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Gregg Dchiig right connected with teammate Jeff Mack on a 77-yard pass
play in the Huskers' 21-20 loss to Wisconsin.
uskers upset by Badgers
Opinion by Steve Taylor
Nebraska's first road game of the,
season ended in disaster Saturday as
Wisconsin upset the fourth-ranked
H uskers 21-20.
The victory, before 73,381 frantic fans
established the Badgers as definite Rose
Bowl contenders while raising a gigantic
question about Nebraskars football
prospects this year. Only seven days
earlier the Huskers had looked like
national champions when they pounded
Oregon into submission.
Despite all the locker room talk of
ejsscuugn and preparedness. It wst enst
play that decided th utcorrit Qf the
regionally televised affair.
Had the 77-yard touchdown pass to
Jeff Mack never connected, Nebraska
would have won the game and remained
ranked in the top five nationally. But it
did and it will be the usually anonymous
Badgers who will bask in the limelight
The Huskers blazed off to a fast start
on the overcast afternoon by marching
76 yards the second time they got their
second hands on the ball.
Don Westbrook twlstad for his third
touchdown of the year on a dazzling
22-yard run to cap tna drive. Westbrook
peeled off several defenders on the
jaunt prompting one Wisconsin writer to
yell, ''What kind of tackling is this?"
The same writer predicted a good
portion of the Wisconsin fans would go
home if Nebraska scored again In the
The Huskers were well on their way to
the goal lin In thAir rA possession
when David Humm was injured running
the option. Humm tried to remain in the
game, but a few plays later pain forced
him to the sidelines and Nebraska had
lost its fieid general.
The two teams traded touchdowns in
the second quarter and the score at
halftime was 14-7. John O'Leary, who
was playing with a fractured jaw, got the
Husker score on a six-yard run.
Little did any of the 8,000 Husker fans
in Camp Randall Stadium realize that
this was to be Nebraska's last TD of the
The second half was mostly a
defensive struggle with both teams
slugging it out for field position.
Nebraska's offensive gears were grind
ing but it never appeared that the
Huskers were in danger of losing the
game. Mike Coyle's 22-yard field goal
with 4.21 left jfj the gapne made 20-14,
Less than a minute later, one
lightning thrust turned lackluster vic
tory into a heartbreaking defeat for the
On a second down and 16 situation
Badger quarterback Gregg Bohlig rolled
to his right and lofted a pass to his
flanker, Jeff Mack.
Mack made the catch and, horror of
horrors, there was no one between him
and the endzone. He raced unmolested
down the sidelines to the accompani
ment of the ecstatic crowd to tie the
game. The extra point made it 21-20,
Nebraskans hoping for a last-ditch
rally were disappointed as two plays
after the kickoff an Earl Everett pass
was intercepted. The Huskers never
again touched the ball.
Wisconsin had stared the Nebraska
football myth right in the eyeand spit
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fans launched into a wild and proably
unexpected victory celebration. They
mobbed the players, mobbed each other
and talked of conquests to come.
For Nebraska, it is time to pick up the
pieces and prove they are a team still
capable of winning the Big 8.
Viewers sound off
Nobody likes to lose, especially people in
Sitting around the television Saturday watching
the UNL football team drop its first game of the
season, I .couldn't help notice the different ways
the guys In the room took the loss.
First, there was the violent type, tha guy who
ripped his chair apart when the Badgers scored
their winning touchdown. He spent the last
minutes of the game stomping around the room
and climaxed this display by putting his foot
into the TV picture tube as the game ended.
Then there was the former athlete, the "I can do
it better" type of guy who rambled on for two
hours after the game telling everyone in sight
what every inept player did wrong, how he would
have won the game and been a star if is wasn't for
his bad knee.
"I had a feeling this morning when I woke up
this would happen," cried the clairvoyant. "My
horoscope said to be prepared for disappointment
There were a bunch of guys by themselves in
the corner who can always be found together.
One is the "non-believer". "I jcan't believe it
happened," he moans, then made the mistake of
asking, "How did it happen?"
This sent Mr. Hindsight into action. "If they
would have gone for the touchdown instead of the
field goal they would have won," he said.
Now the expert spoke up.
"If Nebraska would have run out of the shotgun
formation, we would have killed them." he said.
Then Is the" familiar "I told you so1' ring of the
genius. "Everybody knew our secondary is lousy
and the offense Isn't worth a cent without Dave
Humm," he said.
Finally, there was the philosopher. "Life will go
on," he belched, downing his 15th can of beer,
before passing out.
Game comments . . .
Wisconsin fan prior to the opening kickoff: "Take off !
the last four letters of Badgers and that's what they are.
Bad. You have nothing to worry about. "
Nebraska quarterback Earl Everett: "We didn't put
our foot on them when they were down. We should
have mashed them to theground."
Wisconsin quarterback Gregg Bohlig: "I knew we '
had them in the second half."
Wisconsin coach John Jardine: "I don't think we
were lucky to win the game. Actually, Nebraska got
quite a few good breaks.
Nebraska coach Ton Osborne: "We thought they'd
be tough and they were."
boccer team wins
The UNL Soccer team recorded its first victory
of the season Saturday in besting York College
8-2. The game was d laveu 2t Memorial Stadium in
Dave Egr scored the first of his three goals to
get UNL on the scoreboard after they had fallen
behind 2-0. After that the rout was on as Tyrgue
Fekjan connected on three goals and Harry Witt
and Tim Lommasson each scored one.
- it was UNL's second game of the season. Two
weeks ago they lost to Concordia 5-1 .
Their next contest i3 Sunday at Tarkio.
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