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SECTION Hmnbap Journal arib itar Lincoln, April 26, 1 981 Last-second heroics lift WTiites in Spring game Sports MIMiatfMMMtoMmAaia 'J' i drive which followed Kris Van Norman's interception of a Gill pass. The big play was a 22-yard pass from Mauer to light end Dan Hill. Fullback Mark Moravec then charged up the middle to score from 15 yards out. Seibel's kick gave the Reds a 21-14 lead and set the stage for the late heroics by the Whites. The chance came when the third defense stopped the fourth-team offense.

Seibel, in punt formation, couldn't handle a low snap and was forced to run. The Whites took over on their own 46. Mathison ran for 11 yards two different times and 16 on another play to get the ball to the Red 11 yard line. The coaches, who felt Mathison was winded from the three keeper plays, inserted Gill, who beat the clock and the favored Reds when he circled 'left end and lunged through two defenders at the goal line to score. Gill then stepped through a big hole over right guard on his two-point conversion run.

"I thought there was good effort out See FOOTBALL on Page 2E -H' Kir- i STAFF PHOTO BY TED KIRK Reds' l-back Roger Craig works his way around Whites' monster Mike McCashland en route to a record-setting 126 yards in Saturday's REd-White intrasquad game at Memorial Stadium. Craig surpassed the spring game record of 1 13 yards set by pen Gregory in 1967. early talk "I thought I had about 80 yards or something like that," Craig said. "That long run did it." Craig's 61-yard toufchdown should have been stamped and sent as a postcard. The play was executed on the As-troTurf like torn.

Osbofne diagrams it on the blackboard. All blocks were delivered, especially tackle Dan Hurley's. "That's the one that sprung meose," Craig said. "I set it upfor him when I dipped inside. Once he $ook out the defensive back and I turned the corner, I knew I was gone." At that point, Craig hjid 98 yards rushing on only seven carrs.

He broke the record with a 16-yard bjirst on his eighth carry, but lost five yards on his next attempt, Craig then wailed until the third quar- I field, midway through the second quarter, the third-team Whites reached in NU's bag of tricks against the fourth-team Red defense. Out came the "intentional fumble-guard around" play that made Randy Schleusener a household word after the 1979 Oklahoma game. Anthony Thomas, a 276-pound freshman from San Francisco, rambled undetected for 17 yards to get a drive going. But, after the gain. White quarterback Bruce Mathison was intercepted.

Two plays later, however. Red quarterback Craig Sundberg returned the favor, and I-back Dave Burke soon scored just 42 seconds before the halftime gun, from one yard out. Eddie Neil made the PAT and the Whites had closed the gap to 14-7. A third-quarter Red fumble led to a 14-14 tie. Mathison ran 22 yards on a keeper, then passed to Mitch Krenk to put the ball at the one.

I-back Dennis Rogan banged into the end zone and Neil again hit the conversion kick. Before the third quarter ended, Mauer engineered a 51-yard touchdown Sooner wins at By Ken Hambleton Staff Sports Writer DES MOINES, Iowa The Drake Relays are scheduled early enough in the track season to use the performances as building blocks for the remainder of the season. And while Nebraska's men and women took that view, many competitors took advantage of the fact the Drake Relays are the last of the big three relay meets in the Midwest. The Oklahoma sprint medley relay team took the "last chance attitude." The OU team of Coty Duling, Dannie Carter, Freddie Wilson and Dyrk Dahl set a new collegiate and American record in the event with a 3:13.39 clocking, breaking the old American mark of 3:14.43 set by Prairie View in 1979 at the Drake Relays. "This was our last chance to run this race, because it's not in the Big Eight meet, it's not in the nationals, and I graduate this year," said Dahl, who won the Big Eight 800 Indoor championship in March.

Kight frame of mind "You just get in a record-setting frame. of mind, and let yourself go," Dahl said. "Three of us on the relay had been in the 100, 400 relay, 800 relay and the 1,600 relay, and we hadn't won anything between us. "So we talked about breaking out on this race, and it happened," Dahl said. Fifteen records were broken in the two-day meet, including two by Nebraska sophomore sprint champion Merlene Ottey, who won the 100-meter dash and anchored the record setting 400 relay, Friday.

