The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 25, 1962 · Page 39
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 39

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Sunday, November 25, 1962
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.y It’s Now History: Sooners 34, Nebraska Finishes 3rd in Big 8 ^iiiitiiiiitiniiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiMiiniiifiiMiiiMiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniinniiiiiiimitiiiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiitiiimuiiiiiutuiig ou Air Raid By DON BRYANT Norman, Okla.-—Nebraska’s bid to perhaps change the course of history by preventing Oklahoma from returning to Big 8 dominance fell woefully short here Saturday afternoon before 60,000 fans. And instead of a first place tie the Cornhuskers—de­ spite a wonderful season — settled for 3rd place as the Sooners crushed them with a surprise aerial attack, 34-6. With the Oklahoma victory came an automatic summons from the Orange Bowl to appear New Year’s day against potent Alabama. Perhaps it is just as well because the Cornhuskers revealed glaring deficiencies on this steel gray afternoon — like an early case of jitters, a shaky pass defense and a onslaught of the rebuilt Soon­ ers. This, of course, is not to discredit the Scarlets, nor belittle the tremendous effort of Bud Wilkinson’s Big Red. Make no mistake, Nebraska’s errors were caused by Oklahoma — it was a case of the Huskers being'handed a solid defeat. In retrospect, it w’as asking a great deal of Nebraska to make the jump from 6th to first in the Big 8 — resulting from Missouri’s tie with Kansas which gave the Tigers second—in one short season. That the Cornhuskers adapted so well to Bob Devaney’s tutelage to achieve an 8-2 season record and a 5-2 Big 8 mark (compared to 3-6-1 and 2-5) must be classed as an amazing transformation. And nothing that happened here successful 1962 campaign, regardless of the disappointment of not playing well. In short, the Sooners — who didn’t have as far to climb after hitting the skids in 195^ and 1960 —have regained championship status. They were just too good for the Cornhuskers on this outing. The course of the game was established early as the Soon­ ers capitalized on a king-sized Husker boner right off the bat. And while there was never any question about OU supremacy — it was 28-0 before Nebraska punctured the Sooner defense, which hadn’t yielded a TD for 21 consecutive quarters — even the closest observers were surprised at the aerial antics. There were 6 touchdowns recorded and 5 came via the line that crumbled before the [ Saturday detracted from the air. It was Monte Deere, the previously maligned Sooner | quarterback who took charge so beautifully after soph Tom- i my Pannell was injured be- i fore the season, who turned the tide. Deere and the Sooner defense, which held Nebraska’s awesome ground attack to a mere 68 yards, that is. Deere threw 3 touchdown passes to tie the record for the OU-NU series, set in 1922 by Chic Hartley of Nebraska. And the little Sooner c o m- pleted 8 of 12 flips for 168 yards, just 6 yards shy of the series mark (175) held by Sooner Jack Jacobs in 1941. Oklahoma had only to travel one yard to take a 7-0 lead with the game onlv minutes old. After receiving the kickoff, the Huskers suffered a motion penalty and Dennis Claridge’s first pass was dropped. But the killer came on 4th down — a high pass to punter Jim Baffico and his kick was blocked by John Flynn, with Newt Burton falling on the ball at the Husker» 1 . Fullback Jim Grisham — the leading gainer of the day with 98 yards — bulled over the first play and Butch Metcalf booted the point. From that point on, Nebraska was fighting up hill and the Sooners kept the footing extremely slippery. And the Huskers suffered the frustration of a pass interception and dropped passes as they tried to get their