Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 29, 1978 · 19
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 19

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Friday, September 29, 1978
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ynpnyiriry opui IS lincoln Journal Friday, September 29, 1978 1 9 Revenge-minded Indiana crucial test for uskers H i! 1 ! n k i By Virgil Parker Sports Editor BLOOMINGTON, Ind - When two "Big Red" teams meet each other In football, that's the signal for one of the most crucial games of the season. It means that Nebraska and Oklahoma are about to clash in a game that most often decides the Big Eight Conference championship. Well, Nebraska meets another "Big Red" - Indiana - here Saturday. And the outcome may be more pivotal in de-terming the direction and success of the Cornhuskers than any other game of the current campaign. The contest also has a special significance for the Hoosiers of coach Lee Corso. It will be Indiana's first TV appearance (air time is 12:30 p. m. with the kickoff at 12:50 p. m.) since 1972. And the Hoosiers, fresh from a victory over defending Rose Bowl champion Washington, are sky-high with enthusiasm over the chance to show a Memorial Stadium crowd of 40,000 and the TV audience that they are a bonafide Big Ten Conference title contender. The matchup is actually the first of a critical two-game road trip for Nebraska. The Huskers open conference play at Guidry, Rice spark By Associated Press It's status quo in the American League East the New York Yankees are still one game ahead of the Boston Red Sox, and Ron Guidry and Jim Rice are still destroying the opposition. Guidry fired a four-hitter and struck out nine to set a club record of 243 strikeouts for the season as the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 Thursday night. "He's a remarkable young man," Yankees Manager Bob Lemon said of Guidry, 24-3 after posting his 11th victory in his last 13 starts. His winning percentage of .889 is the best of any 20-game winner in major league history. His earned run average of 1.72 is the lowest by a left Kleege celebration stifled by injury By Randy York Staff Sports Writer Californian Bruce Kleege felt Thursday like it was New Year's and he had an ice pack and a headache. Actually, he had a pulled stomach muscle, but what a way to celebrate a win over Jurgen Fassbender! As soon as he shook hands with the second-seeded West German after scoring a 7-6, 7-6 upset in the Lincoln Tennis Classic, Kleege headed to St. Elizabeth's Community Health Center. "The doctor said I pulled some muscle tissue in my stomach," explained Kleege, who was forced to default from his match with doubles partner Joe Garcia Thursday evening. Friday night's quarterfinal match against Connecticut's John Hayes is still questionable. "I'll just have to see how I feel" Kleege said. "I'll have ice on it all day and try to heat up and loosen up an hour before the match. I'm sure I'll play. The injury doesn't affect ground strokes. It just affects your serve and overhead." Trouble is, Kleege's forte is his serve. More than likely, it won't be at full strength against Hayes, but the former twice All-American from BYU has already told himself he's not going to worry about it "I pulled the muscle early in the second set against Fassbender," Kleege said. "I just had to ease up on my serve and forget about it." That was particularly hard because the same injury three years ago put Kleege on the sidelines an entire season at BYU. "I haven't had any problems since," he said, obviously disappointed with the timing of a reoccurrence. "Fassbender (vho claims Jimmy Con- Hipp ready to celebrate Indiana anniversary By Randy York Staff Sports Writer It's time to celebrate an anniversary, says I.M. Hipp. If there's a beer that made Milwaukee famous, there's a game that made I.M. Hipp famous Indiana, He danced and he darted and he zigged and he zagged to a Nebraska single game rushing record tjf 254 yards on only 28 carries in the Huskers' 31-13 win over the Hoosiers. Even though he never reached the end zone that historic Saturday of Oct 1 in Lincoln, Hipp reached the hearts of every Nebraska fan, even those who were waiting for