The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 18, 1962 · Page 35
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2D LINCOLN SUNDAY JOURNAL AND STAR November tí, 1962 Husker Backs Praised inilWHIfMWIIMimtltiiHHitlIBIIfWmtHHItHItlWmilUIllHtlIinilWHWlIflIHIItÂlHDIMIIIIHIIHIItilllHIIHnilîtlinflüIltlIltimittHmiBDnwmillllltüîittWHHi Bv GENE BUDIG There were no apologies. Oklahoma State’s Cowboys left the gridiron with heads high, “We played ’em hard and long,” said mud-spattered guard Leland Slack. Fellow lineman John Gardner, a 231-pound tackle, cleared his throat and the mud from his cleats, claiming, “The first quarter did it. That killed our chances. “We threw all we had at Nebraska all afternoon.” Gardner assured. “It just wasn’t enough. They kept coming at us all afternoon.” Reaching for a cup of water, junior halfback Don Derrick said, ‘‘They have the best backs in the conference, bar none. They a 11 run well and it's impossible to tell one from the other. Quarterback Mike Miller, the Big 8’s top passer in DRESSING ROOM yardage, said the Cowboys have a much better offense than was exhibited in Memorial Stadium. ‘’Or I should say I hope it’s better.” he continued. “The weather and penalties both hurt us, but let me say that Nebraska is darn hard to move against. They're a fine football team.” Head coach Cilff Speegle greeted the press with a smile and these remarks: “Gentlemen, C 1 a r i d g e (Dennis) is Nebraska’s key to success. That boy can do everything and quite well I might add. Claridge is great. “I believe we played real solid football in the second half. We have no apologies to make. “Nebraska was big and strong and its backs run extremely well. This was, I believe, one of our toughest games.” Claridge Escapes, Scores NU’s Dennis Claridge runs to his left . . . O-State Nebr. First Downs .................... 5 22 Rushing ............... 4 17 Passing . — ..............1 4 Penalties ...... 0 Net Ru'hmg Yards % 272 Plays '25 72 Net Parsing Yards .. 31 125 Passes ......................12 13 Completed .................. 4 6 Intercepted ........ 2 Total Yardage 127 397 Interceptions .............. 1 Yards Returned .........12 15 Punts ............. 8 J Average ................ 33 38 Returns .............. 1 4 Yards ............................ 5 30 Penalties ............................6 Yards — ..............44 38 Kickoffs Returned ..... 1 Yards .................,...,.19 24 Fumbles ........... 1 6 Lost .....................- — 0 t Nebraska rushing Player Att. Gain Loss Net Claridge 13 59 6 53 Ross .......10 55 4 51 Thornton ...,19 53 0 53 Stuewe .......... 8 21 1 20 Powers —.. 5 33 0 33 McCloughan 7 34 5 29 Johnson ........ 4 17 0 17 Martin ...... 2 4 0 4 Young ...... 2 9 0 9 Paschall ..... 1 4 0 4 Tucker ........ 1 0 1 1 PASSING Player Att. Compl. Into. Ydv. Claridge 12 6 0 125 Tucker 10 1-1 PASS RECEIVING Player No. Yds. TD Callahan ..............2 63 0 Eger ................... 1 14 0 Ross .......................... 1 13 0 Huge ................. 1 35 0 Theisen — 1 0 0 PUNTING Player No. Avg. Baffico ........... 2 38 PUNT RETURNS Player No. Yds. Johnson ........... 1 12 Martin — .............. 1 4 Tucker .............................. 1 0 Sieuwe ......... 1 14 Oklahoma State RUSHING Piaver Att. Gain Loss Net Miller ........ 1 0 6-6 Hollis ................3 5 0 5 Jackson ........ 2 24 0 24 Adcock ........ 1 6 0 6 Derrick .........11 56 4 52 Parent.............. 4 9 2 7 Thomas ........ 1 3 0 Bryant .......... 2 5 0 5 PASSING Piaver Att. Compl. Ink*. Yds. Miller 12 4 2 31 PASS RECEIVING Player No. Yds. TI) Derrick .................1 5 0 Hollis ...................... 1 3 0 Brewington ........ 1 20 0 Kams ................ 1 3 0 PUNTING Player No. Yds Hannah —. ................ 6 33 PUNT RETURNS Player No. Yds. Derrick .............................1 5 1 . . . Oklahoma State end Billy Moore can’t . . . Quite catxh Claridge. Now it’s up to • • • . . . Billy Parent, but he’s too late and • • • . . . Claridge scores Nebraska’s second touchdown. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Devanev: We're After Big 8 Title Won’t Criticize Officials; Devanev in Anger Not Upset Over Late Drouth Continued from Page ID. backs played alert football,” said Devaney. What about the officiating? “I was disturbed the first half on a couple calls but I have definitely no criticism of the officiating,” said Devaney seriously. Devaney made it clear that the Huskers are going to Norman, Oklahoma, next Saturday “after the Big Eight Championship.” “We have a chance now to win the championship,” said Devaney. “And a victory over Oklahoma will give us at least a tie.” The Husker coach also made these points: —Husker assistant J i m Ross did a good job of getting the Nebraska pass de- OU Coach Talks About NU Continued from Page ID. —and that’s not an idle statement.” Sooner center Wravne Lee said, “This (Missouri) is