Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on May 4, 1975 · 27
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Sunday, May 4, 1975
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.iljjWitor i W. i.y... V.i , rn rrv Osborne Miscues Hurt No. 1 Unit's Effectiveness feiise Goodi Errors Wo White Flirt downs l& Rvitm-yardt SMS Passing yards W ftaturn yards (6 17-8-0 mts 7-272 Fwnblavlest 3-1 Ptnartias s-26 By VirgU Parker The Reds narrowly escaped being the first team ever to get shut out in a Nebraska intrasquad spring football game at Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon. Quarterback Terry Luck drove the No 1 offensive unit to a touchdown with just three minutes showing on the clock. But the Whites (the second and third teams) earned a 204 victory before 19,429 sun-baked fans thanks in great part to five crucial errors by the Red team (three fumbles aqd a pair of pass interceptions.) "I was disappointed that the No. 1 offense didn't score more," Cornhusker coach Tom Osborne admitted. "But, it was mistakes more than inability to move the ball that caused the problems." It didn't take the Reds long to make their initial error. Dave Gillespie took the opening kickoff two yards deep in the end zone and scampered out to the 28. But, when he was hit by the White's Steve Lindquist, the pigskin popped loose and kickoff man Al Eveland fell on the ball. It took Vlnce Ferragamo just six plays to direct the Whites to a touchdown. I-back John O'Leary, who tallied twice for the victors, carried five of the six scoring the TD from one-yard out on fourth down. Fullback Dodie Donnell had a 12-yard run for a' first down to the seven. Then O'Leary took four straight shots up the middle before finally scoring. After the ensuing kickoff, Luck moved the Reds to three first downs, gaining the White 31. But a pass bounced off the hands of intended receiver Monte Anthony into the grasp of White linebacker Jim Wight-' man, who reeled off a 48-yard runback return. Two other times, before the Red's first unit retired for the first half, impressive drives were foiled by fumbles. Once, in seven plays, Luck moved his club 67 yards and four first downs in seven plays from the. Reds' 12 yardline to the White 21. But fullback Tony Davis bobbled the ball. The next time the Reds got all the way to the White's 19-yardline before Gillespie fumbled for the second time. Randy Garcia, who had the best passing day of the five quarterbacks, (6-8 for 84 yards), directed a seven-play drive for the White's second TD. He completed a nine-yard pass to wingback Bill Kraft on the second play of the march and then repeated with the identical play for the touchdown from eight yards out. That gave the White's a 14-0 halftime lead, which propeled them to their seventh victory iri the 16-game sprint series. Despite another White tally in the third ( quarter and the Reds closing touchdown, the 26 points for the two teams was the lowest combined total since a 23-3 Red triumph in 1970. In the four intervening games, the totals have read 83, 40, 60 and 81 points. The Whites made it 2(H) late in the third quarter after Garcia engineered the longest sustained drive of the day 91 yards in 15 plays. Garcia completed three passes in the march of 12, 14 and 32 yards to wingback Earl Everett, split end Ron Nitzel (who played for the Red team in the first half) and O'Leary. . The lone Red score came after a 76-yard march in 11 plays, with an 18-yard pass from Luck to split end Bobby Thomas the big gainer. "As far as the quarterbacks are concerned," Osborne analyzed, "you have to evaluate the entire spring. "Luck really played the best. Ferragamo played better last week than he did today, but . he has been making good progress. Garcia had a tough time earlier this spring, but came on well the last two weeks. "Burns is a good passer, but has had trouble with turnovers, while Sorley, for a freshman, has come along as well for a first-year player as anyone we've ever had." In the passing department Saturday, while Garcia was 6-8 for 84 yards ; Luck was 4-7 for 56 with 1 intercepted; Sorley was 24 for 15; Burns was 6-16 for 81 yards with 1 intercepted; and Ferragamo was 1-8 for 8 yards. Osborne was disappointed in the kicking game, but acknowledged that little work is jone yjth puntm and place kickers in the spring. In addition, Randy Lessman, last year's punter, was sidelined Saturday with a sprained ankle. "It is a little frightening that the offense didn't score more ' especially the Red team," Osborne observed. "But I thought it would be low scoring. The second and third defensive lines for the White team had a lot of seasoned, experienced players." The NU coach mentioned middle guard Jerry Wied and tackles Dean Gissler and Dan Brock. "Then the Whites also had Miki Fultz," Osborne pointed out "By the same token," he added, "you Continued: Page 3D, Col. 4 m I ill' i ; 5T 5 t Ww ' ft - -1 I '' fill M ' ,:J3 : V V - C-1 , H . V I,, 4 ', 4'.