Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 8, 1978 · 49
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 49

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SECTION E Sports &unbaj? Journal ant) &tar Oct. 8, 1978 Lincoln, Neb. 9 23-0 y If V.JPk I f l X if CI-' Iff : III:-- W ' ' The Nebraska Cornhuskers wasted no time being polite at Iowa State Saturday as they routed the 15th rated Cyclones 23-0. Here defensive tackles Bill Barnett (97) and Rod Horn (55) converge on Stonewall defense too much for ISU By Randy York Staff Sports Writer AMES, Iowa - Surely, Charlie McBride does not use superlatives routinely. Nebraska's defensive line coach has seen too much and been around too long to allow himself to do that. McBride, a former All-Big Eight end for Colorado, played in an Orange Bowl and played a year for the Denver Broncos. He knows quality when he sees it and Saturday he saw so much quality in the I tuskers' 23-0 whitewash of Iowa State, he was almost moved to tears. "I felt like crying. I really did," McBride said. "I've never seen a better effort from a group of individuals than I saw out there today from (tackles) Rod Horn and Bill Barnett and (middle guard) Kerry Weinmaster. They gave us every ounce they had in them." McBride's trio of interior defensive linemen were so awesome, they had to rank somewhere above The Three Musketeers in terms of damage caused in the span of a short time. Horn, Barnett and Weinmaster spent most of Saturday afternoon living in Iowa State's backfield. The Cyclones should have charged the three Husker underclassmen rent. If nothing else, they should never accept an advance deposit from them because these three exist to inflict damage. . They slapped ISU around more Saturday than The Three Stooges slapped each other around in 20 years. The final tackle statistics, impressive though they are, do not totally reflect the havoc Horn, Weinmaster and Barnett wreaked on the Cyclones. They combined for 12 solo tackles, five assists and made five tackles behind the line of scrimmage for 39 yards in losses as the 15th-ranked Cyclones felt the frustration of falling 18 yards short of 100 yards total offense. McBride didn't say he expected such dominance, but he didn't say he was surprised by it either. "I have never seen three young men more dedicated to the game of football than these three," he said. "They work at it on and off the field. I've never seen them loaf and I always see them watching film." . McBride gathered the three, along with second teamers Oudious Lee, David Clark and Dan Pensick before the game for a heart-to-heart chat It may sound melodramatic now, but McBride told them football was much like war. How AP's top 20 fared Next week's opponent 1. Oklahomo (5-0) def. Texas, 31-10 at Kansas 2. USC (4-0) idle o Arizona St. 3. Michigan (4-0) def. Arizona, 21-17 Mlchioan St. 4. Penn State (6-0) def. Kentucky, 30-O idle 5. Arkansas (4-0) def. TCU, 42-3 Wit 4. Texas (3-1 ) lost to Oklahoma, 31-10 N. Texas St. 7. Texas AIM (4-0) def. Texas Tech, 38-9 at Houston 8. Alobomo (4-1) def. Washington, 20-17 .........Florida . Pitt (44) def. Boston College, 32-15 at Notre Dame 10. Nebraska (4-1 ) def. Iowa State, 23-0 Kansas State 11. LSU (4-0) def. Florida, 34-21 rJSS0.1? 12. Colorado (5-0) def. Kansas, 17-7 at Okia. St. 13. Maryland (5-0) def. No. Carolina State, 31-7 Syracuse 14. Ohio State (2-1-1 ) tied SMU, 35-35 ?' Purdue, 15. Iowa St. (4-1 ) lost to Nebraska, 23-0 - ;;;"?1MltM01i? 14. UCLA (4-1) def. Stanford, 27-26 Washington St. 17. Houston (3-1) def. Baylor, 20-18 Texas A&M 18. Stanford (3-2) lost to UCLA, 27-26 Washington 19. No. Carolina St. (4-1) lost to Maryland, 31-7 .............idle 20. Auburn (3-1) lost to Miami, Flo., 17-15 at Vanderbilt Wrtf ti? i - Xni "I told them there hasn't been a war yet that hasn't been won on the front line," he said. "I told them they were the whole key to this football game." He told them something else, too. "I told them I knew they were going to play well because of the way they had practiced and the way they had prepared . You could tell all week this game really meant something to them." Linebacker Lee Kunz, Nebraska's leading tackier for