Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 23, 1986 · 60
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 60

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Sunday, November 23, 1986
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8EE NOVEMBER M. 1988 SUNDAY JOURNAL-STAR M.BC9s Jackson, Brandt give viewers classic cMt ByCurtMcKeever If a television announcer's basic responsibility is to define for a viewer why one team has won and one has lost, ABC's Keith Jackson and Tim Brandt followed that thinking with a near-flawless effort in telecasting Saturday's Oklahoma-Nebraska game. After the Sooner's rallied for a 20-17 win, Jackson exclaimed, "Oklahoma owned the fourth quarter no question about it" Then, the man known best for his cry of "f-u-u-mble!" ended the telecast with a simple statement about Saturday's tilt being nothing but a good, solid football game. It was, simply, that And in what win probably be Jackson and Brandt's last NU-OU game (because ABC has signed a deal to do PAO10 and Big 10 games starting next year), it seemed fitting that the pair got to see another classic, and made it one for the television audience. . Sideline man Al Trautwlg was a plus for ABC. He reported updates of player injuries, did a quick interview with Houston Astros' pitcher Charlie Kerfeld (who was in the stands) and interpreted a penalty which neither Jackson nor Brandt understood. Since 1973, Jackson has done an but two of the ' Sooner-Husker games and his feeling for the ri-" valry was evident But Brandt, who in the past has worked sidelines, added a dimension that" color commentators haven't always offered. Saturday, his helpful facts and background information about players, the game and series were wen-timed. ,-. Among the items be noted: .. Before Nebraska's first-quarter score, the last time Oklahoma had given up a touchdown in the first quartet was in last year's Orange BowL Before that score, Oklahoma had outpointed its foes HIM) in the first quarter. ' That Oklahoma didn't throw to tight end Keith Jackson once last week. At halftime with Nil np 11-7, that no Osborne team had held the Sooners to less than 14 points. After Dana Brinson's 43-yard punt return set COMMENTARY up Nebraska's third-quarter touchdown, that Brinson had meningitis as a freshman which forced him to be redshirted. . Brandt, who at times almost seemed like he wanted Nebraska to do well, one time actually encouraged NU quarterback Steve Taylor to scramble. He obviously spent a lot of time researching the game. His notebook, complete with newpaper dips, looked more like a high school scrapbook chock-full of mementos. But in addition to his factual knowlege, Brandt exhibited an equally good field sense for the game. Following Nebraska's third-quarter score which put the Huskers up 17-7, he said, "111 ten you what, Oklahoma is in serious trouble. They're not a come-from-behind team." But near the end of the period, he noted that the momentum was swinging back to Oklahoma and that "the truly, great teams play best in the fourth quarter." Brandt was also Impressed with Nebraska's defensive effort, calling it "about as weU as I've seen a defense prepared." As for controversy, Jackson and Brandt backed by excenent camera-work proved there was little, if any. And neither was afraid to voice his opinion on any play. For instance: Both agreed that Oklahoma had to settle for its first fourth-quarter field goal. Jackson caned Nebraska tacky on John Kroek-er's final punt that appeared to be shanked but then took a Husker bounce to the Oklahoma six Brandt, after looking at a replay of Jackson's fourth-quarter touchdown, said that if NU defensive back Brian Davis would have turned around he would have had an interception. After the OU score, both said they felt the Sooners had to go for the two-point conversion, but then pointed out after the kick that an the Sooners needed was a tie to win the Big Eight Conference title and an Orange Bowl bid. thtt the Huskers got the ban back, both stffl felt there was enough time for a final NU scoring drive, but after a run out of bounds and an incom pletion, Jackson said he thought that Oklahoma might have another shot if it held on third down.", ' With the score stffl tied in the game's final nt ments and Jackson did a nice job of giving the remaining time ABC did look bad by focusing on a camera-mugging Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth with orange in hand. But credit the . cameraman for having his microphone turned on. Bosworth, while saying the tie would be "awful sweet," was also heard saying the game wasn't over yet and that with 18 seconds tfe maining "the excitement's stffl there.'