The Gazette from Cedar Rapids, Iowa on September 12, 1982 · 47
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The Gazette from Cedar Rapids, Iowa · 47

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Sunday, September 12, 1982
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-f ...... :. ...T.'T.r. The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Sun., Sept. 12, 1982 5c Iowa's battered defense wasn't all to blame By Gus Schrader Guatt cporla column tot LINCOLN, Neb. The way tight end Mike Hufford taw it, Iowa's offense was responsible for letting Nebraska pile up a 28-0 lead at the half in Saturday's 42-7 rout "Our offense couldn't keep possession of the ball long enough to give our defense a rest," said the senior co-captain from Mount Vernon. "Yes, we did better In the second half, but we've got to make a lot more Improvement" Hufford led Iowa with four outstanding catches for 67 yards, the longest of which went for 24 yards to set up the lone Hawkeye touchdown. Coach Hayden Fry could only sigh with disbelief when asked which Iowa center had snapped the ball over QB Chuck Long's head, recovered for a touchdown in the end zone by Nebraska's Wade Praeuner. "Yes, it was Hilgy (Joel Hilgenberg)," Fry said, "uid I've never seen him make a bad snap before. As bad is we were in the first half, we should have got out of it 21- if- y x 1 S A Mike Hufford: 4 catches . for 67 yards for Hawkeyes 0, but then we had that happen." Iowa's battered defense had a few bright spots: The 14 solo tackles and three assits by linebacker Kevin Spitzig . . . Mike Yacullo, another linebacker, recovered both of the fumbles (wild pitchouts, actually) that Nebraska lost '. . . Ron Hawley, junior from West Covlna, Calif., who got his first start at free safety, was credited with seven tackles and three assists . . . Larry Station, outstanding frosh from Omaha Central, called defensive, signals after Erb was injured, and Memorial Stadium may still be echoing from the force of the tackle he put on Turner Gill for a three-yard sack at the end of the third quarter. "Kevin Spitzig and I came in on a stunt, and I got a clean shot at Gill," explained Station. "Yes, I was hoping I could make some plays like that in my first game. "I wish I could have knocked the ball loose, and 1 probably should have if I had hit Gill higher, as he had the ball up by his ear. No, I didn't hear the crowd boo me after that play, but I suppose some of the fans resented it because I'm playing for Iowa against my home state. I didn't feel any pressure, though, playing at Nebraska. "We didn't play very well, but I made my share of mistakes, too. I've played a lot of football, and I've never seen anybody play a game alone. The whole team has to do better. 'Tackling Mike Rozier is difficult, because he really ; jukes. You have to hit him low and hang on." Dave "Fat Daddy" Browne, Iowa nose guard, had ; been interviewed a great deal last week because he had to play opposite Dave Rimington, Nebraska's 1982 All- '. America center and Outland Trophy winner. Some think Rimington has an outside cliance to become the first interior lineman to win the coveted Heisman Trophy. ', "It was a learning experience for me against a guy ; like tfiat," Browne allowed. "Rimington is good. I didn't play well the first half." '. Asked if he thinks Rimington would be a worthy Heisman candidate, Browne smiled and replied: "I'm not on the voting crew, but he's good. Yes, he's a i nice guy, too. He came up to me after the game and ' wished me good luck the rest of the way. He said he ; hoped we beat the Clonies next Saturday. In fact, lots of Nebraska fans told us they hoped we beat Iowa State." . Iff was that The University of Iowa football team found the going tough at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Saturday. The Hawkeyes had more than their share of frustrations in going down to a 42-7 loss to Nebraska. I ts kind of day ' Hawkeye coach Hayden Fry makes a point on the sidelines with wide receiver Dave Moritz. - ' Jr CUTf ' V" fHtR ' w r-T I .r ' t!'. 4"'- uf 0 :" 1 Nebraska's Mike Knox has a firm grasp, on Iowa quarterback Chuck Long during second-quarter action. Long was nailed for a six-yard loss on the play. i Iowa linebacker James Erb limps off the field after suffering torn ligaments in his right knee. Gazette photos by John Mclvor Defensive tackle Clay Uhlenhake gets cooled off by a student .If manager. Tempratures in Lincoln reached 85 degrees with 63-percent humidity. , TOfnnj With ls teammates opening a massive hfle in the center of the Iowa defense Nebraska fullback Roger Craig zips up the middle on the Huskers' first scoring drive.

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