Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 14, 1982 · 29
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1 1. ,.-.- Sports SECTION D Iknbap Journal anb Star Lincoln. Neb.. Nov. 1 4. 1 982 LycidDees 9 M - f s Iowa State quarterback David Archer (18) has no place to hide as Nebraska defenders Steve Damkroger Mrown . By Mike Babcock : Staff Sports Writer AMES, Iowa - Split end Todd Brown and quarterback Turner Gill combined to provide Iowa State's football team with a little negative reinforcement late in the first half of Nebraska's 48-10 victory over the Cyclones, Saturday afternoon in ISU Stadium. - Gill found Brown wide open on an iso-oplion pass play which covered 49 yards and ended in a touchdown with 1:13 remaining before the intermission. As. a result of the touchdown and Kevin Seibel's extra-point kick, Nebraska went to the locker room leading 21-7,"When you'go in at halftime off a big play like that, it reinforces in their minds that they're not going to win," said Brown, who caught one of only four passes the Cornhuskers completed on Saturday. ' Nebraska attempted only seven, five by Gill, who connected on three. Brown gave his quarterback most of the credit for the one he caught. The play was de-' signed to go to tight end Jamie Williams; Brown was the secondary receiver, i .. :,. ' .' ' PU's fcooP Dupree leaves MU frozen By Chuck Sinclair Staff Sports Writer ; NORMAN, Okla. Only two weeks ' ago, Oklahoma freshman sensation Marcus Dupree was asked how he liked ! playing in cold weather compared to the : warm climate he was used to in his I, hometown of Philadelphia, Miss. - "I love to play in cold weather," re- sponded Dupree, who had yet to play on !a chilly day. ; . ' " ' But on an abnormally cool 38 degree day in Norman on Saturday afternoon, Dupree backed up his claim with a not-so-abnormal performance that left more than one Missouri Tiger frozen In his tracks as the Sooners rolled over MU 41-14, in a regionally televised game to set up a Big Eight Conference championship and Orange Bowl berth showdown with Nebraska in two weeks. Dupree, who chose Oklahoma over the recruiting pitches of Texas and Nebraska, thrilled a seUout crowd of 75,008 at Owen Field as he ground out 166 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns despite feeling so sick before the game that he thought he might not even be able to play. ' 'Just another game -"The only ones sick after the game were the Missouri defenders who tijed to stop the talented, explosive t-3, 210-pound I-back. : t "The guys in Lincoln will love this, (Dupree saying he loves to play in the cold weather);" (Oklahoma coach Barry i witier said. "If he loves to play in the cold, he'll be something in Lincoln. He'U r r .0 ,GiIl ' destroy IS U hopes Williams runs a "flag pattern" and Brown cuts across the middle about 14 yards down the field. "In practice I'm usually open, but Jamie's always so wide-open, I hardly ever get the ball," Brown said of the play. ' Saturday, however, "it was funny because I knew I was going to get the ball," he said. .. . Reads defenses well According to Brown, Gill reads defenses so well, he knew Williams would be covered and Brown would be open. So when the Cornhuskers broke out of their huddle, Gill told Brown to be ready. , "Usually, Turner doesn't even look at me, and if he's not looking, I just run to an open area. But today, he looked at me all the way," said Brown. Gill faked a handoff to his wingback, looked at Williams, then hit Brown slanting across the field and away from the Cyclones' strong cornerback John Ar-naud, who couldn't catch the former Nebraska high school 100-yard dash champ. "I'd be pretty embarrassed if somebody ever ran me down," Brown said. be HeU up there." 