The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 9, 1966 · Page 27
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 27

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Sunday, October 9, 1966
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Dodgers Didn^t Want Birds^ Bunker^ Blair Baltimore (Ai — Neither Paul Blair nor Wally Bunker, two California high school kids who were scouted by the Los Angeles Dodgers, was involved in the decision that brought them to the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles won a game of hide-and- seek for Blair’s services and wound up with Bunker, even though they bid no higher than most of the other clubs scouting the precocious right-hander. Blair, as a matter of fact, got a tryout with the Dodgers in their rookie camp before the 1962 season. Went 3 for 5 “We played a doubleheader in the Coliseum. I went 3-for-5 in the first game but didn’t get a hit in the second. I didn’t hear any more from the Dodgers until after I signed with the New York Mets," said Blair. “Then they told me they were working on it.’’ But the skinny 170-pound center fielder got even Saturday when he pounded a Claude Osteen pitch 430 feet into the left field seats for the homer that brought Bunker a 1-0 victory over Los Angeles in the third game of the World Series. Blair was a 152-pound, 5-foo(-9 Ud when he was at Manual Arts High Scho<d In Los Angeles—and maybe his size chased the Dodgers. But it didn’t chaae the New York Mets, who gave him a $2,000 bonus. Blair, however, wasn’t even worth that his first year in organized ball. “I didn’t exactly have a bang-up year,’’ he said in the Oriole clubhouse. “I hit only .228 and struck out 147 times. Then I went to play winter ball in the Florida Instructional League.’’ The Mets didn’t bother to protect Blair from the player draft, however, and the scouts were snooping around. “They told me they were going to try and hide me,’’ Blair explained. “I didn’t play for two weeks. I was supposed to have a sprained ankle. The day of the draft I was supposed to have started playing. “I went to my locker and everything was packed iq>.” Everything Packed Everything was packed because the Orioles had drafted him, seeing through the game of hide-and-seek and seeing the talents in Blair others had passed up. Blair repaid the Orioles Saturday, and he admitted he was looking for the pitch Osteen threw. “I was looking for the fast ball,’’ said the 22-year-old right-handed swinger. “He threw it right into my groove. He started me with a fast ball the first time up, and I like to hit the first pitch so I looked for it again.’’ Got Big Bonus Bunker, who stopped ttie Dodgers on six bits, got about $73,000 more in bonus money than Blair, but he was a precocious pitcher at Capuchino High School in San Bruno, Calif., who had been scouted since he was a freshman. “I was a Giant fan since we only lived about 10 miles from the ball park,’’ Bunker said as he sat before a microphone in a special interview room under the stadium. “But they were all scouting me in high school, including the Dodgers. “The Baltimore scouts had been coming around since I was a freshman and they were real nice—more like friends than scouts. So when Baltimore offered the same money as the other clubs we signed with them.’’ Then someone asked if the oDdgers had offered as much money as anyone else. Bunker laughed. Handled Everything “I really don’t know,’’ the 21-year-old right-hander explained. “All I know is what my old man told me. I’m in high school, and I didn’t really know too much about money. He handled everything. “The only thing he told me was, ‘go get ’em.* ’’ Bunker did that again Saturday, handcuffing the Dodgers after failing to pitch a complete game in the regular season following an arm injury in July. Paul Blair Sooners Fly ... 3C Drysdale Goes ... 7C suniiapSiiurnalaniiSIar ■ ^ wfíín-í BQx Best Read in Sports Is the Sport Red 12 PAGES SECTION C Huskers Finally Find Trigger, 31-3 Badgers Buried In Second Half By CURT MOSHER Madison, Wis.