The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on November 3, 1957 · Page 13
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• • _ _ __ IIN(OI\ SI StMV KHIIVM ÍMJ_srxR 1 „ Uecision Had To Be Made and We Made It^Jcmings Lucky break for Huskers .,. they punt but tackier jars McCue on run-back and NU recovers... .\U’s CilVii 8u<l(l<‘iu‘(l l)v Miss: KU l{<*joi<*(‘s Two plays later... Nebraska makes 10 yards by going over Jayhawks’ heads... Ry DON BRYANT Staff Sports Writrr Gt'orge Cifra, Nebra.ska fullback, has now played in 37 Corn- huaker games and it’s likely he’ll run the string to 40 before he hangs up the moleskins. But chance.s are he’ll never feel quite as bad as he did after the 14-12 los.s to Kansas in Saturday’s homecoming game. George tried a field goal with 1:30 left and had it been sue- ces.sfiil the Husker.s w’oiild have pulled out a victory. It wasn’t successful ... it barely got off the ground. “I don’t know W'hat happened, but the ball just squirted off the side of my f<x>t,” Cifra said m the NU dressing room while dry- The Huskers had picked up first down on the KU 3, gained two yards and lost one in three plays, and had a fourth down and two situations facing them. It looked for a minute like they might try to run it, but Quarterback Roy Stinnett informed the officials that a field goal was upcoming. Several Huskers indicated displeasure at the thought, but set the stage for the kick. Then NU drew a five-yard penalty for delay of the game. “We were aware that we had run out of timeouts and would be penalized,’’ Jennings said. “But we made the field goal call anyway. Actually, we gained a Football Pictures Hv Staff Photograpliprs ^ Rol) Bob McKav (b>rliaiii ing himself with a towel. “I really blew it.” W’lth that he put an index finger to his temple, symbolizing a pistol, wiggled his thumb as if firing, and shook his head sadly. Staff Decides Cifra got a chance to kick a field goal only because the Hu.sk- er coaching staff called for the field goal. Coach Bill Jennings made sure that was thoroughly understood after the game. “A decision had to be made and we made it,” Jennings said. “We just made the wrong one ... as it turned out.” better angle by being penalized.” Rolling ,\lnng Earlier the Huskers had just about decided to try a field goal, but elected to gamble on the ground. They made the first down handily and rolled on to the KU 2 before being stymied, “Getting beat by extra points twice m two weeks is too much.” Bill grimaced. “And we kick the heck out of extra points in practice, too.” Jennings said the Huskers anticipated Kansas would pass more and therefore had a loose defense in the first half. (It was either a 5-4-2 or .5-2-4 m * t of the way.) “We didn’t think they were as .strong up front ai^ they were and we decided to go with them a little,” Bill said. “But they saw it and ran through u.s. It was rt‘al good football on their part. We ju.st had to tighten up ” That’s what the Hiuskers did after interini.s.sion. Jennings would make no com ment on whether or not .Fun Ijctcavits, KU end, caught or trapped the ball in the end zone on the Jayhawk.-»' second touchdown. “I have no idea.” Bill .said. “I a.ssume he caught it because the officials called it a touchdown.” .Another \iewp«lnt However, Nebra.ska center Dick .McCashland had another viewpoint on the matter. “Yeah, it was trapped.” McCashland said. “It looked like the ball was on the ground to me.” he said. Jennings said Nebraska declined the offside penalty against Kaasas on the punt that prec-ed- ed the last Husker drive “because I thought we were in pretty good shape and had time to score,” KU had to punt from the 1- yard line, but was offside. Nebraska elected to take the frail on the 40 rather than make Kansas punt over. AlatluT Kingpin Down in the Kansas dressing room, Coach Chuck Mather was receiving well washers. Happy KU grads were congratulating the Jayhawk mentor hnd expressing sorrow over his resignation. Chuck had words to say on that score. “I didn’t quit because of pressure, as has been reported,” he said. “The first thing you learn in coaching is that there’s a lot of pressure to put up witli. “The iieople were dissatisfied ... 1 knew it and Hie player.s knew It. . . it’s no fun to coach when the people are dis.satisfied . . . ,So I felt if they don’t want me at Kan.sas, I should resign.” Mather said he didn't think Kansa.s had a p.sychological edge be<’au.sc of hr. re.signation. “.Actually, we’ve got a pretty good hall club,” he said. “We’re ju.st like Nebra.ska in that w-e’ve Iwen overmatched in most of nur ganie.s. . . ami this is Hie fir.st time we’ve been well for a long time . . . We had 21 of our fir.st 22 boy.s out sick or hurt for thive weeks. , . Any time you KKTA fiAHA OF IJNiOI.N Alumnus ( lieers .Nl’. beat Colorado and tie TCU you’re a pretty good team.” Chuck was mighty haiyiy over the outcome of the game. “This is the kiiwl of a game j'ou always remember, . . I feel very fortunate to get out of thi.s one alive, so to speak. . . the game was just like the score in- du’ates. . . cither team looked like It would win at various stages of the game.” Mather felt Nebra.ska'« pa.>.mg “hurt us a great deal. . . they used that running pas.s well and that kept them alive.” Chuck .sent in tackle Jim Hull, Center John Wertzherger a n «1 Halfback Larry Carrier to bolster the Jayhawk.s’ goal line stand. It was Carrier who pickml up the ball after the futile field goal attempt and alnio.st bn»ke away while both < luhs apm*are<l to be a.sleep at the switch. Mil IlilH SiMlllA Pre.ss Box .Steward Ral|ih S« ott missed hi.s fir.st home game in m year.s Saturday, a victim of Uie flu bug. ^?pi^¡l Siri'.'^sFil Nebraska fans made a valiant effort to drum up spirit at the game. A singing conte-t between the East and West .Stadium fans was held before the game and fans were a.>ked to remain stan<l- ing after the game to sing, “There Is No Place Like Nebraska.” Few fans .stuck around to sing after the final gun. KU Baiifl The Kan.sa.s band joined the Hu.'ker mareher.s for the pre­ game cercmonie.s and aL>o performed at halftime. Siilili*iii!s Nebraska got both its touch- fiown.s on fourth down, door-die situations. . . Kansas players carried Coa<h Mather off the field after the game. . . Jay. hawk Guard Chuck Vanatta ran over and shook hands with NU Coach Jennings after the final gun. . . KU rooters tried to knock down the steel goal posts, but two policemen stalled the vandalism after .several trying moments of pushing and shoving . . . the first half was played in just 50 minutes. Through the line... Stinnett makes one yard. Then, it’s no gain.Thomas hits a brick wall. TOUCMDOWH! A huff and a puff... and a dive gives NU a second quarter TD. As free as the birds... this Jayhawk finds no opposition on end run for KU’s first score.

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