the second coming of Johnny Rodgers, a miracle they thought they'd never see. It's been a year. Bloornington may not be Lincoln, but the home-state fans can watch Nebraska's junior I-back celebrate an important anniversary because Ames against Iowa State the following Saturday. And the Cyclones have sidelined the Huskers the past two years in a row. "The next two weeks will tell us a lot," Cornhusker Coach. Tom Osborne observes. "If we can win these two we should be pretty good. If we dont, things could be pretty tough." Osborne isn't worrying about Iowa State right now, however. "Make no mistake," he says. "Indiana has a fine team. In fact, we wont play a whole lot of teams this season who are any better than they are." Indiana, the only team other than Michigan and Ohio State to finish in the upper division of the Big Ten the past two seasons, is constantly improving, Corso claims. He points to the recent series of games with Nebraska as proof. "They (Nebraska) bombed us 450 three years ago," he recalls. "The next year we played better, but Nebraska still won rather easily, 45-13. Last year it was 3113." Osborne says the score last year "was not close to being indicative of the game. They played well and we were in trouble until the end." In that contest, Indiana trailed by the hander since Carl Hubbell's 1.66 in 1933. Rice, meanwhile, belted his 45th home run of the season to back the three-hit pitching of Mike Torrez as the Red Sox stayed within one game of the first-place Yankees by defeating the Detroit Tigers 1-0. "He has to be just about the strongest guy I've ever seen with a bat," said Detroit Manager Ralph Houk, after Rice muscled a drive through a stiff crosswind into the center field bleachers leading off the fourth inning for the only run of the game. "I didn't think it could be done, but he did it." In other games Thursday night, the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2, the Texas Rangers trimmed . Bruce Kleege nors among an impressive list of victims) is the highest-ranked player I've beaten," Kleege said. "What hurts is I've been playing so welL A win in the quar-. teriinals would move my point ranking up 20 spots and get me into some Grand Prix tournaments. But that's the way it goes, I guess. Everyone has the same problems." Kleege would have been favored over Hayes in the quarterfinals, since he beat him, 7-6, in the third set of a second-round match last week at Tinton Falls, N.J. "I lost, 7-6, in the third set of my semifinal match against the eventual champion of that tournament, so I've been playing better than I did my first year as a pro," Kleege said. As badly as the 23-year-old from LaJol-la, Calif., wants to win Friday night, he wont take any unnecessary chances. "Ill warm up and if it feels good, 111 play," he said. "I'm not going to take any pain pills or muscle relaxers because you're liable to stretch more than you should and tear the tissue instead of pull it "That would put me out a couple months. It's not worth it If I'm hurting, I just won't mess with it." Saturday's Nebraska-Indiana intersec-tional battle is on regional television. "I have some things to prove," Hipp says, indicating one of them is to a relative with a promising future on the Hoosiers. Jerry Bowers, a sopnomore fullback, broke into the Indiana lineup last week with 57 yards on eight carries in a 14-7 win over defending Rose Bowl champion Washingtoa Bowers is a distant cousin of Hipp's. They played one season together at Chapin, S.C., High School when Hipp was a senior and Bowers a sophomore. "We spent a lot of time together last summer," Hipp said. "We'd talk about this game. He said I got all the publicity last year and this year was his turn." Since Hipp will start and Bowers will not, he should hold the upper hand. An encore for last year's 254 yards may seem impossible, but Hipp doesn't think it is. A.:, f tatfT ,-:..:..