The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 7, 1956 · Page 13
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 13

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Sunday, October 7, 1956
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nusKer aims i - iusKer hits . . Walter dives . Hits the ground Husker smiles Lady Luck Smiled Again on Huskerland Says I - Stater 'NIT Never Gave Up' - Coach Pete Elliott By DON BRYANT Staff Sports Writer ' ''It's just got to be luck. Dammit, they can't do this every year - year after year without luck." That's what an Iowa State assistant kept muttering over and over after Nebraska had scored a 9 - 7 victory on a field goal with 43 seconds left in the game. Cyclone Head Coach Vince Di Francesca felt much the same way. And Husker Coach Pete Elliott would be the first to agree that Nebraska got its chance for victory on a lucky break. But he thought there was one other thing that played a mighty important part in the victory. "I thought it was a tremendous effort by all our boys - even those who didn't play. They all fought it out to the end. "The most impressive thing to me was that with only two minutes to play and behind, the boys never once gave up the idea that they were going to win." Di Francesca had other thoughts on the subject. You'd have to look a long way before finding a more dejected fellow than the Cyclone coach following the dramatic Big Seven contest. When reporters found Vince, he was lying on a mat in tffe Iowa in the final quarter. "We used the wind to our advantage like a bunch of grade school kids," he said. Vince said the IS pitchout that went sour and set up the Huskers field goal was "just one of those things." , Terry Ingram, the No. 1 quarterback, was the boy who flipped the bad pass to Halfback Chuck Latting. Latting got a hand on the ball but it was kicked away and the Huskers recovered. A Heart - Broken Lal Ingram was a heart - broken lad. He said he "called the wrong play" and "should have held onto the ball." Latting, incidentally, was the .fellow who fumbled on the Iowa State 8 - yard line last week, enabling Northwestern to nip the Cyclones, 14 - 13. If he feels jinxed, it's not strange. ' Di Francesca said he couldn't compare the 1955 and 1956 Huskers. "They beat us both times with a field goal, so there's not much I can say." Down in the Nebraska Field House the contrast in atmosphere was readily noticeable. I've never seen a more dramatic finish anywhere, anytime," State dressing room, staring at the ceiling and nodding when an Elliott grinned. "What a way to end and I'm sure glad it wound up the way it did. That was a great kick." assistant patted him and offered a few words of solace. Eyes Were lied With eyes red from crying, Vince dejectedly said: 'If it's not supposed to be, it's not supposed to be, I guess. But it kills you to see the. kids who played their hearts and Had Huskers Won? You almost got the feeling Pete didn't believe that the Huskers had won yet. "I know Nebraska is supposed to be able to beat Iowa State on Elliott said the Huskys ran a lot of quarterback sneaks and plays up the middle because of the way the Iowa State defense was set up. "They were ready for our outside game and gave us the middle. So we ran there a lot. The sneaks worked pretty good at times." Jerry Brown's 71 - yard touchdown run was a trap play straight up the middle. Pete didn't want to single out any individual players until after seeing the movies. Instead he praised the "great team effort." He thought Iowa State's linebacking was "very fine." Nebraska Injuries , Two Huskers suffered injuries that may sideline them for a while. Quarterback Roy Stinnett got a "serious ankle sprain" and Halfback Bennie Dillard re - injured the knee that has kept him out of action. Fullback Jerry Brown, the Huskers standout runner, got a badly - smashed nose and a shiner. "That's a great birthday present, Jerry cracked, pointing to his nose; - He'll be 21 Monday. Weak Smile Roy Stinnett was in pain as he was stretched out on the side lines prior to the winning field goal. But Roy turned on his side, putting all his weight on the injured leg, and watched George Harshman boot the winning kick. The sophomore quarterback managed a weak smile despite his painful injury when the kick clicked. mem .. - wa& ny - .r a.' - t t - mam CORNHUSKER For Nebraska stomachs out lose like that. It's a hard pill to swallow and it will breaks, but that waiting until the last two minutes is rough," he be hard to bring them back after losing a close game like this. laughed. 'We wanted to get over the hump early and we didn't. stock Someone mentioned that Nebraska seems to get a lot of "breaks" Iowa State was "as strong as we expected, especially on defense." r ( 4 against Iowa State. "They sure as hell have," he gritted. Di Francesca didn't think his club "did much offensively," but he was pleased with the Cyclones' defensive work. He was completely irked by the way his team played the wind Pete's Brother Here Pete Elliott's brother, Jim, was a sideline observer Saturday. He sat on the Husker bench... The Nebraska ROTC saluted the 1956 Olympics at halftime, forming various Olympic symbols in con - "I was afraid they'd control the ball more, but I'm glad they junction with the card section. . .Big Seven Commissioner Reeves Peters of Kansas City was a press box spectator for the thrilling Elliott was particularly pleased with Nebraska's defense. He said NU'S FRANCIS JENSEN Touchdown! Nebraska Football Pictures By Staff Photographer l iJfis Hob Van Sickle Gorhum didn't," he said, and he added a tribute to Husker defense. "I thought than a week ag our defenders." "I thought our club executed their defensive play much better game . . . George Harshman, who kicked the winning field goal, didn't than a week ago and the credit for stalling their offense belongs to have to walk to the dressing room after the game. His teammates gave him a ride on their shoulders. Here's the. Fumble Recovery That Set Up the NU Field Goal - 2 Cyclone handoff gets away .v. A race for the ball . . Murphy beats ... 3 CARDINAL . . . 1 . IS COACH FRANCESCA Iowa Backer X X X X IT IT 7C X X IT ic Trying Moment . Iowa tackier grabs ... jt Football flies . Mary Walter waits . . . Walter takes ... , V . - For Cyclone score

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