The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 19, 1961 · Page 34
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 34

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Sunday, November 19, 1961
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ipiiiiiiiipa tillliliillW - ovgniber 19. 1961 LINCOLN SUNDAY JOURNAL AND STAR til i The Whole Day Was a Big, Fat, Gooey Mess They started with clean uniforms . . , IHIIIIimin!llllllllfl!l!l!ll!!!lllllll!ll!IHIHH1IIIIIHnillll!l!IIIIHW!HHH Buff This Gale Weidner pass . . . mmmM - - ttSltlXr ; : Fa sUv Ufciud ow s - - r - : IMfflfllllftf HHUIIIMIIIttf lnniIiIIIi!IHiif!Ililll2 y I But it Jennings W By Dick Becker For a coach who had just seen the last hopes for a winning season lost in a 7 - 0 mud battle, Bill Jennings was extremely calm as he faced the press in the Nebraska Fieldhouse. There were just two questions he didn't want to answer: What were his thoughts on his immediate future? And how did he compare Colorado and Kansas? In regard to his status at Nebraska with only the Oklahoma game remaining, Jennings said he had nothing to say. About the Buffs and Jay - hawkers, fighting for the Orange Bowl bid, he wanted no part of comparisons. "I just wouldn't want to compare them," Jennings declared. "I don't think there is any way. The conditions were different and the teams are different on different days. All I'll say is that they are both good football teams." Jennings was high on Colorado, and he gave the was like this at the NU - Colorado Buffs full credit for their 7 - 0 win. "They're pretty darned good," the Ilusker coach said. "Their backs ran hard and Weidner is tough. We just didn't have enough speed to get to him. "That front line of theirs is big. We just couldn't handle it . . . and their backs were better than we hoped they wotild have been, "We tried to go inside a few times early but we quit it. Then we couldn't block them to get outside. "They stunted a lot and this made it tough on our passing game. "I thought our team played as hard as they could. I couldn't ask for more effort. Sure, they made a few errors, but they were trying. "We just couldn't move the ball well enough. We needed a break and we got a couple, then gave it right back. But the breaks finally did enter the ball game. "We never got field position all afternoon and you game . . om have to have it to move against a team like that. They're strong." Jennings revealed that injuries curtailed most Nebraska hopes in this game, "We just can't get our backfield well," Jennings explained. "Claridge and Callahan had to go nearly all the way. "Thornton couldn't go on offense. In fact, the trainers didn't want him to play llllllllllll!lllll!t!lllllllllllllllllllll!llllllllilllll(llH 5 2 Football 1 Photos by Bob Gorham Willis Van Sickle Frank O'Neill Bob McKay Web Ray illlfllffflllf IllllllIIIItlltlllllllllltilltllllflltlllllllllF ire Buffs and KU but he felt he could help us on defense. He didn't practice a day this week. He only watched us practice a couple of times. "Brown and Comstock didn't practice at all last week either. The fumbles that set up Colorado's touchdown probably was a mix - up with Comstock who hadn't practiced. "We chose to receive when we won the toss because both of our kickoff men were hurt and couldn't play. That left it up to Dyer. "We just stayed in the hole all day. We probably should have started passing sooner but on a day, like this and with the score tied you hate to do it." Officials Blasted Jennings said he had two talks with the officials. He received permission to go out on the field to ask about a personal foul against the Huskers early in the game. "We got that 15 - yarder for grabbing a And they ended like Thunder Thornton, getting mud peeled off. Colorado face mask. What I wanted to tell him that just a few plays before they had stopped Claridge by grabbing his face protector." The other trip was to complain about an official calling Colorado for an illegal receiver then changing the decision. The officials said that they misread a number, thinking it saw a "6" instead of an "8." "All I know is that when we got them in the hole, they got out, partially on their own and partially on two key calls by the officials." Unusual Formation In an attempt to get the offense rolling Nebraska tried a formation with 5 backs in the game. When Ron Meade went in at quarterback, Dennis Claridge shifted to left halfback and left half Dick Callahan went up on the line at end. This made the end on that side ineligible to be a pass receiver and actual ly put Nebraska into an unbalanced line. "We were just trying to get outside," Jennings explained. "We knew you had to go to the sidelines to get good running area. It was dryer out there." Odds 'n Ends Jennings praised center Ron Michka who played nearly all the defense for NU. "He's a good fighter," Jennings said. "He likes to play and is always ready to go." There was also praise for Claridge who played the entire game and missed just a couple of plays last week. Only injuries on first check were aggrevation of injuries to Thornton and Comstock . . . Jennings said the NU pass defense was "never far away, but not quite close enough" . . . Larry Donovan was shifted from guard to fullback last week because of injuries to Thornton and Comstock. He saw some action at the new post. t 0 4

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