Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 8, 1985 · 27
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 27

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,nndafl Journal-Star SEPTEMBER 8, 1985 Pockctbook, 12 em eiit(Dieg1tree1t mm eeeimeF TTTT . T! " , By Virgil Parker SporU Editor Travis Tuner learned a valuable lesson four years ago. After suffering a 17-13 opening-game setback to Florida State at Memorial Stadium Saturday, Nebraska's senior quarterback hopes he and his teammates will profit from the same situation the Huskers experienced when be was a freshman. - "In my very first game we lost our opener to Iowa," Turner recalled "We. didn't know Iowa was going to turn out to be a Rose Bowl team that year. Yet we turned things around and at the end of the season we were playing Clemson in the Orange Bowl for the national championship. This thing is not over yet ' "Any time you lose a football game . you've got to come back," Turner added. I "WeVe got 10 more games to go. It's our choice right now whether we lay down : and let one loss ruin the whole season or T whether we get off our cans and go at ' it" ' ,x: : Kicking games had vital role . Just as in 1980, when Florida State shocked Nebraska, 18-14, the kicking - game played a vital rote in the outcome. ': Five seasons ago, four field goals by . ; FSU's Bill Capece spelled the difference. This time, it was a single Florida ', State field goal combined with three crucial Nebraska kicking-game errors that ' determined the outcome. . Midway through the second quarter, the Huskers messed up an extra point attempt when holder Dan Wingard failed to handle the snap. : On its very next possession, Nebraska was pinned deep in its own territory. Wingard was standing on the goal line in punt formation. A bad snap from center scooted along the ground. Unable to get , the kick away, Wingard managed to get out only to the 7-yard line. Three plays later aided by another Nebraska error when the Huskers were caught with 12 players on the field Florida State taflied a touchdown which proved to produce the final score. Add to that a missed 31-yard field goal attempt by Nebraska's Dale Klein early in the fourth quarter which would have pulled the Huskers within one. Cornhusker Coach Tom Osborne said . a forced change of centers on the punt play was especially critical. ."Mark Cooper, who normally is our " long snapper, got hit in the head and did- ew BSt ..if- : By Mike Babcock Jim Skow had little time to catch his breath Saturday afternoon. The last time Nebraska's senior defensive tackle played as much football in one game as he did during the Cornhusk-era' 17-13 loss to Florida State he was a senior at Omaha Roncalli High School. He played offense and defense then. Saturday, Skow's first break didn't come until 8:05 remained in the first half. He and Chris Spachman, Nebraska's other tackle, were given a defensive series off. Skow estimated he had been on the sideline for only six defensive plays. The same was true for Spachman. Charlie McBride, the Cornhusker defensive coordinator, "just told us to stay in there because he knew it was going to . be a barn-burner," said Skow. D Remit ' ' ' Next gum 1. Oklahoma (0-0) didn't play Sept 28 at Minnesota 2. Auburn (1-Q) defeated SW Louisiana. 49-7 Southern Mississippi 3. SMU (1-Q) defeated Texas El Paso, 35-23 Sept.28atTCU 4. Iowa (0-0) didn't play Drake 5. Florida (0-0) defeated Miami (Fla.). 35-23 Rutgers' 6. Southern California (1-0) defeated Illinois, 20-10 Sept. 21 vs. Baylor 7. Maryland (0-1 ) lost to Penn State, 20-1 8 at Boston College 8. Brlgham Young (1-1) lost to UCLA, 27-24 Washington g fthlw gf trto (flffl rtMn't play ' ' pWwhi irnh 1 0. Nebraska (0-1 ) lost to Florida State, 1 7-1 3 Sept. 21 vs. Illinois 1 1 . Illinois (0-1) lost to Southern California. 20-1 0 Southern Illinois 12. Washington (0-1) lost to Oklahoma State, 31-17 at BYU 1 3. Louisiana State (0-0) didn't play . at North Carolina 1 4. Notre Dame (0-0) didn't play at Michigan 15. Atkanaas (0-0) didn't play at Mississippi 1 6. Oklahoma State (1-0) defeated Washington, 31-17 North Texas State ; 1 7. Florida State (2-0) defeated Nebraska. 1 7-1 3 Sept. 21 vs. Memphis 1 8. S. Carolina (2-0) defeated Applachlan St., 20-1 3 Sept. 21 Ml shl jan 19. Penn State (1-0) defeated Maryland. 