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I i mm iiift IAN DOREMUSSUNOAY JOURNAL-STAR K.V.. Cptorado quarterback Darlan Hagan holds the ball to the sky after scoring on a one-yard run late in the first quarter. Hagan's TD and the subsequent extra point put Colorado ahead 1 4-7. Nebraska's Tyrone Byrd (8) is in the background. MiiikieFs lack raraise for Hagan 1L: back sacks one by Kenny Walker and one by Mike Croel and 12 tackles for losses, including two apiece by safeties Tyrone Byrd and Reggie Cooper, defensive tackle Kent Wells and Croel. csg -ByKenHambleton BOULDER, Cola The report on Colorado quarter-back Darian Hagan from the Nebraska defense could be taken the wrong way. A Colorado's three "touchdowns came on the 70-yard Xoere's no other way to describe the guy, but he's a squApiiy dude," Nebraska mjddle guard Mike Murray tplay, a 4-yard drive and a 19-yard drive. The two short 1 said. "We an felt that way aom followed long punt returns by Colorado's Jeff CampbelL got a few good plays that were' mistakes on our Mills wasn't going to blame the loss on the two punt returns. "The game is too long and has way too many plays to say two plays won or lost this game," he said "We've got nothing to be ashamed of because we played well and the team that got the breaks won. You've got to play well to get the breaks. They did" The Cornhuskers used a 4-3 defense for most of the first half playing with four defensive linemen and with outside linebackers Mills and Croel taking turns playing alongside linebackers Mike Petko, Randall Job-man and Pat Tyrance. "We used that 4-3 before, and it seemed to be the right set today," Murray said "It worked well, and it worked well when we went back to the five-man front, tOO. "I dont really see where their offense piled up a lot on us after that one long run." Wells agreed "The only thing that beat us today was the punt re that was about JBagan, the sophomore who replaced the late Sal Au-nese, at quarterback this fall, is Colorado's leading rusher this season. He picked up 117 yards against Nebraska but was thrown for 31 yards in losses and finished with 86 net yards rushing. Throw in his 22 yards and Hagan had his worst day of total offense "I dont know what happened on the punt returns," said "Jhe guy made some good moves, and they had good blocking. And it seemed like we just slid right by him a couple of times." a Two Nebraska defenders briefly held onto Campbell on his 47-yard return that set up CU's second touch-. down. i i "He went to the left side on both returns and we had our early shots at him, but they set up the wall and executed the returns very well," said Sam Schmidt, who plays on the punt return team. "We dont feel we did as uusseasoa Colorado broke a 70-yard option play fot touch- down in the first quarter. Hagan kept the ball around theleft end, sped 29 yards, then pitched to teammate JJrTannigan, who finished the relay to the end wasnt much else they did to our defense," -outside linebacker Jeff Mills saidtHe's a great quarterback, but he didnt destroy its; 'and their offensive line certainly didnt dominate the v. Cornhuskers were credited with two quarter turns," he said "We adjusted for the breakdown on the i I 11. 41 1. 1L.1 ft1' bad a job as they did that good a job." Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne said he considered kicking away from Campbell and talked about kicking the ball out of bounds. "But two of them were kind of low, down the middle, and once they got the wall, they had it," he iirng upuuiu, aim me yarus iney goi aiier uiai were scrambles. Otherwise we stuffed them. "The thing is we lost We have to bounce back and work hard enough so we dont give up even the one big play and none of the punt returns." TED KIRK SUNDAY JOURNAL-STAR Colorado's Eric Blenlemy, who spent most of the afternoon on the sidelines, bangs heads with linebacker Michael Jones (53) after a big defensive play by notes, quotes jjiiiiii'iH isisif. uTfaio Si ffif 1 just let them play sportsmanship foot-ball I mean, I love playing games like this." On Nebraska's offense: 'They hit us with the runs, they hit us with the pass. That's a great offense." 1 Tailback J. Flannlgan on the season's outlook: "My first goal before we get (to the Orange Bowl) is I want to first knock off Oklahoma State; two, get Kansas State; and three, take that Big Eight championship ring to Sal's mother." Flannlgan was referring to the Colara-io. Coach Bill McCartney oiH'e eighth largest crowd in Folsom history The crowd was tl2 list crowd I've ever seen. I've been iiCIpt of stadiums, I never saw a crowd luMhat and I'm particularly talk-ing-bout the students. Those' students mads it hard for them to snap the ball on eyery play," EVERY play. That student body wants to go to Miami, and we hv a pretty affluent student body, so tl V2an probably make it there." i it feels to beat Nebraska and oleoma In the same year