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1 2E Oct. 29, 1978 Lincoln, Neb., Sunday Journal and Star Bruised Cornhuskers respect tough Cowboys By Randy York Staff Sports Writer Quarterback Tom Sorley had a series of welts on his back. George Andrews, his teammate and fellow captain, laughed at the sight and decided to rub it in a little. Jim Pillen sat on a training table, nursing a deep thigh bruise. He laughed, too, rubbing it in a little to himself. "What a bunch of tough cowboys," Pillen said. "They're a helluva well-coached team and when things get nasty, I'd like to have them on my side in a barroom brawl. . .what a bunch of tough cowboys." Nebraska players, to a man, gave Oklahoma state nothing but respect Saturday after surviving what, at times, looked like a free-for-all tag team wrestling match. No one threw any chairs, but everyone gave each other his best shot. And it showed in Ne braska's locker room. "I've never felt this sore in my life and I know it's not because I'm slowing down and getting old," Sorley said. "I ache all over. I got stuck and I got blasted. Personally, I thought Oklahoma State's defense was more physical than Alabama's." Andrews, who told Sorley "Now you know how it feels," thought OSU's offense was equally physical. "They always hit as hard as anyone," Nebraska's hardest hitter and All-Americaii defensive end candidate observed. "Not only that," he said, "they never quit. That's the way they coach 'em down there and - how can I say it? -1 guess I just have the utmost respect for them. "I've always respected Oklahoma State and the way they execute. They say they never run a play in a game unless they've run it at least a hundred times in practice and It shows. They'll just belt you right out of there." The 'Pokes belted Nebraska out there 323 yards worth Saturday, getting much of it in huge chunks on quick pops up the middle. "They were giving our linemen a lot of false reads," Pillen said. "They took our strength -being able to read and turned it into our weakness. I guarantee they're a well-coached team and I'm just glad we had our kicking game today or we would have been looking at things from the other side up." Sometimes, Nebraska appeared about as sharp as a seven-day-old pencil. But most of Nebraska's players preferred to give OSU the large share of the credit while vowing to avoid any re-runs in the future. "Today," Sorley said, "was a good lesson for all of us. We've had fair warning that any team in the Big Eight can beat you at any time, but I guess we had to relearn it today. "We've been flying up on Cloud Nine, here lately and maybe we did get to thinking we were a little unstoppable. Now, we know we're not. Oklahoma State is not the type to fold under and give in, but we're not either. "I'm not saying we were at a low ebb. Evidently, we just weren't as mentally ready and physically prepared to pay the price we have been paying. It's time to get more aggressive, work harder and suck it up even more." Fellow captain Andrews agreed. "This," he said, "is really good for the team, maybe a blessing in disguise. We haven't had to play the whole game since 'Alabama. We haven't had a game where we had to fight all the way. Today it was 60 minutes of football and even though it wasn't always pretty, we did hang in there and we did win. . .and that's all that really counts." Scoring Story Football- From pagelE- NU-OSU How scored Time left FIRST QUARTER 0-7 Smith 13 run 5:44 Drive: 80 yards in 11 plays. Highlighted by 19 yard passes from Burk to Stephens on third down and to Ingram on second down, setting up the scoring piay. Conversion: Ankersen kick. SECOND QUARTER 3-7 Todd 23 field goal 14:15 Drive: 28 yards in seven plays following Lockett's 55-yard punt return. 10-7 Sorley 1 run 7:28 Drive: 48 yards in nine plays. Highlighted by 18 vord third down carry by Berns. Conversion: Todd kick. 16-7 Berns 20 pass from Sorley 2:59 Drive: 40 yards in seven plays. Highlighted by fourth down from Sorley to Smith for 13 yards. Conversion failed. 19-7 Todd 28 field goal :18 - Drive: 45 yards in six plays. Highlighted by Sorley completions of three yards to Brown and 10 yards to Lockett. THIRDQUARTER 19-14 Suellentropl run 8:12 Drive: 80 yards in 16 plays. Highlighted by Taylor run of 17 yards, Suellentrop run of 10 yards and 16-yard sweep by Burk. Conversion: Ankersen kick. 22-14 Todd 42 field goal :15 Drive: 40 yards in five plays following Lundgaard's 18-yard punt. Oklahoma Stae 7 0 7 0 14 Nebraska 0 19 3 0 22 Georgia nudges past Kentucky Pirst downs KuSneVrGrdS PaMa .orrjs (Jcr.jrrl ,urds Po.