The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 24, 1976 · Page 36
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 36

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Sunday, October 24, 1976
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4D Octolier 24, IITI, U mo I ì , N«b., Siidiy J mtm I m I tar Trying Although it wasn’t one of the prettiest plays of the game, it certainly was one of the wildest as the Huskers gained 36 yards and set up a touchdown with this scrambling early in the second quarter. The play begins normally enough with Monte Anthony (49) carrying the ball (1) and Dan Schmidt (51) and Steve Hoins (78) blocking Tim Helm (38) and Tom Hodge (57), respectively. Anthony cuts inside (2) but Mizzou’s Mike Newman (7) angles in and grabs the Husker I-back (3) as Charles Banta (27) and Dale Smith (93) also close in. Strange things begin when Anthony loses the ball and teammate Dave Shamhlin (81) hurdles after it (4) , . . to Catch ... Shamblin tumbles and can’t get close enough to get a hand on the bounding pigskin (5). Dodie Donnell (45) is next and appears to have a good shot at it (6) but the baU is slipping through his hands as Rob Fitzgerald (41) moves in (7). Fitzgerald’s jolt keeps the ball free (8) and it continues its journey with Fitzgerald, Ken Spaeth (86) and Chuck Malito (89) joining in the scramble (9) . . . a Fumble . . . Spaeth smothers Fitzgerald and reaches for the ball (10). He manages to get a hand on it but can’t gain control (11). Next it’s Malito’s turn. His dive looks to be off target (12) but when the pile forms, the of­ ficial is signaling Nebraska possession. At the bottom is Malito, with the football. The play ends at the Missouri four-yard line. Two plays later Anthony scored a Nebraska touchdown. Fitzgerald Scolds Tiger Fans IOm Nb (72) «ao't let Pete Wao* (U) get away aa Dao Brack (M) approacbei to apply finishing touches. By Chiick Sinclair Don't expect Missouri defensive back Rob Fitzgerald to hustle back to Columbia and harm “There’s No Place Like Home” on bis wall, despite an onslaught of oranges and boos from Nebraska’s 85th consecutive sellout crowd Coming off Missouri's 34-24 upset of third-ranked Nebraska Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, Fitz maintains he’d take 10 road pmes if he could get them. “Missouri fans are so fickle,” Fitzgerald declared. “Especially the students When you’re down, like we have been at times this year, it’s ‘to hell with Onofrio' but if we’re up, it’s ‘Chiofrto for President.’ DisUkes Minon FtM “1 just don’t like playing for Missouri fans,’’ he added, "Coming in here is much different. I (km’t know U it’s aU the red, getting peltod with oranges or the booing and cussing, but playit^ in front a crowd like this really gets me psyched.” Fitzgerald didn't »rtually need the crowd to (M-epare himself mentally for this game ~ he had a score to settte. In last year’s kx» to Nebraska at Missouri. NU’s Bobby Thomas burned him forim to- portant Uiird quarter toiK^k)wn pass. It was the first time Fitzgerald had ever been beat«i fur a touchdown. “The win and my interception helped settle that score,’’ Fitzgerald said, refening to a Vince Ferragamo pass he picked off during Nebraska’s first possession on the Missouri 30- yard line. “All of Nebraska’s receivCTS are great. That makes it a great personal victory, too. Love, Hate Feelings “1 just love playing against Nebraska,” he added. “I like Nebraska, yet I hate them. I hate them because they’re always going to the bowl games while we stay home. The one thing Nebraska has that you can’t take away is class. And ttoir crowd. “Ttoy must have the most k>yal fans in tl^ country,” Fitz said. “T^ (km’t boo their own team like the fans in Missouri and ttoy know wh«i to shut up. You hear the cheers wboi thii^ go their way, but when we score, ,you could almost hear a pin drop.” Fitzgerald is hoping the Missouri roller coaster can remain high now. “All I can hope is that we stay up from here on out,” Fitzgerald said, admittedly puzzled with Missouri's ups and downs. “We should Every team we play the rest of the way has been in either the top 10 or 20 at some time during the season” Cowboyf Next Next week it’s Oklahoma State, upset winner,over CNUahoma Saturday, ( ni the road. Steve Pisarkiewicz, Missouri’s heralded quarterback who engineered the win over Nebraska in a resme role two years ago, viewed the actkm from a much diffarent perspective than Fih^erald. Staff Photos By Bob Gorham Web Ray Harald DreimanU Randy Hampton Frank Varga Williê Van Sickle Dave Kennedy Pisarkiewicz watched as reserve Pete Woods, the junior who guided the Tigers to an upset of Ohio ^te at Columbus earlier this season, did the same against Nebraska Zark showed no feeling of remorse as Woods tightened his hold on the No. 1 job with his performance Satunlay. “We just want to win,” Zark said with a big grin. “Whatev«' it takes, we're willing to put it out We’re just happy as hell to win ’Pete and I get along great dunng the week,” he added. *’We help each othw out as much as we can. He’s juM great. Wants Job Back “Hell, you know I want to be back in th«e real bad.” tw add«!. “But if Pete’s in there, and he does it, that’s fto. U it takes antoier l(m to get me back at starting quarterback, 1 don’t want that. I just hope I get healed up and come badt and «un it ” The (Hie thing Missmm is earning is respect, espedaliy on the road “Like 1 said before,’’ FitzgerakI chimed in. “When you play on the road, there’s just smneUung spedal about wiiuung when you're being booed or hit by oranges. I think it’s beeaiHe when the game’s ftnaily over and you’re done, you can say you showed the crowd with your tions.”

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