The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on December 5, 1976 · Page 45
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Rainbow's Holds Pot End(zone) of Points By Virgil Parker Sporti Editor Honolulu, Hawaii - It was almost em- barraslng. Just*for the record, Nebraska scored a M-3 football victory over the University of Hawaii in spectacular Aloha Stadium here Saturday night. Cornhusker coach Tom Osborne had his first unit offense and defense out of the game before the first quarter was over. The score was already 27-0. He let the first-stringers see action for just two plays •— and another touchdown - at the start of the second half. Then they retired for the night. But. there was no way to stop the onslaught. Just for the record: —Quarterback Vince Ferragamo tossed two touchdown passes, his Itth and 20th of the year, to break the one- season record of 18 set by Dave Humm in 1972. —I-back Richard Bems tallied four touchdowns, one on a 56-yard sprint, the longest run by a Nebraska back this fall. -One of Ferragamo’s TD passes, the one to open the second half, was a 65- yard bomb to Chuck Malito. It was the longest TD by passing for the year. —Berns piled up 211 yards rushing, breaking the single game record set by Frank Solich against air force in 1965 SPÛRTREO ' . „.B , ■' Bftif Rtaà Is Sport Red 1 E Sunday, December 5,11^ Strange as it may seem, the biggest cheer of the night from the crowd came when Hawaii kicker Curtis Goodman booted a 43-yard field goal Nebraska led, 47-0 at the time. Since Hawaii was beaten, 59-0. a week ago by Oregon State, it gave the Rainbows their first points to 106 straight counters for the opposition. Before the game against Hawaii ^turday night, Nebraska football players found some time to have a little fun. Mike STAFF COLORPHOTO BV RANOT HAVPTON Fultz is stretched out in a catamaran while Vince Ferragamo (left) and Oetc Pillen “push” Fultz and friends out to sea. Some people worried that Nebraska might be “homered" by local officiating Thev didn’t need to. On four of the first five kickoff returns. Hawaii was charged with clipping three times and lost the ball on a fumble. On the fifth, the Rainbows tried a tricky double reverse and had to start back on their own five yardline. Osborne used everybody he could, but was forced to use either Malito or Bobby Thomas at split end. Dave Shamblin was suffering from a hip pointer and didn’t play. Berns saw nearly fulltime duty I-back Monte Anthony hurt a wrist in practice and wasn’t used After the score mounted. Byron Stewart went in. but he sprained an ankle Tech Wins, But Baylor’s NU-style Offense Clicks First downs n TacR )3 Rushos-ytrds S4-2S141-223 Passing yards Ito 122 Return yards 2) 10 Passas14-21-tf-14-1 Punts 4-#05-314 Fumblts-lest 1-) 0-1 Penalties-yards 3-» 5-tt By Dave Sittler Staff Spartt Writer , Lubbock. Tex. - Quick, now, all you Nebraska football fans, what's a Big Red Raider? No. silly, it's not some Cornhusker fan trying to revive tlw old coUege praidc of stealSig an undergarment out of some coed’s dormitory rocmt ledRak Instead, the Red Raiders are a group of college footbaU players from Tex» Tech. who are itchin’ to whip the panU off Nebraska in the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl. Matched against Nebraska in the New Year’s Eve classic in Houston’s Astrodome. Texas Tech demoiMtrated here Saturday that th^ have the tateit and poise to give Nebraska a rugged tus- Coach Steve Sloan’s Red Raiders nipped scrappy Baylor 24*11 before 37,1(8 fans at Tech’s Jones SUdium. The victory gave Tech a Ue for the Southwest Conference chami^on^p, a first-ever feat for the Raideri. Ranked No. 8 in the naUon. Texas Tech will enter the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl with a hi^r ranking