-ti Punts F-'umolL'S lost Penolties-vards GA 21 53 196 173 0 12 16-0 4-33 10 0-0 KY 18 40-232 120 7 9-220 3 37 0-0 315 Peru St. downs Culver-Stockton Peru St. C-S Pirst Downs 14 13 Rushes ycrds 55-225 48-92 Parsing ,orrj'. Bl 69 Parsing 7-13-0 7-23-1 Peturn ,oras 98 105 Punts ovg 7-38.6 6-36 0 Fumdes lost 5 4 Penalties ards 11-123 3-45 CANTON, Missouri Teru St. raised its standing to 4-2-2 with a 35-16 victory over Cuh iT-Stockton here Saturday. Marvin McGill wasted no time lighting the board for Peru, scoring the games first touchdown on the first play from scrimmage with a 64-yard run. Johnnie Stewart followed McCiiU's aggressiveness on Peru's second possession wi!h a 12-yard TD run, while middle guard Ed Connelly kept the pace, tackling 10 times, recovering a fumble and blocking a field goal. Peru 14 14 0 7 35 Cul,e--Stocton 7 0 7 2 16 Peru Marvin McGill 44 rgn (Dan Toad kic i Pi.-ru Johnnie Stewart 12 run (Todd k:Ch I Cui er Stockton Pete Toth 8 pass from Doje Brown Jetf O'Quinn Kick) Peru Amn Holder 1 run (Todd kick) Peru Stewort 2 pass from Niel Lox-dai (Toddkicki Culver-Stockton Toth 23 pass from Je Weliman (O Quinn kick! Cuiver-stockton Fronk Dambrosia tackled in end zone torsotetv Peru Holder 9 run (Toddkick) LEXINGTON, Ky. (UPI) -Rex Robinson booted a 29-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining to play Saturday night to give 13th-ranked Georgia a come-from-behind 17-16 Southeastern Conference victory over Kentucky. Kentucky's field goal kicker, Tommy Griggs, missed a 42-yard attempt with 4:02 left in the game, which was the last time the Wildcats had their hands on the ball. Kentucky led 16-0 with 9:12 to go in the third quarter when Freddie Williams dove over from the 1 and Griggs kicked the point after. From then on, it was all downhill for the Wildcats, who fell to 2-4-1 overall and 1-2 in SEC play. Georgia, 6-1 on the year and 4-0 in the conference, picked up its first score with 6:38 remaining in third period when half-time Willie McClendon scampered 4 yards around left end, capping a 66 yard drive. Robinson added the extra point and the Bulldogs trailed 16-7. Then with 10:09 to play in the game, the Bulldogs struck again when Quarterback Jeff Pyburn hit Ulysses Norris with a 6-yard touchdown pass that culminated a 74-yard drive. Georgia 0 0 7 1017 Kentucky 10 0 6 016 Ken Wilson 12 pass from McCrimmon (Griggs kick) Ken FG 33 Griggs Ken Williams 1 run (kick failed) Geo McCiendon 4 run ( Robinson kick) Geo Norris pass from Ryburn ( Robinson kick) Geo FG Robinson 29 A-56.918. the difference in this game." The second Todd field goal, with 18 seconds left in the half, sent murmurs through the stands. The Huskers had the ball at the OSU 12-yardline. It was just second down, "We were out of time outs," Osborne explained later. "We had enough bad experiences with that situation last year. If we try a pass and it's completed but doesn't result in a touchdown, or if the quarterback gets sacked, then we don't even get the chance for the field goal and wind up with nothing out of the drive." Nebraska took the opening kickoff and appeared in command. Four first downs netted 66 yards. The Huskers were at the OSU 14. Then Hipp couldn't find the handle on a pitchout and the Cowboys recovered. "If we had taken good care of the ball we might have been able to put them away early," Osborne lamented. "Instead, we gave them enough chances to keep encouraging them." The Cowboys certainly responded to their first break. OSU sustained an 80-yard march in 11 plays to take a 7-0 lead with 5:44 remaining in the first quarter. A pair of 19-yard passes from Burk to light end Steve Stephens and flankerback Ron Ingram highlighted the drive. Late in the first quarter, the kicking game came into play. Frank Lockett returned an OSU punt 55 yards before nicking the sideline chalk mark. A lot of Husker fans, thinking he had gone all the way, prematurely released their red balloons. The drive stalled, but on the third play of the second quarter Todd hit his first fielder a 23-yarder - to cut the deficit to 7-3. OSU moved to the Nebraska 44 with Season's Nebraska (7-1) Alabama 3-20 California 36-26 Hawaii 56-11 Indiana 69-17 