The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 23, 1966 · Page 25
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 25

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Sunday, October 23, 1966
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Whew! NU Does It Again, 21-19 m By CURT MOSHER Boulder, Colo — Nebraska’s indescribable Corn- huskers, their Black Shirts bleached and their offense as helpless as a grocery store against a band of housewives for a half, came roaring back from certain defeat to cover themselves in glory with a 21-19 victory over Colorado. They’ll talk about this one for a long time, a Big Eight classic. And when they do, all 46,112 of the Homecoming day fans will talk about the way record setting senior quarterback Bob Churchich directed two fourth period touchdown drives of 63 and 68 yards to pull Nebraska from a 19-7 deficit to its sixth straight victory of the season. The last one, finished when Pete Tatman banged in from two yards out with only 53 seconds remaining in the game, was fantastic. For it not only had to overcome the keyed up Buffs, but was also a battle against the clock. There was 2:33 showing on the clock when Nebraska took over at the NU 32 for its now-or-never bid to retain national ranking. Churchich completed six passes in that drive and two of them were genuine “gut checks”, completions which came on critical third down situations to keep the drive alive. The first one was a 13- yarder to Dennis Morrison which gave NU a first down at the Nebraska 45. The second was a six-yard completion to Harry Wilson after a seven-yard pitch to Ben Gregory and NU had a first down at the Colorado 42. Churchich, who completed 20 of 34 in all, was nowhere near through on this day which saw him establish three new Nebraska passing standards. He flipped a 12-yarder to Tom Penney who raced out of bounds at the Buff 30, then fired for five more to Gregory to the 25. On the next play he again found Penney, who jumped out of bounds in the corner at the nine, a 16-yard play. By then the time outs were gone and 1:32 remained. But there was time now to hammer it in. Gregory bulled for four and Tatman three. Then the bulky North Platte senior stormed over and the 15,000 Husker invaders went completely goofy. Larry Wachholtz, whose toe provided the winning margin, kicked his third straight extra point. Colorado still had time to try something and was nearing field goal range at the NU 38 when Bob Weinman, a defensive end not even listed in the program, forced Colorado’s exciting quarterback Dan Kelly to intentionally ground the ball. That moved the Buffs all the way back to the Colorado 43 and on the next play Wachholtz intercepted Kelly’s pass to wrap it up. Nebraska’s second touchdown, which came on a possession immediately after one of the biggest heartbreakers in NU annals when Colorado held on its one-yard line, was a carbon copy of the winning effort. That one took nine plays to cover 63 yards. Churchich started with a 13-yard pitch to Morrison for a first down at midfield. Then he faced another of those ticker testing third down plays. He found Penney for exactly 16 yards to the 40. After an incomplete pass, he again found the range, this time to Morrison over the middle and good for 17 yards. NU went to the ground momentarily with Churchich earning six on a keeper and Choo Choo Winters clanging for six more. That put the ball on the 11. On the first down play, Churchich hit Morrison with his second touchdown pass of the day. The toss was to the three and Morrison belted Kirk Tracy out of the way to make it in. When that happened there was 10:42 remaining and what followed until the game winning drive was nothing less than brutal hitting. Nebraska had the ball twice without making a first down and the Black Shirts returned to their more normal state of being slightly sensational. Three times the defenders, with Wayne Meylan leading the way, shut Co- Continued on Page 3C, Col. 6 Oh, My! Time NU-CU Left First Quarter 6-0 Gregory, 16-yard pass from Churchich 10:91 7-0 Wachholtz, placement 7-6 Cooks, two-yard run 4:41 Second Quarter 7-12 Cooks, one-yard run 0:*f 7-13 Farler, placement 7-19 Plantz, 29-yard pass from Kelly 1:11 Fourth Quarter 13-19 Morrison, 11-yard pass from Churchich 10:41 14-19 Wachholtz, placement 20-19 Tatman, two-yard 0:ii run 31-19 Wachholtz, placement HAPPY HUSKERS—Bob Hill (53) and Mel Brichacek show their approval while the bench jumps for joy and a cheerleader couldn’t be more relieved after Nebraska s winning score. Two Points Passed Up By Devaney Boulder, Colo. — Football games are not won on the way from the dressing room to the field, but Nebraska coach Bob Devaney had his doubts about that here Saturday in his team’s 2119 come-from-behind victory over Colorado. “We were sort of walking from the dressing