arizona State's undoing Saturday in the Cornhuskers' 47-M victory at Memorial Stadium. mixed the run and bootleg cd quarterback draw so wen, we couldn't put much pressure on (Steve) Taylor," said ASU defensive back Jeff Joseph; "Taylor moved a lot in the pocket and he can do so many things. You Just cant compare him to anybody we've seen. "We ran tot of fronts and coverages in the secondary, but we had to hesitate and guess more than anything.

We just couldnt be as aggressive as we wanted." It wasn't that Nebraska threw anything new at Arizona State. didnt change what we'd seen on film," said defensive end Shane Collins. "It's Just that with a guy like, Taylor, you dont know what can happen, "He makes things happen so we had to be more cautious and see what was happening before we committed ourselves to something." Nathan LaDuke said that at though the Sun Devils severely curtailed the Husker passing game, the defensive, secondary couldnt cheat for the run too much, j- were trying to come up on the run as much as we could, but they have a lot of trick plays and gadget plays, so you have to play it honest most of the time," he said. "Actually, we lucked out in the first half a couple of times when we came up. We left some big areas open but they couldnt connect" The situation was reversed for Ford, who was 8-for-18 passing for 178 yards and one touchdown.

The Sun Devils had 116 yards rushing, which allowed the Nebraska defense to concentrate on putting more pressure on Ford. "You're standing there trying to deliver and it just depends on how fast they're getting to you," be said. "They did a good job of adiustinc defensively. "We felt we were in tins game from the git-go but we made it tough on ourselves when we gave np nine quick points." Ford engineered a pair of drives that erased that Nebraska advantage by the end of the first quarter. The first wasnt really a drive.

It was one play a 54-yard touchdown strike to Chris Garrett The second was a seven-play drive capped by Bruce Perkins' 2-yard run and highlighted by a 46-yard pass to Leland Adams. "On the pass to Garrett we just took advantage of the coverage they were That gave Arizona State a 13-9 lead, but a two-minute scoring drive by Nebraska and then Dana Brinson's 75-yard punt return for a touchdown put the Huskers back on top. LaDuke, who Intercepted a Taylor pass in the end zone that was intended for Todd the Sun Devils couldnt make a break for themselves in the first half when the outcome of the game was still in the balance. "Certain breaks could have turned it around for us," be said. "But then their punt return kind of broke our back.

It probably did us in." Senior defensive end Saute Sapolu agreed. "I was hoping until then that we could stffl make things go for us," he said, "But that really put the pressure on Nebraska is a heck of a team, no doubt about it" Ford said he still thought the Sun Devils could come back for a victory in the second halt But he said Nebraska's defensive pressure and the crowd affected Arizona, State's offense. "We could have thrown more but we werent out of the game. If you panic and say you're going to get it back all at once, you play right into their hands," Ford said. "But they did a good job of shutting us down in the second half.

Once, we didnt have time to get a check-off (audible to change the play) and once, we ran into a blitz." J- I 1 a V' -in t.i i A'' fffTp ME imp' )f mkp --nil ii nun- Appraifflately tickets for next Saturday's Nebraska-UKLV game wm go on sale at the South Stadium ticket office at I am Monday. SatirdaylTkSorywMNfcl56forr Coach Tom Osborne, who is now tied, with Penn State's Joe Paterno on the list of wmningest active coaches in I of the NCAA. Oklahoma's Nebraska quarterback Steve Taylor, who rushed for 116 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown run, and passed for 29, Including a touchdown pass to Morgan Gregory, moved past' Johnny Bodgers and is tied with Jerry Tagge in career touchdowns accounted: for Le. rushing passing, receiving, returns. He now has 47 touchdowns and trails only Dave Humm (53), Turner GUI.

(52)andMikeRozier(52). The Nebraska tojary report was: short after the Arizona State game. Cea- ter John Nelson has a shoulder cornerback Charles Fryar has a hand and finger injury that win be x-rayed, as does defensive tackle Paul Brungardt3 Linebacker Randall Jobman has- i' bruised knee. Center Jake Young said he was-? nt surprised three Nebraska 'backs' gained more than 100 yards for the first time in modern history. "It doesnt matter if you get the 441 yards rushing having 10 guys rush 40 times each or' three guys go over 100.

Getting the plus shows us we're doing our job. It's great for those guys Steve Taylor, Ken Clark and Terry Rodgers and it means we did what we're supposed to do. I Outside linebacker Broderlck Thomas on the Cornhuskers' national championship hopes "No one is unbeatable, but we'd like to think for the rest of this season Nebraska will be." scored Tim left 4 Vs IAN DOREMUS SUNDAY JOURNAL-STAR on ASU quarterback Daniel Ford Scoring Coach ASU could have played better says NUASU How NU linebacker Broderlck Thomas (7) in the second quarter. "was the big play of the pme. does a good job on punt returns.

Our team worked a lot this past week on preventing a sideline return. But on that play they had a middle re- turn on. Our kids responded td a sideline return and fanned out to cover the field. But we got punched out and they brought the ball right back up the mid- -die. We didnt make their offense work for that touchdown.