than Nebraska and a sparkling 10-1 record. It’s only loss was to Houston, which tied Tech for the conference title. The issue against Coach Grant Teaff’s Baylor Bears wasn’t decided until the final U seconds of the exciting cmtest when Baylor kicker Lester Belrose missed a 41-yard field goal attempt which wmild have tied the game and spoiled Tocas Tech’s share of the league crown. “We have to take some time off and enjoy this one for a little while and Uim get ready for our big game with Nebraska,’’ a relieved Tedi Coach Sloan- said. “I want to give Baylor a lot of credit. They’ve got an excellent team.’’ At the outset, it did not appear Texas Tech was going to have any problems handling the Bears, who entered the game ranked 17th in the country and sporting a 7-2-1 record. Season TEXAS TECH (lO-l) 21 Colorado 20 New Mexico 27 Texas AiM 37 R.ce 52 Arizona 31 Texas U TCU 34 SMU 19 Houston 30 Arkansas 24 Baylor Records 7 16 16 13 27 21 10 7 27 7 21 $ Houston 15 Auburn 34 Illinois It So Carolina 27 SMU 0 Texas A&M 7 Arkansas 31 Rtcc 20 Texas 21 TCU 21 Texas Teen BAYLOR (7.J.1» On the very first play from scrimmage. Tech’s quarterback, Rodney Allison, operating out of the Red Raiders’ split Veer offense, slid down the right side of the offensive line, faked a pitch and then suddenly burst up the middle 77 yards for a touchdown with only 20 seconds gone in the game. A 5-11, 184-pounder who is called the Little General. Allison is goii^ to remind Nebra^a fans of Oklahoma’s great quarterback. Steve Davis. The only difference between the two is that AUison not only runs as well as Davis. but he is also a fine drop-back passer. “Rodney Allison, to me, is the best quarterback in the country,’’ said Sloan, who would get a lot of argument from NebraNca fans who like their own Vince Ferragamo. “If there’s a better quarterback in the country than Allison, I haven’t seen him," With Alliswi running the Texas Tech offense with the smoothness of a pair of those pantyhose that that other quarterback, Joe Namatb, wears. Tech built its lead to 14-0 with 5:34 left in the opening quarter. Allison got Uie second score on a one- yard plunge, capping a 90-yard drive in 12 plays. Allison and Tech’s two speedy running backs, Larry Isaac and Billy Taylor, accounted for most of the yardage. But Baylor, which is in the same bitter boat as Iowa State over not getting a postseason bowl bid despite its respectable record, refused to fold its t«it aqiainst the inspired Red Raiders. Stocky I-back Gary Blair started finding holes in the Tech defense as Baylor’s offense finally regrouped and Blair scored on a'2-yard run with 5; 22 left in the second quarter. Calling the game with Texas Tech its “bowl game," Baylor tied Uie score at 14-14 when freshmaif quarterback Sammy Bickham, who played three downs, threw a 50-yard scoring bomb to split end Tommy Davidson as the first half drew to an end. In the tense, seesaw battle. Texas Tech regained the lead midway through the third quarter when Brian Hall booted a 40-yard field goal. Hall, who kicks with an artificial leg, nailed the field goal with 9;50 showing on the clock in the third period. But Baylor still refused to die. W'ith Blair doing yeoman ball-carrying duties, the Bears regained the lead at 21-17 on Blair’s one-yard plunge with 3:38 left in the third quarter Blair, a 5-9, 180-pound blockbuster, finished with 199 yards rushing in a magnificent performance in a losing effort. Blair’s accomplishment at running out of the I-formation against the Red Raiders, should be good news for Nebraska’s offense, which is basically the same as Baylor’s. “Blair was just fantastic,” Sloan said. “We couldn’t stop him, no matter what we tried ’’ Blair’s second touchdown proved to be Baylor’s last harray against a