-r. f Nebraska quarterback Terry Luck (11) rolls out for the Red team as. Randy Rick (47) gives pursuit. Luck, who was the No. 1 ii iff ' " Nebraska's Steve Jepsen hurls Missouri. Jepsen set a stadium a 179-1 toss. uplift v :s7''v,;: -;1 VvNvl Nabob - - f fcpJ-V V" 1 Master Derby 1 I kl h, :, y . v , . , . 1 Foolish Pleasure 4T A ii . . f, l-r ttHI'IM Avatar I- ' r : . ' - V I - - I 1 : L BiilllBBItlllBBi Jockey Laffit Pincay has to stand up on tucky Derby stretch run. No foul was called, Diabolo as the horse collides with Avatar, as Diabolo wound up third. Foolish Pleasure ridden by Willie Shoemaker, during the Ken- won the race, with Master Derby fourth. - STAFF PHOTO BY FRANK VARGA the discus during a dual meet with and meet record in the event with STAFF COLORPHOTO BY HARALD DREIMANIS quarterback in spring drills, hit four of seven passes Saturday for 56 yards. Cornhuskers' Jepsen Tops Foe Plucknett By Dave Sittler Problems of college academic life was the dominate subject instead of track Saturday, as Missouri whipped Nebraska, 78-66, in a dual meet at Nebraska's Ed Weir Stadium. "Now that my classes and tests are finished, maybe I can settle down and work a little harder on the discus," said Nebraska's Steve Jepsen, after winning his speciality with a record-setting effort of 179-1. "I practiced less than an hour all week .because of finals and projects," explained the Cornhusker's team captain. "I had a lot to finish this week so I could graduate. I just didn't have much time for anything else." Practice or not, Jepsen's mark was good enough to snap his own stadium record of 178-4, set last year in a dual against Colorado State. It also broke the Missouri-Nebraska dual meet mark of 173-7 by Missouri's Ben Plucknett in 1973. Plucknett, the Beatrice native who has won the last two Big Eight discus titles, finished second Saturday with a throw of 172-9. Plucknett, who won the shot .put Saturday when he shoved the steel ball 53-1 Vi, was also feeling the strain of final examinations. "I had four tests and two term papers this past week," the 6-7, 260-pounder said. "I'm not using that as an excuse, but I've been doing a lot of studying and I'm dead tired right now." After completing the ambitious task of competing in five events, Nebraska's versatile Chuck Malito feared his toughest job was still ahead. "I've never been so tired in my life," Malito said after competing in the 440 relay, long jump, 220, 100, and 440 in- APWIREPHOTO 10 'mm May 4, 1975 Lincoln, Neb. ID termediate hurdles. "I have a final test Monday afternoon, and the way I feel now I don't know if I'll be able to get out of bed to take it." Running on weary, wobbly legs, Malito stumbled over the final hurdle in the intermediates, but won the event in :53.6. He came back five minutes later to take third in the 220 with a :22.3 clocking. "I felt terrible and I ran terrible," Malito said of his winning effort in the hurdles. "I just ran to win." Nebraska freshman sprinter, Mike Thompson, was the only double winner, as the Omaha Holy Name graduate swept the 100 and 220 in :09.7 and :21.4, respectively. "This (double) helps my frame of mind a lot for the Big Eight," Thompson said, looking forward to the league championships in Norman, Okla., in two weeks. "I'm thinking positive now." Jepsen's discus victory was the only record of the day, although Nebraska high jumper Dean Herzog was credited with tieing the stadium mark when he sailed 6-8. Announced to the crowd of more than 2,-000 fans and listed on the program as 6-8 set by Oregon's Marty Hill in 1968 the stadium high jump record actually belongs to Nebraska Wesleyan's Kurt Nielsen. Nielsen leaped 7-2 on the NU track on May 11, 1973, during the Nebraska Inter-1 collegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) championships. Results Page 3D Shoemaker: Bump Made No Difference LOUISVILLE, Ky. (UPI) - Foolish Pleasure benefited from a bumping incident between Avatar and Diabolo to capture S a t u r d a y's 101st Kentucky Derby, but Avatar's jockey,, Willie Shoemaker, said the winning colt hardly needed the help. "The way that winner blew by I don't think we were going to beat him anyway," Shoemaker said. And Foolish Pleasure's jockey, Jacinto Vasquez, said, "Bump or no bump, my horse would have won the race." Although John L. Greer's Foolish Pleasure had won 10 of 11 races prior to the $262,100 Derby, many skeptics had said his breeding was not up to the standards of a true classic champion. But Shoemaker, America's classic jockey, disagreed. "He (Avatar) ran a helluva race, but he got beat by a better horse," he said. Foolish Pleasure was making his move on Avatar and Diabolo in the stretch when the two California horses collided and last year's 2-year-old champion streaked by for a 1- length