The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 24, 1985 · 29
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i p yr)iiyfr '' y'r r r'"r " V o " ' 1I"T FD(0)fHgRellglon, 13Monoy, 14 Sunday Journal-tar NOVEMBER 24, 1985 1 r r r r r v r r11' i"'f' r ' I . ) . 1-:.. -i ' A a ', r; By Virgil Parker - Sport Editor . NORMAN, Okla. - Nebraska's na- tlonal championship bubble burst Satur-ray. '. , V- Before a boisterous hometown crowd . of 75,004 &t Owen Field, Oklahoma totally dominated the Cornhuskers while rolling to a 277 victory. ;': The triumph earned the Sooners the Orange Bowl berth which No. 2-ranked Nebraska coveted for a chance to play No. 1-rated Penn State. "7 Instead, Oklahoma win head for the .beach, while Nebraska will line up earlier New Year's Day against Big Ten runner-up Michigan at the Fiesta Bowl taTempe, Ariz. ; Nebraska averted Its first shutout in ?it games whn defensive tackle Chris Spachman picked off a fumble (ruled an interception) in mid-air and rambled 76 yards to score with just 28 seconds left toft? game. i The last time the Huskers were blanked occurred in 1973, NU Coach Tom Osborne's first season. And Oklahoma administered that defeat by the same 27-0 count that stood before Spach-man's fumble return. ) ' V Husker fullback ' Tom Rathman summed up the Nebraska disappointment "It seems like Nebraska has a shot at the national championship every year," Rathman said, "but ever since Fve been here, we have fallen one game short" i . ' Although it was of little consolation, Rathman noted that Nebraska with just four starters returning, two on offense and two on defense was a preseason pick to finish third in the Big Eight "A lot of people didnt think we'd win nine games," Rathman said, "so I think we've had a successful season." . ;:Tm not too proud of the way we played today. We just got a good kick- OIJ's tight en ;". By Ken Ham6leton NORMAN, Okla. -Oklahoma has had more than its share of great running backs. .That's why nobody, especially Okla-: homa Coach Barry Switzer, ever expected to have a tight end lead his team to a whopping 27-7 win over Nebraska. ' "We've never had a tight end lead us in rushing," Switzer said. "It was a great' team effort and today was our day. As simple as that" ' Oklahoma tight end Keith Jackson agreed, but added, it might have been bis day as wen as bis team's. , Jackson rushed three times for 136 ' yards,' including a "first" tight end-around play that broke the game open on an 88-yard scoring run with less than lour minutes gone in the game. -'"We just put that play in this week," Jackson said. "I expected I'd be getting the ball, but when they called that play and we were on our 12-yard line, I thought they were kidding. 'ATI looked left and right and all I saw was our red jerseys, so I said goodbye." Jackson wants Heisman ; Jackson said the play was added just this week for Nebraska. "We ran that -L NU caeers sluggish in opener By Curt McKeever Most of the 7,340 fans at the University of Nebraska men's basketball season Opener against Wisconsin-Stout headed for the exits with 43 seconds left Saturday night " But the contest against the small NAIA school MA been deckled much earUer. Backed by preseason All-American center Dave Hoppen's 29 points, the Huskers opened the 1985-86 campaign with a sluggish and hard-earned 71-53 triumph. I never dreamed we'd go out and play like that" NU Coach Moe Iba said afterward. "I saw some improvement the other night In our exhibition, but I - sure didnt think that we'd go out and not run our offense or show intensity. But we won the baDgame and maybe it will teach our team a lesson." - The Huskers, who struggled to a 31-24 See BASKETBALL on page 1 2D " Iowa State, saving its best game for last, upset Okla Z homa