Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on May 4, 1980 · 31
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 31

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SECTION D unbap Journal anb &tar May 4, 1980 Lincoln, Neb. - Home-Garden Dsborae; I '.think we're to be good Nil's first fall opponent says, in a word, impressive - Whites Reds First downs 23 24 Pushevyards 60-249 56-333 Passing 12-22-1 7-15-0 Passing yards 157 105 Punts-ave 32.7 2-16.0 Penalties-yards 7-62 5-55 Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-1 Return yards 2 7 By Virgil Parker Sports Editor Tom Osborne is not one to use very many superlatives when he talks about his football team. The Comhusker coach called Saturday's annual Red-White in-trasquad game to wind up spring practice "a pretty good scrimmage." Utah running back coach Shawn McNabb, however, thought it was "an awesome display of power." The Utes come to Lincoln in September as Nebraska's first opponent for the 1980 season. "We understood they had lost most of their offensive linemen through graduation," McNabb said. "But they obviously have enough good ones left over to continue the kind of offensive dominance they've shown for years. "And that impressive offense didn't happen because of a poor defense," McNabb assured. "Nebraska just has hordes of quality athletes. Why, they played twice as many kids as we have out for spring ball." McNabb also was amazed at the number of fans in the stands estimated at 20,000. "That's a fantastic tribute to the people of this area and the football program." Osborne prefers more of a 'wait and see' attitude, despite the 57 points which kept the scoreboard flashing in a 38-19 victory for the Red squad (first and fourth units) over the Whites (second and third string players). "It's hard to really evaluate things when you play yourself," Osborne insisted "We'll have to wait until we play somebody next fall. Sometimes, when you move the ball real well and score a lot of points, you wonder whether it was because the offense did a good job or the defense did poorly. But I think we're going to have a pretty good team." Translated to McNabb's terms, that means the Huskers will be awesome. "We seem to have a bigger dropoff than usual from the first unit to the reserves," Osborne noted. "We have to hope that's because the first string is better than usuaL" Osborne said he was especially pleased with the play of the quarterbacks. "Jeff (Quinn) had a good day. And Nate ' (Mason), despite lacking in experience, does a lot of good things instinctively. He's as far along as any freshman we've ever had. And (Mark) Mauer looked good. So did (Bruce) Mathison, until he got hurt. I think we're going to be in good shape at quarterback." Osborne was also pleased with the running of I-backs Jarvis Redwine, Craig Johnson and Roger Craig. "Andre (fullback Franklin) blocked well, too. We hope to get the ball to him more next fall" In all, 27 different players carried the ball In addition, five quarterbacks (Mauer saw action for both teams) completed 19 of 37 passes to 13 receivers. The kicking game, a question mark after the graduation of punter Tim Smith 1 j 1 I : Jennie Gorham (left) greets Merlene Ottey after Ottey won the 100-meter dash Saturday at the Big Eight Women's Track and Field Championships. Gorham finished fourth. and kicker Dean Sukup, also received a top grade. Scott Gemar nailed three punts for a 44-yard average, while Kevin Seibel (who handled the kickoffs last season as a freshman) not only consistently kicked into the end zone but booted a 47-yard field goal squarely between the uprights. Mason moved the Whites to a pair of first downs after the opening kickoff before the drive stalled. Then Quinn marched the first team 87 yards in 11 plays fop a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Johnson carried the first three plays and the final two the last a two-yard smash for the TD. In between came an 18-yard keeper by Quinn, back-to-back pass completions to tight end Jeff Finn (for 12 yards) and a 31-yarder to split end Todd Brown, the longest of the day. Quinn, who was 5-for-5 in the first half for 71 yards, finished with 7-of-9 for 105 yards and one touchdown. Mason edged Quinn in the total yards department, accounting for 106 yards on eight completions in 13 tries. Mason also led the rushers, netting 91 yards on 18 carries, despite losing 27 yards in sacks. With Quinn at the controls and Red-wine at I-back, the Reds scored again on their second possession, going 62 yards in just eight plays. Marvelous Jarvis carried on five of the plays for 44 yards. Wingback "Slick" Steels caught an 11-yard pass before Quinn found tight end Steve Davies on