The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 9, 1975 · 39
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inning. Never Bui 0 9 ooner; Ask Lackluster Huskers Victors, NU KSU First downs 20 6 Rushes-yards 67-267 42-84 Passing yards 105 47 Return yards 48 -2 Passes 7-18-0 4-14-1 Punts 6-37.8 11-42.6 Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-0 Penalties-yards 4-53 5-59 By Virgil Parker Manhattan, Kan. "The sign of a good team is one which can play a bad game and still win," Nebraska fullback Tony Davis declared after the Cornhuskers escaped with a narrow 12-0 victory over Kansas State here Saturday. "We didn't want to play a bad game all year," Davis continued, "but it's hard to be at a mental peak for nine straight weeks. The important thing is that we won and we're 9-0." Coach Tom Osborne's Huskers were expected to run over the Wildcats at will. And the game started that way as Nebraska received the opening kickoff and marched 79 yards in 16 plays to tally a touchdown. Mike Coyle missed the extra point, but the Huskers led, 6-0. The second Cornhusker possession began on the NU 28. John O'Leary ripped off runs Running with his characteristic reckless abandon, fullback Tony Davis (25) hurdles fallen blocker Rik Bonness (54) and picks up yardage against the Kansas State defense. Tough Tony carried 16 times against the Wild M izzou Missouri ISU 21 18 60-376 50-215 129 126 92 4 10-24-0 8-21-2 8-39 9-36 1-1 2-2 V-91 4-20 First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return yards Passes Punts Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards AMES, Iowa (AP) - Tailback Tony Galbreath ran for two touchdowns, and quarterback Steve Pisarkiewicz threw for two more as Missouri trounced Iowa State 44-14 in a Big Eight Conference football game here Saturday. The Cyclones led the conference in defense against the pass, allowing an average 75.6 yards per game. However, Pisarkiewicz connected on 10 of 24 passes for 129 yards. Galbreath, who missed two games after being hobbled for a month with a sore ankle, still rushed 12 times for 48 yards. Coach Al Onofrio's Tigers, now 3-2 in the conference and 6-3 overall, exploded for four touchdowns in the final period after leading 144 at the half. They added a 38-yard field goal in the third period by Tim Gibbons; and out-scored the Cyclones four touchdowns to one in the last quarter. ' Iowa State suffered its fourth straight loss and fell to 1-4 and 4-5. Missouri scored on its first possession after quarterback Buddy Hardeman's fumble was recovered by safety Larry Davis Season's Records NEBRASKA -0) 10 LSU 45 Indiana 56 TCU 31 Miami, Fla. 16 Kansas 28 Okla. State 63 Colorado 30 Missouri 12 Kansas St. N 15 Iowa State N 22 at Oklahoma KANSAS STATE (34) 17 Tulsa 32 Wichita St. 17 Wake Forest 0 Texas A&M 7 Iowa State 3 Oklahoma 3 Missouri 0 Kansas 0 Nebraska N 15 at Okla. State N 22 at Colorado of eight and 12 yards and quarterback Vince Ferragamo later converted on a third-down pass to Bobby Thomas for 28 yards. Though the drive stalled at the K-State seven, Coyle came on to boot a 24-yard field goal and Nebraska owned a 9-0 lead. It was still the first quarter. "Naturally you want to score like that the first two times you get the ball," Davis observed, "but in a way it probably hurt us. Mental Letdown "I'd guess it was the general feeling that we were going to play about the first half blow them out of the place and then turn it over to the subs for the rest of the game. Obviously K-State had too good a defense to do that. Yet subconsciously, we had a mental letdown after those first two Trounces Season's Records MISSOURI (6-3) 20 Alabama 30 Illinois 27 Wisconsin 7 Michigan 41 Okla. State 20 Colorado 35 Kansas St. 7 Nebraska 44 Iowa State N 15 Oklahoma N 22 at Kansas IOWA STATE (4-5) 21 UCLA 17 Air Force 10 Fla. State 31 Utah 17 Kansas St. 10 Kansas 7 Oklahoma 27 Colorado 14 Missouri N 15 at Nebraska N 22 Okla. State 37 12 6 3 7 21 39 28 44 at the Iowa State seven. Galbreath carried three times for the only score of the first period. Cyclone quarterback Tom Mason replaced the injured Hardeman in the second period. A Mason pass was intercepted by Terry