The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 7, 1976 · Page 47
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 47

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Sunday, November 7, 1976
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OSU Secondary Remains Confused by NU Passing By Randy York Suit Sports Writer Oklahoma State’s secondary Saturday was just as confused after the game as it was during a 14-10 Big Elight Conforence loss to Nebraska. The Cowboys’ two corner- backs and two safeties, who entered the game with the league’s stingiest pass defaise, yielded 235 yards to Vince Ferragamo. Perhaps post-game viewpoints depend^ on individual responsibility. Safeties Gary Irions and Pete Coppola, for instance, played well. They offered nothing but highest praise for Foragamo and company. Confused Pair Comerbacks Willie Lester and Milton Kirven appeared the most confused by NU’s passing attack. Likewise, they remained confused in the locker room. “1 don't know my name today." muttered Kirven, the defensive back beaten on both Comhusker touchdown passes. Kirven did not get the chance to explain his statement. An Oklahoma State aide sitting next to him. said; 'T think you better leave him alone." Lester allowed that Nebraska "has pretty good receivers with average speed and an average quarterback” Inons, a 6-4 sophomore letterman. thought otherwise "Feaagamo is the finest we’ve faced Uus year,” he said. “We were in a zone and he would just sit back there and wait. "We didn’t have a real good pass rush today,’’ Irions said, "but when we did get one, Ferragamo would still sit bade there with a lot of poise and find the right receiver.’’ Coppola, a junior lettmnan, said: "I think Ferragamo is the best in the Big Eight. I thought he was the best last year. He can do the most and he can run a club the best.’’ While Nebraska’s passing attack drew praise, defense was the name of the game in the showdown and OSU offensive coordinator Gene Henderson paid his respect to the Black flirts. "Obviously,” he said, “they have one of the best defensive teams in the country. Monte Kiffin has a great football mind and good kids who play hard. Everything Nebraska does on defense has a purpose. They don’t just line up and play. No Weaknesses "Nebraska didn’t do anything special that I could see today to stop Terry Millw,” Hend»son said. "They have no weaknesses you can pick on. They just play their normal defense, don’t give up anything big and hope you'll choke yourself down the drain. Basically, that's what we did. "We moved the bail on them, but eventually, we hurt ourselves. It seems like Nebraska lets you make «lough yards to keep you running. Today, we played as well as we're capable. We just should have opened up quicks with the pass. That was a strat^c mistake on our part.” Head coach Jim Stanley was tight-lipped following the loss, which left the Cowboys in a five­ way tie for second place in the Big Eight standings behind Nebraska. Standing shirtless with his arms folded in the coaches' cramped dressing quarters, Stanley broke a lengthy silence by offering some rather general observations. "We lost to a real good football team,” he said. "We had obvious chances to win and failed. I guess that’s the Big Eight Conference. Every wedi, there’s a bowl game in the Big Eight. No Conceisloiis "With Colorado losing at Missouri today,” added Stanley, "Uiis thing could still end up in a five-way tie for first place. The most important thing in our life right now is our last three games (at Kansas State, Iowa State in Stillwater and at Texas-Ell Paso). “Today’s loss was very similar to the Colorado loss (20-10),” Stanley said. "But we’ve got enough pride to overcome it. I’m not worried about that.” Ted Harvey (31) cuts in front of intended receiver Sam Lisle (84) to intercept an underthrown pass and snatch the last hope away from the Cowboys with just 13 seconds left in the game. '-'"A V A”' ' 'v ÍÍ Stanley wasn’t ready to concede the title to Nebraska. Neither was offensive coordinator Henderson, but he analyied what he considoed the reabty of the situation. "Being realistic. I’d have to say Iowa State will not beat Nebraska," he said. "OU has a real shot at them though. If Oklahoma gets some defensive backs back, look out. They’re good. They might get the job done for the rest of the league.” Bobby Thomas (8) is wide-eyed and helpless as the ball rolls Corker (45). Thomas had danced 23 yards with a pass reception free following a tackle by Lorenzo Turner (77) and John before fumbling inside the Cowboys’ fiveyard line. High Stepping Berns Richard Bems (35) high steps his way over fallen bodies as Daria Butler (59) ^ grabs on from hm behind. jOS-Doigle Abhy Diifle’i tHiMdHN;) toe caiiBed BO Imm ta tfaf Hmtoi on this field gotl try midway through the qmia, lM#i (I) Mid hoMer K»t Sdrley (17) watdi cloiely as the ban liili olf com from 44 yardi out. AU-Americaiis? Star áámÉn tacklai Mite Ntt (It) ol the MMken and Pii Dahai (81) of 06U Ptrhüit vtMB of Ite 14'M oulcoo^. 4

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