Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 15, 1978 · 53
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SECTION E Sports &unbap Journal ana &tar Oct. 15. 1978 Lincoln, Neb. Second half shots gen down 9Cate9 48-14 Neb 34 74388 218 KSU First downs 12 Rushes-vords 317 Passing yards 2S0 Return vards 51 Paut 27-12-2 17-11-1 Punts 38.5 4-W.2 Fumbles-lost 31 Penalties-yards 327 Time of possession 23: 45 Third down conversions 312 2-0 2-21 36:15 7-14 m ymr iiimi m n nil iil ii mm mm. n. .... mii.i i i mihii imiiiiiwim., niiiim 11 m n r -r - : 1" " Nebraska middle guard Kerry Weinmaster (51) played inspired defensive football Saturday master - who played like he didn't need much - are linebacker Bruce Dunning ),dtack-against Kansas State as he led the Huskers in tackles with nine. Five were quarterback sacks for les Bill Barnett (97) and Rod Horn (55). For more on the North Platte Junior, see mine uaDcocn s 25 yards lost. Here he handles K-State quarterback Dan Manucci (18). Coming in to help Wein- story on page 6E. 'Hulk9 Miller thrilled with touchdown By Randy York Staff Sports Writer The Incredible Hulk scored lus first touchdown in a Nebraska uniform Saturday and to Gene Huey's amazement, he didn't even tear down the goal post to celebrate. Junior Miller, the Huskers' 6-5, 240-pound tight end who looks like he could rip the top off a beer can and throw a Volkswagen in a lake, has been waiting a lung time to have his feet in the end zone with a football in his hands. It finally happened Saturday with 6:36. remaining in the second quarter and Nebraska nursing a 7-0 lead against Kansas State. The Incredible Hulk wrapped his arms around an isolation pass, kicked a defender off his ankles and loped like a deer into the North end zone on a play covering 54 yards. "I told Junior if he ever scored one, we'd have the Flying Angels come over the top with Big Ben ringing and chiming from the Tower of London as a bonus," said Huey, Nebraska's tight end and wingback coach. "I tell you, I thought the first time he'd New play fails to get KU win Okla 25 68356 93 6 514-2 333.4 5-3 7-75 Kan 11 53194 63 14 4-12-1 6-38.2 64 3-29 First Downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return yards Passes Punts Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards LAWRENCE, Kan. (UPI) - With 15 seconds left in Saturday's game against top-ranked Oklahoma, Kansas head coach Bud Moore popped two surprises on his quarterback Harry Sydney. The Jayhawks had just scored on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Sydney to freshman wide receiver Kevin Murphy to pull within one point of the Sooners at 17- But Moore shunned the tie in ordering his team to go for a two-point conversion. And then he ordered Sydney to use a play that the Jayhawks had not run all season a flag pass to Murphy. Sydney barely overthrew Murphy in the "left 'corner of the endzone, and the Jayhawks went down to the fifth loss in six games. Oklahoma, a four-touchdown favorite, upped its record to 6-0. "When we came off the field after the touchdown," said Sydney. "I thought for sure we would go for one." A mixup of offense and kicking teams coming in and off the field cost the Jay- M -1.. , C M tt ' a - , - Ji , . i J p 4 score, he'd probably tear down the goal post because he's been wanting to get in there for a long time." "It seemed like the ball would never come down," Junior said. "It just kept hangin' up there and hangin' up there." At least it gave Nebraska fans who had followed Tom Sorley's fake to Tim Wurth into the line a chance to regroup and enjoy the sight. "I knew it was my time when they called the play in the huddle," Junior said. "The iso's a bomb. We tried it once against Alabama, but the pass was a little short. We didn't put it back in until this week." It was the perfect confidence builder and the obvious showcase for The Incredible Hulk, but it was hardly his 'full day's work. He also caught four other passes for 70 more yards to finish with 124, by far his best day in a Nebraska uniform. "Coach