The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 16, 1975 · 40
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 40

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Sunday, November 16, 1975
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41) November 16, 1975, Lincoln, Neb., Sunday Journal and Star ExrHusker Quarterback Watches '75 Team Roll Tagge Finds Comparisons Hard to Draw By Chuck Sinclair Perched in the back row of the pressbox with his eyes focused on-.the playing surface of Memorial Stadium, Jerry Tagge watched with intensity the first Nebraska football game he's seen, as a spectator. The same quarterback who led Nebraska to two straight national championships in 1970-71 found comparisons between his team, labeled by many as the greatest college team in the history of the sport, and the 1975 edition handing Iowa State a 52-0 shellacking, extremely hard to make. Hard to Compare "It's particularly hard for me to make comparisons because my. heart is with my team," Tagge admitted. "This team has a lot of talent at the necessary positions and that helps. "But as far as comparisons are concerned, we had our era, and now, they have theirs," he added. "Both teams are similar in that they're well-balanced, strong and well coached. "Coach (Tom) Osborne was the offensive coordinator for all three years I played for Nebraska so I know the plays they're running," Tagge said of similarity between the Devaney and Osborne regimes. "I don't think they could've picked a better man for the job when Devaney quit." Similarities "It's easier to draw comparisons on individuals." Tagge noted. "Much easier than any team comparisons. The two teams are pretty similar individually." Tagge. who moved from Green Buy in the National Football League to San Antonio in Jerry Tagge sees his alma mater roll over Iowa State the World Football League before its demise, was back in Lincoln to register for a full class load next semester in an attempt to get his degree in business administration. He admitted to being an "uneasy fan" in his role as a spectator, although he liked the view. "I wish we had this view when I was playing," Tagge said. "You can see so much more from here it's unbelievable. Different Styles "I find myself sitting here picturing myself down on the field calling plays I think will work." he added. "Except they're not always the same plays Nebraska runs. Different quarterbacks have different styles and game plans that work better for them." Sharing the quarterback duties with Van Brownson when he was in school, Tagge likened his situation with that of Vince Ferragamo and Terry Luck. "They both look good to me," Tagge said. "These two quarterbacks find themselves in the identical situation we were in, surrounded by a tremendous team. Believe in Yourselves "You, as a quarterback, are only as good as the rest of the team. And the team is only as good as the individual effort everyone puts out," Tagge said. "And you've got to believe in yourselves." Believing in himself is the main reason Tagge feels he'll be back in uniform for some NFL team next year. "I was in the process of playing out my option with Green Bay when they released me," he said. "Playing in your hometown when it's as small as Green Bay wasn't a very good atmosphere. "But several teams have contacted me for tryouts next year, and after the draft, I'll call every team to find the situation that suits me," Tagge said. "I'm confident I'll be back in the NFL. "Pro ball is a funny game," he added. "It's just a matter of timing. You have to be at the right place at the right time." NU-OU Prediction One place Tagge would like to be at the right time is Norman, Okla., next Saturday when Nebraska tangles with its arch rival, OU. "Nebraska's going to get back at them this year," he predicted. "There's no way I'd go against NU." As his prediction of a low scoring ballgame for next week trailed off, Nebraska's fans went wild after a second half touchdown. "Time rolls on," Tagge conceded. "But this place, and these fans will always be the same." Big Eight Standings Alt games Nebraska 10-0 Oklahoma 9-1 Colorado 8-2 Missouri 6-4 Kansas 6-4 Oklahoma State 6-4 Iowa State 4-6 Kansas State 3-7 Conf. 0-6 This Week's Results Nebraska 52, Iowa State 0 Colorado 24, Kansas 21 Oklahoma 28, Missouri 27 Oklahoma State 56, Kansas State 3 Next Week's Foes Nebraska at Oklahoma Kansas State at Colorado Oklahoma State at Iowa State Missouri at Kansas 6 y. i . "I ' s V-i'lt i IS-Rodger$ ft )f Kl J ft 'HV4 lJ t AS vf 4;V-S Y I N-Jor9ensen 1 k J Pi ' ' Terry Luck (11) leaps to avoid the pile up created by Greg Jorgensen (63) and an unidentified Iowa State defender. The Cyclones' Otis Rodgers (82) is in the background. Luck picked up six yards on this carry as the Huskers drove for their fifth touchdown. N-Anthony : fffWj H ls-King ifif te Ln -Ittf nprWT i4 mMMW wfe ifT-, :4 iS Pi 4 Crashing Craig Iowa product Curtis Craig (33) started the point parade against the Cyclones from his home state. He scored from eight yards out on this wingback counter play in the game's opening minutes. Craig takes the handoff from Vince Ferragamo (15) as Greg Jorgensen (63) pulls out to lead interference (1). 1 S'IS -s -yf94mj , ffy ? 9 hi if Although Iowa State's Jim Randolph (44) slips by Jorgensen's block, Craig has started a swift cut to the inside and Randolph can only make a futile reach (2). Greg Pittman (51) grabs Craig's jersey as the NU speedster heads back to the outside (3). Craig powers away from Pittman's hold (4) and tumbles into the end zone for the first touchdown (5). I I i i 4- , i. XT 4 t & c 4b ?" ' w y v-. ' V Was,- f t fl,s f1 n f- '-J fi-;44! Sh s f ) l X v; if I r' ' f A - J f "I J Husker defensive tackle Mike Fultz (72) looms like a giant in the path of ISU quarterback Tom Mason (12), who barely manages to get off a pass. Senior Rick Panneton (95) got his chance Saturday and made the most of it. Seeing extended action for the first time, in the final home game of his career, Panneton is shown cutting upfield on a 10-yard run from the wingback position. He also played tight end, grabbing three passes for 68 yards. IS-Randolph fa ' . ' f Nebraska fans, excited over the possibilities of following their Cornhuskers into the Orange Bowl, pelted Memorial Stadium several times Saturday with oranges. The view from behind the Nebraska bench shows the effects of keeping the playing surface clear. 1 V

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