The Eagle from Bryan, Texas on September 26, 1971 · Page 11
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Huskers Blitz Ags with ‘Big Play’ By JERRY WAGGONER Eagle Sports Editor LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska Comhuskers ruined tiieir reputation Saturday, but Texas A&M’s Aggies suffered the change. THE NATION’S NO. 1 ranked team, a unit dedicated to ball control tactics and the three yards and a cloud of dust theory, was forced to take their long- range scoring methods from out of mothballs to defeat a Texas Aggie team which refused to die the same sad death they did last week against LSU. The ‘Huskers reeled off a 98- yard kickoff return, a 67-yard jaunt from scrimmage, a 32- yard scoring pass and a 95-yard pass interception return to stymie an Aggie defense which was superb. The final count was 34-7, but no one of the 67,993 red-clad Nebraska fans which jammed Memorial Stadium doubted that the game was a closer contest than the score indicated. However, the Aggies didn’t have any complaint coming about the long-range scoring work of the Cornhuskers because they employed the same method to put their seven on the scoreboard. Little Hugh McElroy, who scared the pants off LSU with his return antics, did the same to the mighty Huskers with a 94-kick return for the lone touchdown. The Aggies had been waiting for Texas A&M - Nebraska First downs 7 21 Rushes-yardage 44 83 54- 239 Passing yardage ^ 174 Return yardage 199 249 Passes 3-9-2 15- 27-1.7 4 Punts 10-41 7- 36 Fumbles lost 2 3 Yards penalized 4 50 4 58 his explosion, the inevitable, because he had come so close in all three games this season. Analyzing the total outlook, the game could be compared to a pair of fighters. The champ had both the defense and the knockout punch and his challenger onlv a wicked defense. Ear. the second week in succession the Aggies found themselves against a powerful defensive team and no offense with which to attack it. They managed only 100 total yards for the game. DESPITE THIS discouraging amount, or lack of amount of yardage, there was encouraging light slipping from the shadows. Sophomore Mark Green replaced Lex James after the first series of the third period when James reinjured his left thumb. At the time the Aggies had only 16 total yards and one first down. The 6-3, 215-pounder Odessan guided the Aggies, mainly on his own bullish running ability, to the other 84 yards of offense, 43 of which he himself rushed for. Nebraska could mount only three sustained drives against the inspired Aggies. The first period almost went scoreless until 215-pound halfback Bill Olds broke wide and open on a quick pitch end sweep and darted 67 yards for the game’s first touchdown with only six seconds left in the first stanza. The second scoring drive in the second period looked like the old Nebraska. The ‘Huskers took 19 plays and seven minutes and 59 seconds to dislodge the begrudging Aggie defenders 89 yards. Quarterback Jerry Tagge dived the final yard and Bland Smith blocked Rich Sanger’s conversion. While the first half ended with the ‘Huskers commanding a nervous 13-0 lead, the Aggies could have been right in the thick of it except for those ever present mistakes. On the first Husker series Nebraska’s all-america candidate Jeff Kinney was busted by end Kent Finley and fumbled with Van Odom recovering for the Aggies on the Nebraska 32. THE OFFENSE moved nowhere and Mike Bellar attempted a 42-yard field goal which was blocked by Nebraska. On the following series Brad Dusek bradded Kinney again and he fumbled with Bland Smith recovering on the Nebraska 48. Again the offense failed to move the ball and Todd Christopher downed Mitch Robertson’s 40-yard punt on the Husker five. Midway into the second period McElroy gave the Huskers their first case of heart flutter. He returned a punt 51 yards to the Husker 14 and was pulled down by the final man who had the field angle on him. But after Marc Black got five up the middle, A&M’s second quarterback, sophomore Tim Trimmier, fumbled with Willie Harper recovering