The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 17, 1967 · Page 32
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Sept. 17, 1967 Lincoln Sunday Journal and Star immer Washington’s quarterback Toni Sparlin fakes a pass, runs instead enson Sparlin gets key block at the 25 yard line W—Richardson And finds a new route toward end zone ^Touchdown N Stephenson Martin Gets No Chance Continued from Page 1 lin past the line of scrimmage and from that point, Sparlin created his own confusion as he outman- ouvered several Nil defenders and zig-zagged into the end zone for the only score by the Huskies. But except for this one occasion, it was the NU defense, led by a veteran line and joined by talented, though green secondary men, who did the confusing. Six times, the Husker defense stopped the Washington offense without yielding a first down and gave up only eight in the entire game while their teammates were picking up 19. But just as important as keeping the Huskies from the goal line was keeping them far enough out that not even Martin’s strong leg could get the ball to the goalposts. This took key plays on t w o straight occasions early in the second half. The Huskies had moved the ball to the NU 35 after taking the second half kickoff. but on the next play, Adrian Fiala shot the gap from his backfield position to throw Sparlin to the ground at the'42. Another yard loss made Martin a punter on the next play rather than a field goal kicker. The next time the Huskies got the ball, they had moved to the NU 29, again within Martin’s field goal range, but Ivan Zimmer diagnosed a pitchout play and drooped Jim McCabe for a five-yard loss. This time, Martin tried the field goal from the 41, a 51-yard kick, but it was wide to the left. The NU defense, allowing Washington only 120- vards rushing and 69 passing, didn’t permit the Huskies into Nebraska t e r r i- tory in the first half except for Sparlin’s touchdown cruise. Washington played offense in NU territory three times in the second half with the deepest advancement the 18-yard line where the Huksers held late in the game. The Huskers’ inexperience showed itself vividly on only a couple of occasions — once when A1 Larson fielded a punt at his own five-yard line and later when center Roger Kudrna failed to snap the ball as two Huskies jumped off­ sides. But for the other 59 minutes and 56 seconds, Nebraska showed much the same poise that h a s marked past Husker teams that have been loaded with veterans. And when the Huskers open at home in two weeks against Minnesota, NU fans will see some things they haven’t seen since the days of Kent McCIoughan— in particular, speed as supplied by sophomore Jor Or- duna in the NU backfield. Orduna gives the Husk ers an inside-outside threat along with Gregory. Or­ duna went outside for 60 yards Saturday and Gregory went inside for 63. There also is a much more varied offense with eight Nebraskans carrying the ball and four receiving passes. Patrick, in his debut, ran for 15 yards and passed for 92, hitting nine of 24 with no interceptions. Several of the incompletions were on target, but either were dropped by receivers or batted away at the last second by a tough Washington secondary. Meylan Leads NU Tacklers Seattle — Nebraska all- American Wayne M e y 1 a n led NU tacklers in the win over Washington with 11, nine of them unassisted. Halfback Jim Hawkins was in on 10 stops with Ivan Zimmer contributing nine and linebacker Barry Alvarez eight. The Washington leader was safety Dan Spriester- bach with 14. Tilt Band Day Seattle — Saturday’s Ne- braska-Waahington contest was the sixth annual band day for the Huskies with six bands in attendance. The combined bands saluted Washington’s six home opponents prior to the game, leading off with “There Is No Place Like Nebraska.” Uf W—Pederson Fumble THE LINEUPS INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Nebraska Rushing Carried Gain Avg. Gregory 19 €3 3.3 Orduna 13 CO 4.6 Penney 2 7 3.5 Davis 13 45 3.5 Patrick8 15 1.9 M. Green 5 17 3.4 Ziegler I 2 2.0 Vanumi 1 0 Receiving No Yds TD Morrison 4 65 0 Davis 3 4 n Penney 1 13 n Richnalsky 1 Passing in 0 Ait Cmpltd. Gam Avg. Palriek 24 9 923.8 Fierro 2 0 Punting 0 o.n NoYds. Avg. Stephenson 7 222 31.7 \Y ashing toil Rushing Carried Gained Avg. Wea 9 38 4.2 Cope 5 15 3.0 Sparlin 11 47 4.3 Verti 3 124.0 McCabe 6 61.0 Wojciechowski 2 42.0 Manke 1 -2 -2.0 Passing Att ( mpltd. Lain Avg, Sparlin 15 5 69 4.6 Receiving No YdsTD (’ope 3 43 0 