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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska • Page 40

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November 2, 1975, Lincoln, Sunday Journal and Star Nearly Everyone Fell for 'BummerooskV Huskers' Fake Swung Momentum we scored a touchdown with it against Ohio State." One Failure The one failure came two years ago when the Huskers All the right end, O'Leary stays crouched down lot a count of two seconds, then takes off around the left side without any interference help. "I didn't even look up to see what was going on," O'Leary s. ld later. "I just kept my head down and prayed nobody would see that I had the ball. The whole thing depends on deception. Their end came in and bumped me, thinking I was a blocker, but kept right on going after Anthony, who he obviously thought had the ball." "Reverse" Yelled Davis said he tried to help out by hollering "Reverse!" as if he were a Mizzou defender tipping off his mates. "They didn't know where the ball was," Davis laughed. "They were tackling all of us except O'Leary." Lessman said somebody even broke through to tackle him, fearing he might be getting a lateral. "We aren't supposed to look back for fear we'll give away the play" tight end Brad Jenkins added. "It was all I could do to he decided, "Oh, well that's as much as we can expect." Continual Worry The Cornhusker coach said pass defense is a continual worry. "Quite a few times it looked like we had them stopped then we'd let them off the hook with a long pass completion." "I've never been happier in my life," defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin insists. "With (Tony) Galbreath healthy they figured to have a good running game. But we shut that down. "I thought the real turning point was the way our kids hung in after (Gary) Higgs' fumble. We were tired. But they wouldn't let Missouri take advantage of the break. "I thought that Mike Fultz, John Lee and Jerry Wied were super when we had just a three-man rush. Three More Games "They typified the kind of play, as did our entire team, of which Big Eight champs are made," Kiffin added. The Huskers must pass three more tests before they reach that goal. They are three tests in which the Nebraska coaches and players expect to get some more passing grades of O'Leary delays two seconds then runs left, without interference. The key is the Missouri right end (E) who right past O'Leary, chasing the "reverse" which he did. For a more detailed explanation, see Virgil Parker's dressing room story on this page. For a reaction story from the Missouri dressing room, see Randy York's story on Page 5D. Nebraska coach Jerry Moore diagrams the "Bummerooski" fake punt play which sparked Nebraska to its win over Missouri Saturday. Punter Randy Lessman (1) and fullback Tony Davis (2) are closer to the line of scrimmage than normal. The ball is snapped directly to Davis. He steps forward and stuffs the ball between John O'Leary's legs (3) from behind then spins and fakes a reverse to Monte Anthony (4) going to the right. tried it against Wisconsin. "Actually we want the opposition to think it's going to be a fake punt," Moore explains. "We 'cheat' the punter (Randy Lessman) up a few yards from his normal 15 yards back. "The fullback (Tony Davis), who is normally near the punter as a final blocker, also sets much closer to the line of scrimmage. The other two backs (John O'Leary and Monte Anthony) take their normal positions behind the two guards. Davis is just a stop behind O'Leary, instead of several yards." Now the stage is set. Between O'Leary's Legs The ball is snapped directly to Davis. He steps forward and from behind, stuffs the ball between O'Leary's legs. O'Leary stays down in a crouch, as though he's going to be a blocker. Davis then spins around without the ball to fake a hand-off to Anthony coming around to the right side on a With Anthony, Davis and even punter Lessman running around For Heiser Fame enshrinees at a dinner next month. Other scholar athletes selected include Army quarterback Scott Gillogly, North Carolina State defensive back Darryl Jackson, and UCLA quarterback John Sciarra. Linemen cited were Mississippi tackle Richard Lawrence, Michigan guard Kirk Lewis, Oklahoma tackle Dewey Selmon, New Mexico State guard Ralph Jackson, and Utah State defensive end Randy Stockham. A.V ii JksA N-O'Leary by his lonesome after fooling the Mizzou punt team. "XlK'J'AZ -iWV s4 "si "v'v '5 By Virgil Parker "Bummerooski" is what Nebraska calls its fake punt play. But it was no "bummer" Saturday. Cornhusker coach Tom Osborne called the play as the momentum was swinging to Missouri and Nebraska was clinging to a narrow 10-7 lead. The play faked out th'; Missouri defense, the capacity crowd' of 68,195 fans and the national TV cameras. Officials Knew But Nebraska, and fortunately the Officials, knew what was happening as John O'Leary streaked 40 yards unmolested to give the Huskers a 16-7 intermission advantage and spark them to a 30-7 victory. Receiver coach Jerry Moore brought the fake punt to Nebraska from his days as an assistant at SMU. "It's an old play," Moore admits. "It was first designed by Bum Phillips (now head coach of the NFL Houston Oilers) when he was an assistant coach for Bear Bryant at Texas That's where the name bummer comes from. "It's three-for-four in my experience," Moore adds. "I used it once as a high school coach and when I was an SMU Honor Set Nebraska wingback Tom Heiser has been selected by the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame as one of eleven 1975 Scholar-Athletes. Heiser joins Rhodes Scholar candidates Brian Bashnagel of Ohio State, a wingback, and Robert J. Elliott of Iowa, a defensive back, on the list of six running backs and five lineman. The 11 scholars will receive $1,000 National Football Foundation graduate scholarships and will be honored along with the latest College Football Hall of V. "IP 1 N-WightmonJ 1: Ferragamo s-l -sat- i n-s'y i Missouri scored its only touchdown of the day after the Huskers' Chuck Jones (35) was called for pass interference on this play at the Nebraska goal line. As a result of the call, Mizzou got the ball at the one-yard line and i vr 4 -v rr' keep from doing so. Finally, I couldn't stand it any longer. But when I looked out of the corner of my eye, O'Leary was almost to the goal line and I just started jumping up and down like a cheerleader." Biggest Victory Davis called the victory "the biggest and most satisfying ever for me." Ever? "Any game. Any game," he repeated. "When you beat Missouri at home you've really done something. They've got a class program and class players." Nebraska employed a new defense, taking out an end and inserting an extra defensive back on obvious passing situations. "Our' pass rush still wasn't what we'd like," Osborne said, explaining that getting to the quarterback four or five times wasn't sufficient. When informed his troops had sacked the Mizzou quarterback nine times, I Iff, 7 I 4 ir j- i rf erence John O'Leary tf4) is all Nebraska's line-backing tandem halts Tiger running ace Tony Galbreath (30). It's James Wightman (59) down low and CIcte Pillen (61) up high to make the play. Pillen was in on nine tackles for the day and Wight-man six. It was stops such as this which oo yaras on id rusnes. I 13J M-btewarT 'yy' I' 7 to Thomas It Worked Twice Punched over thp novt nlav The in. rj tended Tiger receiver is Joe Stewart (32) while Kurt Stacey (3) is the other NU defender. ft tumble Thomas smns (1) 1 Jt. It' tv i N-Thomas 4T, 'ivl I -i M-Carter 4 A "HI 'jZArt t-iXAWAt'sc' uJ otv. WAyr Nebraska gTouchdowni 1 fJt mi -mil Carter (2). As the Tigers yi i ''t ill III ml, 1 1 1 If 1 1 3 1 4 1 1 f1 If 41 The Huskers zapped Missouri twice with the long range passing Ferragamo has good protection as he prepares to fire (1). (41) and Bruce combination of Vince first strike came with Ferragamo (15) to Bobby Thomas (8). The Thomas is shown after making 15 seconds remaining in the third quarter. the sidelines as well as fallen the catch as he dances (2) to avoid to stay inbounds and does a full turn (4) before crossing into the Mizzou defenders Rob Fitzgerald end zone (5). The touchdown play covered 37 yards

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