Iowa St 23-0 Kansas State 48-14 Colorado 52-14 Oklahoma St 22-14 N-4at Kansas N-ll Oklahoma N-18 Missouri records Okla. State (2-4) Wichita St 10-20 Florida St 20-38 Arkansas 7-19 N. Tex. St 7-12 Kansas St 7-18 Colorado 24-20 Kansas 21-7 Nebraska 14-22 N-4 Missouri N-ll Iowa State N-18 at Oklahoma the ensuing kickoff, but then was forced to punt. Defensive end L.C. Cole roared in to block the punt and tackle Rod Horn recovered at the Cowboys' 48. Nebraska might have been in even better position, but the blocked punt banged off the chest of referee Foley, keeping it from going deep into OSU territory. It was one of those freak happenings for which there is no recourse. Husker I-back Richard Berns showed great acceleration as he burst up the1 middle for 18 yards and quarterback Tom Sorley soon capped the nine-play drive with a one-yard sneak for a touchdown with 7:28 left in the first half., Todd's PAT gave the Huskers a 10-7 lead, Nebraska came right back with another TD on its next possession. Kenny Brown returned an OSU punt 21 yards to the OSU 40 to get things started. Seven plays later, sparked by a 13-yard pass from Sorley to split end Tim Smith, Sorley and Berns teamed up on a 20-yard TD pass play with 2:59 remaining before intermission. Sorley mishandled an off-tar-gel snap which messed up the extra point attempt, leaving the score 16-7. Three plays after the next kickoff, NU linebacker Lee Kunz recovered an errant OSU pitchout and six plays later - out of time outs and running out of time Todd kicked the field goal which gave the Huskers their 19-7 halftime edge. But Oklahoma State wasn't ready to play give up. The Cowboys marched 80 yards with the kickoff to open the second half and got back in the ball game at 19-14. Nebraska's tackling during that drive left something to be desired. "I think our players played hard," Van Zandt felt, however. "The better the running backs the worse the tackling looks. You've got to give those dudes from Oklahoma State some credit. They certainly weren't the same team that Wichita State beat earlier in the season." It was nail-biting time from then until the end of the game for the Big Red partisans. An 18-yard OSU punt late in the third quarter led to Todd's third field goal he also had three last week against Colorado and now has eight on the season. That three-pointer produced the final score. The Huskers still had to hang on through the final 15 minutes of play. The Nebraska offense managed just one first down during the entire last quarter. Following Hipp's last fumble came Oklahoma State's spectacular screen pass, Nelson's save and Nebraska last-minute survival. "Good teams have got to win this kind too," NU linebacker coach John Melton observed. "Even the best team can't be sharp every week. They've got to rise to the occasion and win the close ones. I'm glad we did - and I'm also glad nobody was taking my blood pressure during that screen pass. I don't want to go through that kind of a finish again." But as the record book shows, it wouldn't have been a typical Nebraska-Oklahoma State game without it. Individual Statistics Running game peps Ole Miss Pir-t downs Pushes yorfls PO'.-'nn ynrr1s Pe'urn ords Posses Punts f jn-rj'es-lost Penonies-vortJs Mit 24 72-398 65 59 S 14 1 6-47.3 4-3 7-64 Von 10 43101 60 137 6-20-2 9-429 2-0 7-62 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UPI) Juniors Leon Perry and Jar-ratt Price led a potent Mississippi rushing attack Saturday to overwhelm Vanuerbilt 35-10 in a Southeastern Conference game. The Rebels, 1-2 in league play and 34 overall, were 10 points down when they began a five-touchdown scoring spree late in the second quarter. Freshman quarterback John Fourcade, who replaced Roy Coleman, capped a 67-yard, nine-play march with a 1-yard run. Perry and Price scored on the next two drives in the third and fourth periods with 4 and 1-yard runs, respectively. Midway in the fourth quarter, Tyrone Richards ended a 62-yard Rebel march with an 8-yard sprint. And with less than two minutes left in the game, Mal-vin Gipson, a freshman, scored his first touchdown for Ole Mfss on a 46-fard scamper around left end to end Mississippi's scoring. The Commodores, 1-6 overall and winless in three SEC starts, opened the scoring in the first period with a 52-yard field goal by Mike Woodard. The score was set up by a Rebel fumble on their own 30, recovered