Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 16, 1986 · 33
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Money, 12 Cnniap Jonrnal-Star NOVEMBER 16, 1988 Sobners r New Prep corral Buffs By Ken Hambleton BOULDER, Colo. Brian Bosworth caught one of the first oranges thrown at Colorado's Folsom Field and tossed it tad Into the stands. The Oklahoma defense caught Colorado's offense and threw back the Buffaloes hopes of a Big Eight title. The Soccers' 284 victory over Colorado Saturday sets up the conference title game next Saturday against Nebraska In Lincoln. The winner win go to the Orange Bowl, the loser, most likely, the Sugar Bowl "We thought the oranges were for us," said Bosworth, who had 11 tackles for Oklahoma to boost his status as an All-American while he also boosted his status as "bad guy" for the hostile Colorado crowd with hand signals. "It's down to the best of the two Nebraska and Oklahoma," he said. "It's the Big Eight showdown it always is. It's a -chance for the national title in Miami hopefully against Miami" Too many turnovers The difference between Oklahoma and Colorado, which was tied for the conference lead at 5-0, was defense. Colorado averaged 2.3 yards a play for, 58 plays. Oklahoma averaged 5.7 yards a ' play for 60 plays. "We bad to do two things to win," Colorado Coach Bill McCartney said "We had to get our five yards a play up the middle to keep the ball in our possession. We also had to get through the game without mistakes. "We didn't get that much up the middle and we had the three lost fumbles and the interception," he said. ' "Nebraska has a better chance than we did," McCartney said, "because they .have the things we don'L They have the speed on offense, the size and strength on defense and they are a better team than we are." The Buffaloes had only three drives against the Sooners that lasted longer than Qve plays and ran just 15 plays in the second half compared to Oil's 33. Kicking game key "We did something today that I was very concerned about," said Oklahoma Coach Barry Switzer. "We won the kicking game, meaning we didn't have to drive that far and they did." All four OU touchdowns were set up, by the kicking game. "That and defense.' I gave all our defensive players game balls. They were outstanding and they tiudnl give up the yards in the middle. L . r: nun amw- ftWf 4j iA fcr- "tt r u f" 4 V f 1 I t s- -At - " title 1 7 .jr- r s i "l i I ill linr Ml Tl I F ' Jiggj ,, ., T , ; J iiwi.iwMMMimnvrTfrTrfrttYrT'iw-r'll 1 luwf" t , r mj A k . ,j . ( t i ,w,..v. -,v MMSt RANDY HAMFTONSUNDAY JOURNAL-STAR Nebraska quarterback Clete Blakeman (12) rolls right on an option play that resulted in a 2-yard touchdown run by Keith Jones (6) for NU's first score. The TD, with 9:21 left in the first quarter, climaxed an 80-yard drive on which Jones gained 45 yards on six carries. Jayliawlks . By Mike Babcock LAWRENCE, Kan. The telltale sign was Wayne Ziegler's tackle total Ziegler, the starting safety on the Kansas football team, was credited with 14 tackles Saturday afternoon. Every time you looked up, it seemed, he was trying to tackle a Nebraska player heading goal-ward. You can understand why Cornhusker Coach Tom Osborne felt compelled to apologize. "I'm really sorry about the score," Osborne said. "We didn't try to humiliate Kansas in any way." If Nebraska tried not to embarrass its host, then that's about the only thing the Cornhuskers didn't accomplish at Memorial Stadium on Saturday before an audience of 48,800 more than half dressed in red. Oh yes, the score. Well, it was sixth-ranked Nebraska 70, Kansas 0. That's right, 70, as in 10 touchdowns and 10 extra points. After the first 30 or 40 points, a person tends to forget, "It's hard to say much after a game like thai," Osborne said Actually, there's plenty to be said. For example, you could say, "Bring on Oklahoma," which visits Lincoln for a Big Eight championship showdown next Saturday afternoon. The Soon ers have flexed their muscles and pounded their chests each of Sea OKLAHOMA on page 2D the last two weeks, humiliating Missouri 77-0 then beating - O 9 Huiskers coimMn9t Meto it .i3i9t stop it Colorado 284). With Oklahoma up next, the 7M victory over Kansas serves as a "confidence builder," Nebraska defensive tackle Chris Spachmansaid. Or, you could say the Cornhuskers finally played the way everybody expected them to play. Nebraska could have beaten Kansas with one hand tied behind its back, maybe two. ' Actually, the Cornhuskers did. . Saturday's beating, the worst since Kansas began keeping records, was administered under the direction of a back-up quarterback, starting for the first time in his college career. While Steve Taylor watched from the sideline because of a sore back, Clete Blakeman ran 29 yards for one touchdown and passed for three other scores in his debut as a