Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 5, 1978 · 64
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,n m t , , -ii- m. ij-wiT i j, j I " I l il " 1,11 ' "' ""' 11 riw"n ""' '"T"'"T 111 "'iriil 1111 11 "J"'' r . ' ' 1 f 'f T I I N 1 r i 1 0E Nov. 5, 1978 Lincoln, Neb., Sundoy Journal and Star1 Nebraska- From past IE. Virgil Parker Tince Ferragamo 4 LAWRENCE. Kan. -1 called Vince Ferragamo In Los An-eJes from here Saturday morning, a couple of hours before Nebraska kicked it off against Kansas. Guess who answered the phone? Ferragamo's roommate former Jaynawk quarter-.back Nolan CromwelL Jvjj "He wouldn't bet me on the game," Ferragamo revealed iten he came to the phone. "The Huskers have been really kill ing everybody lately. He didn't want any part of that." Vince said he saw the Nebraska-Alabama game on TV. Despite the loss he was impressed with the play of the defense. "The offense stumbled around a little," he observed, "but they obviously have gotten themselves organized and are rolling now. I sure hope they can keep it going, especially next week against Oklahoma." , , r erragamo says ine sooner maicnup wui De anomer Dig jime, just like it always is. Every time we played them when I was at Nebraska, everything was on the line, just like it will be '"this year." Does Vince have some advice for the current Cornhuskers? "They've just got to go out there and play their best game of the season," he answered. "I always felt the coaches had us well prepared for Oklahoma. But it seemed like every time they'd come up with the bigger plays. They'd gamble a lot and getaway with it. "I don't know the answer," Ferragamo concluded, "except : for the guys to play loose and all out. I don't think we were up-light the years I was there. , "But maybe we were. In any case, loose and all out. I think that's the attitude and type of play that will bring a victory." Career on the rise Ferragamo, who was thrown into the fray last week against : Atlanta with the Rams trailing but still within reach, saw his first NFL action under pressure. ; -; In the past, he had always been used after the game had been decided. . Does that mean Vince is about to get the chance to become , the Rams' No. 1 quarterback, replacing Pat Haden? "Pat will start today against Tampa Bay," Ferragamo says. , 'The coaches are going to give him a fair shot to come back and redeem himself after a bad game. But the coaches are obviously getting more confidence in me and aren't afraid to put me in at anytime." Ferragamo observes that "they have brought me along at a ; "cautious rate. ; "And that's good, although I'd have to admit I'm starting to . get anxious to have my chance. You have to be a little patient, . though. It would be awfully tough for a guy to come right out of college and be a starting quarterback in the NFL. It takes time ' just to understand what's going on. The game in the pros is really a lot more complicated especially the number of defenses you face." I ' " 'Vince adds, however, that "I came here as well prepared as anybody because of the good coaching I got at Nebraska. That gave me an excellent background." F'erragamo says there is one big difference in gaining the needed experience at practice with a pro team in comparison to When he was at Nebraska. "There are only 45 guys on the whole squad here," he reminds. "At Nebraska, we had maybe 145. The second quarterback at Nebraska, although working with a dif- C ferent set of backs, got just as much repetition as the starter. "But not here. There aren't enough players. The second quarter-' back has to learn by just watching." , Getting more repetition - Vince says that while he used to get to run the team for just a few plays each day in practice, this past week Haden was on the field 60 percent of the time to his 40. I " "It's hard for me to tell how they are evaluating my performance when I've never been in except for just a few plays at ; a time," Ferragamo says. Against Atlanta, Vince was on target , with all four passes, but two were dropped. He was also nailed a I ' couple of times by Falcon blitzes. "It's a team effort," Ferragamo notes. "On a blitz, for in-: stance, the receiver has a responsibility to read that too. j "If the opposing team sends a safety, the receiver is sup- posed to change his route and head over the middle into the vacated area. Then I can quickly dump the pass to him." The learning process in the pros is a fulltime job. "We (the quarterbacks) report about 8.30 or 9 every morning," Vince says. "We watch film and talk about our game plan, strategy and so forth all morning. Then we go on the field at 1 for a two or two and a half hour workout." Last year the Rams had three quaarterbacks Haden, Ferragamo and the legendary Joe Namath. But Namath is gone and wasn't replaced. "Cromwell is our third quarterback this year," Vince says with a slight snicker of his roommate and ex-KU w ishbone signal caller. "Nolan is really a defensive back and he plays quite a bit. But they taught him four or