The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on October 5, 1975 · 42
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The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida · 42

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Sunday, October 5, 1975
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6-C THE MIAMI HERALD Sunday October 5 1975 to Selmer BY BILL BRAUCHER Herald Sports Writer LINCOLN Neb — Carl Selmer said he “saw a lot of nice people I knew” in returning to the place where he worked 11 years as an assistant coach “Everybody was nice” added the University of Miami coach Well everybody except Nebraska’s football team which proved anything but nice after cranking up in the second half to a 31-16 victory that left Miami’s overworked defenders looking like hit-and-run victims 1 The Cornhuskers mashed out 211 yards on the ground but the villain where the Hurricanes were concerned was Vince Ferragamo FERRAGAMO sounds like a wheel-man for the Mafia and indeed the six-foot three-inch junior quarterback drove the Hurricanes ' to distraction by completing eight of pine second-half passes including hfe first six in a row -Relieving starter Terry Luck in the second half Ferragamo turned a 9-7 Miami halftime lead into a 31-9" Nebraska laugher by driving the Huskers to four scoring drives before the visitors could muster a first down “Ferragamo threw the ball well “ and got at least three great catches to help him” Selmer said - Fullback Tony Davis made two ’on third-down plays that caught Hurricane linebackers out of position Split end Bobby Thomas slip- ped down a sideline to make anoth-'er producing a 40-yard touchdown "that merely added embarrassment with 5:46 left s AY’S r I? - - v $ - ''‘'-’vV ‘Y4 ’ - y J - ’ M $ i S ” ‘ A:i : n a “ ' V A f ” ''’ ikxmr' Coup do Grace: Thomas (8) Catches Ferragamo’s Bomb ' goes 40 yards in fourth period for final Nebraska TD Cornhuskers’ Ball) Subdues UM 31-16 jMPflGEIC helped produce Dennis’ first two field goals VM'Their pass protection was awe--some and they really contained “lary Baker They wouldn’t let him -Scramble as he did against Oklahoma (a 20-17 loss to the top-ranked - Sooners)” 1-'BAKER' who was sacked four times completed five passes in 11 ' attempts for 55 yards He hit for 151 yards against Georgia Tech and 141 against Oklahoma -The Hurricane running game ! minus leading rusher Larry Bates (out with a knee injury) managed 90' yards I-back Tim Morgan got 42 of 'them while Bates’ replacements ! Gttis Anderson and Jim Pinkston got 17 and eight respectively ' COennis who kicked a school record-tying field goal of 53 yards against Oklahoma tied another UM record with his three field goals Jim'’ Huff had set the mark against LSU in 1968 and against North Carolina State in 1969 Dennis’ first effort with a brisk wind was a 49-yarder which came ‘ after the Hurricanes drove from their own 37 to the Nebraska 33 on their initial possession of the game LATE in the first period Seavella recovered a fumble bv Cornhusker starting quarterback ferry luck at his own six On third down at the four Baker was nailed by Monds for a four-yard loss and Dennis settled for a 24-yard field goal Nebraska never drove more than 25 yards in any of its eight possessions during the first half But the Cornhuskers got a break when Pinkston fumbled after catching a Baker pass at his own 25 Wight-man a linebacker recovered Five plays later O’Leary ran six yards to score the first of his three TDs for the game Mike Coyle converted for a 7-6 lead with 10:20 left in the first half I -'TIM MORGAN returned the en-shing kickoff to the Nebraska 48 and fumbled hut teammate Ralph (Riyle recovered Smiling Selmer “We reverted in the second half back to Georgia Tech” Selmer said of his 38-23 opening defeat when the Yellow Jackets controlled the football practically throughout THE 50-year-old coach had to be deeply disappointed in the second-half turnabout but he is not a man who betrays emotion easily “Defensively we gave up two touchdowns and a field goal while they took possession of the ball” Selmer said The Hurricanes with 1 ‘ 5 ' Baker passed 13 yards to Charlie Claud and 11 to Phil August then Morgan scooted 13 to the eight-yard line Three running plays put the ball on the two then the Hurri-cans called on Dennis again and he delivered an 18-yard field goal for a 9-7 advantage Nebraska CoaCh Tom Osborne said he benched Luck in the second half in hopes of changing the