-..:....J NU-Indiana lineups NEBRASKA OFFENSE INDIANA No. Nome Ht. wt.Yr. Fo Yr.Wt. Jt. Name No. 89 Miller (-4 222 Jr. Tl Sr. 243 4-4 Powers S3 73 K. Clark M 275 Sr. LT So. 248 4-5 Anting 73 54 Cotton 4-5 245 Sr. LG Sr. 234 4-1 Colby 45 57 Saalfeld 4-4 237 Jr. C Sr. 230 44 Heldel 50 48 Llndqulst 44 250 Sr RG jr. 248 4-3 Johnson 44 74 Ohrt 4-4 244 Sr. RT Sr. 255 44 Peacock 72 84 Smith 4-3 194 Jr. SE Jr. 194 4-5 Friede 88 12 Sorley 4-2 200 Sr. QB Sr. 202 4-3 Arnett 14 32 Hipp 44 200 Jr. IB Sr. 184 5-11 Burnett 28 35 Bern! 4-2 205 Sr. FB So. 190 Ml Bowers 29 22 Brown 44 174 Jr. WB Jr. 174 44 Flshel 80 NEBRASKA DEFENSE INDIANA No. Name ' Ht. Wt.Yr. Pos Yr.Wt. Ht. Name No. 81 Cole 4-2 204 Jr. LE Sr. 199 4-3 Mcintosh 27 55 R. Horn 4-5 259 Jr. LT Kr 228 4-3 Leake 92 51 Welnmaster 44 214 Jr. MO Jr. 227 4-1 Wlllhite 74 97 Barnett 4-5 242 Jr. RT So. 229 44 Titdale 97 94 Andrew 44 223 Sr. RE Sr. 222 5-11 Smith 55 40 Dunning 4-3 214 Sr. LB Sr. 220 4-1 Norman 35 38 Kunz 4-1 218 Sr. LB Sr. 217 4-2 Sybert 32 29 Plllen 44 183 Sr. M Sr. 185 4-1 Abrams 2 14 Fischer 5-9 145 Sr. CB Sr. 190 5-11 Hodge 23 34 Meant 44 172 So. CB Sr. 171 44 Swlnehart 20 9 Gary Ml 184 So. S Sr. 142 5-9 Keneipp 37 Site: Bloomlngton, Ind. Kickoff: 12:50 p. m. Broadcasts: KFAB, KLIN, wow, KFOR. Telecast ABC-TV, channels 7 and Cable 4, 12:30 p. m. narrow margin of 17-13 with 11 minutes to go when the Hoosiers saw a fourth-down try for one yard fail Nebraska took over and went in to score and then the teams the Seattle Mariners 4-3 and the California Angels outscored the Chicago White Sox 11-7. Guidry was pitching with just three, days rest instead of his normal four, but it didn't matter very much as he erased the team strikeout record of 239 set by Jack Chesbro in 1904. "It's just another record," he said. "Somebody else will probably break it again in 60 or 70 years." Torrez' victory, despite seven walks, was his first since Aug 18. He was 0-6 in . eight starts since then. He was aided by four Boston doufble plays and a marvelous throw by center fielder Fred Lynn, who threw out Jason Thompson trying to score from second on Milt May's fourth-inning single. "This was a big lift but we've got to keep on winning," said Boston captain Carl YastrzemskL Detroit rookie Kip Young allowed just three hits, but one of them was Rice's homer. Rice now has 397 total bases in his bid to become the first American Leaguer to reach 400 since Joe DiMaggio in 1937. Nebraska gymnasts on f Wide World' Nebraska fans will get a double dose of sports exposure this Saturday on television. Besides the Nebraska-Indiana football game, set for a 12:30 p. m. airtime on channels 7 and cable 4, Nebraskans will also get to see three of the state's top gymnasts in action on Wide World of: Sports at 4 p. m., also on 7 and cable 4. The gymnasts will be Nebraska University competitors Jimmy Hartung and Larry Gerard and Omaha South senior Phil Cahoy who were competing in the U. S. tryouts for the World Games. Hartung ended up third in the event while Cahoy was sixth and Gerard 10th. Hartung and Cahoy made the U. S. team. T Sport 1 V Scene Saturday Football Indiana vs. Nebraska, 12:30 p.m., OS) NFL Game of the Week, 5 p.m., CB Viking Report, 9 p.m., ( Baseball Ma lor League game, 1:15 p.m., Q CB Golf World Series of Golf, 2:30 p.m., Q CD Sports specials Sports Spectacular, Woodward Stakes, World 3-Day Event eaueste-rian competition, 4 p.m., G CD Wide World of Sports, Gymnastics trial from Okla. City, Sllverstone 125 auto race, 4 p.m., O 3) "What I did last year, with the blocking of our line, can be repeated," he said. "I know some people still dont believe in this year's offensive line, but 111 say one thing. It's a mean crew up there and they're going to make the holes that will allow us to run to daylight" Hipp believes Indiana, like Alabama did so successfully, will try mainly to check Nebraska's outside running game the pitches and the sweeps. , California and Hawaii tried to follow suit with obviously much less success. Hipp is hoping and expects the same fate to befall the Hoosiers. "If they forget our inside game ..." Hipp said, leaving a blank at the end of a sentence he hopes to complete sometime late Saturday afternoon. Talking about it just makes I.H. Hipp nervous. "I feel itchy about it right now," he said, "This week is going to be a W hole lot Cornhuskers added a final touchdown after Indiana fumbled a punt with just 58 seconds remaining. Both teams are run oriented. Indiana - . .. v I Vn ., STAFF PHOTO BY BOB PEARSON Northeast's Pat Neill (6) is