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COLOR lerrera Field Goal Ends WkS 20-17 tern iHaw mm ynw I ti 1 1 1 1 i 1 1 1 1 1 The final blow in the 20-17 upset was struck by UCLA kicker Efren Herrera with a 29-yard field goal as only 22 seconds remained on the new scoreboard clock here. But that 29-yard field goal that undoubtedly will get prominent headline mention in papers here Sunday morning was only the obvious blow. The real factors in the first Husker loss in 24 games were two fumbles mat UCLA turned into first half scores, a t'iird quarter pass interception that led to another UCLA touchdown and about half a dozen dropped passes by NU receivers from quarterback David Humm, making his Husker debut. But what might have been the biggest mistake of all was a tactical decision by the Hus-kers just before Herrera's successful field goal. With the score tied at 17-all, UCLA took over at its own 43 with 6:13 left in the game following an NU punt.

Bruin quarterback Mark Harmon, son of former Michigan great Tom Harmon, drove his team to the Husker 15 where he faced a third and five situation. On the next play, Harmon picked up two yards, but the Bruins were charged with illegal procedure. By taking the penalty, the Huskers could have pushed the Bruins back to the 20 for another third down them at that point, Herrera's play and had they then held 10, 1972 fans in the crowd of 67,709 that left more than 25,000 empty seats in the vast L.A. Coliseum. The Huskers had only 22 seconds to try to save their string and keep their hopes alive for an unprecedented third straight national championship, a goal that now seems most unlikely be fulfilled.

But they made a good effort Controversial Play Gives Soviet Union Basketball Victory IfY1 JlJ I -I'M- III 1 at it, moving to the UCLA 40 before time ran out on them. Starting at his own 28, Humm's first pass was incomplete and on his second play, the sophomore signal caller wisely ran out of bounds while being chased to stop the clock. A pass interference call 'on the Bruins moved the ball from the 23 to the 41 and Humm then hit Johnny Rodgers with a 19-yarder to put it at the Bruin 40. A final effort to hit Rodgers deep with one second left failed and the Huskers began walking dejectedly toward their dressing room. For UCLA coach Pepper Rodgers, it was a sweet victory.

Three years ago, he watched from Nebraska's Memorial and the other folded in front of him. "I do not think the flag is emphasizezd too much," Williams said. "It is essential. It is part of your country. It's good to be from the USA." The basketball game, the first lost by an American team since the sport was introduced in 1936 and coming after 63 victories, finished on a note of high drama and provoked an immediate protest from U.S.

Coach Hank Iba. The Russians, bigger, more mature and averaging at least five years more in age than the U.S. collegians, took an early lead and held a 10-point lead early in the second half. But the scrappy Americans fought back. With three seconds remaining in the game and the Russians leading 49-48, Doug Collins, a 21-year-old junior at Illinois State, was fouled by Zurab Sakandelidez as he drove for the basket and went headlong into the basket supports.

He lay thsre momentarily, as if stunned, then got up and sent two free throws cleanly through the nets. There was rejoicing among the Americans. With one second left on the official clock, the Russians took the ball out and missed a long shot. The Americans went into immediate joyful celebration. It was premature.

Officials blew the whistle, called players back onto the court after Russian protests that three seconds instead of one second remained, and the game continued in high confusion. Standi in Cold Silvtr Bronze Total a-Soviet Un'on a-United States East Germany West Gern.anv Japan Hunqary Australia Great Britain Poland Italy Sweden Bulaaria France Romania Holland Czechos'ovakia Kenva Canada Norway North Kcee Finland Austria Colombia Switzerland Cuba New Zealand Monoolia Brazil Iran Denmark Arqentina Uoanda Belqium Greece Lebanon South Korea Turkey Ethiooia Ghana Jamaica Niaeria Soain 41 24 20 85 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 21 84 20 22 el 10 14 33 7 8 28 13 28 7 2 17 4 9 17 3 7 15 3 7 15 5 5 14 7 3 13 4 7 13 4 4 9 1 Yugoslavia 0 a Does not include disnuted hkthn medals. Stadium sidelines as a pass interference call and an tin-sportmanlike conduct penalty in the final two minutes helped the Huskers pull out a 21-17 win over his Jayhawks to start the NU unbeaten string. The only non-winning effort in that 32-game string also came in this Coliseum, a 21-21 tie with Southern Cal two years ago. After the Huskers had battled back for a 10-10 halftime tie after UCLA had taken a 10-0 lead, scoring a field goal and a TD following Husker fumbles, Nebraska also gave the Bruins a gift early in the second half.