a four-yard touchdown toss to complete the drive. The count ran to 21-0 midway through the second quarter. It was a 74-yard drive in 12 plays. Quinn got the Reds to the White 21, then Mauer took over for the final four plays. Johnson carried the first three. Then Mauer cut up the middle on a keeper for the final seven and the touchdown. Mathison quarterbacked the Whites to their first score with 6:06 remaining before halftime. The 64-yard drive started with a nine-yard gainer by offensive See FOOTBALL on Pase5D Faust hurls perfect game By Ken Hombleton Staff Sports Writer It was the perfect setting. It was the perfect time. And, it was the perfect regular season ending as Nebraska senior left-hander Cliff Faust pitched a perfect game and counted on Mark Haas's two-run home run to give the Cornhuskers their first Big Eight Conference Eastern Division crown with a 3-0 win over Kansas Saturday afternoon at Buck Beltzer Field. The only serious threat to the perfect game was ended when NU left fielder Joe Scherger made a diving, sliding catch of a low line drive by KU's Dick Lewallen for the final out to protect Faust's gem. The Huskers were less than perfect in the second game of the double-header, but topped the Jayhawks 10-8, to post their seventh straight conference win and 18th victory in 19 games. NU finished STAFF PHOTO BV HUMBERTO RAMIREZ fX u 1 ,i1Ljo q i,.,,IMii Quarterback Nate Mason (8) is hauled down behind the line of scrimmage the regular conference season 16-4 and boosted its overall record to 47-11. "There is no better way to get ready for the Big Eight playoffs than with a four-game sweep," Faust said. "The perfect game, was just icing on the cake. "We had enough runs with Haas's homer and we had great fielding, especially with Scherger's catch," he said. "I know I was so nervous from the fifth inning on, I just wanted to throw strikes, and get the win. The no-hitter was on my mind and the perfect game was just a little thought," said Faust, now 7-1. "As a matter of fact, the only thoughts I had about a perfect game came from a conversation I had with my wife, Kellie, this morning. She said right out of the blue that I was going to have a perfect game today," Faust said. Faust, who threw a five-hit shutout against Missouri last week, threw just 64 Gorham's contribution lifts Huskers to Big Eight crown By Mike Babcock Staff Sports Writer No one seemed to be enjoying the Nebraska women's newly-won Big Eight outdoor track and field championship more than Jennie Gorham. The Huskers' freshman sprinter from Kansas City, Mo., snapped pictures of her coach, Carol Frost, with the pocket camera hanging around her neck, as Frost hoisted the team trophy above the track at Ed Weir Stadium Saturday afternoon. Then, with a prod from teammate Nancy Kindig, Gorham took a victory lap with the other Huskers. "Listen, if we had anybody who helped win this team championship, it was Jennie Gorham. She did everything possible to win it," Frost said when the initial excitement began to subside. Gorham contributed 20 of Nebraska's 124 points by finishing third in the 200 meters and fourth in the 100-meter dash and by winning the 400 meters in a Big Eight record time of : 53.24. She became a center of attention at this weekend's conference championships after making statements about the relationship between individual and team motivation in track and field. Her comments appeared in the newspaper Friday morning. Gorham made an emotional contribution in the form of a personal apology to her Nebraska teammates Friday before the two-day meet began. "We had a team meeting, and Coach (Frost) said Jennie wanted to say something to all of us," said junior Julie Sea-ton. Seaton battled a healing but pulled leg muscle to run a 55-second split on a Nebraska mile relay team which qualified for the AIAW national championships in pitches, including 46 strikes, in the seven innings. The senior from Millard struck out five and took the count to three balls just twice against the minimum 21 batters he faced. "Everything stopped for a moment on that last catch by Scherger. I had taken the count to three balls and a strike, and I wanted to make sure the next pitch was a strike. When he hit it, I knew it was going to be up in the air but I didn't know for how long," Faust said. "We were all looking for a line drive and we had all talked to each other about going to everything, because we knew he had a perfect game going," Scherger said. "I don't know if Cliff knew but we weren't about to let anything get through." Faust helped his own cause when he dove to catch a bunt popup by Loren ' Hibbs in the sixth inning. "He came off the mound and con Eugene, Ore., even though it finished