Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 7, 1982 · 31
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Nov. 7, 1982 Lincoln. Neb., Sunday Journal and Star 76 Respect doesnH easel t Mderson9scJiarin 7 t 77777,t; ' 777-;-M - ' 7 Y 1 ' 14 x 6 mm i V 1 .-7 .. . By Ken Hambleton I Stan Sports Writer All the handshakes, pats on the back and applause Ernest Anderson received as he walked off the field didn't help.. , .... ,-, "It's nice that the opponent's fans respect me, but I'm really disappointed that I didn't help the team more," said Anderson, the leading rusher in the NCAA. ; "I'm disappointed I got hurt. That's not me on the sidelines too often. I came to win and y ou cant do that on the sidelines," he said. As for the highly publicized matchup between Anderson and Nebraska's Mike Rozier, it was never a contest Rozier rushed his way into the Husker record books, gaining 251 yards, while Anderson was held to 68 yards on 15 carries, marking the second time in eight games the 5-11, 190-pound junior running back has been limited to less than 150 yards rushing this season. "I dont go into a game thinking about a matchup with anyone else. I just blocjced it out of my mind," Anderson said. "Because one back rushes more than the other doesnt make one better than the other. (Mike) Rozier and (Roger) Craig are both very good backs and I wish them luck." Anderson, who now has 1,396 yards for the season, was sidelined with 4:06 left in the third quarter when he re-injured his ribs. The, ; only back in Big Eight history to rush for 1,000 yards in the first five games of the season suffered rib injuries earlier this season and,, started the Nebraska game wearing a flak, , jacket.. . .. ., "I guess I'm lucky I didn't get hit in the first half, but once I got hit I dont think I could've gone back in the game," Anderson sail "If I had stayed in, I could have hurt my-, self more and that would nave hurt the team. ... "Nebraska has a very physical defense and they were playing to stop me," he said "It wasn't the defensive stunts, but just good defensive football that stopped us. We were able,,, to execute, they didn't take any plays away! from us, they just cut down what we could do. "Nebraska is great and plays the defense smart They dont go for the fakes. Most times when a defense is too aggressive a back can hurt a team," he said. "Nebraska wasnt too aggressive and they seemed , to just be waiting for me. -- "We didn't open the holes, or we might have made it a different game," Anderson said Nebraska's Rob Stuckey (75) strains to grab Cowboy running back Ernest Anderson (34) under the block ot John Cegielski (71), but Husker teammate Steve McWhirter is coming up to stop the nation's leading rusher. ; Johnson: NU a 9 Big Red Machine' By Chuck Sinclair , Staff Sport Writer . . Last Monday as Oklahoma State football coach Jimmy Johnson was fielding ques-. tjons from members of. the ;TO5S. he was relating how impressed he was with Ne- braska's program, and especially the Nebraska training faciities. After ' he finished telling about the sheer size of the . Nebraska weight room and how the program boasted six assistant weight coaches, he asked if there were any more questions. . ; One writer asked him why he was bothering to take his team to Lincoln to face a team as awesome as he made Nebraska sound Johnson just laughed. Jimmy Johnson wasnt laughing anymore Saturday afternoon. 