Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 17, 1978 · 35
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 35

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Sunday, September 17, 1978
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g ".v.1" ':."?'i'i?Kf t" ? Vf"! " r v :'": , v September 17, 1978 Lincoln, Neb., Sunday Journal and Star 5D Tomey feels something can be learned from defeat NU not part of grand scheme The going gets tougher near the goal line as Nebraska running back Craig Johnson (30) discovered Saturday afternoon. Johnson picks up five yards on this run over left guard, setting up Jim Kotera's fourth quarter touchdown. Johnson's dive with 13:01 to go in the game put the ball at the Rainbow 3. Tim Wurth (25) tries to keep Hawaii's Junior Talaesea (61) out of Johnson's path. H Hanawahine j 1 N-T. Haqer Hager proves his worth Nebraska quarterback Tim Hager (10) had a chance Saturday to show if he was worthy of the second-string position he received during the week. Hager, a Lincoln Southeast graduate, responded by rushing for 22 yards on four carries and completed five of seven aerials for 53 yards. mm v V tax ttK 1 jfeSS 1 '"f By Chuck Sinclair Staff Sporti Writer While Tom Osborne may have thought Nebraska was taking Hawaii too lightly in preparing for its 56-10 Saturday afternoon romp in the sun, it - couldn't compare with how lightly Hawaii head Coach Dick Tomey took Nebraska, the loss, or the whole game for that matter. ' Meaning no disrespect to Nebraska, Tomey admitted after the game in the Rainbows' "luxurious" quarters with all the heat piped in to make the visitors feel right at home that the game meant little in the team's season success scheme. "The Nebraska game to me was one of the least important games" on our schedule," Tomey said. "The Nebraska and USC games are the two we have the least chance to win. "The games coming up now are the ones that are the most crucial," he added.. It was with that in mind that Tomey requested the date for the contest be moved up one week from the 23rd, so the Rainbows could have a week to recover from the trials, tribulations and battering that comes with playing a major college power like Nebraska. "I wanted to have a bye after Nebraska so we could properly get ready for the rest of the season," Tomey said. "They would much rather have a bye before Indiana, and we would much rather have a bye before a game we have a chance to win." The, outcome of the game in Memorial Stadium before some 75,615 fans 358 made the trip to the mainland from Hawaii wasn't something new to Tomey. He'd had another disappointment in Lincoln back in 1973 as a UCLA assistant when Nebraska trounced the Bruins 40-13 in Osborne's first game as head coach. There was no doubt in his mind which was the greater disappointment. It was the loss by UCLA. "We were "a better team in that one," Tomey said, "And we got demolished. But there was a point in this one where it was like 7-0 in the second quarter, and we were driving, then we lined up in the wrong formation and fumbled the balL With that,-we had a total collapse of .our poise. They steamrolled us there for about 10 minutes. That's what you have to avoid when you play away from home. You can let things get going like that. "Up to that point, our defense was hanging on to them fairly well and we were mak- Staff photos by Bob Gorham Willis Van Sickle Web Ray Randy Hampton ing a few first downs," he added. "They (Nebraska) have an outstanding team. They have a lot of guys who have played a lot of football. It certainly is evident in the way they played, the poise they had." There were positive aspects of being on the short end of the score. "Everything we do, we've got to find a positive aspect, even in basically getting your butt beat," he said. "There aren't many, but we got to look at a lot of players, and we found some football players that played a lot of football against ' real good people, and that will make us better. "No. 2, I think we learned again how important poise is," Tomey said. "There was a point in the game, where we were very much in the game, and the loss of poise took us out of it. We hope that will be a lesson well-learned. "The other thing is, I think just the difference in the way we feel from our victory last week and the way we feel now will inspire us to learn more, practice better and strive for improvement," he said. "Because we sure like the feel of winning better." Tomey thinks the overall experience can do nothing but help the Rainbow Warriors in the future. "Everything in football is a matter of experience," Tomey said. "You've got to experience things in order to react well to them. We had a lot of guys experiencing things for the first time, but it can be a real growing experience for us. We've got to make it that way. That's what it's got to be." Offensive guard Greg McEl-roy also is convinced that good can come from a whipping. " I think we are ready to compete with these learns. The only way to get better is to play against good teams," McElroy said. "I think it has nothing but a positive effect on us. I would like to play them again." ' ; t4 H-ArvanetisHK3 r A. V. l ff I MCronllin t N 5 i rK; A si H-Gaison I .- a 1 - w w" Coleman r N YTi m rs't v? 1:1 rp il? 4 O', K , ; I 7V,: H-Hasiip i H r tv v pifv .lVjVvi I.-., -i- ttaiMIt .V . . if . m I -Y' ' H Hill I - v.. ! X, ' t-! Bacfe SArts catci Rainbows The Nebraska defense, which gave up 46 points in its first two outing this season, was more back to the form it showed the past decade, holding Hawaii to 10 points. As usual, Lee Kunz (38) was often in the picture. The 222-pound linebacker (left) throws off a hold by a Hawaii blocker to get to the Rainbows' leading runner Wilbert Haslip (31). Kunz finished the day with three unassisted tackles, one for a loss, and recovered a fumble. The statistical leader, however, was end Lawrence Cole (81) with 13 total tackles. Despite a block by halfback Keith Hill (32), Cole grabs ahold, (right) of Hawaii reserve quarterback Mike Stennis (7) during third quarter action. tssLl w. $ Nebraska Touchdown ?TraOTrrrTi Fullback Andra Franklin (39) gets the Cornhusker momentum going in the second quarter with this 11-yard touchdown run. The Huskers added 28 points to a 7-0 first-quarter tally for a comfortable 35-0 halftime margin. Franklin (1) takes advantage of a block by offensive guard John Havekost (6S) at the 10-yard line and speeds past Hawaii defenders Hubbard Martin (86) and Mike Arvanetis (60) to the 5-yard mark (2). He picks up added opposition near the goal (3) with defensive backs Tim Coleman (14) and Blane Galson (11) having a chance to stop the hanl-ninning Alabaman. But Franklin powers over the goal (4), holding on to the ball just long enough to count before fumbling (5). (:

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