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THE LINCOLN STAR Monday, 12/6/76 ■ Page 13 ‘Hurricane Husker’ whips Hawaii, 68-3 By Virgil Parker Sport« Editor Honolulu, Hawaii — The University of Hawaii football team must have thought a tropical storm whipped through Aloha Stadium here Saturday night. Nebraska breezed to a 68-3 victory over the home-standing Rainbows before S3,737 fans, half of them red-clad followers of the Comhuskers. Despite the fact that Nebraska coach Tom Osborne had his starting offensive and defensive units in action less than the entire first quarter and for just three plays in the second half, four school records fell: —Total offense, one game: 655 yards. Old record, 628 against Hawaii in 1954. —Most yards rushing one game: 211 yards by Richard Bems. Old record, 204 by Prank Solich against Air Force in 1965. —Touchdown passes, one season: Vince Ferragamo tossed two, raising his total for the year to 20. Old record, 18 by Dave Humm in 1972. —Pass reception yards, one game: 166 yards by Chuck Malito. Old record, 163 by Guy Ingles against Oklahoma State in 1960. Hawaii surpassed two of its school records. But they weren't the kind of achievements you write home about. They were: Most kickoff returns in (me game, 11; And, most kickoff returns in one game by an individual, seven by Larry Roberson. A recap of the first five kickoff returns pretty much tells the story of the game. On the first, the Rainbows tried to fool the Huskers with a reverse. It backfired. Hawaii started from its own five yardline. Three plays and a punt later, Nebraska had the ball. Two plays after that, Ferragamo threw TD pass No. 19 — a 43* varder to Bobby Thomas and the Huskers led, 7-0. On the next four kickoff returns, Hawaii was penalized for clipping three times and fumbled the fourth Nebraska scored on each of its first three possessions. Bems picked up 34 yards of his record- setting total to set up the second touchdown, tallied by Ferragamo on a 16-yard keeper. Bems next scored the first of his four TDs. And over six minutes were left in the first quarter The Huskers stalled on their fourth possession. Randy Lessman came in to boot his only punt of the game. But, true to form, the Rainbows fumbled the punt and Nebraska was back in business. Four plays later Bems had his second tally and it was 274. Enter the Huskers’ second units. Randy Garcia took over at quarterback and promptly hit Malito for 46 yards to get hiin started toward his record. The distance counted, but not to Nebraska’s benefit. Malito fumbled after the catch. Early in the second quarter, Malito caught another Garcia aerial - a short five- yarder — and he again fumbled after the reception. But, Malito made up for the bobbles later. He caught a 65-yarder from Ferragamo on the third play of the second half and then a 50-yard bomb from Tom Sorley - Nebraska’s third quarterback — to establish his record. Before Malito’s 66-yard grab — the longest pass play for the Huskers this year — Bems picked up his third TD to give Nebraska a 33-0 halftime bulge. Bems came out with the other first- stringers at the 27-0 point, but replacement Byron Stewart sprained an ankle. Nebraska’s other I-back who made the trip, Monte Anthony, was held out of action after reinjuring the wrist he broke last spring. The mishap occured in practice. After Malito's long TD pass play, Bems picked up his fourth touchdown on a 56-yard scamper. That was the longest run from scrimmage this season for a Husker. The score mounted to 47-0. Hawaii broke its scoring drought then with a 43-yard field goal. The Rainbows got into Nebraska territory for the first - and only - time in the game by picking off a Sorley pass. It was the first Hawaii points in two games after the opposition had scored 106. Oregon State defeated Hawaii, 59-0, last week. Nebraska led, 47-0, when the field goal came. Three more Husker TDs followed. Sorley found Malito with the 50-yarder, Curtis Craig punched one in and Sorley mercifully ended the mismatch when he tallied on a seven-yard keeper with three minutes left. There was no stopping the onslaught. Nebraska even faked a punt with fourth down and 23 yards to go and it worked. Dodie Donnell gained 29. “Play Time" is over, however. Now the Huskers must buckle down to the task at hand — ending the season on a high note in the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl against Texas Tech. Nobody wants a repeat of last year’s “Fiasco Bowl" experience against Arizona State. By Virgil Parker Saturday night