Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 29, 1978 · 42
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 42

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Sunday, October 29, 1978
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4E Oct. 29, 1978 Lincoln, Neb., Sunday Journal and Star Cowboys don't By Chuck Sinclair Stafl Sports Writer Oklahoma State freshman split end Terry Young made his way to the losing locker room munching on the remains of one of the oranges that was hurled to the Memorial Stadium AslroTurf in the final seconds of Nebraska's 22-14 win over the Cowboys Saturday. Star linebacker John Corker limped in wearing his street clothes and a grim expression. Everyone walked. Nobody ran. As the rest of the Cowboys approached the locker room door. Nebraska fans in the Southeast corner were up to their old tricks. There were few compliments, and more than an occasional orunye, or half-full paper cup filtering down to greet the isitors. It was as if the fans felt like Oklahoma State wasn't supposed to be in the same stadium with the lluskers. Inside the locker room, that certainly wasn't the feeling. Not only were they good enough to be in the same stadi p ft N-Barnett Someone easily could have come out of this collision with a throbbing head, but the head-on clash between Cowboy fullback Worley Taylor (33) and llusker defensive tackle Bill Barnett (97) didn't put anyone on the sidelines. Taylor yarned one yard on this carry early in the second quarter. Delicate balance The Cornhusker Marching Band provided a halftime show dedicated to the Wild West, but there was more entertainment in the south end zone. NU gymnast Mark Williams, a junior from LaGrange Park, 111., balances himself on the cross bar of the goal post. um, they nearly took home the ball game. When you're so close to accomplishing something like that, losing is much more difficult. Cowboy Coach .Jim Stanley took the opportunity to shower, dress and reflect on the game for about 25 minutes before admitting the press for post-game interviews. He was read v. e didn't come here to lose, we came here to win," Stanley said. "I think we lost to a good football team, a well-coached football team. But in some ways. I don't think we lost, I just think we ran out of time. "I don't say that to take anything away from Nebraska, thev are a good football team," Stanley added. "They're the kind of team we love to plav against, because football means a lot to them, and football means a lot to our kids, loo. "I don t. think we're going awav from here a loser, per se," Stanley added. "We lost in score to a great football team. -' law 4s. feel like losers I'm not proud of it. I have a heavy heart, just like everybody that's close to the program. But we're not going to look back. We'll look straight ahead and try to keep first things first. That's what football is all about." Stanley eluded to a few key mistakes that hurt them a fumbled pitch, the punt block, Frank I.oekett's 55-yard punt return and quarterback Scott Burk's overthrow of Mel Campbell, wide open in the end zone in the last couple minutes of play. And Stanley was proud of his team's performance. "They hit hard, didn't they," he said of his defense. "Yeh, it was a typical Nebraska-Oklahoma State game." One of the players missing from that hard-hitting game also was proud of his teammates, but not very proud of himself. Corker the Big Eight new-comer-of-t he-year two years ago as a freshman, and considered the Cowboys' top defensive player was sidelined OS-W.Taylor I early m the first quarter with a knee injury. "I was awful proud of the way the other guys played," Corker said. "But 1 was pretty dejected with myself. I feel like I let the team down. "I'm supposed to be considered one of the better players on the team," Corker said. "I should have been in there. I shouldn't have been on the sidelines in a game like this. Everybody else was trying their hardest, and I was on the sidelines. Considering that, the game wasn't much of a moral victory for me." "Moral victories don't go on the left side of the win column," offensive tackle Jim Clark added. "As a team we played good football, but we made some mistakes. We had a chance to win it, and if every single man would have given five percent more, we'd have won." Maybe that's why the Nebraska fans found it hard to be nice to the Oklahoma State Cowboys. 1 1 ii i mi f 7 4 ? r mm? RH1 m; ill . - jtfu. L ftjT" 1 OS-Wincheste7t " A fi pM OS - OS-Scott j I A 11 Cotton candy L ltlWii,irllMTal- A N-Bernst,C4 ! '14..., I DiClementi It-.. ; 'iifV 7 1 .:v:-.v jw ' - -:-Jv MMMBBBnll . .5: . -ti N-Cotton The Huskers had a bad case of fumbleitis Saturday, but this bobble escaped the reaches of the Cowboy defenders because of an alert offense. Andra Franklin (39) takes the handoff and heads into heavy traffic (1) at the 8-yard line. OSU right tackle Jerry Winchester (63) gets one ankle (2) and free safety Pete DiClementl (39) brings Franklin down (3), and the Alabaman coughs up the ball at the six. Rick Berns (33) and Barney Cotton (54) get to the ball at the three, just ahead of Cowboy defenders Darnell Scott (41) and Rick Antle (40). Cotton's recovery (4) keeps the drive alive and quarterback Tom Sorley scores two plays later to put the Huskers ahead 10-7. Staff photos by Bob Gorham Harald Dreimanis Randy Hampton Willis Van Sickle Web Ray Humberto Ramirez Bob Pearson 4 cat! 1 N-Franklin l , OS-AntleM;'' Ia- r w , I ' 11 'i ' -.1 Jf Jj 1 1 N-! Sorley I

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