by converted tailback Eddie Hood Hood, in only his second game as a defensive back, ran a Mississippi punt back 58-yards to the Ole Miss 34 late in the first quarter. Four plays later, Vandy tailback Frank Mordica covered the final four yards giving the Commodores a 10-0 lead. Ole Miss was unable to move the ball in the first quarter with Coleman at the helm. But with Fourcade inserted In the lineup in the second period, the Rebels began a convincing running attack. Perry gained 103. yards in 15 carries and Price 68 yards in 14 rushes. Misslui 17 7 1139 Vondertxlt M I ( t-ll von-FG Woodord 52 Von-Mordico Jrun (Woodord Kick) Mis-Fourcode 1 run (Loneley kick) Mis-Perry 4 run (Long ley kick) Mis-Price 1 run (Lonoltv kick) Mis-RlchordsS run (Longlev kick) Mis-Gtoson 46 run (Longlev kick) A25.031 Nebraska Offense Rushing No. Yds. Ave. Sorley 13 8 0.6 Berns 18 87 4.9 Franklin 8 49 o.l Brown 1 -4 -2.0 Hipp 15 73 4.9 Kotera 1 4 4.0 Passing No. Co. Yds PI Sorley 17 10 99 0 Pass Reciving No. Yds. Miller 2 22 Brown 2 11 Smith 4 36 Berns 1 20 Lockett 1 10 Punt Returns No. Yds. Lockett 3 77 Brown 1 21 Liegl 1 -2 Kickoff Returns No. Yds. Lockett 1 17 Brown 2 31 Punting No. Yds. Ave. Smith S 213 42.6 Defense Linemen UT AT TT Cole 1 5 6 Nelson 3 3 6 Horn 3 6 9 Lee 0 3 3 Weinmaster 1 4 5 Pensick 2 1 3 Barnett.. 0 1 1 Andrews 0 4 4 Linebackers Dunning 3 11 14 Vering 0 2 2 Kunz 4 9 13 Backs Fischer 2 2 4 Pillen.. Gary.... Means. .2 3 S ,.3 2 5 .3 4 7 Oklahoma State Offense Rushing No. Yds. Ave. Burk 19 62 3.3 Toylor 12 39 3.3 Smith 17 77 4.5 Suellentrop 6 20 3.3 Headspeth 1 0 0.0 Hammonds 2 IS 7.5 Passing No. Co. Yds PI Burk 13 4 110 0 Husker women win Big Eight Yds. 19 19 IS 57 Yds. 8 Yds. 19 Pass Receiving No. Stephens l Ingram 1 Campbell 1 Taylor 1 Punt Returns No. Campbell 1 Kickoff Returns No. Ingram 1 Punting No. Yds. Ave. Lundegaard 4 234 39.0 Defense Lineman UT AT TT Boone 3 3 6 Wells 1 6 7 Winchester 1 10 11 Manley 0 3 3 Linebackers Edwards 1 3 4 Korker 0 2 2 Young 6 11 17 Antle 5 6 11 Backs Johnson 1 Scott 6 Irions 3 DiClementi 5 LAWRENCE, Kan. - The University of Nebraska women's volleyball team won its third straight Big Eight championship here Saturday. The tournament, a round-robin affair, saw both Nebraska and Missouri sport 5-0 records putting the title on the line in their match. Missouri capitalized on NU errors to win the first game, 15-13, but the Huskers came back to capture the second game, 15-11. The strong all around play of Sue Luedtke and the spiking of Kim Hermes along with the Georgia Tech edges Florida Flo OTech' First downs 20 18 Rushes-yards 54219 45-168 Passing yords 138 175 Return yards ' 1J Passes 10-20-1 12-20-0 Punts 348.3 5-44.0 Fumbles-lost 3-2 1-0 Penalties-yards 4 4S 115 0 1 4 10 3 6 1 6 Clemson rips N. C. St., 33-10 First downs Rushes-vards Passing yards Return yards Posses Punts Fumbles-losf PenaltiM-vards ison NCS 23 16 61-247 49-116 118 90 113 10 10-21-1 9-21-2 3-33 8-39 1-1 1-0 6-6 7-52 RALEIGH, N.C. (UPI) -Clemson's Lester Brown scored two touchdowns and cornerback Rex Varn stopped a fourth-quarter North Carolina State threat with a 94-yard pass interception for a touchdown Saturday, sparking the Tigers to a 33-10 victory over the Wolfpack in an Atlantic Coast Conference game. The Wolfpack's Ted Brown, touted before the season as the ACC's leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy, had hoped the regionally-televised game would provide a showcase for his talents. But the game, played in misty weather before 45,000 fans, was dominated by Brown Lester, not Ted. Lester Brown finished the game with 117 yards while Ted Brown had 70. Clemson, ranked No. 20, improved its record to 6-1 and, along with Maryland, is undefeated in ACC action,, North Carolina State dropped to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the ACC. Clemson scored first on a 27-yard field goal by Nigerian placekicker .Obed Ariri. Although leading only 3-0 at the end .of the first quarter, the Clemson defense held the Wolf-pack to just one first down and would not North Carolina State past its own 28 yard line during the period. Lester Brown's 1-yard run on the third play of the second quarter put the Tigers ahead 10-0. Brown ran 24 yards on the proceeding play, failing to score only because he stumbled. Clemson 03 11 07 10-33 N.CarollnoSt. N 03 00 07-18 Clem FG 27 Arlrt Clem Brown I run (Arlrl kick) NCS-FG 