The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 17, 1967 · Page 29
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 29

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Sunday, September 17, 1967
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r Huskers Hustle Huskies in Debut, 17 Sophomores Shine On Pacific Coast By HAL BROWN Seattle — Nebraska's defending Big Eight champions, setting out to p r o v e the experts wrong, began their series of lessons on why more football games are won on green turf than on paper by overwhelming what is considered a good Washington team, 17-7, here Saturday afternoon. The Huskers. with their inexperience showing only on a few occasions, dominated play both from an offensive and a defensive standpoint — before a packed house of 47,000 fans in the opener for both teams. Looking much better on the field than they have in practice sessions, coach Bob Devaney’s squad gave plenty of indications that they had taken their leader’s words to heart when he said earlier this week his Huskers weren’t giving up just because the so-called experts saw little hope of a fifth straight Big How They Scored Second Quarter NU WU 6 0 Davis, 1 run 7 0 Bombergcr, placement 13 0 Patrick, 1 run 14 0 Bombergcr, placement 14 fi Sparlin, 48 run 14 7 Martin, placement 17 7 Bombergcr, 20 field goal Nebraska ... ____0 17 0 Time left 12:52 0:2fi 0—17 Washington ............0 7 0 0—7 llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllü'lllllllilllllllllllllllllllllült Eight championship trophy in the NU stable. An offense that was supposed to be hampered by inexperience in t h e offensive line and by indecision on a starting quarterback showed none of these shortcomings Saturday afternoon as they piled up 17 points in the second quarter and controlled the ball most of the game. With linemen such as Glenn Patterson, Joe Armstrong, Roger Kudrna, Carl Ashman and Bob Taucher blowing holes in what is supposed to be the best Nebraska's Dennis Morrison is brought down by Washington's Bob Pederson (left rear) but not before picking up 10 yards. ‘Youngsters Can Do The Job’—Taucher Seattle — Big Bob Taucher was an exhausted, dripping, but still eloquent spokesman for the Nebraska offensive line late Saturday afternoon. “We’ve been ribbed since spring ball about being a bunch of youngsters. We just wanted to show people that youngsters can do a job if they want to,” he said as he poured down a soft drink. “It was just basic fundamentals . . . low, hard, quick and aggressive . . . stuff coach Selmer has been teaching us since we’ve been at the University,” the senior tackle pointed out. Bob. who weighed 275 as a junior and trimmed to 248 for his final season, figured that he finished up the day Saturday at about 235. The Seattle temperature at game time was 85 degrees and the humidity had to be in about the same range in the stadium on the shore of Lake Washington. Up For It “We were up for this game. We knew we could do it,” added guard junior Mel Brichacek. “I thought we could do well if we got a good start,” chimed in center Roger Kudrna. “We’re off to a fine'start now,” he added. “Washington stunted quite a little, but we seemed to pick ‘em up pretty good,” he continued. Quarterback Frank Patrick was in complete agreement and couldn’t have been happier about it. “The line did a fabulous job ... I wasn’t hit one time back there,” he said. “The guys were working open real well,” he said of his receivers, ‘“but didn’t hit them all the time. As time goes on I’ll get better at that,” he said of his opening game 9-24 passing effort. Senior end Dennis Morrison, who led the NU receivers with four catches, was having early success on delay patterns. Double Teamed “I was delaying and then going to the flat or the middle, but in the second half they double-teamed me a little more,” he explained. A 31-yard Patrick to Morrison pass in the left flat on such a delay pattern set up the second Husker touchdown. Patrick and the Husker offensive linemen were in agreement that playing