the most important football game I’ve ever played in my life, but like the coach says, the pressure mounts. Nebraska has better personnel, I think.” Leon Cross, OU’s fine guard, called Missouri “a darned good football team,” but added, “It was out best effort, but we gotta get better — starting next week.” Wilkinson, who hadn’t endured rain at home during his long career here, thought the moisture helped the Soon- ers bottle up Tiger Johnny Roland. fense ready for the Oklahoma State game. —Nebraska might have had “a couple more touchdowns” with some passing breaks. —The Husker backs ran hard and Husker quarterback Dennis Claridge mixed up the running and passing well. —Nebraska moved the ball well in both halves and “we didn’t gamble the second half.” The soft-spoken Husker coach expressed pleasure with the play of all the Cornhuskers, giving special mention to Bob Brown Ron Michka, Gary Toogood, Larry Tomilinson and Larry Donovan. The fact that Nebraska didn’t score the second half didn’t seem to upset Devaney. “I’ll take a 14-0 win over Oklahoma State any day,” said Devaney to assistant coach Cletus Fischer. Asked about the Oklahoma victory over Missouri, Devaney said, “It was t h e only chance we had to stay in the race.” University Chancellor Clifford Hardin, other university officials and alumni congratulated Devaney shortly after the game in the Husker dressing room. Devaney jokingly said to one coach, “I bet everyone will be asking Monday what happened the second half.” Husker Coach Bob Devaney storms official at halftime for discussion about incomplete pass ruling. Flip Didn't Flop After two weeks in a row of losing the pre-game coin toss, Nebraska returned to the winning side of the ledger Saturday. The Huskers had won the toss for the first 5 games before losing prior to the Missouri contest. “Everything’Halts 3rd TD “It hampered the ball handling of Missouri . . . anytime it rains, I’m sick about it.” Bud said the Sooners are “getting better — I know we’re not really solid, but we’re getting close to it.” Tiger Coach Dan Devine said Oklahoma “has more athletes than the Oklahoma teams I’ve seen. Continued from Page ID “I think certainly their second touchdown was a big part of the game because it made our drive a little more desperate,” Devine said. “They played a different defense from what we expected, but I don’t think that had any bearing on our ability to move.” Devine also praised Sooner quarterback Monte Deere, saying “He’s certainly improved. When he was taking a lot of time on those plays he was checking signals. He found our weaknesses several times.” The Lineups Nebraska Left End—Larry Tomlinson, Mike Eger, Larry’ Donovan. Left Taekle—Larry Kramer, Monte Kiffin, Tyrone Robert- son . „ , Left Guard—Dwain Carlson, John Kirby, Jed Rod. Center—L y 1 e Sittler, Ron Michka, Jim Baffico. Right Guard — Bob Brown, Gary Toogood. Right Tackle—Lloyd Voss, A1 Fisher. Right End—Dick Callahan, Bill Comstock, Jim Huge. Quarterback—Dennis Claridge, Doug Tucker. Left H a I f b a c k—Warren Powers, Willie Ross, Dave Theisen. Right Halback—Rudy Johnson, Kent McCloughan. Dennis Stuewe, Willie Paschall. Fullback—Bill Thornton, Noel Martin, Gene Young. Officials—Referee Pat Haggerty, Umpire C. H. Kellogg, Linesman John Campbell, Held Judge Mel Sheehan, Back Judge John Glorioso. Oklahoma State Right End—Billy Moore, Rodney Replogle. Left Taekle — Jerry Hammond, Bob Howard. Left Guard—Edwin Thomas, Mike Upton, Derroll Powell. Center—Jim Sellers. Jerry Runyan, Rex Russell, Mike Simmons. Right Guard—Bennie Cravatt, Leland Slack. Right Tackle—Jim Nelson, John Gardner, Rod Cutsinger. Right End—Marcus Hendricks, Kirk Breed, Tom Ward. Quarterback — Mike Miller, Dave Hannah (kicker). Left Halfback—Don Derrick, Wardell Hollis. Right Halfback—Mutual Bryant. George Thomas, Bob Adcock. Jack Jacobson. Fullback — Bill McFarland, George Thomas, Bob Adcock, Jack Jacobson. Cornhuskers who kept their minds on their work, knowing what next week could offer. Oklahoma State got only 5 first downs and only entered Nebraska territory once, that midway in the 3rd quarter and just to the 35 yard line. The Ags made just 45 yards in the first half. Coach Cliff Spcegle’s Aggies ran for just 96 yards and had their pass attack, best in "the Big 8, ruined by the Huskers. The Cowboys completed just 4 of 12 and had two picked off by the alert Huskers. Perhaps the best indication of the real story of the game is told in the fact that Nebraska ran 85 plays to just 37 for the Oklahomans. They didn’t have the ball long enough to do much damage. However, the Cowboys fought it out all the way and wouldn’t yield, even when they fell behind 14-0. 