The Husker women appeared to have a chance at another record-setting victory after posting the best qualifying time in the women's sprint medley. The sprint medley relay team, with Cheryl Zajic running the opening 100, Julie Seaton the second 100, Ottey the 200 and Norma Murray the 400, posted the second-fastest time in the country in the preliminaries. Seaton injured But after taking the lead, Seaton pulled up with a hamstring injury and managed to hop to. Murray, who had switched positions with Ottey, but by then Nebraska was 40 yards behind the leaders. And despite the fact Ottey breezed Wildcats.

The teams are scheduled to play twice again Sunday, with the first game beginning at 1 p.m. Righthanders Anthony Kelley, a freshman, and Mike Harlander, a junior, will pitch for the Huskers, who boosted their season record to 31-14 with the Saturday sweep. Nebraska is 9-5 in Big Eight play. By Virgil Parker. Sports Editor Nebraska football fans who chanted "We're No.

1" couldn't go wrong at Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon. Everybody was a Cornhusker as the team was split for the annual Red-White intrasquad game. A record crowd of 25,431, which ignored a bomb threat to attend, watched: The Red team (first-and fourth-unit players) march down the field with the opening kickoff against the second-and third-team Whites. I-back Roger Craig break a 14-year-old spring game rushing record. And freshman quarterback Turner Gill score on an 11-yard keeper play with just 24 seconds left in the game and then bolt in on a two-point conversion run to give the Whites a come-from-be-hind 22-21 victory.

"I don't care which team wins, I'm more interested in the way they play," said Coach Tom Osborne, who stayed neutral throughout by watching the game from the press box. "And the execution was not all that good. There were way too many turnovers and interceptions. Certainly more than any other scrimmage we had this spring. But, in fairness to the quarterbacks, the way the wind was blowing (21 mph at kick-off), the ball sprayed around a lot.

But the quarterbacks have looked sharper than that this spring." Osborne said he was sure some fans "are surprised the White team won. But we had turned the game over to the lower unit players for the last eight minutes. So, it was the third offense against the fourth defense. The edge was with the White team. If the first team defense had been in there it might have been a different story." The Cornhusker coach said the Red team had some chances to put the game out of reach earlier in the game, "but after that opening drive and especially after they got ahead 14-0 they went to sleep and made some mental errors." Mark Mauer had the most consistent day at quarterback.

The two-year letter-man senior-to-be from St. Paul, showed why he has been the No. 1 signal caller all spring by marching the first unit offense 63 yards in nine plays one a 13-yard pass to wingback Anthony Steels alter the Whites opened the game with a surprise onside kickoff try that failed. Craig, who finished with 126 net yards on just 11 carries (despite a five-yard loss on one play), had runs of seven, eight and 12 yards before zipping the final two yards for the first of two touchdown runs. When Kevin Seibel added the extra point, the Reds had a 7-0 lead.

Craig's effort for the afternoon surpassed the spring game record of 113 yards set by Ben Gregory in the 1967 game. Much of Craig's total came just before the end of the first quarter when the Davenport, Iowa, speedster took a pitchout, turned the corner around left end and scampered down the sidelines 61 yards for his second TD. Craig broke Gregory's record in the second quarter after a 16-yard gainer, but on the very next play he couldn't find the handle on a pitchout, losing five yards and momentarily his place in the record book. Craig didn't carry the ball again in the first half and on only two plays for eight and nine-yard gains after intermission. "Roger is a great player," Osborne said.

"The idea was certainly not to let him carry the ball 35 times today. We don't want to get a player like that hurt. We already know what he can do. He has very little to prove." The Reds threatened to blow the game open early in the second quarter, moving to the White 17, but a penalty and a fumble stymied the drive. The first time the lower units took the Field on Saturday.

The first came on the only pitch Sinovich saw as a pinch-hitter in the opening game, a low fastball which he sent high over the left field fence with two on and one out in the top of the seventh inning to give the Cornhuskers an 11-10 victory. The second, in the seventh inning of the second game, capped a 10-3 victory and quent triple-bypass surgery keep him from coaching duties. Page5E Liquor on lanes Bowlers and bowling center proprietors recently saw their four-year campaign end with success. Page 5E Signs of summer So'ft-ball gets under way Monday with 650 teams signed up for this year's Lincoln City Park and Recreation De-. partment's program.

Page 8E 2 Craig ig By Randy York Staff Sports Writer Karly All-American endorsements and spring game rushing records are nice, but neither are about to change Roger Craig's hat size. Nebraska's junior I-back has two simple goals before he parades his talents Sept. 12 at Iowa, his homestate. "All I want to do between now and then is work hard and. keep my nose clean," Craig said Saturday after breaking- Nebraska's 14-year-old spring game rushing record of 113 yards on only 11 carries.