against the tough Nebraska defense all spring and fall, although not designed to make the unit look good, was a big help in getting ready for the opener. Don Forsythe Washington defense in 11 years, sophomore quarterback Frank Patrick coolly directed the NU backs through and around the Huskies’ defenders for two touchdowns in a four-minute span in the second quarter. An alert play by Patterson, who hustled downfield despite having to wait until the ball was kicked under the new punt rule, set up the first Husker tally of the season. The NU offense appeared to be stopped late in the first quarter when Dana Stephenson went back to punt, but Washington’s Frank Smith fumbled the punt and Patterson, filling in for the injured Dan Delaney, found the ball at the foe’s 33-yard line. After sending Ben Gregory up the middle for two yards, Patrick and sophomore Joe Orduna, who had a great day in his NU debut, missed a handoff which Patrick fell on for a one- yard loss. The 6-7 Husker quarterback found Dennis Morrison loose up the middle and hit him with a 10-yard pass for a first down at the 22. Orduna gained seven and Davis added two. Patrick sent Gregory for six behind Armstrong and Taucher and repeated with Dick Davis for another six behind the same blockers. This put the ball at the one-yard line and Davis went outside on the right as Dennis Morrison blocked the defender to the inside for six points with 12:52 left in the second quarter. Bill Bomberger, another of the many sophomores who played a key role Saturday, booted the extra point for a 7-0 lead. After stopping Washington for a three-yard loss alter kicking off, the Huskers be an another scoring march, going 43 yards in eight plays for a 14-0 advantage. A p j 1 i n g-on penalty against Washington helped the Huskers this time after two Patrick passes were incomplete and Davis was thrown for a six-yard loss, the Huskies were called for extracurricular activity against Davis. The 15-yard penalty made it fourth and one at the Husky 34 and Patrick leaned his 6-7 frame forward for the first down. Then two plays later, after Orduna lost three yards by fumbling, Patrick discovered Morrison at the 28 and hit him with a pass. Morrison carried the ball to the five and three plays later Patrick followed Kudrna one yard into the end zone. Bomberger’s second PAT . gave NU a 14-0 edge with 9:09 remaining in the first half. The final Husker tally came with only 26 seconds left before intermission when Bomberger booted a 20-yard field goal. An NU drive that started when Harry Meagher intercepted a Tom Spar lip pass reached a fourth and goal juncture at the three and Devaney. apparently • thinking of the Huskies’ talented field goal kicker Don Martin, decided to go for the field goal. Bomberger responded for a 17-7 halftime margin as the second half turned into a fierce defensive struggle that was expected at the beginning. And it was on defense that the Huskers really shined, not only keeping the Huskies from the goal ’ line except on the one occasion, but also coming up with numerous key plays that kept Martin’s toe out of range. The only lapse on defense came when the Husker defenders became a bit confused over an injury to tackle Jerry Patton. With Washington at the NU 48, Patton was injured and Devaney sent Drakulich onto the field. Jim McCord, not knowing Patton had been injured, started off the field when he saw Drakulich enter the game. While McCord was hustling back into position, Sparlin faded to pass and saw the opening created by the momentary confusion on the part of the NU defense. This confusion got Spar- Continued on Page 4C, Col. 5 NWU Romps ... 3C Outdoors ... 6C Frank Patrick linds room and follows the blocking of teammate Roger Kudrna (54) across the goal line for the Huskers’ second touchdown which came in the second quarter of play from one yard away. Devaney Praises Interior Line 'Big Green9 Becomes Big Red BY DON FORSYTHE Seattle—Nebraska coach Bob Devaney, alter seeing his “Big Green” mature and emerge as “Big Red” in a steamy pressure cooker Saturday, labeled the 17-7 victory over Washington “satisfying.” “I say that because we played a good football team, we played away from home and went into the game with a lot of inexperienced boys,” he said. It was the first road opener for the Huskers in Devaney’s six years at the helm. Atlanta .......... .. 