Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 27, 1978 · 17
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Sports Lincoln Journal Friday, October 27, 1978 1 7 Times have changed since OSU last beat Nebraska Time . . . is the longest distance between two points. Tennessee Williams By Mike Babcock Staff Sports Writer Few people probably remember the last time an Oklahoma State football team wrested away a game from Nebraska ... only an estimated 25,000 people even saw it happen on an October day back in 1961. A sophomore halfback named Willie Ross lost a fumble that might have saved the lluskers from a 14-6 conference loss to the last-place Cowboys that afternoon in Stillwater. Bill Jennings was the Husker head coach then; "Spartacus" was a popular new movie in Lincoln; and John F. Kennedy was President of the United States. Dr. Pat Clare, currently one of Nebraska's team physicians, was a senior halfback on the Nebraska team, and Warren Powers and Monte Kiffin were aspiring young sophomore football players with the Huskers. Coach Tom Osborne was finishing up his fling with professional football, and f i This pass from Dallas' Roger Staubach proved elusive for all as Cowboy receiver Tony Hill and Minnesota's Nate vain to grab the football. See story page 18 Riley recommends Nebraska School Activities Association Executive Secretary Jim Riley has made a set of recommendations following an investigation into incidents at the Exeter-Dorchester football game Oct. 6 in Dorchester. Riley told the NSAA Board of Control that Exeter school administration has taken appropriate action in the episode, which included charges of an inadvertent whistle by game officials and unsportsmanlike behavior by Exeter Coach Russ Sears. "It is my opinion that the penalty is appropriate," Riley said, although he indicated the NSAA would not disclose the specifics of Exeter's action. Exeter school officials were attending a teachers' convention in Lincoln Friday and were unavailable for comment. "A mood of uneasiness prevailed at the start of the contest," he said. "But the reaction of the coach was triggered by the inadvertent whistle during a blocked field goal attempt. Nebraska First downs i " Rushes-yards ;53-3 475 PalsTngyard 57 Return yards '32 0 ytwMZlZlZZZ".ZA25 30 diffi pppNS vSS football rushing record here Thursday night He didn't get to play long enough as the Huskers routed Dodge City Com- munity College, 49-6. The walkon from Aviano, Italy, who had led the team of NU freshman, sup- plemented by a few uppperclassmen, to three previous victories, needed 93 yards to break present varsity I-back Tim Wurth's school JV rushing record, Though seeing only limited acUon in the first half, Wallace gained 66 yards on 11 carries and scored once - his sixth touchdown of the seasoa As a result, Wallace will need 28 yards to beat Wurth's record when the NU club tries to complete a perfect season against the Missouri JV in Lincoln, Friday, Nov. 4. Nebraska Junior Varsity coach Guy ' the story about Nebraska's second loss in two years to Oklahoma State got second billing in the Sunday Journal and Star to Nebraska Wesleyan's 16-7 loss to Peru. How times have changed. Since that season Jennings' last as a Nebraska head coach the Huskers have defeated the Cowboys 15 times. The only NU indiscretion In that streak occurred in 1973 when the 'Pokes came away with a 17-17 tie. Everyone talks about Nebraska's jinx over Colorado, but Husker fans have come to EXPECT a victory whenever the name "Oklahoma State" appears on the schedule. There have been some hard-fought battles and narrow escapes, but Nebraska has won with monotonous regularity. "The 'state' schools still have that image; they're not supposed to beat teams like Nebraska," Osborne said after practice Thursday."But we have a .healthy respect for Oklahoma State's program." You might not have guessed that by looking at the record of Husker victories. And when Oklahoma State proceeded to ii "The coach's conduct, in turn, caused the crowd and player reaction," Riley said. According to Riley, numerous personal foul or unsportsmanlike conduct fouls were committed by Exeter players in the second half, and game officials received considerable abuse when the game ended. In addition to accepting Exeter's sanctions, Riley made two other recommendations to the Board of Control. He suggested the game officials be reprimanded for errors they made the inadvertent whistle, plus a mistake in putting the ball in play afterwards and they refrain from officiating any future contests involving Exeter. Riley also recommended that Dorchester set up its field so game officials and players do not use the same exits as