The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 10, 1989 · 27
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ylty,-Miy,y Sunday Journal iSfar SEPTEMBER 10, 1989' Business, 12 msJUy msjoes Quote of the game NU Coach Tom Osborne : "It was scary. It could have been one of those deals you never live down." Scoring, team stats Northern Illinois. 7 10 0 0 17 Nebraska 7 10 211048 NU Clark 2 run (Barrios kick) . NIU Dach 2 run Ivanic kick NU Barrios 28 field goal NU Flowers 5 run (Barrios kick) NIU Dach 1 7 run (Ivanic kick) NIU Ivanic 36 field goal NU Kratzenstein 1 1 pass from Gdow- 'ski (Barrios kick) NU Flowers 4 run (Barrios kick) NU Garrett 12 pass from Joseph (Barrios kick) NU Drennan 55 field goal . NU Dowse 10 run (Drennan kick) A 76,194 First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Total yards Return yards Passing Punts Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards Time of possession Third-down conversions On the inside NIU quarterback Stacey Robinson says the world was probably shocked at halftime score. Page 6D. immmmmmmmmmma More game color. Page ieo.v NIU NU 24 11 47-455 50-130 102 44 557 174 25 2 8-13-1 5-13-1. 2-42.5 10-38.1 v 5-4 1-0 5-40 7-57 24:41 35:19 1-6 5-18 By Ken Hambleton Five turnovers made the first half seem like yet another century of football for Nebraska Saturday at Memorial Stadium. It wasn't until a near-perfect third quarter that the No. 4 ranked Comhusk-ers were able U: post a 48-17 victory over Northern Illinois in the first game of the 100th year of Nebraska football. Lightly regarded Northern Illinois, which beat Cal State-Fullerton 26-17 last week, took the offering of four Nebraska fumbles and an interception and shared the lead at 17 in the first half with the Cornhuskers. Some booed Nebraska's balky first half as the predicted blowout looked like i it would blow up in the faces of the 76,194 fane ' i.. f Added to the insult, injuries cost Nebraska the services of pre-season Ail-American candidate Ken Clark (hyper-extended knee), who had 168 yards rushing in the first half, and preseason Ail-American offensive tackle Doug G laser (broken toe). "It was scary. It could have been one of those deals you never live down," NU Coach Tom Osborne said. .But Nebraska lived up to its No. 4 ranking in the second half. The Cornhuskers took the lead on a touchdown pass from Gerry Gdowski to Monte Kratzenstein and increased the margin on a 4-yard run by Leodis Flowers in just over four minutes of the third quarter. By the time the fourth quarter was 32 seconds old, Nebraska had added a L,1UJ4UJ ( J, jjji'-r-inV'jT-riiii' in i, -f i n r """" """' """' I f'" ' "' 'V 1 r 1 ' . . , , f lit ' ' ' 1 ? - . v ' -h ,.: -: r ) : fZ): PVfc- N X2) . 1..,,, ........ ,i -j. rs, fv. wa .. J TED KIRKBUNOAY JOURNAL-STAR touchdown pass from Mickey Joseph to Nebraska's Mike Croel (bottom) and Tyrone Byrd wrap up Northern Illinois' Adam Dach for a 2-yard loss in the second quarter. But two SeeHUSKERSonpage6D plays later, Dach scored the Huskies' second touchdown on a 1 7-yard run. M bdesty genuine for sophomore in first varsity game The first time is special. The nervousness, though always there, is never quite as intense. The Nebraska football players who saw their first varsity action in Saturday's victory over Northern Illinois could tell you that a.week from now. Mike Petko wasnt able to relax long after the game had ended He was still keyed up. His voice shook as he answered reporters' questions. "It's so exciting to be a part of all this," said , . , Petko, a sophomore inside linebacker from Anaheim, Calif. : a .:' "I still feel like I'm not good enough, that I cant play here." The modesty was genuma "It's like I'm dreaming," Petko said. "I want to wake up, but ..." He couldn't complete the sentence. "I'm shaky," he said. The statistics show that Petko made six Spartans swarm over Northeast By Ryly Jane Hambleton Lincoln East made the most of a pair of long pass completions Saturday at Seacrest Field, and the Spartan defense swarmed over Lincoln Northeast for a 24-8 East victory. The Spartans drove 78 yards in 10 plays on their first possession to take an 8-0 lead when Jim Edwards hit Cody Harlan with a 3-yard touchdown pass. The two also connected for the conversion. The drive was aided by a 36-yard pass from Edwards to Steve Baker. Jeff Bauman recovered a Northeast fumble on the Rockets' first drive, but two plays later Russell Stevens pounced on a Spartan fumble at the East 28-yard line. Facing fourth-and-11, Northeast quarterback Jason Pflughaupt threw to the end zone but a diving Jason Habben couldn't make the catch. East took over and scored less than " two minutes later when sophomore Eric Stokes dove in from the 4-yard line. The See EAST on page 110 Mike Babcock Columnist tackles, five of which were unassisted. His total was second on the team to junior Pat Tyrance, who was credited with 10 tackles. But statistics can't express the way Petko felt They don't say he threw up, repeatedly, before the game. Petko was sent into the game less than five minutes after the opening kickoff, for the first play of Nebraska's second defensive series. The crowd noise was deafening. "It took me one play (to settle in)," said Petko, whose first tackle came six plays later, on a 6-yard gain to the Cornhusker 6-yard line. Five months ago, Petko figured he'd be