Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 28, 1986 · 33
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 33

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Sunday, September 28, 1986
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m v'f'vvy'S' ',"''r""v 8gtgMPgRM,19W 8UNPAY J0URNAL-8TAR e x -u mum" ; mnm mmmimft NlU-back Keith Jones (S) scoops up a fumble by quarterback Steve Taylor (9) and parries the remaining yard for the Huskers' first touchdown early in the first quarter. ' , End Millikan quite receptive to switch 1 ' I llM S, Nebraska tight end Todd Mlllkan (43) clutches the football after catching his second touchdown pass of the game in the third JqCiarter. Millikan hauled in a 29-yard pass from Clete Blakeman .after it was tipped by Oregon's Anthony Newman. Nebraska Offense Rushing 1 no. Yds. K.Jones 19 67 Taylor 85 Heibel 7 55 Knox 7 35 Kelley 5 15 Rodoers 4 7 Kaelln 3 26 BJokeman 2 9 Brlnson 2 4 Mllnar 2 4 Clayton 2 -8 Sheppard 1 2 ' Passing ' . No. Co. Yds Taylor 10 3 40 Blakeman 5 3 55 Clayton 2 0 0 Receiving No. AAUHkan 2 R. Smith 2 Brfruon........... 1 Diaz 1 Punting. . , No. Yds. Krotktr i. ..4 163 " "- Punt returns . , No. Brlnson , , 3 R. Smith 1 Rodgeri M ......... 1 Ave. 3.5 9.4 7.9 5.0 3.0 1.7 8.7 4.5 2.0 2.0 4.0 2.0 PI 1 0 1 Yds. 51 21 12 , 11 Ave. 40.1 Yds. 44 27 9 he ,iv . o.,lf . .4y ..A j Statistics Klckoff returns No. Brlnson ....1 Sheppard 1 Rodgers 1 Interception returns No. Tomlack . 1 Blazek 1 Fryar l Slebler 1 Thomas 0 Defense Tackles UT AT Thomas 2 4 Spachman 0 2 Noonan 3 3 L. Jones 2 1 Tyrer 0 1 N. Smith 3 2 Pete..,. 0 2 Rother 0 s 2 Jamrog,... 2 1 Parsons 2 3 Munford 3 6 Etlenne 5 5 Hennlng..;. 2 1 Welnlak 2 0 Davis 2 , 1 Tomlack 2 0 Sltbler 3 1 Fryar 1 2 Blazek 1 1 Thayer 1 0 . Schneider 2 0 Yds. 31 21 12 Yds. 36 26 0 0 4 10 By Ryly Jane Hambleton Todd Millikan doesnt miss being on defense at alL Particularly not after lie became the first Nebraska receiver to catch two touchdown passes in a game since Todd Frain caught a pair of TD passes in the . Cornhuskers' 1985 Sugar Bowl victory over Louisiana State. Millikan scored on a 22-yard pass from Steve Taylor in the first quarter , and on a 29-yard pass from Clete Blakeman in the third quarter as the Cornhuskers rolled to a 48-14 victory over Oregon Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound sophomore .switched from linebacker to tight end last fall and said he's glad he made the change. End easier "I think tight end is easier than linebacker. You know on every play where you've got to go and what your assignment is," he said. "On defense, you have to react and do certain things in different situations." - One leftover from his days as a linebacker is his number. Millikan wears No. 43 instead of the traditional number in the 80s. "When I switched, I just kept it. It was hard to get used to 43 because I wore 14 in high school as a quarterback," he said. - Millikan was wide open in the corner of the end zone to gather in the pass from Taylor, but the scoring pass from Blakeman had a little drama. Oregon safety Anthony Newman tipped the pass, but Millikan was able to pull it in for the touchdown. "I could see him coming, but I could see the ball, too," Millikan said. "I just didn't know if he (Newman) was going to be able to bat the ball all the way down or just tip it," Special play That pass came on a new formation devised specifically for Oregon. "Because Oregon's defense is a little different with the defensive backs playing wide, I ran straight down the field