previously potent offense moving. Defensively, Nebraska slugged it out quite well until late in the second quarter. Then the Sooners drove 70 yards in 12 plays, scoring Continued on Page 21), Col. 4. i^uniiacJDurnalani! i»tar m Best Read in Sports ^ Is the Sport RED Wirephoto • Outdoor Page SEC. D LINCOLN, NEB., SUNDAY, NOV. 25, 1962 Sooner Monte Deere fires high pass ... to teammate John Porterfield, who got behind Husker defender in end zone. This 3rd-quarter play made it 20-0 in favor of OU, and was one of 4 Oklahoma scoring passes. No Husker Alibis — We Just Got Beat Bv we DU K BEC KIIH Norman, Okla. "I thought had a gentleman’s agreement against throwing the ball around like that,” NU coach Bob Devaney grinned at Bud Wilkinson. The Sooner coach made a special trip to the Nebraska dressing room to visit with Devaney. He also invited Devaney to his house Saturday evening, breaking a 5- year seige between \U and or head coaches while Bill Jennings was at the Husker helm. Devaney, who tried to cheer up his Huskers, was almost silent during the final minutes of the game. ‘‘We just got beat,” he told reporters as they huddled into a corner of the steamy dressing room. Davis Resigns Colorado Post Boulder, Colo. <UPD—Head tion to replace Everett (Son- football coach Bud Davis of nv ) Grandelius last March the University of Colorado Grandelius was d i s- announced his resignation recruiting vlola- Saturday at the conclusion of appointment, Davis was alumni upset victory over the A i r (jjrector. but had a successful 5-year career as a high school “Bud did a real good job of preparing his team.” There were no alibis from the Husker head man who completed an 8-2 year in his first season, the school’s best mark since 1940. "The ‘Snake Pit’ didn’t bother us. The officials worked a good game. The field and the crowd had nothing to do with the outcome — just the Oklahoma football team.” Asked if he noted any dirty play, a charge leveled against the Sooners by Missouri coach Dan Devine last week, Devaney said; "There wasn’t any dirty play. Our boys didn’t complain of a thing. ‘‘What wc should have done was shot the air out of the football. That’s what Willie Ross seems to be saying after hard Sooner tackle. team’s tremendous victory over the A i r Force Academy. Davis, 33, who was carried ^ „ from the field on the should- Continued on Page 4D, Col. 6 ers of the jubilant Colorado ijjiiiiitMHiHtiiitiiiitiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii players, said in a brief state- 1 | Buffs Win I ment that he was resigning to "make it possible for a new coach to be selected in the near future and thus facilitate . . . selection of a staff and the recruiting of players ” Davis was a surprise selec- I 2nd Game | Page 41), (>ol. 6. I "Early in the game we got a good rush, then later we didn’t get a good rush or good coverage. "They were taking advantage of the rotation of our backfield. Deere played a fine game and they have two fine sophomore ends <Flynn and McCurdy). "The blocked punt put us in the hole. We couldn’t get our passing game going in the first half. We dropped passes that could have meant a big different, Den( ontinued on Page 2D 3 More Sew Up Bowl Bids Bvl-nited Press lnterna.i»«al: Oklahoma »an the riSl.Mo sin won the Bis 10 title by! Oklahoma ran ke d lOtl. scored u™ yt up Okl'ihoma reoresent the Biii 8 in the edging Minnesota. 14-9, elinehed its tirst bowl appear- down^ against 1 itl. Quaitei- and Penn state earned a .