-Craig netted 126 and bolted for two first -quarter touchdowns in the Reds' 22-21 loss to the Whites. His first touchdown, a two-yard run around right end, gave the Reds a 7-0 lead 312 minutes into the game. vllis second touchdown, a 61-yard gallop around left end 9' minutes later, had 25,431 Memorial Stadium fans believing what they had been reading that Craig is a bona fide preseason All-America candidate. 7'It's a little hard putting me in that class," Craig said. "I think of myself as artaverage player going out and getting the job done the best way I caa "My personal goals, other than to stay healthy, are team goals," he said.

"I just want to win the Big Kight and hopefully, tlie national championship." Craig in the backfield, such ideas are not out of line. "'As far as I'm concerned, he can hang wiln any back in the Mark Mauer said. "I don't mind handing, off to him or pitching -to him. Rqg has a knack for finding the right place and getling the yards." More importantly, Mauer said, Craig "lias great character. He has such an influence on this whole team.

He's always in the weight room, working out. He's a leader on and of the field." Craig is so busy worrying about the team, he never even thought about a 100-yard afternoon until he rehashed the game with reporters. He said breaking Ben Gregory's 1967 rushing record was. "shocking." ter to set the record again, on an eight-yard gain. That run also erased his worst experience of the game running the wrong way and watching Mauer pitch out to an invisible man, who promptly fumbled.

"The offensive line did a great job. I owe everything to them." Craig said. "They're palling each other on the back and keeping each other going." Craig was happy to contribute his part, especially since his mother, a brother and two sisters had driven from Iowa to watch him play. Jack Ieabo, Craig's high school running back coach from Davenport, also saw him play for the first time in a college uniform. "He'd seen me on TV, but not live," Craig kind of wanted to give him a show." morning (Saturday) lhat it is my intention to become eligible for the 1981 NBA college draft on June 9," Aguirre said.

Thomas led the Hoosiers to the NCAA title last month, but said the money available to him in the NBA was the deciding factor in his decision. Deciding to continue their educations were Sampson, Virginia's dominating 7-4 sophomore center, and Wilkins, a 6-7 sophomore forward, who rejected million-dollar offers to turn pro. Sampson turned down huge offers from the Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons to stay at least one more season at Charlottesville, Va. The Mavericks and Pistons will flip a coin on April 30 to see which one gets the No. 1 pick.

Talented foursome split clown middle quartet Drake through the final leg, she still managed to turn in an unofficial :52.5 400, which would have been a Nebraska school record. "Julie's injury is still unknown, but it could mean the end of our 3200 relay and our 400 relay, if she's out for the season," NU Women's coach Gary Pepin said. "She ran a great 800 in the 3,200 relay, which finished second with tjje second best time in the country this season," Pepin said. "But we lost Cindy Tatum earlier and without Seaton, we just don't have enough sprinters to go around." Men do The Nebraska men posted one of their best meets with a third place finish in the 1600 relay, Randy Raymond finishing fourth in the pole vault. Joe Staub placing third in the shot, and Jeff Keeler taking fourth in the triple jump.

The llusker 1,600 relay team of Randy Brooks, Mike Cielocha, Charles Lawrence and Everton DaCosta were clocked in a school record 3:05.39. behind winner Southern University at 3:04.1 and Indiana at 3:05.29. Cielocha turned in the best 400 leg in the race, :45.4, while the other three team members ere all under :46.9. Pole vaulter Raymond also finished behind a meet record setter, despite his 17 vault on his first try. Winner Brad Pursley of Abilene Christian and two others cleared the Drake Relays record height of 17-7.

had my steps just right for my first two vaults," said Raymond, who cleared 16-9 and the 17-2'i on his first attempts. "But I started pushing at 17-7 and pressed a little too hard," he said. Raymond had enough height twice at 17-7, but nicked the bar with a trailing ankle each time. Keeler has 50-912 Jeff Keeler earned his best mark in the triple jump this season with a 50-9'2. Wade Harrington also posted a personal best this season, placing sixth with a hop, skip and jump of 50-2.

