Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 14, 1979 · 37
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 37

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j ' t p. ; V,. I. ' &1 f yTi J J - I -i . J . 1 fit-Horn I Nebraska's battle with Kansas was 15 points on a stingy Jayhawk defense. Here, NU defensive tackle Rod Horn Kevin Clinton (13) as Jim Ragsdale (63) prepares to stop Horn. Vcix Pf l1 I ; mi ' -u, .iiu it- linn...,- . n,naiiji.i.... "iiniiiiriiiiinniimni iiiiiiiiii'iiiaiiiimiiiiMMIiiMiliimBitiMiiiiniillilinlt'rfiM Nebraska split end Tim Smith (84) slid across the goal line after catching a 30-yard pass from quarterback Jeff Quinn but was denied a touchdown when the ball was placed on the 1-yard line' Smiih, NU's top" receiver in the game, was dropped by Kansas defender Delvin Miller (31). Craig Johnson scored his first of two touchdowns on the next play. it fft in t St 4 s y X' VI , - ' H v jri ( &''dQr: v,'. Jf Vf . r'--'.1 " A fcLfJ J ; J- rt' V I K-McNorton V i1 - ----- - - - - ' iji - , KArMkafwtdrTla (MfOWdtfMt catdnf i prewrtd U 1 K ! II K-Ragsdalej a scramble of arms and lees m the first faatiBf caa be as challenging as Kjte Kcertei (tl) oa Uas third (1) ty - mvmwm iiupMjp- half as the Huskers could manaee oniv (55) puts the heat on KU quarterback peViod punt McNorton, who led the the punt, but his momentum carry Huskers- (1973, when the Huskers blanked Kansas State and Iowa State back-to-back.) "Kansas averaged about 30 points a game the last couple of weeks," Osborne noted, "and had about 500 yards in its most recent game. They certainly didnt do anything like that today." I pess not. Kansas didn't manage a first down until less than five minutes remained in the first half and had just eight (to 28 for Nebraska) for the game. The Jayhawks gained a mere 20 net yards rushing and only 59 passing while completing just five of 23 aerials. The Husker defenders caught almost as many three! NU defensive coordinator Lance Van Zandt was proud of his troops. "It's tough to shut out a good team like Kansas," he said. "One missed tackle and you can lose a shutout. The kids played hard and we had a lot of third and fourth-unit kids in there in the fourth quarter who rose to the challenge. I loved the shutout. I hope it becomes habit forming." . Nebraska's offense wasn't exactly inept. Although failing to sustain a drive the first two times they had the ball, the Huskers scored on each of their next EIGHT possessions in a row. After a scoreless first quarter, Nebraska got close enough for the first of three Dean Sukup field goals a 36-yarder after less than a minute of the second stanza. Then came a 54-yard gallop by Red- wine for a touchdown. It was the longest run nf the vpar until .Tnhnsnn's Inno-riis. 4n..n 4..11.. n.. c. . i I I i ni ituice iduy. Dili aunup, wuu uau maue -o straight extra point boots in his career," missed. Sukup redeemed himself before Memorial Stadium's 103rd straight sellout Nebraska monster back Mark LeRoy Kansas pass on the second play of the take a 22-0 lead. Jayhawfei with 14 tackles, leaped to block him Into SmlUi'g leg (2). The contact (3) SSI i - II h JI r & H J.1-: 76,011 this time with two more field goals before halftime. One was a 41-yard-er, the other came with just 25 seconds remaining before intermission frgm 27 yards out. That pushed the Huskers in front, 15-0. "I was a little displeased we didn't get into the end zone a little more often in the first half," Osborne admitted. "I hope that won't become typical But, Kansas played a hard-hitting "defensive game. "One of the things I really liked about our offensive unit," Osborne added, "was that we didn't have any turnovers no fumbles, no passes intercepted. When we got that first pass interception right at the outset of the third quarter, we kind of broke things open." Monster back Mark LeRoy picked off a Kansas aerial on the second play of the second half at the Kansas 29. Redwine carried three times for a first down before Nebraska was penalized one of 11 flags against the Huskers for an illegal shift. "They said our tight end was down in a three-point stance before shifting to the other side of the line," Osborne explained. "Heck, we've been doing that all year, but that's the first time any ref ever said it was illegal" The call obviously didn't bother NU light end Junior Miller. On the very next play he grabbed a pass from quarterback Tim Hager, then looked like a runaway tank as he bumped off a couple of would-be tacklers while completing the 24-yard touchdown play. Three plays and a punt later the Huskers were back in business. A Hager to Hipp pass a play on which I.M. hurt his toe again started things. Another 12-yard pass this one from Hager to wingback Kenny Brown completed the (23) gets congratulated by teammate Kim Baker (41) after intercepting third quarter at the KU 29-yard line. The Huskers scored on the possession to" . . wanoug te draw the refem'i fiaf fcrsa rwgtsnc the kicker jaaoaJty, batt'iaverapef IMwaiiearfy tf jbatobM : -!. Oct. 14, 1979 Lincoln, Neb., Sundoy Journal ond Star 7D, From page m drive. The next possession, with Jeff Quinn at the controls, was aided by a roughing the punter penalty against the Jayhawks. It ended with Johnson's first touchdown, a blast from one yard out. Andy Means soon picked off a KU pass at the Husker one yardline. Johnson punched out to the six, then set sail on bis record-setting run to complete the scor uig as time ran out on the third quarter. Nebraska had 540 yards in total offense at that point The Huskers added just 71 in the final frame. "We pretty much sat on it (the lead) uj. the fourth quarter," Osborne said. "We ' " w ere using a lot of scout squad members ; who didn't know all of our plays." Osborne and Van Zandt won't have long to savor the victory. Next up is Okla-. homa State in Stillwater. And OSU knocked off highly favored Missouri, 14-13, in Columbia Saturday. The Cowboys have always been tough for Nebraska. Although an Osborne-coached team has never lost to OSU. his first club (1973) was tied 17-17 in Stillwater, while two of the other five games were decided by just four points and two others by just eight. "Jimmy (new OSU coach Jimmy Johnson) thinks his top 22 players are just as . good as those he coached when he was-! ; an assistant at Oklahoma and Pitts- ' burgh," Osborne says. "This will be oui; biggest test since Penn State." Van Zandt says playing Oklahoma Stale "is just like getting into a big Bar' : fight. They are one of the most physical teems we ever play. But I don't care who -beat who last week. If you're a goooV'-I enough football team it doesn't matter- what the other guy does as long as you keep winning yourself."

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