! V . . On the next play, Jackson made a sensationa one-banded catch, and even though there was contact between him and Davis, the four replays ABC ran showed it was Incidental. Brandt then simply said that the catch was "a great play by a tremendous athlete." For the TV audience, Saturday's game was en hanced by Jackson and Brandt's performance. J U,fll,llWV:ilP " 1 IUI IIIIII.IM1 III... 1.1 II.-.. I .,LTOI jj Husker quotes, notes Nebraska up-man Ken Kaelln (49) blocks Oklahoma punt-rusher Ledell Glenn (white Jersey), who proceeded to collide with NU punter John Kroeker (46). OU was penalized for running into the kicker, but Nebraska still had to punt. WMIMX",'"V' W'WljllIIIUWlJl' ' V " J "IW " WHWI.IJL J "HJUW 5 NU-OU Scoring How scored FIRST QUARTER Oklahoma Coach Barry Swltzer is restrained by end Derrick Shep-ard (3) while arguing officials' spotting of ball in second quarter. i Huskers suffer minor injuries ''Nebraska football players suffered no irritated his hamstring injury. Punter serious injuries in Saturday's game with John Kroeker suffered a bruised foot Oklahoma. Quarterback Steve Taylor and receiver Robb Schnitzler suffered a 17-20 Loshor 31 field goal 7-0 K. Jones 2 run Drive: 85 yards In 13 plays. Highlighted by Taylor 39 pass to Brinson on third down, Taylor 11 pass to R. Smith, three Taylor runs for 22 yards. Conversion: Klein kick. 7-7 Holieway4run Drive: 70 yards In 9 plays. Aided by facemask and personal foul penalty. Highlighted by Holleway 29 pass to Jackson, Carr 10 run. Conversion : Lashar kick. SECOND QUARTER 10-7 Klein 32 field goal Drive: 58 yards in 12 plays. Highlighted by Taylor 11 passes to Banderas and R. Schnitzler, 12 pass to AAilllkan, 15 pass to Brinson. THIRD QUARTER 17-7 R. Smith 25 pass from Taylor Drive: 28 yards in 2 plays after Brinson 48 punt return. Conversion: Klein kick. FOURTH QUARTER 17-10 Lashar 22 field goal Drive: 56 yards In 11 plays. Highlighted by Johnson 13 run, Carr 12 run, Holleway 8 run and aided by facemask penalty. 17-17 Jackson 17 pass from Holieway Drive: 94 yards in 11 plays. Highlighted by Holieway 35 pass to Shephard, Holieway 9 run, Tillman 9 run and aided by face- mask penalty. Conversion: Lashar kick. Time left :27 and defensive end Neil Smith suffered bruised shoulder. bruised knees. Tight end Todd Mfflikan Drive: 51 yards In 4 plays after NU punt. Highlighted by Holle- ' way 41 pass to Jackson, Carr 12 run, Holleway 8 run. 2:36 4:46 10:48 10:39 1:22 0:06 Ken Kaelln: on Nebraska's rnshlng . touchdown "We knew we could rush on them. Everyone is intimidated by Oklahoma, but Nebraska Isnt intimidated by those teams that say they can stop the run. On the first play, I knew we'd run on them I cant do my blocking if the line doesnt do theirs, and I was able to get my blocking done because . , the line did their Job." Danny Noonan: on "touching" Ja-melle Holieway after tackling him for a 5-yard loss in the third quarter "That was kind of fun. I just wish I had gotten to him more." Holieway had said before the game that he wasnt worried about defensive linemen getting to him. After tackling Holieway, Noonan stood up, reached over and touched Holieway on the helmet Dale Klein: on the Huskers wearing an red Instead of the traditional home uniform of red shirts and white pants "The seniors thought it would be a good idea. When the redshirts play the freshmen, the redshirts wear all red and it psychs out the freshmen. We thought for our last game in Memorial Stadium it would pick us up. And it really did." On OlTs game-winning field goal "When they tied the game, I heard someone say they couldn't believe Oklahoma Kodak lauds NU's Noonan NEW YORK (AP) - Nebraska defensive lineman Danny Noonan was named Saturday to the 1986 Kodak AH-America team chosen by the America Footbatt Coaches Association. . Other Big Eight players named to the team were Oklahoma tight end Keith Jackson and linebacker Brian Bosworu. OFFINII Quarttrbock Vlnnv Tistavtrdt, Mloitrt, Flo. Runnliw bock Paul Palmtr; Tempi; Brent Fullwood, Auburn; Brad Musttr, Stanford. TWit end Kith Jocksoa Oklahoma. Wld racelvw Crl Cartr, Ohio Stat. CMtar Bon Tamburollo, Auburn. Offmslv llnomtn Jttf Breeel, Southern California; John Elliott, Mtchloon; Randy Dixon, PlhV burgh; Randall McOanitl, Arliono Stot. Kidwr JH Word, Toxat. DEFiNSI Mftntlvt liMmtn Cornelius Bennett, Alabama; Jerome Brown, Miami; Shan Con Ion, Perm State; Danny Noonan, Nebraska; Jason Buck, Brlgnom Young, Linebackers Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma; Chris Solelman, Ohio State; Terry Ataki, Air Fore. Defensive bocks Thomas Everett. Baylor; Oar-land Rivers, Michigan; Tim McDonald. Southern California. Punter Greg Horn, Arkansas. would tie us. I dont remember if I said or just thought 'You better hope wet dont get beat They could kick a 60-yard field goal with this wind.' It wasnt a 60 yarder, but they kicked a field goal. . "After the kickoff (with one second-left in the game), I thought we might got for a field goal. It would have been a 59-; yarder into a strong wind. It would have-been almost impossible but not lmpossi ble. But Coach Osborne didn't even look! at me." ; NOTES . Linebacker Marc Mnnf ortfs 16 tack- les equalled his personal best The senior, finished his Husker career with 256 total tackles, fifth on the all-time list His: eight unassisted tackles gave him a career total of 153 and moved him past' Jerry Murtaugh into second place on thet all-time list hehinrl Manrv DarnVrncpr ' who had 157. 