the season, led the Huskers again Saturday with nine stops, including six solos. But, he said, "All the credit belongs to the defensive line. Everything centers around them. They have the responsibility for the gap and are also supposed to keep the tackles off the linebackers. They did both jobs." They rushed Iowa State quarterbacks Terry Rubley and Walter Grant like it was the last Super Bowl. Horn, a 6-5, 259pound junior from Fresno, Calif., was unbelievably conspicuous. "He's one of the best defensive tackles in the country," Kunz said. McBride agreed. "I don't want to take anything away from (ISU's) Mike Stens-rud," he said of the Cyclones' All-Big Eight defensive tackle. "But there's no question in my mind. Rod Horn is a better defensive tackle than Mike Stensrud. He should be All-Big Eight. He's the best overall. He has more mobility and he's just as strong." Weinmaster wasn't pulling in All-America plaudits, but the 6-0, 218-pound junior from North Platte should play the lead in a Streetcar Named Desire. "If they (opponents) would ever quit holding Kerry Weinmaster, he might make the tackle every play," Nebraska linebacker Coach John Melton said before heading to the showers. "I think we should give that guy a tearaway jersey every play." McBride did not dispute what sounded like an outlandish statement. "We tell our own centers to hold him every play in practice," McBride said. "Otherwise, he would make every tackle every play. He's so explosive, he has so much leg strength and he's so incredibly quick. Grant had trouble getting the ball from the center today because Weinmaster was there almost as quick as he got the ball." No wonder Charlie McBride almost cried Saturday. A man who has seen it all saw something greater than he had seen before. ,2fi4 ii 1 1 1 rI hey STAFF COLORPHOTO BY WEB RAY ISU fullback Jack Seabrooke (37). Cyclone Tim Stonerook (75) tries to pull Barnett off, while Dick Cuvelier (66) attempts to keep NU's George Andrews (96) from making matters worse. Dodgers win NL playoffs LOS ANGELES (L'PI) - Given a break when outfielder Garry Mad-dox's Gold Glove turned to stone, unsung hero Bill Russell singled home the winning run in the 10th inning Saturday to give the Los Angeles Dodgers their second straight National League pennant with a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. In defeating the Phillies three games to one, the Dodgers notched the ir 16th NL flag and made true on the ir promise to win the pennant for the ir stricken coach Jim Gilliam. Gilliam is still in a coma in a Ingle-wood, Calif., hospital after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage last month. "We've got two-thirds of the apple pie," said Dodger second baseman Dave Lopes. "Now we want the rest." The Dodgers will meet the American League champion in the World Series beginning Tuesday night in Dodger Stadium. Although the Dodgers have won three pennants in the past five years, they have not been able to capture the World Series since 1965 . It was the Dodgers' seventh pennant since the club moved to Los Angeles in 1958. After blowing scoring opportunities in the seventh and eighth innings, the Dodgers got the break they were looking for when, with one out in the 10th and Ron Cey aboard first with a walk, the usually dependable Maddox dropped Dusty Baker's line drive for an error. That brought up the dangerous Russell, an underpubiicized clutch hitter who delivered several game-winning hits during the Dodgers' surge to the NL West division title. With lefthander Tug McGraw pitching, Russell drilled the second pitch on a line to center field. Cey, a heavy-legged man with not much speed, chugged around third and it appeared Maddox might have a play at the plate. But he failed to Yankee homers capture A.L. NEW YORK (UPI) - It took one more overpowering relief job from their $2.4 million fireman, a controversial umpire's call and a home run from an almost forgotten outfielder Saturday night to help the New York Yankees complete their miracle march to a third straight American League pennant with a tantalizing 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals. The Yankees, who have had almost everything go right since those bleak days in mid-July when they trailed in the AL East race by 14 games, followed the script again in defeating the Royals in the playoffs for the third straight time. When their ace, 25-game winner Ron Guidry, gave up a first-inning run before even retiring a batter, the Yankees evened matters when Graig Nettles led off the second inning with a homer. When the Royals threatened to take the lead in the fifth, umpire Lou DiMuro intervened and called speedster Willie Wilson out at third on a play in which the H ..