determined Texas Tech team which has acquired a reputation for its comebacks. Once again, it was quarterback AUison mixing his plays to perfection and coming through twice with crucial third down and long situations as Tech battled to regain the lead. Isaac, Tech’s all-time leading rusher, got the winning touchdown on a five-yard sprint around right end with 5:14 left in the game. ' Texas Tech’s swarming defense took over from there on. as the Raiders’ defenders bended a little but refused tq break against the relentless Baylor offense. Baytar Tfx»» T#ch Tecii—Allticn 77 run (Hall klck> Tael»-Allison I run (Hail kickl 2 run Balroi# kick) Bay-Ddv‘(J»on 50 pa»» (rom B ckham (Btflroia kick) Tacn-FG Hall 40 Bay-Blair I run (Bflroit kick) Te<h-Uaac 5 run (Hall kick) A-37,105 0 U7 0-H 1« 0J7-M INDIVIDUAL LEADERS Rumina - Taxa» Teen - Aii.jon II IQ6, Taylor 1675 Haai II 35 Baylor - Biair 30-199 Bo* 4 16, Hamtnorne 4 15 Pauina - Taxai Tacn Aiiiion9 l6-1122 Baylor- Jackion 12-19 I 9i Bitknam 2-2-0 62 Rattiyina Taxai Teen-S Aiiliami2-27, Ivaac2- 23, J yVillianii M9 Baylor — Oaxiaion4 7l, Biair 4- II, Haatnorna 3-45 The Comhuskers took just 41 seconds to tally their first touchdown. After one running play, Ferragamo was on target to Thomas with a 43-yard strike and Eveland’s PAT gave Nebraska a quick 70 lead The Huskers then covered 77 yards starting with a 17-yard dash by Dodie Donnell Berns covered 35 yards, then Ferragamo kept on a 16-yard run to rush the score to 13-0 The extra point was missed after a bad snap The Huskers made it three-for-Uiree on their next possession Berns got his first TD from four yards out after Lee Kunz recovered a fumble 22 yards from pay dirt the Rainbows got a big hand from the home folks for stopping Nebraska on its fourth chance, but the plaudits didn’t last long Hawaii fumbled Randy Lessman’s punt and Mark Defresne made the recovery on the Rainbow 17. Berns punched it in from the one for his second touchdown on the fourth play of a drive that to(rfc just 102. Eveland’s boot made it 27-0 with two minutes left in the first quarter and Nebraska’s first unit offense and defense retired for the first half The game almost became a contest for. the rest of the first half Garcia was on target to Chuck Malito with a 46-yard aerial on his first attempt, but Malito fumbled Nebraska used a fake punt — not the famous ‘Bummeroosky’ of last year’s Missouri game — but it was nearly as effective When a drive, starting at the Nebraska 38, stalled near midfield, the ball was snapped to Donnell instead of Lessman. and he dashed around right end for 29 yards to Uie Hawaii 20. From there. Berns carried five straight times to get his third ^ touchdown The 62-yard march took more than five minutes. That gave the Huskers a 33-0 halftime lead. At intermission, Nebraska had 14 firat downs to just two for the Rainbows The Huskers had piled up 3K yards in total offense Hawaii had just 57. The second half scoring sUrted with Ferragamo’s long bomb to Malito «id continued with Bern’ fourth TD from three yards out. After Hawaii’s field goal, Tom Sorley became Nebraska’s third quarterback of the night and he immediately tossed a 50- yard pass to Malito to make it 54-3. That was the score going into Üie final frame. Curtis Craig tallied from one yard out early in the fourth quarter and Sorley scored on a seven-yard keeper in the last three minutes to produce the final count. That mercifully ended the scoring. About half of the crowd of 33.737 was dressed in bright red That was the color of the money toe huge Big Red migration left here WarrMWaahtan Pialavtew Narth Aaatetaat Dtok m Nordi Aaslstaat Pat Avey Superior Seath Asafstaat Deaalt Kriaxaa Stremsharg Soath Aiststant Richard Birdriey Aabara Saatk AsatsUuM Bab Eia Uaeala NartlMaat Head Neath Caach 1977 Shrine Bowl Coaches Dea Baiky MiUard Head Seath Coach Northeast’s Els, Millard’s Bailey Head Shrine Coaches ..... . . 