hauled down by a Bellevue East defender during the Rockets' 34-16 win Thursday night. Watching is LNE's Mike Hohbein (80). Curry peps Rocket blastoff By Ken Hambleton Prep Sports Writer Lincoln Northeast had rumbled through three of its first four games this season. But the Rockets' rumble became a second half explosion Thursday night at Seacrest Field as Northeast, behind the running of Tom Curry, rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat Bellevue East, 34-16. "We played the best half of football we have all year," said Els, whose fourth-ranked Rockets are 5-0. "And Tom Curry is as good as I've seen in a high school running back," he said. Curry, who scored three touchdowns and rushed for 220 yards on 17 carries, answered, "we have the best darn blockers in the state." "We didnt do anything differently in the second half offensively, and we actually kept the same defense the whole second half," said Els. "The change was mentaL After Ken Calkins kicked off into the end zone to open the second half, we were so fired up, I dont care who we were playing at that time, we would have won," said Els. different. I'm not predicting anything, but I feel this is the week for everything to fit together. I'm ready. I can hardly wait for the Big Eight and it all has to start with Indiana. "These last two weeks, we've been hostile with our own teammates. It seems like everybody is ready to go out and blow people out of the way." It's the attitude which helped Hipp become a national football name last year. Indiana put him on the map, so to speak, and he's anxious to have everyone remember where he lives. "I'm working hard every day and every night," he said. "I still have confidence that this season win be better than last season." Hipp, the eternal optimist, believes it's only a matter of time. "It's going to break open. Sooner or later, it's going to break open," he said. Tm waiting, but my patience is wearing out I know it's going to happen and I would just as soon it start this week." attempted just three passes completing none while beating Washington last week. The Huskers'strength is in the running of I-back I.M. Hipp and fullback Richard Bems. Hipp personally manhandled Indiana last year in Lincoln as he set a school single game rushing record of 254 yards. Indiana will counter with tailback Dar-rick Burnett, who has averaged over 100 yards in an opening-season loss to LSU and the Washington victory. Nebraska is 2-1 on the young season after losing to Alabama but bouncing back with victories over California and Hawaii. Corso feels sustaining a ground attack will be the key. "The team that controls the ball wins eight out of 10 games," he says. "If you're forced into a shootout with a lot of passing, you lose." Thus defense may well be the deciding factor. Indiana's defense is led by senior linebacker Joe Norman and senior safety Dave Abrams, who already has three pass interceptions. The Hoosiers were especially stingy against Washingtoa The Rose Bowl champs managed just 177 yards on the ground. Nebraska will counter with an experienced defense up front led by co-captain end George Andrews, middle guard Northeast's sprititual uplifting had to do with the return of quarterback Randee Johnson, according to Els. Johnson, who had missed the last three weeks of practice and the last three Northeast games, joined the Northeast offense for the first time In the second half. The first time he touched the ball he scored on a nine-yard run to close the score to 16-13 with 10:03 left in the third quarter. Jeff Svoboda set up the score when he recovered a punt snap that sailed over the Bellevue punters' head at the East 14. "Johnson wasn't at full speed, but he sure didn't hurt our offense," said Els. "We were fired up and then we got the big plays to give us an even bigger boost." Curry, the leading scorer in Class A with 68 points, burst around the left end behind the blocking of Svoboda, and scampered 49 yards to put Northeast ahead 20-16 with 4:15 left in the third quarter. "I think everybody in the huddle was lifted a little when Randee (Johnson) came in in the second half," said Curry. "I don't know if I was the difference, NU travel roster While Hipp was getting