The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 9, 1975 · 43
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 43

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Sunday, November 9, 1975
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! I , IKS-Shine tffff W V W & mf& "fii tr ." V4vlv i - fA?:A - HI uJtU' k i 111 1 htfsp -jTjy iN'QlegrYl t fvi rfliC J 1 ' :..MMMMMt The Kansas State defense proved to be plenty tough. Gang tackling was a sign of that toughness. For instance, John 0'Leary(14) was the victim when several of the leading KSU defenders decided to bury the man with the ball. The band of Wildcats includes Perry Viers (80), Theopolis Bryant (57), Carl Pennington (55), Roy Shine (66) and Gary Spani (59). Spani and Pennington were especially bothersome, combining for 33 tackles. Spani had 19, seven of them unassisted. , ff, J X j N-Shamblin Kansas State defensive back John Andrews (2) has a chance at intercepting a Nebraska pass but can't quite gain control of the football. The pass was in- VVH tended for Dave Shamblin (81). Nebraska's passing attack clicked only 7 times in 18 attempts. November 9, 1975, Lincoln, Neb., Sunday Journal and Star so Acceptance of Challenge Pleases Wildcat Mentor By Randy York good philosophy," Kilgore tired of getting beat by Manhattan, Kan. - Kansas noted. "He says not to worry Oklahoma." State football coach Ellis aut things you have no control Spam joined the chorus. I a Rainsberger had something to over. It's like worrying about the have to go with Nebraska " he say to those people who thought weather." sa "Nebraska is definitely ie the Wildcats were ready to roll It wasn't a sad K-State hardest hitting team we ve over and play dead after last dressing room Saturday. faced, week's 2W) loss to Kansas. Upset Smiles Nebraska Advantage "Those who said we didn't There were smiles about KU's "It doesn't look like Oklahoma care anymore are full of hell and 23-3 upset of second-ranked is getting very keyed up for sugar," Rainsberger said in a Oklahoma and most seemed to anyone," he observed. "They proud KSU locker room Satur- agree that a myth had been probably will for Nebraska, but day after the Wildcats' 12-0 loss destroyed and Nebraska is the maybe they should have thought to third-ranked Nebraska. reigning giant. of some other people first." Proud KSU Coach ... think Nphraska beat Rainsberger also sees a "I couldn't be nrouder of our J think Nebraska wiU beat Cornhusker advantage in the Big defend " uT fni s '' J1 Eight stretch drive. Rainshprspr said "That'"! whv I l6 6 ? C ,3 w "KU's win didn't surprise me Rainsberger said, inatswnyi ok ahoma s not able to score . h. :,, ..Nw fhat took so much time with them verv well a, he, said- ow ttat after the game - to let them , datojna s lost one, things are know how important it is to fight Know a Iew ywy uuiii. their hearts out for Kansas State Players fairly well," he added, it, all the advantages certainly University " "and personally, I think they're swing to Nebraska." No one had to remind Rainsberger that Nebraska was a heavy favorite. But purple pride averted a disaster. "In football, like anything else, it isn't whether you're a winner or a loser, but how you react, especially under adverse conditions," Rainsberger said. Coming off five straight losses and playing the country's No. 3 team "was quite a challenge. Our players accepted that challenge and did everything we coaches asked of them." Spani's Gallant Effort Gary Spani, KSUs 6-2, 215-pound sophomore linebacker and hometown product, typified the Wildcats' eallant defense itatt&M4 wijh 7 unassisted tackles and 12 assists, including 3 for losses. "We were embarrassed last week against Kansas," he said, "but I'm not as embarrassed now after hearing what they did to Oklahoma. "Everyone wanted to do so well today," Spani said of his defensive teammates. "We decided we were just going to go out, hit as hard as we could and fight them all the way. "Sure, it gets you down when the offense doesn't put points on the board. It even makes you mad at times," he admitted. Big Challenge "We've kind of gotten used to the idea of not scoring," Spani said. "No not really. Our defense likes the challenge." Nose guard Charley Kilgore put it another way. "For sure, we know our offense has to do something for us to win," he said. "They try. But . . . they're so banged up, it's not very encouraging. "Coach Rainsberger has a tP'm if , y fr 4 I In running situations, Nebraska's defense often included a second middle guard in the front wall. It worked just fine here, as regular John Lee (69) wraps up Kansas State's Roscoe Scobey (33) while Lee's backup, Jeff Pullen (66) fights through the block of Tim Wasemiller (51) to help apply the crunch. h t " 'Mir The message is clear, i' Thprp's nlpntv of ' ' ' lootoau 10 De piayea Detore tne aecision is -made on the nation's top team. u wj- an i ii ail i-yt 7' . M UaLiEra t'HM ilk A-; )n' r i , - fj Vtl' 'u2 Jr L 1 Wt t"-" o- fv I .i ? f'-v . iM( VJMr.. W5 . I '-iv,- V rr;, t Bob Gorham Web Ray Randy Hampton N-Smith ' il Husker defender Kent Smith (23) lists Thief River Falls, Minn., as his hometown. That's appropriate when your football objective is stealing enemy passes. Smith stepped in front of L. T. Edwards (20) to pick this one off (above). Several plays later, Smith's theft resulted in a 22-yard field goal by Mike Coyle (42), giving the Big Red a 12-0 margin. Martin Muscle Poor Joe Hatcher! He's set to pass but unaware of the smack he's going to receive as defensive end Bob Martin (87) charges. Martin dumped the K-State quarterback three times behind the line of scrimmage and had six stops in all for the day, five of them unassisted. Wt-;m:W::W: I IllWfOlil I'liiWWflll iiiJlfHfll)OliilHIH'uitiIMJIllHlliiWiWWlfc L 'rr'lh',,"J,M'",--"L- TliniltMLlLiJllllLii i I

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