spectators, and that persons involved in crowd control follow definite emergency procedures. "Behavior must continue to be a big JV romp leaves Wallace short Ingles brought 72 players here. He played 4-0. Dodge City, held to just 222 yards, while Dodge City put the ball in the air 25 lhem aU slipped to a 3-5 mark times, completing just four while having "Most of the time in the third and Nebraska was paced by Derrick four others intercepted by the Huskers. fourth quarters, we had 100 percent walk- Mackie, a walkon from Buffalo, N.Y., Of his 88-yard touchdown strike to ons out there on both offense and de- who gained 94 yards on 9 carries and Bush, Mathison said "I couldnt believe fense," Ingles noted." I'm glad they all scored one TD. how open he was. The cornerback came g0t 3 ChanCC 10 Play" "I dKln't think I'd ever get the chance jj From the outset, the outcome was ob- to play major college football," Mackie ' vious. Nebraska's Randy Huebert, a admitted. "That's what made this so Bush finished the game with four ' walkon from Henderson, ran the opening much fun. And the best run I had all night catches for 131 yards, kickoff back 93 yards for a touchdown was called back because of a penalty.' ' "This kind of a game is a lot of fun," and the Cornhuskers were on their way. "The offense moved the ball very Mathison added, "everyone gets to share Midway through the second quarter, well," Ingles noted, "but the defensive in the victory." NU quarterback Bruce Mathison from play is what pleased me. They were out- The game would have been an even Superior, Wise, and split end Anthony standing and always gave us good field bigger rout except the Huskers were as- Bush from Anniston, Ala., hooked up on a position." sessed 125 yards in penalties and fumbled spectacular 88-yard touchdown pass play Ex-Lincoln Southeast middle guard seven times, losing four of them. to run the score to 28-0. Felix White was the defensive ringlead- After that, the reserves played the ma- er. ScSwCity 'o 2o o jority of the time. They extended the "We were really up for this game," NJv - Rondv Huebert ?3 kickoff return count to a 35-0 halftime bulge before add- White said. "This was too long a trip to . (-K BruMathison 2 run (Kirk kick) ing single touchdowns in the third and take to go back home with a loss. Since N JV w0ter Wallace 6 run. (Kirk kick) fourth quarters. being at Nebraska I think I've really im- NJV-Anmony Bush 88 pass from Mathison Dodge City saved a shutout by manag- proved. I've learned a lot of new skills JSjv-rjerhck Mackie l? run (Pfiug kick) ing a single TD in the closing minutes. and techniques." NJV-MarkMorovec6run(Ptiugkick) The NU team piled up 476 yards in The Nebraska quarterbacks, headed ScVrwnoayr a' frc0m Heiiweg total offense while running its record to by Mathison, completed 7 of 11 passes, (kick foiled). i ' t NU-Oklahoma NEBRASKA OFFENSE OKLAHOMA STATE No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Pot Yr.Wt. Ht. Name No. 89 Miller 4-4 222 Jr. TE Sr. 238 4-3 Stephens 34 73 K. Clark 4-4 27S Sr. LT Jr. 258 4-4 Clark 70 54 Cotton 4-5 245 Sr. LO Sr. 249 4-4 Simmons 75 57 Saalfeld 4-4 237 Jr. C Sr. 248 4-4 Monroe 40 48 Llndqulst 44 250 Sr RG Jr. 238 4-1 Richardson 44 74 Ohrt 4-4 244 Sr. RT Jr. 4-3 250 Shepherd 42 84 Smith 4-3 194 Jr. SE Sr. 198 4-2 Campbell 4 12 Sorley 4-2 200 Sr. QB Sr. 195 4-2 Burk 10 35 Berns 4-2 205 Sr. IB So. 199 5-8 Orange 48 39 Franklin 5-11 195 So. FB So. 194 6-0 W.Taylor 33 22 Brown 4-0 174 Jr. WB Sr. 189 4-2 Williams 22 NEBRASKA DEFENSE OKLAHOMA STATE No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Pos Yr. Wt. Ht. Name No. 81 Cole 4-2 204 Jr. LE So. 241 4-2 Boone 93 55 R.Horn - 4-5 259 Jr. LT Jr. 250 4-2 Wells 92 45 Lee 4-1 218 Jr. MO 93 Pensick 4-5 245 Jr. RT So. 243 4-5 Winchester 43 94 Andrews 44 223 Sr. RE Jr. 224 4-7 R.Taylor 74 40 Dunning 4-3 214 Sr. LB Sr. 208 4-4 Edwards 18 LB Jr. 230 4-5 Corker 45 38 Kuni 4-1 218 Sr. LB Jr. 194 4-2 Antle 40 29 Pillen 44 183 Sr. M Sr. 197 5-11 Coppola 21 14 Fischer 5-9 145 Sr. CB So. 188 4-1 Johnson 44 34 Means 4-0 172 So. CB So. 181 4-0 Odom 23 9 Gary 5-11 184 So. S Sr. 194 44 Scott 41 Site: Memorial Stadium. KickoH: 1:35 P. m. Broadcasts: KFAB, KLIN, WOW, KFOR, KRNU-FM lose its first five games this season. Big game at Memorial Stadium would be just Red fans must have thought Saturday's ppppwpCMBmI sanctions factor in high school athletics, so our in-terscholastic endeavors can be a significant contribution to overall educational goals of schools," RUey said. "All schools, all players, all coaches, and all spectators must keep high school athletics in the proper perspective," he said. "Good sportsmanship, self-discipline to reach a goal, respect for