Huey has been telling me all the time that I should be able to just run right over defensive backs," Junior said. "I know I should, but I haven't caught the ball much, so that's what I think of first. But the more I catch, the more I feel I. can run over people." Season's records Kansas (1-5) Oklahoma (6-0) Stanford 35-29 W. Virginia 52-10 Rice 66-7 Missouri 45-23 Texas 31-10 Kansas 17-16 0-21 at Iowa 0-28 Kansas State N-4 at Colorado N-ll at Nebraska N-18 Oklahoma State Texas A8.M 10-37 Washington 2-31 U.C.L.A 28-14 Miami, Flo 6-38 Colorado 7-17 Oklahoma 16-17 0-21 at Okla. Slate 0-28 Iowa State N-4 Nebraska N-ll at Missouri N-18 at Kansas St. hawks a 5-yard delay of game penalty, moving the ball back to the 8. Moore then decided to go for the tie, sending in place kicker Mike Hubach. But an Oklahoma . offsides moved the ball back to the 3-yard line and Moore sent Sydney and his offensive unit back onto the field "That was the first time we ran that "play all year," said Sydney of the aborted two-point conversion try. "We hadn't worked on it hardly at all But we scored the touchdown on a look-in and we fig- OKLAHOMA: Continued page5E Oklahoma 10 KunMift 8 7- 17 9- 16 Okla FG von Schamonn 18 Okla Nixon 52 pass from Worts (von Schumann kick) Kan Barrow 4 run (Hubach kick) Okla Sims 9 run (von Schamann kick) Kan FG Hubach 28 Kan Murphy 6 pass from Sydney (pass failed) 1 A 4490 ' 1 The best thing about Junior Miller, a junior with almost unlimited potential in the eyes of the coaching staff, is that he can block as well as he can catch and run. "He's one of the best blockers on the team," Huey said. "For a big guy, he stays in there on a low base. He just gets on those defensive ends and stands them up. He's like a shield. They can't seem to see around him or get off him either. He just walls off the whole right side of the line." It's a matter of The Incredible Hulk telling himself he's an incredible hulk. "I just try to get my body spread out as much as possible," he said. "If I do that and pop somebody at the same time, it should help Isaiah (Hipp) turn the corner." Hipp, despite sitting on the bench the first nine minutes of the game, turned the corner a lot Saturday - 183 yards worth, to be exact. He averaged more than seven yards a carry to turn in his best day of the season, 29 yards more than he gained against California. He insists his best rushing performance since getting 200 yards against Kan Cowboys stage late rally for 24-20 win Colo 13 50-166 68 15 8-14-1 6-29.3 1-1 6-50 osu 16 64286 11 21 2-10-0 744.7 4-1 6-50 First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return yards Passes Punts Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards STILLWATER, Okla. (UPI) - Tight end Steve Stephens caught a 3-yard touchdown pass to put Oklahoma State ahead and running back Ed Smith scored on a 3-yard run to give the Cowboys 24-20 TV Sports Scene ftundav Football Notre Dame vs. Pitt, 8 a.m., O Lions vs. Falcons, noon, O Seahawki vs. Packers, noon, Q Steelers vs. Browns, noon, CD College Football 78, 1 p.m., 3 Rams vs. Vikings, 3 P.m., Q Tom Osborne Show, 10:30 p.m., CD Bowling Leisure Lanes, noon, Q Baseball Yankees vs. Dodgers. 3p.m QQ5J Monday, Football Bears vs. Broncos, 8 P.m., O 3) .Maverick football, 11:15 p.m., O I " 1 r o 1 sas last year had nothing to do with not starting. "That didn't bother me, not one bit," Hipp said. "Tim (Wurth) had a better game than I did against Iowa State and deserved to start. I believe in what the coaches say and abide by what they say. "This is not a selfish team. We want to win the Big Eight and go to the Orange Bowl and if it takes that (not starting), then I don't mind. Winning is the only thing that counts, the only thing. "I think it's nice to know that Tim Wurth and Richard Berns can do the same job I can. Anyone who's been in athletics knows it's nice to be pushed because you push each other to be better. We're all team-oriented, though, and we all stick together. That's the way it's going to be right on down the line to