19 Ritter Ctem Butler 2 pass Iron) Fuller (kick foiled) Clem Brown 11 run (Arlrl kick) Clem Varn 94 interception ( Arirl kick) Clem FG26Arirl NCS McLean I run (Ritter kick) A-45,000 ATLANTA (UPI) - Tailback Eddie Lee Ivery, held in check in the first half Saturday, broke loose for two second half touchdowns to lead Georgia Tech to its sixth straight victory, a come-from-behind 17-13 triumph over Florida. Ivery, limited to only 29 yards in the first half when the Yellow Jackets fell behind 10-3, wound up with 146 yards to give him a total of 944 in eight games, breaking the single-season school record of 900 yards he set last year. His two touchdowns, a 1-yard plunge late in the third period and a 4-yard, go-ahead tally with 5:23 left in the game, gave him a career total of 22 touchdowns, a Georgia Tech record. The underdog Florida Gators, 2-4, completely dominated first half play. But although they were inside the Georgia Tech 10-yard line three times, they only scored 10 points. Those points came early in the second period on a 29-yard field goal by Berj Yepremian and a 2-yard run by sophomore Perry Williams and Yepremian's extra point. Fterldo 1 18 I 3-11 Own io Tech 8 3 7 717 Flo-FGYeeremion29 Flo-WllliomsJrun (Yepremian kick) Tech-FG Smith 33 Tech-lyery 1 run (Smith kick) Fla-FGYeormlon37 Tech-ivery 4 run (Smith kick) A-44,366 spiking and blocking of Nancy Grant enabled the Huskers to gain the momentum in the second game. . In that game Luedtke scored seven serving points including two aces and added three spike kills. Nebraska carried the momentum over into the third game, wirming easily, 15-5. In the third game, Luedtke had three spike kills and served two aces while Grant added four kills. The Huskers were also aided in their drive to the title by strong play from several re serves including Terri Kanouse ana Krys Miles. Winning the league title for me ttura straight year enabled the Huskers to retire the traveling trophy. Huskers Nancy Grant and Kim Hermes were selected to the all-tourney team. Missouri, 5-1 in the tourney, placed three players on the select squad. Nebraska, 6-0 in the tourney and 20-17 overall, next meets the University of Nebraska Omaha Tuesday at the NU Coliseum to decide the state title. UNL will also complete in the National Invitational Tournament at UCLA beginning Friday. Team Standings Neb. 6-0. Missouri 5-1, Konsas St. 3-3; Kansas 3-3; Okiohomo 2-4; Iowa St. 2-4, Oklahomo St. 0-4. Saturday's results Missouri del Oklahoma I IS. 15-9, 15-12. Nebraska def. Kansas, 15-10, 8-15, 15-13, Iowa St. def. Oklahoma St., 15-10, 15-13; Missouri def. Kansas St., 1-15, 15-7, 15-6; Konsas def. Oklahoma St., 15-10, 16-14; Kansas St. dot. Oklahoma, 17-15. 15-10; Nebraska dot. Iowa St., 154, 154; Okla homa def. Oklahoma St., 154, 8-15, 15-10, Kansas def. Iowa St., 15-11, 15-3; Kansas St. del. Kanso 15-12, 14-16, 15-13; Ne braska def. Missouri 13-15, 15-11, 15-5. All-tournament team Cathy Sutherland, Missouri Corrle Sumerlond, Missouri Loura Frost, Kansas Kim Hermes. Nebraska June Koleber, Kansas Karl Bentend, Okiohomo Cindy Fuerman, Missouri Kathv Teahaq. Kansas SI. Nancy Grant, Nebraska Lincoln parks closing earlier Effective Monday, October 30 Pioneers Park and Mahoney Park will close at sundown and all gates will be locked at that time. Cornhusker quotes By Wayne Gonyea and Mike Babcock -l-back I. M. Hipp On being plagued with fumbles against OSU: "I lust can ' ex-Plain It. I don't know what It was, It wasn't that thev were hitting so hard. If was a frustrating experience for me. "I'm sure it is nothing for me to really worry about. It isn t anything mental, I lust don't know. . . "But I'm not going to let it bother me. It might bother me today, but tomorrow I will have forgotten about it. If I'm expecting to help the team win I lust can't let this bother me. I m lust going to try to concentrate on covering the ball up more instead of leaving it open. That's the last fumble for me." On Oklahoma State's defense: "They were sticking their heads on the ball side instead of making a clean hit, and they did a pretty good iob. All week the coaches were telling us they were physical." Defensive tackle Rod Horn On OSU's aggressive offense: "The coaches told us they would be tough. We were prepared for everything they threw ot us. They lust came out and ran well, you can't take anything away from them. J , "But vou can't