Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 5, 1978 · 59
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 59

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Sunday, November 5, 1978
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Nov. 5, 1978 Lincoln, Neb., Sunday Journal and Star 5E ...he's a ramblin9 touchdown marl; is I 41 . 1 K-Miller i ' K-Carbonelll 7 I V 4t VI I N-LockettE I . I - My 1 XJfM' :1 . Lt lilt V C3 ' a f -mm from NU center Jeff Bloom (50) and fullback Jim Kotera (44). Carbonell, however, avoids the block and creates the biggest obstacle Johnson has en route to the 60-yard score. But Johnson's stiff-arm (3) pushes Carbonell aside and Frank Lockett (80) takes care of defensive comerback Delvln Miller (31) as Johnson strides for open spaces (4). Johnson's run ends (5) with a scamper in front of the Husker bench. I - v I 1 1 t I . . . I i8 J -f . ' V 4 1 r 1 fF,. -f-".J--Pri: mm ' I jA ' inn i hms The Nebraska defense didn't have to play much Saturday as was evident by the 63-21 score. The Huskers David Clark (63) puts pressure on KU quarterback Harry Sydney (8), which resulted in an incomplete pass in this third quarter play. Hawks can't put finger on defeat LAWRENCE, Kan. - It might have been the best argument you could find for increasing the Big Eight limit on the size of football travel squads. Nebraska just kept running in players from the group of 55 it brought here Saturday afternoon, and those Huskers kept slicing through and passing over the Kansas defense. There just weren't any fourth and fifth stringers to send in. But Jayhawk free safety Leroy Irvin had a more simple explanation for Nebraska's 63-21 victory. "I think they get fired up for Kansas," he said. "I don't think they like us." Irvin must have gotten that idea from the 799 yards of total offense Nebraska ran up Saturday. Every time you looked, there was the 180-pound junior from Augusta, Ga., trying to tackle a Husker. Irvin leads KU defense Irvin finished as the game's leading tackier with 14 stops. He always got his man sooner or later ... the problem was, more often than not, it was later. But for some reason, Irvin wasn't overly impressed with the 10 Huskers who carried the football Saturday, even though they generated 516 yards on the ground. "Their backs aren't so good, but their line helps them out downfield," he said. "Their long runs were just sprints. "The key to their offense is their linemen," Irvin said. Defensive end Jim Zidd had a different explanation for the KU problems. "I don't think their offensive line is too physical, but their execution is excellent. We weren't getting to the ball," he said. Perhaps, that was the Jayhawks' problem: they couldn't decide why Nebraska was being so successful. Huskers a veteran team "It's the same thing every year," senior nose guard John Algee offered. "Their execution is so good. They're a veteran team. They've been around awhile and know what to do." Though he didn't seem to have any answers for anything Nebraska did Saturday, Jayhawk Coach Bud Moore wasn't above trying to explain things. He suggested that the absence of junior cornerback Dave Harris (who left the game with an ankle injury) was a key to the NU passing success. Three Husker quarterbacks completed 10 of 11 passes for 283 yards. "That made a world of difference in the secondary," Moore said of the injury. "It forced us to play people, at this point, who maybe were not capable of stopping a team like Nebraska." Moore also thought his Jayhawks helped the Husker cause with mistakes, but he wasn't taking anything away from Nebraska. Moore cites Kansas mistakes "I'd like to congratulate Nebraska on a tremendous offensive performance, but I'm sure we added to that with the mistakes and the missed tackles we made," Moore said. "I don't feel we're as bad a football team as the score indicates, but we won't be able to remove that from the record." ' It will still say Nebraska 63, Kansas 21, no matter how anyone tries to explain it "I never dreamed anything like this would happen," Moore said. "I've been on the other side of the field when things like this happened but not on this side." fir) y J Nat InterceDtiorM JU wJk' I 'I - f 'K J 11 r- . r . r- . 1 1 JS' 1. mmn 3 ::MWfi(Sf e:;-3 ' v'i v K ' ' iJiA .rr J- v t N' 1 . v- 'inwi "' i' 1111 11 unii nwnni iinim i ilium ! mm hi rmum u i The Jayhawks put up 49 passes Saturday against the Nebraska defense, and com- i pleted three of them to the Huskers. Safety Jeff Hansen (48) snagged one of them in the second quarter on a pass intended for Mike Hlgglns (32). Several plays later i Tim Sorley connected with Tim Smith for NU's fifth TD. ';; KUfans celebrate touchdown Nebraska's dominating' v style of play didnl dampen the spirits of the Kansas student section. Here, after, the Jayhawks scored one of. their three touchdowns, the students saluted their team by waving their arms back and forth. . Split end Tim Smith (84) caught one of Tom Sorley's three first-half touchdown passes on this 17-yard reception. Two plays earlirr, the California junior latched onto another Sorley aerial for a first down at the Jayhawk 29. The j score gave the Inkers a 35-0 lead.

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