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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska • 33

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Himskeirs Gob Viinee Hmrricaiies, 3 1 -16 4 WKmymmmjt i -''II HJWF.nl urn i in iu, 1 1 If Ferragamo Fuels NU Comeback tit rf" x. 111! Miami Neb 12 22 37-90 65-211 111 188 7 12 10-25-0 14-19-0 6-44 7-44 4-1 2-1 5-36 6-66 First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return yards Passes Punts Fumbles-lost Penalties 5 Sir '1 DK ltlr Wh mi irlv 1 1 it. 1 1 1 1 if i if i I I ff 1Tb 1 yMli ill 'WWmiHiMmri-iiniiiniiiii tillinnHmij ff (( iWfWMWiyi.ljljU Miami's Eddie Edwards (73) is driven back by Steve Hoins (78) and Tony Davis touchdown was one of three scored by O'Leary who rushed for 106 yards in the (25), allowing John O'Leary (14) to go into the end zone standing up. The 31-16 Husker victory. By Bob Owens Quarterback Vince Ferragamo ignited a sluggish Nebraska offense in the second half to lead the Cornhuskers to a convincing 31-16 victory over Miami Saturday afternoon in Memorial Stadium.

The Huskers, who now are 4-0 going into Big Eight Conference action against Kansas next Saturday, had played an error-filled first half and were fortunate to be trailing by only 9-7 at the intermission. After Ferragamo replaced starter Terry Luck to dpen the third quarter, the transfer from California directed drives of 71, 80, 80 and 44 yards that produced three touchdowns and a field goal. "We didn't really blow people off the ball early and we made a lot of mistakes fumbles, jumping offsides, holding and delay of game penalties," Coach Tom Osborne said. "We were stopping ourselves." Osborne said not all the problems the offense had moving the ball were Luck's fault. "I felt there were a whole lot of things that weren't very good in the first half." After halftime adjustments and the switch to Ferragamo, the Huskers' offensive line, particularly Dan Schmidt and Bob Lingenfelter on the left side, came to life and the Huskers were able to move almost at will the rest of the way.

Down Their Throats "We took the football and just shoved it down their throats," Osborne said. Shove it they did, indeed. Nebraska rushed for 147 yards and passed for 127 in the final 30 minutes and the Husker Blackshirt defense kept its end of the bargain by limiting Miami to just 26 yards in total offense until the second defense took over after the score reached 31-9 with 5:46 left to play. Ferragamo mixed his passing with the strong running of fullback Tony Davis, and I-backs John O'Leary and Monte Anthony during the four drives. Ferragamo completed eight of nine passes for 127 yards, including a 40-yarder to split end Bobby Thomas for the final touchdown.

O'Leary, who had his best day as a Husker with 106 yards on 21 carries, added two touchdowns to go with the one he scored in the first half. His second half figures were 13 carries for 69 yards. The only time Ferragamo failed to produce a touchdown came at the end of a drive that had carried from the NU 18 to the Miami 2 when a delay of the game penalty cost five yards. Then Mike Coyle came in to kick a 24-yard field goal. "I was kinda glad we got the penalty because the way they were lining up the Continued: Page 4C, Col.

8 How Top 20 Fared 1. Oklahoma (4-0) def. Colorado, 21-20. 2. Ohio State (4-0) def.

UCLA, 41-20. 3. So. California (4-0) def. Iowa, 27-16.

4. Nebraska (4-0) def. Miami, 31-16. 5. Missouri (3-1) lost to Michigan, 31-7.

6. Texas A (4-0) def. Kansas State, 10-0. 7. Texas (4-0) def.

Utah State, 61-7. 8. Notre Dame (3-1) lost to Michigan State, 10-3. 9. Alabama (3-1) def.

Mississippi, 32-6. 10. Penn State (4-1) dot. Kentucky, 10-3. 11.

West Virginia (4-0) def. SMU, 28-22. 12. Michigan (2-0-2) def. Missouri, 31-7.