watching this season's games from the stands as aredshirt "When I reported for spring practice, I had it in my head I'd be a scout team player (this fall)," he said. . That very real possibility alleviated some of the pressure on him. Petko figured he had nothing to lose. "So I was just going to play like I could play," he said. ; ,; Obviously, that approach worked. "The first time I moved up on the depth chart, I was stunned," said Petko, who finished the spring at No. 2 on the strong side, behind senior Randall Jobman. Petko continued to use his nothing-to-lose approach this faL "Every time I started messing up or getting down on myself, I'd think: "This is an extra year,' "he said. The demands of major college football are mental as well as physical, and "that little phrase paid off." So did a work ethic fashioned after that of Pete Buchanan, a Cornhusker senior last season. Despite being a senior, Buchanan, also a linebacker, was Petko's teammate on the junior varsity. "I really admired Pete, and I wanted to instill his attitude in myself," said Petko. "He had a tremendous work ethic. He was always in the weight room. And he was a great hitter. "Pete was, by far, the hardest hitter I've ever seen in my life." Petko's sincerity can hardly be questioned. He wears the jersey No. 37 Buchanan wore last season, by choice. Petko would have preferred the No. 99 he wore on the freshman-junior varsity, but that belongs to senior middle guard Kevin Miller. So he settled on No. 37. "I wear it in Pete's honor," Petko said. Buchanan, who was from Quebec, Canada, is playing in the Canadian Football League this falL' "I wish I had his (telephone) number so I could call him," said Petko. ; - f ; j He could tell Buchanan that he's playing more : under control, with more discipline, this season. I By his own admission, he was too much of a ! "freelance" player his freshman year, Petko said-He could also tell Buchanan that even though "there's still that little kid in me," he's matured i since last fall. He's less likely to do something , j -foolish. 1 . Petko could not, however, tell Buchanan that ' he's gotten over the nervousness he feels before i each game. . ; J Even though it probably won't be what tt was on Saturday, "I don't think I'll get used to it," said. Petko. "But that's no big deal because playing here is worth it." ;. His voice still quivered with the emotion of the aftemooa " c I Jjtr; i Graf comes back to beat Navratilova ASSOCIATED PRESS Boris Becker celebrates after beating Aaron Krickstein. - By News Services It wasnt a Grand Slam. But it felt just as good Steffi Graf won her third major tournament of the year Saturday, beating the heat and Martina Navratilova 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the U.S. Open final The only blemish on the top seed's record in Slam events this year came in the French Open finals, where Graf lost to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. "It's very difficult to play in the four tournaments and do the best you can," Graf said "I'm very happy I won another three. That's incredible. "There was nothing I could do about (the French). I was sick at the end of the tournament, and I lost too much energy." Graf, 20, has won each of the Grand Slam titles twice. The comeback victory Saturday, in temperatures above 100 degrees on the court, came less than 24 hours after Graf suffered leg cramps at the end of her semifinal match with Gabriela SabatinL But, as usual, Graf was relentless Saturday, showing no signs of any health problems. An ace, hugs and waves The match ended with an ace on a second serve by Graf, who then sprinted to the courtside boxes to hug her father and several others. She also signaled to a group of fans high in the stadium that had been chanting her name throughout the 1 hour, 50 minute match. Graf has won seven of the last eight majors the third woman to do so and first since Margaret Smith Court In 1969-70. Navratilova hasn't won one since, the 1987 Open, when she beat Graf for the title. Graf has beaten Navratilovat the last three times they've met, although Navratilova has a 7-6 lifetime edge. It was Grafs first win here over Navratilova. "I know how to beat her," Navratilova said "But I wasn't able to do it again. I didn't play the best tennis I can play. It's disappointing. I just handed it to her. It was really just a matter of a couple of points here and there." Navratilova received an enormous ovation from the crowd at the trophy presentation. "I'll keep trying until those points go my way. A half-inch can change a game; it can change a career," she said, "A half an inch and Boris Becker would be out of this tournament. He's in the final and can go on and win the tournament But a half-inch the' other way and he loses in the second round" Lendl beats Agassi Becker will measure up the inches Sunday with Ivan Lendl who beat Andre Agassi 7-6 (74), 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. The match wiH be Lendl's eighth consecutive Open final and he will try for his fourth crown. Lendl said all his previous Open success would not mean anything Sunday. "I'm trying to win the Open," he said "Past records dont make any difference now. We start at 0-0. It doesn't matter what happened before." The top-seeded Lendl struggled early against Agassi, trailing in the first set and battling back to force a