—In case you are among those who have been waiting for the Nebraska bomb to go off, you can come out of the shelter and pull your fingers out of your ears. Ignited by Wayne Meylan, the mobile monster who blocked a punt, and four pass interceptions by his Black Shirt teammates, the Corn- huskers rolled up their highest point output of the season Saturday and brushed aside once- beaten Wisconsin, 31-3, before a disappointed Camp Randall Stadium crowd of 52,428. ★ ★ ★ Siatiëtiefi Wis.Neb. Flnrt downs ......... 9 22 Yardg rushing ----- 672S0 Yards passing ..., 149133 Passes ................. 28-10 14.11 Passes Interrp. by 1 4 Punts ................... 6-3Z.8 4-34.5 Fumbles loti ....... 3 2 Yards penaliaied .. 30 25 LateFG Lets UCLA Win, 27-24 Statistics ^rst dowM Rushing yardag« PaaslBg yardaga Paatea Paaaaa intarcaptad by Punts Ç umblaa loat arda penalized rcLA lUea n M IM m 17-35 2 427 1 30 m m 7-15 3 331 3 15 Houston m — Kurt Zimmerman kicked a 17-yard field goal with seven seconds left to give second ranked UCL.\ a 27-24 victory over fired up underdog Rice University Saturday night. Until Zimmerman, a lenior kicking specialist, booted the field goal to break a 24-24 tie It appeared the young Rice team, a three touchdown underdog, would pull the game out or hold the high scoring Bruins to the deadlock. UCLA moved into the position for the winning field goal after recovering a Rice fumble on the Owl 23 with 1:25 left in the game. Quarterback Gary Beban and halfback Mel Farr, UCLA’s great 1-2 punch moved the ball to the one where on fourth down Zimmerman kicked the winning field goal. Beban, who completed 17 of 35 passes for 2.% yards and added 66 more by rushing, scoring two touchdowns for the Bruins and passed for another. His TD runs were for eight and four yards and his scoring pass covered 33 yards to Harold Busby which tied the score at 24-24. IJrtA SOB 11-37 Bh-e to 0 14 0 34 re R Shelton 13 run < ktcki ’ LA- Re bln 8 run (Ruiby put frum B n) Rice KC Pubtka 47 Rice- U-hman 1 run <kii*k (liled) uri.A Beban 4 run (Beban run) Rii-e- T. Shelton 1 run (Lehman paaa frnm Hailev > I'CI-A Buaby (3 paaa from Babaa IL'arr run) UCLA-yxJ ZlRunarniaa 17 AUaodano« 33^00. Nebraska, playing well, but still lacking the killer instinct in the first half, started giving the scoreboard man some business in the second half when Meylan blocked his second punt of the season and fell on it in the end zone. That cracked open a snug 10-3 advantage the Cor n- huikert had owned at halftime and NU was well on its way to the fourth straight victory of the s e a- son and coach Bob Devanney’s fifth straight against Big Ten opposition since arriving on the Husker scene. The Cornhuskers came right back after the Meylan’s effort to get another quick one and produced the kind of fireworks which had been lacking until this brilliant ^ degree day. Presumably looking for Meylan again, Don Schaffner, the Wisconsin Punter, got off a poor kick which went out of bounds on the Nebraska 41. Nebraska thundered the 41 yards in eight plays with Harry Wilson, wiio had his second straight big game, stomping in from the 11- yard line. Harry actually hurdled teammate Jim Osberg at the line of scrimmage and scampered in. Larry Wachholtz, who equalled the school record for career field goals with a 27-yarder in the first half, kicked his third of four perfect extra points of the day and NU was rolling in front 24-3, with 4:08 to play in the third quarter. The drive, although short, was one of NU’s best of the season. The first three plays, fullback Pete Tatman rammed it down the middle for four, nine and five yards. Then Bob Churchich, who hit on 10 of 13 passes Saturday, fired a strike over the middle to tight end Dennis Morrison who made a good catch. The play covered 14 yards and Nu had a first down at the Wisconsin 27. Wilson, who saw some duty at fullback Saturday for the first time, got two and Ben Gregory raced for 4 and 10 to set up Wilson’s touchdown run. Gregory, drawing a starting offensive Job in place of the injured Ron Kirkland, was a strong and effective runner all day and gained 64 yards in 11 tries. Contliiiied on 1C, (kd. • Qeveland Pummels Pittsburgh Statistics First Downs o Bushins Yardag* Passing Yardage Passes Passes Intercepted bjr Punts Fumbles Yards Penalized Steeiers Broinit 12 31 22 241 182 22S 18-3B lS-28 0 