20-18 Temple 20. UCLA (1-0) defeated Brlgham Young, 27-24 at Tennessee Mandlikova shocks tennis world NEW YORK (AP) Czechoslovakia's Hana Mandlikova, twice a bridesmaid here, defeated Martina Navratilova Saturday to capture the VS. Open women's singles title, while defending champion John McEnroe and another frequent runner-up, Ivan Lend! advanced to Sunday's men's final Mandlikova stunned the second-seeded Navratilova 7-6, 1-6, 7-6 one day after she had eliminated top seed Chris Evert Lloyd, to become the first foreign citizen since 1973 to win the women's singles title at the Open. McEnroe came from behind to eliminate Sweden's Mats Wi-lander 3-6, 64, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, while Lend! crushed five-time U.S. Open champion Jimmy Connors 6-2, 6-3, 7-5. "To beat two champions in the same tournament is a dream," said the tempestuous Mandlikova, a 23-year-old righthander. "Martina, I think, is a great champion ...she always has been and always win be." But although she beat the world's top kova and Navratilova agreed that she shouldn't be considered raUkva and Lloyd. FSU17, NU13 Florida St. 7 10 0 0-17 Nebraska 7 6 0 0-13 Nil Roth man 60 run ( Klein kick) FSU Holloman IS pass from McManus (Schmidt kick) FSU Schmidt 20 field goal NU DuBose 1 run ( Kick tailed) FSU Cletis Jones 2 run (Schmidt kick) A 75.943 FSU 17 43-114 176 NU 15 55-372 40 First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return yards Passes Punts-ave. Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards Tim of possession 2-6 2-17 18-31-0 3-14-1 -39.7 5-38 1-0 2-2 5-40 7-46 30:58 29:02 nt know where he was," Osborne said. "So, we had to go with our second center for punts, who is (guard) Brian Blanken-ship. Brian was wearing some golf gloves. "In practice, the gloves work okay," Osborne said. "But, in a ban game, as hot as it was out there, the gloves were soaking wet The ball just slipped out of his bands. I asked him why he didnt take the gloves off. Well, he had his hands taped and he had his gloves taped on his hands. The whole thing happened so fast he didnt have an opportunity to cut the tape and get the gloves off." The kicking errors weren't Nebraska's only first-game mistakes. The Huskers fumbled twice, losing them both, and suffered the game's only pass interception. Rathman's fumble halts drive The most damaging bobble came on the first play of the fourth, quarter. On the last play of the third period, a pitch-out from Nebraska quarterback McCa-thorri Clayton to wingback Von Shep-pard gained 31 yards to FSU's 14. But fullback Tom Rathman, who had scored the Huskers first touchdown on a 60-yard run on the first possession of the game, fumbled after plowing to the Seminole eight r Nebraska's passing game also left much to be desired. Turner and Clayton threw 14 aerials, completing just three, for a total of 40 yards, with one intercepted. Florida State connected on 18 of 31 for 176 yards. Osborne said the fact that Florida State had already played a game "gave .them a little bit of poise." Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden See HUSKERS on page 7D and far-between for Skow, Spachman Nil's defensive backs got better Page 7D. SB&BRB9B9ffi8l&BSS&Sl Quarterback Travis Turner is prepared for the inevitable discussion. Page 7D. Florida State's aerial show included the backs. Page 80. Nebraska football is a whole new ballgame. Page 9D. "I had a feeling Coach McBride wasnt going to use the younger guys (defensive tackles) as much in a really tough game like this. When it's your first No. L "I think that Martina and Chris are still on top," Mandlikova said. Tm not ready yet to be No. L" Navratilova failed in ber bid to win her third straight title on the hardcourts at the National Tennis Center. "I thought I was pretty disappointed in 1981 when I lost" Navratilova said, referring to her loss to Tracy Austin in her first trip to the women's championship game. "I think this beats it but you can bet ITlte back." Playing inspired, confident tennis, Mandlikova took the first-set tiebreaker, 7-3, and the third-setter, 7-2. - She became the first foreigner to win the women's title in America's premier tennis event since Margaret Smith Court of Australia 12 years ago. It is her third Grand Slam title. She won the Australian Open in 1980 and the French Open in 196L And, with the victory, she becomes the first woman since Austin in "81 to snap the stranglehold on Grand Slam tournament titles held by Nav- two players, Mandh- I -A l Lt.:l- TED KIRKSUNOAY JOUANAL-STAR Nebraska split end Robb Schnltzler (85) and Florida State cornerback Martin Mayhew (32) strain for a third-quarter pass, which fell incomplete. game, you get out there and your