74 Pittsburgh .. 74 Los Angeles . . 68 Houston . . 60 New York .. 55 It wasn’t hard for the NU boss to pinpoint the area of greatest pleasure. “I’m real proud of our interior offensive line. They’re all very inexperienced players, but they never once made the kind of sophomore mistakes that you’d expect. I think they were great.” he beamed. The forward wall was especially impressive in the first half in handling what is regarded as a tough Washington defense. “I was real pleased with them,” said line coach Carl Selmer. “They went out Statistics First downs Rushing yardage Passing yardage Passes Passes intercepted by Punts Yards penalized Fumbles lost Wash. Xeh. 8 120 69 5-15 0 6-36.5 75 1 19 209 92 9-26 2 7-31.7 73 3 jmiiiiiiiiiimmiiiiiiiiiiiiimii'iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii determined to do the job and did it.” Selmer pointed out that the game was a great benefit, as far as experience goes, for his young linemen because the heat dictated that there be liberal substitution. “We have some kids down there who are eager to play and I'm tickled that they were able to do the job.” he commented. Devaney complimented the play of sophomore backs Frank Patrick and Joe Orduna, both impressive when the Huskers put 17 points on the board in the second quarter. “Patrick has some great possibilities, but it’s hard to base greatness on just one game,” Devaney pointed out. “Orduna, because he has speed, can be a great foot- STANDINGS National St. I-ouis ......... San Francisco Cincinnati ___ Chicago Philadelphia Won Lost Pet. Behind M 56 .624 — .547 .537 ,536 .517 .500 .497 .459 .405 .374 11 Vi 13 13 16 18'i, 19 24 Va 32'a 37 gjiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiMiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiidüHiüiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii^ Tigers Nab 1st! Saturday's Results St. Louis 4, Cincinnati 1 Philadelphia 8, Los Angeles 4. 11 innings Pittsburgh 5. San Francisco 4, 16 innings Houston 6, New York 1 Chicago 2, Atlanta 1 Sunday’s Games Chicago (Niekro 8-7 or Hands 7-7) at Atlanta tl.ema.ster 9-8) St. Louis (Briles 12-5) at CincinnaU (Maloney 14-10) New York (Koosman 0-0) at Houston (Wilson 10-9) Los Angeles (Osteen 16-15) at Philadelphia (Ellsworth 6-6) San Francisco (Sadecki 9-6) at Pittsburgh (MacBean 6-3) Monday’s Games I.os Angeles at New York, night St. Louis at Philadelphia, night Cincinnati at Atlanta, night Pittsburgh at Houston, night Only games scheduled. American Won Lost PrL Behind Detroit .................... 85 64 .570 — Boston ..................... 84 65 .564 1 Minnesota ............. 84 65 .564 1 Chicago ............... 84 66 .560 l'i xCalifornia ........... 75 71 .514 B1 a Washington .......... 69 79 .466 15'i Cleveland .............. 70 81 .464 16 Baltimore ............. 66 81 .449 18 New York ............ 66 83 .443 19 xKansas City ... 59 87’ .404 2414 Saturday's Results Detroit 5. Washington 4 Chicago 5, Minnesota 4 Baltimore 4, Boston 1 Cleveland 6, New York 1 Kansas City at California, night Sunday’s Games Kansas City (Lauzerique 0-0) at California (Weaver 1-0) Minnesota (Merritt 12-3) at Chicago (Peters 15-9) Washington (Bertaina 5-5) at Detroit (Hiller 4-1 Cleveland (Tiant 10-9) at New York Stottlemyre 14-12 Baltimore (Braebcnder 4 4) at Boston (Bell 12 - 11 ) Monday's Games Chicago at California, night Minnesota at Kansas City, night Boston at Detroit, night New York at Baltimore, night Only games scheduled. By The Associated Press The Detroit Tigers grabbed the American League lead Saturday by edging Washington 5-4 behind right-hander Earl Wilson while Baltimore downed the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on the three-hit pitching of rookie Jim Hardin. The