Newman, and 59 yards and sevn plays later, Pisarkiewicz threw eight yards to Randy Grossart for the touchdown with :14 remaining in the half. Davis also intercepted a pass by quarterback Mike Tryon, Coach Earle Brace's third signal-caller of the game, and galloped 64 yards for a touchdown with three minutes, 33 seconds left in the game for a 38-7 lead. Pisarkiewicz, the Big Eight passing leader, said he was hit the hardest he had been all season. "I didn't get sacked, but I fell like I have three shoulders and four arms," the Tiger signalcaller said. Reminded of the strange turn of events In the last quarter, be said "The Missouri- v f , , U ' 1..M m !!!!! i mm$mmmmmk 12-0 COLOR Kansas scores," Davis concluded. Osborne called the outcome "not as unpredictable as some people might think. Kansas State can play defense with anybody in the conference. "Their coaching staff deserves a lot of credit," Osborne added. "They got their players ready after losing five in a row. That's a real good coaching job." It was "Black Saturday" around the nation. Maybe the Huskers should be thankful they won. Five teams in the national Top Twenty came up with the short straw Saturday. No. 2 Oklahoma's loss to Kansas was the biggest stunner, but No. 8 Penn State (North Carolina State), 9th-ranked USC (Stanford) No. 10 Florida (Georgia) and Pitt (West Virginia) No. 20 also lost. OU Loss No Help The Oklahoma loss to Kansas doesn't aid Nebraska any in its quest for an Orange Bowl bid the prize which goes to the Big Eight champion. Should the Huskers and Sooners both win next week, Nebraska would still be forced to beat Oklahoma to get the bid. Continued: Page 4D, Col. 5 STAFF PHOTO BY RANDY HAMPTON cats for 74 yards and moved into the No. 2 spot on the all-time Nebraska rushing charts. He also scored the only NU touchdown, on a pass reception, in the 12-0 victory. Cyclones Iowa State games always seem to be like this one sort of up and down the field. "Our big plays had to tear Iowa State down mentally," he added. "This was a closer game than the score." Onofrio blamed his own team's errors for keeping the Tigers from a more comfortable lead until the fourth quarter. "We weren't ready to play mentally which may account for our early offensive errors," the Tiger Coach added. "It was definitely one of our best defensive efforts this season, and overall, probably the best we have played since the Alabama opener." Onofrio took time out to congratulate Kansas for snapping the nation's longest unbeaten streak with its 23-3 victory over Oklahoma. "Anybody who beats Oklahoma at Norman should be congratulated, even if Kansas is one of our bitterest rivals," he added. "KU must have played one heck of a game." Missouri 7 7 Iowa State 0 0 Mo-Galbreath2run (Gibbonsklck) Mo-Grossart9 pass from Pisarkiewls: (Gibbons kick) Mo-Gibbons 38 FG ISU-Hardeman 1 run (KoMman kick) Mo-Galbreath 13 run (Git oons kick) Mo-Marshall 22 pass from Pisarkiew-isi (Gibbons kick) Mo-Davis 66 Interception return (Gibbons kick) ISU-Green 37 run (Kollman kick) Mo-Williams 57 run (pass incomplete) 27-44 7-14 Oklahoma 18 59 265 63 10 3-124 2-46 54 5-55 First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return yards Passes Punts Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - "I hardly know where I am," said Bud Moore, basking in the victory of the college football upset of 1975 the 23-3 shellacking his Kansas Jayhawks administered to second-ranked Oklahoma. "It ain't much fun," said Barry Switzer, viewing his team's first defeat in three seasons. The victory, accomplished with the aid of six Oklahoma turnovers in the second half, ended college football's longest winning streak at 28; it was the first Oklahoma defeat in 37 games. Junior Laverne Smith scored two second half touchdowns for Kansas, and a crippled Jayhawk defense gave a fanatical performance in the convincing victory that seemed certain to end Oklahoma's dream of repeating as college football's national champions. The Jayhawks, manhandled in the early going, were propelled toward the upset when Eddie Lewis blocked Tinker raKa Kansas 13 67-235 0 14 0-0-0 9-36 50 5-34 Oklahoma By Bob Owens Manhattan, Kan. Ain't