Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 14, 1979 · 36
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 36

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6D ' Oct. 14, 1979 Lincoln, Neb., Sunday Journal and Star wmmmmmm n , . JtS 'V. 7 ... .II IK Ml mil i w. . , - - J N Johnson I r " U 1 " t; Johnson's 94-yard touchdown romp biggest disappointment to Jayhawks By Chuck Sinclair Staff Sports Writer University of Kansas football Coach Don Fam-brough became defensive when speaking of the 42-0 spanking his Jayhawks absorbed at the hands of Nebraska's Cornhuskers Saturday, but it had nothing to do with the manner the 28-year KU coaching veteran fielded questions from the press. After allowing the intruding corps of writers and broadcasters into the dressing quarters, Fambrough searched out a comfortable corner, braced his back against the wall and slid to the floor where he started his defense by praising Nebraska's defense in its efforts in making the football game just what it was another in a long line of Jayhawk frustrations against its northern neighbor. The last time Famurough had seen the Huskers as the KU head coach before he was fired in 1974, only to accept the job again this year, Nebraska had ripped off a 56-0 triumph at Kansas. Add another 56-0 loss, one of 55 0 and a lone thriller of 10-9, and Fambrough hasn't had the best of luck in Ills tenure versus Nebraska. :. 'Dam ih going to break "They beat you on defense," Fambrough said of his experiences, past and present. "You can't do anything on them. You can't move the ball on them, you can't throw on them and you can't protect your passer. Their defense is so strong . . . they give their offense so many opportunities that sooner or later the dam is going to break. That's just what happened to us today." "They did the same things I've been watching them do for 25-30 years," he added. "There aren't any surprises." Fambrough had been singing the praises of Nebras ka's football team all week, saying the 1979 edition was perhaps one of the finest, if not THE finest teams in the country, and nothing happened on the football field Saturday to prompt him to change his tune. "Did I think they'd be this strong? Oh, yes I did," he said. "When you score 45 points against Penn State and we all know Penn State over the years has been noted for its defense, and 65 or whatever againt New Mexico State, I don't care who they played. The thing about it is, they're getting better every week. Looking at the films, and the games we've scouted, they're picking up momentum and getting better with each win and with the tools that they've got, they should." One play bothered There was a way, according to Fambrough, that Nebraska might not have beaten the Jayhawks so badly. "We could've kept the ball on the ground and maybe held the score down to say, 34-0, but anytime I have to play like that, I'll quit coaching. We're going to do everything we can to try and score." Fambrough wasn't totally disappointed with the" Jayhawks' effort. In fact, there was only one play that really bothered him. "The one real, real big disappointment to me was when we let them break and go 94 yards for a touchdown," he admitted. "We really had a letdown there. Up until that time, we had pretty much made them earn everything they'd gotten. We hadn't given them anything, but we gave them that. That hurt me, and it hurt the team. We certainly let down at that time." Defensive dominance That time, however, was also Nebraska's final touchdown of the day. That's right," Fambrough said. "It all goes back to their defensive dominance. It's not hard for their offense to score a lot of points when given that many opportunities. "When you play a tea'm as good and physical as Nebraska, and you let your defense stay on the field that much, the dam is going to break," he said. "If we'd been able to move the ball with any consistency . . . there again, you don't fault our offense, you praise their defense." After praising the defense, Fambrough said it was the offense that sets Nebraska apart from the likes of two other Jayhawk opponents this year, Michigan and Pittsburg. "Michigan and Pittsburg are not in the class with Nebraska," Fambrough said. "Michigan is just a good defensive football team. Their offense can't compare in my opinion in just one ball game with Nebraska's. Check the schedule and make sure we don't play Michigan again." So what happens now? Forget this one "We forget about this one," Fambrough said. "Nebraska beat us today. We can't let them beat us the rest of the season. Sometimes that happens when a lot of young players play their hearts out like a lot of our kids did. It's a tough disappointment for a number of seniors who are playing them for the last time. When we leave this dressing room, and we're getting ready for Iowa State, we're going to forget this one. We did the best we could. We couldn't get anything going for us on offense, but a lot of that was Nebraska's fault." . ' CT.r Tv K Look OUt I N-Saalfedl t "Ftl N-Redwinei jar VIS. . ' No matter how you look at f' ' , Jr K it, it appears that Nebraska -0' -v;'' "X ' $ $t-'-' I I LmS back Jarvis Redwine (12) ''"" I I s sr is going to be dropped by ' I I JmC teammate Dan Steiner J1 UiO Dl (58). Redwine caught the f i) -'i second-quarter screen pass L s , , X ' )eil CWfl from quarterback Tim , JtJ y- V Hager and turned it into a ' u . V CYZT A fi 1 viv 5-yardgain. $114 VW' C 1 l ilrt s ;) IHl pSSl. . 