The Kansas City Star from Kansas City, Missouri on November 5, 1978 · 312
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r k' r T r Cowboys Are 'Big in Heart' THE KANSAS CITY STAR 19S Sunday NovmW i 1?7 By Don Kausler Jr MU Sport Corrtspondsnt STILLWATER Okla— The Missouri Tigers had their bowl hopes on the line here Saturday The Oklahoma State Cowboys were fighting only for their pride They had nothing to lose but a football game But when it came time to explain Oklahoma State’s 35-20 upset of Missouri the Cowboys said they won because they wanted this Big Eight Conference contest here “They’re pretty big” OSU linebacker Mike Edwardss said of the Tigers “but they’re not big in heart “We don’t have many big guys but they’re big in the heart That’s where it counts They played aggressive football but we played better football We wanted it more than Missouri” What was the reaction to defeat in the Missouri locker room? “I can’t believe it” said defensive end Kurt Peterson What was hardest to believe was how well the Cowboys moved the ball on Missouri's defense They gained 410 total yards with 278 coming on the ground and 132 through the air Quarterback Scott Burk gave the Tigers the most trouble His passing was timely but his running killed Missouri The 6-foot-2 195-pound senior from Denver ran for 93 net yards on 16 carries with most of his yardage coming off the option The MU defense was left scratching its head as Burk continually turned around end into open field “Our defensive ends were soft-playing him” Missouri linebacker Billy Bess said "They might have been soft-playing him too much "We came in and adjusted to it at Associated Press Ron Ingram of Oklahoma State was hit and couldn't hang ' on to a pass against Missouri i fi Huskers Have KU Number I “ By Ken Davis KU Sports Correspondent LAWRENCE Kan— In the Kansas lqcker room Saturday Jim Zidd a Kansas defensive end asked a reporter “What did they have— 800 yards to- taLoffense?” When the reporter replied “Yes” Kidd's jaw dropped to the floor “I was just kidding” Zidd said t Xhe only problem for the Jayhawks was that the reporter was not kidding The Nebraska Comhuskers really did £ck up 799 yards total offense as they went on to defeat KU 63-21 before a crowd of 52100 in Memorial Stadium Saturday Nebraska rewrote the record books tor both KU and the Comhuskers relentlessly running and passing past the KU defense But that is really nothing new for this series between the two schools The Comhuskers now lead the Jay-hawks 61-21-3 in games played in the history of the series KU has not downed the Big Red since 1968 “They’ve just got our number” said Jerry Calovich a defensive end “I don’t know what it is We had a lot of individual breakdowns On our offense everybody has to do their job If one individual doesn’t do his job then we’re injftrouble four defense is sound I’ll have to look at the films but I think they’ll i a lot of missed tackles” he Comhuskers had little difficulty Eruting their I-formation offense ng up 527 yards on the ground and going to the air for 283 more Nebraska rushing total fell only 23 yards short of the school record which was set in last year’s 52-7 victory over KU in Lincoln “Last year they did the same thing to us” Zidd said "They killed us They were pitching the ball deep and all the backs had to do was pick a hole They had excellent execution They just have something against us I don't know what it is” In contrast to the series against Nebraska the Jayhawks are known to give the Oklahoma Sooners a tough battle every year This year KU lost to the Sooners 17-16 but had a chance to win on a two-point conversion that failed in the final seconds "There’s somehting about the wishbone” said Calovich a senior from Kansas City “We get up for that I think our defense is a little better for that type offense We’ve played Oklahoma real strong ever since we beat them (23-3 in 1975) But Nebraska is a different story I don’t know the reason” There wasn’t much that KU could do to stop the Comhuskers’ offensive machine Nebraska had 35 first downs in the game “We just couldn’t stop them today” said Zidd a junior from Cleveland Ohio “Maybe we could if we played a different defense that was geared to the I” Despite the fact that the Comhuskers defeated KU by a much greater margin than Oklahoma did most of the Jayhawks contend that Oklahoma is the better team “I think Nebraska is a pretty physical team” said Mike Higgins a KU running back “But they ’re not as good as the scoreboard showed today The scoreboard makes them look a lot better than they are “To me I figure Oklahoma is more impressive Nebraska hits a lot harder but they got a lot of breaks I think Oklahoma is good enough to beat them as bad as they beat us— maybe not by that big a score but overall at least” Most of the KU players said they would pick Oklahoma over Nebraska when the two teams go up against each other this Saturday in Lincoln “It seems like every time we play them Nebraska gets fired up for us" said Mike Gay an offensive guard “But Oklahoma gets more fired up for them and Nebraska seems to have a let down for that game every year” Calovich said that Nebraska is improved from last year but he still chooses the Sooners to prevail “They’re a good club” Calovich said of the Comhuskers “They are more sound than last year But Oklahoma will win the game because of their backs They have depth and a sound backfield That’s the way I look at it There will be a lot of scoring— probably about 32-28 And on the matter of scoring Calovich thought the Comhuskers were trying to do a little bit too much of what Saturday— as in running the score up “At the end of the game they were definitely trying to run the score up” he said “With eight seconds left in the game they were still trying to get yards Most teams would just snap the ball and fall on it “But that’s the kind of club they are They have done it the last two years definitely” Say “Thanks” in a Very Special Way This Year with a Classified Message Send your regards to the people you care about through a “Thanksgiving Greetings" Classified ad in The Times and The Star These holiday sentiments will appear under a special classified heading Wednesday November 22 in The Star and again on Thanksgiving day November 23 in The Times To add flair to your feelings we’ve come up with some warm Thanksgiving characters and symbols you can run KANSAS above your message Please specify your little eye-catcher by the letter shown here beside each when buying one for your “Thanksgiving Greetings” ‘I L Who will be joining you? Families Friends People in business People in love