'Great' team In the wake of Nebraska's 48-10 whipping of the Cow-' boys at Memorial Stadium Saturday, Johnson was back to finding new superlatives to describe what he called, "The Big Red Machine." ; "Nebraska, needless to say, has a great football team," Johnson said. "They , have a tremendous amount of talent and they have the numbers. You take a look around you and you see as fine a facility as there is in the nation. They have a great program. I guess that's why they say it's the Big Red Machine. When they say Big Red Machine, that's exactly what It means.' '-'? "In order to compete with a team like this, you have to have a comparable type pro- . gram," he added. You take a walk through their six weight rooms,, then , walk through ours that's just double the size of this small room and you see what I mean. "Count ' the number of - -i if f, - " .-'--' :---Mi i f 7v ' I . fiif ' , &mcmm f mM:m mM 1 11- IJ& M-II I 0 " ' 1 ;vv - if s-,A ' 77r ; JiiWIlWI 7fttA. ; J MSK- S-r :77. J !!!a'A:.' I w Jp ,....;: i- :-!:: ,." k ' I i .-)ff Si i:SSii ... CS ' " ''ShiS'''. 1 I17'''--,. ..." -M&sS: i4 WMMiPMfif':: 1 piss..;,. , : imm 0it ' mmMmm: SSSM"Si4 , -.,-:.. i 1 t,- pWtWMl'iWiijt j-is .7. - . , is , . - -. . ...... "TrniiiliVl!ii(i'nij- mnjgr '' & '' "'IW,'-n-.-'w '-' ' neads Nebraska puts on a practice field," he said. "There are other great teams around the country, but few can show these types of facilities.". . For the past four years, Johnson has said he wanted to pattern his Oklahoma State program after Nebraska's, but the outcome of Sat-, urday's game was proof the plan was not working like he had hoped. When asked if he was gain" ing any ; ground, Johnson didn't answer. He said he did feel his Oklahoma State team was battling Nebraska early, but that it was only a matter of time, before Nebraska started to roll. . . Steamroll teams "Once they got ahead, it's the same old thing,'' he said. "Unless you're fighting with every ounce of energy you've ' got in your body to stay with them, . they just ' steamroll teams. A team like Oklahoma State has a difficult time staying with teams like Nebraska unless we get some breaks early, and unless we can get some points up on the board. "We just " don't' have enough talent to stay with a team like Nebraska,... no-, where close." Johnson wanted to sidestep the issue of comparing . Nebraska's Mike Rozier to OSU's Ernest Anderson. "That's foolish," he said. "That's very foolish to try and compare Mike Rozier and Ernest Anderson. Mike Rozier is a great great back, but if you put Ernest Anderson in there with the surrounding talent I'll guarantee you he'd be great there too. I dont want to take anything away from Rozier, because I thought he was the best back in the conference last year as a sophomore. But any back you put in there would make a lot of yardage. He's surrounded by great players." No comparisons Johnson said that Anderson, who was nursing a sore shoulder and a cracked nb, wanted to get back into action late in the game. "He wanted back in there really bad," Johnson said. "But I couldn't see a need to stick him back out there for that kind of abuse." ; It's evident to almost everybody that Nebraska and Oklahoma are heading toward a Big Eight Conference championship showdown in Lincoln in three weeks, but Johnson stayed away from predicting a winner in that one. "I dont care a whole lot about comparing either one of those two teams," he said. Ml ,!- -' i.- "-' f.MEWi,nm i a. i ... wmu.m.1 11 .. i.n., .Lijuyium jjum-u'intmiMf m,, hiiimmi m 7 Vt : : ' '"JjJ ' v-;-i:igL ' ' . h - .5C,- '7 V h ' . . . ft i- , - i mmv-iiSiMis.-:im : i-w- ::ss W-SSssiS.-- Si.tik . f-iwi X . l r .... t . i,.r.V lillalC -ii7sliiiiiiii pHISitfifels ''-i,. ' -.ft S S: iS'iiMi-S SSSfiimSMSi 7!.:i77::7SllII la l fMSSiiSS S-iSSiiSlSiSSifi"' f ' ; ' "-'S ' S - - : H Husker monster back Tim Holbrook (23) moves in on Ike Jackson (7). Ho1;-l brook dropped Jackson for a 1 6-yard loss, halting an OSU drive. Holbrook lands big f punch9 on OSU; NU running back Roger Craig (21) jumps over teammate Mark Traynowicz who took an OSU defender out of the play. By Mike Babcock Staff Sports Writer Tim Holbrook was having too much fun to cause anybody trouble. When Nebraska's senior monster grabbed Ike Jackson, after