starter. Tight end Tom Banderas, who's been hobbled all season by injuries, caught two of the touchdown passes. - ; Blakeman, who finished with eight pass completions in 12 attempts for 94 yards and 11 carries for 61 yards, "played very well," Osborne said "But the thing you have to remember is, today was an easier day to play quarterback than last week." In a 35-14 victory over Iowa State last Saturday,: Taylor completed one of nine passes for minus 3 yards. See HUSKERS on page 6D Quote of the game NU Coach Tom Osborne: "I'm really sorry about the score. We didn't try to humiliate Kansas in any way." Scoring, team stats Nebraska 21 14 21 1470 Kansas 0 0 0 0 O NU K. Jones 2 run (Klein kick) NU K. Jones 20 run (Klein kick) NU Brlnson 19 pass from Blakeman (Klein kick) NU Banderas 10 pass from Blakeman (Kleinkick) NU Wheeler 1 run (Klein kick) NU Blakeman 29 run (Klein kick) NU Banderas 1 1 pass from Blakeman (Kleinkick) NU Clayton 27 run (Klein kick) - NU Kelley 15 run (Klein kick) NU Kelley 32 run (Klein kick) A 48.800 Miami, Penn State to play m Fiesta By Associated Press Miami and Penn State, the nation's only unbeaten and untied major-col- lege football teams, will play for the ! natknal championship in the Fiesta Bowl on the night of Jaa 2. r Miami Coach Jimmy Johnson told The Associated Press on Saturday night that "things are not finalized, but it looks like we're going to play Penn State on Jan. 2 for the national championship after all the other bowls are over." Johnson and other University of Miami officials met with bowl representatives following the No. 1-ranked Hurricanes 23-10 victory over Tulsa in ; the Orange Bowl on Saturday night Penn State also is 10-0 after defeating Notre Dame 24-19 earlier Saturday. 1 The Nittany Lions seem certain to climb from No. 3 to No. 2 in the next AP poll since second-ranked Michigan was upset by Minnesota 20-17. . The Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz, just outside Phoenix, had been scheduled for the afternoon of Jan. 1. Johnson said Miami's primary reason for choosing the Fiesta Bowl over the Citrus and Gator Bowls was the promise of prime-time television on NBC. First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Total yards Return yards Passing Punts Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards . Time of possession Third-down conversions NU 34 KU 9 71-490 22-(-21) 97 587 37 9-13-0 I- 43.0 2-0 5-37 35:16 II- 15 121 100 O 14-28-1 10-37.6 1-1 6-44 24:44 4-14 On the inside l-back Keith Jones returns in a big way. Page 6D. gets old way By Ryly Jane Hambleton ' FREMONT - Creighton Prep did it the old-fashioned way. "This championship is different from last year because we really earned this' one," said Ricky Davis after the Junior, Jays earned a 14-0 victory over Fremont Saturday at Memorial Stadium in the 1986 Class A football championship. . "Last year, we didnt have to earn it because everybody thought Creighton Prep would just come in and win each game and that's what we did "But this year, we had to earn every game we won." But in a sense, Prep did it in a very new way. The Junior Jays relied on passing to open up the game when Fremont's defense bottled up the usually-effective running attack of Davis and fullback George Achola. "Their defense was really tough, espe' cially inside," said Prep Coach Tom Jaworski, who was the 1985 Sunday Journal-Star Coach of the Year. "We knew, they'd be tough, but our speed to the outside was a big factor in the end "We were a little faster on the corners than they were." ; - Tough passing game Fremont held the "Jays to 31 yards" rushing, but the passing game kept Prep going in the first half. Quarterback Larry Lauvetz connected with Maurie Maher for a 27-yard pass and with Dan Lohmeier for a 14-yarder on Prep's first possession. When the drive stalled at the Fremont 6-yard line, Bob Hoover came on to kick a 23-yard field goal with 1:04 left in the quarter. Hoover came to the rescue in the third quarter with a 33-yard field goal when another drive stalled in the third quarter. Lauvetz passed to Lohmeier near the end zone on a fourth-down play, but Fremont's Tim Hoegemeyer tackled the Prep tight end at the 1-yard line and drew a pass interference penalty. But Lohmeier was flagged for a personal foul after he taunted the Tiger defender. "I'm kind of hot-headed and that wasn't very good sportsmanship," said Lohmeier, who caught six passes for 83 yards in the game. "But he kind of slammed me to the ground and I reacted." ; Passing success no surprise Lohmeier said he wasn't surprised by Prep's passing success. "We put in some new pass patterns this week and they worked really well The 6-for-83 probably equals my whole season because we haven't had to pass that much," he said. "But they were very tough on defense. We finally met a team with a line as good as ours