The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 28, 1975 · Page 39
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Horned Frogs Croak Under NU Charge TCV^s Impossible Dream Lacks Prince Charming 4,'ij///!'' ÍK vjiÄ ^ ^^4te Flr*f downs Pushes-yafds Passing yards Pe^ufo yards Passes Punts FumWeslost Penalfies-yards TCU MdftTMka 1? }3 lé 153 14« 12 26 3 4» 22 5^23 30 21-323 194 52 1é-n2 2-50 M •-99 ÎT llMOtüi ’< í : í I! ;( . ¡t |U % / K 9 y Èi. Although teammate Bobby Cowan (28) can’t seem to find anyone to block, TCU quarterback Jimmy Dan Elzner (11) is in a predicament. He’s forced to launch a pass over the Huskers’ STAPP COLORPHOTO BY WEB RAY leaping George Mills (75). John Lee (69) applies ground level pressure and Jim Wightman (59) drops back on pass coverage Also pictured is TCU’s Bryan King (88). By VIrgll Parker A band of froga came to Lincoln Saturdajr looking for a miracle. They hoped a Uaa from some fairy {»incess might magically transform them into a Prince Charming. Inst^d, they got hit in the kisser by Nebraska. The fr^ wound up jumping to the comman(b of the ComhuAoi m Nebraska waltzed to a 56-14 football victory over the Texas Christian University Homed Frogs in Memorial Stadium. Though the game was billed as a contest between two teams, it often looked like the biggest matchup was between three officials from the Southwest Conference and three from the Big Eight. They had thdr yellow hankies on tl» ^und often enou^ to march off 172 jwrtb in penalties — several others wwe refused and not enforced — and many of the decisions left coaches on both sides of the field shaking their heads. Two calb, which didn’t even involve penalty yardage, led to TCU’s first touchdown. In each case, a pan was ruled complete — the second for the TD when the Frog receiver appeared to be out of bounds. “There were some very strange calls on both sides.’’ Comhusker coach Tom Osborne observed. "I’ll be very interested to see the fUm of the two on the other ride of the field. But I don’t want to be too hard on the officials.’’ The NU coach admitted a pass interference call against TCU which gave Nebraiika a first-down on the Frogs’ nine- yard line and led to the Huskers fifth touchdown “was also questionable.’’ Pytons Out Of Bounds The bright orange pylons which are , spofr/ieo B*\f /y Spoi> V, Sept. 28, 1975 Lincoln, Neb. ID M Jf • • y ^ orange pylons a Miami Lesson Important to Nebraska Victory The celebration of flntnrriav’« lULia m—— ................................................... %/ By Bob Owens The celebration of Saturday’s 56-14 Nebraska victory over Texas Christian was a short one in the Comhusker (hearing room as thoughts quickly turned to Uie next game—against the Miami Hurricanea, who on Friday night just missed in an upset bid agaii»t Oklahoma 26-17 “I was hoping Miami would play them tough, because I wanted our players to know they'll have a game next werit,” Coach Tom Osborne said. "Now. Miami won’t CORK in afraid e/l us.’’ Osborne said he had mixed emotions while listening to the radio broadcast of the game. “I was sympathizing with Barry Switzer because they (Oklaboma) were on the ropes,’’ he said. "But Oklahoma probably wasn’t 100 per cent sharp as they would be against Nebraska or Missouri.’’ He said the Huskers before the TCU game were conscious of the way Miami played, but he doesn’t think that was any particular help in getting an early jump on the Homed Frogs. "I don’t briieve this team is apt to be complacent,’’ he said. “Oklahoma has a kH of key sailors, and we have some, too, but we have a lot of younger players” Several things pleased Osborne in the easy victory over TCU, including the continued improvement of the offensive line which opened enough holes for a net 323 yards rushing, the most since the Minnesota game early last season. He also ' like the goal-line stand which halted a TCU scoring chance after a 76-yard runback of an intercepted pass to the NU6early in the third quarter. “I like the fact the (rffoise knodced it in the end zone the first two times we had the ball,’’ Osborne said. "If we can score then and play good defense we’re off to a good start.’’ He admitted the Huskers were "lucky" in the second quarter when they converted a couple of breaks into easy touchdowns to sprint off to a 28-7 halftime lead. The first one came whoi Mike Fultz recovered a fumble on the TCU 12 and the Huskers scored in two plays. Then, 21 seconds later Curtis Craig scored from five yards out after Clete Pillen’s 27-yard runbÍKÉ of an interecpted pass. A couple of old ''money-making” Nebraska plays provided quite an impetus for the wlngbacks—the counter tnq) i^de and the counto* sweep. It helped end a touchdown drouth for senior Tom Heiser, who in his high school days at Columbus was known as "Touchdown Tonuny." “It’s been three years since I scored —. . , J A • 1 , 3 1 MI-1- ri-IUIU BY UAVfc KtNNfcU Determined to pick up extra yardage, Tony Davis (25) lunges forward as he is tackled by TCU’s Mn«» Blackwood (21) Watching the play is Marshall Harris (79). touchdown,’ Heiser said, recalling that his last trip across the goal line was in a freshman game against Iowa State. "I don’t think I’ve even scored in the scrimmages," he said. "The wingbacks got some good angles on the counter sweep and we ran inside pretty well early," Osborne said. "When they changed the way their middle linebacker played we had to go outride. We alw could have thrown more than we did because they were giving us a lot of things." Heiser, Curtis Craig and Kenny Brown combined to give the wingbacks 136 yards in total offense, including Reiser’s siyard TD 'run on the counter sweep. Heiser wound up the leading ball carrier with 80 yards in just four carries. Ito also caught one pass for 13 yards. Craig, in addition to scoring once, caught a 21-y»rd by freshnuui Brown to go with an earlier 16-yard lecep- tkm. "We don’t run it (the counter sweep) much, but when we see it’s going thw run it a lot." Heiser said. "The guards must have really been doing a good Job." On Reiser’s pass iecep&». be said. "I Aik Frazier Tilt Shown In Lincoln The World Heavyweight Championship fight betweoi Muhammad All and Joe Fnudo* will be seoi lire frtmi Manila via closed circuit telecast at Lincoln Pershing Auditorium and Omaha Dvic Audlt(urium Tuesday. September 36. Doors open ar?;36 p.m , preliminaries 8:36 p.m., and the championship fight at 9:35 p.m. Ticket prices are |16 advance and 112.50 on the day of the fight. This will be the third meeting between Ah and Frasier, with each claiming one victory. For more on the fight, See Bob Owens’ column, Sports Sipals, page Boston Assisted By Yankees Red Sox Clinch AL East BOSTON (AP) — The champagne may have been on ice at Fenway Park, but the Red Sox players weren’t around to taste it^r douse visitors in the usual pennant- clinching celebration. All were long gone by file timè tte Oriote-Yankee <toubte- header in New York had ended. Sunday Pro Football - Miami v. Naw Bnglaiid# noon, noticed that whan Bobiw Thomas caught Pìii4D,CM.l Mlwiewla V aavalaiid, noon, ffMk Buffala v. PlttriNirsh« 3 p.m« Mi. "I don’t know where they all are, but I expect to see a bunch of red-eyed players here tomorrow," said Boston Man^ Darrell Johnson after Baltimore’s double loss to the Yankees Saturday gave his Red Sox the American League East Division crown. Johnson didn’t seem too concerned about his players’ whereabouts. "I’U give most of the regulats a day off Sunday, anyway," he said. Despite a 54 afternoon loss to the Cleveland Indians, the Red Sox captured the title as New York riiminated Baltimore by sweeping a doubleheader from the Orioles 34 in 10 inning» and 7^. "What is this? New Year’s Eve?" asked Johnson with a grin after hearing the second game result in New York, "It would, have been more fun to win today we didn’t back into anything. "(Manager) Earl Weaver did a great job with the Orioles You can’t fault Baltimore. If they hadn’t hung in there, we would have had this thing wrapped iqt 10 days ago." Oftoi criticized f(ur the Red Sox’ collapse in blowing a seven-game lead in the final six weeks last year in his rookie season as thought back to 1072, when the Red Sox were eliminated from the East Division race on the next to last day of the season. "This is a big thrill for all of us,” said O’Connell “DarreU has done a magnificent job. I doubt anyone could have done better. Of course, in the long run, it was the bali players who did the job." managa, Johnson refused to gloat. Johnsi but "I feel super, just great,” Johnson said. "I feel good for myself, the entire club—all the guys. The ball players made this possible. "I never make predictions, but I knew nobody was going to run us over this year. Last year the Orioles won something like 28 of 32 games and passed us. But we didn’t have players like Pudge (Carlton Fisk), Rick Wise, Rico PetrocelU, Denny Doyle, Fred Ljmn and Jim Rice down the riretch." General Manager Dick O’Connell, vriio hired Johnscm as maimgpr aftwr firing Eddie Kasko at