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3 BUSKERS SFPTEMBEB 8, 1QM SUNDAY JOURNAL-STAR 8 DC IBacks. Holloman benefit from converted attctck 5 tough, they fought you all the way X. Coker. "I thought Kirk Coker did a good job of coming in and saving the game," Bow-den said of his reserve quarterback who started the Seminoles' last three games a year ago. "As soon as I saw Danny go down I was ready to go," Coker said.

"I felt real confident going in." Even if that meant be would have to go the rest of the way. "I have to' think the worst, that I might have to go the rest of the game. But it's not really the worst because I want to-play," Coker added. "It was a big challenge and I love it I almost wish 'that we were behind so that we could come back and win." With Coker, Florida State tuned down its passing attack in favor of a ban-control "Good ball handling is always number one and I wanted to make sure I got the snap and got the handoff off," Coker said. "I had every intention of driving the ball and scoring.

We knew we could run on offense and we wanted to keep the ball away from them. They're so explosive." "We were winning (and) our defense was playing good," Bowden said. "We didn't want to do anything stupid. They had us confused a little bit with their coverages and we never could get the picture." With their key roles, McManus, Holloman and Coker made the picture a lot clearer. Lucky to find holes McManus agreed with his flanker.

"Nebraska's defense did a great job, they really didnt give us that many holes, we were just lucky to find them," hesakL But while McManus and Holloman were finding open space, the pair missed connections on the biggest hole of the afternoon. With the score tied 7-7, Florida State wa3 facing a first-and-10 from its own 31-yard line. McManus dropped back and launched a pass intended for Holloman, who was five yards behind the Husker secondary in Nebraska territory But the ball sailed over bis headland a sure touchdown went with it a "1 blew it," McManus said. rThere was just no reason why I shouldn't have hit him. I just blew it" McManus then drove his team down the field for a field goal, and just before haltime, a touchdown.

But with his team clinging to the 17-13 lead early in the fourth quarter McManus was sacked by Nebraska's Jim Skow and had to be taken from the game. "I got hit right underneath the chin and my head snapped back and hit the turf. And the turf out there is hard and I just went out," McManus said. Another unlikely hero So while McManus sat dazed on the bench, the Seminoles found another unlikely hero, senior quarterback Kirk 1 1 jStaamirwfYffiri i i i Ill) Hill lliwn irfrnwTWIIMWilWIWiriltfliiiw" irf jt sr- ill ter In the middle to stop those long runs, but toey have some great people and picked up a lot of yardage on us." The" game was also a battle of endurance for the Seminoles, Bowden said. "The heat was something.

But our boys have been raised on that and I dont think they out-heated us. I was afraid we'd be running out of gas because they were playing two people to our one and it almost worked for them," Bowden said. Receivers beat "McManus (quarterback Danny) was about out of his head from fatigue and a hard hit, and Kirk Coker came in, saving the game for us. "Our wide receivers were really beat up. Phillip Brown has a cast on his hand, Herb Gainer has his hand in a cast and Hassan Jones (hurt in the Tulane game) is out.

That's why We didn't throw to our deep men on the deep outs the way we did against Tulane. Nebraska linebacker Marc Munford and Florida State guard Thomas Harp are caught in a standoff during the first half. I-' Seminoles By Curt McKeever When Florida State Coach Bobby Bow-den was forced to play with walk-on wide receivers against Nebraska Saturday, the Seminoles reverted to another aerial show to the backs. And flanker tiarrin Holloman benefitted the most from that switch. and him were in the game plan," fSU quarterback Danny McManus said.

"I was going to try and get to Damn a lot? McManus achieved that goal, hitting his teammate five times for 65 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Syl didnt feel good about our wideouts gGiiag into the game, that's why we didnt go Jo them as much as we wanted to." Borden said. "It was very unhealthy (bad) to be honest with you, I didnt want Nebraska to know that I wanted them to cover those wideouts so we could throw inside to the backs." McManus also connected with running backs Tony Smith and Chuck Wells fou times each in racking up 176 yards through the air. "I knew that we had a lot of plays that might be open in the seam," Holloman said. "I dont know what they were doing, we just executed real well and I guess they were playing right for what we wanted at the time.

jThe corners played back. They didnt come up and play any hard comer and last week Tulane played some bard corner. But Nebraska's defense was real Seminole Coach Bobby Bowden Nebraska Offense Rushing No. Yds. Turner 6 4 Rathman 12 113 DiiBose 21 129 Clayton 9 97 Sheppard 3 35 Bflnson 1 -2 Jones 1 2 Miles 1 -2 Team 1 -6 Punting No.