room to the field to start the second h a 1 f,” Devaney recalled, “and Colorado blew by us so fast that 1 thought to myself, ‘oh-oh’ this could be a long second half.” H o w e v e‘ r, the Huskers moved better on the field the second half than they did on the way there at halftime. Asked to compare Saturday’s effort with other comebacks in the Devaney regime at Nebraska, Devaney replied, “Today I’d have to say this was the best.” Moments later, the Husker coach went a step farther, calling it the best comeback of his career. “This was a great comeback,” he offered, ‘‘and it has to rank as the best, I guess, because we came back from a two touchdown deficit in the final quarter.” Devaney credited the comeback to Husker grid- ders “doing what they had to do. They deserve a great deal of credit since they also had to come back after seeing what they thought was a touchdown taken away.” Devaney was referring to a Husker touchdown drive that the officials ruled was stopped just inches short of the goal line. “the players thought they had that one, but they still came back to get the other two that they needed,” he pointed out. Poise also played a big part in the win, according to Devaney. Tigers Battle To Tie ‘We Knew We Could Move —Bob “Our players showed a lot of poise,” he noted. “Poise is probably the grea test thing you can havt if you have some ability and can get just a little help from the coaches.” When one of the dozen or so writers huddled around Devaney asked if quarterback Bob Churchich had ever looked better than he did on the final touchdown drive, Devaney smiled and quipped, “He has never looked better to me.” Devaney also called Churchich’s passing in the last drive, “The best job of passing in the clutch I have seen.” The Husker coach refused to use the excuse that all- American middle guard candidate Wayne Meylan was not in the Husker lineup when the Buffs scored their final two touchdowns in the second quarter. “Bob Lints (Meylan’s replacement) did a good job in there after he got started,” Devaney said. “We threw him into a tough spot and he did a good job. 1 don’t think we can use Meylan’s absence as an excuse.” Meylan missed the second quarter due to a muscle spasm. The Husker coach second guessed himself on the decision to go for one point instead of two after the final touchdown. Two points would have meant Colorado could have done no better than a tie with a field goal. “It would have been better to go for two” he said in looking back. “But we didn’t think they had a good field goal kicker and two points is hard to get. But it probably would have been better to have gone for two since we had nothing to lose by it” Hal Brown Statistic« Iowa W- Miaaonrt First down* Rushing yardage Pawing yardaga Paaaea Pas sea intercepted by Punta Fumble* loat Yards penalized 10 130 ion • 14 1 12-34 O 89 12 9« 11 « 8-22 1 10-38 3 13 Columbia, Mo. (UPI) — Sophomore Chuck Weber made a spectacular leaping catch of Missouri quarterback Danny Sharp’s 15-yard touchdown pass in the closing minutes Saturday as the hard- pressed Tigers thundered out of oblivion to earn a 10-10 Big Eight football tie with upset- minded Iowa State. Weber leaped over the head of defender Larry Carwell in the end zone with 4:04 left and Missouri, hoping to get the ball again for a winning score, sent in Bill Bates to kick the tying extra point. Missouri got the ball with 1:38 remaining at its own 25 but was unable to move. Iowa State’s alert defenders had outplayed Missouri be,fore a stunned crowd of 47,000 for three quarters and held a 10-0 lead before the 17th ranked Tigers erupted in the final period on Sharp’s passing. His 41-yard strike to half*back Earl Denny gave Missouri a first down at the Iowa State 12 midway through the final period and set the stage for Bates’ 27-yard field goal. Sharp then marched the Tigers 28 yards in three plays for the tying touchdown after a personal foul penalty against Iowa State gave Missouri a first down deep in Cyclone territory. Iowa State, which had not beaten Missouri on its home field since 1938, now is 1-4-1 over-all and 3-1 in the B i g Eight. Missouri is 4-1-1 for the season and stayed in the thick of the Big Eight race with 2-0-1. More on Page 3C low» Stat* ........................ 