feet v' aren't even touching the ground." Given Florida State's pass-oriented offense, Nebraska's defense had to be as down to earth as possible. The Comhuskers sacked Florida State quarterback Danny McManus only twice, both times in the second quarter. Middle guard Danny Noonan got to him for a four-yard loss on a second-and-seven from the NU 39-yard line, and Skow hauled down McManus 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage on a third-down-and-14 from the NU 43. Otherwise, Nebraska never quite got to the 6-1, 187-pound sophomore, who completed 15of-Z7 passes for 172 yards and a first-quarter touchdown. "We didn't get that much of a pass rush because we had to be aware of the draw," Skow said. "It kind of hinders Thomas sparks OSU past Washington SEATTLE (AP) - "If you don't put Thurman Thomas on your Heisman Trophy list you're missing the boat" Oklahoma State Coach Pat Jones told reporters after the Cowboys upset the Washington Huskies Saturday night Jones had a lot of believers. -The 19-year-old sophomore tailback rushed for 237 yards and a touchdown on 4V carries and passed for another score as the Kith-ranked Cowboys came from behind to beat No. 12-rated Washington 31-17. "He may not win the Heisman this year, but he sure could next ysar," said Washington Coach Don James. "He's so quick that if you run at him too hard hell throw a move on you," Washington defensive tackle Reggie Rogers said. "AH we could do was arm tackle him." It was the opener of the college football season for both teams. "I didnt think we'd run that much," admitted Thomas. "I've learned to duck and dodge because of my size." Thomas said he would leave the trophy talk to his coach. "I don't want to start thinking about the Heisman Trophy yet" he said. "Right now, I'm just concerned about winning." fit' , j. I . . i , Ami your rush because you've always got to' worry 'about that back squirting out of the hole with the ball" The Cornhusker defensive linemen "had to be aware of that (draw play), and we couldn't really cut loose on the quarterback. That's the best way to stop a pass rush," said Skow. "They musfve run as many draws as passes." Because of the draw play, "a pass rush is the easiest thing for an offensive I lineman and the hardest thing for a de- fensive lineman," Skow said. The NCAA rules permitting more liberal use of the hands also makes an offensive lineman's job easier, according to Skow. "Boy, the game's changed, hasn't it? Holding's pretty much legal anymore. There's holding on every play," he said. "I'm not saying the refs are bad; they just can't see it 4TS i f "... .V 1 Thomas, a 5-foot-U, 186-pound lightning bolt from Missouri City, Texas, who was most valuable player in the Gator Bowl as a freshman, snapped a 17-17 tie with 11:22 left in the game when he fired a perfect 6-yard scoring strike to Bobby Riley. The Cowboys broke the intersectional contest open with 5:14 remaining when free safety Mark Moore intercepted a Hugh Millen pass and ran it back 49 yards for a touchdown. The Oklahoma State victory was costly, however. The Cowboys lost their starting quarterback, sophomore Ronnie-Williams, with 19:17 gone to the second half when he suffered a broken jaw while attempting a pass with the score tied at 17-17. Jones said Williams would be out for about six weeks. Williams, who had his jaw wired shut after his injury, was replaced by sophomore Rusty Rankin. "Rankin had a medal-of-honor performance," Jones said Washington led 17-10 at halftime despite a 35-yard . touchdown burst by Thomas in the opening quarter. Oklahoma State tied the score with 4:06 gone in the second half when strong safety Mike Hudson recovered " a fumble by the Huskies' David Toy in the end zone. The Cowboys' defense, which surrendered a pair of .Millen-to-Lonzell Hill touchdown passes in the first V ' ' " a Si . l Jr.. i 1 Hana Manoiinova 74 " j r , t , . - tJ "It's something you've got to deal with because of that new arm extension (rule). I used to complain a lot about it last year. I'd scream and shout Now I just say, 'What the heck.' " Skow's long afternoon earned him the respect of Florida State head Coach Bobby Bowden. "I thought Skow played a great game," said Bowden. "He was in our hair all day. He made a lot of great plays. It seemed like he made a great play almost every down." Skow, a captain, was disappointed but he wasn't discouraged by the loss. After the game, he entered the interview room and before anyone could ask him a question, he said: "We're not used to losing