Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 2, 1986 · 29
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r ' v. NU Coach Tom Osborne is speckled with snow on the sidelines. uffaloes From Nws Wlrm It took a while for the Colorado Buffaloes to get excited Saturday, but once they did there was no stopping them in their game against Oklahoma State. ' The Buffaloes fell behind 14-3 at halftime, but scored four touchdowns In the second half and came away with a 31-14 victory at Stillwater, Okla. :"In the first half, we didn't have any excitement about us," said Colorado Coach Bill McCartney. "I really liked the attitude of the kids before the second half." ' With quarterback Mark Hatcher throwing for one score and running for another to lead the second-half charge, Colorado rolled . Class A football teams perform . . By Ryiy Jane Hambleton The NFL regulates for parity and the NCAA limits scholarships to keep some balance. ' But Nebraska's Class A high school football teams seem to have reached a balance without any help, "This year, more than the recent post, the field seems to be wide open," said Lincoln Southeast Coach Chuck Mizer-skt "I think all eight teams have a legitimate shot at winning. "The last few years, the playoffs nave been dominated by one or two teams. ' But this year, it may be whoever gets hot and gets a few breaks. -"Grand Island hasn't lost since the first game, Fremont has obviously played well and last night both of us did. This is a whole new season and everybody feels like they can be the champion going into the first round." Southeast defeated top-ranked Fremont Friday night 10-7 to leave no undefeated teams in Class A this year. The Knights face the same task "ednesday when the playoffs open, tra- L- s- m m im m m - Money, 13 r; Nebraska's Mlcah Helbel (48) runs through the snow as t f HARALO OREIMANI86UNOAY JOURNAL-STAR stampede past Oklahoma St. to its fourth straight victory. The victory left Colorado and Oklahoma as the only unbeaten teams in the Big Eight The conference champion receives an automatic berth in the Orange BowL "We knew what was at stake here," said McCartney, whose team was coming off an upset of previously third-ranked Nebraska. "Despite the Nebraska win, it would have been devastating to lose here. Hatcher scored on a 1-yard run and hit halfback O.C. Oliver on a 23-year scoring pass before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter with a shoulder bruise. Colorado scored twice more in the fourth quarter when fullback Anthony Weather-. balancing act veiling to Fremont the No. 2 seed in Class A. Top-seeded Creighton Prep will host Ralston, No. 3 seed Millard North will host North Platte and Papillion will travel to fourth-seeded Grand Island. "That game was part of the regular season and it's over it has no bearing on the next game," Mizerski said. "I have no idea if it's good, bad or not important that we won Friday night We're not looking at it like that ' "Well just have to play hard and execute because there's not much you can do (to change) in just a few days and have it work well" Bruce Reed's Lincoln Northeast team played four playoff-bound teams Fremont Southeast Grand Island and North Platte. "We felt Southeast had the strongest defense of the teams we faced," Reed said. "They gave us more problems than anyone. Offensively, we thought Fremont was probably the best of the group but after last night, I'm not so sure. "Southeast is big and strong and they I See FOOTBALL on page 100 s.. jm dm t -7 ' By Mike Babcock : Four snowmen one large, three small occupied seats high in the near-empty east corner of the South Stadium during the third quarter. It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas and Marc Munford loved it. The weather Saturday was ideal for football, according to Munford. Playing football, anyway. "I would've hated to sit there and watch. That would've been kind of tough," Munford said after ninth-ranked Nebraska buried Kansas State 38-0 in snowy Memorial Stadium. "But playing in it is a lot of fun, sliding around in three inches of snow." .Actually, an inch and a quarter of snow fell during the first half, according to the Weather Service. But that seemed to be enough for Munford, who shrugged off the 32-degree temperature and a gusty north wind. He was happy. Of course, the Cornhusker linebacker is from Littleton, Colo., and you'd expect someone from Colorado to be comfortable playing in such conditions, right? "I hate it," said