The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 25, 1966 · Page 28
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4C Sept. flb 1966 Lincoln Sunday Journa! mä Star First Big Break: Meylan Blocks an Aggie Punt Cornhuskers’ first big break came when Wayne Meylan blocked this third-quarter punt and snared the elusive ball. Play set up second NU touchdown. Good block paves the way for two-yard scoring run by Charlie Winters. Utali State Comeback Sensed by Kiiap By DON FORSYTHE Playing a nationally ranked team on the road and trailing 7-0 at halftime how do you feel if you’re the Utah State coach? “I thought we could win It,** Tony Knap reflected after his Aggies succumbed to a last half Nebraska rally, 28-7, Saturday. *‘We h a V e a healthy respect for their interior linemen . . . they make that defense work,” Knap said of the Cornhuskers, ‘‘but I was a little surprised at being able to protect our quarterback as well as we did.” “You have to give our offensive line a lot of credit for that,” he added. It looked for awhile that Knap’s optimism was well founded as the .A g g i e s stormed back to tie the game at 7-7 before a Larry Wachholtz-triggered comeback gave the Cornhuskers control. “They’re obviously a good football team, but not a great one,” Knap said as he sized up the Nebraska club after the battle. “We knew we had to pass ... we had no choice ... so we decided to go to work on it from the first down,” the Utah State mentor pointed out. But the Aggies didn’t get to work their aerial game the way they would have liked to. “I’m a rollout quarterback. I don’t think I’m tall enough, especially against a big line, to be a drop- back passer,” said Ron Edwards, who put up 42 of the 46 passes attempted by the visitors. “I have to get outside of their ends to be effective and they were really coming in t h e r e,” Edwards said, “it was like being in a cage.” “That’s the most passes I’ve ever thrown,” he continued. A lot of times they were giving us that short one, but they didn’t give us much time to try for the long one,” he added. As the afternoon wore on Edwards became better acquainted with several members of the Nebraska defense. “I was impressed by that No. 72 (Carel Stith), he’s a good ball player,” the Utah State signal caller said. Defensive tackle Bill Staley, (83) a thorn in Nebraska’s side all afternoon, drew special praise from Knap. “There isn’t anybody who can play better than he does. He never has a bad game. He’s truly an all- American,” Knap praised. “I thought we had ’em defensed pretty well,” said Staley, who had some kind words for the Nebraska offensive line. “1 didn’t really get hit hard, but they were always there,” the 250-pound junior said. “We haven’t had too many breaks as yet, but it will even up,” Knap said. The Aggies had nothing but trouble last week and things weren’t especially bright for them in the early stages Saturday. loss of \I Ver­ meil In the third quarter as a blow that hurt his club. “He’s our only experienced man there and when he went out with a hip pointer we moved Joe Forzani in from the right side and that left us with two green men,” he pointed out. Leaping doesn’t help Utah State quarterback escape Husker Ben Gregory. ^ ^Comlnuation of Things* Devaney Remains Puzzled By Nil’s Sputtering Attack Things must be going from bad to intolerable, judging from the expression of Bob Devaney. Microphone connects him to assistants in press box. I What A Way to Break In | Knap cited the middle linebacker imiViüVAl STATISTICS Nebraska Rushing ITah State Kusbing Playw AW. Gain Lo«i Net ChuwJikh .... 6 246 -44 Kirkland . ...10 414 37 W ilson ,., 7 14 0 14 Tatman 0 13 W inters ., .,, S 240 24 Gregory 0 2 Davis . .... 3 35 2 CriUhlow , ..... 4 270 27 Weber I 17 Passing 017 PlayerAtt. Ck»nipl, Ink. Yds. Churehich20 130 151 Weber . 8 5 0 3» Pass Receiving PlayerNo.Yds.TD Richnafsky .........3 2S 0 Morrison ........ 5 500 Kirkland , ........ 3 23 0 Davis .... 18 0 Penny ... ........ . 2 55 0 Kimniel . ........ 2 17 0 Winters .. ......... 1 Punting 20 Player .No. Avg. Armstrong 5 40-f Punt Returns Player No, Yds. Wachholtz & 133 Meylan I 19 Kick off Return» Davis17 Pa»s Interc. z ZÌ n Alnm ... , I- Player Att. Gain Loss Net Edwards 42-3» M. Lane . ....... 