13. UCLA (2-1-1) lost to Ohio State, 41-20. 14. Arizona State (3-0) played Idaho Saturday night. 15.

Oklahoma State (4-0) def Texas Tech, 17-16. 16. Tennessee (2-1) idle. 17. Arizona (2-0) played Northwestern Saturday night.

18. Baylor (1-1-2) lost to South Carolina, 24-13. 19. Colorado (3-1) lost to Oklahoma, 21-20. 20.

Florida (3-1) def. LSU, 34-6. Second Half Switch Recalls Bowl Victory 'Buffs Miss Tiant Stifles A Tie Attempt; OU Victors Boston Victory Colorado Oklahoma 12 12 First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return yards Passes Punts Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards 59-140 68 9 8-70-1 11-42 1-0 3-35 50-177 0 100 0-1-1 7-40 4-3 4-22 Oct. 5, 1975 Lincoln, Neb. 1C were allowed to come out of Cuba to see him only a few weeks ago.

With his parents in the stands and the crowd completely with him, Tiant could hardly miss. "It make me feel very good," he said. NORMAN, Okla. (AP) "I think both our football players and Colorado's played great today," a tired but grateful Oklahoma Coach Barry Switzer said after his Sooners eked out a 21-20 victory over a surprising Colorado team Saturday. His exhaustion was understandable since the Sooners, owners of football's longest undefeated streak, had to rely on a missed Colorado kick in the final 83 seconds to keep from going down to a humiliating defeat before a sellout crowd that spent most of the game on its feet.

Switzer, who hasn't lost a game since he took over the head coaching job, said he was just glad the Sooners won. "I don't care if it's one point or 28," he "Colorado has a fine team and our league is the best in the country. "I think the games played today showed that." As usual, Switzer passed out game balls to' the players he thought did the best job. Oakland Boston BOSTON (UPI) Luis Tiant, Boston's Cuban-born fastballer, the one they call "El Tiante," disagrees with Oakland's Alvin Dark, but he doesn't want to make a big thing out of it. Rather understandably in the face of his team's 7-1 loss to the Red Sox in Saturday's playoff opener, Dark feels the second game of this best three-out-of-five series is the most important one.

"If we win tomorrow," says the A's manager "we're all right, it's all even agair. IVe always felt like the second game of a five-game series is the most important one." Not Tiant. He thinks that first game is the big one, and that's understandable, too, the way he held the world champs to three hits and had them popping the ball up all day long. Tiant was so overpowering that for seven innings, the Red Sox didn't have an assist. The stocky fastballer with the flowing Fu Manchu moustache made 140 pitches, more than usual, but wound up with a flourish, pitching his way out of a eighth inning jam by striking out Claudell Washington and Sal Bando after the A's put runners on second and third with one out.

"I no tired, I feel okay," said the Boston righthander in his broken English. The overflow crowd of 35,578 at Fenway Park set up their customary chant of "Looey! Loo-ey! In the ninth inning, exhorting Tiant to wrap up the ball game, and he did by getting always dangerous Campy Campaneris to foul out to third baseman Rico Petrocelli with one man on. Among those who watched the 34-year- By Virgil Parker Shades of the Sugar Bowl. Just as last New Year's Eve, Nebraska changed quarterbacks in the second half Saturday against a different team from the State of Florida to register another come-from-behind victory. This time the victim was Miami, which held a narrow 9-7 intermission advantage before Vince Ferragamo came off the bench to engineer four straight scoring drives in second half to lead the Cornhuskers to a 31-16 victory.

Terry Luck, who turned a similar trick after replacing Dave Humm in the Sugar Bowl against Florida, was the one to watch from the sidelines this time. Just as Humm was almost ignored in the Sugar Bowl dressing room, micraphones and press pads surrounded Ferragamo while Luck dressed nearly unnoticed a few feet away. "It's still a team game," Luck, Nebraska's offensive captain observed. "As long as we have more points than the other guy when the game is over, I don't care how we get them." Reaction Different Luck said that Miami was reacting differently than expected in the first half. "We were trying to run around them, but they played a real soft defense like LSU did in the first game.