Nebraska's Rod Smith, who's from Thornton, Colo. The junior split end smiled. "I'm a sissy," he said. "I play receiver. My hands are supposed to be warm." That Munford enjoyed Saturday's spoon recovered a teammate's fumble in the end zone, and on a 2-yard run by Sam Smith. Colorado was held to only 95 total yards in the first half, when it had the ball for a little over 12 minutes. But the Buffaloe wishbone got going after intermission and finished with 354 total yards. Oklahoma State had 299 yards in offense, only 80 of it in the second half. "I really felt we had everything going our way in the first half," said Cowboy Coach Pat Jones. "We played about as well offensively against a good defensive unit as we're capable of playing." o J Oklahoma State took a 7-3 lead when Quarterback Vinny Testa verde survives interceptions, injury to lead Miami over Florida State. Page 2D. Doane ambushes Hastings in Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action, ' Page4D. If Joel Sealer had listened to his new coach, he wouldn't be playing basketball for NU. Mike Babcock Page sd. Breeders' Cup has some surprising finishes. Page 8D. Nebraska volleyball team takes out its frustrations on Oklahoma. page 9D. . Final regular-season high school volleyball ratings leaders will face some hungry foes in tournament play. Page 1 0P. m fm m M j -fp)faAJtf .gCtft fl HI tH aBlTt SlSl H..g Kansas State's Tyreese Herds (38) weather had nothing to do with his being from Colorado, according to Smith. "Those defensive guys are a little crazy," Smith said, smiling again. What effect did the weather have? Obliterated yardlines The snow, which became a blizzard in the second quarter, obliterated the yard-lines and forced a 20-minute delay at the start of the second half while NU groundskeeper Bill Shepard used a tractor and blade to clear the field. At halftime, the band played from its seats on the east side of the stadium. . The weather cut down the crowd, a sellout officially announced at 75,893. But a significant number had left by half-time, and by the fourth quarter, the stadium seemed less than half full It produced what Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne called "the worst playing conditions we've had here in the 24-or 25-odd years I've been coaching. ' "I've always been able to tell recruits, particularly from the South and West Coast, 'It's cold, but we never play in the snow.' And we really haven't We've had a couple of days when we've had some flurries, but it's never collected on the field before. This is a first for me." Even though Munford loved it, the ' snow did affect the play. Until the second half, after the field Mike Gundy hit Hart Lee Dykes on a 17-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter. Later in the period, the Cowboys went 99 yards in 17 plays with Thurman Thomas scoring on a 3-yard run. Iowa St. 37, Missouri 1 4 Iowa State Coach Jim Criner added a punctuation mark to the Cyclones' victory over Missouri at Columbia, Mo. Leading 34-14, Criner called a timeout with five seconds to play to allow Rick Frank to kick a 25-yard field goal "(Missouri Coach) Woody (Widenhofer) has got a million excuses and we just See BIG EIGHT on page 2D Weather spook game hunters i By Gary Svoboda Cold, wet weather played a trick on Nebraska hunters one day after Halloween as the upland pme season opened . statewide on Saturday. With a major weather front moving through the state, pheasant and quail hunters generally faced strong winds combined with rain and snow from border to border. As if that wasn't bad enough, heavy vegetation and unharvested standing crops combined to make it even tougher as late Saturday afternoon statistics indicated a success rate of just over a third of-a-bird per hunter. . A telephone survey revealed 2,315 hunters harvested 8,18 pheasants, a success rate of .361. As expected, the best success was found in the southwest region, which has good bird numbers and the most complete harvesting of crops. In that area, 465 hunters harvested 198 birds for a sue-cess rate c.425. 