The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 17, 1972 · Page 37
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 37

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Sunday, September 17, 1972
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Aggies Feel Cornhiiskers Still No. 1 By RANDY YORK Boice Best realizes Nebraska is only 1-1, but the TYxas A&M all-America defcmive tackle oaiTKlidate believes the Cornbuskers still represent the best college footibatll team in the country. unusuial,” said Bellard. “Ttiey just did everythir^ extremely well. Tbey have ^eat pursuit on defense. Their cffoisive line really kicked out and their kicks just busted right through . . . execution all the way around.” “They may have lost to UCLA,” says the Aggie defensive captain, "but I think they oughta be No. 1. At least that’s where I’d put ’em. “They’re just as gcMxi as they were last year . . , maybe even better,” cxplai-ns Best in comparing Saiurda>''s 3 7-7 shpelHng to last year’s 34-7 setback. “We were going to feel them out, stay back and see what they were going to do,” says Best, in his third vear as a starter. “But while we did (hat they attacked and just never quit.” A&M quartciback Lex James said the Aggies “had no trcaiible blockir^ the first half. We were moviing the ball. We just coulcn’t do it consistently. Nebraska's front seven played terrific.” James thought A&M had three major opportunities to score in the first half, “but we couldn’t get outside. If we could have stuck the ball in (the end zone) at least a couple of times, it would have been a different story. We might have made a game of it.” New Aggie head c o a e h Emory Bellard, tlie man crtxiited with iir^ituting the faAionaib’.c wishbone od'fcnsc four years ago at Texas, evaluated his team’s pea'formance in much the same way. Aggie middle linebacker Grady H o e r m a n n said Nebraska ran its “game plan right to a tee. They Just did the biisics. I was especially impressed witii (BiM) Olds. He’s a tremcntkjus blocker besides a great riHiner. But I think the whole Nebraska team was iJcy-high for us.” whip-“Wc just flat out got pcd,” he said. “We were outplayed by a darned fine football team.” Pressed as to how he would put tiic Cornhuskers in the na- tion»ai picture. Bollard aHowed: “Tlicy were No. 1 before the season and although I can’t answer that because I haven’t seen otter teams play, I would thirric Ncbra:?ka still right up among the top teams in the country'.” Melvin Robertson, A&M’s defensive coordinator, said it w«s Nebraska’s ovx*rall offensive balance which “manhandled” the Aggies. “I’d like to say they surprised us,” said Robertson, “but they didn’t. They just did the same things they’ve been doing the last two jears when they w'on national cham- pioiiship.s. The Aggie coach also revealed that after tlve game Nebraska coach Bob Devaney told him: “Y( hi all helped us like we helped UCLA last week.” While conceding that Nehr^ka “had a whole bunch of exceptional football players,” the soft-spoken Bellard thought Johnny Rocgers was die biggest threat. “He’s like a fish out of water out there, a truly great football player,” said Bellard. ‘‘You get cautious about him just lining up on defense. “They’re consistent. That’s the important thing,” he added. “They have a great pass blocking, good running and I though (Dave) Humm did a super job of throwing the football for a sophomore.” A&M offensive captain and fullback Brad Di^k, who cai^ht a 16-yard screen pass on a fourth down situation eariy in the second quarter, suffered a sprained knee on the play, according to A&M trainers. He did not return to oction. “He didn’t need to prove it ot us,” added Bellard. “but he showed again that he’s capable of the big play every time he touches the foot- 'ball. Although the end of tiie game got to the point “of us lining up and trying to ease out as low a score as possible,” according to Bellard, he thought the Aggies would come back strong next week at LSU. “Nebraska didn’t do anything parti cualrly “We still think we have some fine football players,” he said, “and they’.11 improve. We hope we can bounce back like Nebraska did today.” Tincoln, Neb., Snnclny Journal k Star, Sept. 17, 1072 ITH 11 appears that Jim Branch has thebest chance of recovering this fumble by Texas A&M’s Gary Wliitehead but the ball squirted by Branch before the Husker.-’ Dave Mason latched on for good at the Aggies’ 14-yard line. Defensive end Steve Mansledt (82) appears monster-like as he looms over Texas A&M quarterback I^ex James (10) who was just able to avoid Manstedt’s defensive play. Big leads and victories make cheerleaders happy and varsity pom-pon girl Peg Bukaeek had plenty to smile about Saturday as her favorite Nebraska team scored a bounce-back victory. The sun was blazing down on members of the NU card section, but none seem to be using the cards for a shield. Nebraska’s 37-7 win over Texas A&M helped to alleviate any other discomforts. Dave Humm has an impressive escort as he moves toward the end zone and his first varsity touchdown at Nebraska. Blocking up front for the sophomore are^Bob Wolfe, Doug Dumler and Mike Beraii. ^

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