On the Huskers' first offensive play of the second half, Humm overthrew Rodgers and the Bruins' Jimmy Allen pick- Until Collins cooly connected two free throws, the American team never had led. After time apparently had run out, the Russians protested that they hadn't been given a full opportunity because of the celebrating crowds pouring onto the floor. The whistles blew. The players were summoned back onto the court and the clock was turned back to three seconds to play. The Americans were stunned and chagrined.

Sakandelidze, who seemed destined to be the goat of the game because of his foul on Collins, hurled the ball the length of the arena. The ball hit the rim, wavered, caromed into the hands of Sergei Belov, who dropped it through the hoop. Iba and the American players stormed officials, yelling that the basket was illegal. An official protest was lodged. STANDINGS American East Pet.

GB Boston 71 60 .542 Detroit 72 tl .537 Vi Baltimore 72 63 .533 1 New fork 71 64 .524 2 Cleveland 62 71 .466 10 Milwaukee 54 81 .400 19 West Oakland 71 55 .586 Chicaqo 76 58 .567 Minnesota 67 45 508 Kansas Cily 65 67 .492 12' California 62 72 .463 thi Texas 51 83 .381 27Vj Results Cleveland 2, Boston 1, 10 innings Baltimore 2. Milwaukee 1, 1st Baltimore 8, Milwaukee 0, 2nd 3. Kansas City 2. 13 innings Texas 3, Oakland 2 New York 3, Detroit 1 Chicago 3. California 2 Sunday's Games All Times EOT New York (Stottlemyre 13-16) at Detroit (Scherman 6-2) 2:30 p.m.

Oakland (Hoitzman 15-11) al Texas lHand 10 Ii), 2:30 D.m. Boston (Pattin 14-12) and Curtis 9-6) at Cleveland (Dunning 4-2 and Lopez 0-0), 2, 1 p.m. (Woodson 12-13) at Kansas Citv (Solittorff 11-10), 2:30 p.m. Milwaukee (Brett 6-10) at Baltimore (Palmer 18-B) 2 p.m. J4CaMfonia (May 8-10) at Chicago (Wood National East 86 47 74 61 68 64 64 71 Pittsburgh Chicaqo New York St.

Louis Montreal Philadelphia Cincinnati Houston Los Angeles Atlanta San rr.w.isco San Dieqo Pet. .647 .548 .515 .474 .459 .366 .612 .560 .537 .467 .437 GB 13 17'i 23 25 37'j 61 49 72 85 West 82 75 72 63 59 50 52 59 62 72 76 82 7 10 19'j 31 .379 Results New York 3, St. Louis I San Francisco 2, Cincinnati 1 Chicago 7, Philadelphia 4 Pittsburgh 8, Montreal 3 Los Anqeles 4, Houston 0 Other clubs not scheduled Sunday's Games All Times EDT Chicago (Reuschel 67) at Philadelphia (Reynolds 2-12), 1:35 o.m St. Louis (Wise 14-14) at New York (Seaver 16-11 2:05 p.m. Pittsburqh (Kison 8-5) at Montreal (Torrez 15-9), p.m.

9-! 8,1 (Grlmsley 12-7 and McGlothlin 7-6) at San Francisco (Reber-ger 3-3 ano Marichal 5-15), 2, 3 p.m. Atlanta (Reed 11-13 and Niekro 12-11) at San Diego (Corkins 5-8 and Arlin 8-18) 2, 4 p.m. Houston (Griffin 4-3) at Los Angeles (Sutton 15-9), 5 p.m. boots a 29-yard field goal with 29 seconds left to propel the Bruins to a 20-17 ed it off, returning it 37 yards to the NU 15. UCLA needed five plays to get into the end zone with Harmon going the final two for a 17-10 Bruin lead with 7:21 left in the third quarter.

The Huskers, who never led, got that one back early in the fourth quarter when Humm found tight end Jerry List all alone over the middle from the Bruin 44 and List outran two UCLA pursuers the final 30 yards into the end zone with 14:01 left in the game. The Huskers never seriously threatened again while the Bruins got what was needed to win on Herrera's late field goal. A pressure third and nine pass from Humm to Rodgers moved the ball from the NU 23 to the 38 and the Bruins then were charged with interfering with Bob Revelle's efforts to grab a Humm pass at the UCLA 11. On the next play, Humm gave the ball to Rodgers, who was hit at the line of scrimmage, stumbled briefly, but retained his balance and dashed into the end zone with the six-pointer that gave Sanger the chance to tie it at 10-10 with his first extra point of the 1972 season. The first 10 UCLA points came after Bruin end Cal Peterson recovered Husker, fumbles, the first by Bill Olds, the second by Cary Dixon.