1 . v.t.... an hnn and Sunprior. After «ÉBfl 2-M-l ùn three veart in the Metro. thOB E By Randy York Prep Sporu Editor It a too early to pat tot whammy on paaaUm to the 19th amuial^ Sbrina Bowl foot^ gama mat Aug. 8. Ifa a ratoar univeraal concept to Nebraaka pr^ footoaU. "I fael, axially iq high acbool. that tooat taama wfth a atrong ruantog attack complMMttM wito good paiibM wtU ba topt,*’ B3a laya. Birdaley of Atibttrii and Dmuiia Kotoxan of Stromaburg. ^ Eia. a 1987 Ltocoto Northeaat and 1881 Nebraaka Weateyan graduate, doea mR adhere to the ‘‘bendbirt don’t itmk” defanalvt phUoaophy. But odda are that head coachta Bob Eia of Ltocoto Nortoaaat and Don BaU^ of MiUard wiU ha more toeUnad to a ran* ntog attack. “Each year. I priReaa to ■ Wfn^ tack." aaya Ela, who will direct the North team. “However, It aeenM whin toe aeaaM Mt^y wrivea, my tMBto u -JS2J eoMblai « 1 «. •!«> i ,«mHI|4« o«MlM m vUk «• 4* Thei^ore, aven to an all-itar il^ tlon, moat coachaa wUI atlck with that philoaophy to win rather than ahowMit paaatof talanta. Tht Sbrina Bowl, which will rria^ roatara next aprlng. announca tha coaching rialto to Dacamltor. 10 toqr can ftari toa talmit tent. Halptog Ela on too North riiff aie rnïïiated Ornate Noitlm^ Banen el todnmr end ItewteWaibhOTii SuPtaUriHliltaf Bitef OI. toe “I prefer don’t hand mâ don’t break,** be aaya. “We would Ute to atop every play for no gato. Thla doen’t mean we do a lot (R atiinttog. We like to mix oor defenaea, but not ^ caugbt out a Bailey. 14. wPi»rta a “^a¡^ detonai out of a flve^iaa toont with tola <R man covmaga. Wt try to force peopto to do totoga o&nalvely ton toey don*l want to do,** taren it .Km.,hi I3i,ll,riaflidbtoiMelito|^6 ^ 111181. Mmd 10 Uaioii, 1963 and retunwd to Northeast as an antotant coach fr<xn 1965 to ’n. He has a 60-3M overall record and is 38-224 at Northeast. His 1972 team went 841-1 and tried Ltocoto East for the state championship. Els b«l compltod seasons <R 8-M and 7-1-1 unUl a aUde to 4-5 tWa season. However, the Rockets w«e toe only team to bnt RaUton, actMrl^ a 20-12 iqi- aet to toe aeason ftoak. Briln. • Schuyler High School and Wayne State CoUege graduate, has been bead coqeb at hUUard for rix seaaons. His firri toret teams tbere CKimpUed lecmte of 1-1,14-1 and 7-8. Ba to 21-214 ovaratt. Avey. 87. has • 17-174 mm record coatetag riopa n PiMMiiton. Gib­ bon aiKl Superior, ^ter going 2-24-14n his first three years at Superkw. ht has guided toe Wildcats to 244-1 toe past three yeara. Koinzan. 30. haa a 88-19-1 career record. He coached Hay Sprinp to 29 wins. 11 lomei and 8 Urn to five years. His two Stromitottg toanu have gone 44- landH. Birdsley. 33, an Auburn graduato and participant to the 19(B Shrliw Bmrt. coached Hteron to toe 1978 ClaaaC state championship with a UN) record. Ha baa bean at Auburn four yaan aid own a 8017 career record. Nortoweri’a Hanet. If. han • «lb- ttoee years in toe Metro, tben protomd 1 7-3 dtotoict diam^oslilp outfit tola fall. Sidn^'a Boness, 40. and Platovlaw*a Wariibttm,both bave coactoad raeni state cbamplona. Wasbtem guldai Platoview to toe 1978 Claaa C-1 playoff to- tto with an U4 record Boneaa* MU AUlance St . Agnes team was stale dan D champion. Bonen also coached n . Agaai to a 94 moti to 1978 briore moving to Om B Sidney. Ite baa a career coadteg leeaii of ............................... iBmerlal Waahl 1 wlto other slaps at aadVatoatlaa. aahhura, a lermtf Walriibi caraer record af IHN la rii years at toe Omaha «M. Ha liRMgai «^roàriiA^&rilatbiliirilMriïii aebad riso vana at Adaaa, riiillrik Creak aìri Ite Mat imi at Mtetete ^

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