to halt the promising threat. It was at that point that Tagge deftely guided the Huskers the 89 yards in 19 plays for the 13-0 lead. The Aggies still were much in the game when the backbreaker came on the second half kickoff whick jet-powered Johnny Rodgers returned 98 yards for the score and a 20-0. He was past the first wave of defensers as quickly as a mosquito escapes your swat. He put a move on the final Aggie defender, Lee Hitt, which left the comerback out of position and it was free sailing the remainder of the way. TAGGE’S DEFT passing was the key to the third drive by Nebraska which culminated an 80-yard drive in 10 plays with him striking Rodgers deep for a 32-yard six pointer. Rodgers simply outran Hitt on the play, no fancy moves, just pure unadulterated speed. Green had entered the contest at this point and he, too, gave the Husker fans cause for concern. He drove his team like a tough foreman on a chain gang. The Aggies had moved from their own 31 to the Husker 20 when he was blindsided on a pass and fumbled with Harper recovering for NU. The Aggies got another breath midway in the fourth when the tenacious defense held and forced one of the seven Nebraska punts. A bad snap sailed over Sanger’s head and the first one on the ball was Dennis Carruth, giving the Aggies possession on the Nebraska 27. Shortly Green had the Aggies knocking on the door, primarily on quick quarterback sneaks. But from the eight he tried to find tight end Homer May on a quick route. May had split the seams but from nowhere came safety Bill Kosch. He took the ball almost out of May’s hands, had up his steam and the Aggies all mving the other way. He danced 95 yards untouched although Steve Burks have good, but futile chase. Feeling fat and happy, Nebraska forgot momentarily about the swiftness with which McElroy strikes. He had that seven points back in only 14 seconds with his 96-yard burst. IT WAS A LOSS, but an encouraging one. “I was proud of every one of the kids today,” Coach Gene Stallings said. “They gave it everything they had.” It was somewhat surprising to newsmen in attendance that Nebraska didn’t completely blow the Aggies out of the tub in the second half because the defense was having to work so much of the game. The Huskers ran off 81 offensive plays to only 53 for the Aggies. In fact, the Huskers had 304 of their 413 total yards in the first half on 52 plays to only 23 for A&M. All the defenders could be cited for outstanding play, but a few who stuck out were Hitt, Dusek, Grady Hoermann, Bill Wiebold, Kent Finley and Odom. Texas A&M 0 0-0 7—7 Nebraska 7 6 14 7_34 Nebr—Olds 67 run (sanger kick) Nebr—Tagge l run (kick failed) Nebr—Rogers 98 kickoff return (sanger kick) Nebr—Rogers 32 pass from Tagge (Sanger kick) Nebr—Kosch 95 pass interception (sang er kick) A & fA^AAcElrov 94 kickoff return (McDermott kick) A—67,993 DON'T MISS THE PREMIERE OF THE JERRY WAGGONER SHOW THURSDAY, AT 7:30 Exclusively Available On MIDWEST VIDEO CORP. The CATV professionals Call 846-8876 for free connection. By E. W. CBUSE Eagle Staff Writer AUSTIN — University of Texas coach Darrell Royal, commenting several years ago on the lack of the Longhorms’ passing attack, waxed-wise that three things can happen when the ball is put into the air. And, Royal quipped, two of ’em are bad. THE LONGHORN mentor, conceding that one of those three Bryan Tops Temple, 7-0 By JOE KAMMLAH Eagle Sports Writer Larry Dickey helped Coach Allen Davis and the Bryan Vikings get what was coming to them Friday night at the Vikings’ field. After playing the first two games of the season that resulted in some impressive stats but no wins the Vikings needed a victory bad so Dickey took a pitchout on an option, sidestepped one tackier and scampered 59 yards for the lone touchdown of the evening and a 7-0 Bryan win over Temple. A rain slick field that would have made it easier to play slip and slide than football saw no further serious threats the remainder of the game for the Vikings. Using their almost ignored passing game in the last minutes of the game the