Peterson recovered Olds' fumble at the NU 35 and it took 10 plays for the Bruins to move into field goal position at the Husker nine. Efren Herrera put the Bruins ahead with a 17-yard field goal with 4:26 left in the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, Peterson pounced on Dixon's fumble after the NU tailback's 12-yard burst had moved the ball to the NU 45. On the first play after the fumble recovery, UCLA wida receiver Brad Lyman got behind Husker cornerback Joe Blahak at the 15 and sophomore quarterback Mark Harmon laid the ball in bis hands. He raced away from Blahak into the end zone with 13:25 left in the first half for a 10-0 lead.

The Huskers didn't pull even with the Bruins until only 2:36 remained in the first half when Rodgers dashed 11 yards into the UCLA end zone and Sanger added the extra point to make it 10-10. Rodgers, a few minutes earlier, had set up the first NU tally, a 28-yard field goal that finally got the Huskers on the scoreboard after the 15,000 Nebraska fans had watched several earlier scoring bids thwarted while the Bruins were building up their early 10-0 lead. All 10 of the first half Husker points came within a three-minute and 12-second span as Bruin fans began to sense an upset. Rodgers got the Huskers started by returning a UCLA punt 50 yards from his own 28 to the Bruin 22 ad a UCLA holding penalty on the return put it at the 11. But two plays later an offensive pass interference call moved the Huskers back to the 26 before Humm found tight end List with a 15-yarder to put it back at the 11, but that left Nebraska with a fourth and 10.

Sanger, who had missed a field goal try from the 11 moments earlier and one from the 35 on the first NU drive of the game, didn't miss this time, booting it through the uprights from the 18-yard line with 5:48 left in the first half. The next time Nebraska got the ball, Humm drove them 78 yards in six plays for the tying tally, helped by a pass interference penalty that accounted for 42 of the 78 yards. How They Scored NU UCLA Time, Left Sunday, Sept. field goal attempt would have had to be at least a 37-yarder. But the Huskers chose to decline the penalty, setting up a fourth and three from the 13, but everyone knew the Bruins weren't going to go for the first down.

Herrera trotted onto the field and calmly booted his second field goal of the night as pandemonium broke loose among the some 52,000 Bruin STAFF PHOTO BY WEB RAY kms. "That's what caused the dropped passes," he felt. "But I would like to put in a good word for the offensive line. I thought they did a terrific job." Devaney went over to the UCLA dressing room right after the game to congratulate coach Pepper Rodgers. "You did a great job and your boys played an outstanding game.

They deserved to win." Ironically, Nebraska's long string of games without a defeat started against Kansas in in the fifth game of the 1969 season, a team that was also coached by Rodgers. "Our game plan was to plav great defense and take the ball away from them frequently," Rodgers said. "I figured we could move the ball on the ground and pop a long one in the air now and then. That's just the way it worked out." Rodgers says he's in love with Herrara." He made a couple of poor kicks earlier in the game. But he really came through when it was all on the line." Rodgers called quarterback Mark Harmon's pass to Jack Lassner late in the 4th quarter to give UCLA a first down on the Nebraska 20, the turning point of the game.

"Mark reacted terrificly under their all-out blitz," he said. "In fact, he's looked so good in practice it scares me." Harmon ran away with the offensive player of the game honors, while Nebraska's Rich Glover was named the contest's outstanding defensive performer. to victory over Nebraska. Devaney Eyes Mistakes As Key To Husker Loss Team Statistics NU UCLA First downs 18 13 Rushing yardage 174 219 Passing yardage 146 65 Passes 8-21-2 4-8-0 Return yardage 80 60 Punts 2-36-5 7-37-8 Fumbles lost 3 1 Penalties-yardage 2-30 5-90 By HAL BROWN Los Angeles A couple of mistakes by a Pepper Rodgers-coached Kansas team three years ago got Nebraska started on a 32-game unbeaten string in Lincoln. A half-dozen major mistakes by Nebraska against a Pepper Rodgers-coached UCLA team brought that string to an end here Saturday night as 15,000 red clad Husker fans watched.

UCLA's Efren Herrera 1ND1V1DVAL STATISTICS NEBRASKA RUSHING No. Yds. Ave. Rodgers 7 43 6.1 Dixon 15 65 4.4 Olds 10 20 2.0 Damkroger 6 19 3.2 Humm 4 -8 Goeller 6 35 5.8 PASSING Att. Comp.

Int. Yds. Humm 21 8 2 146 RECEIVING No. Yds. TD Rodsers 3 63 0 List 3 74 1 Olds 1 4 0 Carson 1 5 0 KICKOFF RETURNS No.