5 3-41 1-35 1 2 64 «6 Nebraska’s Wayne Meylan (inset) snares the football and six points after blocking a Wisconsin punt early in the third quarter. It was the key play in Cornhuskers’ second-half pullaway. Cleveland, Ohio iff) — The sharp passing of Frank Ryan and Jim Ninowski plus the running of Leroy Kelly gave the Cleveland Browns an overwhelming 41-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steeiers Saturday night. Ryan tossed touchdown passes of 23 and 14 yards to Gary Collins, Ninowski hit Ralph (Catfish) Smith with a 24-yard touchdown pass, and Kelly ran for two touchdown« as the Browns improved their National Football League record to 3-2. Pitt«burgh 0 0 10 0-19 Cleveland 14 7 0 »-41 Clev—Collin* 23 pass from Ryan (Gr<»a ludc i Clev—0>lllna 14 paaa from Ryan (Groaa kick) Clev—Kelly 2 run (Groza kick) «tt—Jefferson 23 paaa from I*o (Clarti luck) Pitt—FG Clark 18 Clev—Rally 10 run (kick failed) aev—Warfield 3 run with recovered fumbke (Groza kicfc) Cle^Ralph Smith 24 paaa from Nlnow. ■ki (Groza kick) Attendance 82.6B7. Co-Caplains Report Big Red May Be Ready Bills Belted to Roll SUtisties By HAL BROWN Madison, Wis. — Two Nebraska players, who are as close to the scene as one can get, expressed optimism here Saturday that the Huskers may finally be ready to roll, and they found agreement from coach Bob Devaney. “We are still making a few mistakes,“ co-captain Bob Churchich pointed out after Saturday’s 31-3 victory against Wisconsin, “but I think we have finally started to move the ball. “The attitude of the team is getting much better. You can notice that each week.’’ Defensive captain Larry Wachholtz compares this season to the last couple of years—in reverse ion. “I think it’s kind of a reverse of the last couple of years where we seemed to play real well early in the season, then sort of lost our momentum later,” Wachholtz explained. “This year, we have sputtered at the beginning, but we’re doing things better each week. I think we’re (M>ming and one of these days . . be concluded as his voice trailed off. Devaney, advised of the feelings of his two co-captains, offered his assenting vote. “I feel the same way,” he said, “and I certainly hope they are right.” Two Huskers, who were fash- gig g Standing» All Conference Games W L W L Nebra.ska ......... 1 0 4 0 Oklahoma ....... 1 03 0 Missouri .. __ 1 0 3 1 Oklahoma State 1 01 2 Colorado ....... 1 12 2 Iowa State ....... 1 2 1 3 Kansas ..........0 1 2 2 Kansas State .. 0 20 4 IIIIIIUHUtlllilllllllillitllllllllFlUailliHIIIHIIIIIIIIItll seeing action at new positions this week were happy with the new assignments, but one was already looking toward the day he’ll return to the Black Shirts. “I like it,” Ben Gregory beamed in discussing the chance to carry the pigskin. “And I didn’t have as much trouble as 1 Baylor Stuns Hogs thought I would in picking up the offensive assignments. “Of course, coach Devaney had me strictly with the offense all week, so that helped. “But as soon as Kirkland gets back, I imagine I’ll go back to defense. It doesn’t make any difference to me where I play as long as I play.” A trimmed-down Harry Wilson took such a liking to his first shot at fullback that he went 33 yards on the first Husker play from scrimmage. “I like fullback,” he said snxiling, “and especially that fullback power play that we ran the first time.” Regarding his condition★ ★ ★ Badgers Bite Dust SUtiiUct Fir«t down* .......... Yaitl* ruBhin* .......... Varda mm I dc .......... Paaae* Passes tiitarc4H)ted by Pimts .............. Fumble* kwt ............ Yards penalM s Baylor Ark. . 17 20 . 112 180 . 161 lit 13-33 t-2ft . 0 2 5-44 5-37 . 0 I . 10 1» Fayetteville, Ark. (B—Terry Southall’s 21-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Green with 4:48 remaining gave Baylor a 7-0 Southwest Conference football victory over fifth-ranked Arkansas Saturday, snapping the nation’s longest regular-season w i n- ning streak. Southall directed his fired- up Bears on a 46-yard march in five plays that ended a defensive struggle. Baylor used its defense, led by Dwight Hood, Grog Pipes and David Anderson, to turn back the Razorbacks at t h e Baylor 18. 