Folks who get a thrill from the holidays People who get a thrill from a simple thank-you Take time this autumn to say thanks to your friends your loved ones or your customers ti And join the spirited Kansas Citians who will be saying it in a “Thanksgiving Greetings’ ad from TimesStar Classified CITY ®iraejS&TAR Classified Call 234-4000 The HOLIDAY Number halftime but I think they changed right with us When we started shutting down the quarterback they started pitching it out” It was a day where everything the Cowboys di was right and the ball just refused to bounce Missouri’s way That was especially clear late in the third quarter Missouri’s Billy Whitaker fumbled a punt return and after the ball was kicked around a bit OSU’s Dan Hammond recovered at the Missouri two-yard line A handoff went to the Cowboys’ Ed Smith on the next play and he fumbled Chaos followed as the ball went into the end zone but OSU’s Mel Campbell eventually fell on it for a touchdown to break Missouri’s back "That was just a lucky play” Campbell said "I just saw the ball and fell on it It kept bouncing away I think about 10 or 12 players had a shot at it “I got two chances to get it” he added “I dove into a pile once and then crawled out Then I saw the ball It was like it was greased” Campbell considered the play one of the game’s biggest It made the score Oklahoma State 28 Missouri 14 “It took a lot of wind out of them” he said “but if we didn’t socre there it would have taken a lot of wind out of us It was a big play as far as momentum is concerned for us” The play was hard for Missouri to swallow “We knew it was just a lucky play” MU defensive tackle Steve Hamilton said "I’m quite sure they weren't expecting it “But luck counts too” It wasn’t luck however that beat the Tigers “It was just a good football team” Hamilton said Defense Vanishes By Dennis Boone AMES Iowa— Kansas State's 24-0 setback to Iowa State Saturday was little more than a rewrite of the Wildcats’ other six losses this season When the time came for tackling there was nobody to do the job That was especially true in the case of Iowa State tight end Guy Preston a 6-foot-7 220-pound senior who caught seven passes for 103 yards and a touchdown He always seemed to be on hand when the Cyclones needed a big play to keep a drive going “I think there was a mix-up in coverage on him in the first half (when Preston caught five passes)” said Brad Horchen Kansas State safety “Our comerback on the other side should have been up closer on him but he was more deep-conscious and let him get into the flat “But they were doing a real good job of getting into the seams of our zone and we just didn ’ t react ' ’ The Wildcats’ defense reacted well enough to stop Dexter Green the Cyclones' much-acclaimed running back but neglected to apply the same effort elsewhere Green carried 29 times before surpassing the 100-yard mark late in the fourth quarter “It was the big play again that hurt us” said Chester Jeffrey defensive tackle "We stopped Green most of the time but they went to someone else on third down and came up with the play when they had to” But considering the poor play by Kansas State’s injury-plagued offense Iowa State didn’t need the big play often Kansas State lost most of its offense when quarterback Dan Manucci and fullback Roosevelt Duncan were injured on the same play early in the third quarter Sheldon Paris Manucci’s replacement found the pass protection inadequate and completed only 2-of-9 passes for 42 yards Bobby Thompson Kansas State's 280-pound tackle played across from Iowa State's standout defensive tackle Mike Stensrud “We only had to deal with Stensrud and one end on our side of the line and we took care of them for most of the game” Thompson said “But they were shooting linebackers a lot and our backs just didn’t pick them up” “It looked to me as if they ran right through us" said Jim Dickey Kansas State coach "They used their blitzes very effectively and there were several times when they rushed a lot of people and we were unable to cover our quarterback” Squad Limit Blamed LAWRENCE Kan (AP)-Tom Osborne the Nebraska coach laid the blame for the record-breaking humiliating 63-21 conquest of Kansas Saturday on Big Eight athletic directors The conference officers who voted a 55-player traveling squad limit “are saving dimes with that limit and losing thousands of dollars in players” Osborne said “You try to hold the score down but when you make eight yards on a quarterback sneak what are you going to do? “I suggested at the Big Eight meeting that we throw the lid off the limit or at least expand it to 60 like in nonconference games But they turned me down” Osborne said an extra five or 10 players would allow more substitutions help prevent injuries and better enable teams to keep from running up embarrasing scores The Comhuskers No 4 in the nation ripped Kansas for a school record 799 yards of total offense It was the most in the nation this year and the biggest output any team has ever dealt to Kansas “For some reason we seem to always run well aganst Kansas” Osborne said noting this was the 10th straight Comhusker victory over the Jayhawks “But in fairness to Bud (Kansas Coach Bud Moore) it should be recognized that he has had a lot of injuries He just doesn’t have the people” John Calovich a Kansas defensive end was lost for the rest of the year with knee damage Saturday the sixth Kansas starter lost this year Another 16 Jayhawks including nine starters have missed at least one game while the Jayhawks have lost eight of nine games this year “I never dreamed anything like this would happen” said Moore “They’re a tremendous offensive team I am sure we added to that with the mistakes that we made I don’t feel we have as bad a team as the score indicates” Nebraska suffered injuries of its own Saturday Quarterback Tom Sorley who threw three touchdown passes and tight end Junior Miller who caught two of them both went out early in the third quarter Osborne said Miller and Rick Bems a running back both suffered leg bruises and Sorley had a knee strain Osborne admitted he might be second-guessed on playing Sorley and Miller after the score reached 42-7 "My thinking was to play them three or four minutes to keep the momentum from swinging to Kansas” Osborne said “That’s when they were injured” Dougherty Takes to Air To Lead Romp by Ursinus COLLEGEVILLE Pa (AP)-Dave Dougherty connected for four touchdown passes to lead Ursinus to a 27-7 victory over Dickinson Saturday in a Middle Atlantic Conference southern division football game IKlimMIplIflie! 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