only third Saturday afternoon. "Jennie said all she wanted to do was win the Big Eight, and that got everyone fired up," Seaton said. "Anybody who knows Jennie, knew she didn't mean things the way they sounded. There are so many things other people just don't understand." What every one of the Huskers understood Saturday was that they had ended a string of six straight Iowa State outdoor championships and added the Big Eight outdoor trophy to the one which they ran away with indoors last February. Kansas scored 105 points to finish second ahead of third-place Iowa State, which scored 97 points. In the process of winning its first women's outdoor title, Nebraska established or shared six of the 10 conference records broken over the weekend. Merlene Ottey, the meet's only individual double winner, set or participated in three of those marks, winning both the 100 and 200 and running on the victorious 440-yard relay team with Cindy Tatum, Robin Mills and Cheryl Zajic. Ottey's Friday preliminary time in the 200 meters (:22.5, hand-timed) held up in the finals she ran : 22.93 to win and she equaled the :11.44 time, fully-automatic, in the 100 meters by running :11.2, hand-timed, Saturday. The NU 440 relay team, with Ottey making up a deficit on the anchor leg, finished in :47.0. In addition to Ottey's efforts, the relay, and Gorham's 400 meters mark, the Huskers produced records in the pentathlon, where Nancy Kindig scored 3,926 points, and the high jump. NU's Sharon Burrill finished second on by Black Shirt end Derrie Nelson Saturday in Husker sweep trolled the bunt the way he controlled everything else today," said catcher Haas, who smacked his fourth home run of the season in the third inning. "Cliff had a lot of movement on the fast ball, everything dropping away from the right-handers and in to the left-handers," Haas said. "And when he missed the plate, it wasn't by much. He's always on the plate when he concentrates." Faust added, "I felt like I was getting stronger as the day wore on. My breaking stuff was working and my fastball got better. By the end of the game I was able to keep ahead of the batters with the fastball and get them to swing at the breaking stuff; that's why we either got ground balls or popups." Haas, who finished the day with 5-for-6 at the plate and four RBIs, boosted his See BASEBALL on Page 2D misses in that event to Oklahoma's Sally McCarthy, but both athletes cleared 5-101,6 to set a Big Eight standard. Relay teams from Missouri and Kansas State set the only other records Saturday. The Tigers finished the two-mile relay in 8:54.57, nearly nine seconds faster than the previous record, and the Wildcats broke the mile relay record by more than five seconds, finishing in 3:42.8. Nebraska's mile relay team of Seaton, Zajic, Janet Bates and Norma Murray finished third in 3:44.5, a time which also would have broken the old mark. It was fast enough to earn that quartet a trip to the AIAW nationals, May 21-24, and that's what pleased Frost "They may not win, and they may not even score (at nationals), but those girls have earned their way," said Frost Sondra Obermeier also earned a trip to Eugene, Ore., with the 3,808 points she scored to finish second to Kindig in the pentathlon. Obermeier figured her total for four events heading into the 800 meters and knew she would have to run 2:26 to gain the necessary points. She finished sixth but her time was 2:24.4, some eight seconds faster than she has run this season and four seconds faster than she's ever run that distance. NU teammate Karen Frazee, the defending conference outdoor champion in the pentathlon, finished sixth with 3,312 points. Nebraska's other individual point-producers Saturday included Murray, who finished fourth in the 400 ( :55.80) and fifth in the 200 meters (:24.97); Zajic, fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (: 14.63); Kathy Kraai, who was fifth in the javelin at 130-9; and Christy Lee, who cleared See BIG EIGHT on Pose 3D C7 5TAFF PHOTO BY MUMBERTO RAMIREZ during NU's Spring Game. Cliff Faust Inside- Sheridan winning Page 2D Filly Derby winner Page 3D Nelson shines Page 4D 1970-71 NU reunion Page SD NBA playoff outlook Page 6D Newton vaults 1 7-23A PageTD Fishing gear outlook Page8D Wallace in marathon Page 9D Amadevil wins Page 10D Magazine woes Page 11D TV Sports Scene Sunday Baseball Brave vs. Pirates, 12:30 p.m., QD Specials American Angler, 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m., CD American Sportsman, 1 p.m., O Sunblrd Classic 2 P.m., O Wide World of Sports, 3:30 p.m., Q Basketball NBA plovofts, Lakers vs. 76ers. noon, Q CD Golf Houston Open, 1:30 p.m., Q flf

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