the end of the 1973 season, said, "This makes up for some of the cUiappQintments." In addition to the 1974 collapse, he In their last important game of the regular season, the Sox feU to Cleveland rookie Rick Waits' six-hitter and eighth-inning home runs by Boog Powell and Charlie ^ikes. Waits, a young southpaw, frustrated the Red Sox except for Deron Johnson’s two- run homer in the fourth inning The blast J(^inson, hfr IWh of toe season uid first since being acquired from the fhk»ago White Sox last Sunday night, tied toe nationalty-televised game 2-2. toit the Indians riiriled Wise’s bid for his 26th victory in the seventh initotg. With one out, FVank Duffy singled and moved to third on John Lowenstrin'S line to tôt center. Duffy toen soxed islE^^er grounded to second. located where the goal and sideline intersect are (Hit of b(Hin(b. NU secomiary defenders Jim Burrow, C3iuck Jones and Jim Wightman all agreed TCU receiver Mike Renfro hit the pylon wh«i he caiM down with the ball. “We go Into every pme thinking of a shut(Hit," Wightman said. “If a tetwn really takes It to us and scores — well then, okay they earned it. But I’ll bet anything the films will show that TCU didn’t earn that touchdown." "It looked like he lamtod on the pylon," Jiwies added, while Burrow obsoved, “Though I think he sh(Hild have been caltod out of bounds, to be perfectly honest, we shouldn’t have let him catch it anyway. Let’s just forget It.” And in retrospect, that sums up the feeling of most of the 75,931 Big Red fans on hand. They didn’t let Uw officiating or tl» drizzle which fell much of the afternoon, spiril their oithusiasm for the lopsided win. The parade of penalties certainly didn’t affect the outcome. In fact, the issue wasn’t in doubt very long. Soon after receiving the opening kickoff TCU fumbled near midfleW and Wightman recovwed for the Huskers. Eight plays later, sevai ( mi toe gitHiiKl plus a 21-yard pass from Terry Luck to wingback Curtis Craig, I-back Monte Anthony powered over from three yanb out. Mike Coyle added the first of eight straight extra point boots to give Nebraska a 7-0 lead. Conttoued : Ptge 4D, Col. 4 Big 8 Standings w L TP OP Nebraska ........ ....3 0111 21 Oklahoma ....... ....3 0 12834 Missouri .......... ....3 0 77 48 Oklahoma State ....3 0 115 20 Colorado .......... ....3 0 113 37 Kansas State ., 3 0 66 32 Kansas ........... ..,,2 14828 lowa State .......21 4855 This Week’s Results Nebraska 56, TCU 14 Oklahoma 20, Miami, Fla. 17 Missouri 27, Wisconsin 21 Oklahoma 61, North Texas State 7 Coloraijo 52, Wichita State 0 Kansas 20, Oregon State 0 Kansas State 17, Wake Forest 16 Iowa State 10, Florida State 6 Next Week’s Foes Miami, Fla. at Nebraska Iowa State at Utah Texas A & M at Kansas State Texas Tech at Oklahoma State Colorado at Oklahoma Kansas at Wisconsin Missouri at Michigan How AP Top 20 Fared 1 . OkMiliema (3-0) def. Miami, Fla., 20-i; 2. Ohio Sfato (3-0) def. North Carolina, 3 3. use (3-0) def. Purdue, 19-6. 4. Nobraska (3-0) def. TCU, 56-14. 5. Missouri (3-0) def. Wisconsin, 27-21 6. Texas (3-0) def. Texas Tech, 42-18. 7. Metro (3-0) def. Northwestern, J o Tili*** ^ ^3-0) def. Illinois, 43-13 9. Michigan (1-0-2) tied Baylor, lO-io. ’ I?' (7-0-1) tied Air Force, 20-20. !i' (2-1) def. Vanderbilt, 40-7 12. Poiw State (3-1) def. lowa, 30-10. 13. Arizona State (3-0) played Brigham Yo Saturday night. 14. West Virginia (3-0) def. Boston College. 15. Arizona (2-0) dot. Wyoming, 14-0. It' Auburn, 21-17, Stafe*^.* 18. Stanford (0-2-1) lost to San Josa State, 34. 19. Florida (2-1) def Mississippi State, 2: 20 Maryland (2-1-1) tied Kentucky. 10-10 Rothenberg: Make Me Look Good Associated Pren iportiwrtter FYed Rothenberg and the Nebraaka Cornhuskers are becoming faat friemls. After Rothenberg, who works out of New York, predicted Indian« to beat Nebraska, 14>1S, toe Cornhmken sent Rothenberg toe game ball after tbelr 454 win. A telegram from Rothenbert arrived In toe Nebraska drariiM room' before Saturday ’s gune wtto TCU. Ad- (fressed to ecK^itaiiii Teriy Luck and Bob Martin, tike memege read: "Luckily for you and toe nri of tlia Cornhuskers, you play footoaD a heck of a lot better than I pradlet b thi I tooakyott tortila hick toe rest of toe way. Ba coÉÉi toat if I can find or otoenrise-to pick NabiMka our Oklahoma. I’m gotog to do It make me look smart and not sMd OB that pick! Thanks agito andOoBto Rtô." - fbd Rotootos^ bckientony. Rothahbmi pMkM Oklihoma wonto wUp Mtoni Mii >y Ï J

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