was a unique experience. If you received the city edition of our Sunday paper, you saw a “complete" account of the Nebraska-Hawaii football game. Normally, the copy deadline is shortly after midnight. That game didn't get over until well after 2 a.m., Lincoln time. While we usually have an hour or so to reflect on the highlights of a game before writing a story of the action, the final words in this case were by necessity written before the game was over. When Tom Sorley scored with three minutes left, I made the calculated guess that the final score had been determined In doing such a story so quickly, the words “complete" ~ count become a little misleading. ac- More records While the story did detail all the touchdowns, the lack of research time prevented catching two new school records which were set - Chuck Malito’s one-game reception yardage mark and a new team total offense standard. Both gain recognition in a new game story which is included in today's sports section. Speaking of records. Vince Ferragamo goes into the book with the most TD passes in a single season (20). That surpasses Dave Humm’s mark of 18 set in 1972. Humm still gets credit for the most in a career - 42. Ferragamo only got to perform for the Huskers two seasons after his transfer from California. But, counting his freshman and sophomore seasons at Berkeley. Vince now has 44 TD tosses to his total career credit. Records exist to be broken. But, there was sadness on the part of some to see Frank SoUch's single-game rushing record fall. Solich, critics of the new record claim, gfcined his 204 yards against what at the time was a much more formidable foe. (Air Force in 1965 ) But, Richard Berns, who has had a super soph season, deserves the plaudits and full credit which should go with his achievement. A total of 211 yards in one game - and an eight- and-one-half-yards-per-carry average, is a great day against any team. The same goes for Malito's new single-game pass catching vardage record. Three things make his 166 yards stand out. First, that such a chunk of yardage could be gained on just four catches; second, that one of those four was for just five yards; and thirdly, that he fumbled after catching two of the four. MaUto, who deserves to be tabbed the ’Splendid Splinter’ more than Ted Williams for his slender build, more than made up for the bobbles when the other two catches went for touchdowns. i *sSnebody^dropped the bell” on the last play of the game. Though some people thought it wu “funny" when big Mike Fultz went in to play safety in the defensive backfleld, it was a little like rubbing salt in the wound. Sports Menu Monday Women's basketball — Nebraska Wesleyan at Doane, 7:30 p.m. Men's basketball Nebraska Wesleyan at Mt. Marty, Yankton, S.D.; Kearney at Peru; Wisconsin Parkside at UNO. Tuesday Men's basketball — Midland at Peru; Hutchinson, Kan. at SE- Fairbury. Women's basketball — Pius X at Centennial, 8 p.m.; Southeast at Fremont, 8 p.m.; Univ. of Nebraska, at Wayne State, 7:30 p.m. Swimming Southeast at Grand Island, 4 p.m. Wrestling - Millard at Lincoln High, 7 p.m.; East at Norfolk, 7 p.m.; Pius X at Raymond Central. Tele-sports Monday - Cincinnati vs. Oakland, 8 p.m. ABC; Tuesday Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota, hockey, 6:30 p.m. cable 8 ; Wednesday - Pius x vs. Holdrege basketball replay, cable 9, 7:15 p.m., Minnesota vs. Atlanta, hockey, cable 8; Thursday - Cornhusker football highlights, ETV. 9 p.m. Nebraska quarterback Vince Ferragamo (15) leaps over a pileup as Dan Schmidt (51) and Dodie Donnell (45) lay down blocks. Rainbow Warrior lineman Gary Spotts (89) tries to grab Ferragamo from behind . Grogan peps Pats to playoffs Statistics, Page 14 Associated Press The New England Patriots will be involved in the National Football League's playoffs for the first time since it joined the league as part of the. merger with the old American Football League in 1970. Quarterback Steve Grogan ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more Sunday as the Patriots clinched a playoff berth with a 27% triumph over the New Orleans Saints New England's fifth consecutive victory and its seventh in eight games gave the team a 10-3 record and tied Miami Dolphins" Freddie and Buffalo's Mario Clark pass- UriifeO r*rç** inTçr Solomon (86) (29) vie for a it with Baltimore for first place in the American Conference's East Division. If the Pats should be upset by winless Tampa Bay in next Sunday’s season finale they’d be in the playoffs as a wild card