The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 25, 1994 · 24
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HUSKERS 4C UNCOLN JOURNAL-STAR SUNOAY, SEPTEMBER 25. 1994 m T' i. 1"n h ' i t-J r. 0 ...-J r . , ... ! - -1- v t ! 1 - " . GAIL FOLOAUNCOLN JOURNAL-STAR In the third quarter, Nebraska fullback Jeff Makovicka (22) breaks through a hole opened up by blocks from Eric Anderson (70) and Adam Treu (77) and scampers 50 yards to the Pacific 30. NU I-backs don't mind sharing BY KEN HAMBLETON Lcotn Journal-Star .'There could be an argument made fpr more carries by a particular Nebraska I-back. But that discussion has never been raised, reserve I-back Clinton Childs said. ""I could understand if Lawrence Phillips wanted to complain about ptting more carries," Childs said. "A tot of top programs, you see the top back getting 30 carries and more, and he's never complained about Damon Penning and me getting our share of carries." For the record, Phillips had nine carries for 138 yards Saturday, including a 74-yard touchdown run on Nebraska's second possession of a 70-21 victory over Pacific. ; Childs, a sophomore I-back, had 64 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and caught a 26-yard screen pass, penning scored a touchdown annd had 87 yards on 10 carries. '. "With three I-backs, defenses can't lpok at the starter and say, 'This is the guy we have to stop,'" Childs said. "There's too many of us, and that makes our running attack potent no (natter who's in there." Fullback Cory Schlesinger, who nn - :i I v., i Cory Schlesinger Clinton Childs had touchdowns of 39 and 8 yards, finished with 51 yards on three carries. His backup, Jeff Makovicka, finished with 59 yards on three carries. "I think they figured out the trap plays to the fullback in the second half," Schlesinger said. "I had two touchdowns on two carries and then only got 4 yards on the next time I ran a similar play." Childs and Schlesinger were beneficiaries of solid offensive line play throughout the Nebraska depth chart. "This team was so well prepared that when the second team and third team came in, we still scored points and got a lot of yards," Schlesinger said. "The execution didn't drop off a bit. And I think because everybody "With three I-backs, defenses can't look at the starter and say, This is the guy we have to stop.' There's too many of us, and that makes our running attack potent no matter who's in there." Clinton Childs, NU I-back has some success, we're going to be a better team for it. "It's funny how easy things seem when they're going your way." Childs said he expected the entire roster to play well despite the fact many of the reserves had played only on scout teams, using the offenses, and defenses of opponents. "When you look at how hard everybody here works through the summer and spring and fall camps, you get a feeling how tough this bunch is," Childs said. "I really can't tell you if the offense fell off one bit from the West Virginia, Texas Tech or UCLA game to today's game. Everybody is going full speed all the time, and it shows." V fc-. - -...4. 1 r-- .- v TED WRKUNCOLN JOURNAl-STAB fhjsker cornerback Tyrone Williams (8) looks for daylight after intercepting a pass In the second quarter 'while teammate Troy Dumas (4) blocks Pacific tight end Mike Morales. 1992 upset helps Moss keep focus Nebraska rover Kareem Moss, who had four punt returns for 24 yards, said he had no trouble focusing on Pacific. AD he had to do was remember NU'i 19-10 loss at Iowa State in 1991 - "I looked at the game as another Iowa State, so we didnt want to get upset," he said. "We played hard as a team. Everyone did, even the reserves." ., Nebraska's injuries were mostly minor, including Barron Miles' char-ley horse on his left thigh. Tight end Eric Alford had a sprained ankle, defensive back Chad Blahak a sprained ankle and outside linebacker Jerad Higman a bruised knee. Miles, whose two punt blocks boosted his career total to six, was injured when he ran into teammate Eric Stokes