Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 2, 1986 · 34
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 34

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Sunday, November 2, 1986
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TTTTT II . ".. V NOVEMBER 2. 19M- SUNDAY JOURNAL-STAW- msuciuino IT j.ones j mv offense get good feeliiig after' ;Big in . -" - ' - -Ill-.'WMHHM(IJJ.I.M " TOM WW; ' , I I NffA tfA-s . -kSlB ; J v,'. ffe :." jity mm . ' 'I- -' ' '' 1 By Ken Hambleton r The feeling Is patn. But it's a good pain that Keith Jones gets from his bumps' and bruises. "I like the way ' you feel after the game, when you win and you feel like you know you've been in the game. Maybe a little bruised up, but feeling like you've played," said Jones, who scored two touchdowns and rushed for 109 yards in Nebraska's 38-0 victory over Kansas State Saturday at Memorial Stadium. ' "My body feels like it was definitely in a game,' unlike the last one where I didnt even feel like I had played," he said. Jones, the second leading rusher in the Big Eight, was held to nine yards rushing last week in Nil's loss to Colorado. ) ' -,; , Saturday against Kansas State, Jones rushed for 27 yards on the first play of the game to start a nine-play, 47-yard scoring drive that he capped with a 2-yard dive over left tackle. . The junior from Omaha Central carried seven times for 45 yards on a 61-yard scoring drive midway in the second quarter and later took a pitch for a 14-yard gain to ignite a scoring drive that ended on his 1-yard touchdown run early tn the fourth quarter. J ! "Last week was such a disappointment for me. It was the worst game of tny life. I've never had a game like that, even in midget football, and I took it personally ,H Jones said. : 1 ; "We needed this game.. The whole offense wants to prove as a unit that we can play harder than we did last week," he said. - ; ' ' -"" Nebraska, held to its lowest rushing total since 1978 a week ago, rushed 60 times for 325 yards and rolled up a total of 385 yards against Kansas State. -A "If we were 100 percent today, we were only 75 percent last week," Jones said. "The difference was the lack of mistakes." "I think we got back on track," said offensive guard John McCormick. We scored 38 points and had close to 400 yards in a blizzard. We could have probably had some more yards and points with a dry field and a few less turnovers." v McCormick and Jones said the Nebraska offense was limited to power plays because of the poor footing " "We had to change our : offensive philosophy," McCormick sail "We're usually an off-tackle, option team, but we had to use the basic power game. Nebraska l-back Keith Jones (6) looks for an opening around the left side as guard Stan Parker (74) makes a block. Jones rushed for -1 09 yards and twp touchdowns. ; broken for a long one, but because you he didnt want us to ever punt as much and I naa never piayea in snow oeiore, couldn't cut back, you had to pretty as we did last week. The good sign was, he said "But you can't think about it If. much Ret what you could get," he said. we only punted three times." . you ao, u s going io aueu. y ou. Quarterback . Steve rayior oi san That's hard on linemen in this kind of weather because you slip on your initial step and it's hard to maintain blocks for very long." v Jones said the fooling took some adjustment "You had to be very careful on your first step, get the ball and then try to accelerate carefully so you didn't fall down. ( He said it didn't appear to be a prob lem for the line, though. "The line really fired off and blocked welL The holes were there long enough. And if I have to go inside because we want to cut down the risks, then that's fine with me." "The line came off the ball so well today. I would have like to seen what we could have done on a dry field," he said. "There were some runs that could have been cut back, and maybe have been hi sh h i( aS ! "Last week was a learning experience for us. It opened our eyes that we have " Diego, Calif., who passed for 60 yards to concentrate me personally and and a touchdown and rushed for 68 yards make every practice count," he said. "I and a pair of touchdowns, said he had to could tell all this week and especially on fight off thoughts about the cold and the first drive that we were going to be snow. the way we should. Coach Osborne said , "I was thinking to myself, 'I was cold', Huskers 9 defense throws shutout at "I think todav, I did OK made some correct reads. We had some very nice drives, capitalized on some turnovers, something we didnt do against Colora-., do," Taylor said. "It's nice to have (a good performance) coming off a bad game." r . i heats up n - WiMcats ..IT NU cornerback Charles Fryar (10) returns an interception as Kansas State's Clark Brown (22) tries to make the tackle and Husker teammate Brad Tyrer (83) lends support. 