Oklahoma." Hipp was satisfied with his own performance, but you can bet he was just as satisfied watching The Incredible Hulk strut his new act. "That's one guy I'm glad is on my side," Hipp said. "I'd hate to have to block or tackle him." Sometimes, ripping the top off a beer can might look easier. Season's records Okla. State (1-5) Colorado (5-1) Oregon 24-7 Miami, Fla 17-7 San Jose St 22-7 Northwestern 55-7 Kansas 17-7 Oklahoma St 20-24 0-21 Nebraska 0-28 at Missouri N-4 Oklahoma N-ll at Kansas St. N-18 Iowa State Wichita St 10-20 Florida St 20-38 Arkansas 7-19 N. Tex. St 7-12 Kansas St 7-18 Colorado 24-20 0-21 Kansas 0-28 at Nebraska N-4 Missouri N-ll Iowa State N-18 at Oklahoma come-from-behind Big Eight Conference victory against 12th-ranked Colorado Saturday. The Pokes, underdogs by at least three touchdowns, also scored on an 11-yard scamper by running back Vince Orange and a 29-yard field goal by Co lin Anker-sen, who also kicked the extra point after each touchdown. The Buffaloes, playing their first road game of the season, staged a late rally, scoring on a 1-yard keeper by Bill Solomon with three minutes left in the game. COLORADO: Continued page 5E Colorado 14 0 0 6 20 Oklahoma State . 1 7 7 7 24 OSU FG Ankersen 29 CU Mavberry 2 run (Dadiotls kick) CU Beebe 2 run (Dodiotis kick) OSU Oronge 11 run (Ankersen kick) OSU Stephens 3 pass from Burk (Ankersen kick) OSU Smith 3 run (Ankersen kick) CU Solomon 1 run (pass failed) A-41.200 1 Y L," W,t,'.. v. J t-1 Piniella's single lifts Yan NEW YORK (UPI) - The New York Yankees, getting a big break on a controversial sixth-inning throwing error by Bill Russell, finally extinguished flame-throwing rookie Bob Welch when Lou Piniella delivered a scorching run-scoring single in the 10th inning Saturday to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4 3 and even the World Series at two game apiece. Embarrassed by Welch at Los Angeles last Wednesday night when the rookie pitched the Dodgers out of a ninth-inning jam, the Yankees seemed like putty in his hands once again Saturday until the 10th when Reggie Jackson got his revenge on the youngster with a two-out single and Piniella followed with his game-winner. Roy White started the Yankees' winning rally by drawing a one-out walk and, after Thurman Munson popped out, Jackson grounded a single to right field to send White to second. It was sweet revenge for the Yankee slugger, who had struck out against Welch on a 3-2 pitch for the final out in the Dodgers' victory last Wednesday. "If you get caught up in revenge your muscles tighten up," said Jackson. "You have to relax against a guy who throws that hard or he'll stick it in your ear. "He was throwing just as hard as last Wednesday night. He was keepmg the ball down. I was just trying to relax and get a good ball to hit. He kept the first two pitches away I guess he didn't want to give me a pitch to pull in this park. "I was just trying to relax. The natural human instinct is to go uptairs for the payback, but you can't clutter your mind with revenge. I was just trying to keep the rally going. Welch made a fool of Piniella when he took over for Terry Forster in the eighth by getting the Yankee outfielder to pop up with the go-ahead run at second. Piniella looked bad again when he swung and How AP's top 20 fared Next week's opponent 1. Oklahoma (6-0) def. Kansas, 17-16 at Iowa State 2. USC (4-1 ) lost to Arizona State, 20-7 Oregon State 3. Arkansas (4-0) idle at Texas 3. (tie) Penn State (64)) idle Syracuse 5. Michigan (4-1 ) lost to Michigan State, 24-15 at Wisconsin 6. Texas A8.M (4-1 ) lost to Houston, 33-0 Baylor 7. Alabama (5-1) def. Florida, 23-12 at Tennessee 8. Neoraska (5-1 ) def. Kansas State, 48 14 , ot Colorado 9. Pitt (4-1) lost to Notre Dame, 26-17 Florida State 10. Marylond (6-0) def. Syracuse, 24-9 Wake Forest 11. LSU (4 1) lost to Georgia, 24-17 ot Kentucky 12. Texas (4-1) def. North Texas State, 26-16 Arkansas 13. Colorado (5-1) lost to Oklahoma state, 24-20 Ntbraska 14. UCLA (5-1) def. Washington State, 45-31 at California 