Yds. Damkroger 2 18 Bahe 1 21 Alward 1 0 PUNT RETURNS No. Yds. Rodgers 4 75 Borg 1 5 PUNTS No. Ave.

Sanger 2 3G-5 UCLA RUSHING No. Yds. Ave. McAlister ........18 90 5.0 Campbell 9 29 3.2 Johnson 12 27 2.2 Ferrell 1 2 2.0 Harmon 21 71 3.4 PASSING Att. Comp.

Int. Yds. Harmon ...8 4 0 65 RECEIVING No. Yds. TD Lyman 2 47 1 McAlister 1 5 0 Lassher 1 13 0 KICKOFF RETURNS No.

Yds. Johnson 2 39 McAlister 2 41 PUNT RETURNS No. Yds. Sciarra 2 23 INTERCEPTIONS No. Yds.

Allen 2 37 PUNTS Barnes 37.8 NCAA Record Tied in Win Morgantown, W. Va. UP Frank Hester tied a modern NCAA" record with six field i goals and the West Virginia defense smothered Villanova as the Mountaineers won 25-6 Saturday in the football opener for both independents. 1 Villanova 0 0- West Virginia 3 10 1 Vill-Sunday 3. run (kick failed) WVA-FG 29 I WVA-FG Nester 32 4WVA Marburv 30 run (Nester kick) WVA-FG Nester 35 WVA-FG Hester 30 sWVA-Noster 29 MUNICH (AP) -The Soviet Union shattered the United States' 36-year, unmarked Olympic basketball dynasty with a controversial floor-length strike in the final second Saturday for a 51-50 victory that turned ill fortune into complete disaster for the reeling, shell-shocked Americans in these Munich Games.

Nobody would believe it especially the glassy-eyed Americans. It was a crowning blow in an incredible series of accidents and reversals that have turned these international contests into a harrowing nightmare for the powerful team that has dominated the Olympics for years. The basketball gold medal was the eighth Saturday for Russia, which almost swept the lake Saturday with six victories in seven events in canoeing and kayak, sent the amazizng Ludmila Bragina to a world record triumph in the women's race and in all collected a total of 13 medals. This windfall sent the Russians soaring past the United States in the barometer and there was no chance for the Americans to catch up Sunday in the final full day of competition. With one full day remaining, the Russians had a total of 87 medals, 43 gold, 24 silver and 20 bronze.

The United States fell 15 back of the Russians in golds, and with 28 plus 29 silver and 25 bronze for a total of 82. The Americans had only one brief moment of glory in the long next-to-last day of these tragedy-marked and surprise-riddled games. Randy Williams, a 19-year-old freshman from the University of Southern California and a black, won the long jump and stirred the hearts of his fellow countrymen with a display of dignity and patriotism on the victory stand. In contrast to the behavior of teammates Vince Matthews and Wayne Collett, 400-meter medalists who were banished from further Olympic competition because of what the International Olympic Committee called a "disgusting" performance in the medal ceremony, Williams and Arnie Robinson of San Diego, who took the bronze, were perfect gentlemen. Dressed in neat USA blue sweat suits, they stood erect on the stand, facing the flag, one with his hands behind him front five.

"If anyone's to blame it's me, not the kids," he said. They played their hearts out. Actually, we probably weren't beat by UCLA. We beat ourselves with our own mistakes." Sophomore quarterback David Humm was among the downcast. "I can't think of a single thing I did well," he said.

"Not when you lose. This was my most disappointing day ever. But we can't give up or quit." Devaney pointed to "some good things out there. But the dropped passes and mistakes nullified them." Humm felt the pressure of retaining Nebraska's No. 1 rating led to many of the prob- Green Bay Blanks KC By 200 The Green Bay defense held Kansas City without a first down for almost the first 23 minutes Saturday night and the Packers scored a 20-0 shutout over the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs, victors over Super Bowl champion Dallas last week, didn't cross midfield until 11:41 remained in the third quarter. The deepest Kansas City penetration came in the game's final minute when the Chiefs moved to the Packer 37. Perry By VIRGIL PARKER Los Angeles It was doom and gloom in the Nebraska dressing room after the two-time defending national champions lost their first outing in 33 games to UCLA here Saturday night. "There's no use looking back," coach Bob Devaney said. "The only thing to do now is look forward to next against Texas and hope we can improve and eliminate our mistakes." Devaney acknowledged that costly fumbles, dropped passes and interceptions brought about the Big Red downfall.

