The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 7, 1976 · Page 46
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 46

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ID November 7,1I7I, lincofai. Ntb., lulty Jmnú ni Hir 'V; i<v' V.Í Jnat JXk. ! \: Terry Miller (43) versus Qete PlUen (61). It was a star-studded as if Samuel has the OSU swifty in range as PiUen fights off (2) The tackle was one of 30 Z**®**|° confrontaUon repeated many times during Saturday’s thriUer. Bruce Blankenship (83) while being ignored by Ron Baker (86). counted 14 unassisted stops among his total. Miuer snon g Miller’s on the go (1) but Tony Samuel (98) is clewing in. It lo(rfcs Pillen sheds the blocker, attacks (3) and makes a solid hit (4). was part of his 149 yards rushing. Just Doing His Job Says Modest Pillen of Effort When you’re after Terry Miller (43) you often have to take what you can get. Oete Pillen (61) uses a thin shred of Miller’s jersey to bulldog the Cowboy star to the artificial turf. By Dave Sittier Staff Sports Writer You couldn't get Clete Pillen to blow his own hom if you jammed a trumpet mouthpiece down his throat. Of course, trying that with the 206-pound hnebacker is not advised. Especially after the rugged performance he turned m Saturday against Oklahoma State. Pillen was credited with a staggering 30 tackles. Fourteen of the stops were unassisted against the Pokes while he pitched in with another 16 assists. "You can’t do it without everybody else's help." Pillen said of his effort “One person does not make or break a team.” Modest Man The modest PiUen approach is nothing new for the soft-spoken farm boy from .Monroe. It’s his nature and probably has a lot to say about why his teammates elected him co-captain this season "Everybody doing their job, that’s our philosophy on defense,” PiUen continual. "I was just trying to do my job ’’ He did his job so well that Clete Pillen 30 TacUes Pillen should be paid time and a half for overtime Big games are nothing new for the Cornhusker walk-on He was voted .National Defensive Player of the Week last season by the Associated Press for his 27- tackle output against Oklahoma. Nebraska linebacker coach Bill .Myles praised Pillen, noting, "Clete did a terrific job. “.\gainst the veer, the linebackers are very important." .Myles said "They have to be conscious of the backs, the quarterback and the pitch man. If the linebacker overplays or if he just reacts to the play too quickly you can find yourself in trouble ” Veer Headache Pillen acknowledged the Oklahoma State veer gave Nebraska headaches all afternoon. "Their backs just exploded off the ball and their line was very quick, ” he said "They are the best offensive team we’ve played this year "Our tackling was a little mushy at limes,” ñUen continued, “but Oklahoma State is the most physical team we’ve played” Pillen credited the momentum factor as a big key in the brutal Big Eight battle. I remember last year they (OSUt had the momentum and it was tough," he said But when things are going your way it seems like you can do nothing wrong” Clete Pillen did little wrong Saturday, even if he wouldn’t admit It. I* T Chuck Malito (89) stretches out and concentrates on the descending football as he scores the Huskers’ first touchdown on a play that covered 34 yards. For the day, Malito made four receptions for 80 yards.

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