instead of going wide," Millikan said. "It's the 41 counter sweep, bootleg left, and we ran it once before, but Steve had the run open so he kept it He actually had the run open on my first touchdown, but he threw it to me anyway." Joining Millikan in the Nebraska scor- Hicks...., Wiley Stanard., Walker... Miller..., Oregon Offense Rushing No. Yds. Ave. Harper 10 37 3.7 Lovllle 9 19 2.1 Miller 4 1 0.3 K.WIIIhite 3 16 5.3 Jackson 3 3 10 .Nelson 2 -12 -6.0 R.WIIIhlte 1 0 0.0 Green 1 -17 -17.0 Passing No. Co. Yds PI Miller 17 6 110 3 Nelson 20 10 114 1 Receiving No. Yds. Harper ;..4 29 Blrdtn 3 72 ObN 2 49 Green 2 42 R.WIIIhlte 2 -1 Jackson 1 25 DeBlsschop 1 9 Lovllle 1 4 Punting No. Yds. Ave. Preacher 6 298 49.7 tag parade was Micah HeibeL After Oregon cut the Huskers' lead to 14-7, Heibel capped a 71-yard drive with a 4-yard run to open the second quarter. The 6-2, 220-pound junior rushed for 55 yards on seven carries, but Heibel said it wouldn't bother him if he never carried thebafl. "I'm not going to make this team or get playing time by running the balL I just wont do it," he said. "I'm not fast enough or a good enough runner. I know I'm going to block that's my job. "If I had a game where I never carried the ball but the blocks were there, that's fine because that's my job. That's what the fullback does." . For example ... . Heibel demonstrated his versatility and also proved his point about blocking on Nebraska's first scoring drive of the second half. He carried the ball three . times for 35 yards, including a 22-yard burst when he carried an Oregon defender nearly 10 yards before finally going down. After he took the ball to the Ducks' 10-yard line, Keith Jones took a pitch from quarterback Steve Taylor and followed a crunching block by Heibel into the end zone. "That's a nice pitch play because you get to arc around to the defender and there's no clutter or congestion," Heibel said. "And besides, our I-backs make it easy by going right at the guy I'm supposed to block. "Then he has no place to go. He cant cheat on it, and when I made the block, Keith just cut outside for the touchdown." Heibel switched, too Like Millikan, Heibel prefers his offensive duties to those he had in high school on defense. "On. defense, you can do your job every time and find out you haven't done well enough because there are so many intangibles," Heibel said. "At fullback, you know what you're supposed to do. "On offense, you have the upper hand because you know what to do. They have to stop you and they dont know where you're going." Against Oregon, both Millikan and Heibel knew exactly where they were headed. Punt returns No. Yds Hufbert 2 0 Klckoff returns No. Yds. Lovllle 3 53 Green 1 16 Harper..... 1 16 Interception returns No. Yds. Devaney 1 0 Hulbert 1 0 Defense Tackles UT AT TT Mansfield......... 1 2 3 Brock .............. 3 2 5 Putzler 4 1 5 FltzPatrlck 1 1 2 Maley 5 1 6 Cusano 4 15 Marchall 2 1 3 Taylor 3 2 5 Devaney 2 6 8 Kozak 1 1 2 Golka 0 3 3 Talbot 0. 1 1 Williams.......... 0 1 1 Blakev ............. 1 2 3 Newman 2 2 4 Cooper 3 0 3 Montgomery.... 