State 15-10. Pago 2D. JTTexas spoiled Baylor's Cot-: ton Bowl plans with a 17-10 ; win over the Bears. Page 3D. 1 Scoreboard Page iod. Nebraska Is In Its fourth year Z of a successful Operation TQame Thief program which .'offers rewards on an anony- mous basis. Pago 1 1 D. tag," Osbone' said, "but our guys have had a great year. We knew before we; came down here that Oklahoma was ai great team. And I saw nothing today tr change my mind. i ' "They have as good a defense, I thinkj ' as they have ever had and that inl eludes when they had the Selmon brothers. They outplayed us badly. And then 1 speed on offense was outstanding." ' In past years, Nebraska has been known to pull out a trick play or two against the Sooners. This time the tempo and the eventual outcome was set . when Oklahoma Coach Barry Switzer came up with a reverse to tight end Keith Jackson that went 88 yards for a touchdown the second time the Sooners had the baH OU, aided by a SS-yartf-pass trm freshman quarterback Jamelle Holle-way to Jackson, tallied another touchdown on its. next possessioa Holieway zipped the final 43 yards on a keeper play to complete a 90-yard drive in just six plays. That made tt 14-0 midway through the first quarter. Nebraska never recovered. "The tight end reverse and our inability to move the ban early took us out of the ball game," Osborne said. "We'd never seen them run the tight end reverse, and Jackson is big and fast But they have a lot of great athletes. (Fullback LydeU) Carr keeps you honest and the quarterback then does the damage." Three Huskers had a shot at Holieway on the first of his two TD runs, but nobody could corner the darting 5-9, 175-pounder. "We did not tackle wen," Osborne admitted. "I've got to believe that we're better tacklers than that but then their talent had a lot to do with it, too. That Holieway is hard to get ahold of." ' Nebraska's defense, which went into See HUSKERS on page 60 Keith Jackson play maybe three times a day since Tuesday, and I thought it might .work, 'but never for that long a run," he said. But Jackson eluded four would-be tacklers and raced away to give the Sooners a 7-0 lead. "I just saw people falling down aJl around me. I dont remember who was blocking, but there was all kinds of blocking on that play. All I had to do was run," he said. He grinned and added, "Now I think I FIESTA d Jackson steals Michigan vs. Nebraska COTTON (Jan. 1) , , . Auburn vs. Texas-Texas ASM winner . ROSE (Jan. 1) UCLA vt. Iowa V- , . SUGAR (Jan. 1) Miami (Flo.) vs. -Tennessee, LSU or Alabama . - ORANGE i Penn state Nk TOG BpOL KOTEXJy ' j1" " i " 111 1 1 ; O ' CALIFORNIA (Dee. 14) " 9 Fresno Stale vs. Bowline 6reea i.'j CHERRY (DtCll) . Maryland vs. Svreaisti ; ' 4,. . : IKDEPENtNCt (DeC.lt) j MHmetetav.ctmteii HOLIDAY (Dec 22) Arkaatas v. Aritene Slate - y. LIDItKIT V . tlU er Tmiuti n. CITRUS (Dec St) .. . ' . YU VS. Ohio Stat SUN(DtcSt) -r Oeorelen. Aiiiona . , ; ALOHA (Dec M) Alabama r TtrnmM vt. Wnt Vlrvlnta -r ;.PeMM(Oocl) OATOR (Dec SO) FtorWa Stale n. Oklahoma State ; PiACH(Decli) - V, BLUE ONNfT (DOC 1) . Air Fore vi. Ttxat AAM-Txa later r ALL AMERICAN (DOC It) Ooartti Teck vt. Mlchieaa Stale .l.Iiii.iiiiiiiU-U-M1iii Hi m-ju lnaal 10 0k tf ie yj" s iffitftfl I 9ti 1 f. S..Y III U it u ( it -r.; . ! i I J i .. kJ. , J fa ' ""XMti-y " 1 - S. Oklahoma quarterback Jamelle ana two toucnaowns. ought to get my Heisman." Switzer would probably agree with Jackson. ' "We had good things happen and Jackson's plays were just a couple of those good things," he said. Jackson also grabbed a 38-yard pass from freshman quarterback Jamelle Holieway that set up OU's second touchdown and he keyed the Sooners' final score when he faked a tight end pass and scrambled for 19 yards to the Nebraska 44. . Doesn't