the rules and game officials' decisions, and compassion and respect for opponents may not seem more important than winning, but they are facets of high school activities which must be stressed, game after game." nn Sports I V Scene Friday Football NCAA highlights, 6:30 p.m., O East vs. Lincoln High, 11 p.m., CD Notre Dame vs. Air Force, 11:50 p.m., (3D Bob Devaney, 10:30p.m., O em i State lineups another easy mark in the win column. APWIREPHOTO Wright and Tom Hannan (45) try in 1 V Scene Saturday Football Colorado vs. Missouri, 12:30 a.m., O CD Vikins report, 9 p.m., (J) NFL Game of the Week, 12:30 p.m., Hockey Gophers vs. Badgers, 7:30 p.m., ( Specials Sports Spectacular, I-3AC Phoenix 150, strength contest, 3:30 p.m., O CD Wide World of Sports, gymnastics, 4 p.m., O 3) Football Notre Dame vs. Miami, Fla, 8 a.m., O NFL 78, 11:30 p.m., 15J Packers vs. Buccaneers, noon, O CD Jets vs. Patriots, noon, Q C5J Broncos vs. Seahawks, 3 p.m., dj College Football 78, 1 p.m., (T) Chargers vs. Raiders, 3 p.m., O Tom Osborne Show, 10:30 p.m., CD Bowling Leisure Lanes, noon, Q "We'd have to play poorly to lose," Osborne admitted. "But the people who come to watch the game have to realize it's no pushover." Kickof f is slated for 1 : 30 p.m. when Nebraska entertains the rejuvenated Cowboys and tries to boost its winning streak to seven games and move to 4-0 in the Big Eight. Oklahoma State is 2 1 in the conference. The task of stopping the 4th-ranked lluskers and defeating Nebraska for the first time since 1961 doesn't look as bad now as it would have to Oklahoma State, say, two games ago. After the five losses, Coach Jim Stanley's Cowboys have generated a modest victory streak of their own. First, they dumped Colorado 24-20, and before that surprise had time to wear off in Stillwater, Oklahoma State stopped Kansas 21-7. Nebraska is the only Big Eight team Stanley has never defeated in his five seasons with the Cowboys. But quarterback Scott Burk claims it never was all that terrifying an assignment coming into Lincoln . . . even when his team was losing. "I don't think the enthusiasm has ever Thunderbolts in, Lincoln High out of football playoffs By Chuck Sinclair Prep Sports Editor The game may not have been a classic showdown with Lincoln Pius hosting Beatrice Friday night, but it certainly loomed as the most important game of the year for Pius - until Joe Vojtech stepped in. Thanks to Vojtech, Fremont Bergan's head coach, Lincoln Pius X football Coach Vince Aldrich was able to ease into bed for a sound night's sleep Thursday night. Vojtech's actions in Columbus proved better than a handful of sleeping pills for the veteran Pius X coach. Bergan came away from heavily-favored Columbus Scotus with a 14-14 tie, knocking Scotus out of the Class B playoff picture and assuring Pius X no worse than a wild card entry to next week's first round action. Before Aldrich, or anyone else starts patting Vojtech on the back, his move had nothing to do with Lincoln Pius' chances to make the eight-team Class B field. Vojtech knew a tie with Scotus would also assure Bergan a district championship in Class C-l. He knew it when Bergan came from behind with Mark Mendlik's second touchdown run that pulled the Knights to within one point, 14-13. Why risk going for a win with a two-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter with 9:57 remaining, when a tie accomplishes the same thing? His strategy proved perfect Aldrich sure thought so Thursday night. He couldn't believe Pius had qualified before the crucial Friday game with Beatrice, but Scotus was the only team remaining between the Thunderbolts and an assured wild card. "I was figuring if we got beat, things were looking pretty bad," Aldrich admitted. "Of course we weren't, and aren't planning on that happening, but you never know." But despite the wild card assurance, Aldrich still views the Friday night game with the same importance. "I told the kids before that we need that momentum. We've got something going right now, and if we can keep it going, it's going to be an exciting two weeks," Aldrich said. While Pius X gained assurance of its presence in the playoffs, Lincoln High was eliminated from any chance of qualifying with a final 38.3 average. Forty Nebraska high schools are presently headed towards Tuesday's first round of the state football playoffs according to unofficial computations following Thursday night games across the state. While the Nebraska School Activities Association has not, and will not release any of the official point standing until teams are notified of their qualification Sunday, advance figuring shows just eight positions left to be filled for the fourth annual event