The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 24, 1963 · Page 42
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NEXT By HAL BROWN Nebraska football completed its return to football prominence, typical of the 1920s and 1930s, Saturday afternoon, winning the Big Eight championship and a trip to the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day with a 29-20 conquest of Oklahoma. A crowd of 38,485 fans, most of them wild-eyed Huskers, packed Memorial Stadium to see If the two-year comeback could be declared a complete success. Their answer as the goal posts tumbled with 42 seconds left In the game had to be a resounding YES. Hiisker Line Tnpn NU coach Bob Dcvancy, who had been brought out of Wyoming two years ago and assigned the task of bringing Husker football fortunes out of its losing Big Red STOP... MIAMI ways, thus can stamp "assignment completed" on his portfplio. Led by linemen such as Bob Brown, John Kirby, Lloyd Voss, Larry Kramer, Monte Kiffin, Bob Jones, John Dervin, Ron Michka, Lyle Sittler and Walt Barnes, the Huskers completely dominated the warfare up front, allowing the Scarlet and Cream to rack up a 17-0 margin before the Sooners found the NU goal line. By the lime the score had reached the 17-0 point with 14:29 left in the contest there was no doubt in the minds of the Husker fans that NU was headed for holidays in Miami, Fla. The Scarlet and Cream faithful, who had suffered through many years of defeat before Devancy and his aides arrived on the Nebraska campus, showed their enthusiasm by pelting the field with Or­ anges, symbol for the day. The action that followed the 17-0 lead mattered little to the exuberant Scarlet and Cream rooters except to whet their appetite for offensive action. And they saw it. I>rutiiatic (’Jian"€ The fourth quarter, In which 39 points was scored by the two clubs, did not represent the rest of the ball game — a contest marked by vicious defensive play. But to Husker fans the score didn’t really matter. The important things were that Nebraska had its first conference championship since 1940, an unblemished berth in the Orange Bowl Jan. 1, a 9-1 season record and a win over the Soon­ ers, ending a conference win string at 16 for OU. The 29 points scored by the Huskers was the most points tallied against the Sooners this season. The previous high was 28 by Texas In Us 28-7 victory over OU. It was the most points scored by an NU eleven against Oklahoma since 1950 and that was in a losing game as OU won that one, 49-35. Not since 1928 when the Huskers won, 44-6, have the Scarlet and Cream scored this many points in a winning effort against the Sooners. Coach Devaney had said prior to the game that his Huskers would need their best effort of the year to win. And they gave it Saturday. (lrip|iU‘K (vome Bark Led by the potent Husker line and with cripples Dennis Claridge and Rudy Johnson Joining healthy runners such as Rob Hohn, Kent McCloughan, W 1111 • Ross, Maynard Smidt, Bruce Smith, and Fred Duda, the Scarlet and Cream rolled to a 14-9 edge in first downs, a 194-98 advantage rushing and although being out- passed, 11.5-60 yards, NU managed a 254213 edge in total offense. Ross led the Husker rushers with .53 yards, followed by Johnson with 50, Smith’s 24, Claridge with 23 and McCloughan with 19. Top OU ground-gainer was Larry Brown with .36 as the Husker forwards smashed most OU efforts to run. The victory climaxed a season-long buildup to this dream game and climaxed a week of Orange Bowl fever that had struck the campus all week — although Continued on Page 21), Col. 3 Even Steel Goal Posts Couldn’t Stop Nebraska | Dazzles W riters Bob Broeg, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Nebraska waited so long for a conference championship ■— 23 years — that no one except the football team knew how to behave today when it finally came. "Long before the C o r n- huskers whipped Oklahoma, 29-20, some of the 38.485 spectators twice strew oranges onto the field, a juicy and nasty reminder that the holiday trip to the Orange Bowl awaited the winner . . . Ernest Mehl, Kansas City Star: “A dearth of 23 years ended here today for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, whose 29-20 victory over the defending champion Oklahoma Sooners gave them both the Big Eight conference championship with a perfect record of 7-0 and the right to compete in next New Year’s Day Orange Bowl game in Miami. "One of the few games to be played on this day of sorrow degenerated after the first half, in which the manifestly superior power of the Huskers almost wholly confined the Sooners in their impotency, into an exhibition of football inanity . . . Sec Taylor, Des Moines Register: "A tragic weekend proved to be a happy Continued on Page 2-D, Col. 3 àmtt Ktml a ike SPOMT HiD SEC. D LINCOLN 1, NEBRASKA, NOVEMBER 24. 