5 - ' d i i , , ,' t h "i s 4 " ' ' tries to tackle him. was cleared, offensively "you just had to : run straight ahead. You couldn't do a lot," said Munford, who led Nebraska with 11. tackles, six unassisted. "It was slippery. When they ran in the middle, it was tough stopping them because you couldn't get any traction. You had to concentrate on keeping your feet and not over-running the play." That's why a fast start was important Nebraska scored 17 points in the first quarter, before the heavy snow came. "I was pretty concerned when I saw the snow collecting because this kind of a day can be a tremendous equalizer " Osborne said. "We thought we had a bet-,; ter football team, and yet you can envision somebody getting a quick, easy score. Then the field gets almost unplayable, stays that way, and you lose." 1 . Prior to the game, Osborne told his players "we needed to jump on them ; right away, the first few drives," said Smith, whose 60-yard punt return set up the 26-yard field by Dale Klein that capped NU's 17-point first quarter. NU scored three times Nebraska scored the first three times it had the balL Touchdowns by I-back Keith Jones and quarterback Steve Taylor preceded Klein's field goal - Jones, who carried 18 times for 109. SeeHUSKERSonpage6D Mark Hatcher crops In the southeast part of the state, 1,649 . hunters bagged 593 birds for a .359 success mark. The Panhandle, which still hasn't come close to recovering from' the severe winter of 1983-84, trailed with' 201 hunters harvesting 47 birds for a success ratio of .233. t "The weather overwhelms everything else, we're going to have to wait until -conditions improve to see, what we have," said Game and Parks Commis-' sion upland game specialist Jim Mitch-elL ' Because of the weather, hunting pressure was down at three major check stations Saturday. At Wahoo, for instance, 110 hunters were checked Saturday, compared to 204 last year. At Crete, 131 1 hunters were counted compared to 203 In 1985, and at Syracuse 270 hunters checked in birds compared to 370 last season on opening day. i , While the Syracuse hunters bagged only 122 pheasants, they added 198 quail See UPLAND on page 1 1 D and J jM l Styftjft g ft. n1tVir1i art sts)i A0kj4Jtt fT m0 SVjISJii Tfi affl .tf.jffl atV r rts?al t Sunday Journal-0tar fi- IP I . '''. - i f - . .. ..i. . - . T i 46 t 4 H fj if H-.i . - ..a; 1 U i if it f.. I: i M M u " ' ' f r v ' ,'f RANDY HAMPTONSUNDAY JOURNAL-STAR Quote of the game t NU defensive end Broderlck Thomas on the snowstorm:' ; "It makes the game a little; better. iYou see the snow flying off the other players' when you hit them." .1.' Scoring, team statsj; Kansas State O O O O-'d. Nebraska 17 O 14 7 38 NU K.Jones 2 run (Klein kk) ' -NU Taylor 14 run (Klein kick) Mi NU FG Klein 26 -.t NU Taylor 1 run (Klein kick) nu R. scnnitzier 33 pass trom Taylor (Klein kick) NU K. Jones 1 run (Klein kick) 8- A 75,893 . '..s:: I'."': KSU NUj First downs 7 22 Rushes-yards ' 48-90 60-323 ' Passing yards 16 60 Total yards 106 385 Return yards . 0 1 . 116 Passing 2-8-2 3-8-2, Punts 10-35.5 3-36.0 Fumbles-lost 3-0 ' 4-3 ( Penalties-yards 5-40 7-63 Time of possession 128:45 31:15 Third-down conversions 2-15' 6-12 Fourth-down conversions 1-1 V 0-0' . On the Inside Keith Jones. NU offense'.: back on track. Page 6D r - Plainsmen overwhelm Concordia By Curt McKeever f jf SEWARD Too many combinations were in Nebraska Wesleyan's-favorj Saturday, and as a result, the Plainsmen, clinched at least a tie for the Nebraska .Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship with their 35-7 triumph over Concordia, . . . They did so combined with Hastings' 14-0 loss to Doane. The most damaging NWU combinaV ion was quarterback Scott Cooper and ide receiver Tim Beebe. The pair1' looked up for an 11-yard score in the first quarter, and a 37-yarder in the fourth. Beebe's first TD reception gave lim 1,715 career receving yards, eclips-Jig the previous; NWU record of 1,7(1 neld by receivers coach Greg Peterson; His fourth-quarter score gave him 19 career TD receptions, one less than the record held by Peterson. - ; Passing the difference ; Beebe also scored on the ground returning the second-half kickoff 85 yards, Earlier, he had returned a punt 52 yards for an apparent touchdown that was nullified by a penalty1, "' o!! But, "the difference was their passing," Concordia Coach Larry Oettlng said. "Cooper as Just superb. . ' "They've got a good, balanced attack,' and we felt that we had to run the ball and control the ball in order to give OUT defense a chance." Snow didn't slow NWU One might figure that the snow and drizzle which fell steadily the entire game would help Oetting's team slow down Wesleyan's second-ranked passing attack. Instead, Cooper and backup Jack Jensen combined for 258 yards. Cooper finished with 203 of those and threw an-See NWU on page 40 ' is a a j a . Jt - 1'

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