Here is a rundown concerning the status of each class entering Friday nights games. Class A Five of the eight qualifiers are already decided in Class A with district championships clinched for Omaha Creighton Prep, Ralston, Omaha Northwest, Lincoln Southeast and Omaha Burke. The district remaining, district 6, will be won by Grand Island, if the Islanders defeat Hastings Friday night If Grand Island loses, and Kearney defeats Alliance, Kearney will win the district 6 title. Wild card contenders include Lincoln Northeast (could clinch with a win over Fremont), Omaha Gross (could clinch with a win over Bellevue East) and Omaha North (if Gross or Northeast lose). lagged this season. We've had some pretty good competition already. We ve played against some top-rate teams, and the attitude around here is good," Burk said at mid-week. The prospect of playing in front of nearly 76,000 Big Red fans - the 98th straight home sellout doesn't worry Burk, either. "I've been hurt every time we've come there," he said. "But I imagine it will be a lot like OU (Oklahoma) where there are 76,000 even crazier people. "I think it's the red they wear," Burk said. "They're all pretty crazy at places like Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma and -Nebraska ... all of those teams that wear red." Burk was only five years old the last time Oklahoma State beat this particular team in red. And Osborne and his Huskers are hoping the time is still not right for a repeat of that October day. It took Nebraska three years to defeat the Cowboys . . . but the Huskers have been winning ever since. Projected qualifiers Class A Creighton Prep (8-1) Ralston (7-2) O. Northwest (7-2) L. Southeast (7-0) Omaha Burke lv-0) Class B L. Pius X (6-0) Nebraska City (9-0) Central City (9-0) Waverly (8-0-1 ) Elkhorn MM (9-0) O'Neill (9-0) McCook(9-0) Valentine (8-1) Class C-l Hebron (8-1 ) Fre. Bergan (7-1-1 ) Norfolk Cath. (9-0) Gibbon (8-0) Bavord (9-0) Class C-2 Weep. Water (7-1-1 ) Grant (8-0) East Butler (9-0) Orchard (9-0) Clay Center (9-0) Ansley (9-0) Osceola (9-0) Class D Walthlll (7-2) Soencer (7-2) Dorchester (8-1) Polk (5-3) Axtell (6-3) Lexington SA (6-3) Sumner (6-2) Cambridge (8-0) Eight-Man Dowson-Verdon (9-0) Beemer (9-0) Hordvllle (9-0) Bladen (8-1) Trumbull (9-0) Greeley (8-0) Leyton (8-0) Class B The field was completed unofficially in " ' Class B Thursday night when Columbus Scotus was tied by Fremont Bergan, 14-14, knocking Scotus out of the picture and assuring either Lincoln Pius X or Nebraska City a wild card for the one not winning the district 1 championship. Other B teams qualified unofficially are Central City, Waverly (via a wild card), Elkhorn Mount Michael O'Neill, McCook and Valentine. Class C-l Five of the eight teams in Class C-l have been decided with Hebron, Fremont Bergan (with the tie at Scotus), Norfolk Catholic, Gibbon and Bayard unofficial district champions. District 4 is yet undecided with Pierce and Battle Creek contending for the title. The loser of the district race is a possible wild card winner, locked in a race with Wahoo Neumann, West Point CC and Louisville for the final position. Class C-2 Six teams have apparently clinched playoff berths in Class C-2 with East But- ' ler and Clay Center forced into a tiebreaker to decide the No. 1 seed with 46 4 averages under the NSAA point standings, i - : Other qualifiers include Weeping ' ; Water, Orchard, Ansley and Osceola as a wild card in Ansley's district I i The other district championship still up for grabs is in District 6 between Grant and Oshkosh. Grant must defeat Sutherland Friday night to win the dis- ' trict title, and could joing East Butler . and Clay Center at 46.4. If Grant loses the game, and the district it will qualify on a : wild card. If Oshkosh is the runner-up in ; that district the wild card will go to ? Newman Grove. I Class D All eight teams have been decided with Cambridge, the No. 1 rated team, the top- 5 seed at 48.87. Besides Cambridge, district ' championships belong to Walthill, Spen- cer, Dorchester, Axtell and Sumner. ! Wild cards in Class D apparently be-1 1 long to Polk and Lexington St Ann's. Eight-Man ; All but one position has been decided ' with Dawson-Verdon, Beemer, Trumbull, Greeley and Leyton district champions. I Hordville and Bladen are the apparent i wild card entries while a war is being '. waged for the final district championship between Maywood and Wallace despite both finished with the regular season. I Should Paxton defeat Arthur, Wallace. will qualify in district 5 with a 44.5, but if Arthur should win, Maywood would get the nod, 43.88 to 43.87. . is ( fch iiiVn5

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