Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 8, 1978 · 54
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 54

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6E Oct. 8, 1978 Lincoln, Neb., Sunday Journal and Star I ;vxC 1 " j 1 , . jlv f ;,y ; v. A y 'Vr- ''A Mf2; " t hJiy ; - '-.s C- tr l - magnet' ft wpitv- Wurth makes most of chance . iu-.i i. i, 4oime. r.iilMin oimiQl pallor Tpitv RilhlpV down The Nebraska defense gained its first shutout since blanking Kaasas State in 1976 with nis several quanei ,arwe BiU Earned i m The Cyclones gauied only 82 yards By Randy York Staff Sports Writer AMES, Iowa - Less than four hours before kickoff, Tim Wurth got the official word. He would start his first game as a Cornhusker. ' Nebraska backfield Coach Mike Corgan called the Omaha Burke junior's room at 10 a.m. Saturday. To some, the news would be important, but not earth-shattering. To Wurth, it meant everything. The blood rushed through his body and the emotional buildup started. It seemed like be'd been waiting , for this forever. "Coach Corgan called and asked me if I'd wet my pants if I started," Wurth said with a grin. "I told him there'd be no wetting of pants from me." Of course, there wasn't. Wurth rushed for a game-leading 102 yards and scored on a determined 15-vard, fourth- quarter gallop to fuel the Husk-ers' 23-0 win over Iow State. Although the starting back-field of Wurth at I-back and Richard Berns at fullback on Saturday was dictated by disciplinary action to scheduled starters I.M. Hipp and Andra Franklin, Wurth hardly felt like he backed into the role. "I started all through high school and I started on the freshman team," he said. "I've been waiting for this chance a long time. I wanted to know what it felt like." What it felt like was almost indescribable. "I can't explain how much it meant to me," he said. "I felt good all day. On those pitch plays, I felt faster than having :04.6 speed. I'm not, but I felt it. It's got to be adrenalin. It means something. It means a lot." Wurth admitted he hated to profit from disciplinary action to someone else, "but it was good for me. I had to know how . I could handle it Maybe that's what I needed to turn the corner. I wasn't counting on that kind of day. I went into the game mostly set on helping Richard because he'd been demoted. You could say we both had something to prove to ' ourselves and I think we did." , Berns, a senior who led Nebraska in rushing two seasons -ago, also had an impressive " day with 56 yards on 12 carries. ' ' "I haven't been running as aggressively as I should have been the last three or four games," Berns said. "I decided to just blow in there today. I scooted back a yard (at fullback) to give me more time to see what was going on. I was moving in there too quick before and not getting anything done. I felt I made things happen today." Berns said Wurth also made things happen. "That little guy is something else," Berns said of his 5-7, 178-Dound teammate. "When he turns that corner, you can't see him. He just disappears. He's there, but you don't know it until he hits you . . . and he isn't afraid to hit anyone." Moving behind Franklin this week did not affect Berns' attitude because "I never thought of myself as a second-teamer. I consider every person on this team a first-team player." Wurth, of course, was different. He needed the experience of starting. "When I got by the corner on those 38 options and got in the open, I felt something, something different," he said. "Maybe I've been concentrating too much these last two years I kind of let myself go today. I know it was because I got the chance to start." Not to mention the chance to prove he quit wetting the bed a long time ago. Scoring Story NU-ISU How scored Time left FIRST QUARTER 6-0 Sorley 1 run 7:47 Drive: 56 yards in 12 plays. Highlighted bv: A 22-yard pass from Sorley to Brown. Conversion pass failed after hobbled snap. SECOND QUARTER 9-0 Todd 32 field goal : Drive: 87 yards in 7 plays. Highlighted by: Hipp runs of 12 and 31 yards, Franklin run of 12 yards and a 21-yard pass from Sorley to Miller. FOURTH QUARTER U-0 Brown 17 pass from Sorley 12: Drive: 51 yards in ? plays. Highlighted by: An 11-yard pass from Sorley to Miller and four runs by Wurth totaling 17 yards, conversion : i oaa kick. -! Ulnrth H run Drive: 62 yards in 8 plays following Horn's fumble recovery. Drive aided by fourth down offside penalty against ISU and highlighted by runs of 9 and 17 yards by Wurth prior to TD run. Conversion: Todd Nohrnclra 6 3 0 14 23 Iowa State i n I f i j V is White! L i i yXjrt j , BbGrbam n J va Web Ray JJ M, Willis Van Sickle O' fj r Wjw"i Humberto Ramirez p. ' p J ) 1;, J TV1 Kirk L-..; . jvlL. "-.Jr W-, : L V - , 0 0 0 0 8 . . ir?v X rr ' 7'' i r v ' fly . i , . ' J j . - - A ' ..- -? ' ) ' 5; I - Tim Wurth (25) had his second straight 100-yard rushing game Saturday against the Cyclones. The 178-pound blockbuster from Omaha Burke evades the arms of defensive end Rick White (92) and tries to sidestep safety Mike Schwartz (26), picking up a first down at the ISU 36 in the third quarter.

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