toke anything oway from our defense either. Our defense has a lot of pride. The key is hustle. We knew we were going to stop them. We hustled and we won and that s ; the key. When you make mistakes yog hove to bounce back off them ond hustle a little harder." On teammate Derrle Nelson's game saving tackle of OSU s Taylor at the Nebraska 20 yard line: "We were thinking thlrd-and-long and a pass, but thev come out with thot screen pass. He would have gone all the way, but Nelson caught him. He even had to go around an OSU guy to get him, but he hustled and he got him. That's what I mean about hustle." Linebacker Lee Kunz On Nebraska's overall defensive play: At times I thought we played well ond then other times I was unhappy with It (the defense). We mode mistakes and we will have to work on them this "Oklahoma State had some pretty good offensive linemen. Thev had a good balanced ball club, and they ore lot better than people give them credit for. They ran a lot of isolation plays. That's where both backs will come to you and then the linebacker's responsibility Is to turn them Inside and the other one can come on and make the play. That was pretty much their favorite play of the day." On NU's defensive play after OSU's long scoring drive to open the second half: "We really felt we had to stop them. They had a possible two-point conversion thot could tie us ond the defense was trying to prepare themselves for it. The defense came bock in the second half and we were a little more intense. But it got pretty tense there at the end. "This year's defense is better than last year's. We have adopted to the system and have experienced players back. Every game we are building a little bit more momentum and our confidence builds with every game as the season progresses." Defensive End Lawrence Cole On his block of an OSU punt at the OSU 48 in the second quarter which led to Nebraska's first touchdown: "At first I wos going to run off the field. But they hadn't changed anything so we thought they were going to fake it, so coach Van Zandt left the first team in there. We ran a double bingo and put on the rush. I iust rushed in there and the end apparently didn't try to block me. I was so far in there and he still hadn't kicked It yet, and I blocked with my whole body. It hit me in the stomach. "I was looking around for It. I wonted to pick it up and run It back. There were three of us coming in and Horn fell on the ball for us." Linebacker Bruce Dunning "Oklahoma State has got probably one of the most physical offenses we have faced. They came out and plaved four quarters of football, ond they hit on every play. I thought we ployed fairly well today, but you knew you have to give credit to OSU. They always play us tough and we nev er have a run-away game with them. It was lust as tough as we expected. "We didn't overlook them. We practiced iust as hard for them as any team down the line. We knew they were good. But we'll have to play better football though than we did today." On Nelson's saving tackle of OSU's Taylor at the NU 20: "We were in a prevent defense. I talked with coach Van Zandt and he told me to get into a prevent. I told the secondary to get into their zone. But we lust didn't play It well. We were very fortunate they didn't break that all the way. "Derrie (Nelson) was back in the fold and had hustled the whole way down and drove him out of bounds. That was the key play of the game." On OSU's final pass attempt into the end zone: "We had a blitz called. We came with a lot of people. Kunz and I both blitzed, but I got cut down. It looked like they had a guy open and he iust overthrew him. I hope our rush forced the bod throw." On Oklahoma State: "People don't give them enough credit after they lost their first five games. You either get worse or you get better, and Oklahoma State has gotten better every game." Guard Barney Cotton "I'll tell you what, Oklahoma State Is the best 2-6 team in the country ... I guarantee you that." On his recovery of an Andra Franklin fumble at the OSU three-yard line, preceding Nebraska's first touchdown: "We ran a trap, but we ran it a little differently with the guard pulling on the backside to open up o bigger hole. The ball popped out; I was pulling out, and there it was. I lust fell on it." On the OSU defense: "They played a 4-3, but they stacked It on the outside. That meant the linebacker