-J Lf '1 rfrfl4.,.: V-" X4H come up with the ball on his charge and Cey scored easily. "I knew I was going to hit the ball, " said Russell. "I just knew I wasn't going to strike out. This was the biggest game of my career. I'm really drained emotionally." Maddox, a disappointment defensively in the first game of the playoffs when he failed to catch a triple by Rick Monday, refused to alibi for the mistake on Baker. "The ball was right in my glove," said Maddox. "Any kind of decision or factor was just how to hold my glove when I caught it. I ran after it and played it the way it was natural to me. It was not a tough play, just a routine line drive. It cost us a shot at being world champions. "It's something I'll never forget the rest of my life. I'll just have to try not to let it get me down. I've had other crises in my life and this is another one." "It seems like all the bad things happen to the good guys," added Phillie s manager Danny Ozark. "He's one of the best centerfielders in this game." Sharing the spotlight with Russell in the victory were relief pitchers Rick Rhoden and Terry Forster, who stopped the hard-hitting Phillies on only three hits over the last five innings. Forster, a key acqusition in the free agent market for Los Angeles last winter, pitched the final inning to get the victory but it was the work of Rhoden which enabled the Dodgers to keep close. Rhoden took over for Doug Rau in the sixth inning, and except for a pinch hit home run by Bake McBride in the seventh which tied the score at 3-3, he allowed the Phillies only one other hit in four innings of work Before Russell's hit, the game was basically a home run hitting contest between the two clubs plus a series of missed scoring opportunities. television replay clearly showed he was safe. Reprieved, the Yankees took the lead in the sixth when not Reggie Jackson, not Thurman Munson, but rather 35-year-old Roy White, a regular outfielder in previous years but now a part-timer, homered just inside the right field foul pole. White's homer came after hard-luck Dennis Leonard, who allowed only four hits in losing his second playoff game, had retired 13 consecutive batters, five of them by strikeouts. But Guidry, the Yankees' breadwinner in both good times and bad this year when he led the league in ERA (1.74) and recorded 15 of bis victories after Yankee losses, ran into trouble in the ninth when Amos Otis led off with a double. Enter good fortune again in the person of relief ace Rich Gossage, who snuffed out the Royals 1-2-3 by striking out pinch hitter Clint Hurdle, getting Darrell Porter on a fly to center and nailing down the pennant by getting pinch hitter Pete LaCock on a soft fly to left V 1 Neb ISU First downs 25 7 Rushes-yards 68-284 45-50 Passing yards 112 32 Return yards 31 2 Passes 11-22-0 4-12-2 Punts 8-38.6 9-40.6 Fumbies-lost 1-0 4-2 Penalties-yards 6-55 1-10 By Virgil Parker Sports Editor .AMES, Iowa A year ago, when Iowa State beat Nebraska for the second straight time, Cornhusker defensive coordinator Lance Van Zandt shouldered all the blame. The first-year NU aide said he had failed to properly prepare his troops. Before the largest crowd in Iowa State history here Saturday, Nebraska handed the Cyclones their first shutout in 28 games, 23-0. But Van Zandt didn't want any of the credit this time. "The players are the ones who deserve the credit," he said. Nobody hit me all day. I didn't have to shed off a block or make a tackle. And the other defensive coaches, Charley McBride (interior line), George Darlington (ends) and John Melton (linebackers) did a terrific job of preparing their players," added Van Zandt, who also