5 8 9-I Watson 0 33 •Stewart ....... 1 50 5 Nunn I 2 Passing 0 2 Player Att. Cotitpl, Ink. Yds. Edwards .42 20 2193 Stewart4 1 I 13 Pass Receiving Player No. Yds. T!> McKeenan ........ 7 46 0 N. ('uccia ........ 3 400 M. Lane 48 0 ('lark .. ........... 4460 O’Shea . ........ 2 13 0 LfcMolne .................. 1 Panting 130 Player No. Avg. Stewart 8 42-P Kickoff Returns PlajerNo. Yds. Taylor 4 m Maughan 2 38 M. Lane Punt Returns 1 20 Player .No. Yds. Tav lor2 m .Vlaughan P am lot«rc* 1 I nw!t On sophomore punter Joe Armstrong’s first play, center snap sailed over his head and started a chase . . . By HAL BROWN Good breaks and another superb defensive performance by the Nebraska Black Shirts were credited with Saturday’s 28-7 w i n over Utah State by Husker coach Bob Devaney and the smiling Irishman continued to be mystified by the lack of offensive punch. “I wish I knew,” Devaney answered to a question regarding the lack of offensive. “We're going to have to keep trying to find the trouble. “We got a lot of g o od breaks and our defense came up with another great effort. That blocked punt by (Wayne) Meylan and the punt return by ( Larry ) Wacholtz were the turning points in the game.” Then peering over t h e statistics which revealed Nebraska had gained only 91 yards rushing and less than 300 yards in total offense, Devaney shook hi s head, exclaiming, “T h a t’s not good when you figure we averaged over 400 yards last year.” Delving Into jvossible reasons for the offensive decline, Devaney explained, “I guess it’s a combination of things. We don’t have good baekfield speed and we knew that. “Our linemen still seem to be indecisive as to what they are going to do. This could be caused by inexperience at both tackles and at tight end. “I think we miss Jim Brown and Dennis Carlson at those tackle spots. I don’t think our tackles are showing enough quickness.” The Husker coach said he planned to take a closer look at offensive linemen Mel Brichacek and Joe Armstrong this week in pre- pairing for the Iowa State game. Devaney was able to find little improvement over last week’s performance with the exception of t h e kicking game with Rob .Ahlschwede kicking off and Armstrong punting. But he did note one encouraging factor, the play of reserve quarterback Wayne Weber. “About the only time we moved the ball consistently was when our reserves were in there and Utah State was beat down by that time,” he pointed out. “Weber did a good job. “We’ve never lost confidence in Wayne. It’s just been that he has had a sore arm and when he plays, he has to play with pain. It hurts him w'hen he throws the ball.” “I now feel that if Churchich is having a bad day, we wouldn’t hesitate to stck Wayne in there and I feel that he has to be put in contention for the quarterback job.” D p V a n e y, however, emphasized (hat he wasn't planning to shy away from C'hurehieh. “He complétai 13 of 21 and that’s not bad,” Devaney noted. Devaney also felt t h e Huskers got off to a good start before thlngt bogged dowm. “We looked good when we got that first touchdown,’* he observed, “but it seems like when we get an early touchdown, we figure we’vo made a day of it.” The NU coach had kind words for his offensive end.s and for defensive lineman W a y n e Meylan, but expressed disappointment in defensive end Jerry Patton. “I think our oi^^enstvo ends did a good job ” he said, then mentioned T oni Penney, .Miles Kim me I and Dennis Richnafsky. “And we always get a groat rush out of Meylan. “But I’m disappointed in Patton. He hasn’t been doing as good a job for us as he did last year.” Colli*«;« R u 1(*!S Nix B«*n\s Hun A difference between college and pro football rules caused some fan confusion over Nebraska defensive halfback Ben Gregory’s apparent 71-yard touchdown run with a Utah State fumble Saturday. Gregory scooped up the ball at the Nebraska 29 and raced across the field into the Utah State end zone, but the play was called back. Under pro rules, a player may run with a fumble w' h e t h e r it has hit the ground or not. Under college rules, a player must pick up off the fumble in the air in order to advance the ball. . . . Armstrong won the chase, snared the ball on NU five and booted out of trouble. 9 i

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