The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 18, 1966 · Page 26
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^ C Sept. 18, 1966 Oncoln Sunday Journal and Star The Stopper: Interception Halts Horned Frog Threat Frogs Disappointed, But Proud In Loss Key interception by Lynn Senkbeil on the Nebraska 40 put an end to a Texas Christian threat in the fourth quarter. Choo-Choo, The Touchdown Express By JOHN HINES Texas Christian football players tossed their mud smeared jerseys in a pile in the center of their dressing room and went about the business of cleaning up and uptaping in a silent fashion that turned into a quick willingness to talk about the Nebraska game as if they were the Huskers’ equal. Though disappointed, the Frogs were proud of their efforts, and coach Abe Martin said, “I thought we played real good football and improved a lot over last year. We picked up defensively a lot in the last half and our defensive guard, Porter Williams, played a tremendous game. “We didn’t do any good running inside and when you’ve got five minutes to go you can’t get careless like we did. We gave ’em that football twice with a chance to win. Montgomery ran well for us. “Nebraska has a good quarterback, while in our own conference Arkansas has a real fine quarterback (Jon Brittenum) with a lot- ta experience and Baylor can shoot you down. Arkansas was the best team I played against last year.” Offensive right guard Butch Gilliam and quarterback P. D. Shabay both praised the Nebraska pass rush defense as being decisive, although Williams pointed to other things. Shabay said, “Our pre game plan was to run wide and not do anything fancy and our wide plays were ★ ★ ★ liulividiial Stalislics Nebraska RlSHISrw Player Att. Gain Net Churchich — " Kirkland ...........14 Wilson ............ 14 Tatman ........- 5 Winters ...........12 Gregory 2 30 -1 65 68 6 43 2 29 65 71 8 46 4 P.\.SSING Player Att. Comp. Ink-. Yds. Cburehkh 20 8 2 SO PASS RECKIVING Player No. Yds. TD Kirkland ........3 23 0 Wilson ................. 3 29 0 Richnafsky ............ I Morrison ------ ... 1 PINTING Player Kuehl KICKOFF RFTCRNS Player No- Vds. Wilson 4 85 PLNT RFTlRNS Player No. Yds. Wac^oHz 3 U PA.SS INTFW'. Player No. Yds. Carstens ........... 1 28 Senkbeil —.... — 1 0 18 10 No. .Avg. 6 33 Player T.C.V. RUSHING Att. Gain U>ss Net working good when we were in good field position, sending the fullback around end. I felt we’d beat ’em on an out pass pattern to our split end but their defense just looked real good. The best defense against passing is that good rush. “Both my interceptions were caused when I w a s rushed real hard. I shoulda held on to the ball. On the fumble at the last I called a quick running pitch to the fullback but their man got between us to cause the fumble. And we had been blocking against boys 30 pounds lighter in practice.” “Just after pass interference w^as called on the Huskers to set up the Frog touchdown, split end Sonny Campbell pointed out from the sidelines that, “They moved a guy (A1 Kuehl) head up on me that made it pretty hard to get open, but the times I ran deep I felt like I was open. The quick pitch to Montgomery was our most effective play. We should have a full head of steam by our third or fourth game.” Williams regarded the difference as, “Nebraska coming up with the big third- down all the time. On Nebraska’s second touchdown, we had a personal foul penalty on third down, then on the same drive we had Churchich trapped and he flipped one over the middle complete to keep it going. I thought those were the key plays, “Our defense in the first half was arm tackling but w’e adjusted in the second half. We stayed in our basic 4-3 all the way and tried to stop their power play with two men coming through off tackle and their trap plays. Our safety, Frank Horak, and Montgomery both played well.” Gilliam said Nebraska’s offensive line, “was real, real agile for their size. Usually boys that heavy w'on’t react well, but they did and they also hit real well and were strong. You had to stay with your block all the way to keep them out of there. “They had a real good pass defense that bothered us. We just about had to cut ’em down and tie ’em up on the ground to do any goml. They are about 10-20 pounds heavier than the teams we’ll meet iii the Southwest Con- ierenee, although Ohio State (The Frogs’ next foe) is similar to Nebraska. “I think our offensive line needs some more work on our timing w’hen we block, but 1 hope we benefitted from our game here today.” Coach Upset Lag 111 NU Offense Coneerns Devaiiey Here comes Charlie (Choo-Choo) Winters, driving through a big hole . . . And over the last Frog defender for six yards and a touchdown. Mueller l^etl MI Tacklers Defensive halfback Marv Mueller led Nebraska