when the two were going for an interception. The Huskers' Leslie Dennis, who had an interception return for an ap- KU-PACIFIC BOTES parent touchdown called back because of a clipping penalty, said he was disappointed when he reached the end zone. "I got the pass that was a little un-derthrown and started to my right," he said. "But on the left, all I saw was red jerseys and green field, and I took off that way. I got all the way down there for nothing. The first thing I did when I got to the end zone was look back, and I saw the yellow cloth. I was glad we scored on that drive though." Darren Schmadeke, NU reserve cornerback, said it was easy to understand why he led the team with eight tackles. 'They threw to the flat on my side a lot, and I just had to play a little tighter," he said. "We had a bunch of new guys, and I was a little nervous, too. Maybe if I had broken to the ball quicker, I might have had an interception or two. "The tough part about today was the bumps and bruises and getting tired. I never get tired on Saturdays." Nebraska's 49 first-half points tied a team record set against Oklahoma State on Oct. 15, 1988. The victory was NU's 17th consecutive regular-season win and 19th consecutive home victory. Tight end Alford called Pacific a good team. But when asked what a bad team is, he changed his evaluation to: "They were OK, I guess. They weren't good, and they weren't bad. They did some good things. Ill leave it at that." Tyrone Watley's seven catches for 126 yards were the second-most by a Pacific receiver this season. "The coaches did a good job analyzing the mistakes we made in the first half and coming up with some nice possession passes," he said. 'That opened up the longer passes." Watley said that even though he concentrated on what the Cornhusker defense would be doing, he saw enough of the Nebraska offense to appreciate what it did. "That's why they're the best in the nation," he said. "They're real big and strong up front. Take nothing away from their skill position people, because they're very good, but the core of their offense is the offensive line. They get people out of the way." Tailback Joe Abdullah has scored four of Pacific's last six touchdowns. His 2-yard run for a score was his third in the last two games. His 17-yard reception for a touchdown was the first TD reception of his career. Abdullah is a junior transfer from San Diego State, where he backed up Marshall Faulk for two seasons. Faulk was the second player taken in April's NFL draft, Quarterback Craig Whelihan, who was 25-for-49 for 279 yards, has thrown for 200 or more yards in six of his last eight games. Pacific Coach Chuck Shelton said Whelihan showed composure despite Nebraska's rush. "He came back and played well after he got his chin split open," Shelton said. "I thought he had a pretty good day and looked like a pretty good quarterback." Pacific defensive back Ray Stukes, who three times required attention and limped from the field only to return, said the game was as hardhitting as he expected. It was the most physical game I've ever been in," he said They are so dominating, especially the offensive line." - NUAgainst Pacific, powerful Cornhuskers on cruise control from the start Continued from page 1C touchdown run by fullback Cory Schlesinger. Barron Miles blocked a Pacific punt to give Nebraska the ball on the .Tigers' 19-yard line and set up Schles-tyger's touchdown. Less than two minutes later, Tyrone Williams intercepted a Pacific pass to set up a five-play, W-yard scoring drive, engineered by the second-team offense. - Running behind the second-string pffensive line, Schlesinger scored his second touchdown on his second carry, a 39-yard nut " "We designed every drive to end in a touchdown in every game," Frazier said. "We got close today." . Berringer scored on a fr-yard run on the second play of the second quarter. I Three minutes later, he hit Clester Johnson on a 15-yard touchdown lob. The junior quarterback from Good-land, Kan, hit tight end Eric Alford