"But we didnt make their offense work as hard as we needed to throughout the game. There were too many big By Virgil Parker Larry Marmie was the defensive coordinator for the Arizona State, football team last year. When he took over as head coach this fall, Marmie said he had just one goal in mind "mat our team play as good as it can." 'After winning the first two games of the season, Marmie felt his Sun Devils were fulfilling that wish. But Saturday-night at Memorial Stadium, Arizona State absorbed a 47-18 setback to Nebraska. "Right now," Marmie said after the game, "I dont feel that I can go into a team meeting and say, Men, we played as good as we can play, but we got beat' I dont feel that way.

We didnt play as good as we can play. But we did get beat by a better football team." 'Although Arizona State took a 13-9' lead at the end of the first quarter, the Sun Devils trailed 30-16 at halftime. "We felt we were still in the ball game," Marmie said. "They were going to kick off to us to start the second half. But In our first series, we had two penalties.

We had gained a first down on one of those plays had it not been for the FIRST QUARTER -t 34 Drennon 40 field goal Drive: 49 yards in 13 plavs. Highlighted by 5 Clark runs for 24 yards, Gregory 8 pass from Taylor. Taylor 11 run Drive: 28 yards In 4 plays. Set up by Jackson Interception of Ford pass. Highlighted by Clark 7, 10 runs.

Conversion: kick failed. 9-7 Garrett 54 pass from Ford 4:04 Drive: 54 yards In 1 play. Conversion: Zendelas kick. i 1 Ml Perkins 2 run Drive: 59 yards In 7 plays. Highlighted by 5 Perkins runs, Adams 46 pass from Ford.

Conversion: pass failed. 1 SECOND QUARTER 14-13 Clark 31 run 13:04 Drive: 73 Yards In 7 plays. Highlighted by Taylor 19, 10 runs, Clark 7 run. Conversion: Barrios kick. 23-13 Brinson 75 punt return 11:00 Conversion: Barrios kick.

23-16 Zendelas 22 field goal 4:13 Drive: 76 yards In 15 plays. Highlighted by Adams 19 pass from Ford, Johnson 10 pass from Ford, Wlnsley 9, 7 runs, Wendorff 5, 13 runs. Aided by defense holding penalty. 30-16 Gregory 9 pass from Taylor 58 yards In 11 plays. Set up by Kltrell 22 klckoff return to NU 42.

Highlighted by 5 Rogers runs for 30 yards, Taylor 10 run. Conversion: Barrios kick. 1 FOURTH QUARTER 32-16 Safety, Perkins tackled in end zone 40-14 RodgersSrun 11:11 Drive: 67 yards In 9 plays. Highlighted by 3 Taylor runs for 25 yards, Rodgers 4, 9, 17 runs. Conversion Rodgers run.

47-16 Joseph 4 run, 5:42 Drive: 63 yards In 8 plays. Highlighted by Gregory 12 pass -T from Taylor, Rodgers 11, 15 runs. Flowers 5 run. Conversion: Barrios kick. Sun Devil notes, quotes Quarterback Dan Ford said he was concentrating on tucking the ban away during a 40-yard third-quarter run.

But Lorenzo Hicks knocked the ban loose and Reggie Cooper recovered for the Huskers. "I was running down the field thinking about holding onto the ban and some guy. came up from behind and stabbed it out" Ford said. Statistics IB Huskers run free against Sun Devils (89) appears to put a choke hold plays. They scored one touchdown on fourth and one.

And (NU quarterback Steve) Taylor made a lot of big plays. One was on a third-and-six quarterback draw. But he's that kind of player. That's why he's, playing for them. He often takes a play that doesnt look like it's going to get much and an of a sudden it gets a lot" Marmie said this year's Nebraska team Is very similar to a year ago on both sides of the ban.

From what I know of Nebraska, they looked tike they do every year pretty darn good." Bruce Perkins, who scored on a 2-yard run, said the 157th straight seUout crowd gave the Sun Devils some problems. "It was tough to get consistent on offense and the crowd bad a lot to do with it" he said. "We couldnt hear audibles. And our running game an of a sudden wasnt working. They were rushing us and getting in the backfiekLV Marco and Mike Murray combined for a safety when they caught Perkins in the endzone.

Safety Tim Jackson picked off two of Fonts passes and middle guard Lawrence Pete sacked Ford for a 10-yard loss. "We were an coming in there at one time or another," Cooper said Nine different 'Cornhuskers were credited with tackles for It got to the point where Nebraska's defense caused problems even when it wasntbUtzing. "He (Ford) got a delay of game penalty when I faked a blitz one time and be checked out of plays because he was scared of our pressure," Cooper said. "You could say intimidation was a big part of what we wanted to do. Like Broderick Thomas said we brought the wood," he said.

It was a matter of fear on the part of the Nebraska defense, Cooper said. "We talked about not giving up any more scoring after the first half. That was partly because of our pride and partly because Coach (Tom) Osborne really let us have it at halftime." Smart answer It was also a matter of trying to answer for the 41-28 loss to UCLA that stunned Nebraska's defense two weeks ago, Jackson added. "This felt really good. It was like redemption.