things fun when winning gets dull? Well, sports fans, if a 12-0 win and a 9-0 record is dullsville to you, then maybe you'd better see a psychiatrist. Tom Osborne will take them any way he can get them. He may not be satisfied, but he's happy. The Nebraska Cornhuskers, admittedly, scored a dull 12-0 victory over offensively inept-Kansas State Saturday. The victory, however un-artistic, moved Nebraska a step nearer its main goal in 1975 the Big Eight Conference championship. "It was a lot longer afternoon than I thought it would be. but I'm glad we won and that we're 9-0," Osborne said in the post-game interview in the subdued Husker dressing room. You might have thought the Huskers would have been leaping with joy with the news Oklahoma had been knocked from the unbeaten ranks, but they actually were more concerned with the reasons their offense didn't play better. "We were kinda hoping we'd both be 10-0 when we play in two weeks down there (Oklahoma at Norman)," Osborne said. "But the way we played today we just want to make sure we're both not 9-1." Iowa State Next So, the challenge is there for the Cornhuskers when they face Iowa State next Saturday in the final home game in NU's Memorial Stadium. The Cyclones lost convincingly Saturday to Missouri (44-14), a team that will face Oklahoma on the rebound next Saturday in Columbia, Mo. If the Huskers stumble and Missouri beats the Sooners, the conference race could develop into a five-team scram- Kunz, Buffs Shoot Down OSU, 17-7 Season's Records COLORADO (7-2) OKLA. STATE (5-4) 34 Wichita St. 20 Arnansas 61 N. Texas St. 17 Texas Tech 14 Missouri 20 Nebraska 35 Kansas 7 Oklahoma 7 Colorado N 15 Kansas St. N 22 at Iowa State 34 California 27 Wyoming 52 Wichita St. 20 Oklahoma 23 Miami, Fla. 31 Missouri 21 Nebraska 28 Iowa State 17 Okla. State N 15 at Kansas N 22 Kansas St. Okla. St. II 51136 51 0 4- 9-2 743 5- 1 4-25 Colorado 22 53-223 186 15 14-22-1 4-44 8-2 117-71 First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return yards Passes Punts Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Fullback Terry Kunz, bursting up the middle behind crunching blocks from the interior line, gained 119 yards and scored one touchdown Saturday to power 14th-ranked Colorado to a 17-7 Big Eight college football victory over Oklahoma State Saturday. Colorado, 7-2 overall and 3-2 in the conference, got a field goal and touchdown on its first two possessions of the game. Early in the third quarter, Kunz ran 17 yards for a score to put the Buffaloes ahead 17-0. Oklahoma State, stymied most of the day by a stout Colorado defense and a slippery artificial surface that diluted its outside running game, got its lone score on the second play of the fourth quarter. Fullback Robert Turner dived over from three yards for the touchdown. The Cowboys threatened twice more in the final period, but Colorado cornerback Mike Spivey intercepted on one occasion and quarterback Sylvester Berry was sacked on a fourth down to end the other 1 threat. Oklahoma State slipped to 5-4 on the season and 1-4 in the conference. Colorado generated 409 total yards, compared to the Cowboys' 187 yards. Oklahoma St. 0 0 0 7-7 Colorado 10 0 7 0-17 Colo.-FG Mackenzie 30 Colo.-Kelleher 9 pass from Williams (Mackenzie kick) Colo.-Kuni 17 run (Makenjlekick) OSU-Turnr 1 run llrions kick) Ends Sooner Season's Records OKLAHOMA (8-1) 62 Oregon 46 Pittsburgh 20 Miami, fla. 21 Colorado 24 Texas 25 Kansas St. 39 Iowa State 27 Okla State 3 Kansas N 15 at Missouri N 22 Nebraska KANSAS (6-3) 14 Wash. State 14 Kentucky 20 Oregon St. 4! Wisconsin 0 Nebraska 21 Iowa State 19 Okla. State 28 Kansas St. 23 Oklahoma N 15 Colorado N 22 Missouri Owens' punt with 1:25 left in the first quarter. That set up quarterback Nolan Cromwell's six-yard touchdown run, giving Kansas a 7-3 lead at the half. Then, Oklahoma lost three fumbles and had three passes intercepted in the second half and the Jayhawks converted three of the turnovers to scores. Smith scored on runs of 21 and 18 yards and Bob Swift kicked a 21-yard field goal. "This isn't just the greatest victory of my career or of our players' careers," said Moore, the Kansas coach. "It's got to be the greatest victory in football. We beat a fantastic team." Asked how the triumph would affect the Big Eight race, Moore said, "I don't know how it will affect the Big Eight, but it helped the hell out of the University of Kansas." 