Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 15, 1978 · 58
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 58

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Sunday, October 15, 1978
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6E ' Oct. T5, 1978 Lincoln, Neb., Sunday journal and Sfur Wfiinmaster, Pillen combine for 9 sacks, 45 lost yards iWhere there's action there's Kerry vC B3''. By AAlke Babcock .;' Staff Sports Writer ; Ah, you can't keep a good man down, 'and In the case of Nebraska middle guard Kerry Weinmaster, you can't get him down to keep him there. 1 .''You can knock him out to the tackle, ".but then you turn around and he'll come right back and make the play . . . he's a Super player, the quickest I'll face all 'year," Kansas State center Dennis Pil- .kinton said. : "I've been watching film all week on the guy, and he jumps around a lot. I don't know what happened today," said Pilkinton. "I started to play the jump, and he didn't jump. He just beat me head oa" Such is the plight of opposing centers trying to block Weinmaster they get a little bit jumpy. Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium Pilkinton got his chance. Not that the Wildcat center volunteered for the duty no one would be that foolish. It just happened that he was the unlucky one who had to line up nose-to-nose with Weinmaster. ' .- On about every play, the North Platte junior would line head-up on the center in his three-point stance, his left hand flexing in anticipation of the snap. When the ball was centered, the Rotate offensive linemen would grab at Weinmaster, double team him, and even try to tackle him to stay him from his appointed rounds. "They trapped a lot, but when they do that, it causes other pys to get free," Weinmaster said. "If they've got to sacrifice two guys for me, that gives us a one-man advantage ... that means one of our tackles is free." But Weinmaster didn't see himself as the "great emancipator" among the Nebraska defensive down linemen. "Today was okay, but I don't want to sound like I'm bragging about it," he said. Okay? All he did was lead the Huskers in tackles - with nine and sack K-State quarterback Dan Manucci five times for 25 yards in losses. Between Weinmaster and monster Jim Pillen, the Wildcat offense seemed to be dizzy, not knowing exactly in which direction it was supposed to be going. Pillen and Weinmaster produced nine behind-the-line tackles for 45 yards in losses. The line of scrimmage must have looked like pay dirt to the Wildcats Saturday. "We ran a lot of blitzes to offset their passing attack," Pillen said. "I know I got to the quarterback (Manucci) a couple of times, and I was right in his face when he let the ball go a couple of others. "Our blitz was really working well because our down linemen were running their stunts so well," he said. Pillen was performing for about 250 ' fans from Columbus who designated the game "Jim Pillen Day," and the Husker senior from Columbus Lakeview responded with seven tackles and three sacks for 19 yards in losses. "When we play against a team with so many different sets, it puts a little added pressure on my shoulders; it became a mind game for me," Pillen said. And most of the time he outguessed Manucci and the Kansas State strategists. "I thought it was a good challenge for our secondary, playing a (passing) team like this," Pillen said. "It seems like we haven't done much in the secondary this year, and we looked forward to this game. "We wanted to do a little contributing, and I think we did," he said. "We needed a good test, and we got one today." In all, the Nebraska defense produced 14 behind-the-line tackles for 80 yards in losses recovered