7 J a 0-10 MiMouri 0 0 0 10-10 LS- Wrb«ter 2 run (Buach kick) 18—Buaeh 30 it MU Bales 27 tg MU' Weber 13 pas* from Sharp (&atr* kick) Attendant» «7,000» By HAL BROWN Boulder, Colo. — Nebraska quarterback Bob Churchich likely couldn’t have found 10 folks in the stands here Saturday who weren’t breathing heavily from excitement as the Huskers moved downfield for the winning touchdown in a 2119 win over Colorado. But fortunately he had 10 teammates on the playing field who refused to panic. “All I told them when we went on the field after taking over the ball was to keep cool and we’d move the ball,” Churchich explained. “I knew we could move it because we had moved it before. “No one in our huddle became excited during the entire drive. It was amazing how everyone kept their poise.” One of the best working Husker plays in the final quarter was a pass into the center of the Colorado defenses. “We noticed that their monster (a roving linebacker) was coming up on early downs,” Churchich analyzed. “so we started throwing into that spot.” Defensive captain Larry Wachholtz, who intercepted two passes, including the one that finally wrapped up the Husker win in t h e final seconds, had praise for middle guard Wayne Meylan. “I don’t think anyone realized how valuable Wayne is until that second Statistics Nebr. Colo. First downs ......... Rushing yardage Passing yardage Passes ................ Passes Interc. by 21 68 236 20-34 2 Punts ....................... 8-43 Fumbles lost ......... 1 Yards penalized ... 5 18 265 99 6-17 0 4-32 1 55 iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimimniiiimiii half,” Wachholtz praised. “He did a great job that second half.” Wachholtz also gave credit to the Huskers’ pass rush in the second half. “They made that final interception possible,” he pointed out. “They put a lot of pressure on that quarterback and I think he threw the ball out of desperation.” A little conversation among the defensive players at halftime also resulted in a better second half performance. “We had a little discussion in the dressing room,” Wachholtz recalled, “a n d the second half was a lot different than the first.” Colorado scored all 19 points in the first half. Defensive end Langston Coleman, who had plenty of trouble with the Colorado option play of Dan Kelly’s in the first half, was one of those who had a better second half. “They gave me a lot of t r o u b 1 e,” he observed. “That number 41 (John Farler) was cutting me down pretty good. But we came out tougher the second half. “Our coaches gave me some hints on adjustments at halftime that helped. They told me to go outside more the second half and this helped us contain Kelly better because it was turning him in.” Richard Czap, who mans a defensive tackle post, revealed after the game that he had played without a back brace which he is required to wear to protect a back injury suffered in an auto accident last summer. “The trainers and coaches don’t know that I didn’t wear it,” Czap explained. “But I figured I had to be able to move out there and I can’t move with that brace on.” Cai Sixth Victim Of UCLA Statistics Fink downs Ruxhing yardage Passing yardage Passes ..................... Passes Intercepted Punts Fumbles lost Yards penalized by UCLA .. 18 . 219 ... 93 .. 8-15 . 3 3-M ... I SO Calif. 18 25 27« 23 39 1 43» 2 23 j Larry With The leer | W - Third- behind the Berkeley, Calif ranked UCLA, quarterback wizardry of Gary Beban and the elusive running of Mel Farr, beat Californa, 28-15, Saturday for the Bruins’ sixth football victory without a defeat. But a fourth-quarter Bear uprising for 15 points gave the Bruins a few uneasy moments an the Pacific-8 Conference game. Beban passed for two touchdowns and repeatedly penetrated Cal’s defenses with his rollouts. Farr took one of Beban’s passes for a touchdown and got another in a 22-yard burst through tackle. UCLA 7 7 7 7-28 California 0 0 9 13—15 UCLA—Farr 22 run (Zimmerman kick* UCLA—Farr 1« pass from Beban (Zimmerman kick) UCLA Manning 35 pas* Interception (Zimmerman kick) UCLA—Purdy 2 pane from B*baa (Zimmerman kick) Cal Bradiey 19 pan* from Brook (Sinclair kick) Cal Beasley * pass *rom Brook (Barry pans from Brook Attendant* S44M. Clemson Hammered By USC Firrt downs Rushing yardage Passing yardage Pa* sea Passe» intercepted hy Punts Fumbles lost Yards penalized Statistic« Clemson Southern Cal 8 24 S 11-22 12-1* 11-4Í 4-48 1 1 24 T» Nebraska’s Larry Wachholtz picks off last Buffalo threat on the game’s final play. Los Angeles UP)— Sophomore safetyman Mike Battle returned a punt 74 yards in the first quarter and the Southern California Trojans with a deadly aerial attack went on to their sixth straight victory Saturday, blanking Clemson 30-0 in the first intersections! football game between the two schools. The spectacular run by the 19-year-old, 164-pound Battle ignited the until then bored Trojans. USC went Into the game favored by three touchdowns as 44,614 looked on in Memorial Coliseum. It was the third defeat as against two victories for the visitors, who twice stopped a Trojan advance inside the five-yard line. Clcmkoa ................. 4 • 0 A— • Souther» Cal .............. «IB • «—3* CSC-Battle 74 punt return (kick failed) USC Winalow four run (paa* Mi USC—Page nine run (run tailed) I SO - Sherman one run (| USC—Klein 1« paa i failed) - «¿14 a*** «««*** a yapi (pee*

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