sacking the Oklahoma State quarterback for a 16-yard loss in Saturday's 48-10 NU victory, he wasn't trying to be disrespectful " ' "I didn't know he (Jackson) had bobbled the football," said Holbrook. NU defensive tackle Deug Herrmann thought Jackson had fumbled, and he tried to fall on the ball. Jackson apparently took offense, so "I grabbed him around the waist and sort of picked him up," Holbrook said. "I was trying to help Doug." Holbrook thought about that for a second and smiled. "Not that Doug needed the protection. I was probably the guy who needed it" he said. Herrmann stands 6-5 and weighs 270 pounds. Holbrook is 5-10, 190. v Jackson is 6-4, 200. 1 Holbrook, however, can take care of himself. He's a former Golden Gloves boxer who got in a gqod "punch" at Oklahoma State on Saturday. With Nebraska leading 14-0 early in the second quarter, the Cowboys had driven to the Comhusker 11-yard line. On a third-and-four, Jackson dropped back to pass. In came Holbrook, and down went Jackson, 16 yards from where he had taken the snap. ; "It was a' 'bingo fire,' " Nebraska's monster blitz, Holbrook said of a play which gave Nebraska's defense an emotion?! lift because "they (OSU) were moving the ball. , "I knew he (Jackson) had a great ability to scramble, and I was hoping he wouldn't juke me. I was the contain man, and if he juked me, I was in big trouble." . Jackson, not Holbrook, had the problem, and on the next play, Oklahoma State attempted a 44-yard field goal which went wide to the left That got the adrenaline flowing and "the fans going. Just like when Mike (Rozier) broke that (touchdown) run; you cant believe how that pumps your blood." . " ' Nebraska's defense allowed Oklahoma State 289 yards of total offense. "We were bending a little bit" said Holbrook. But the Cornhuskers only broke once, when Jackson and Jim Evans teammed up on a 63-yard touchdown pass. That was the longest scoring strike of the season against the Black Shirts. "It was really sad to see;.: it hurt our pride because we haven't been beati;' deep very much," Holbrook said. j On the touchdown pass, he was on the "back-! side." Cornerback Allen Lyday "broke up on a hook,''' and the guy gave him a good fake." Holbrook didn't start Saturday's game, but by?! "the second or third series" he was in until Ne braska had its eighth victory well in hand. tioiorooK goi nis cnanue wnen siauer ruis vau i Norman was dinged. Van Norman already ha(f been slowed by a sore foot and Comhusker defervjj sive backs coach Bob Thornton 'told me to be! ready for duty," said Holbrook, who was involved in-,1, three tackles. "I had more fun today than I've ever had." Holbrook took the advice of Nebraska defensive . captain Steve Damkroger, "who always gives us i pretty good speech" before each game. According to Holbrook, before Saturday's gamej." Damkroger told the defense "the pressure's not o ' us; it's on them, so go out and have a good time. He wasn't saying it to be funny, but you had to laugh little. He was just trying to get us to relax." Holbrook was relaxed; he was having too much fun not to be. i ii r . .V" X k..-, - - " v"? ;' -''-'.: : . 1 4 ,7 , '.: ;7.r. ,:, v7 71l f ' 177177 (7 1 . s limiiiWM 1 , - r-v - U - ss '- mmmWimwYXr 7 .' 7 ' h : ' . 7'y I ' - : 'jxs ' ' ? -V- f ' Sii- 3 7 ) 1 Si 1 S . -Sr;- '"WSS v : .-j : : rV- 7 V-;h: :r . . ') . rsss vv, , II viiV. ,1 ' I v ! - ii ; -jA Mike Rozier (30) set up the Huskers' fifth touchdown with this 26-yard run. Rozier started left, but cut back to his right behind NU quarterback Bruce Mathlson (1). Rozier broke into open field (2) past r teammate as QSU's Greg Hill (11) moves in. Hill grabbed Rozier by the shoulder, but Rozier dragged him fiv yards'before Hill and teammate Ctjrls Rocklns team up to bring Rozier down at the three, y1'-

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