15. Florida Stote (4-2) lost to Mississippi St., 55-27 at Pitt 16. Ohio Stote (2-2-1) lost to Purdue, 27-16 Iowa 17. Houston (4-1 ) def. Texas A&M, 33-0 at SMU 18. Stanford (3-3) lost to Washington, 34-31 at Washington State 19. Missouri (4-2) def. Iowa State, 26-13 at Kansas State 20. Iowa St. (4-2) lost to Missouri, 26-13 Oklahoma By Virgil Parker Sports Editor Halftime may be a time for Nebraska football fans to go to the concession stand or watch the band formations and the flag girls. But Cornhusker Coach Tom Osborne uses the break for more important things. It's not a time for the players to catch their breath and rest. It's a time for adjustments. Never was that more evident than at Memorial Stadium Saturday. Osborne's club returned to the field from a lethargic, uninspired first half to blitz Kansas State with two touchdowns within 59 seconds on the way to a convincing 48-14 Big Eight victory. The surge delighted a partisan red-clad Homecoming crowd of 75,818. "We were pretty shaky in the first half," Osborne admitted, even though his Huskers owned a 14-7 intermission lead. "You'd have thought we were behind things were so quiet in our dressing room." ' The Cornhusker coach said Kansas State "has done something different on defense in every game this year. We knew they'd have a new scheme for us. It was a matter of figuring out what we could do as we went along. We discovered some things during the first half and changed our blocking on a couple of plays. Fortunately, the defense kept us in the game until we could get organized." As the second half opened, Nebraska took the kickoff and zipped 66 yards in five plays to take a 21-7 lead. The drive consumed just 46 seconds. A 32-yard run by I.M. Hipp - who returned to form with 183 yards on 26 carries got things started. A pair of Tom Sorley passes -nine yards to Junior Miller and 19 yards to Kenny Brown - put the Huskers in position for Richard Berns' four-yard scoring plunge. Thirteen seconds later Nebraska scored again. K-State's Eugene Goodlow, who put on a dazzling exhibition as a pass receiver, took the ensuing kickoff but fumbled at the Wildcat 33. Defensive end HUSKERS: Continued pogel2E' ks, 4-3 missed at a fastball but he pickled Welch's next offering into right center field for a single to score White. "I felt I had good swings at him the first time but he kept the ball in on me and I popped it up," said Piniella. "Reggie was telling me to lay off the high balls which I never do. Welch throws hard, as hard as anybody in baseball." While the Yankees finally solved Welch's pitches, the Dodgers could do nothing over the last five innings against Dick Tidrow and Rich Gossage. Tidrow, who took over for starter Ed Figueroa in the sixth, held the Dodgers to two singles and stuck out four in three innings of relief while Gossage did not allow a hit in the final two innings to get the victory. "The whole key to the victory was the way our pitchers kept us in the game," said Piniella. "If it weren't for them we wouldn't be here now." If if weren't for a controversial call by first base umpire Frank Pulli, the Yankees wouldn't have won either. Oddly, Jackson and Piniella were at the center of that dispute. Reggie Smith's three-run homer had staked the Dodgers to a 3-0 lead in the fifth and left-hander Tommy John was coasting when the strange incident occurred m the sixth and enabled the Yankees to get back in the game. With one out in the inning White singled and Thurman Munson walked. Jackson delivered a run-scoring single marking the eighth consecutive World Series game in which he has knocked in a run and Piniella then hit what appeared to be a line drive double play ball at Russell Russell, however, dropped the ball but still appeared to have time to turn a double play. He stepped on second to force Jackson but his throw to first hit Jackson in the leg and ricocheted into right field as Munson crossed the plate with the second run of the inning. SERIES: Continued page 3E

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