for the first tosince 196U "I feel like catching my bu. We' beat them both, back-to- mother of Sal Aunese, Colorado's quar- mm '-J v- ba within eight days. Can it get sweet- terback last season who died Sept 23 from complications of stomach and lung 4 TED KIRK SUNDAY JOURNAt-STAR NU's Bryan Carpenter (29) breaks through a bevy of CU defenders on a 51 -yard TD on a. screen pass on NU's first play from his hopes for the rest of the sea-sw'I'd like to win our two and see Wiiut Dame win theirs, and get a chae to play them (in the Orange Bgsvlj, It would be a great honor, a great: Olfensive guard Darrin Muillen-bllrg on the significance of the win; "It means everything. Everybody said we were contenders for the national cham-piooship, and now we are. Each victory we have, our confidence is going to grow. But now we know that we're definitely a national powerhouse." cancer. 1 Quarterback Darlan Hagan, on CU being one game away from clinching an Orange Bowl appearance: "When the Orange Bowl comes well talk about the Orange Bowl, but for now we've got two i games remaining." On how well his team Us playing: "I don't think we're great right now. At the end of the season; we'll talk about how greatweare." Colorado finished its home schedule Saturday. The Buffs had an average crowd of 48,954 in six games, the highest average since 1976, Cornhusker notes, quotes Outside Offensive tackle Dong Glaser said the loss to Colorado was disappointing. "We really wanted to go back to the Orange Bowl and take our best shot at the national championship," he said "This really hurts because we werent that far off." 1 Center Jake Young on recovering from the loss: "You dont turn around and lose to Kansas and Oklahoma now, do you? No. We pick it up, we try to cor rect our mistakes and get going hard to get as much back as we can." On his leaving the game periodically in the second and third quarters: "I pulled my hip flexor again and needed to get a rest But it was nothing unusual" Nebraska's Injury report was short: Linebacker Mike Petko will be X-rayed for a knee injury Sunday and is out for the rest of the season. I-back Ken Clark had a hip pointer, and Young had a pulled groin. Petko was injured on Colorado's last offensive series' and was carried from the field as the Cornhuskers made their final drive. 1 Receiver Morgan Gregory, who grabbed five passes for 77 yards, said he was pushed out of bounds and came back inbounds oh a 32-yard pass from Gerry Gdowskt that set up 19-yard Gdowskl-to-Gregory "The comerback came up and shoved me out, so I was allowed to come back inbounds and make the catch," Gregory said "It was great to get a touchdown here (two plays after the 32-yard but I'd rather have the win. "The thing is, I dont think the best team won." Clark, who finished with 95 yards, and became the leading major college rusher from Nebraska, said he felt he proved something to himself against Colorado. '-l "This was a thing for the team, so' what 1 did for myself meant Clark said Mqfthee on what he expected from Ne-f cplorado will be rated No. 1 by braska: was like Sporting News in its next poll, Wow, these guys havent played any- scheduled for a Monday release. body; they're not going to expect But they came out and played us-as tough as Colorado established a modern- anyone's ever played a CU team. They 1 day single-season school scoring record' gave hs a great challenge v. The Buffs have 352 points this season, 11 On the Colorado-Nebraska more than in 1971. The all-time mark set goL'BO bad talk, I Rot no cheap shots. We in 1905 is 359. 4'MKtMaNMHR Statistics i Kickoff returns Kickoff returns No. Yds. Pi6wers 2 47 Engelbert Nebraska Offense- Rushing. No. 1 1 Yds. 11 18 Prltchard Nelson 1 16 No. Yds. Ave. 95 4.5 Clark Colorado Offense Rushing return No. Yds. 1 0 Gdowskl 6.3 1.7 69 12 ,7 V-UI 1 CI mi Yds. Ave. 5 5- 2.5 2.5 96 5.3 Turner 2 No. Flannlgan ....18 i 25 Hemingway 3 Klsslck 1 3.4 86 14 9 4.7 9.0 TT AT Passing No. Co. Yds Pi 11 211 0 Defense Tackles UT ftAills 7 4 ....5 Murray 8 Passing No. Co. Yds PI .......10 2 22 1 Receiving NO. Yds. Defense Tackles UT 7 M.Jones 5 TJames 6 Steed 4 Howe 5 C.Brown 3 2 Williams 3 McGhee 3 McCloughan 4 T.Johnson... 2 2 Adklns 2 3 Hamilton 0 Davis Thomas 1 A- 5 2 .2 .2 0 2 0 2 1 3 1 AT 4 6 4 4 2 3 2 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 Receiving No. Perak Hemingway 1 77 Croel 3 66 5 ...5 24 51ms 2 33 Cooper. 3 9 Petko. 1 Pickens, ...2 Yds. 13 2 Bell Krotzensteln Punting Ho. -Yds. Ave. 5 256 51.2 Rouen Punting vs-. no, Yds. Ave; V225 37J Punf returns No, Ydsr; Hughes 2 23 2 2 2- 1 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 Walker. 2 Valladao 0 I Jobman 1 Legette 1 Rose 1 Yds. Punt returns No. Campbell 1 108 Motley RANDY HAMPTON8UNOAY XXJRNAL-STAR NU's Ken Clark (32) is stopped for no gain by CU's Alfred Williams (84) and Michael Jones (53). 'ff.

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