Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 19, 1975 · Page 70
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 70

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Sunday, October 19, 1975
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Cowboy Coach Bites Lip Hardest October 19,1075, Lincoln, Neb., Sunday Journal and Star 5D Burk, Stanley Swallow Defeat By Randy York Stillwater, Okla. - Profiles of courage can be found in a losing dressing room, too. First, the gutty sophomore quarterback who put to rest any doubts about his ability. Then the head coach who kept biting bis Up to keep from an emotional explosion. Cowboys Fell Off Such was the frustration and pride in the Oklahoma State locker room after the Cowboys rode a bucking bronc 59 minutes here Saturday before finally falling off, 28-20. Scott Burk, the sophomore quarterback everyone kept pinning a third string label on, felt the satisfaction of burning Nebraska's vaunted Black Shirt defense for 107 yards on 17 carries. He took the time to meticulously explain how he engineered such offensive prosperity. Shortly thereafter in a room nearby, OSU head coach Jim Stanley greeted the press. Defeat was much harder for him to swallow. Better Team Lost "I don't think the better team won on the field today," Stanley declared. "We took the fight to them. Our backs ran as hard as any backs in America today. "If you add up the entire 60 minutes," added Stanley, "you'll find there were more times we played well than they did." There was no question what frustrated Stanley most -- the offensive pass interference call against OSU tight end Ricky Taylor early in the fourth quarter, nullifying his 22-yard touchdown catch, which would have pulled the Cowboys within two - 28 to 26. "The line judge was right on the play and in the best position to cover the play and he signaled touchdown," Stanley noted. Critical of Official "But the field judge called it," he elaborated. "He would not talk to me. I didn't have a stop watch on it, but it sure took them a long tune to think about it. I've never criticised an official, but I think..." Stanley's voice tailed off. "Scott Burk played great," Stanley said changing the subject. "He made a lot of big plays for us. He has something Charlie Weatherbie and Jimmy Derric, (injured OSU quarterbacks) don't have -- great speed. "He can run," added Stanley. "He's also a heckuva com- Vince Ferragamo (15) seems to be all wrapped up on this play, but it makes no difference since he's already across the goal line. Steve Hoins (78) led the interference on this touchdown sneak, one of two by Ferragamo who also passed for two scores. petitor. When the job fell to him, he sepnt more time studying film than anyone on the team and it certainly showed out there today." Not 3rd String Burk expected the barrage of microphone and notepads to reach his locker first. And he made one thing clear. "I never have been a third team quarterback," offered Burk, who started for the Cowboys last fall as a freshman against Oklahoma and against Brigham Young in the Fiesta Bowl. "I was a second team quarterback when I asked to move to the defensive backfield," he said. "Anyway, I guess it doesn't make that much difference. He credited OSU's offensive game plan more than his own ability for his success. "They're vulnerable in that defense, even though their nose guards and tackles slant all the time. 80% Correct "They have certain tendencies in their secondary, so that defense isn't all that sound," Burk said. "It becomes a guessing game and we got to the point where we could guess right 80% of the time." Despite Burk's success at mastering Nebraska's Black Shirts, he wasn't bitter about OSU coming up short. "I guess it just wasn't meant to be," he said quietly. "Everytime we had something special called, they had the defense to stop it and in the end, that's what counts." Stanley's frustration subsided as he finished the interview with reporters. "Football is a team effort and at Oklahoma State, we don't win or lose as an offense or a defense. We win and lose together," he said. Defensive coordinator Monte Kifnn greets gunned down the Cowboys. Pillen was the top Cletus Pillen (61) along the Busker sideline NU tackier in the showdown with 12 stops, 6 of following the final defensive series which them unassisted. It's amazing what pass defenders will do to knock down or intercept enemy aerials. Oklahoma State's Darnell Meyers used the flying-sideways approach while the Cowboys' Mike Allen (48) tried a more graceful style in keeping Tom Heiser (27) from making a reception. Please, Please Let's Win It was a typical Stillwater nail biter for Nebraska rooters who followed their team into Oklahoma State's home grounds. Sometimes, it's even necessary to plead for a victory. Although he went into the game labeled as a third string quarSadc Oklahoma State's Scott Burk (10) gave the Buskers fits. The sophomore^ scrambled for 107 yards on 17 carries. ~ num. iNEWSPA'PERr EWSPAPERI

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