on a 46-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to 494) with 1:22 left in the first half. Finally, after Nebraska tried a punt return with just nine players on the field and had the third-string offense in. Pacific forced the Cornhuskers to punt before halftime "I talked to officials about calling the second half oft" Pacific Coach Chuck Shelton said Tbey wouldn't" Nebraska usually starts its first string to open the second half. Saturday, it was just another long rest for the starters. Two drives led to two more touchdowns, one an 18-yard scoring pass from Berringer to Abdul Muhammad and the other a 1-yard dive by Childs that followed a 50-yard run by fullback Jeff Makovicka. 1 saw some of the guys who back up my position at right tackle, and I was impressed with the blocking and execution," said senior starting offensive tackle Zach Wiegert "Brady Cas-key and then Adam Treu were out there flattening guys and running the counter sweeps just like we're supposed to." The defensive reserves were just as impressive, said senior defensive tackle Terry Connealy, who had one sack and two tackles in about 15 plays. "Getting all those guys in the game wiD be something that will make us better as a team," Connealy said- The first game is a feeling you can't substitute. And now, we've all got something to talk about in the locker room." Osborne said one of the pluses was the 197th consecutive sellout crowd at Memorial Stadium. "I really appreciate fans showing up and selling the place out," he said "I looked up in the middle of the fourth quarter, and most of them were still there. I would like to express my appreciation to the fans." He also warned the press and the fans about Wyoming, this week's Nebraska opponent "For heavens sake, dont throw Wyoming into this shouldnt-play class," he said "They were co-champions of the WAC and I think will give us a very respectable baHgame." ft r. r TED WRKUNCOLN JOURNAL-STAR Cornhusker I-back Damon Benning (21) breaks around left end for 23 yards early In the first quarter. SCORING SUMMARY NO-UOP Time Ml FIRST QUARTER 7-0 Damon Banning 1 run 12:45 Drive: 61 yards m 6 plays. Highlighted by Lawrence Phillips 5. 6 rum; Tommie Frazier 26 screen pass to Clinton Childs; Benning 23 run. Conversion: Tom 14-0 Lawrence Phillips 74 run ' 9:02 Drive: 83 yards m 3 plays. Highlighted by Phillips 4 run; Frazier 5 run. Conversion: Sieler kick. 214 Cory Schlesinger ( run 5:50 Drive: 19 yards in 3 plays. Set up by Barron Miles block of Roger Fleenor punt. Highlighted by Brook Berringer 16 run. Conversion: Sieler kick. 28-0 Schlesinger 39 run 3:58 Drive: 53 yards in 5 plays. Set up by Tyrone Williams interception of Craig WheUhan pass. Highlighted by PhiKps 8. 6 rum. Conversion: Sieler kick. SECOND QUARTER 35-0 Berringer 6 run 14:31 Drive: 55 yards in 9 plays. Highlighted by Berringer 21, 7 passes to Reggie Baii. Benning 13. 6. 5. 8 runs. Conversion: Sieler kick. 42-0 Clester Johnson 15 pass from Berrrnger 11:02 Drive: 44 yards in 6 plays. Highlighted by Berringer 3 pass to Mark GHman; CNds 15 run; Berrtnger 8 run; Jeff Makovicka 3 run. Conversion: Sieler kick. 49-0 Eric AKord 46 pass from Berringer 6:22 Drive: 57 yards m 4 plays. Set up by Leslie Dennis interception of Whelihan pass. 48 return. Highlighted by Berringer 7 run; CnUds 4 run. Conversion: Sieler kick. THIRD QUARTER 56-0 Abdul Muhammad 18 pass from Berringer 11:06 Drive: 84 yards in 9 plays. Highlighted By Phillips 8, 5, 22 rum; Berringer 5 pass to Baul; Schlesinger 4 run; Berringer 8 pass to Brendan Holbein; Berringer 4 pass to Benning; Benning 10 run. Conversion: Darin Erstad kick. 56-7 Joe Abdullah 17 pass from Whelihan 8:05 Drive: 72 yards in 7 plays. HmhligWed by Whelihan 4, 26, 13 passes to Tyrone Watley; Whelihan 1 1 pass to Mike Morales. Conversion: Roger Fleenor kick. 63-7 Childs 1 run 5:30 Drive: 80 yards in 10 plays. Highlighted by Makovicka SO run: Childs 6, 9. 