1 I 5 fZt 'MW'-'l't i Nov. 9, 1975 Lincoln, Neb. ID ble among Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado, Missouri and Kansas, each with two losses in the league. "Their (Oklahoma) losing puts us a little bit closer to the championship." Osborne said. "About the worst thing that could happen is that we'd tie for the title. I don't think we want to back into the title. We want to win the next two games." Osborne thought the Husker defense played well, but he was disappointed the offense didn't score more. "It was one of those days you have once in a while when you play poorly in some respects and win on defense," he said. "It was to our defense's credit that they were able to shut them out." Kansas State Praised Osborne also credited the Kansas State coaching staff with a fine job. "They deserve a lot of credit for getting their team ready for this game after losing four or five games in a row," he said. "They can play defense with anybody in the conference. "Kansas State's offense had few lettermen and was pretty crippled up, but their defense was almost all experienced and fairly healthy and was pretty much on a par with the way our defense has played this year." Osborne admitted the coaching staff was afraid there would be a little mental relaxation by the Huskers after the three or four tough games they've played in recent weeks. "We can still use this game to our advantage," he said. "The main thing is that we didn't get beat. If the players respond, we should be a better team the next two weeks." Nebraska's 9-0 record has been built on a week by-week improvement, but that wasn't evident against K-State. No Improvement "This is probably the first game in a long time where there wasn't significant improvement overall as a team," Osborne said. "The defense might have played better, but we probably went backwards overall. If we play this way the next two weeks we'll get beat." Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin admitted the Huskers played well defensively. "Any time you shut a team out and keep it from getting across the 50 (except for a pass interference penalty at the end of the game), you've done a pretty good job." He also sees possibilities for continued improvement, but says the defensive backs and underneath coverage was excellent. "He (the K-State quarterback) couldn't find any one open. The coverage was the best it has been all year." Kiffin, noting that KSU quarterbacks Joe Hatcher and Jimmy Mack were scramblers, said the Huskers will see another of the same type next week when Iowa State's Buddy Hardeman faces the Huskers. NU-ISU Game Eyed by ABC? Manhattan, Kan. - The Sunday Journal & Star has learned that ABC-TV has booked 40 rooms at a local motel next weekend, giving rise to the speculation that the Nebraska-Iowa State game will be on TV. "I don't know anything about it," NU athletic director Bob Devaney said. "Usually we would at least get a hint from them if we're being considered. But I haven't heard a thing." Devaney said next weekend will be a 'Wild Card' date, with various regional games being shown, "and there is obviously a chance that we mieht be chosen.'Maybe I'll get word from them Monday." Sorry Beaten o. Streak, 23-3 Switzer congratulated Kansas' victory and said it was a case of "a good team beating another good team on its mistakes. I'm proud of our team," he said. "They fought their guts out today. We've come a long way together and I'm just proud." Switzer, whose record as head coach was 29-0-1 before Saturday, added, "We can win the next two, tie for the Big Eight and go for the Orange Bowl. And that's what we're going to do." Oklahoma, now 8-1-0, had 213 yards total offense but only three points to show for it in the first half-Tony DiRienzo's 52-yard field goal that gave the Sooners a 3-0 lead. He later missed on a 37-yard effort and had a 24-yard attempt blocked. Kansas, now 6-3, had but 15 yards rushing in the first quarter