at Nebraska, and I don't think it's a trend here. We're going to bounce back. We'll get things worked out" Nebraska's volltyball team defeats Kansas in its season opener. Page 4D. Pete Rose goes 0-4 as the Reds lose 9-7 to the Cubs. Rose needs two hits to tie Ty Cobb's record. Page 5D. Omar Moreno launched a towering three-run home run to cap a five-run sixth Inning that carried Kansas City to a 7-4 win over Milwaukco for tmm Seminoles give cheers for victory By Ken Hambleton ' Three cheers roared out of the Florida State lockerroom after the Seminoles surprised Nebraska, 17-13, Saturday at Memorial Stadium. "We gave three cheers for the defense, Berry (punter Louis) and Schmkll (kicker Derek)," Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden said. "The defense won the game for us in the second half. Our punting was super and our Uckoffs were the best we've had in a long time," he said. "If I had a game ball, Td give it to the defense.' But I think IH take it home with me." The Seminole defense held Nebraska scoreless in the second half, just as they did in their 18-14 victory over NU in 1380. This year, FSU stepped Husker drives at the: FSU 42-yard line with 1:03 left to play. FSU 44 with 3:59 left to play on an interception by Paul McGowan. FSU 14 on a missed Husker field goal attempt with 10:04 left in the game. FSU 8, with 14:55 left on a fumble recovered by Stan Shiver. Unexpected needed The defense also pressured Nebraska and tackled Husker punter Dan Wingard on the Nebraska seven after a bad punt snap to set up the winning touchdown with 50 seconds left in the first half. "To beat a great football team, you've got to make plays you're not supposed to make. If you can make things happen that aren't supposed to, then you've got a good chance of an upset" said Mickey Andrews, the Florida State defensive coordinator. Td say the interception at the end was unbelievable. And forcing them down on the seven when they couldn't, get that punt off were two pretty special plays that suprised the beck out of me," he said. "It's more than difficult it's unbelievable to imagine coming into Lincoln, Nebraska, and leaving with them only getting 13 points," he said. Momentum building The defensive effort was building momentum throughout the second half, cornerback Eric Williams said. "We got into trouble a couple of times, but we did more than anybody expected in the second half. Probably most important was that we got the feeling we could play, with them all their tradition, talent, great coaching and great program. "We took away their momentum when they were moving and we covered pretty well when they knew they had to pass late in the game," he said. Linebacker Paul McGowan, who grabbed the interception in the fourth quarter, said he never felt better in his life. "That had to be the best play of my career," the sophomore said. "For a lot of us on this team, this was the game of , our careers and we've got a whole season left." The Seminole defensive plan was two-See SEMINOLES on page 8D half, completely throttled the Washington offense in the 'second half. Jeff Jaeger of the Huskies missed field goal tries of 30 and 49 yards in the third quarter. Millen was intercepted three times in the second half by the Cowboys, twice by Moore. Thomas, who nrhed for 843 yards as a freshman, had 158 yards on 2) arries in the opening half. His 240-yard rushing effort fell short of the Oklahoma State single-game record of 270 yards set by Ernest Anderson against Kansas in 1982. With the score 17-17, the Cowboys drove 68 yards in 11 plays for their go-ahead touchdown. . The durable Thomas packed the ball seven times before his touchdown pass, breaking loose on 23, 15 and 12-yard runs. On a third-and-goal situation on the Washington 6, Thomas took a pitchout from quarterback Rusty .Rankin and started around right end. The Huskies' defense moved up to tackle him, but he stopped and threw over the bewildered defenders to Riley in the fndzone. . The Cowboys lost their starting quarterback, sophomore Ronnie Williams, with an injury with 10:17 gone in the second half. Williams was replaced by Rankin. More Big Eight on page 9D the Royals' seventh straight win. Page 50. Walleye pro Bob Probst has. some advice for anglers: Know what's below the surface of the water before you start fishing. Page 11D Morelle Herzlnger's trip to Washington, last weekend was right down his alley a trip to the National Family Tournament. Page 160.

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