"I knew that a young, sophomore quarterback would be subject to some interceptions," the winningest coach in the nation admitted, "but I didn't expect the offense to fumble 'that much. It's been a long, long time since we had that many turnovers." Devaney was questioned closely about his decision to refuse a five-yard penalty against UCLA in the closing seconds which would have made the Bruins winning field goal attempt more difficult. "Herrara (UCLA field goal kicker Eiren) wasn't going to be short no matter where he kicked it down there," Devaney reasoned. "If we had taken the penalty they would have been able to use up that much more of the clock. "If we were going to win we had to get the ball back with as much time as possible left on the clock," Devaney added.

"We just had to hope he'd miss it either left or right. And he didn't." Then Devaney went back to what he told the players in a short dressng room meeting following the first loss in two and a half seasons. "I told them not to dwell on it (the loss)," he told reporters. "Everyone is terribly disappointed. I obviously didn't have a speech prepared.

You don't ever plan on losing. But it finally happened. Now we've got to pull ourselves together and start over again." The Big Red grid boss said he thought his charges would win after coming from a 10-0 deficit to tie the game at half-time. "But we just couldn't take the momentum away from UCLA," he pointed out. "They took the opening kickoff and start the second half and marched it a long way down the field.

They were well prepared on defense and ran the wishbone awfully well for their first game at using the formation." Defensive line coach Monte Kiffm was generally pleased with the performance of the Captures 20th on Ho me Run First Quarter 10 Herrera. placement Second Quarter Lyman, 46 pass from Harmon 10 Berrera, placement 3 10 Sanger, 28 field goal 5:48 9 10 Rodgers, 11 run 2:34 10 10 Sanger, placement Third Quarter 1 16 Harmon, 1 run 7:21 10 17 Btrrera, placement Fourth Quarter 16 17 List, 44 pass tram Humm 14:01 17 17 Sanger, placement 17 20 Berrtra, 2 field goal 1:21 By The Associated Press The Cleveland Indians and the San Francisco Giants, a couple of teams going nowhere in the pennant races, employed the long ball Saturday in knocking off their division leaders. The Indians edged Boston 2-1 on Graig Nettles' 10th inning homer, reducing the Red Sox' lead in the American League East to a mere percentage point over Detroit. The Tigers had a chance to move into first place in ths wild scramble as they met the New York Yankees in a night game at Detroit. At San Francisco, the Giants defeated the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 on Dave Kingman's two-run homer in the ninth inning.

The Reds' lead in the National League West was trimmed to games over Houston, pending the Astros' night meeting at Los Angeles. In the only other day game, Gary Gentry pitched hitless ball for five innings and then was rescued by reliever Tug McGraw in die eighth as the New York Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals with the help of two errors by Lou Brock. In other American League action, Baltimore, seeking to make up ground in the American League East, was host to Milwaukee in a twi-night doubleheader; California was at Chicago, Oakland played at Texas, and Minnesota was at Kansas City. Other National League night games included Pittsburgh at Montreal and Chicago at Philadelphia.

San Diego and Atlanta were idle. At Cleveland, Nettles drilled his 15th homer over the right field fence off Boston reliever Gary Peters; lifting veteran Gaylord Perry to his 20th victory and snapping the Red Sox' four-game winning streak. Perry, who has lost 15, allowed only four hits and struck out 10 in out-dueling Boston rookie Lynn McGlothen, who was lifted for a pinch-batter in the ninth. The victory was Perry's first since Aug. 22.

The lone run off him was unearned. Cincinnati took its third consecutive loss and fourth in five games as Jim Willoughby, 5-2, won a pitching duel with Don Gullett, 8-8, on Kingman's 25th homer. A pair of singles and Tony Perez' sacrifice fly in the seventh gave the Reds a 1-0 lead. Gullett had a two4iitter for eight innings. However, in the ninth, he issued a walk and Kingman drove an C2 pitch for his homer.

Gentry faced only 15 batters before Bernie Carbo broke up the no-hit bid with his seventh homer to start the sixth inning. McGraw came on to protect the victory and earn his 22nd save after the Cardinals had loaded the bases in the eighth. Brock's errors provided the Mets two unearned runs. He let a single skip through his legs in the first and dropped a fly ball for a three-base error in the second. Sun Sports TV-Radio Olympics 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.

(7). Baseball Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians, 1:15 p.m. (3). Auto Racing Hoosier 'lOO, 1 p.m. (7).

Tennis U.S. Tennis Open, 3 p.m. 10). Golf World Series, I p.m. (31.

Kearney State Drops Opener Warrensburg, Mo. Cf) A 69-yard pass play from sophomore quarterback Steve Howard to Walter Rohone gave Central Missouri State a come-from-behind 21-14 victory over Kearney. State Colleges of Nebraska Saturday night. iWVAf Nester 23.

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