Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 6, 1977 · 49
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 49

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Sunday, November 6, 1977
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Officials' decisions leave Tigers wondering November 6, 1977, Lincoln, Neb.,.Sonday Journal and Star 5E COLUMBIA, Mo. - Is it easier for a football official to detect an incomplete pass than a fumble? Ask Missouri's Tigers and they'll definitely say it was easier for the referees to spot the dropped pass in their 21-10 loss to Nebraska. All the officials decided in the fourth quarter that tight end Kellen Winslow did not maintain possession of a two-yard pass from Pete Woods that would have resulted in a touchdown. But not all the officials were able to agree whether Rick Berns on Nebraska's preceding series had crossed the goal line before fumbling at first that is. A brief consultation by the' referees resulted in a touchdown for Berns and the Huskers, giving them a 21-10 lead. The second heartbreaking call spoiled the Tigers' chances of a comeback victory. And with a 3-6 record, the loss spoiled Mizzou's chances of a winning season. "Did Winslow score?" said Missouri Head Coach Al Onofrio. "I saw Kellen catch the ball and come down with it. I turned away and expected a touchdown. There was no explanation by the officials." Combined with the ruling on Berns' TD, the two plays covered a swing of at least 12 points that would have altered the outcome. "The wing of ficial on our sideline said the runner had gone over the goal line," said Onofrio of Berns' score. "The official in the end zone said we had recovered for a touchback." Lost in the shuffle of all the controversy were the play of Mizzou fullback Atinise Davis, who gained 70 yard rushing for the second straight week; the passing of Woods, who threw for 158 yards; and three catches by flanker Joe Stewart that broke an all-time Missouri receiving record. "I felt we were never down." said Davis, who scored the Tigers' only touchdown of the game in the second quarter to give them a 10-9 halftime lead. "But we were a little quiet." Davis was impressed with the pursuit of the Nebraska defense, "especially the linebackers. They're not as big as USC's or Cat's or OU's but they all had good pursuit." However, Davis added, his offensive line led by ail-American candidate James Taylor, was solid. Woods completed 13 of 26 passes, but said the loss came ''probably because of my inep titude. I just wasn t throwing the ball very well, especially during the first half." Stewart's three catches on the afternoon gave him 87 in his college career and broke the old Mizzou record of 85 set by John Henley from 1969-71. But never mind any of that. It was two touchdown calls one that stood, one that didn't that were most important Saturday. "It looked like Kellen had control," Woods said. "In my book it was a TD. I asked the referee about it and he said, 'Who had a better look at it, you or me?' $ V j N Carpenter i "At J V ilV N-Poeschl 7 T J v. II ITIIlft J N-Valasek 1 4',. yTf-tC i !:; .1 "i " . gosT v w 'v -' '::; :; I "" )a fit'' N-Weinmaster "J f!j V- mMTMini i--imi-h in, r IT aim ni i in in if r i milium) in i- ,j jnv rf j iu , .. i S ! ) . ff; , n r $l Kill SI V Y'r" An official signals the result as Missouri fullback Annise Davis (32) completes a 5-, yard scamper that gave the Tigers a 10-9 lead with 7:37 left in the. first half. Nebraska middle guard Kerry Weinmaster (51) makes a jersey tackle Carpenter (37), Randy Poeschl (75) and Larry Valasek (4) move in to on Missouri tailback Earl Gant (23) as Husker teammates Jeff assist. - 'jfcPjft N-Anderson tr"';K - w I . j4m ;-v?r, jN-Piiien M ;ii;rr , w. i v v - 1 1 ii i i N Samuel i 5cy Photos By Bob Gorham Web Ray Randy Hampton Harald Dreimanis byfUfs ?titCu "iff L ft F" Ji j jf,Z it, 4,4 - -rtm.' jt minim' ibt f f w 7 'i'i' ! " Mwa;ftf4lifii('i;Afiii-ii M MTV w The Huskers shut the door on Missouri as Jim Pillen in to block for Pillen, who returned the interception to (29) intercepts a Pete Woods pass with 9:45 left in the the MU 18, setting up the Huskers' clinching game. Rene Anderson (2) and Tony Samuel (98) move touchdown. It's a battle for the ball as Nebraska's Kenny Brown (22) takes it away from; Missouri defender Steve Mally (22) to complete a razzle dazzle 37-yard play early; in the third quarter. The play started with Randy Garcia handing off to Richard Berns, who flipped back to Garcia, who made the toss to Brown. lr- . i- .. jcttk..lliio in ' . . .fjnm i r, . v-V' .iin..Vi.iiin8 ! I . - J ij- c r if f (Tr 2..-- t ,3E - r 4BL : " fsT t l6r f in ....ii i ir - ' " i.iwii.i.ii.rii-itiWrr...ii.iii in I H - fewi Smi InZiiB kw.i.wWifcW-MMi. Jf Wihmimiiiii,iw.S il B - '; m m ,y - - - 1 W - The wall begins to form (1) for Husker punt returner Ted Harvey (31) as (36). Harvey gets another block (3) from Larry Young (94) as he crosses and Bruce Whitmer (65) and Ralph Mitchell (25) drag down the NU senior Jim Pillen (29) blocks Missouri's Gene Twellman (96). Harvey sprints midfield. Punter Monte Montgomery (12) is left In the dust (4) as Randy (6) after a 42-yard return to the MU 28. Harvey's punt return set up the arojund the right side (2) as Oudious Lee (65) blocks Missouri's Eric Berg Rick (90) leads the way. Missouri's Annise Davis (32) trips up Harvey (5) first score of the game, a 37-yard field goal by Billy Todd, ' J ., .A a ' ' ' iHfi fai 4m 4m

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