We had two weeks to think about the UCLA game and put it out of our mind," be said. Nebraska defensive coordinator Char-. lie McBride said the UCLA game was a factor in the Arizona State game. "I stm think the loss had an effect early in this game. We needed some thing good," he said.

penalty. But we were backed up and had to punt That didnt get us of to the kind of start we needed to get back in the ball game." Later in the scoreless third quarter, Arizona State mounted a drive that gained a first down at the Nebraska 26 yard line. But then came two plays that upset Marmie more than any part of the game. The problem started when Arizona State was charged with delay of game for exceeding the allowed 25 seconds between plays. "That should not happen, and that's our fault" Marmie said.

"But after the whistle blew to stop play, I felt there was a vicious bit on our quarterback. The official said he (the Nebraska player) couldnt hear the whistle. But I heard the whistle on the sidelines, and we had players out there who heard the whistle. I felt it was a caU that wasnt made that should have been made." ASU's drive to get back in the game was snuffed out on the next play when-quarterback Danny Ford threw an interception. Marmie said a 75-yard punt return touchdown by Nebraska's Dana Brinson Arizona State Offense Rushing- No.

Yds. Ford jv.i.,.,6 37 4 22 Cah an ...................7 9 ...2 12 8 15 Wlnsley 9 28 Justin 2 -7 Ave. 6.20 5.5 1.3 6.0 1.9 3.1 3.5 PI 2 0 Yds. 54 101 8 2 21 46.3 Yds. 0 Yds.

126 21- Yds. 0 Passing No. Co. Yds Ford Justin ,18 8 176 4 1 10 Receiving NO. 1 Garrett.

Adams ............4 T.Johnson 1 Wendorff 1 2 Punting No. Yds. Schuh. 4 185 Punt returns NO. LaDuke ....2 Klckoff returns No.

Wlnsley ........6 Cahoon 2 Interception returns No. 1 Defense Tackles UT Sapolu 8 Chuhlantseff Collins 8 AT 1 0 11 12 10 1 Joelson Stanley Hooks McReynolds Dlllard. Tlngstad Metcalf T.Johnson....... 1 2 4 Woodson 3 DUTU. Stokes LaDuke Easley N.

Smith Mahlstede Joseph Hubley Fisher, Nebraska Offense Rushing 1 No. Yds. 17 U6 7 TS Clark ............22 M22 -7 Ave. 6.8 3.7 5.6 r3J 6.5 8.7 7.5 0.5 7.0 9.0 8.0 Knox ..............4 26 ..13 113 2 15 L.Lewis............. 2 1 ....2 14 Gdowskl 1 -2 Coleman 1 9 1 8 Passing No.

Co. Yds PI ,1 .10 3 29 Receiving No. Gregory ....3 Punting No. Yds. .....2 79 Punt returns NO.

Yds. 29 Ave. 39.5 Yds. 80 6 Ydsi 69 22 Yds. 55' Bell 1 Klckoff returns No.

Brinson Kltrell 1 Interception returns No. Jackson .........................2 Defense Tackles UT Griffin 3 I Sims 1 Ferguson MM Thomas 4 3 Etienne 5 2 Crtml 3 HOSM. 4 Calltndo, AT TT By Ken Hambleton Reggie Cooper's parents reached out and touched him Saturday afternoon. Saturday night, Cooper and the rest of the Nebraska defense put the touch, on Arizona State in a 47-16 decision over the Sun Devils. MI had 8 ban," said Cooper, a more strong safety from SlidelL La.

"I got to play the way I used to play in high school. Running wild and free, more times than I can remember." Arizona State, quarterback Daniel Ford shocked Nebraska with a pair of long passes for a total of 100 yards that put the Devils into a 13-1 lead in the first quarter. "The first touchdown (a 54-yard pass from Ford to Chris Garrett) was one of those things," Cooper said. "They are a team of sudden changes and they hit us with a sudden change and scored. "The second touchdown (set up by a 46-yard pass to Leland Adams) was into the hole in our pass coverage," be said.

"I was worried. We an were worried and we knew we had to play better." On the loose 1 Cooper and outside linebackers Broderlck Thomas, Jeff Mills and Jon Marco were an turned loose on blitzes at least 15 times, NU defensive backs Coach George Darlington said. "That's when I got to play the kind of game my dad told me 1 should play when he called me this afternoon," Cooper said. Cooper' hurried Ford five times, throughout the rest of the game and he threw Bruce Perkins for a seven-yard loss on another blitz. Nebraska finished with nine tackles behind the line for 37 yards in losses.

Jon i I -tV i Anderson 3 Fryar 1 Cooper, 3 Jackson 3 T.Lewis........... 2 Blazek 3 FMcktn 1 Sanders 1 IAN OOREMUSSUNOAV JOURNAL4TAH Nebraska defensive back Lorenzo Hicks (8) strips the football from ASU quarterback Daniel Ford (7) In the third quarter..

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