Temple Wildcats seemed to move downfield with apparent ease and put a scare into the slim Bryan lead. The Wildcats fighting for the touchdown that would at least tie the game marched to Bryan’s 38 with the throwing arm of Wayne Fulton with less than two minutes remaining. Three passes then went astray for the Wildcats and the Vikings took over with a minute remaining to run out the clock and take it’s first District 15- AAAA win. A roughing the kicker penalty set up the lone touchdown for Bryan. Receiving the initial kickoff the Vikings set up shop on their own 24-yard line. Three plays got them only two yards. But punter Barry Moore was hit in the 4th down and the Vikings got new life on their own 41 yard line. Dickey then hit the line for no Dickey then hit the iine for no gain. On second down quarterback Barry Nelson rolled right along the line of scrimmage and pitched the ball to Dickey just before being Temple Bryan 1st Downs 9 6 Nt. Yds. Gnd. 116194 Nt. Yds. Pass. 38 3 Ttl. Yds. 154 193 Pass Attmped. 11 3 Pass Compltd. 3 1 Pass 1 ncpted. by 0 2 Punts 6 8 Punt Avg. 35 31 Opp. Fumbles Recv. 1 1 Bryan 7 0 0 0 7 Temple 00 0 0 0 Bryan—Larry Dickey, 59 yard run. Frank Orts kick. grabbed by a Wildcat. Dickey did the rest after some helpful blocks, turning on the speed and racing to the end zone. Dickey was hit at abut the three but tumbled over for the score with 9:47 remaining in the first period. Frank Orts gave the Vikings the extra point. Things looked good again for the Vikings after the ensuing kickoff when Mack Harris recovered a Don Robinson fumble on the Wildcats 35 yard line. But a 15-yard offensive interference penalty stopped the Bryan chance and the Vikings had to punt. The Wildcats started a drive on their own 12 yard line and went all the way to midfield when George Jackson intercepted a pass by Fulton to stop a possible score. In the second quarter the Temple visitors again seemed ready to strike. Set up on Bryan’s 14, Fulton fired a rocket only to land the the hands of Charles Druery at the three yard line, which saved the day for te Vikings. Handling and throwing the ball due to the wet and wild weather made ball control a misery during most of Friday night’s action. Fumbles abounded during the remainder of the first half as the battle centered around midfield. The Vikings, or course, entered the dressing room with it’s slim 7-0 lead. Passing was kept to a minimum during most of the game but desparation forced the see Bryan page 2B LARRY DICKEY TAKES HANDOFF FROM JOHN ROSAS. Bryan Vikings open 15-4A chase with 7- 0 win. THE PLAY accounted for 36 yards to the Tech 11, at which point Wiggington began his busy day by getting the initial Texas six pointer. That touchdown and the extra point kick by Steve Valek stood up for a 7-0 Texas first half lead that, as it turned out, would have been enough points for the Longhorns, now 2-0 on the year after last week’s triump over UCLA. (See LONGHORNS, Page 3-B) Consol Defense Stuns Cards, 17-6 The Backbreaker Del Valle - The A&M Consolidated Tigers put the Del Valle Cardinals in a hole here Friday night and never let them out as a tough defense scored all the points for a 17-6 victory over the Cardinals. The defense kept good field position during most of Friday nights’ clash to come out with the first Consol win of the season. The offense moved the ball well during most of the game but was unable to put the ball across the goal line. Consol Del Valle 1st Downs 129 Nt. Yds. Gnd. 117 -15 Nt. Yds. Pass. 61119 Ttl. Yds. 178104 Pass. Attmped. 8 20 Pass. Compltd. 