1 (I 'J 7 7 M'ht' 1 m MoWhirteri 'V' ft fl 3:y"j li 'lift fvJnr H' .(Staff photos ; Bob Corham Randy Hampton Ifarald Dreimanis GailFolda Humberto Ramirez : Web Ray WtUis Van Sickle ; ' ,;; " ' -i - 'j "x ; " ': ' - ' " 1 ,' ; ; f v t ;f 1 K-Miller - IHMii V ' HiHlH 5 pWCTlpiMBBBiwiMiS Nebraska junior running back Craig Johnson (30) has a history of good rushing days against Kansas, and Saturday's game proved to be no exception. Here, Johnson takes a handoff (1) from quarterback Jeff Quinn (11) at his own 4-yard line and approaches an enormous hole opened by the Husker offensive line (2). He broke into the open at the Nebraska 15. Kansas defensive back Delvln Miller (31) gave chase near midfield (34) but was unable to catch him. Leroy In in (47) began to close on Johnson (5) toward the end of the 96-yard run, which broke a 25-year-old Nebraska record. Individual Statistics Nebraska Offense Rushing No. Yds. Ave. Hager 2 -1 -.5 Redwine 24 157 6.4 Franklin 5 23 4.6 Brown 3 4 1.3 Hipp 6 19 3.1 Wurth 5 18 3.5 Quinn 3 17 5.8 Johnson 9 138 15.3 Steels 2 -3 -1.5 Landwehr 4 29 7.1 Mauer 5 21 4.2 Punting No. Yds. Ave. Smith 3 101 33.7 Gemar 1 37 37 Passing No. Co. Yds PI Hager 17 10 152 0 Quinn 4 2 29 0 Mauer l 0 0 0 Pass Receiving No. Miller 2 Wurth 1 Smith 4 Brown 2 Redwine 1 Hipp 1 Johnson ...1 Punt Returns No. Brown 3 Llegl ..1 Klckoff Returns No. Yds. Brown 1 21 Yds. 39 10 82 34 5 12 -1 Yds. 1 6 Kansas Offense Rushing No. Yds. Ave. Bethke 3 -11 -3.3 Sydney 3 10 3.3 Mack 5 1 .2 Hlggins 3 11 3.6 Capers 8 28 3.5 Clinton 3 -21 -7 Davis 3 2 .6 Punting No. Yds. Ave. Hubach 9 402 44.7 Passing No. Co. Yds PI Bethke 4 0 0 0 Clinton 10 5 59 3 Pass Receiving No. Yds. Hiqgins 1 7 Verser 2 27 Schleicher 1 is T. Davis 1 7 Punt Returns No. Yds. Irvin 1 u Kickoff Returns No. Yds. Little 3 58 Capers 2 43 Sydney 2 26 Mack 1 27 Defense Linemen UT AT TT Criswell 8 4 12 Toburen 6 2 8 Fox .....3 0 3 Gardner 7 2 9 Radcliffe 0 11 Jackson 3 25 McCrav 2 1 3 Zidd ..5 0 " 5 Dawson 1 0 1 Whitten 1 0 1 Schleicher l 0 1 Haus 1 2 3 Coleman 1 0 1 Linebackers McNorton 3 11 14 Nehrer 1 3 4 Young n 2 13 Sedlecek 0 1 1 Backs Miller 3 2 5 Wattelet 6 5 11 Evans 3 1 4 Irvin 5 6 11 Tumpich 7 2 9 McNeelv 1 0 1 Barrow 1 0 1 Smith 1 1 2 Scoring Story NU-KU How scored Defense Linemen UT AT TT 2 3 5 Linebacker Stove McVMrter (45) deflects Kevin Clinton (13) pass with 2:00 remtuning in the third period. Nebraska defender David Clark (63) heads down field to assist McWhirter. Cole J.Williams 0 1 .1 Horn 1 1 Clark 3 3 Welnmaster 1 0 Lee 1 1 Barnett 1 2 Pensick 4 0 Nelson 3 0 Llndstrom 1 0 1 DeLoach 0 1 1 Hlneline 1 0 1 Linebackers Baker 3 Vtrlng 5 B. Williams 2 McWhirter 3 Damkroger 2 Selbel 2 Ruud..... 1 Kot.ro... 0 1 1 Wllktnlng 0 1 1 Backs Llndqulst 1 0 1 LeRovj 2 0 2 Sims...1. Gary .1 1 ..2 0 How Scored serniiin 011 adtbd 3-0 Sukup 36 field goal Drive: 74 yards In 15 plays. Highlighted bv 10-vard pass from Hager to Wurth and 15-yard yard pass from Hager to Miller. 9-0 Redwine 54 run Drive: 76 yards In 5 plays. Highlighted by 13-yard . - I!0? bv Pronklln. Conversion : kick failed. 12-0 Sukup 41 field goal Drive: 66 yards In 8 plavs. Hager-to-Hlpp-to-Hoger pass to Smith for 29 yards. 154 Sukup 27 field goal Drive: 80 yards In 13 plays. Highlighted by two HJSoe,Lp?S85'-one ,0 Brown to"" 22 vards and the other to Smith for 18 yards. THIRD QUARTER 22-0 Miller 24 past from Hager Drive: 29 yards In 5 plays. LeRoy Intercepted a KU pass to set up the score. Conversion: Sukup kick. 29-0 Brown 12 pass from Hager Drive: 46 yards In 8 plays. Highlighted by 12 pass from Hager to Hipp and 11 run bv Redwine. Conversion: Sukup kick. 354 Johnson 1 run Drive: 69 yards in 14 plays. Highlighted by runs of 4, 5, 17, 11 by Johnson, and 30 pass to Smith from Quinn. Conversion: Sukup kick. 42-0 Johnson 94 run Drive: 99 yards In 2 plays. Set up by Interception by Means. Johnson carried for 5. Conversion: Sukup kick. Nebraska . I 15 27 Kansas 4 J. I Attendance -71011 Time Left 14:21 11:07 6:13 :25 12:45 9:03 2:45 42 0

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