Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 1, 1978 · 37
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 37

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4 s - i 0; wa r a I A ' ' ' V t AV,I . '.'Y " j&vV I t Oct. 1, 1978 Lincoln, Neb., Sunday Journol and Star 7P 1 f w 1 L jN-BrownL ' ' J ) ?1 J "5iA i ft E 1 r Brown puts on show., Kenny Brown (22), Nebraska wingback who leads the nation in punt returning, should be able to keep that lead after Saturday's game against Indiana. Brown returned three punts with a 28-yard average, including this 38-yard effort in the first quarter. Brown starts upfield from his own 16-yard line (1), slips past Hoosier de fensive back John Swinehart (20) and received a block (2) from teammate Oudi-ous Lee (65), which left him with open country ahead. He picks up an escort from Dan Pensick (93) (3) and Tim Wurth (25) while getting around (4)Indiana guard Terry Colby (65). Brown crosses the 35-yard line (5) with protection by defensive 4- 11 wmu 4w hK 5h ' - v:lw" its' i ' i i , .4 , a i mi. uh r.' i , 5 f isillfliwii J' 4 if U w- f . v , 1 ' if ft I end Derrie Nelson (92) and defensive back Dave Liegl (28). Hoosier fullback Rodney Hopkins (25) just misses Brown's ankle (6) but his teammates finally corral the Cincinnati, Ohio, junior near midfield. Safety Tim Wilbur (76) and punter Larry Lovett (6) close in on Brown (7) but he scoots to his right to avoid them, only to meet eventual tackier Dale Keneipp (37) at the Hoosiers 47-yard line. Five plays later, Wurth scored the Huskers' third touchdown of the game to give Nebraska a 21-0 lead and only 10 minutes had been played in the contest which was billed as being a close match. ...to dazzle Hmher fans Cordial exterior hides Corso's hurt from 69-17 loss By Mike Babcock Staff Sports Writer B1.00MINGTON, Ind. -What can you say about a 69-17 loss? That it might have been closer with a few breaks? That things can only get better? Indiana football Coach Lee Corso was trying to find the right answers to questions that no one really was asking him. On the surface, he seemed the same cordial and open guy. "When the score's 6917, there's not much you can ask a guy, is there?" Corso said after his team's 52-point loss to Nebraska Saturday afternoon. He seemed to be smiling. "I know how it is. I've been there before, but this was my worst defeat. I was beaten 69-19 by Memphis State once, and that's when I threw in the towel. Today I couldn't find a towel to throw in," he said. More smiles. Only minutes before, Corso had been witness to a public mugging, but he personally ushered the press into the interview room; he was still his very quotable self; and if you didn't know better, you might have thought his Hoosiers had played admirably against insurmountable odds. "They beat us up front, outside and all around," he said. "They ran hard, broke tackles, ran through the guys, jumped over them, and threw the ball straight. "It was a tremendous explosion," Corso said, supplying an appropriate booming sound effect. "I thought the first quarter would never end, and that's the truth. They just beat us up physically; they pounded us. "We were disappointed, but they were just too good for us in every part of the game. I told the squad if we played them 10 times, they'd beat us nine . . . Maybe we could luck out once. We were never in the game because they were better than us. But we might have made it a good game." Beneath the gratuitous comments, however, there had to be something gnawing at the affable Indiana coach. Losing by more than four dozen points isn't something that even chronic losers can become accustomed. And it was as Ihe reporters were leaving the interview room that Corso may have let his true feelings slip out just a little bit. "Thanks for coming; I'm sorry we didn't play better," he iTUX r'ky I V-Vf ill , vi-t ' y "r .w f Ia ---- it 4 . -I f - . . v A 1? J A.J had just finished saying when the emotion leaked. "They jumped on my quarterback," Corso said for an instant he was really animated. "After the big play of the game for us, they put him out of the game ..." Before the remarks were finished, Corso caught himself, regained his composure, and resumed his unrestrained praise for Nebraska. But the reference to a play on which starting quarterback Scott Arnett left the game for a few plays was clear enough. Arnett had just completed a pass to Nate Lundy for 39 yards and a first down at the Husker 26-yard line. After a clipping penalty set the Hoosiers back to the Nebraska 41, Arnett had to be replaced by Tim Clifford. Two plays later, Clifford was intercepted on a pass deflected to the Husker's Lawrence Cole. Earlier, Corso had referred to that series of plays as a turning point in Indiana's attempt to make the game respectable. "The key thing was when we got it down to 28-10," Corso said. "We were trying to get another touchdown; they intercepted a pass, went down and put it out of reach, 35-10. "Really, you know, we were never in the game. I'm just saying if we could've kept it at 28-10 there, we could have played them closer," Corso said. After pushing Louisiana State before losing 24-17 and then defeating Washington 14-7, Indiana came into Saturday's game with the Huskers only a seven-point underdog. When it was over, Corso had to remind people that he had brought the same players with him to the stadium Saturday. Staff photos by Bob Gorham Web Ray Randy Hampton 1 h 3zfru N-Lockett ' . ferity' A 3a"1 j tj4: "ltd At if , A Hoosier punter Larry Lovett (6) didnt help the Indiana cause much far, giving Nebraska excellent field position, NU's Dave Liegl (28) Saturday afternoon when Ms first several attempts failed to go very makes an attempt to block one of the punts. &m It was a joyous occasion in the third quarter after Husker split end Frank Lockett (80) scored on a pass from quarterback Tom Sorley. Here Lockett is lifted high off the ground by teammate Jeff Flu -, k (87). 4 M '

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