58 Pass. 1 ncpted. by 3 0 Punts 6 0 Punt. Avg. 34 0 Consol 2 80 7 Del Valle 0 0 0 6 The final Texas A&M barrier is cleared. Aggies’ Lee Hitt (29) falls and misses Nebraska’s Johnny Rodgers (20) on Rodgers’ 98-yard second half kickoff return which broke A&M’s back Saturday. Only in the fourth quarter did the remarkable defense let up enough for the Cardinals to score. Consol put the first points on the scoreboard in the first period when Mike Stewart tackled the quarterback in the endzone for two points. Then again in the second period tackle Joe Konecy grabbed a Cardinal in the end zone to tack on two more points. The defense didn’t stop there as Johnny Spain recovered one of many loose ball in the end zone for a Consol touchdown. A two point try failed to give the Tigers a 10-0 edge at halftime. The third period remained scoreless for both sides but in the final period the defense again rose to the occasion. Mike Melton intercepted a pitchout on the wet field and raced 15 yards for the final Consol touchdown. Rick Schleider kicked the extra point to end the Consol scoring. The Cardinals scored their lone touchdown on a pass play in the late minutes of the game. Consol coach Jack Churchill had praise for the entire team in their first season victory. “We had real good effort,” Churchill said, “The defense player pretty well. They gave us real good field position. Our deffense moved the ball well but we were hurt by penalties. We ran good and our line blocked real well.” Schleider was the top rusher for the evening a massing 105 yards in 22 carries. Mike Keese added 17 yards to the total. Churchill had special praise for Mark Logan, Stewart, Spain and Earnie Harvell. Logan intercepted two passes and John Feagan grabbed one from the Cardinals. Fumbles fell everywhere Friday night as Consol dropped the ball 12 times while Del Valle fumbled six times. Donsol ran 56 offensive plays while Del Valle had 46. Penalties stopped the Consol offense several times during the clash as the Tigers were fined 94 yards on 12 penalties. Del Valle had 65 yards stepped off against them. Consolidated totaled 178 yards Friday night rolling out 117 on the ground and 61 through the airways. Consolidated — Mike Stewart tackles Cardinal in end zone Consolidated — Joe Konecny tackles Cardinal in end zone Consolidated — Johnny Spain recovers Cardinal fumble in end zone, Extra point conversion fails Consolidated — Mike Melton inter cep ts pitch out for 15 yard touchdown Rick Schleider kick good. Del Valle — Pass play, Kick fails. Errant Passes Sink Tech, 28-0 was good — a completion — never the less made a point about the other two, the possibility of an interception or an incompletion. After Saturday afternoon’s 280 thrashing by Royal’s opportunistic Longhorns, you can bet your last sawbuck that Texas Tech’s Jim Carlen would agree to that DKR theory about passing. During a game that was witnessed by 77,639 fans in perfect weather, the Longhorns latched on to four stray Tech passes and converted two of them into touchdowns in a Southwest Conference opener for both clubs. Prior to game time the big suspense story was over whether or not Eddie Phillips, Texas regular quarterback, would be able to start for the Longhorns. Phillips did not even get into the action, but he wasn’t missed as pint-sized Donnie Wigginton effectively directed the Texas offense to its win. The 5-7,167-pound Wiggington, a fifth year red shirt, tumbled into the Tech end zone from 11 yards out in the first half for Texas’ first touchdown and then raced in from six yards for the second ‘Horns score. That first scamper by Wiggington came after a short 20-yard punt, one of many miscues by the Red Raiders early in the second quarter. Taking over at the Texas Tech 47, Wiggington uncorked a pass to sophomore Rick Davis who had worked his way behind Tech defensive halfback Steve Van Loozen. Jerry Waggoner joins the Midwest Video Sports Broadcast Team Jerry Waggoner, sports editor of the Daily Eagle, joins the team of local sports experts brought into your home each week exclusively on Midwest Video. Jerry is welcomed to Midwest by Spec Gammon, sports information director of Texas A&M (seen Mondays at 7:30) and Jack Churchill, athletic director and head football coach of A&M Consolidated High School (seen Wednesdays at 7:30). The Jerry Waggoner Show will feature Jerry's personal observations on local and area sports, interviews with players and coaches, a wrap-up on last week's action and the outlook for next week's games. f

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