■» B tri- Fourth-ranked Texa., com- ance since 19.W when Monte back I’ete l.iske connected on bids Saturday to join such na- uniph o s e r Nebraska and pleted an unbeaten season on Deere tired :! .coring passes, a ,%-yard .coring heave to tional now ers as Southern I’enii State shut out Pitts- Thanksgiving Day and Sugar two to end John Poiteilield tontimied on Page 41), tol. 1. Calirornia. Wisconsin, Texas burgh, Ifi-d. to receive an in- Bowl-bound Ark^sas, ranked .Nebraska’s hopes ol a title and Arkansas in the lineup vitation to the (latot Bowl. 7th. walloped Texas red,, were dashed as the .Sooners for post-season college foot- Top-ranked Southern ('ah- 34-0, Saturday. gained 373 yards in rushing ball games fornia and .3rd-ranked W'ls- Kighth-ranked l.omsiana and passing. Oklahoma s foe LSU smothered T u I a n c, consin proved their worth as Stale gained its second trip in the Orange classic may be 38-3 and will iace Southwest Bowl opponent.s by dc- to the (otton Bowl as qiiar- Blh-ranked .\labama, which Conierence champion Texas feating confereme rivals terhack l-.Min .\medee tossed was idle Saturday. ^ ^ m the Cotton Bowl on New Southern C'al rallied b. .sub- two I o u e h (I o w n passes Penn State, wh d, w 11 vole | ^ ^ - | Year’s Dav. due I' LA. 14-3, and Wiscon- against hapless Tulane. on tlie (latoi bid Mondas, | s 2 rM^• = I I ijseis Eve î I Hliielxmnet | KU and Missouri Don't Settle A Thing: Tie, 3-3 By JACK ANDERSEN Staff Sports Writer Columbia. Mo. — As advertised ! That’s the way Missouri and Kansas played on the football field here Saturday. With a record crowd of 46.000 fans looking on. the two Rig 8 rivals battled to a 3-3 deadlock with both field goals coming in the final quarter. Tkty have played some doozies before but Saturday’s game may have been the defensive gem of the age-old series. The contest presented a pair of opposite halves with Kansas in near complete domination in the first half and the Tigers taking over in the final 30 minutes. An unheralded defense of Kansas was so tough in the first half that Missouri failed to get in Kansas territory. Then in the second half, it was Missouri which put on the defensive show and Kansas’ only trip into Tiger territory brought the come-from-behind field goal. The tie coupled with Nebraska’s loss at Oklahoma cinched a ruiinerup spot in the conference for Missouri. Missouri finished its sca- soi\ 7-1-2 w ith selection committee members from the Bluebonnet Bowl in the stands. There was no announcement on their selection following the game. Short punts in the f i n a I period paved the way for both scores. Missouri got its go-ahead points after fielding a KU punt on the midfield stripe. The Tigers had a iirst and goal on the 10. but when 3 running plays tailed they called on the talented toe of Bill Leistritz. He put the ball through the crossbars from 21 yards despite a difficult angle. Then the .layhawkers got a break with less than 5 niiiiutes to play when they took a punt on the Missouri 41-yard-line, t oach Jack Mitchell unveiled junior quarterback Brian I'almer who engineered a drive to the MU 16 where Gary Duff got off his 26-yard bool. During* the «drive Palmer completed two passes and fullback Armaiid Baughman picked up 12 yards on 3 carries. Kansas saw two scoring opportunities booted out the window in the second period. With 8:25 to play in the period Duff was short with a 31-yard tudd goal attempt. Then with only 122 to go before intcrmi.ssion, Walla* e Barnes came up short with field goal attempt from the 26. The tie was the second between the clubs in the past decade and marked the 9th time in the past 11 years that 6 or less points separated the two ancient rivals Gale Sayers, Nebraska's contribution to the Kansas team, and Tiger .fuhnny Boland had sub-par days. Sayers, the formei' Omaha C’cntral tlasli. picked 72 >ards on 17 i*arne-. He is the leadinj’ rushing *n the Big 8 with over 1,000 yards. Roland is his nearest competitor. but he got only 34 yards in 10 carries. Both sophomores. 0 0 0 3—3 Kansatt 0 0 0 3—3 Mou l.i istriU 20 FG itmf _H' FG ar< .Mitiiiuuri Kan AtU-ndnarc Statistics I'ir'.l Down-, Riishina ' ardagr »in* 3 ardagr »*» l‘.i » l’a-.s I’UIU ^ umble». Iitlerteirtrd Bjr l.nsl Yards Ceiialited M« 1' U'. tH 3 5 fl 7-41 4 fl .... • UV u m il

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