1 Dale Klein's five points (field goal and two extra points) pve him a career! total of 196 points, moving him past Jeff; Kinney into sixth place on the Huskers' all-time scoring list A crowd of 76,198 watched Oklahoma, defeat Nebraska SaturdayThe total at-; tendance at the Huskers' six home; games this year was 456,187 for an aver-t age attendance of 76,031 Atb Sooner linebacker Brian Bos-i worth sips a drink during sec ond-quarter break. Sooner Bosworth Lombardi finalist HOUSTON (AP) - Linebackers Cornelius Bennett of Alabama, Brian Bosworth of Oklahoma, Chris Spielman of Ohio State and defensive tackle Jerome Brown of Miami are the finalists for the 1986 Rotary Lombardi Award, officials announced Saturday. Bennett and Brown are seniors. Bosworth and Spielman are juniors. The 240-pound Bosworth of Irving Texas, won AD-American honors as a sophomore, became a unanimous all-conference choice two years in a roW and is an Academic All-Big Eight In the Sooners' first 10 games this year, the 6; foot-10 linebacker leads Oklahoma with 120 tackles, 12 tackles for losses and five quarterback sacks. , Journal-Star photos by ; Randy Hampton, : Ted Kirk, . Harald Dreimanis, i" Robert Becker, GailFolda, David Fahleson Statistics 'A ; .?( A Nebraska fan cheers on the Huskers with painted face and gloved fist. Nebraska Rushing m , No. Yds. Taylor 23 44 K.Jones 12 41 Kaelln 4 11 ' Brinson 3 9 Knox l 7 R. Smith l .11 Passing No. Co. Yds Taylor 20 9 131 Receiving No. Brinson 2 R. Smith ........2 Banderas 1 - R. Schnitzler 1 Mllllkan... ;l Sheppard 1 Cooper ....1 Punting -No. ' Yds. Kroeker 6 232 Klein 1 37 Punt returns No. Brinson ....1 Kickoff returns No. Dalton 1 Interception returns Munford 1 Tackles UT AT Thomas 6 , 0 Spachman 1 3 N. Smith 7 3 Noonan 6 2 L. Jones 2 2 Holloway. 4 . 2 Tyrer 2 0 Parsons 9 2 Etlenne 1 0 Munford 8 8 B.Davis 2 0 Fryar 8 2 Washington 1 1 Slebler 9 6 Ave. 1.9 3.4 2.8 3.0 7.0 -11.0 PI 1 Yds. 54 36 . 11 11 12 7 0 Ave. 38.7 37.0 Yds. 48 Yds. 16 13 TT . 6 4 10 8 4 6 2 11 1 16 2 10 2 15 Oklahoma , , Rushing ' No. Yds. Holleway 25 75 Tillman 3 10 Collins 8 28 Carr 13 66 Stafford 2 9 Perry 2 3 E.Johnson 10 41 Jackson 1 -8 Passing No. Co. Yds Holleway 12 6 147 Receiving No. Jackson 3 Shepard ......2 Cabblness .,1 Punting No. Yds. Thomson 5 201 Punt returns No. Dixon....... 2 White 1 Kickoff returns No. . Johnson 2 Interception returns No. Jones 1 Tackles UT AT D. Reed 3 1 R. Reed 3 1 Williams 4 3 Bryan , 3 2 Johnson 3 4 AAlglllazzo.., 2 2 Jones 5 0 Bosworth 6 3 Brown 3 0 Vlckers 1 0 Dixon 5 1 White 2 1 Garl 3 . 0 Ave. 3.0 3.3 3.5 5.1. 4.5 1.5 4.1 -8.0 PI 1 Yds. 87 52 8 Ave. 40.2 Yds. 12 5 Yds. 35 Yds. 6 TT Hi M t : '1.1 i7;Ji!fc " "Htl 4' r V n-K tWAi'k ill & Oklahoma and Nebraska players meet at midfield for what they said was a pre-game prayer. Players thankful for athletic gifts By Ryly Jane Hambleton The small circle of Nebraska and Oklahoma football players weren't protesting anything. They were giving thanks for their abilities. Oklahoma halfback Spencer Tillman and Nebraska offensive guard Stan Parker led the group in prayer, according to NU fullback Ken Kaelin, who also participated. "It was a representative number of Christians from both sides who gave the game to the Lord," he said. "It's good to know that after the game, although it doesnt make It easy to lose. It just helps you get a perspective on it "After the game, Spencer came over to me and gave me ' a hug and a smile. I know that II always remember this game not for how close it was or that we should have won, but for the bond 111 have for eternity with some of these players. "Not an of the players are as involved In religion, but they an know the bottom line that we've all been given gifts. The strength and power and speed isn't luck." Kaelin said the commaraderie among the players was evident both during the prayer and throughout the game. Players from both teams often lent a helping hand to an . opponent after a play. The prayer may have gotten some of the players thinking about that a little. But I think it's more a reflection of the coach," he said. "It seems to me that Barry (OU Coach Switzer) has condoned a lot of extra-curricular activity in the past "But what it came down to was a lot of respect by the players for each other." - '

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