1 Soft-spoken, and careful with each response, Dupree downplayed his own performance Saturday against Missouri, and said he looked forward to playing Nebraska as "just another game." . "It'll be like Texas," Dupree said. "It wasnt a big game for me, just another game we have to play." . Switzer knows better. To the 10th-year Sooner head coach who is just two victories away from his 100th at Okla-' . noma, Missouri was a big game and Ne- See SOONERS on page 2D East svi - By Ken Hambleton ', . Prep Sport Writer Lincoln East rode a wild rollercoaster ride to the finish and the top-ranked Spartans toppled defending champion Lincoln Northeast, 15-8, 2-15, 15-7 in the Class A state volleyball championship before 3,957 fans Saturday night at Pershing Auditorium. "Volleyball is a game of momentum and I guess this was about as, high and low as we've been this season," East Coach Myron Oehlerking said. "We've talked about having to have the offensive control all season, because it's the offense that keeps things going," he.said. "When you control the offense you control the momentum; that's bbi-f ous by the way this game went" East, the only team to beat 20-3 ' V 4. a Earlier in the second quarter, Iowa . State's cornerback chased Brown when he should have been following Gill. Iowa State had just scored its only touchdown, and the game was knotted at 7-7. Nebraska stood second-and-seven at the Cyclone 22-yard line. Gill took the snap, faked a handoff to I-back Roger Craig on a reverse, and ran untouched into the end zone. GUI's naked reverse was put in the NU offense this week because "they 'shoot' very well," Gill said, explaining: "The (defensive) end went with Roger, and the cornerback ran with Todd." Gill ran with the football more times than he passed it Saturday afternoon, carrying six times for 38 yards. 363 yards rushing The Cornhuskers rushed for 363 yards and added 97 yards on their four pass completions for 460 yards of offense. Frigid weather, with a wind-chill factor ranging from zero to six degrees, caused them to start slowly. "I didn't think the weather was that much of a problem," said Gill, who watched the fourth quarter from the inside r Football: Okla. SL 24, Kansas St 16 - Big Eight, Pag 20 Mississippi St. 27, LSU 24 Southeast, Page 8D Penn SL 24, Notre Dame 14 'independents, Pag 8D Washington 17, ASU 13 Pac10,Pag7D Lawrence 67, Ansley 8 Coleridge 20, Nelson 1 2 Prep playoffs, Pag 90 Other sports: NU basketball Peg 3D Outdoor news ' - Pagno State volleyball Pag 2D Northeast this season, blasted oft to a 134) start in the first five minutes of the opening set of the championship match Northeast answered East's first set, by totally dominating the second set and setting up the fourth three-set match between the two teams in five meetings thisseasoa East, now 22-t, broke away from a 5-5 tie in the final set with two unforced errors by the top-seeded Rockets, plus a furious spiking attack ted by Peggy Hart, Katlry Gustafson and Julie Geier, to take a commanding 12-5 lead and coast to their third Class A title. "You could see the momentum shift at uns ctiu vi ure iu at, dc niici w uau 'IhaYereat start." OehleMsi sikLBut at the end of the first set after we had these girls believe in themselves - they know they can do it and though we were kerstonme v . i. jr. ' i . !..' f ' ! 'J , t ' -;l ; ; t i . ft (35), Jeff Merretl (74) and Rob Stuckey (75) give chase. sideline after directing Nebraska to its seventh victory in a row. He admitted, however: "I was a Utile stiff at first, and the baU was hard." "That was the coldest game I've ever played in," Brown said. "But I've played under more miserable conditions, when it was cold and wet. I'm just glad it wasn't wet today." Like the rest of the Cornhuskers, GiU and Brown were asked their thoughts about Nebraska's Big Eight Conference showdown with Oklahoma on Nov. 26 in . Lincoln. GUI said he was glad to get six other conference games out of the way because "you know you should win them, but you never know what's going to happen. "Now it's time for Oklahoma; that's the big one," he said. Brown evaded most of the questions about the Sooners. "I haven't seen their defense. I was worried about this game said Brown. Even