Yds. WJnoard 5 190 Passing No. Co. Yds Turner 9 2 24 5 1 16 Pass Receiving No. Schnltiler 2 DpBose 1 Punt Returns No.

Sheppard 2 Kickoff Returns No. Dc-Bost 1 1 Defense Tackles UT AT BSmlth Spgchman 2 1 Ave. 1.0 9.4 4.1 10.8 11.7 20 Ave. 38.0 PI 0 1 Yds. 24 16 Yds.

17 Yds. 32 18 TT 7 3 gives some instructions to quarterback Danny McManus. From pag1D fold. One defense playing the pass when Nebraska' quarterback Travis Turner was playing and a running defense for when McCathorn Clayton, was in the game. Worst fears realized "We didn't blijz that often, and when we did it worked well," he said.

FSU had five tackles behind the line for a'total of '20 yards in losses. "We tried to make it look like we were blitzing almost all the time." Bowden said his worst fears were realized when Nebraska fullback Tom Rathman raced 60 yards to score on NU's fifth play of the game. "My biggest concern was straight up the middle. I couldn't believe it when they scored on the first possession of the game right up the middle, I started worrying the same way I did when Tulane did that to us last week," Bowden said. "We had to.

play tougher to quiet the crowd down. We got just enough bet Views from the visitors' locker Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews: "Nebraska plays that power mash stuff and they've got great skill men. They made great plays, but our guys somehow found a way to win. "Nebraska is the kind of team that If Visitors 1 TEO KIRK SUNDAY JOURNAL-STAR "We figured Nebraska would have that covered, but we didn't want them to know we were in that bad a shape. It opened up the middle for the shorter passes and our misdirection and delay plays caught Nebraska a little overactive," Bowden said.

"Last week's victory over Tulane also played an important role in Saturday's win over Nebraska, he said. "That game gave us confidence. If Nebraska had a game under its belt, they'd have won today. Nebraska is like any great team. When I was at West Virginia, we played Perm State.

You never want to play them late in the season. If you're going to catch Nebraska, it's always best to catch them early. "Nebraska just lacks experience. Give them some time. I never picture them as having a bad year," he said.

"I don't want to play them again this year. I couldn't go through that twice and you know they'll be better the next time "We didn't outhit Nebraska or out-ef- fnrt Nebraska, but we outswarmed them." Eric Williams, defensive back: "I thought Nebraska would throw more than they did. Maybe we took some of that away from them" tlfl (VI tl (VI (U. order enclosed The nrearrtr Ci The Greateit Cornhusker Campaign and State -ZIP. deadlinr at Octohn my in.ii.l raise NU's effort Statistics Noonan 6 0 6 Skow 4 3 7 N.Smith 1 3 4 L.Jones 1 0 1 Holloway 2 1 3 Shead 1 0 1 Reeves 2-0 2 Knox 1 3 4 7 1 8 Daffer 4 0 4 Watkins 2 0 2 Washington 5 0 5 Slebler 6 0 -6 Davis 10 1 Rozier.

10 1 Carr 0 1 1 Forch 3 0 3 Florida State Offense Rushing No. Yds. Ave. McManus 2 -14 Jones 8 15 1.9 Wells 6 16 2.7 Holloman 1 6 6.0 S. Smith 12 73 6.1 T.Smith 11 25 2.3 Coker 3 -7 Punting No.

Yds. Ave. 357 39.7 Passing No. Co. Yds PI McManus 27 15 172 0 Coker i.

4 3 4 0 can make you miss a lot of tackles, but we played good pass rush and broke up a couple passes, too. "We gave up the one long run. That killed us last year. But we perfected our defensive execution and stopped that kind of thing somewhat." I lis Ml a HARALD DREfMANISSUNOAY JOURNAL-STAR Pass Receiving No. T.

Smith 4 Holloman 5 Wells 4 Carter 2 While ...2 S. Smith 1 Punt Returns No. Sanders 2 Kickoff Returns No. Wells 1 Interception Returns NO. McGowan 1 Defense Tackles UT AT I.

Williams 1 2 Stroud 1 2 Nichols 1 0 Gabbard 1 0 Scott 7 0 Gary 2 0 Jax 2 1 F.Jones 2 3 McGowan 7 1 Warren 2 Eaford 0 1 Hayes 1 0 Salomon 1 0 Mayhew. 5 1 Sanders 4 0 Shiver 6 1 10 0 E. Williams 4 Ox Yds. 41 63 25 19 33 -5 Yds. Yds.

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