1 By Ken Hambleton Some fans made snowmen in the stands. The cheerleaders made angels in the snow in the end zone. And the Nebraska defense made a mess of the Kansas State offense in a 38-0 shutout Saturday at Memorial Stadium. It was the first shutout for NU since a 49-0 blowout of Iowa State last year and it was the 27th shutout in the series with Kansas State. "The snow made it prettier," said defensive end Broderick Thomas, a Houston native. "I'd never played in the snow before. Heck, before I came here, I hadn't played in the rain. "It was actually a lot of fun," Thomas said. "It makes the game better. You see the snow flying off the other guys when you hit them. The cold makes it sound better when the helmets hit There was more of a crack, almost a ring to it when you hit helmets." ; Cornerback Charles Fryar said he also had fun playing in the snow. "I'd love to play in the snow every week," Fryar said. "I think we all were (having fun) except for Brian Davis (NU cornerback from Phoenix). He said he didn't like it at all" The Huskers limited K-State's offense, ranked No. 100 in scoring offense and 101st in total offense, to just five first downs and 56 yards of total offense as NU jumped out to 38-0 lead. ,. Fryar intercepted a pass that slipped through tine fingers of receiver Clark Brown on K-State's first offensive play of the game and it went downhill from there for the Wildcats. "We were in a type of hold-back defense, we call a '9-tech-nique,'" Fryar said. "We just sit back and wait to see what happens first. And right off the bat I had the ball in my hands. I saw it go through the receiver's hands and here I was convj ing up to make the hit and, all of a sudden, it was in my arms"; Fryar and the rest of the Nebraska defensive backs were, not as busy as usual The NU linemen and linebackers made 457. of the 47 unassisted tackles made on Wildcat ball carriers; Of, the 82 total tackles made by the Black Shirts, only six involved NU defensive backs. ... One of the reasons for those statistics was the eight-man, three-deep zone defense NU used throughout the second half. Nebraska defensive coordinator Charlie McBride said thaf Kansas State ran a two-tight end offensive set often. "Their offense hasn't shown much of any passing out of that set-he" said. ' T - Fryar said he was surprised by the lack of passing, too. . "We expected about 60 percent passes but they didn't throw: much at all," he said. "They didn't really get beyond the line' that often, passtag or running.";' 7 - ' . .. ' KSU's only scoring threat, to the Nebraska 10 after a fiim ble on the NU 16, ended in a missed field goal "We needed to have that (the shutout), to really shut somel body down," McBride said. : "I was a little disappointed we didn't keep the run down-more. But that Jordan (KSU back Tony) is a big, powerful guy. When you hit him, he goes forward. He did get some yard-' age on us." ' . ' " 'u' Jordan finished with 45 yards on 25 carries. ' "" Fryar said the defensive performance was just fulfilling a'' promise the Black Shirts made to themselves. " "After the loss last week, we didn't want anyone to eve score on us again, a field goal, a touchdown, a safety, anything." From pag1D Huskers yards, and Taylor also ran for touch-idowns in the second half. ' ; Nebraska's other touchdown came on a'33-yard pass from Taylor to split, end iBobb Schnitzler late in the third quarter. ! While the Cornhuskers, who amassed 385 yards of offense, occasionally ran options, Kansas State used a conservative joffense, incorporating two tight ends. The Wildcats were limited to 106 total yards. Tony Jordan, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound tailback, had 25 carries. "It looked like they were just running time off the clock most of the time," Osborne said. " Kansas State attempted eight passes, completed two and had two intercepted. : i Quarterback Randy Williams threw a pass on the Wildcats' first play from scrimmage, and it was Intercepted by cornerback Charles Fryar to set up Nebraska's second touchdown. Nebraska also threw two interceptions and lost three of four fumbles. "I was a little disappointed in the turnovers we had, but I guess It was the kind of day where you were going to have some," said Osborne. - What kind of day was it? It was one on which Osborne might have made another pitch for an indoor practice facility ... or domed stadium. It was a setting which seemed more appropriate for the front of a holiday greeting card than a sporting event It was a day to dream of bowl games, m places like Miami, Phoenix and Orlando, Fla. "Ill have something to talk. about in our Monday morning meeting," said Bob Moore, a representative of the -Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando. It was a day on which Fryar could make a snowball and toss it at teammate Brian Davis while waiting for Kan-' sas State to break from its huddle. Davis, a senior cornerback from Phoenix, Ariz, would have been a happier without the snow, Munford said. "B.D.' doesn't like it at all He was complaining about it yesterday," said Munford. "(Middle guard Danny) Noo-nan and I were saying, 'We hope it snows.' B.D. said, 'I can't believe you guys want to play in the snow.' " It was a day on which Osborne recalled a professional game in which he played for the Washington Redskins. The snow was so heavy in Washington, D.C, "they couldn't get the tarp up," Osborne said. "We put about 50,000 holes in the tarp, played right on top of It" The Redskins lost 3-0, when the New York Giants kicked a field goal after recovering a punt fumbled away by a veteran wlo didn't listen to his coach. T-xrsi 7TT' ,ir? .'-- ':a ' u p 3 Yr 'u W'-r: tv. ' ' ' P''"v i 1 s " t . ' if ffjw 5, , ' s ? I! ,f- v- V V w "I stood beside the head coach, who said, 'Now dont field the ball,' " said Osborne. "Right then, I decided coaching is a crazy business. The guy (returner) had been playing for 12 years, and the coach told him not to field the balL" . . . UIVj.4 .. . n n .Un ...amI . in any CObe, Uldl WOa UIC nuiab' ... .... . ., . , L.. bj.. n...U n a kl. Cn.ual mint nhim In tka Vaneaa Ctt a m!l,.iau UiMnnk ttii conditions I've been In," Osborne said. Husker HOfl smim ibj toiiows a crusning diock oy duiiii utn w u u .. .iu. Wu,0,,uiaiD-, miunoy And this was the second-worst" "" first quarter. v. r , ' . ..... A m&

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