in tackles in Saturday’s win over Texas Christian with nine unassisted stops and five assists. Linebacker Lynn Senkbeil was second with eight tackles, four unassisted and four assists. Linebacker E. A. Gresham was tops for TCU with seven u n a s s i s ted tackles and six assists. Bob Devaney’s coaching record, already one of astronomical proportions, climbed a little higher Saturday with the 14-10 victory’ over Texas Christian. but the Nebraska leader himself remained firmly on the ground. Bob didn’t even do any conclusion jumping following the narrow triumph which was left hanging in the balance throughout the afternoon. He was, he said, glad when it was over, and he was very happy to win. He was not. however, deliriously happy. What upset the coach was the not too terriffic offensive plav in the second half. “I could see this lacki- daisical offensive play coming,” the coach said, referring to his forecast early in the week when he noted there wasn’t enough fire to please him. “I was disappointed In our inability to move the ball that last half.” Bob said. “I know the TCU defense was predicated on the fact we were in our territory and wouldn’t throw much. “But I thought in the second half (Bob) Churchich was unable to find the open receivers and he was scaring me the way he was throwing the ball around.” It was the turnabout w hich perplexed the coach. “The ffirst part of the game our offense looked good,” Bob said. The problem was due in part to the developments of the game. “In the second half,” Bob said. “TCU had good field position. They took the play away from us.” The passing deficiencies —eight for 20 and two interceptions—were for multiple reasons, too. There were several passes dropped at one time or other and there were some problems otherwise, like the TCU coverage which Devaney felt was improved. Also on the negative side was the kicking off and the returning of punts. Jerry Patton has a sore foot and for that reason had to wear a high top shoe. The only one they had has a round toe. The coach had considered having Bob .Ahlschwede do the booting, but since he won’t be going on the road Devaney felt the others should be tried out. \ year ago the punt returning, featuring Larry VVachholtz was super. In fact Wachholtz finished second in the nation. There was practically nothing gained here Saturday. “Our punt return needs to be reviewed.” the coach said. “I thought we had some set up today had we got our men to the right place. We weren’t getting Wachholtz to the wall of blockers. We’ve got to see where punt returning was breaking down.” The bright spot was the defense. Devaney felt. “I thought the defense played a good football game throughout,” he said. Asked to compare the situation to a year ago, Bob said: “I’d say TCU is at least two touchdowns better. I’d say at this stage we’re . . . well ... we weren’t as good. I wouldn’t say how much.” Curt .Mosher IluMkers Had IVo ki< k<»ffs NeWaska received t h e kickoff to start both halves because Texas Christian won the coin toss to start the game and chose to take the wind, leaving .Nebraska to receive the kick. This gave Nebraska the choice in the second half and coach Bob Devaney decided he would rather have the ball than the wind advantage. ¿»habay .......... 3 0 22 -22 Landon ..........5 11 0 H Post ....... 6 5 0 5 Bridge« 2 0 2« -20 Bulaich ..— 7 8 5 3 L. Brown ..... 1 W 11 -I I .Montgomery . 8 46 2 44 PASSING Player Att. Compì. Intc. Yds. Shabay —21 10 2 85 Bridge« .... 4 2 0 49 Landon .... 2 I 0 14 PASS RECEIVING Player No. Yds. TD Campbell ............ 5 38 0 Montgomery ..... 3 53 0 L. Brown .............. 1 22 0 D. Smith ........ 3 29 1 Landon ........... J 0 0 PLNTING Player No. Avg. Gibbs 5 36 KlCKOi F RETLKNS Player No. Yds. Lineups Ijindon 1 Sherrtil 1 PI NT RETI RNS r.AiW INtTftr. ■onde 17 12 41 .Nebraska Offense LE—Morrison. LT—Brihaeek. LG~Allers. C—Peterson. RG—Osberg. RT—Piekens. HE—Richnafsky, Penney. QB—Churc hueh, Weber. LH-Wilson, Davis. RH—Kirkland, Winters. Zieg- 1er. FB—Tatman. Defense LE—Patton. Delaney. I T—Mc'Cord, Czap, .M(;—.Meylan. KT—StiÜ». HE—Coleman, L. LLH—Senkbeil, .lanik. KLB—Coleman, H. Lf'B—Gregory, Keubl. I4CB—Candeoa, ibwreU. t.S—Mnetter. R.S—Wachholt*. TCU Offense LE—Sherrell, Nees. LT—Young, Barber. LG—Sheddy, Reeves, Mitchell. C—Wright. HG—GilUam. HT-Sitra. RE—Campbell. QB—Shabay, Bridges. HB—Landon, Newman. W’B—D. Smith, Wood, Brown. FB—.Mongomery, Post. Defense LE—Johnson. LT—Cross. L(i—Nixon. C—(iresHam, McDaniel, l^de* wig. KG—Williams. RT-Bratt her, Lilly. BE—McMUlo#, Mindt* HB—Richards, Hudfer, P. Smith, Horak, Lloyd, Hall. Tmm ChrifiUaii €nm# in th# s^oiui quarter when F. D. Shabay fUpped ta Dave Smith. The play oiver^ two yards and ended a drive of 49 yards.

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