Corn-huskers’ luck “I didn’t lose confidence in Terry” said Osborne “I just thought he wasn’t playing as well as he could Sometimes a change in quarterbacks helps get you going” Ferragamo a transfer who once started for the University of California ahead of All-American Steve Bartkowski completed eight of nine passes in the second half for 127 yards He passed 19 yards to fullback Tony Davis and nine to I-back Curtis Craig in the 76-yard drive that opened the third quarter O’Leary scored from the eight after being stacked up at the four and wriggling free That gave Nebraska the lead for good at 14-9 Ferragamo found Craig for 12 and tight end Larry Musinskie for 15 in an 82-yard march leading to Coyle's 24-yard field goal late in the (hire! period In an 80-yard drive that followed shortly he passed 10 yards to Davis and ning to end Chuck Malilo O’Leary ran over from the seven for a 24-9 bulge with 8:55 left Ferragamo capped the Nebraska onslaught with a 40-yard TD pass to split end Bobby Thomas with 5:46 to go Sophomore George Mason replaced Baker and moved the Hurricanes’ No 2 offense 80 yards for a consolation touchdown I-back Donnie Martin scored from the one Miami Nc nrV 6 3 0 7—14 0 7 10 14-31 N iA—FG 4V Ofnns MIA— FG 21 Dennis NEB— O'Leary 3 run (Coyle kick) MIA— FG 18 Dennis NFR— O'Leary 8 run (Coyle kick) NEB-FG Coyle ?-t NFB— O'Leary 6 run (Coyle kirk) NEB— Thomas 40 pass from Ferragamo (Coyle kick) MIA— 'Ma'lin 1 run (Archer kick) A— 76231 K Left Congratulates Osborne After Came quarterback Kary Baker swarmed under in obvious passing situations could not produce a first down while this mayhem was going on “We just leveled off” added Sel mer who refused to compare Nebraska with the Oklahoma outfit the Hurricanes played to a standstill in last week’s 20-17 loss “Let them play each other then you’ll find out We’ve got Colorado next We’ll worry about that “We’ll get busy and practice like hell this week then we get Colora S' ft ' k r- 7 AvTSv : :-K': 7: ::: Y INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Miami RUSHING LG 12 7 5 A 10 5 -1 LG ss 56 56 PUNT RETURNS No YfK 7 Turner RECEIVING No Yds 3 3 2 1 1 TD 0 0 0 0 0 LG 14 15 1? 10 4 Claud August Jackson Pinkslon Morgan 40 3S 20 10 6 Nebraska RUSHING Att 5 13 15 5 3 1 3 1 2 1 Yds 106 50 44 8 6 6 3 0 2 3 TD LG O'Leary Davis Anthony Luck Heiser Craig Ferranamo Higgs Gillesnie Garcia 24 15 7 PASSING Att Comp int 10 4 0 9 8 0 LG 61 127 Lurk Ferragamo PUNTING No Yds Avg LG 7 306 43 7 54 Lessman PUNT RETURNS No 3 Yds 12 Thomas RECEIVING No Yds 2 3 A 3 2 TD LG Thomas Davis Craig AAushinskie Mtilllo 5® 43 32 34 26 40 20 ' 14 16 11 IJM-IYcEiraska IMiolos y Blarliii Ia(H7isoKi 4 k do down in our atmosphere” INDEED Memorial Stadium was bloodshot with 76231 spectators dressed predominantly in the university’s flaming red colors “I have to give the crowd a pat on the back” Selmer said “The yelling was timely particularly when we were trying to get things going It was tough to call audibles so our wide receivers could hear them” The Hurricanes had their chances three times in the early going once Osborne Dismisses By JIM MARTZ Herald Sports Writer LINCOLN Neb — Nebraskans enjoy comparing football scores with those of arch-rival Oklahoma They love the latest in particular Nebraska 31 Miami 16 Oklahoma 20 Miami 17 Those results occurred only a week apart but Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne doesn’t believe that means his fourth-ranked Cornhuskers are better than the top-rated Sooners “It doesn’t prove a thing” he said after Saturday’s victory over the University of Miami “The field obviously had something to do with Oklahoma’s performance down at the Orange Bowl and I think Oklahoma was flat” UM COACH Carl Selmer declined to make comparisons but Hurricane I-back Tim Morgan said: “It seemed like Nebraska had a better pass rush and was quicker” Nebraska will play at Oklahoma Nov 22 in a game that could decide the Big Eight championship and Orange Bowl representative In assessing the fact that the Cornhuskers trailed the Hurricanes 9-7 at the half Osborne said: “I think we were too keyed up Miami played real well but we were beating ourselves “I was pretty keyed up too” OSBORNE is in his third year as head coach following an 11 -year Bob Devaney reign that produced nine bowl teams and a 101-20-2 record Osborne got the job over Selmer who had been Devaney’s assistant those 1 1 years Osborne was asked after Saturday’s game if he felt pressure in proving