9, 7, 6 runs. Conversion: Ted Hetziaff kick. 63-14 Abdullah 2 run 2:11 Drive: 60 yards in 8 plays. Highlighted by Abdullah 4 run; Whelihan 10 pass to Eric Atkins. Whekhan 22 pass to Watley: Whelihan 9 pass to Morales, Whek-han 16 pass to Kerry Blakney. Conversion: Fleenor kick. FOURTH QUARTER 70-14 Jeff Lake 24 pass from Matt Turman 1:12 Drive: 49 yards in 4 plays. Set up by Tramprt Wrtce block of Fleenor punt. Highlighted by Turman 24 run Conversion: Retzlaff kick. 70-21 Damon Bowers 9 pass from Nick SeHert 5:28 Drive: 45 yards in 6 plays. Highlighted by Yasin Reeder 16, 3, 11 rum; NU personal foul penalty. Conversion: Fleenor kick. mmmm statistics Nebraska Offense Rushing No. Yds. Lawrence Phillips 9 138 Damon Benning 10 87 Clinton Childs 10 64 Jeff Makovicka 3 59 Cory Schlesinger 3 51 Matt Turman 4 37 Brook Berringer 6 32 ToddUl 3 13 Scott Davenport 2 10 Vershan Jackson 2 10 Tommie Frazier 1 5 Adam Kucera 1 4 ChmNoms 1 2 Chad Stanley 1 0 Ryan Held 1 0 Brian Schuster 2 -2 Passing No. Co. Yds Tommie Frazier .... 2 1 26 Brook Berringer.... 15 8 120 Matt Turman 4 3 43 Adam Kucera 10 0 Receiving No. Reggie Bad 2 Enc Alford 1 CSntonChilds 1 Jeff Lake 1 AbcU Muhammad..... 1 Clester Johnson Tim Carpenter 1 Brendan Holbein 1 JonVedral 1 Damon Benning . 1 Mark Oilman 1 Punting No. Yds. Darin Erstad 1 45 Klckoff returns No. ToddUhNr 1 Jamel WiHiame 1 CtntonChitds 1 Punt returns No. Kareem Moss 4 Barron fvWes... 1 Tramp) Wno 1 Interception return No. Leslie Dennis 1 Tyrone Wiiama j Defense Tackle UT AT Daman Schmadeke.... 6 2 Octavtou McfarUn 4 3 Grant Wistrom 3 2 SeanNoster 2 2 Tramp Wrice . 2 J Leonard Alexander 0 4 Matt Aden 2 Jamel WAiama. .................... 1 2 Aaron Pertand , 0 3 Larry Townaend 0 3 Ont Brown ... J Q Ted Retziaff 2 g Tarry Cormaaty 1 1 Luther HarOn 1 1 JonHease 1 1 Ryan Terwatger 1 1 DougCctnan 0 2 Efcs o 2 EdMomx 0 2 Jeaon Pfisr g 2 Barron Mke . 1 g MreemMoee 1 g Jason Peaiei field M 1 0 Tony Vewnd 1 g Larry Arnold 0 1 SeanQard 0 1 DweynaHams 0 1 Jerad Higman.. . 0 1 Jeft Ooard 0 1 Jeff Sanatosky 0 1 Jarad I omen 0 1 JonVedral 0 1 0 1 , Ave. 15.3 "87 64 197 170 9.3 53 43 5.0 50 5.0 40 20 00 0.0 -2.0 PI 0 0 0 0 Yds. 26 46 26 24 18 15 12 8 7 4 3 Ave. 45.0 Yds. 30 17 10 Yds. 24 21 0 Yds. 48 6 Pacific Offense Rushing No. Yds. Yasin Reeder 4 34 Joe Abdullah 9 20 Stanley Green 4 17 Michael Edwards 1 9 Kerry Blakney 3 5 Craig Whelihan 3 0 Ozzie Wallace 1 -1 Passing No. Co. Yds Craig Whelihan 49 25 279 Nek Sellers 2 2 11 Receiving No. Tyrone Watley 7 Eric Atklne 4 Kerry Brown 4 Stanley Green 3 Mike Morales 2 Damon Bowers 2 Greg Weston 2 Joe Abdullah 1 Kerry Blakney 1 Howard Biackwel 1 Punting NO. Yds. Roger Fleenor 5 203 Team 2 0 Kickoff returns No. Ray Stukes 4 Howard Biackwel 3 Yasm Reeder 2 Punt returns No. Danus Comigan t Defense Tackles UT AT Jeff Russell 11 4 Vines Bruno 5 5 Nathan Young 3 5 Duane Thomas 2 6 Mark Fa'atta 2 3 Jami Anderson 2 2 MartmKonrad 2 2 MattKHgras y 3 Ty Locale 1 3 Brad Stammer 2 1 Charles MHIer 1 9 Ed Tatota 1 j Jason Evans... 0 3 Ray Stukes 2 0 DamonBowers 1 1 Danus Cunmoan 1 1 Andy Naytor 1 f EneStavola 0 2 Steve Wright g j Michael Edwards 1 g Bi Denny g Ozzie Wallace g 1 Ave. 85 22 43 90 1.7 0.0 1.0 PI 2 0 Yds. 126 29 28 26 20 16 10 17 16 2 Ave. 406 0.0 Yds. 43 72 24 Yds. -2 TT 15 10 8 8 5 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 SCHEDULES Nebraska (4-0) Aug. M - Nebraska 31 . Wast WgHa 0 5. 6 - Nebraska 42. Teas Tech 16 a. 17 Nebraska 49, UCLA 21 Netruj70.PacMc21 Wyoming Nebraska Oklahoma State at Netneka - mama at Kansas Stale -NeWMMalMiMoul -CoioraaoatNabraaka Kansas at ffeoraska -Nebraska at Iowa State -NatmkaatOklehanM Pacific (2-2) - Padfc 24. CatiomiaOavis 7 - Mmasota 33. Pnkr 7 - Pat 27, SoutiwM Teas StM 7 r Ngtnska7Q PntrM Oeli Pacme at Nevada Oct. 16 Northern iinoa at Psdftc Oct M Par at Arkansas Stale Oet M Uiefv State at Paone N. 6 Pear at Oman State . It PacMc at New lim rm . H San Joae StM a Mb Oct 1 Oett-Oot 1(-Oct -Od 2t-taov.S-Ntf. aptl- Sept-W Sapt.17 1 Noti. 1t 1 . Nov. ta . ay a ajj va avsvtav. wawat.awa av aH-vavaava.a. m at a ak-.a fea kkh a aw,a

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