The decision was made at halftime to change tactics and run right at 'em, and it worked. That's all that matters." Cornhusker coach Tom Osborne wouldn't credit the win solely to the change in signal callers. 'We did a lot of dumb things during the first half," Osborne observed. "The line just wasn't firing out the same way it did later. "At halftime we talked to the team about effort and told them to make up their minds whether they wanted to be just an average team or a great one.

They decided they wanted to win. It was a real good comeback." Osborne said he didn't take Luck out of the game because of lack of confidence. "Sometimes a change like that can switch the momentum around. And we wanted to see what Vince could do in a tough situation. It's a lot different than sending him in when you're three touchdowns ahead.

Maybe the same thing will happen In reverse in another game." Ferragamo To Start Osborne felt that Ferragamo's second-half showing earned him the right to start against Kansas next week. "Generally, if a guy finishes up strong in a tough game, he'll be the starter the next week. Although I'm going to look at the films and not make a snap judgment." Many observers recalled the 1970 season when Jerry Tagge and Van Bronson were often interchanged. The starting assignment switched to whichever had the hottest hand the previous week. "I'm looking forward to playing a lot," Ferragamo admitted, "but you've got to have two quarterbacks ready to go.

Terry is a fine quarterback and a great team captain. He does a super job of keeping the team excited and 'up'. You can't put the blame on him for the first-half problems. The execution was a lot better in the second half the line was really firing off the ball." Continued: Page 4C, Col. 6 ab bl 4 12 1 3 10 1 4 110 4 2 10 40 12 4 0 0 0 4 110 30 10 3 111 0 0 0 0 Beniquez dh Doyle 2b Yastrzmsk If Flskc Lynn cf Petrocelli 3b Evans rf Cooper lb Burleson ss Tiant ab bl 3 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 40 10 3 0 0 0 4 0 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 0 2 0 0 0 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 oooo 32 1 1 1 North cf Washingtn If tBandoSb Jackson rf Tenace Rudi lb Williams dh Hopkins dh Campanrs ss Garner 2b Holt ph Martinez 2b Holtzman Todd Lindblad Bosman Abbott Totals Oakland Boston 0 7 7 Oklahoma 7 7 7 6-70 0-21 Total 33 7 1 W0 000 010- 1 200 000 50- 7 -Bando, Washington, Garner, Lynn, North Burleson, Cooper LOB-Oakland 7, Boston 5 2B-Evans, Burleson, Lynn, Holt.

SB-Benlquez 2. Cooper SF-Doyle Okla Washington 11 run DiRienzo kick. Qkla Washington 74 run DiRienzo kick. Colo Waddy run Mackenzie kick Colo Williams 1 run Mackenzie kick Okla Peacock 2 run DiRienzo kick Colo Waddy 8 pass from Williams kick failed. A 70,286 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS RUSHING Colorado Kuntz 16-56, Reed 14-30-Oklahoma Washington 16-89; Llttrell 9-40.

RECEIVING Colorado -r Waddy 5-32, Hasselbeck 1-22. PASSING Colorado Williams 8-17-68, Oklahoma Davis 0-1-0. Continued: Page 3C, Col. 6 er bb 4 2 1 1 1 0 ip 613 0 1-3 Holtzman LO-I Todd Lindblad Bosman 0- 0 0 0 1-3 0 0 Abbott 0 3 Tiant 14 9 Todd pitched to I batter in 7th. T-2 40.

old Tiant give the Red Sox the jump over the A's were his mother and father, who Gullett Tames Pirates, Collects 3 RBFs Reds Sting Pittsburgh, 8-3 bases, including a record two in one inning, and Ken Griffey drove in three runs with a double and an infield out. Morgan and Griffey were the key figures in a three-run third inning that enabled the Reds to take the lead for good. Morgan led off with a walk from Jerry Reuss and on successive pitches stole second and third. After Reuss walked Johnny Bench, Morgan scored the tying run on a single by Tony Perez. Two outs later, Griffey doubled off the right-centerf ield wall to score two more runs.