five plays so he could go in if he had to. ii Ferragamo, who lives a half a mile from the Rams' practice field in Long Beach and 20 minutes from his folks in Los Angles, will be returning to Nebraska in January. "Medical school (Creighton) starts up again then," he says. "It's nice to have one semester under my belt. V' . "I was pleased with my grades. I'm going to keep doing 3th (pro football and medical school) as long as I can or until I have to decide between the two." touchdowns. It was a fantastic exhibition. At one stage, Johnson had touched the ball just six times and had his three TDs. Osborne blamed the Big Eight's travel squad rule the visiting team is allowed just 55 players for the lopsided score. "I suggested at the Big Eight meeting that they take the lid off the traveling squads, or at least let us take 60 players like we can for non-conference games," Osborne said, "but they turned me down. "We wouldn't risk injury with five or 10 more players and could hold the score down more." Osborne said he did all he could on the latter count. "I know Bud (KU coach Bud Clemson takes easy win, 51-6 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-(UPI) Clemson quarterback Steve Fuller, riddling the Wake Forest secondary for 189 yards, threw for two touchdowns and added a third on the ground Saturday to lead the 16th-ranked Tigers to a 51-6 Atlantic Coast Conference victory. Fuller, the 1977 ACC Player of the Year, hit on 10 of 18 passes, including touchdown strikes of 42 and 15 yards. Clemwn It 17 10 1451 Wokt Forest Cle Brown 1 run (Ariri kick) Cte FG Arlrl 37 Cle Tutlle 42 pass Iron) Fuller (Ariri kick) Cle Clark IS pass from Fuller (Ariri kick) Cle FG Ariri 34 Cle Fuller 1 run (Ariri kick) Cle FG Ariri 33 Wok Johnson 2 run (pass toiled) Cle Austin 3 run ( Ariri kick ) Cle Austin 15 run (Ariri kick) Moore) has had a lot of people hurt. His top three defensive tackles were out of there. When you make eight yards on a quarterback sneak, there isn't much you can do about holding down the score. "Our main objective was to finish the game without getting anybody else hurt. I certainly wasn't trying to drive any more nails in Bud's coffin." Moore is rumored on his way out after winning just one game so far this season. Nebraska kicked off to open the game and three plays and a punt later had the ball at mid-field. It took just nine plays for the Huskers to take a 7-0 lead on Berns' two-yard TD run. But what looked like an immediate runaway slowed down. The Huskers didn't score again in the opening quarter. "We just weren't executing too well there for a while," Sor-ley recalled. "But then we got our heads screwed on right and started hitting people again." Such a change in attitude resulted in 35 second-stanza points. Kansas managed a lone touchdown and the count was 42-7athalftime. Sorley sneaked for one after throwing a 20-yard pass to Tim Smith; Johnson raced 64 yards for another after Tim Fischer intercepted a Jayhawk pass; Sorley and tight end Junior Miller hooked up on a 44-yard aerial bomb the first of two Miller TD grabs of exactly the same distance before Smith caught a 17-yard scoring pass and Miller got his second to complete Nebraska's first-half scoring. Season's Nebraska (H) Alabama 3-20 California 36-2e Hawaii 54-11 Indlona M-17 Iowa St 23-0 Kansas Statt...4t-14 Colorado 52-14 Oklahoma St... .22-14 Kansas 43-21 N-11 Oklahoma N il Missouri records screen pass to Johnson, who TexaM...i()-37 zipped down the sidelines 78 wmhinoton....'..3i yards to make it 49-7. Miami. Fia""r.,e-3t Two pass interference calls owo".riM7 against the Huskers - for 16 okiorwmo st i v and 21 yards - helped the Jay- lowoStote 7-13 . , . ., ; . r Nebraska 21-43 hawks get on the board again. rSSTst. That made it 49-15. But Johnson quickly re- Mmer's second was intended t that stage, JohnsoS to be a short sideline pass " m 'm five hollered at him to get out of cmi ' TD bounds," receiver Coach Gene passpy Huey admitted later "Next A crowd of 52100 thing I know, he's breaking a jovedit laciue ana racing uown uie sidelines for a touchdown. It shows I must over-coach him." After it was 35-0, KU got its lone first-half score with a 40-yard pass completion and some of the 72 yards in penalties assessed against Nebraska during the afternoon. Tim Hager came in after Sorley was hurt early in the third quarter and threw a little The reason? Most of the KU fans had left by then, leaving a red-clad mob of nearly 15,000 Nebraska boosters to do the cheering. "Craig was starting to run out of gas from all those long runs," Osborne said. "Berns had a reoccurence of the char-ley horse he suffered against Oklahoma State, Hipp was bothered by a tight hamstring and we didn't want to use Tim Wurth for fear he'd reinjure his jammed neck. We were running out of I-backs." Osborne says Berns is the most doubtful for the Oklahoma game. After changing to street clothes at halftone, he was able to move his leg better at the end of the game. 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