representative. As the NFL heads into its final week tjiere are six teams in the AFC playoff picture with St. Louis and Washington battling for the wild card spot in the National Conference. Dallas clinched its eighth NFL division championship in 11 years. defeating Philadelphia 27-6 to claim the top spot in the NFC’s Eastern Division. In other Sunday games involving teams still seeking a spot in the playoffs. Pittsburgh kept its hopes for a third consecutive Super Bowl championship alive by routing Tampa Bay 42-0 for its eighth consecutive triumph; Washington ran over the New York Jets 3716 to tie St. Louis for second in the NFC East at 9-4; Cleveland protected its slim hopes for a wild card bid by edging Houston 13-10 In other Sunday games involving teams still seeking a spot in the playoffs. Pittsburgh kept its hopes for a third consecutive Super Bowl championship alive by routing Tampa Bay 42-0 for its eighth consecutive triumph; Washington ran over the New York Jets 3716 to tie St. Louis for second in the NFC East at 9-4; Cleveland protected its slim playoff hopes by edging Houston 13-10. Minnesota, the Central Division champion, brought its record to 10-2-1 by defeating Green Bay 20-9 Saturday, the Los Angeles Rams captured their fourth consecutive NFC West title by bombing Atlanta 59-0 and Baltimore's bid for a title was slowed with a 24-17 loss to St. Louis. In games meaning nothing more than personal pride and position in the college draft—if one is held—the New York Giants topped Detroit 24-10, Miami outscored Buffalo 45-27, Chicago defeated Seattle 34-7, Denver edged Kansas City 1716 and San Diego recorded a 137 overtime decision over San Francisco Cincinnati puts its playoff hopes on the line Monday night against AFC West champion Oakland in a nationally televised game. Grogan's two touchdown runs gave the second-year pro from Kansas State a share of the NFL mark of 11 for TD runs by a quarterback set by Johnny Lujack of the Chicago Bears in 1%0 and tied by Tobin Rote of Green Bay in 1956 Roger Stauback completed 22 of 39 passes for 253 yards and one touchdown to lead Dallas to its title The loss was the 10th in a row for Philadelphia Doug Dennison and Bob Newhouse ran for Dallas scores and Butch Johnson. who returned a punt for 55 yards to set up one score, caught the TD pass from Staubach. Oakland has to beat Cincinnati for Pittsburgh to make the playoffs and defensive tackle Joe Greene doesn't think they'll do it “I’m ready to go South.” said Greene, in talking about a trip to his Texas home, itfter helping the Steelers hold Tampa Bay to 105 total yards. “I think Oakland is going to play to win, but they have nothing to lose or gain and I just can’t see them beating Cincinnati under those conditions." Rocky Bleier ran for three touchdowns to lead the rout of Tampa Bay. which was limited to 11 net yards passing Bill Kilmer threw three touchdown passes for Washington while his teammates sacked Jets' quarterback Richard Todd six times. Ex- Jets John Riggins caught one of the TD passes, ran for another score and accumulated 104 yards Don Cockroft kicked field goals of 30 and 46 yards for the Browns, who stretched their winning streak to five with their eighth win in nine games Brian Sipe completed a 37-yard touchdown pass to Paul Warfield. Chuck Foreman scored twice on one-yard runs and Fred Cox booted field goals of 34 and 30 yards as Minnesota extended its unbeaten streak at home to 16 by accumulating 414 yards on offense and holding the Packers to 144 The Giants capitalized on four Detroit turnovers in the second quarter to score 17 points Craig Morton completed TD passes of 11 and 35 yards against the Lions O J Simpson scored a 75- vard touchdown in the first period and wound up with a re- cond sixth 200-yard NFL game with 203 yards in 24 carries But. Buffalo fell to 2-11 as Freddie Solomon scored on a 79-yard punt return, a 59-yard run and a 53-vard pass play for the Dolphins Walter Payton had his best day as a pro. gaining 183 yards on 27 carries for the Bears to top Gale Sayers' Chicago mark for yards gained rushing Payton, a second-year performer out of Jackson State in Mississippi, has accumulated 1.341 vards-90 more than Sayers had in 1966 Rookie quarterback Craig Penrose completed two touchdown passes in his first pro start for Denver, which won on Jim Turner's 28-yard field goal in the fourth quarter Jack Do!bin blocked Jan Stenerud's extra point try to provide the difference between the teams Mercury Morris ran 13 yards to break the tie at 5 12 of