two fumbles, and intercepted two passes. Tackle Rod Horn had chances for two other interceptions but couldn't hang on to either one. "My hands were too taped up," he explained. "But I can't catch that good anyway. "Both (chances) were on screens, and the guy (Manucci) looked straight at me. I said, 'Throw it,' and he threw it right to me ... I couldn't believe it. "I had a clear path to the end zone on one, but I couldn't catch the stupid thing," Horn said. Horn, who had 23 yards worth of sacks, should take lessons from Weinmaster; he always catches what he goes after. K p ET6 1VB r '"ysr ',T- f"i 4k sub i f ' 'J i'i i " f - Jt ; KS-Owen t ; ? t I f 1 " ? I , ' X lilt - an iiirt ft" ' ' 1 1 If 's a reai smasher for Pillen Monster Jim Pillen (29) thrilled some 250 Platte County boosters as they honored him Saturday. Pillen, a graduate of Columbus Lakeview, had one of his best days as a Corn-husker with two quarterback sacks and another tackle for lost yardage. Although he doesn't get credit in the defensive statistics on this play, Kansas State quarterback Dan Manucci (10) remembered the second half hit. Pillen was the man of the hour at a reception Saturday evening by the Columbus-area following. fA fxra v a !i:;:"$fj IN Pillen F i, Bii , J ) v ' few -If 1 T Touchdown "i LJm,?'', i Jiff , ' . "i-r.-1 Ml Ir ' V v 4- 1st 1 & X 4l 'HT(i;'AM,-'; r,' 15 V- fi 't :II I 1 WW i i ft J i to' Hi libU Aili. L ? Scoring touchdowns - especially their first one - tends to make young men very happy, and Nebraska tight end Junior Miller (89) is no exception. He caught a Tom Sorley pass for a 54-yard scoring strike which put the Huskers aho.lri li.fl with filfi loft in thn firct holt Hffiltat fmirrht (t UMllnnf f.nn Cn r wiv ul ,! j then celebrated in the end zone. Miller led Husker receivers with 124 yards. Individual Statistics IS 4 1 ''ft ,. . : : : ill M 1 ' , . . -itiiii Rick Berns (35) looks surrounded on this second-quarter play, but manages to evade the Kansas State tacklers until he gained five yards. Berns scored one touchdown Saturday and rushed for 43 yards on only six cames. Nebraska Offense Rushing No. Yds. Ave. Sorley 11 9 0.8 Wurth t 24 4.0 Berns i 43 7.1 Brown 3 26 9.3 Hipp 26 183 7.0 Franklin 7 39 5.6 Johnson 5 22 4.4 Hager S 18 3.6 Kotera 5 22 4.4 Punting No. Yds. Ave. Smith 4 161 40.2 Passing No. Co. Yds PI Sorley 16 11 218 1 Hager 1 0 0 0 Pass Receiving No. Yds. Miller S 124 wurth 1 14 Berns 1 6 Brown 2 52 Smith 1 7 Finn 1 15 Punt Returns No. Yds. Lockett 1 4 Brown 1 -1 Kickoff Returns No. Yds. Lockett 3 50 Pass Interceptions No. Yds. Gary l 2 Fischer l 3 Defense Linemen Cole Nelson 4 Horn 0 D. Clark l Weinmaster 7 Barnett Pensick Andrews 0 Linebackers Dunning 1 Vering 1 Kuni 1 Williams 0 Backs Fischer 0 Liegl Pillen Gary 0 Means 2 UT AT TT 2 3 5 3 3 1 2 1 1 1 0 1 1 3 4 2 2 1 1 2 Kansas State Offense Rushing no. Yds. Ave. Manucci 11 -38 -3.5 Duncan 4 5 1.3 M. Green 11 40 3.6 Goodlow 1 2 2.0 Robinson 1 -1 -1.0 L. Brown 1 0 0.0 T. Brown 1 $ 5.0 Black 1 4 4.0 Punting No. Yds. Ave. Birdsey t 310 38.5 Passing No. Co. Yds PI Manucci 2S 11 244 2 Paris 2 1 6 0 Pass Receiving No. Yds. Goodlow 4 156 Whiiey 1 1 M.Green 2 16 RuOinson 1 1 C.Green 2 64 Miller 1 6 L.Brown 1 ( Punt Returns No. C. Green r Yds. 28 Kickoff Returns No. Yds. C.Green 3 50 Goodlow ,,...4 8$ Pass Interceptions No. Yds. Owen 1 23 Defense Linemen UT AT TT Jeffery 0 2 2 Benton 0 1 1 Bennett 2 4 6 Kuklenski 0 3 3 Houchin 0 1 1 Linebackers Crews 7 5 12 Faerber 1 3 4 Fisher 7 11 18 LeBlanc 0 2 2 wolker 8 5 13 ftiederer 0 1 1 Davidson 1 0 1 Koennlng 2 1 3 Backs Best 0 2 2 Miller 2 0 2 Switier 1 1 2 Owen 1 3 11 Horchem 4 5 9 Lemon 2 2 4 4

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