handles the defensive backs. "We had the same players in there as a year ago," he noted, "but they are a year older and more experienced. The kids played with a lot of intensity. I think they were better this week Our goal is to improve every week." Iowa State senior I-back Dexter Green had gained over 100 yards in 15 of the 22 games he has played since his sophomore season. Green was not only held to 46 yards, Iowa State's entire offensive output was less than 100 yards (82). Nebraska piled up 397 yards -284 on the ground and 113 by passing. "That was another key," Van Zandt observed. "The defense wasn't on the field all that much and thus didn't get tired. And maybe the most important statistics was the lack of turnovers by our offense. A year ago they had several. This time Iowa State had four -two pass interceptions and two fumbles." The shutout was just the third suffered by Iowa State since the start of the 1971 season -and all have been to Nebraska . The Huskers blanked the Cyclones, 37-0, in 71 and 52-0 in 1975. The tempo of the game was established the first time each team had the ball. Iowa State received the opening kickoff and three plays later the Nebraska defense forced the Cyclones to punt. The Huskers took over on their own 44 and in 12 plays moved the necessary 56 yards for a touchdown on quarterback Tom Sorley's one-yard sneak. Fullback Richard Berns gained nine yards up the middle on the first play and I-back Tim Wurth picked up the first down. That was a surprise in itself. Andra Franklin had been expected to start at fullback with I.M. Hipp at I-back "They (Franklin and Hipp) had a little trouble telling the time of day," Husker head coach Tom Osborne said in explaining the switch. "They were late to practice Friday. It was a disciplinary move. But everybody played a lot. We're fortunate that we have four or five good backs who are interchangable." While ISU's Green was limited to 46 yards, Wurth led all runners with 102 yards on 18 carries, Berns added 56 more, Hipp gained 51 and Franklin contributed 25. "We probably didn't plan on using Tim (Wurth) that much," Osborne admitted, "but he was having such a good game we kept him in there quite a bit." The big play in the first touchdown drive was a 17-yard pass from Sorley to wingback Kenny Brown. The snap on the extra point try was muffed by Sorley, who tried to throw a pass, but Nebraska led, 6-0, with 7:47 left in the first quarter. While Iowa State was limited to just two first downs in the entire first half and managed to cross midfield to the Nebraska 49 on just one occasion, Nebraska piled up 12 first downs but couldn't muster a second threat until just before intermission. Taking over on their own 13 yardline with just 1:13 before halftime, the Huskers weren't content to sit on the ball. "I know Porter has hit me pretty well in the past," said Gossage, "and when I got him I knew he was going for the long ball But I felt relaxed tonight more than I did yesterday and, I'll tell you, these guys are the greatest team in either league. I'm proud to wear this uniform." White only got back into the lineup on a semi-regular basis when Bob Lemon took over from Billy Martin as Yankee manager in July. "I guess you are aware that this point last year was a low point for me," said White, the senior Yankee in service. "I had played the whole year, but didn't play much in the playoffs and Series. It's pretty ironic that this year I didn't play much and got a chance to be a part of it like this. "I'm a native of Southern California, but last year when we played the Dodgers, the only time my relatives ever got to see me was during the introductions when they said, 'And now the rest of the New York Yankees." r ,i Season'! records Nebraska (4-1) ,lowa,a,e(4-,V,. Alabama 3-20 ?f J! California 36-26 San Diego St 14-13 Hawaii 56-11 owo 31-0 Indiana 69-17 Drake... 