The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 19, 1965 · Page 29
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The Case Vanishing End Or, Where Did Freeman While Co With ITial Picrskin? Freeman White has eye on the sky (1), sees Bob Churchich’s pass (2). hauls it in for touchdown (3). Momentum carries White into bleachers (4.5) and suddenly he vanishes f6) JVO. I RANKING RIGHT, SAY FROGS Husker Option Play Bothers TC NU-TCU Statistics iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitinmfiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiiiitnttiinii NEBRASKA By RICK AKIN A pesky option play and the lessons that can be learned from playing a football team ranked No. 1 were the principle topics in the Texas Christian locker room Saturday. The Nebraska option play, engineered mostly by quarterback Bob Churchich, who lateraled to left halfback Ron Kirkland for key yardage in the Huskers’ 34-14 football victory, was about the biggest factor all afternoon TCU Coach Abe Martin said. “It’s a hard play to defend against with that unbalanced line, Martin said. “It was the play that hurt us.’’ “I guess we didn’t have enough men on that play. We needed a 12th man,’’ he sayd, finally getting around to lighting a cigar chewed up through most the game. The NU option came into linebacker Bobby Nelson’s territory most the afternoon but he managed to quip: “I wasn’t in there when they ran the option. “It didn’t show up too much in the training films, Nelson said, “and we weren’t expecting it that much. But when they did run it. I’d get the guy’s head up and he’d just flip it out there.’’ The play also took TCU tolls on Churchich’s two touchdown passes to Freeman White in the first quarter. Co-captain Dan Jones, charged with watching White, said he was looking for the option the two times White scored. “I thought Nebraska had a real fine football team,’’ Martin said. “I don’t know how anyone else came out today but until I see somebody else that’s better, they deserve to be No. 1.’’ Martin said it was Bill Johnson’s 50-yard run with an intercepted pass that “broke our backs.” But we did come back and play good football the second half.” He handed praise to his sophomore backs Steve Landon and Ken Post, his line and safety man Frank Horak, who did some good kickoff and punt returning. “I’m not down on our boys at all,” Martin said. “This is going to help us. We should have learned a lot.” Illegal Pass Costs Huskers Fans attending Saturday’s Nebraska-TCU football game saw one of the more rare penalties—the penalty for an illegal forward pass. It occurred in the second quarter when NU quarterback Bob Churchich, after crossing the scrimmage line, attempted a lateral to halfback Ron Kirkland and pitched the ball to the side where Kirkland was running. By the time the ball reached Kirkland, the halfback was farther downfield than was the quarterback, making it an illegal forward pass. The penalty was five yards from the point of the pass, plus loss of the down. E. A. Qresham, a sophomore linebacker who gained Martin’s plaudit, summed the learning bit up with some philosophy he picked at a movie Friday night. “A guy said in this movie that Tf you don’t try, you don’t do. And if you don’t do, you don't learn.’ Well, we tried and I think we learned a lot.” The Frogs sent most of their respectful praise toward Nebraska’s hard driving backs and pass- snagger Freeman White, said that Nebraska did deserve the No. 1 rating and discounted the fact the field was slippery. “They had some real good running backs,” Gresham said. “Maybe it was because I was tired but I thought that No. 44 (Charlie Winters, second offensive team fullback) was as good as any of them.” Jones said White was “standing in my face all the the time. They just seemed to throw the bsdl in the air and White would catch it.” Player RUSHLNG Att.yds. Churchich ....................... 7 7 Kirkland . n Wilson 19 Solich 44 Duda .... 19 Tatman . 42 Winters ........................ 321 Brunk ........................ 25 PASSING Att. Comp.Yds. Churchich 17 9 134 Duda 2 00 PASS RECEIVING No. Yd*. White ...................... 8 122 Jeter .... ......................812 PUNTING No. A vr . Kirkland........................ 438 TCU RUSHING Player Att. yd*. Nix ............................... S i2 Landon .......................... It 46 Smith ................................ 