victory, their fourth straight and ninth in the last 11 games, moved the Tigers one game ahead of Minnesota and Boston in the four-way pennant chase. The Twins were beaten by Chicago 5-4 Saturday night and fell into a second place deadlock with the Red Sox, who lost to Baltimore 4-1 in an afternoon game. Wilson became the first 21- game winner in the majors as the Tigers moved one-half game ahead of the Minnesota Twins, who met Chicago in a night game, and one game up on the Red Sox. The Twins, Tigers and Red Sox started the day in a three- way tie for first place. The Tigers spotted Wash- Jim Lonborg Oriole Victim run cally in the fourth, Wis- tory against two setbacks. Powell hit his first homer since July 23 in the seventh off reliever John Wyatt after loser Jim Lonborg, 20-8. was lifted. Rico Petrocelli hom- ered for the Red Sox. In the only other daytime action, Manny Mota’s run- scoring single in the 16th inning gave Pittsburgh a 5-4 voctory over San Francisco. Mota stroked the winning hit against 19-game winner Mike McCormick, the seventh Giants pitcher. Willie Mays had pulled the Giants in a 4-4 tie with a three-run homer in the eighth. In National League night games St. Louis clubbed Cinson knocking in the go-ahead | cinnati. 4-1, to reduce their run with a single. Norm Cash pennant-clinching “magic who replaced Wilson, 21-10, 1 number” to three: the Chi- in the eighth, weathered the cago Cubs clipped Atlanta, Senators’ two-run ninth inning 3-2; Philadelphia belted Los rally. Angeles, 8-4; and Houston Boog Powell’s three - run whipped the New York Mets. homer in the seventh snapped 6-1. a 1-1 tie at Boston, giving the Orioles their second victory over the Red Sox in 24 hours. The Cleveland Indians downed the New York Yan- ball player. A couple of times today he was cornered, but turned on the speed and got away,” Devaney noted. The Huskers did not alter their game plan a great deal, but did wind up throwing the ball 26 times, 19 in the first half. “Our first objective was to control the ball. We planned to run at ’em at the start. But we’ll throw if we can and they forced us into throwing the short and intermediate zone passes. We were still able to control the ball,” the coach pointed out. Devaney noted that there were few errors until late in the game. “We had some boys in positions they weren’t ready to play because of injuries. When we lost Orduna and Mick Ziegler we were without a right halfback. I don't think Buster Yannon had ever worked at that position before,” he said. Devaney had praise for the defense in keeping the Huskies in containment. Washington never made a serious threat before or after its only touchdown, a 48 yard scamper by quarterback Tom Sparlin. “If they had hit on a couple of plays that m i s- fired, it could have been a different game,” Devaney noted. The Husker boss had praise for tackle Jim McCord and sophomore 1 i n e- backer Ken Geddes for some big defensive plays. And. of course, the “good job” label was reserved again for Wayne Meylan. “We just expect it out of him,” Devaney told Washington writers. “We don’t figure he’s had a good day unless he’s in on about half of the tackles.” ington a 1-0 lead, then surged j Hardin struck out eight in ahead to stay with a three- i picking up his seventh vie-¡League night games kees, 6-1, and California edged CLrniïf /û 111 j/iii Kansas City, 2-1, in American I 0(11 lllilOlUlCCS i^ai Sunday Football — Notre Dame Football, 10:30 a.m. (3), Pro Footbal — Bears v. Steel- ers, 12:30 p.m. (6). 1 p.m. (10-11); Oilers v. Bills, 1 p.m. (3); Patriots v. Raiders, 3:30 p.m. (3). SPOUTS SLATE (All events free unless followed by *; all times a.m. unless boldfaced for p.m.) Sunday fieds, Midwest Speedway, 27th „ Local ancj Superior, 8.* Auto Races — Super Modi- His Retirement Pittsburgh (/Pi— Dick Groat of the San Francisco Giants, who vaulted from Duke University to major league star- idom, announced Saturday he was retiring from baseball at the cqd of the season. i

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