could go either inside or outside, ond It messed up our pitch plays. It always seemed like they had an extra man we weren't getting to. The" front side blocking looked good, but the linebackers and defensive backs kept coming in from the back side." On the absence of John Corker from the Cowboy defense: "The only time I know he was in there, we were moving the ball on them, so I can't really consider him a factor." Punter-receiver Tim Smith "Oklahoma State never gave up; Colorado did. The key was, they (Cowboys) didn't quit. They did it on their own by firing themselves up on that first drive in the second half." On Billy Todd's kicking "He really didn't have many field goals early In the season because we had good field position a lot. But when you have to go 80 yards, you're going to stall some, ond we went 60-70 yards before he kicked some of those today. Good field position, that was a key." On his punting against OSU "I was iust fortunate to get tight spirals into the wind. I didn't do anything differently; I iust hit the ball better than I have been. When you're kicking into the wind, any wobble will duck it." Cowboy comments By Brian Hill Scott Burk, OSU quarterback On fourth-down pass attempt that sailed over Mel Campbell in the end zone: "I was on the run and lust let it go a little too high. He was so wide open, I was lust trying to get it there, but got a little too much on it. He (Campbell) wos running a post and the linebacker ran through. I iust kept on running, trying to scramble and keep the ball alive. We were going for a touchdown all the way." On OSU's offense: "The trap to the halfback was more successful than in the past, but Nebraska strung out our option. It wos hard to get the seam. It looked like we had things-going our way on that first drive. The line did a heck of a job." On Nebraska: "They have a rea.ly good offensive team. You iust have to try and keep the ball away from them. I thought that we could throw on them. A couple of other teams had some success and we thought we could do the same. Their secondary did hit hard." Rick Antle, OSU linebacker On OSU't defense: "Any time you lose John Corker It's got to hurt, but I thought Ricky Young (Corker's replacement) and the other guys played well. You can't ask for more than that. They never did drive on us real well. I'm pretty proud of our defense. It's sad that we lost when we played so well." Ricky Young, OSU linebacker On replacing Corker: "I was really nervous. The first touchdown after John went out was my fault. I was pleased with my performance in the second half." Jim Clark, OSU offensive tackle "Moral victories don't go on the left side of the win column. 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 played five percent more, we'd have won. We did lust what we could." Darnell Scott, OSU defensive back On his two fumble recoveries: "I lust slid on top of the ball like I'm supposed to do. Nebraska has a good offense, but like the rest, hit them hard ond they'll give up the ball." On second half adiustments: "The linebackers were checking at the line and delaying their rush. That and other adiustments shut Nebraska off." Gary I r Ions, OSU defensive back "I was knocked out for a couple of ploys and I didn't know what was happening for a while. We played well and gained some respect. Nebraska is supposed to have the best offense in the country and we showed we could play with them. We can ploy with onvbody. We felt like we could run the stunts an defense and they worked well." Steve Vallon, OSU offensive tackle "We lost the game and it makes me sick to think about It, but we never quit. We kept taking It to them. I was very proud of the way our defense played." Wayne Brandenberger, OSU offensive guard "I said when we came in we'd win if we could score 25 points and it looks like that was true. We're iust looking forward to next week and hoping to bounce back." On Nebraska: "You can't give them field position or they'll score. They showed that in the first half. Their whole team is solid. Colorado's linebacker were better, but Nebraska was a more complete team." Reggie Richardson, OSU offensive guard They played well, but we blocked well and played lust as well. We mode lust a few mistakes that really hurt us. Their linebackers were very good. I was Impressed. They ployed quite J-

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