care to block A S-foot-3, 240-pound sophomore, Jackson had key receptions against Texas and Kansas earlier this year, but he said that was nothing compared with his performance against Nebraska. "I go into a game hoping to catch a pass. I admire Dwight Clark (of the San Francisco 49ers) and I'm like him I hate blocking, so getting a chance to carry the ban fired me up. "I knew I could break some runs if I got the opportunity and I really put myself on the spot "We all did and we all came through in a big team effort," he said. Switzer agreed, citing the goal line (Jon. 1) (Jan. 1) ' vt Oklahoma s .2 IUCZ toy tor mu-uwlMm- .n .ill t? ff iff jsm.ea i 1 1 i . Holieway (4) roltt out behind the limelight Quota of ths game Oklahoma tight end Keith Jackson on his 86-yard end-around for a touchdown: "I looked left and rigljt and all I saw was our red jeqseys, so I said goodbye." Onthelnskb Oklahoma's tint play, even its opening series, t which went three-downs-ancj-punt, was a poor indication of what was about to happen. -1- Page 7D. i , 1 stand that stopped Nebraska after the Huskers had first-and-goal on the tyard line early in the second quarter. "It was a big defensive effort, too. Obviously it was when we make them kick the field goal and they miss it Otherwise Rose Bowl to pit Iowa, UCLA; rest of lineup taking shape By The Aetocieted Pre Third-ranked Iowa and No. 5 Oklahoma clinched the titles In their conferences Saturday as the New Year's Day bowl situation began to take shape. Iowa, 10-1, defeated Minnesota 31-9 to win the Big Ten Conference and earn a trip to the granddaddy of all bowls, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif, against eighth-ranked UCLA. UCLA could have clinched the Pa-cific-10 Conference title and automatic Rose Bowl bid Saturday afternoon, but lost to Southern Cal 17-13. The Bruins had to await the outcome of Saturday night's Arizona State-Arizona game, which Arizona won 16-13. An Arizona State victory would have sent the Sun Devils to the Rose BowL Oklahoma, 8-1, upset No. 2 Nebraska . 27-7 on national television to win the Big Eight title and move into the Orange Bowl at Miami on New Year's night against No. 1 Penn State, 11-0. After the toss, the 9-2 Cornhuskers accepted an invitation to the Sunkist Fiesta Bowl Jan. 1 at Tempe, Ariz, against No. 6 Michigan, 9-1-1 after beating 12th-ranked Ohio State 27-17. Two other New Year's Day bowls the Cotton and Sugar still awaited the outcome of conference races. Unranked Texas upset lSUmnked Baylor 17-10 to set up a Thanksgiving Day showdown . with Texas A&M for the Southwest Conference title and a berth in the Cotton Bowl at Dallas against Auburn, 8-2, which accepted an invitation Saturday. No. 4 Miami, FUl, 9-1 after a win over Colorado State, accepted an invitation to . play in the Sugar Bowl at New Orleans against the Southeastern Conference champion, which could be Tennessee, -Alabama or 17th-ranked Louisiana State. No. 16 Tennessee, 7-1-2, beat Kentucky 424 Saturday and needs a win over Van-. derbilt next weekend to clinch the SEC. If Tennessee should lose and Alabama beats Auburn in that season finale, the Crimson Tide would finish with a 4-1-1 i TH atAJtJsstA Jfc.AVqA eS est If - 4 ! .. block of Spencer Tillman (20). Holieway carried 25 times for 1 1 0 yards from running backs Scoring, team stats Nebraska 0 0 0 77 Oklahoma 14 3 10 027 OU Jackson 88 run (Lashar kick) OU Hollewav43run (Lashar kick) OU FG Lashar 36 OU FG Lashar 34 OU Holieway 17 run (Lashar kick) NU Spachman 76 fumble recovery (Klein kick) A 75,004 NU OU 19 70-423 38 461 9 1-4-0 7- 34 3-2 3-13 34:26 8- 17 First downs 10 Rushes-yards 42-141 Passing yords 63 Total yards 224 Return yards 76 Passes 4-15-3 Punts 8-39 Fumbles-lost 3-1 Penalties-yards 2-20 Time of possession 25:34 Third-down conversions 3-14 it's 14-7 and it's a momentum swing there. "Another big play was when we're ahead 144 and Nebraska has third-and-one on our 40 and Brian Bosworth turns in a great play, throwing (Doug) DuBose APUPt Ncnrtgame i 1. 