4 7 Shabay ............................ S -t Post ................................ 19 86 PASSING Att. Comp. Yds. Nix .............................. 7 t 7 Shabay...................... t 1 8 PASS RECEIVING No. Yds. Cam 4 >bell .......................... 1 10 Landon .............................1 -8 Neea ................................. 1 8 PUNTING No. Avg. ...........................7 36 Gibba Nebraska-TCU Lineups TCU LE—Johnson, Jamail, Ball. LT—Sitra, Herrington, Young, Lloyd. LG—GiUlam, Cooper, Pyle, Johnston. C—Nayfa, Gresham, Nelson. RG—Stout, WilUams, MltcheU. RT—Barker, Nixon, Bratdier. RE—Campbell. Perry, McMIl- lion, Nees. QB—Nix, Gibbs. Shabay. RH—Landon, Richards. Horak. Hudler. LH—D. Smith. Jones, Westbrook, McKisskk. FB—Post, Bayer. NEBRASKA LE—Jeter, Casey, Haug, Patton. LT—Cartoon, Bricbacek. Stooh- myer, McCord. LG—Allers, Kudrna, Kennedy, Alvarer. C—Drum, Peieraen, Bamee, Murphy. RG—^Meylan, Osberg, Ku^I, Senkbeil. RT—Brown, Taucher, Oaap, Stith. RE—Richnafsky. Whiia, L. Coleman, Zimmer. QB—Churchkh, Duda, Weber, Wachoitz. Poggemeyer. LH—Kirklai^, Brunk, Carstens, Tborell. RH—Wilson, Gregory, Mueller, Vactor. FB—SoBch, Winters, Tatman, JohlMOD. giiiiiiiiiiniiiiniimmiiiiiiiinmiiiiiiiiiNniniiNNiHmiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHfiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiHiiiiiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiifiiiiiiiiiiMiiiiiiiiiuiiiwiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimmiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiüiiiiiiiiiiw Ifs a Hard 10 Yards But Kirkland Gets It-And a TD\ . . . But Freeman returns as fans cheer first Nebraska touchdown of 1965 season. Johnson’s Theft Seals Frogs’ Fate Husker Ron Kirkland meets trouble at TCU five-yard line (1), spins away (2), finds more foes (3,4) . . . . • . But Ron twists (5), turns (6), tugs (7) and scores on a 10-yard run in the third quarter. Continued from Page 1C good block by Walt Barnes, NU struck swiftly. And again it was the aerial maneuvers which paid off. On another critical third down play, Churchich again found White, this time with a jump pass good for nine yards and a first down at the Horned Frog 17. A running play fizzled for a three-yard loss, but Churchich cranked up and hit White down the middle to the 12. On the next play White found his way to the goal and Churchich threw high. White jumped high and NU was out front, 14-0, after Wachholtz converted. The Frogs’ finest hour came shortly thereafter. They drove 78 yards with the kickoff to score in 13 plays on an 11-yard pass from Kent Nix to senior end Sonny Campbell. But the big play in the drive was a 32-yard gallop on some fancy stepping by sophomore fullback Kenneth Post, who along with Steve Landon, another sophomore, did about all of the damage TCU could do. And while the score would indicate the Frogs were suddenly back in the game the feeling didn’t exist. And if it did, it was suddenly wiped out just 43 seconds before the end of the half when Billy Johnson stole a Nix pass and romped 50 yards to score and put the Huskers on top by two touchdowns. The remainder of the scoring was inconsequential, but it did include some nifty plays. The Huskers got theirs on a brilliant 10-yard stomp by Kirkland after a 17-yard pass from Churchich to White and a 19-yard run by Frank Solich earned him the chance. Thrown in was a pass interference call against Frank Horak of TCU who knocked down Dennis Richnafsky who was going for the ball. And the final touchdown came with nine seconds left as Fred Duda, after setting it up with a nifty eight-yard scamper, pitched out to Ken Brunk on a one-yard scoring play. The Frogs’ second tally was set up by a pass interception by E. A. Gresham, a sophomore linebacker who plucked off two of Duda’s aerials in the final quarter. On the second theft. Gresham grabbed it at the 43, pitched it to John Richards who then raced to the 12. Three plays later, TCU scored on a three-yard run by Landon. If there was a surprise In this game for Nebraska, which plays at Air Force ne.vt Saturday, it was fine play of the offensive line and the ability of TCU to move the ball on the ground. TCU finished with 164 yards rushing, but had to' settle for 15 yarde paitiog.

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