nings Gullett was overpowering, allowing only three baserunners during that span. He struck out only five but walked just two and held the fearsome middle of the Pirates' batting order Al Oliver, Willie Stargell and Richie Zisk-to two singles in 12 at bats. "What I wanted to do was establish my fastball," said Gullett, who was hit hard in his only previous outing against Pittsburgh this season. "I think I stayed with it a little too long. After the middle innings, I threw more breaking balls, offspeed pitches and then late in the game I went back to the fastball." As difficult as he was to hit, he was even more troublesome for Pittsburgh at the plate.

A .225 hitter during the regular season, he singled home Cincinnati's first run in the second inning then capped a four-run fifth inning with a two-run homer over the left field fence. The homer the first by a Cincinnati pitcher this year and only the second ever by a pitcher in playoff competition touched off a show of boyish enthusiasm in Gullett, who jumped in the air and clapped his hands as he rounded first base. "I'll admit one of the more exciting moments was the home run," said Gullett. Gullett was not the only member of the Reds to play a prominent role in the victory. Joe Morgan, although he failed to get a hit, set a playoff record with three stolen CINCINNATI (UPI) Don Gullett not only took the bats out of the Pittsburgh Pirates' hands Saturday, but he also demonstrated how to use them.

The 24-year-old left-hander, a lgame winner this season despite spending two months on the disabled list with a broken thumb, checked the hard-hitting Pirates on eight hits and also drove in three runs with a single and his first professional homer to lead the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-3 victory in the first game of the National League playoffs. Gullett, whose otherwise standout career had been marred by ineffectiveness in post-season playoff competition, recorded his first triumph in eight playoff appearances with an all-around performance unmatched in NL championship series competition. "Mentally I was ready for today's game," said Gullett. "I had time to prepare. This is probably the biggest day of my life.

My objective is always to give it all I've got. I've always been taught to give 100 per cent -110 per cent if you've got it-and you'll be successful." The 6-foot, 190-pound southpaw, his fast-ball difficult to pick up in the late afternoon shadows, experienced only two difficult innings-the second and the ninth-while holding the usually awesome Pirates to only one extra base hit. From the tbird through the eighth in Cincinnati Rosa 3b Morgan 2t Bench Perez lb Foster ff Concepcln Srlffey rf Geronlmo cf Gullett brkbi 5 0 2 0 3100 4110 4 2 2 1 4 2 2 0 3110 4013 3 0 0 1 4123 Pittsburgh brhM Stennett2b SO 10 Sanguillen 4 010 Oliver cf 4 010, Stargell lb .4000 Zlsklf 4 010 Parker rf 2 2 0 0 Hebner 3b 4 121 Taverns ss "11 Reuss 10 0 0 Brett 0 0 0 0 Robinson ph 10 0 0 Demery 0 0 0 0 Randolph ph 10 0 0 Ellis 0 0 0 Robertsnph 1011 Total. J4 3 1 1 I J4 8 II I tot Ml-3 ttfMx-l Pittsburgh Cincinnati 4 -vrT1 JK LOB Pittsburgh 7, Cincinnati 8. 2B Hebner, Griffey.

HR Gullett. SB-Morgan 3. bb 4 4 1 0 0 1 4 1 1 0 0 2 1 2 i 5F-Oeronimo. Reuss Brett 1 1-3 Demery 2 Ellis 2 Gullett HBP-by OuHet (Perker). WP-Gullert.

PB-Sanguillent AM, 633. UPITELEPHOTO Pittsburgh's Dave Parker slides safely home playoffs got underway. The Reds won 8-3. for one of the Pirates three runs in a losing Johnny Bench of Cincinnati is the catcher. cause to Cincinnati as the National League 1 6.

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