NU junior Joe Staub placed third in the shot with a put of while Iowa State's John Sheetz posted a in winning the event. "I'm feeling a lot stronger since I got sick a couple of weeks ago. and I think that by Big Eight or the Nationals I See TRACK on Page 7E not series-by-series," said Chavez, who led off Saturday's first game with a home run over the center field fence. Nebraska opened with five straight base hits, including run-producing singles by Steve Stanicek and Bill Hendricks. Heading into the bottom of the sixth, starting pitcher Steve Gehrke carried an 8-3lead thanks to seven more hits, including a three-run, inside the-park home run by John Mason to cap a four-run sixth.

But as has been a problem since a spring break trip to Las Vegas and Honolulu, the Cornhuskers seemed unable to handle prosperity. "It came so easily, we just let up a little," Chavez said. The Huskers relaxed, committed three errors in the bottom of the sixth, watched Kansas State score seven times, and found themselves trailing 10-8 when Sinovich batted for Mason in the seventh. "It was nice to have him in the hole to hit for us. Tim saw it and hit it," NU Coach John Sanders said.

Ordinarily, Sinovich wouldn't have been available to pinch hit, but because of some recent hitting woes, he didn't See BASEBALL on Page tT By United Press International Four of college basketball's brightest stars had to choose between money and education Saturday, and the talented quartet was split down the middle. Mark Aguirre of DePaul and Ismh Thomas of Indiana announced their intentions to declare themselves eligible for the NBA's hardship draft on June 9, while Ralph Sampson of Virginia and Dominique Wilkins of Georgia are, for one year at least, slaying in school. Aguirre, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, and Thomas, a 6-1 sophomore guard, are expected to be among the top five players chosen in the draft. They both released statements obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times. "I have informed Coach Meyer this Mike I Babcock Redwine keeps low NFL draft rofile mioPs estate 11.10, 10.3 inovicn leads Nebraska sweep By Mike Babcock Kansas State's wind-blown Frank Myers Nebraska's double-header sweep of the "We're taking it game-by-gami "We're taking it game-by-game, Staff Sports Writer MANHATTAN, Kan.

Chris Chavez said it was only a matter of time before Nebraska teammate Tim Sinovich hit his first home run this baseball season. But "look out now," said Chavez. The occasion for his remarks was a two-home-run afternoon for Sinovich at inside NFL draft An NFL draft predictor puts Derrie Nelson at the top of the list for Cornhuskers contacted by the pros as the draft gets under way Tuesday. Page 2E Fonner racing ends Fonner Park had a best-ever $23,779,217 in wagers during its 1981 40-day meet. Page 3E Starr is' back Lincoln -High football coach Bob Starr isn't going to let a pair of heart attacks and subse Jarvis Redwine would have preferred this column not be written.

Not that he's uncooperative; Nebraska's senior I- back has willingly sacrificed his privacy almost from the moment he stepped on campus as an uncertain transfer from Oregon Stale nearly.three years ago. But a lot has happened to Redwine during those three years. He's grown both weary and wary of the attention which comes with being one of the best collegiate running backs in the country. Too many quotes have been misinterpreted he says. Too many people are looking for reasons to criticize him.

Two days before the National Football League free agent draft, Redwine wants to maintain a low profile so as not tffliurt his chances of being selected in an early round. The draft is important; KS.wlfe Francis is expecting the couple's first child in mid-June, and Jarvis wants to be able to provide a comfortable living for his family and himself. He worries that bad publicity now, an Honest comment taken in the wrong way, could hurt his chances in the already uncertain atmosphere of the NFL (Vatl. "I've worked hard for he JSports Sunday Basketball NBA playoffs, Boston at Philadelphia, noon, CD NBA playoffs, Kansas City at Houston, Rica vs. Texas, game 1, 12:30 p.m., 2:30 a.m., (3D Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants, p.m., 5 p.m., CD imo Cleveland Indians, 3 P.m., CSJ Football NFL draft preview, p.m., 11 p.m., Qj NFL special, p.m., midnight, out in the weight room at the south end of Memorial Stadium, Friday afternoon.

Redwine was late getting started, he said, because he had spent the early part of the afternoon clearing a room at. his apartment for the baby's nursery. "I'm concerned about the draft, but I'm not a nervous wreck," said Redwine. "While you're in school, you're struggling on, one income just to make ends meeL" That concern for paying the bills can turn into the temptation of an agent offering illegal financial assistance, he said. "A lot of guys make a terrible mistake when somebody says, 'Hey, I can help you now if you'll sign with But I've got to give myself a pat on the I never did that.

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