The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 23, 1975 · 27
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 27

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Sunday, November 23, 1975
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Selmons, Switzer Label November 23, 1975, Lincoln, Neb., Sunday Journal and Star 5C in as Tops in Career w uy nanay York Leroy noted, "This win meant We're giving game balls to all Norman, Okla. Saturday's everything to me because it's our our seniors for their great con- 35-10 Oklahoma wjn over first opportunity to go to a major tributions the last four years. Nebraska wasn't for the national bowl game in three years. This is like a dream come true." championship like it's been for Everyone wanted Miami's Switzer, however, is enter- the last two years. beaches and there was only one talning no false hopes of backing But you'd have never figured way to get there through ab- into another national title. "Ohio that out amidst the post-game solute maximum effort to beat a State won today," he said, "and celebration in the Sooner locker great team like Nebraska." whoever they play in the Rose room. Superlatives poured out Switzer certainly endorsed the Bowl isn't going to beat them." with as much regularity as a "great" tag for Nebraska. He The young OU coach credited Muhammed Ali post-fight inter- used the adjective four times to his team with creating its own view. describe the Cornhuskers. breaks. "It was a very physical game and turnovers occur." Biggest Win "We were awful lucky today," Leroy Selmon thought "if "This is the biggest win I've he admitted. "Nebraska is a today wasn't the most physical ever been associated with," 6reat football team. If they had game I've been involved in, it's Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer not 8iven us those turnovers, it one of the most physical. sam as he greeted the press in wouia nave Deen vei7 aniicuit to Nebraska s such a hammering tne sooners' weightroom after Deat NeorasKa. his players gave him a shower with his clothes on. "When we had field position,' Oklahoma's defensive brother "we vej punisLen ou3es " Skd duo of middle guard Dewey J"5 footba"- When we didn't "The Dressure wasn't on Selmon and tackle Leroy put the ve ld position, we had a ifStt ItowISntS triumph in the same category as very difficult time moving the " fd lZ ka Switzer. ball because we couldn't gamble HiH Knf , ,,. ,a LlzTt "This is definitely the biggest with our Pitch Pys. game of my life," Dewey said. Dream Come True "There was no way one man was "We were extremely for going to stop me today. I can't tunate," he repeated. "Some guy involved in is the Sugar Bowl as uiiim ui d ueuer way 10 ciose ow must still be smiling down on us a freshman and I wasn't even a team. Wanted It Worse "We were ready to inflict did. But I think we wanted it worse. "After all," he pointed out, "the only bowl game I've been a career than this.' from last week at Missouri, starter then." nT k -Buchanqn ' ,V'V ' N-Burrow J f $ y,ff V' 5&5 Vf-" 1 'v ' Jimmy Burrow (2) slips by the block of Dennis Buchanan (55) and slams OU fullback Jim Littrell (42) into reverse. if ' Hfc ' - : . - ' - X&.: 5 ; ' , ' 4 iUNl J V Nebraska Unebackers James Wightman (59) and Qete Pillen (61) punish the Sooners' Horace Ivory (32). The Huskers' linebacking combination had a busy afternoon. Pillen led all tacklers with 27 stops, 9 of them unassisted while Wightman was in on 13 tackles, 8 of them unassisted. Scoring Story NU-OU Time Left 3:18 How Scored First Quarter 3-0 Coyle 24 field goal Drive of 26 yards stalled after Burrow recovery of OU fumble. Big play: 13 pass from Ferragamo to Heiser. Second Quarter 3-7 Davis 1 run 11:30 Drive: 42 yards in 13 plays following Ferragamo fumble. Conversion: DiRienzo kick. Third Quarter 10-7 Anthony 1 run 8:09 Drive: 32 yards in 9 plays. Big plays: Ferragamo passes to Heiser (10) and Mushinskie (13). Conversion: Coyle kick. 10-14 Ivory S run 1:14 Drive: 47 yards in 7 plays. Big Play: 14 run by Davis. Conversion: DiRienzo kick. Fourth Quarter 10-21 Peacock 4 run 10:10 Drive: 13 yards in 3 plays following Burrow muff of OU punt. Conversion: DiRienzo kick. 10-28 Davis 8 run 2:44 Drive: 10 yards in 3 plays following Anderson interception of Ferragamo pass. Conversion: DiRienzo kick. 10-35 Sims 4 run :52 Drive: 23 yards in 5 plays following recovery of Thomas fumble. Conversion: DiRienzo kick. Nebraska 3 0 7 0-10 Oklahoma 0 7 7 2135 iVyft V 'KV Recovery P"' 1 t I ' f V 1 Unfortunately, fumbles found a role in the outcome of Saturday's contest. Nebraska latched onto a Sooner bobble in the third period when Joe Washington lost possession and John Lee (69) recovered for the Huskers (top). But the recoveries also went the other way (bottom) as shown when Leroy Selmon (93) belted Vince Ferragamo (15) causing the ball to pop loose and giving the Sooners' Mike Phillips (89) the opportunity to recover. Photos By Bob Gorham Web Ray Randy Hampton Frank Varga Harald Dreimanis Mike Theiler The Huskers had a chance to add a touchdown on the last play of the first half when they scrimmaged from the Sooners' one- yard line. The opportunity was ruined when nearly every one of the 11 OU defenders helped stack up Monte Anthony (49) short of the goal line. rr:, ft'7?) '4A Cll ii C 4o-Phillips xf Tony rf- v. Vf Gams U.fK1' . x,4 Kli fc' W -A 1 1 11 1111111 " tfmmm ; " i 0-L.Selmon i -Jl k , ' i Tony Davis (25) charges around Leroy fi eImon as ne gains part of his 66 CL .i .... i. k ; :" yaras rusnmg. . )

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