but found itself suddenly in the lead after Lewis blocked the punt and Mark Boyer recovered the ball at the Sooner seven. Cromwell got the touchdown two plays later. The 6-foot-2 quarterback was met at the line of scrimmage by two Sooners but broke free and burst into the end zone as a hush fell over the partisan Sooner crowd of 70,286. In the third quarter, Oklahoma fumbled on three straight possessions and Kansas converted two of them into a 17-6 lead. A fumbled pitch by sophomore halfback Elvis Peacock at the Oklahoma 35 led to Swift's field goal with 10:05 left in the third quarter. Peacock fumbled again the next time Oklahoma got the ball. This time Kansas recovered at the Sooner 41. Six plays later, Smith scooted around right end on a pitchout from Cromwell for the touchdown. Still another Oklahoma fumble this one by quarterback Steve Davis at the 42 set up Smith's second touchdown run midway in the final period. The run carried 18 yards. It was the first time in 99 games Oklahoma had been held to less than seven points, going back to a shutout by Notre Dame in 1966. It was Oklahoma's first defeat since October, 1972. when the Sooners fell to Colo rado 20-14. Since that time a 7-7 tie with Southern California was the only blemish on the Sooner record. Remarkably, Kansas entered the game with several defensive starters out of action due to injuries, including standout tackle Mike Butler. Switzer said Sooner mistakes caused the loss he knew eventually had to come. "When it did I knew we would have to help whoever beat us, and we sure won the mistake race today," Switzer said. He said the three straight fumbles in the third quarter was the turning point as far as, he was concerned. Asked how it felt to lose his first game as a head coach, Switzer replied: "Right now I'm more concerned about the kids. I'm sure when I've had more time to think about it and there has been more time for it to sink in it will hurt more." Oklahoma quarterback Steve Davis, who had never played a losing game for the Sooners, said: "We just turned the ball over too many times. "Today Kansas was better because of our mistakes," he said. "We'll just have to start again. You can't win everything all of your life. It had to come sometime. That's football. You have to have character when you lose as well as when you win." Sooner defensive tackle Leroy Selmon said: "It's not the end of the season." Halfback Joe Washington said he did not think the Sooners took the Jayhawks lightly- "We just made mistakes. They just beat us. But my freshman year Colorado beat us and we came back and won the conference championship. We can do it again," Washington said. Kansas OKIahoma OKIa-FG DiRienio 52 Kan Cromwell 5 run tSwift kick) Kan FG Switt 32 Kan Smith 21 run (kick blocked) Kan-Smith 18 run (Swift Kick) A 70,286 7-23 0- 3 Big Eight Standings All games 9-0 8-1 7-2 6-3 6-3 5-4 4-5 3-6 Conf. 5-0 4-1 3-2 3-2 3-2 1-4 1-4 0-5 Nebraska Oklahoma Colorado Missouri Kansas Oklahoma State Iowa State Kansas State This Week's Results Nebraska 12, Kansas State 0 Kansas 23, Oklahoma 3 Missouri 44, Iowa State 14 Colorado 17, Oklahoma State 7 Next Week's Foes Iowa State at Nebraska Colorado at Kansas Kansas State at Oklahoma State Oklahoma at Missouri How Top 20 Fared 1. Ohio Start (9-0-0) def Illinois, 40-3. 2. Oklahoma (8-1-0) lost to Kansas, 23-3. 3. Nebraska (9-0-0) det. Kansas State, 12-0. 4. Twas AIM (8-0-0) def. SMU, 36-3. 5. Alabama (8-1-0) def. LSU, 23-10 6. Michigan (7-0-2) def. Purdue, 28-0. 7. Txas (8-1-0) def. Baylor, 37-21. 8. Penn St. (8-2-0) lost to N.C. St., 15-14. 9. USC (7-2-0) lost to Stanford, 13-10. 10. Arizona St. (9-0-0) def. Wyoming, 21-20. 11. Florida (7-2-0) lost to Goorgla, 10-7. 12. Notn Damt (7-2-0) def. Georgia Tech, 24-3. 13. San Diego St. (8-0-0) played Arizona Saturday night. 14. Colorado (7-2-0) def. Oklahoma State, 17-7. 15. Arizona (6-1-0) played San Diego St. Saturday night. 16. Maryland (6-2-1) def. Clncy, 21-19. 17. Miami, O. (8-1-0) def. W. Michigan, 44-21. 18. California (6-3-0) def. Washington, 27-24. 19. Missouri (6-3-0) def. Iowa St., 44-14. 2SL-PM ib-Ml iuX to W. VlrgiaU, 17-U.

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