ready for Indiana, Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne was also, as he released the travel roster for Saturday's game against Indiana. Six new faces are included on the list In addition to the Huskers expected travel squad, one senior, two juniors and three sophomores have been .added to this week's 59-player list Big Eight rules provide that 60 players can travel to non-conference games. The new faces include senior defensive tackle Bill Bryant; junior defensive backs Paul Letcher and David Llegl; and tight end Steve Davies, defensive end Daryl Holmes and wingoack Anthony Steels, all sophomores. Nebraska worked out for 90 minutes Thursday, with emphasis on the kicking game. Osborne said the Huskers leave for Bloomington, Ind, Friday afternoon and would practice at 4 p.m. at Indiana's Memorial Stadium. Kerry Weinmaster and tackle Rod Horn, plus linebackers Lee Kunz and Bruce Dunning. On pass defense, however, the Huskers rank next-to-last in the Big Eight. "Indiana may throw 35 times against us or they might not throw at all'Os-borne says. "I'm sure they'll do what they think they need to do in an attempt to win. Indiana has improved in all areas each year," Osborne adds. "They have recruited better players and it shows, both offensively and defensively. Over the last three years they always have had a few good individuals, but not enough of them. Now they have depth." Nebraska, 12th ranked in the nation by both AP and UPI, will be appearing on TV for the second time this season. The Huskers lost to Alabama before a nationwide audience. Nebraska has been on TV 44 times, winning 24 and losing 20. The Huskers are 6-6 at home and 8-9 on the road, but 10-5 in bowl appearances. The game, for the benefit of TV, kicks off at an earlier hour (12:50 p.m., Lincoln time) than usual. Nebraska and Indiana have met 18 times in the past, with the Huskers winning six, the Hoosiers nine, while three have been ties. but the line was firing out really well," said Johnson. "The veer was working great on almost every play in the second half." Curry proved the point when he trailed guard Ron Price around the left end for a 19-yard touchdown with 9:38 left In the game. Then, adding to the evidence, the 5-9, 150-pound halfback, darted 83 yards on a dive play with 33 seconds left in the game to close the scoring. "We were going to just run out the clock with the dive play. But the guys in the huddle said 'lets go for it," said Curry. "I think we had the momentum by then." Northeast's defense, which had held the Chieftains once in the first half, shackled Bellevue without a first down in the third quarter and limited the Chieftains' powerful running game to 53 yards in the second half. The Rockets got into trouble just once in the third quarter when they were stalled on their 25 yard line. But a 77-yard punt by Calkins solved the problem. "It takes two halves to win a game," said Bellevue East Coach Bill James, whose team is 1-4. "Curry was getting great blocking to get to our linebackers, and then he just outran them. It was too' late for our defensive backs to even give him a good chase then. "We were slowed offensively when Mobley (quarterback Bob) was hobbled with his old ankle injury late in the first half and that took away a lot of our effectiveness," James said Mobley rushed for 72 yards in the first half and put the Chieftains ahead 16-7 at the intermission. He scored on a 36-yard run to end a a 59-yard eight-play drive early in the first quarter. The Rockets tied the gtme when Mike Hohbein recovered a fumble by Jim Prai in the endzone. Prai lost the ball at the East five and the ban spurted into Hoh-bein's hands. Mobley set up a 24-yard field goal by Andy Devttt, which put Bellevue ahead 10-7 in the second quarter. East defensive tackle Doug Dayd intercepted a Northeast pass at the LNE 45 late in the first half, and seven plays later Mobley hit Jeter Barnhill on a 28 yard touchdown pass on a fourth down and eight situation to give the Chieftains a comfortable halftime lead. Northeast faces Lincoln East at Sea-crest Field next Friday, while Bellevue East, now 1-4, meets Creigntua Prep Thursday at Omaha Burke.

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