35-7 Iowa St 234) Nebraska .....0-23 0-14 Kansas St. 0-14 at Missouri 0-21 at Colorado 0-21 Oklahomo 0-28 Oklahoma St. 0-28 at Kansas . N-4at Kansas N-4 Kansas State N-ll at Okla. State N-18 at Colorado N-M Oklahoma N-18 Missouri Hipp and Franklin each ripped off a 12-yard run before Sorley found tight end Junior Miller open for a 21-yard pass to the Iowa State 15. Miller got out of bounds with just two seconds showing on the clock. Todd came on to boot a 32-yard field goal as time ran out to give Nebraska a 9-0 intermission edge. Iowa State, limited to just seven first downs for the day -and two of them came via the penalty route -didn't get two in the same drive until the fourth quarter. "A lot of the defensive players had a good game," Osborne observed. "It was especially obvious that Kerry Weinmaster (middle guard) was outstanding. We gave him the responsibly of everything from tackle to tackle and he really came through. " After a scoreless third quarter, Nebraska padded its lead early in the final frame on a 17-yard pass gainer from Sorley to Brown. Iowa State's left corner-back blitzed on the play, Sorley tossed a quick screen to Brown in the vacated area and Husker linemen Lawrence Coo-ley, Frank Lockett and Kelly Saalfeld cleared the path to the end zone. Todd's PAT made it 16-0 with 12:23 remaining in the game. Nebraska added its final touchdown with the aid of a little trickery toward the end of a 62-yard sustained march. The Huskers were on the Iowa State 45 yardline, fourth down and one yard to go. The punting unit came on the field. Then Nebraska called time out. Out came Sorley and Company. The Huskers were obviously going for the needed yard on fourth down. That was no surprise to the Cyclones. Nebraska had gone for a first down on fourth down five previous times in the game. The first such attempt came at the ISU 37 on the initial touchdown drive. One other try succeeded, but didn't lead to a score, while three times the gamble failed. "We were always in pretty good field position when we went for it on fourth down," Osborne said. "It wasn't that big of a gamble. We had been waiting for a time when we were near midfield and needed less than five yards for a first down." This was the time. Nebraska had discussed the play with the officials before the game so they wouldn't be caught off guard by the maneuver. The Nebraska linemen didn't get into the normal three-point stance. After calling a few signals, Sorley suddenly shifted -from behind the center -back into punt formation. His movement (a legal shift) caused Iowa State's defensive linemen to jump offside. Five yard penalty! The drive was still alive. Wurth promptly bulled to a 17-yard gain. Brown added four more on a counter play and then Wurth whipped around left end, bounced off several would-be tacklers and dashed into the end zone. Todd's placement kick provided the final score. "I was really proud of the defense," Osborne said in a noisy dressing room. "Their play was the key to the game. The offense had several opportunities early in the game but only got it in the end zone once. But the defense kept getting the ball back for them." Osborne said he didn't want to downplay the effort by the offense. "They were going against an excellent defense. Iowa State had eight starters on defense, back from last year's starting unit. But stopping Green played a big part in the outcome. If you shut down Green you shut down a lot of their offense." Will the Huskers get Sunday off after the fine showing? "Oh, no," Osborne assured. "Kansas State has a fine team. And the result of that game next week (in Lincoln) will be just as important in the final standings as any other. We certainly can't afford a letdown against them." pennant In addition to being the third straight for the Yankees, the pennant is also the 32nd in their history. Their comeback, which began on July 19 when they were 14 games behind, was the greatest in American League history. The Yankees moved into a first-place tie on Sept 10, having picked up 14 games in 54 days. From July 19, the Yankees played .700 baseball and under Bob Lemon, who took over for Billy Martin on July 25, they won 37 of 51 for a .725 winning percentage. T J Sports Scene Sunday Football i NFLToCoy. 11 -Mb m . ft ITS Lions vs. Redskins, noon, Q Q Coliese Football U 1 p.m., CD NFL 71, 2 p.m., ( Broncos vs. Chargers, 1 p.m., O Vlklnas vs. Seahawks, 3 p.m., O CD Tom Osborne Show, 10:30 p.m., CD v

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