1.PennState(11-0)def.Pittsburgri31-0 season completed .2.1 2. Nebraska (9-2) tost to Oklahoma 27-7 season completed 3, 4. Iowa (10-1) def, Minnesota 31-9 season completed 47 5, Miami, Fla. (9-1) def. Colorado State 24-3 Notre Dame 3. 3. Oklahoma (8-1 ) def. Nebraska 27-7 at Oklahoma State 6, 6. Michigan (9-1-1) def. Ohio State 27-1 7 season completed 7 7. Oklahoma State (8-2) lost to Iowa State 15-10 Oklahoma 87 8. UCLA (8-2-1 ) lost to Southern Cal 1 7-1 3 season completed 97 Florida (8-1-1) was idle Florida State 1 0. 9. Auburn (8-2) was Idle vs. Alabama 11 .r 3. BYU (1 0-2) det. Utah 38-28 season completed 127110hioState(8-3)losttoMichigan27-17 season completed 1 371 0. Air Force (1 0-1 ) at Hawaii season completed 14 12, Florida State (8-2) was idle at Florida 1 57 1 4. Baylor (8-3) lost to Texas 1 7-1 0 season completed 1671 5. Tennessee (7-1-2) def. Kentucky 42-0 Vanderbilt ' 1 771 7. LSU (7-1-1 ) def. Notre Dame 1 0-7 atTulane- 1 87 1 6. Arkansas (9-2) def . Southern Methodist 1 5-9 season completed 19718. Texas A&M (8-2) def. Texas Christian 53-6 Texas 207 Georgia (7-2-1) was idle Georgia Tech 19. Texas (8-2) def. Baylor 17-10 at Texas A&M 20. Atfzona State (8-3) lost to Arizona 16-13 season completed 'conference record, identical to LSU's. Since the tie came when Alabama and LSU played each other, the Sugar Bowl committee would have to pick which team would play on New Year's Day. Two Dec 31 bowls the Peach and Ail-American also were filled Saturday. Army, 8-2, and Illinois, 641, will compete in the Peach Bowl at Atlanta, while Michigan Stale, 7-4, and Georgia Tech, 7-H accepted invitations to the AU-American Bowl at Birmingham, Ala. Air Force, 10-L accepted an invitation to play in the Bluebotlnet Bowl the same day in Houston against an undetermined opponent, probably kthe loser of the x . esl e M ol AjA- ' -' N. RANOV HAMPTON 8UNOAV JOURNAL-STAR for a two-yard loss and they have to punt : "In the second half, we went down and scored the first two times we had the baU. That won the football game right there. Nebraska was going to have a hard time running because our defense plays too good and they did not have success in passing," he said. OU defense confident Switzer said he was confident an week but not as confident as his players. "I thought we could win. Kevin Murphy (OU defensive end) said "Coach I think we could shut them out' I think the defense deserved a shutout and I think Nebraska knows that "Life has few moments like this." Switzer, who has won 10 of the 14 games he's coached against Nebraska, was ecstatic to accept the bid to the Orange BowL "We wont be surprised if we're No. 1. We've got to do a great job of coaching mentally the next two weeks," he said. OU faces Oklahoma State and SMU before the Orange BowL "I'm tickled to death and I hope we don't disappoint the Orange Bowl people," be said. Texas-Texas A&M game. The Gator Bowl on Dec. 30 at Jacksonville, Ful, filled its bill with Florida State and Oklahoma State, both 8-2, while Washington, 6-5, will go to the Freedom Bowl at Anaheim, Calif, against perhaps Colorado or Tennessee. Ohio State, 8-1 and Brigham Young, 10-2, accepted invitations to the Florida Citrus Bowl at Orlando, Ful, on Dec 28. That same day, Arizona, will face Georgia, 7-2-1, in the Sun Bowl at El Paso, Texas. Officials of the Aloha Bowl at Honolulu, also set tor Dec. 28, were expected to extend invitations to teams from the SEC and SWC. el.L-aaJ,amLJafc.jaaVfc. A A A

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