The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 17, 1972 · Page 36
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 36

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Sunday, September 17, 1972
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Lincoln, Neh., Sundny Journal &r Star, Sept. 17, 1972 Jerry list finds open space between the line of scrimmage and the Texas A&M secondary as a Dave Humm pass follows its route (1). List’s concentration is entirely on the ball '2) just prior to the tight end’s snuggling of the Humm toss (3) . . . Huskers Still Hoping for No. 1 Rating Continued From Page ID come back from the first loss of their college careers never entered the minds of tho Husker gridders, from sophomore Humm to seniors Dumler, Bill Janssen and Rodgers. “We were upset about that loss Saturday night and Sunday,” defensive captain Bill Janssen explained, “Then on Monday we started getting angry about it. “We knew why we lost it. We lost it because of mistakes and we knew they were mistakes that we could eliminate. “Defensively, for instance, we missed 17 tackles and we didn’t play our techniques right 35 times.” Rodgers claims the loss to UOLA “wasn’t that disappointing because we knew it wasn’t because we had a weak team. “We knew all we had to do was eliminate our mistakes and play the way we’re capable of playing. We’re going to be all right from here on out.” And while most observers figure the chances of NU winning a third straight national chamipionship were virtually eliminated with last week’s loss to UCLA, neither the Husker players nor Devaney are particularly buying it. “Sure tJiey’re going t o downgrade us on the loss,” Rodgers points out, “But as the season progresses, we’re going to get back to No. 1. “W'e’re still in the top 10 and when we get to Colorado and Oklahoma, they’re going to be rated up there. WTien we beat them, we’ll move up.” While Devaney doesn’t believe much in the credence of polls early in the season, he points to the polls as having a good influence on his team this week. “While I didn’t feel I could rank us in the top ten after our loss to UCLA,” Devaney offered. “I think the fact that we remained in the top ten showed our players that they hadn’t dropped out of the public’s eye.” Devaney is a member of the coaching board that does the ratings for United Press International which had the Huskers ninth this week while The Associated Press ranked Nebraska KHh. Not wanting to discourage his players’ idea that they still can climb back to the No. 1 spot, Devaney points to the 1965 Alabama team that defeated his Huskers in the 1966 Orange Bowl. “They (Alabama) w'er<* only 8-14 going into our game and came out of it 9-1-1 and they were named national champions.” Devaney points out. “So there’s still a chance. It’ll be a tough job though and we can’t falter again.” A couple of areas that had to be pleasing to Devaney, his coaching staff and the Husker fans in the hope that their team doesn’t falter again was the play of Humm a t quarterback and three newcomers in the offensive line, guards Mike Beran and Bob Wolfe and tackle Marvin Crenshaw. “Dave (Humm) showed definite improvement,” Devaney observed. ‘‘His receivers held onto the ball (they had dropped four in the loss to UXX.A) and we had good pass protection.” Devaney said he was pleased with the performance of Beran, Wolfe and Crenshaw, noting, “They’ve played well. Our whole offensive line has played well.” Humm was quick to agree on the protection offered him by his offensive line. “I think they proved themselves today,” Humm praised. “I had great time to throw.” While Humm was generally pleased with his own performance, he admitted, “I’ve got a lot of work to do on that option play. I’m not doing that very well, yet.” And while the Huskers have resolved themselves to the chore of trying to work their tvay back up the standings ladder, at least one Texas A & M player figures they’re still No. 1. “They may have lost to UCLA,” Bo ice Best, A&M’s defensive captain who has played against three Husker teams now, points out, “But I think they oughta be No. 1. At least, that’s where I’d put them. “They’re just as good as they were last year,” maybe even better.” A j'car ago, the Huskers defeated A&M by 34-7; Saturday It was 37-7. I Photos By I I Bob Gorlmin | I Web Ray | I Randy Hampton | I W illis Van Sickle | I Harald Dreimanis | I Nick Part sell | I Dave Thiel | ■^iiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiil Although Bob Devaney doesn’t appear too happy in this photo he does model his new Nebraska cap which might have been the lucky charm Saturday as the Huskers topped Texas A&M 37-7. . . . All hands are in the air as List celebrates his second TD reception of the young season and the official signals the third NU touchdown against the Aggies. The faces are all different but the overall reaction is tlie same as jubilant Nebraska fans cheer Husker efforts after the third of five NU toudidowas Saturday.

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