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Colorado fan . . . charges
Bill Olds . . . rambles to two-yard-line to set up Huskers' third touchdown.
Huskers may get Orange bid
fay Jim Johnston
BOULDER, Colo. -There
was some very convincing
evidence here this weekend
that Nebraska again is the top
choice of the Orange Bowl
committee. And if such an
invitation is accepted by
Nebraska, look for the 1973
Orange Bowl to be a rematch
of 1971 with Louisiana State
or a rematch of 1972 with
Bowl bids can be extended
at 6 p.m. Nov. 18, the day
Nebraska plays Kansas State
and five days before the
Huskers host Oklahoma. LSU
and Alabama, both undefeated,
play Saturday at Birmingham,
Ala., to determine to which
team the Orange Bowl will
extend an invitation.
But for those skeptics who
think the Orange Bowl isn't
interested in Nebraska because
the Huskers have been there
the past two years, take t look
at what happened in Colorado
Orange Bowl president
Jamei Dunn and former
president Jim Llewellyn rode
oh the Nebraska team bus from
Denver to Boulder Saturday
before the game. That trip
Invluded some very convincing
"You promised me last
week you would beat Colorado
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official on the field and then is
big," Llewellyn said to Johnny
Rodgers. "I hope you're right."
Llewellyn also was in
Nebraska's dressing room
before the game. He was asked
if he was nervous.
"Not a bit," Llewellyn
replied. "We've got this one
won." "We" apparently means
Nebraska and the Orange Bowl
committee. It's kind of a
Husker head coach Bob
Devaney even wore an Orange
Bowl sticker on his coaching
jacket during the game.
The publication Football
News, however, said the
Orange Bowl committee does
not favor a rematch of the past
two years. Both Dunn and
Llewellyn scoffed at such
"I don't know where
Football Newt gets its
Information," Llewellyn said.
"We would get a lot of mileage
out of a rematch. We favor a
Football News also said I the
Nebraska players have already
seen Miami Beach and have no
desire to return 11 third time.
however, also are
ejected from stadium.
Orange Bowl emblems on their
jackets. Even the seniors, who
have made the last two trips to
Miami, have expressed interest
to return for a third time.
So if Nebraska doesn't
stumble at Iowa State Saturday
or against Kansas State the
following week, look for the
Orange Bowl to gamble on
Nebraska again this year. The
experts again say the Huskers
are a better bet in that
"Thanksgiving Day showdown
10:00 9:00 Mon.
10:00 -5:30 Sat.
12:00 5:00 Sun.
by Jim Johnston
BOULDER, Colo.-The University of Colorado is the place
where the football players are known as poor losers and cheap
shot artists, the head coach is bush and the fans are downright
Well, partially right. Colorado Head Coach Eddie Crowder
does first grade stuff, like making a swan dive into the team
huddle before the game. (Can you imagine Bob Devaney doing
a belly flop into the arms of Mike Beran and Rich Sanger?)
Colorado football players do a lot of cheap stuff on the
field-like clipping Randy Borg in the end zone after officials
have already signaled a touchdown. And fans do things like
throw snowballs at the players and run onto the field to argue
with an official.
But don't accuse the Buffaloes of being poor losers. At least
they didn't act like poor losers after suffering a 33-10
drubbing from Nebraska on national television Saturday.
Take linebacker Bud Magrum and safety John Stearns, for
example. They're supposed to be the mean guys. Magrum is a
24-year-old Marine Corps veteran who won two purple hearts
in Vietnam. Stearns is nicknamed "Bad Dude" after stating in
1970 that he wanted to be "the meanest dude in the Big Eight
But they didn't sound very mean or very cheap after facing
"We were kind of happy just to hold them to 33 points,"
Magrum said. "I can guarantee you that they're the best
football team in the country."
"That philosophy that Nebraska doesn't have a running
game is total bullshit," Stsarns said. "That's the best running
team and total offense team I've ever played against. Bill Olds
is the best blocking back in the country, and Gary Dixon just
runs all over you."
Colorado's game plan was intended to challenge Nebraska's
running attack. The Buffs concentrated on taking away
Nebraska's long passing threat and forcing the Cornhuskers
into a running game.
"Most teams have stacked up against Nebraska's running,"
Magrum said. "We decided to play a more normal defense and
take away. that long bomb to Johnny Rodgers."
But that strategy didn't bother the Huskers. Nebraska
ground out. touchdowns on its first three possessions to take a
19-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
But in the second quarter, Nebraska tried to pass.
Quarterback David Humm was intercepted, and Colorado
trailed by only 19-10 at halftime.
"That was a mistake on our part," Humm said. "We should
have stayed with our running game in the second quarter."
The Huskers went back to their running attack in the
second half and responded with a 77-yard drive after the initial
kickoff. The Huskers went that distance by using only one
pass and that for only five yards.
"I thought we had a chance if Nebraska came out throwing
the second half' Stearns said, "but I guess they're too smart
for that. They have such confidence in everything they do, and
they really stuck us with that running game.
Although Nebraska's first team defense was scored upon for
the first time since the opener at UCLA, the Black Shirts had
possibly their best game of the season.
The Buffs rushed for only 1 16 yards and had just 85 yards
passing for 201 total offense. That's their lowest production of
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