Wea 1 17 0 Wood 1 9 0 Punting NoYds. Avg. Martin fi 219 36.5 Nebraska Defense Forced Washington to Change Plans Seattle — Nebraska’s defensive unit, which kop I Washington far from the Huskers’ goal line, was given much of the credit by Washington coach Jim Owens for NU’s 17-7 win Saturday. “They played very well on defense,” Owens said in discussing the winners. “We made some offensive adjustments in our locker room at halftime, but we couldn't score against them in the second half." The fact that Nebraska's defenders took the ball away so often on four downs altered the Huskies’ offensive game plan, Owens admitted. “Had we had the ball probably would have passed p4obably would have passed a little bit more," he pointed out. The Husker offense, however, also contributed this difficulty for Washington since Nebraska ran 88 plays to only 52 for the Huskies. “Nebraska has some good, strong backs," the Washington coach lauded. “I was impressed with (Frank) Patrick. He played better than I anticipated.” While giving credit to the Huskers, Ownes was far from satisfied with his own squad. "Our lack of consistency on offense was very dis­ appointing,” he observed. “We had better be a lot better next week.” The Huskies play Wisconsin next week. Owens called the penalty on his squad on their first offensive play of the game a big factor in the contest. Washington was charged with holding on their first offensive play and was moved back from its own 44 to its own 23 with a first and 21. “That hurt us," Owens lamented. “Instead of being second and 11, we were first and 21." Owens explained he had no thoughts of playing for a tie Saturday by going for a field goal with a fourth and three situation at the Nebraska 18 in the fourth quarter. A field goal at that point would have given Washington a chance to tie with a touchdown later, but Owens sent sophomore quarterback Tom Manke into the game for the first time. Nebraska’s Wayne Mcy- lan threw him for a two- yard loss and the Huskers took over the ball. “We wanted the touchdown at that point — not the field goal," he offered. “Later in the game, with a break, we figured we could get the additional three points." N Patterson Fumble recovery by Husker Glenn Patterson on Washington 33 yard line sets up NU's first score. 1 tuskers Nebraska's Dick Davis turns on the steam to score Huskers first 1967 touchdown against Washingtor Nebraska OFFENSE LE—Morrison, Kimmel LT—Patterson. Armstrong LG—Brichacek, Williams C—Kudrna, Armstrong RG—Ashman, Linstroth RT—Taucher, Hansen RE—Richnafsky, Jarmon QB—Patrick, Sigler, Fierro LH—Gregory, Green, Frost RH—Penney. Ziegler, Orduna FB—Davis, Yannon DEFENSE LE—Wynn, Jarmon LT—Patton. Meagher MG—Meylan RT—McCord. Draktilich RE—Zimmer. Avolio RLB—Alvarez LLB—Kobza. Geddes LH—Fiala. Larson RH—Hawkins. Best LS—Stephenson RS—Mueller I Photos I I by I I Bob Gorham | I Web Ray | illllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll Washington OFFENSE LFB—Wood, Blanks LT—Richardson LG—Harris, McHale C—Hudson RG—Zatkovich RT—Bledsoe RE—Huget QB—Sparlin. Manke HR—Wca, Wojciechowski FB—Verti. McCabe RFB—Cope, Davidson DEFENSE LE—Halvnrsen, Werner LT—Glennon LG—Sharp, Anderson, Rios LB—Coker, Jugum RG—Maggert. Brock RT—Thompson, Janowicz, Hansen RE—Washington, Dicks LI 1—Worley LS—Pederson. Brucker RS—Spriesterhach, Smith RH—Berg, Sprinkle Huskers Sport Red Blazers Seattle—Nebraska’s football squad and coaches are attired this year in red blazers, making them easily identifiable on road trips. This is the first time, the Huskers, as a group, have been attired in the colorful red that signifies Nebraska football teams. Welcome Week Off Seattle —Nebraska coach Bob Devaney admitted Saturday that an extra week to get ready for Minnesota on Sept. 30 would be welcome in the Husker camp. “It’s usually not good to get a week off early in the year, hut I think wc got battered around enough today to welcome it." he said after the hard hitting opener against Washington. The most serious injury appeared to be a knee injury suffered by halfback Mick Ziegler. Joe Orduna bad to leave the game midway in the sedond half after being knocked out while recovering a punt, but his injury was not believed serious. Devaney Semis In 42 Players Seattle — With the heat figuring to be a factor, Nebraska football coach Bob Devaney substituted liberally during the 17-7 w in over Washington. Devaney used 42 players in the 85-degree heat.

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