1963 Auburn May Be NU Foe Statiüticü FIriit dfmn« Roahini yarda«« Paaain« yardue Paaacs Uitfrc«pt«d by Punta FumbI«« lo« Yarda penalized FSl’ AI BURM 7 -2 1W» »-IS I ft-35 9 3 18 14 241 54 S-11 1 5-40 0 5« Nebraska students topple Memorial Stadium goal posts, capping the climax of the Cornhusker win over Oklahoma. Auburn, Ala. ■— Jimmy Sidle, who may become the nation’s No. 1 ball carrier, scored three touchdowns Saturday in pacing ninth-ranked .Auburn to a 21-15 victory over the F 1 0 r i d a State Sem­ inóles. Even though he watched part of the game from the bench resting for next week’s encounter with Alabama, the Tigers’ quarterback picked up 132 yards rushing to strengthen his bid for national championship. With Sidle in the game. Auburn had the drive needed to turn back the invader and to capitalize on the breaks. Without him, the Tigers were in trouble. Orange Bowl officials said in Lincoln, Neb. Saturday that Auburn and Pittsburgh were both strong candidates to be Nebraska’s opponent on New Year’s Day in Miami. Florid« St«te ..................... 0 » 7 8—15 Auburn .......................... 7 7 7 »—21 Aub—iiidle 8 run (Woodall kick) Aub—Sidle 2 run (Woodall kick) FSU—Wachtel 27 pas« from Ten»i (M m - ker kick) Aub-Sidle 7 run (Woodall kick) FSU—Pritchett 1 run (Calhoun mn) Attendance 28,000. ^UHiMtlli!lllllilllll<ltllllllitlilliniHllllllllllllillllllHIII)lillilltillllllillilllllllllllitHIIIIIMIIIItllilllllllilllinillllliniillillilillitinillllliilllllllllllllflliMHIIilllllltlll| I Faces of the Winners ... I Hnskers Celebrate Big Victory With Oranges, Showers flllllllillllllliltlliMlllllllillllll!lillliillllllillillilllllilllllllilllll(lllllllllltllllllHtllllliiltillltlilllllMlllllllilHlilllllll!imillllllllillillllllilllllllilltlllitlllllllllliittlll£ I ... And of the Losers 1 Happy Husker faces: Ecstatic Pom Pom girl Carolyn Daubert (1) ; jubilant Nebraska sports publicist Don Bryant holding oranges (2), stogie jutting from the Erin of assistant coach Carl Selmer after a sudden shower (3); and two wet Willies, Paschall (left) and Ross (right). By CURT MOSHER The Nebraska dressing room finally let loose. For a team that had won nine times and lost only once, the Huskers have been a very reserved bunch this year. But they weren’t Saturday after blasting Oklahoma, 29-20, to earn a berth in the Orange Bowl. Oranges were flying around the room and coaches were flying around the showers, all of them getting a good dunking. Big Bob Brown, the Huskers’ all-America candidate at guard, was living it up the most. Reminded that he had said earlier "we want Missouri and we want Oklahoma and we want the Orange Bowl" Bob said: "Yessir, I told you that, and we got ’em. Who have we got in the Orange Bowl? Oh, well, it doesn’t matter." Asked how the Huskers did it so easily. Bob said: "The guys were up. Oklahoma’s a heckuva team." This generally was the feeling. That Oklahoma was good, but the Huskers were simply after them. “We just got a lot of breaks," tackle Bob Jones said, “and we were more up for the game. It seemed like they just didn’t want it as badly as we did. They’ve got some good linemen—the best we’ve played this year." Fullback Bruce Smith was flabbergasted over his own club’s line play. "I think our linemen Just dominated the game," Bruce said enthusiastically. "Our defensive team was just beating the heck’ out of them." Nebraska’s walking wounded had quite a day, too. Quarterback Dennis Claridge, fullback Rudy Johnson and tackle Monte Kiffin all played well. “My leg doesn’t hurt a bit," Claridge said. It feels fine." Explaining the victory as best he could Dennis said that he wondered if Oklahoma took the Cornhuskers seriously enough. Continued on Page 2-D, Col. 1 ★ ★ ★ Orange Express Score How Time Left First Quarter N 3 OU 0 Theisen, 27 field goal .............................4:19 Third Quarter N 9 OU 0 Johnson, 2 run ....................................... 8:47 N 10 OU 0 Theisen kick good Fourth Quarter N 16 OU 0 Claridge. 1 phmce .14.29 N 17 OU 0 Theisen kick good N 17 OU 6 Flynn. 22 pass from Fletcher .......12:43 N 17 OU 7 Jarman kick good N 23 OU 7 McCloughan 2 run ................................... 7:15 N 29. OU 7 Duda 1 run.. 5:43 N 29 OU 13 Skidgel, 27 run 1:57 N 29 OU 14 Jarman kick good N 29 OU 20 Skidgel. 25 pass from Pannell — 0:42 Statistics NU OU First downs 14 9 Yards gained rushing 194 98 Yards gained passing 60 115 Passes .............................6-16 5-14 Intercepted by 2 1 Fumbles lost.................. 4 5 Punting ............................6-25 6-27 Yards penalized 30 6 Downcast Sooners; Anxious Charles Mayhue, the defensive specialist (1); angry Ralph Neely, star Oklahoma tackle (2); dejected John Flynn with head in his hands on the bench (3); and grim Coach Bud Wilkinson, seldom a loser, is glum on the sidelines (4).

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