The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 28, 1975 · Page 181
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 181

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Sunday, September 28, 1975
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Schedule Hus More Ruled Teums September 28, 1875, liDcoln, Neb., Sunday Journal and Star 5D TCU Faces Rocky Road By Randy York Texas Christian University had just set a Southwest Conference record for consecutive losses — 13 straight — after Saturday’s 5614 manhandUng by Nebraska. Is there any light at the end of the tunnel for TCU? After losses to No. 13 Arizona State (a 33-10 loss last week) and No. 4 Nebraska, next week it’s Arkansas at Little Rock for the 0-3 Horned Frogs. Tough Schedule And don’t even mention upcoming road games at No. 11 Alabama, Baylor (The Bears tied Michigan Saturday, didn’t they?) or No. 6 Texas. How about No. 8 Texas A&M? At least the Homed Frogs get them at home this season. You have to feel compassion for a man like Jim Shofner, the TCU head coach who showered and dressed before he greeted the press. He deserves some solitude. It’s got to hurt to hustle back to the dressing room and conjure up some optimism in thè face of what his team is going through. But, he did. A Team Like Nebraska “Maybe I’ll have one of these teams like Nebraska someday,’’ said Shofner, a former TCU all- Southwest Conference halfback who played six years for the Cleveland Browns. “Then I can see what it’s like from the other side.’’ Shofner has no intention of throwing in the towel. “We’re in the league we want to be in,’’ he said. “TCU has a great tradition, a legacy handed down to these young football players,’’ Shofner said. “We have a beautiful school, a great academic institution, and we’re going to get back up there in football.’’ Restrictions Aid TCU TCU’s greatest source of optimism may be new NCAA restrictions on recruiting. “The 30-scholarship limit has to help us,’’ Shofner said. “There’s quality out there and we’re going to get some.’’ Actually, Shofner believes he has some quality now. “We can put a good football team on the field this season,’’ he said, “if we can get through four or five more games without these kids coming unglued. “We’ve got to guard against getting down emotionally,’’ Shofner said, fully cognizant of how tough that can be. “There was no lack of effort on our part today. We just got manhandled. Nebraska’s big and strong, too strong for us.’’ No Sympathy Losing can stick in a guy’s stomach, but Shofner requests no sympatliy. Two Nebraska radio stations interviewed him during the week. “Their commentary, in effect, was why should we even bother to show up today,’’ related Shofner. “They were more worried about us than Nebraska.’’ Although it was rainy and chilly at Memorial Stadium Saturday, it doesn’t appear this TCU player is seeking shelter or warmth. Sometimes it’s difficult to find a place to hide. Going Somewhere? Where do you think you’re going, friend? John Lee (69) reaches out with one arm and gets a solid shoulder-pad hold on TCU’s Ricky Wright (23). For Wright, this play was only part of a long afternoon. He tested the Black Shirts 14 times as a runner and netted only 15 yards. <-4-' : ' '7' l-Jenkins With Brad Jenkins (92) eliminating J. G. Crouch (70) from his path and with big Rich Costanzo (77) out to lead interference, Tom Reiser (27) looks to turn upfield. Reiser, a senior, carried the ball four times for 59 yards, caught one pass for another 13 yards and scored his first varsity touchdown on a 33- yard scamper. Tight end Brad Jenkins (92) outleaps Horned Frog defensive backs Dennis McGehee (12) and Mike Blackwood (21) to latch onto a touchdown pass. Watching from the ground is Husker Curtis Craig (33) and rushing in too late to prevent the score is Joe Seguija (49). Siajf Photos By Bob Gorham Web Ray Randy Hampton Frank Varga Dave Kennedy WiRis Van Sickle The football spins to the side as flying Dave Butterfield <34) partially deflects a second- quarter punt by Lee Cook (10). Chuck Jones (35) is upended as he m^kes a rush and Oetus Pillen (61) is a^third Cornhusker applying premure. Mike Coyle (42) follows through his side-winding soccer style as he boots one of his eight straight conversion kicks without a miss. Quarterback Terry Luck (11) is the Nebraska holder and the unsuccessful TCU rusher is Ailei. Hooker (27). .,

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