and they just stopped our running game at first." But Prep's defense finally took it's toll -on the Fremont defense. Prep held the Tigers to zero yards rushing and 14 yards passing in the second half. " "We got worn down because our offense wasn't working and the defense had to work overtime," said Fremont Coach Gerry GdowskL "I thought our defense played really well until they were worn out" That's when the Prep speed did the most damage. Other playoffs on page 10D Lincoln East, Christian win state volleyball titles Spartans control emotion in emotion-packed finale Poppema key for Crusader$ " ByLKentWolgamott Sometimes one player can make the difference in any sport That was the case Saturday night at Pershing Auditorium as the Lincoln Christian volleyball team earned the first state championship in the school's history on the strength of Tracey Poppe-roa's right arm. ' Poppema's 14 kills and five ace blocks were the main difference between two otherwise evenly matched teams in the Crusaders' 15-9, 15-10 victory over Hastings St Cecilia 15 9, 15-10 in the championship game of the Class C-2 State High School Volleyball Tournament. " St Cecilia jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in the first set but then Poppema took over. When she moved to the net along with setter Traci Nash, the Crusaders went 'on a 12-1 run to seal the set. The two teams traded points in the second set as Julie Trausch had six kill spikes to keep the Hawkettes close. But once again, Poppema took center court and the Crusaders took the match. "She's a big kid She really hurt us at the net" said St Cecilia Coach Alan Van Cura. "Where ever she wanted to put it she could We tried moving around our defenses and she always found the boles." Poppema saved the best game of her career for the state finals, according to Lincoln Christian Coach Robb Rexiliusi "She struggled early in the year," Rexilius said "I think she put a lot of expectation on herself, saying 'I'm 6'2,' I've got to do welL In the last month, she's gotten better every time she's played. See CHRISTIAN on page 1 1 D 1 ' P tmmmmKmmmmmim, .:;.:. m f I " iw n I i n In ml in ir null m t I li i imri rrr DAVID FAHLESONSUNOAV JOORNAL-StAH Lincoln East's Ruth Spethman (16ft) and Cara Patri enjoy the sweet taste of victory after defeating Minara Nortn n the Class A final. By Curt McKeever Consistency over emotion. . Both Lincoln East Coach Myron Oeh-lerking and Millard North Coach Deb Grafentin know that the former is what . breeds champions. Oehlerking reinforced that Saturday night in watching his team earn its second straight Class A state crown in a 16-14, 15-17, 15-6 triumph over second-ranked Millard North. With the Spartans staring at match point in the second set Grafentin called timeout to talk things over. During the break, Oehlerking, uncharacteristically, said he got emotional in hoping the end was near. "I went into the huddle and was saying 'one more, one more,' and got them all keyed up," he said "But it worked against us. "I didnt do that in the last game. If I demonstrate control, the girls should play with more control." But after they scored 12 of the final 14 points in the match, Oehlerking had a simpler explanation as to how the Spartans remained at the top of Class A the entire season. "I just know that these girls are the greatest group of female athletes I've ever seen in the state of Nebraska," he said "I've never seen where a team has been No. 1 and No. 1 all year long. Both teams tonight were so tremendous. Millard North is in about the same situation, but I think our six are better than their six" All six Spartans played key roles in bringing their team back from a 14-8, first-game deficit But after an unforced error made it 14-9, Holly Toppp served for seven straight points including two aces to put East up one game. During the run, Ruth Spethman had two kill spikes and blocked for another point while Holly Tropp added a dink. The game ended when North's Karen Soukup netted a spike. East then jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the second game before North answered with seven consecutive points three of them kills by Diane Beideck. Later in the set the Mustangs fought off another East run to knot the match. Trailing 15-14, Beideck nailed a pair of kills, and after a sideout an unforced East error ended the game. In the deciding set East neutralized the' powerful Beideck. The 5-foot-ll senior all-stater had 16 kills in the first two games, but had just four in the final one See EAST on page 11D Penn State defense stops Notre Dame. Page 2D. Chip Lohmlller'a field goal as time runs out gives Minnesota a 20-17 upset over Michigan. Page 3D. Nebraska basketball team puts on show for 8,581 fans in exhibition game. Page 50 Scoreboard Page 80. r KU p w

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