6 3 9 King 1 0 1 Brown 2 13 Hulbert., 15 3 18 Kearns..vt. 2 3 5 vV" t w if--. t. -man- , . s.T Jjvir U' ft ljKiKiaiMa.S ' mini' jFWiim'iMtlrtnMi'ttiriiriiiniiiiwi i i'r ifTii mniif ' i.,? I NU's Broderlck Thomas (89) and after Thomas picked up a fumble by teammate Jeff Tomjack and; scored a touchdown. Tomjack had raced 36 yards after intercept-' ing a Chris Miller pass late in the second quarter. Thomas carried-the final 4 yards. ' Thomas 10 "We did a job today," he said. "The coaches let us know that Oregon's quarterback is an All-American candidate and he can throw the ball He's there with a sling on his arm, I guess we did our job." Miller was knocked out of the game in the second quarter with an elbow injury. Senior linebacker Marc Munford, who broke up two passes and was credited with nine tackles, said the pressure the NU defense put on Miller and the Oregon offense was extreme. "Overall, we just put too much pressure on them to let them go and get loose," Munford said. "It's tough for someone to give us turnovers like that, especially that early in the game. It was kind of like last week at Illinois, when we got those turnovers so early." Oregon' success passing was still a bother to Munford. "They got quite a few yards and we gave up some big plays, so we know once again we can't Scoring Ore-NU How FIRST QUARTER 0-7 K. Jones 1 run ll:0f Drive: 28 yards In 4 plays with. Jones recovering fumble Taylor '- - carried for 11 yard gain and scored. Highlighted by Fryar In- . terceptlon of Miller pass and two K. Jones runs. Conversion: . . Klein kick. . 0-14 Millikan 22 pass from Taylor 0:14 Drive: 22 yards in 3 plays. Set up by Thomas fumble recovery on sack of Miller. Conversion: Klein kick - ' 7-14 Jackson 25 pass from Miller unve: bj yaras in v piays. mgniigmea ay two Miner passes to Blrden and Miller pass to DeBlsschop for 9. Conversion: Ma- ' -' cLeodkick. , r. SECOND QUARTER , , 7-21 Heibel 4 run 14:57 Drive: 71 yards In 15 plavs. Highlighted by Kaelln 13-yard run, 1 eight K. Jones runs and three Taylor runs. Conversion: Klein -; -kick. 7-28 Blakeman 1 run 10:44 Drive: 62 yards In 8 plays. Highlighted by defensive pass Interference penalty, 46-yard run by Taylor and 7-yord run by Heibel. Conversion: Klein kick. ' 7-35 Thomas 4 interception return 3:27 Tomlack Intercepted a Miller pass at Oregon 40 and returned to the 4 where he fumbled, Thomas recovered and scored. Conversion: Klein kick. THIRD QUARTER 7-41 K. Jones 10 run ;S7 Drive: 53 yards In 5 plays. Highlighted by three Heibel runs for I 35 yards and 15-yard defensive face mask penalty. Conversion : kick failed. 7-48 Millikan 29 pass from Blakeman 5:04 Drive: 55 yards In 5 plays. Millikan caught pass tipped by Newman. Highlighted bv Blakeman run for 8 yards, Blakeman pass ' to Diaz for 11. Conversion: Klein kick. FOURTHQUARTER -1448 Harper 1 run , t:Ql Drive: 80 yards In 11 plays. Highlighted by Harper run for 12 yards. Nelson pass to Obee for 31 yards, Nelson pass to Harper for 18 yards and Nelson's fourth-down pass to Green for 21. Conversion: MacLeod kick j , ' i' HUSKEKSC 37Cfc W LeRoy Etlenne (47) celebrate let up against anybody," he said. Oregon Coach Rich Brooks said he-was impressed with the NU defense. "I didn't think we demonstrated the type ot team we have, but part of that is because Nebraska has a great defense. We never got into any type of pattern, but the Nebraska defense had a lot to dqr with that" Defensive tackle Lee Jones, brother -of I-back Keith Jones, said the hardest part of the Oregon game was the preparation. "Getting ready for the game when you read about the point spreads and how we're going to do this and that makes it hard, you get to thinking that this team might really be that bad. "We did have a lot of pressure on the quarterback, but not as much as I would have liked We ran a lot of in-line stunts to free each other up, but we could have done better," he said. , scored Time left 4:10

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