tie-break, which he won 7-4. The set took 1 hour, 15 minutes as botli players stayed at the baseline. "I played well in the first set, then mentally lost ft," Agassi, who went quickly in the second set, said The American won the third before Lendl put him away in the fourth. ' "I was a little inconsistent. Ivan is the type of player that if you give him an opportunity, it doesn't take him too long to take advantage of it." t . " Lendl said his consistency was the key to his game. "I start off a match at a level and I stay at that level" he said. "IU start at 4 o'clock (Sunday) at a level and when we stop at 8, I'D be maybe five percent lower, and that's not much." - ' Becker in first Open final - - Becker reached the final by beating Aaron Krickstein 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 and then decided that he had finally figured out the puzzle of the Open, where his grass court success at Wimbledon has never counted for much on the punishing hard courts of Flushing Meadows. ; " "I've learned my lesson here," Becker said "You almost have to love it here. You have to forget the distractions here: the planes, the heat, the noise of the spectators. It's difficult to play, but you just have to go out and have fun, like (Jimmy) Connors has done for the past 18 years." Fun for Becker was becoming the first German since 1937 to reach the men's final here. The only other time that happened Baron Gottfried von Cramm lost the U.S. National championship to Don Budge. The Nationals changed to the Open in 1968. ' Cubs beat Cards 3-2 on Salazar's hit in 10th By Associated Press , Luis Salazar has had his share of thrills in baseball, but when he drove in the winning run in the 10th inning Saturday he "jumped up and down like it was the World Series." Salazar, who had singled home the tying run with two out in the eighth inning, doubled home the winner two Innings later, giving the Chicago Cubs a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals at Chicago. "I've had a lot of thrills with Detroit in 1987 and San Diego in 1984," said Salazar, who entered the game at third base In the sixth inning after Vance Law was lifted for a pinch batter. "Those teams were exciting, but it was nothing like today." . Salazar, who came to' the Cubs In a four-player trade with San Diego Aug. 31, called It "a big, big victory." So big that It kept the Cubs, who were in danger of falling out of first place, on top In the National League East, stretching their lead to 1 games over the Car- dinals. With one out In the 10th, Andre Dawson drew a walk off Ken Dayley, the fourth St Louis pitcher, and scored when Salazar followed with his double into the right-field comer. Trailing 2-1, the Cubs Ued it in the eighth with an unearned run. Dwight Smith led off with a single, the fifth hit off Jose DeLeon. Right fielder Tom Brunansky held the ball as if to dare Smith to try for second Smith took the dare and was safe after Brunansky threw wide tor an error. Frank DiPino relieved and struck out Mark Grace. Dan Quisenberry retired Dawson on a grounder, but Salazar singled to score the tying run. "I was waiting, waiting," Brunansky said "I guess 1 waited too long. I was either going to throw behind him to first or ahead of him to second When he broke, he made the decision for me. One more step and I would have thrown behind him, but he broke and tt was unfor- tunateforme." Smith called it "an instinct play. I saw him holding the ball, I knew it was wet out there and he was deep, so I took a chance and won." Cardinals' Manager Whltey Herzog said, "That's the first mental mistake I've seen him make since he's been here." Brunansky was acquired from Minnesota in April 1988. Chicago's Rick Sutcliffe blanked the Cardinals until the sixth when Pedro Guerrero singled with one out He took second on a wild pitch as Terry Perxfle- ton struck out Brunansky singled to score Guerrero with the tying run, stole second and scored on Jose Oquendo's single. ' That wiped out a lead the Cubs had nursed since the first inning When Jerome Walton singled stole second went to third on an infield out and scored on Smith's suicide squeeze. Expos 6, Phillies At Montreal, Andres Galarraga dou- n bled with two out in the ninth inning and scored on Hubie Brooks' single, lifting the Expos back into third place in the National League East Jeff Parrett, the sixth Philadelphia pitcher, struck out Tim Raines and Marquis Grissom to start the inning before Galarraga and Brooks came through. The run made a winner of former Nebraska pitcher Tim Burke, the third Montreal pitcher, who blew a 5-2 in the top of the ninth when Dickie Thon hit a three-run homer, his 12th. Pirates 8, Mets 5 Bobby Bonilla hit his second home run of the game with one out in the 12th inning, and Dann Bilardello and Jose Lind singled home unearned runs in New York. The Mets had rallied from a 5-1 deficit to tie the score on Howard Johnson's two-run homer in the eighth. After reliever Jeff Innis struck out Andy Van Slyke to start the 12th, Bonilla See NL on page 8D P P itefft?i Zi'ZLtlXm i J','Xj.! 'lI I , iduiiiu ,.,v v. set to go spMS;'; s Sooner OB injured in victory i" Page 2D Vesleyan sacks Peru State hopes Pago 3D, Muckers win in volioyball tournament Pago 7D . Grouse hunting outlook fair to good Pago 9D . ;.; 'rii. E3 C3 ,

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