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Huskers up against wall, 2 1 -1 0
Game analysis by Steve Taylor
Nebraska's football destiny was hang
ing in the air Saturday when Missouri
quarterback Steve Pisarkiewicz dropped
back and lobbed a ridiculous-looking
pass to the left corner of the endzone.
The pass, which wobbled like a
wounded duck in mid-air, settled into
the arms of Mark Miller and enabled the
Tigers to hand Nebraska their first loss
at home since 1972.
Missouri added an insurance touch
down a few minutes later to make the
.final score a convincing 21-10.
The Huskers were throttled repeated
ly on this dreary afternoon by a quick
Missouri defense that was returning to
true form after giving up 59 points the
Most of the Husker ball-toting was
done by sophomore l-back Dave Gilles
pie, who ran into a concrete wall every
time he reached the line of scrimmage.
While Gillespie was facing a concrete
wall, heralded freshman Monte An
thony was sitting on a wooden bench.
Anthony entered the Missouri contest
with the third best rushing average in
the Big 8. But, due to a swollen knee, it
wasn't until the third quarter that he
Coach Tom Osborne said he wasn't
quite sure what caused the defensive
lapse in the fourth quarter.
"I don't know whether our defense let
up or what happened," he said. "Their
line fired out and their backs ran hard."
Terry Luck, who took the Husker
controls after Dave Humm's injury, was
not convinced of Missouri's superiority.
"I still think we are a better team,"
Luck is right. Nebraska has had the
better team in each of its first five
games but they are somehow saddled
with a record of 3-2.
Fans and sportswriters all seem to
have explanations for this perplexing
decline. Most of them seem to focus on
Osborne's coaching philosophy.
One fan, after the game, claimed
Osborne is too predictable. Another said
he is too smart and outhinks himself.
...On "0" Street Saturday night &
passenger in a car screamed out his
window: "Tom Osborne for dog
catcher." A pedestrian answered "No way. If
the dogs had a good defense, they'd
Despite this sentiment, the blame
shouldn't be entirely heaped on Os
borne. A former pro football player, he is
nonetheless ineligible to suit up and it's
the players who must do the job.
The Huskers really have their backs to
the wall now and at least four members
of the firing squad (Kansas, Oklahoma
St., Colorado and Oklahoma) have
bullets in their guns.
No sure bet in college football
Odds makers and bettors alike have
been tearing their hair over the trend of
upsets and unexpected close calls the
top teams in college football have been
experiencing in this year of surprises.
Somebody has got to be making
money from it (and Saturday it was
probably people f-rom Missouri).
Or picture, if you can, football bowl
game officials trying to decide on teams
they will ask to play in their respective
If the current trend in collegiate
football continues there won't be any
undefeated teams, and maybe a few
An Orange Bowl official, shaking his
head after the Husker's 21-10 loss to
Missouri last Saturday, mumbled some
thing about not knowing where to go,
and mentioned Kansas University.
Last weekend's upsets included:
Eighth rated Florida, with hopes of
their first Southeast Conference title
ever, suffered a 24-10 loss to Vanderbilt.
Ninth rated Texas Tech fell to
Southwest Conference rival and 16th
rated Texas A&M 28-7.
Oklahoma, an overwhelming favor
ite over Texas, had to score in the last
quarter to survive their scare 16-13.
Alabama only beat Florida State
"Football is a game of emotions," is a
new cliche used by coaches and writers,
and it has been striking unmercifully at
the ratings and at bookies point
In answer to the writer who moaned.
"What could happen this season?"
another writer simply smiled and said,
"We'll probably see Podunk U. in a
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