victory and the $209,600 winner's share. Resentful of his colt's many detractors 1 before the Derby, trainer LeroyJolley said Greatness Possible For Defense By Bob Owens More experience, more depth and plenty of enthusiasm will make Nebraska's "Blackshirt" defense much better in 1975 than it was last year. That's the opinion of Husker defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, whose only reservation in not calling it a great defense is tha inexperienced corps of linebackers. "I think we're going to have a heckuva defense," Kiffin said following the White's 20-6 surprise victory over the Reds in Saturday's intrasquad football game in NU's Memorial Stadium. "And we're going to have a great one if they work hard during the summer and in the fall camp," he added. Linebacking, where the top three of last season no longer operate (Tom Ruud, Bob Nelson and John Starkebaum), isn't really a question mark. "It's just that they need time to develop and get experience," Kiffin said. "We'll have good linebackers if the kids have desire and work hard. They are all eager. If they didn't have desire we'd be in trouble." Linebacker coach Bill Myles, who is as new at his job as some of bis linebackers, feels like his group has shown improvement this spring. "We weren't consistent today," he said. "But it is a matter of experience and concentration. They would play perfectly three times and then just blow it on the next play so we have to improve our consistency." Moving in to coach linebackers wasn't too big an adjustment for Myles, who had been working with the offensive line until Rick Duval was moved out of coaching into a full-time recruiting role for the Huskers. "The shift was easier than it might have been moving from some other assignment because the offensive line always is trying to do things to linebackers and I knew what linebackers were trying to do to the line." Myles said. He admitted he still has to, think about the linebackers in their pass coverage, which is important in the short and intermediate area behind the defensive line. Both Kiffin and Myles say there are four or five linebackers in the thick of things Percy Eichelberger, Clete Pillen, Jim Wightman, Larry Young and Jeff Carpenter. :'I can't evaluate Jimmy Belka because he got hurt so early," Kiffin said. "And Randy Lessman was hurt some, too." Myles said Belka's injured knee might still require surgery. "We're going to have it checked again next week," he said. Belka suffered a severe strain early in the 20-day practice period and hasn't practiced since. Defensive backfield coach Warren Powers thinks he has a group that is at least as good as last year and one that could wind up being better because of experience and depth. Jimmy Burrow has been switched to safety where George Kyros and Mark Heydorff performed last season, but he's not really new there, having been at that spot as a sophomore. "Wonder Monds at monster and Dave Butterfield at left corner are more experienced and Chuck Jones isn't a rookie," Powers said. Jones, a five-year man from Beatrice has moved into the spot vacated by Ardell Johnson. "The nice thing is the overall experience," Powers mentioned. With Monds absent Saturday, Kent Smith played monster and Larry Valasek filled in at safety. Ted Harvey, a promising safety and cornerback, missed the scrimmage with a hip pointer suffered in Friday's final practice. Harvey also could become a punt return man. Kiffin said he thought the defense played well Saturday, noting that only 26 points were scored this year compared to 81 in last year's, 4140, spring game. "We're two deep at every position on the front five," Kiffin added. proudly after the victory: "He's one of those horses who tries so hard and gives so much of himself. When that breed of horse races, regardless of its pedigree or anything else, it goes as far as it can drag its body." Although the winning time of 2:02 for the mile and onequarter distance was nothing extraordinary, Foolish Pleasure decidedly was not dragging as he stormed past his rivals. As Jolley said, "The best horse won and that's all there is to it." Avatar and Diabolo were staging such an exciting twohorse duel around the turn and into the stretch that Foolish Pleasure was almost unnoticed by the crowd of 113,-234 as he began to move up on the 15horse field. A quarter of a mile from the finish line, Diabolo ducked in on Avatar and in a flash the race was over. Foolish Pleasure was in front and he was not going to be caught. Avatar recovered well from the collision and held on to take second while Diabolo fell back to third, Vk lengths farther back. There was a stewards inquiry into the bumping incident, but Diabolo was ruled at fault and the finish was upheld. Sent off as the 9-5 favorite, which still Continued: Pajt 8D, Col 1 m m m memm m ,i

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