397 Total ^ anls The Huskers rolled up 125 yards passing — all in the first half as Claridge hit 6 of 11 — and ran for 272 yards for a total offense of 397 yards. This despite freezing cold and a sloppy field which had been dried by a low flying helicopter in the morning and then coated with sawdust. It was NU’s 4th best offensive showing of the year. But after those two touchdowns, the goal line was protected by some invisible shield. Six fumbles, brought on mainly by the 32° cold, spoiled many chances. Nebraska got the ball for the 3rd time in the first quarter when Rudy Johnson picked off Mike Miller’s pass at the State 46. This drive carried to the State 5 but the aroused visitors tossed the Huskers back and took the ball on downs. Nebraska kept the visitors in the hole and got the ball on the State 41. Claridge hit end Jim Huge for 35 yards on the first play and it was on the OS 6. Thornton made 4 yards but on the next play the bull-dozing senior fumbled and Jack Jacobson recovered for Okla- home State at the State 3. Nebraska forced another punt and got the ball at the State 32. TD Nixed This time penalties for holding, two of them, spoiled the effort and Willie Ross deserted a waver of blockers on a perfect screen pass and the drive died. With a minute left in the first half Claridge tossed a perfect strike to end Dick Callahan who apparently caught the ball on the goal line, was hit and fumbled. It was ruled incomplete as the fans booed and Devaney shouted at the officials. Everyone was remembering the first Missouri touchdown against Nebraska when halfback Johnny Roland fumbled into the end zone and it was counted a touchdown. Devaney had bitter words for all the officials as the teams left the field. When Claridge threw' to Huge early in the 4th period and it was called incomplete, Devaney apparently decided that was enough. The Huskers didn’t throw again until the final minute when sub quarterback Doug Tucker had his pass picked off by the Aggies to halt the Huskers who had driven to the State 13 yard line. The first two Husker scoring drives looked just like Nebraska did against Kansas a week ago. Claridge, Thornton, Dennis Stuewe and Warren Powers just drove the ball through holes opened by the explosive forwards. Sustained Drives There wasn’t a pass in the first drive of 76 yards. The second one was helped by a break when Jim Baffico punted on 4th down and 3 yards to go from the Husker 45. Two Aggies knocked him down after the kick and Nebraska got 15 yards and a first down at the OSU 40. Claridge hit Callahan with a quick 29-yard pitch to the State 11 and then 3 plays carried it home. The conversion try for two points failed on a pass from Claridge to Ross which w’as knocked down. Nebraska had made 6 conversions straight until then. Nebraska’s rushing got 53 yards from Claridge and the same distance from Thornton. Ross ran for 51 and had a pass for 13. The NU line was just too superior with guards Bob Brown and Dwain Carlson and tackles Lloyd Voss and Tyrone Robertson bludgeoning the Cowboys. Nebraska’s total offense for the season is now 3,323 yards, nearly 1,300 yards more than the 1961 team made for 10 games. The Huskers wound up the home season for 18 seniors with 5 wins and the lone loss to Missouri. The Scarlets are unbeaten in 3 games on the road. That last road game on Saturday against Oklahoma promises to be a dilly. TSV Fans Great Yet , Says Link <<HnVw. i. „ r _ , .. .. . ... . . ‘The Nebraska fans are as great as ever.” Speaking was Link Lyman, one of the 29 members of the Nebraska teams of 1920-21-22 gathered for the reunion. in game and sat together the west stadium. “Our reunion was terrific,” said Lyman. “We had a good turnout and it was a tribute to Fred Dawson, our former coach, and the Nebraska spirit. Other reunion members termed the reunion a big success, especially being able to again see former teammates and get reacquainted over again. Football Hall of Fame honors were paid to Nebraska’s Guy Chamberlin Saturday. Presenting the framed certificate is NU athletic director Tippy Dye (left) and Ed Weir (right) another Cornhusker in the Hall of Fame. (I 0-“ o 0 ft—14 Score ». I Oklahoma State ü (I Nebraska ...... 14 0 Time Gone, Quarter 6:52, 1st—Thornton, 8-yard run PAT—Claridge, run N 8, OS 0 12 38, 1st—Claridge, 6-yard run PAT—Claridge pas* incomplete N, 14, OS 0 “It is wonderful for Nebraska football fans to be rewarded with such a fine team and coach after so many lean years,” said Lyman during the Nebraska-Oklahoma State football game. The 29 members of the 1920-21-22 team were guests of the University for the \\ liirlybird Used To Dry Stadium FJforts were made Saturday until game time to dry the wet areas of the playing field at Nebraska's Memorial Stadium. A helicopter was flown low over the field Saturday morning in an effort to speed up the drying process. Prior to game time sawdust was spread on the muddier spots. The entire field will begin to get a facelifting Monday when the field will be torn up and resodded. t

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