he was a better coach than Selmer He neatly dodged the question by replying: “I know the fans have accepted me but I don’t think I’ve come close to the public acceptance Bob had That’s one of the difficult things of this job” RESERVE quarterback Vince Ferragamo whose passing sparked nrj e-Vi ' r?i f JR tv?? l3J: I' T A rv i Nclimska’s CLeary ( I t) Hustles for Firs! of ‘5 TIVs seeond-ifiinrler seore inis lb ree-yarifer put llnskers abend for first lime when defensive end Steadman Seavella recovered Luck’s fumble in the first quarter at Nebraska’s six-yard line All they could get were field goals of 49 24 and 18 yards by Chris Dennis “Our failure to score a touchdown in the first half was discouraging” Selmer said ''‘When we got close (after Scavella’s recovery) they hit us with a blitz from the mbnster-men outside We were unable to get the ball away” BAKER four for seven in the first half completed just one more pass before yielding to George Mason when the case was closed “We were down in the second half and they knew we had to throw” Baker said “We’ll have to work that much harder now I’m looking forward to the rest of the season” It sounded like a death wish but there were moments until Ferragamo came on that it appeared the Hurricanes would sustain the emotional high of Oklahoma “WE JUST let down in the second half” Seavella said “On those long drives we had a five-man rush and he (Ferragamo) was dumping off to his fullback (Davis) “We’re a young football team and these things can happen” said Seavella reasoning more clearly than he was in the second quarter When fullback Jimmie Pinkston’s fumble at his 25 helped Nebraska to its only first-half touchdown accomplished in five plays Seavella was on the sideline “I got my bell rung a slight con- parison of Scores I y t V Nebraska's Davis on the Move bul can't escape grasp of I’M's Ferguson Nebraska’s ' second -half rally praised his line for his success "I don’t think you can put the blame on Terry Luck (first-half quarterback who completed six of 10 for 61 yards but fumbled at his own six-yard line)’’ said Ferragamo “In the second half our line really fired off the ball” When Miami’s defense limited Oklahoma to its lowest output in 10 years the Hurricanes often hollered and taunted Sooner quarterback Steve Davis and running back Joe Washington But Ferragamo said he heard little noise Saturday “I guess they came to play football" he said “And I guess they - n vV' f f l Z V M cussion” he said “But I felt OK a little later I went back in” EDDIE EDWARDS a standout at defensive left tackle left briefly with a pinched neck nerve But he said his feelings hurt worse afterward “I don’t know whether we thought we had it made or what at the half” Edwards said “I just know we didn’t do the joh Those third-down passes killed us” Jim Walden the defensive boss who came with Selmer from Nebraska to Miami was inclined to be more philosophical afterward than he was in the fourth quarter while chewing out his defensive troops on the sideline “WE’RE playing great football teams good” Walden said “I live for the day we can get some of the Indianas and TCUs on our schedule and get the Oklahomas and Nebras-kas off After all a win is a win “The difference today was that when the going gets rough the warfare in the trench is what counts Also you have to remember we have ’ seven first-year players out there” Walden conceded Ferragamo used plays in the second half “that we didn’t see in the first half But his receivers also deserve a lot of credit “And they were getting too much on first and second downs We were just bending too much and their quarterback was confident “You could see the whole thing pick up under him in the second half Then they just took it to us that’s all” ' couldn’t play with our linemen” LINEBACKER Jim Wightman led Nebraska’s defense with 12 tackles including one quarterback sack and a fumble recovery that set up the Cornhuskers’ first touchdown A week ago Wightman was charged with felonious assault in connection with the beating of an Omaha policeman He was released from jail Tuesday and Osborne indicated he’d still start the sophomore As Wightman left 'the dressing room Saturday Osborne smiled and said to him: “Let’s stick around and watch the Ohio State-UCLA game on TV night” Wightman laughed and walked out the door u Y ' s IE M ' a i n AU - ‘-IX i A C V i i 1 'If i1( w f 1-UWP iwfpjyuiws 1 " t a ! sri

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