so, the senior from Holdrege has confidence in Nebraska's offense, noting: "I think we can score at least 35 points on anybody, and that's what O probably take." TVSports Sunday Football Penn State at Notre Dam, a a.m., CFL highlight, 11 :30 a.m., (3D CFL eattern semifinal, noon, GD CFL wedern semifinal, 3 p.m., (3D Tom Osborne, 10: JO p.m., CD (H Pittsburgh at Army, 10:30 p.m., (3D Mankate vs. UNO highlights, 11:15 p.m., O Missouri at Oklahoma, 2:30 a.m., (3D - Basketball Boston at Milwaukee, 7 p.m., (3D Other sports Professional Rodeo, 5 a.m., (3D Wrestling, 1:30 a.m., (B Sports America: National Slow-Pitch All-Star' Softball game, 1 p.m., 13 as Wrestling, :05 p.m., CD Northeast a little stagnant at the start of the final set, we caught fire and took the momentum back." Spartan seniors Geier and Hart combined for 11 ace spikes in the first set, while setter Debbie Spaedt counted on two dink hits. But the Rockets bounced back in the second set on four ace spikes and two blocks for points by offensive leader Karen Moore, plus three ace spikes by Lindy Lebsack. Gustafson, Hart and Geier countered' Moore's hitting in the final set, with a total of 10 ace spikes off sets by Jena Janovy and Spaedt, while Moore scored on four acj .spikes and teammate Fern - 1 -13 .-t r-t Tomlinsoh tallied two. "One of their girls said on television See VOLLEYBALL on page 20 If STArr HHOIU bT HANUY MAMH1UIM Preliminaries over; main event begins By Randy York Staff Sport Writer AMES, Iowa Now that the preliminary bouts are over, it's time for the main event and Nebraska defensive captain Steve Damkroger is waiting for the Oklahoma Sooners "to start shooting their rnouths off." "Isn't that what you do when you whistle through the graveyard?" Damkroger asked Saturday after making seven tackles in the Huskers' 48-10 win over Iowa State. If five football seasons at Nebraska have taught Damkroger anything, they have taught him that Oklahoma players and coaches enjoy psychological games with the Huskers "They're probably a little scared this year," he said, adding that when the Sooners sense uncertainty, they start talking. To Damkroger, the pre-game hype for NU-OU is something akin to the pre-fight hype for the heavyweight boxing championship of the world. "They don't know how good we are and we don't know how good they are," Damkroger said. "We think we're good and they think they're "good. ' "Somebody from Oklahoma has already said they're going to kick our rear ends. And they might. But we might kick their rear ends, too. I guess we'll all just have to wait and see." Glad OU won Damkroger, his teammates and his coaches were in agreement Saturday. They were glad that Oklahoma handled Missouri, 41-14. Saturday in Norman, setting up the traditional Big Eight showdown in Lincoln on Nov. 26. . "I'm glad we both went undefeated in the Big Eight," defensive end Tony Felici said after leading Nebraska's Black Shirts with 10 tackles and three quarterback sacks against the Cyclones. "If someone had gotten beat, it wouldn't have been as exciting," Felici said. "This is the way it should be. Now the game has more national prestige. It's easier to get to No. 1 if you play the How AP's Top 20 fared Next week's opponent ' 1. Georgia (10-0) def. Auburn, 1?-14 Idle 2. Southern Methodist (10-0) def. Twos Tech, 34-27 Arkansas 3. Arizona Stat (9-1 ) lost to Washington, 17-14 Idle 4. Nebraska (9-1) def. Iowa Stat, 48-10 ; Idle 5. Penn Stat (9-1 ) def . Notre Dome, 24-14 Idle 6. LSU (7-1-1 ) tost to Mississippi State, 27-24 Florida Stat 7. Washington (9-1 ) def. Arizona Stat, 17-14............. at Washington State 8. Pittsburgh (8-1) df. Army, 24-4 ........ . Rutgers 9. Florida Stat (8-1) def. Louisville, 49-14. at LSU 10. Arkansas (8-1 ) def. Texas A4.M, 354 at SMU 11. Clemson (7-1-1 ) def. Maryland, 24 22. South Carolina 12. UCLA (8-1-1) def. Stanford, 38-35 USC 13. Notre Dam (6-2-1) lost to Penn Stat, 24-14 at Air Fore 14. Michigan (8-2) def. Purdue, 52-21 at Ohio State 15. Oklahoma (8-2) def. Missouri, 41-14 idle 14. Southern Cal (7-2) def. Arizona, 48-41 at UCLA 17. Alabama (7-3) lost to So. MlsslsslpplJt-29, Idle 18. Maryland (7-3) lost to Clemson. 