6, 28, 15 and 36. The Bears got their b i g break when a high snap from center sailed over punter Martin Bercher’s head. Bercher retreated, picked up the ball but was swarmed under a wave of Baylor defenders for a ^yard loss at the Arkansas 46. Southall used Mily one run in the scoring drive, that for! a first down on short yardage. He completed passes of 12 and nine yards to Paul Becton, a former high school star in Little Rock. Green weaved behind t h e Razorback defense and took Southall’s perfect pass over his shoulder two yards deep in the end zone. Bob Purvis kicked the extra point. It was .Arkansas’ first regular season defeat since Nov. 16. 1963, when Southern Methodist beat the Porkers 14-6 at Dallas, Tex. Arkansas had won 24 straight regular season games, including 16 in the Southwest Conference, a conference record. The defeat was Arkansas ; first at home since 1961, when Texas beat the Razorbacks, 33-7, and this was the first time the Porkers had been shut out since Rice scored a ! 7-0 victory in 1963. NU-WU Time Left First Period Baylor Arkansas Bay—Orwsn (Purvia kick) AUeadaac* 21 paa* .809 7-7 009 9-0 from SooUiaU 3-0 Wachholtz, 27-yard field goal ....... 6:11 3-3 Schlnke, 33-yard field goal ............... 1:15 Second Period S-S Gregory, t-yard run . 4:37 KFS Wachholtz. placement Third Period 164 Meylan, recovered blocked punt in end zone ___ 10:06 17-3 Wachholtz, placement I3-3 Wilson, 11-yard run 4:06 24-3 Wachholtz. placement Fourth Period CrttcWow, ooe-yard ruB .......... * 4:21 914 W m AI k ^, ^aoemeiit ing program, Wilson observed, “I’m down to about 198, but I’d like to get a little lower than that yet.” Defensive end Langston Coleman, who was given credit for forcing a Wisconsin fumble at the Badger 20 and also received credit for recovering the ball, refused to take credit for either. “He iKim Wood) had already fumbled it when 1 hit him,” Coleman explained. “And someone else got the ball. 1 was there, but someone else was on it.” Coleman was among the Hu^er linemen who kept Wisconsin quarterbacks scrambUug throughout the game, but who seldom were able to bring them down. “We were rushing pretty strong, but we just couldn’t get to him,” Coleman pointed out. “We were Just a step away most of the time,” Jim McCord explained. “Tliey were doing a lot of slant blocking which 1 think' allowed us to get through easier. And they were missing some blocks.” Fir*t down* Rushing yardag« Passing yardag« Passes Passes intercepted by Punt* Fumbles lost Yards penalized Sestea Baffal* 12 109 176 12-26 0 8-36 I 36 IS S3 269 a 7-49 3 29 Sunday Raseball-World Series. 12 noon 13». Bowling—12 noon <7). NFL Football—Packers v. 49ers, ' l;43 p.m. <6-10-11). AFL Football - Dolphins v. 1 Haiders, 2.30 p.m. i3i. College Football - Nebraska v. j Wisconrm, 4:45 p.m. (10-11), 5:30 i p.m. (3it Buffalo, N.Y. liT) -- The Bos! ton Patriots put the rush on quarterback Jack Kemp and his Buffalo Bills Saturday night and scored two touchdowns and a pair of field goals for a 20-10 victory over the fading American Football League champions. Boston ............................... 19 3 7 9 -.j(j Buffalo ................. 0 • a 7—10 Boe-FG CappeUetU 19 Boe^-Nanoe 19 run (CappelMU kkii) Boa—Nance 19 run (Cappelletti kfcAi) Boe—FG CappeOettl 31 Buf—4PG Lusteg 37 Bos Bellino 25 paaa from Partili (Cappelletti kick) But—Carlton 1 run (Luatag Uckl Attendance 45,542. Jets Edge Chargers Stfttlitfcff _ BaaOtag« NawTsefe Ftrirt Down* gj ig Yarda Rushing 9 g ii§ Yard* Paaaing ^ |gg . . „ w* 11-« Passes intercap(«d bg 3 1 Punts 4.40 8-46 Fumbles 9 q Yards Penalized |g tg New York iff — Joe Na- math’s clutch passes triggered a 66-yard comeback drive midway in the final period, rookie Emerson Boozer barrelling the final eight yards, as the New York Jet« edged Uie San Diego Chargers 17-16 Saturday night and emerged as the only unbeaten team in the American Football League. 7 - 1 « 7-17 u. San Dtcgo 3 6 8 New York 7 3 9 SD- FU Van Raaphorat H NY .Snail 17 pass from Namatti Turnar kick) S1>-FG Van Raaphorst 17 NY - FG J Turner 33 SD-FG Van KaapboraU 2 SD- Uncolu 8? paM Iran HUB iVta Raapborat kick) NY—Boozer 8 run U. Turnar kkAI AtteixUae« §3.497.

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