the extra period The score climaxed a nine-play, 93-yard scoring drive. Summaries, Page 16 Hawaii-Hilo mentor boasts innovative program comment», that •HUM »nt lo »Dwupr to tot PMib n. To[Wj UolkUy, ht thought it out of character for Nebraska — end tbs kind of sportsmanship its program trtostoslways project The humor of tbs situation is bird for somsoas to sos who is ^^HOkUboms was besting tbs baU out of tbs Huakors and then flaunted that superiority by having tbs drum major from teTbaad Play quarterback for a down, wo’d roaUy ano rod. U*a the samo diffsronco, Nuff laid. By Mark Gordon e* --------A- Ui.UAM OlifT GpOni tnfFHwi Hilo, Hawaii - Jimmy Yagi doesn’t believe in following the established patterns He’s an innovator, but every bit as much an idealist as be is« realist. That's precisely why be has been able to accomplish what many on this island thought wu impossible - turn the University of Hawaii at Hilo basketball progrsm completely around “When I came here 10 years ago, this program wu nothing. As late u four years ago, ws played on the collegiate level against town teams and tbs like,’’ said the Vulcans' bead basketball coach. “Now this year, this is a first for us. “This is our first year in tbs NAIA and the first time our schadule is against all four- ynsr colleges," he said while savoring the Vulcan's 71-16 win ovsr tbs Nebraska Conthuskert i»u weak. That scoro alone, while it may have been aided by somewhat questionable officiating, stili represents a marked improvement for Hilo. Evan Nebraska coach Joe Cipraino ad­ mitted “they were a lot better than I thought they'd be Bartholomew (64 junior forward Jay) could play at a major college anywhere and Hicks (6-5 senior forward) could play at a major college somewhere ’’ The victory over an established Big Eight team like Nebraska was a tremendous boost to the Vulcans’ program, and Yagi couldn’t help but display his happiness “Our program is still fledging Naturally we'd hope we'd be able to just stay in the game with Nebraska. But to win, we’re es- tatic," Yagi said. “Our program has really been growing and this shows how long we’ve come “For the first time, I can feel support from the city,’* Ysgi said. “This town is basicaiiy a high school town. In put years, it’s been hard to excite people about our games But the last three or four years, interest has grown Our games are on radio." The Vulcans' home games are played at ancient 3.000-seat Hilo Civic Auditorium. Suffice It to uy, it's about half u big u tbs NU Coliseum, equally outdated and every bit u uncomfortable for the fans. Yet the structure was filled to capacity for Nebraska and the crowd was most enthusiastic. Enough of the Yagi success story with upgrading Hilo's basketball program He has a unique trip planned for his team in March which earns him the innovator label The Vulcans will play four games in 14 days in a tour of Japan. But it's not your normal basketball journey He’s taking the team mainly for exposure to the discipline of the Japanese martial arts. “The trip is for the educational purpose of studying discipline Mental discipline That's so important," be explained “We ll look at all the martial arts - judo, karate, everything. We re going to study the discipline between the students and how they handle stress When it’s over, each player will write a paper on what he has observed “Here at Hilo we try to recruit players intent on playing basketball and looking at the philosophy of the East,” be continued "We want to help our basketball players and basketball, tike Ufe, gives people a chance to handle stress We want to keep mental, emotional and phvsical balance here at Hilo " Yagi said, to fulfill his goals, he tries to recruit junior college and freshmen players. Many are from the mainland. "We re a small town in the middle of the Pacific Ocean - even removed from the mainstream of Hawaii and that’s removed from the mainland Yet it’s an American city very strong in Eastern atmosphere ami traditions," Yagi said Nevertheless, his program is attracting interest from the town of about 30,000 persons “We’ve developed a booster club and upgraded our schedule This year, we play the University of New Mexico, the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and the University of Nebraska," said Yagi, in his tenth year on the Vulcan staff and fourth as bead basketball coach "Since we've been a Division 11 school the past seasons, our new goals have inspired our recruiting," Yagi said

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