24-22 at Virginia 19. West Virginia (7-2) def. Rutgers Thursday, 44-17....... ....... Syracuse 20. Texas (4-2) def. TCU, 38-21.................. ....... .. ...... .-.at Baylor V ' nu isu First downs 20 20 Rushes-vords 60-343 4-157 Passing yards 97 116 Total yards 440 273 Return yards 80 0 Posses 4-7-0 14-24-0 Punts-ovg 3-44.0 7-43.0 Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-1 Penolties-vards 4-29 4-30 Time of possession 29:45 30:15 Third-down conversions 8-20 4-10 Fourth-down conversions 0-0 1-2 i By Virgil Parker Sports Editor J AMES, Iowa After Nebraska swept I past Iowa State, 48-10, here Saturday ; and the revitalized Oklahoma Sooners ? won their seventh game in a row in cqn-! voicing fashion, 41-14 over Missouri, the postseason bowl picture became the No. 1 topic of conversation. ',; The bowl committees are free to extend invitations Saturday, when both the Cornhuskers and OU are idle .while awaiting their shootout on Nov. 26 for the Big Eight championship and the right to represent the conference in the Orange Bowl "We, have to get together with Oklahoma and some bowl people this week so that the loser of the Nebraska-Oklahoma game doesn't get shut out of; a game," Nebraska Athletic Director Bob Devaney said. "I've been talking to both the Fiesta Bowl (Phoenix) and Gator Bowl (Jacksonville) people in the past couple of days and I'm sure I'll be visiting with them again Sunday and Monday." Gator Bow 1 interested ' Devaney said the Gator Bowl came into the picture Friday when George . Olsen, its executive director called. "He said they were seriously considering the Oklahoma-Nebraska loser as one of s their teams," Devaney said. "But back i in 1969 (when Nebraska started its - string of 13 consecutive bowl appear- ances against Georgia in the Sun Bowl) j George said we'd hear from him with an ,. invitation if we beat Kansas State. We did, but I'm still waiting for the call" Devaney said Oklahoma's strong ' showing since losing two of its first , three games "greatly increases the t chance of the loser of our game going to SeeHUSKERS on page6D tougher teams." Felici isn't gun-shy. He's seen top-ranked Georgia on television "and they're not as good as we can be when things go right," he said, pointing out that Georgia won, 19-14, Saturday at Auburn, a team the Huskers beat 41-7 on the same field. If Felici wasn't so excited about playing Oklahoma, he'd worry about not being able to play Georgia. "Oklahoma will come in here tough," he said. "They always are by the time we play 'em." George Darlington, Felici's defensive end coach, believes 8-2 Oklahoma is more than tough. "Right at this time," Darlington said Saturday, "I would say that Nebraska and Oklahoma are two of the top six teams in the country." Darlington does not believe the Sooners are the same team that lost to West Virginia and Southern Cal earlier in the season. Settled down "Half the state of Oklahoma doesn't know where West Virginia is," Darlington said. "And after they lost to SC, they settled down and changed things around." John Melton, who coaches Damkroger and NU's other linebackers, said OU "is finally doing what they want to do, offensively and defensively. Their offense is almost like our offense. They're good. I don't think any of those top-ranked teams would go out of their way to play Nebraska or Oklahoma." For Nebraska, there is no escape clause and that's fine with Melton. "I like the anticipation and the excitement of a big game," he said. "I really do enjoy playing Oklahoma. In the 21 years I've been here, how many times has it come down to Nebraska-Oklahoma? That's why I like it" "That's why it's fun," said Damkroger. "I don't care if Oklahoma says they-Ye going to kick our rear ends. I only care if they do."

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