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monday, oitobsr 6, 1975
Hurricanes' wind fades; Huskers
come back strong in second half b'
Analysis by Larry Stunkel
People are probably wondering what UNL football
coach Tom Osborne said to his charges during halftime of
the Huskers' 31-16 win over the University of Miami (UM)
Whatever he said, it motivated the Huskers into 24
second-half points after being down 7-9 at the half.
"We came off the ball better," Osborne said. "The team
played more inspirational."
However, to the 76,231 fans, the 13th largest turn out
in Nebraska history, what Osborne said made the difference
was that junior Vince Ferragamo would be quarterback.
The 6 ft. 3 in. 208 lb. transfer from Carson, Calif.,
came off the bench for starter Terry Luck and completed
eight of nine passes for 127 yards. Ferragamo took the
team 71 yards in 10 plays in the first offensive series of the
second half for a 14-9 lead.
On the Huskers' next possession, Ferragamo marched
the team 80 yards to the Miami four-yard line before a
delay of game forced a 24-yard Mike Coyle field goal.
The Huskers had a 17-9 lead when the third quarter ended.
The Huskers key drive came at the beginning of the
fourth quarter. Taking possession of the ball at the UNL
20, Ferragamo engineered another sustained drive, this one
taking 19 plays and seven minutes before senior I-back
John O'Leary took it in from the six-yard line. Coyle's
extra point made it 24-9.
The Huskers scored six more points in the fourth quarter
when Ferragamo hit split end Bobby Thomas down the
sideline for a 40-yard touchdown play.
"I'm not taking anything away from Ferragamo-he's
a good quarterback," said Miami defensive coordinator
"You've got to remember there were a couple of super
catches also. That number 8 (Thomas) and 33(Curtis
Craig) made some ereat catches," he added. "Thomas
seemed like he was eight feet in the air on a couple
Another story was O'Leary, who rushed for over 100
yards (the first Husker back to do so this season), rolling
up 106 yards on 21 carries.
Just as in three previous weeks, the Husker defense marie
a notabl performance, limiting the Hurricanes to 90 yrds
rushing ad 111 vatfs passing.
Sonhomor linebacker Tim Wightmn had 12 tackles
tn lead the blacVshirts. Senior co-captain Rob Martin made
eiriit tacHes from his defensive end nosition.
The defense's top effort of the day came in the first
quarter after a Luck fumble was recovered by Miami's
Steadman Scavella at the Husker six.
Instead of scoring the touchdown that would have made
the score 10-0, the blackshirts held the Hurricanes on a
third down play made by blitzing monster-back Wonder
Monds. Chris Dennis kicked his second of three field goals
for Miami from 24 yards out, giving Miami a 6-0 lead at the
end of the first quarter.
"I'd say Nebraska's defense was about the same as
Oklahoma's," said Miami I-back Tim Morgan. "Nebraska
was pretty quick. It seemed they had a better pass rush
The Huskers failed to move the ball past the 41 yard
line in the first quarter and seemed to have difficulty
moving the ball into the 15 m.pJi. south wind.
Walden said the Huskers failed to show them anything
new, except the Hurricanes were hurt during the Husker's
first series of the third quarter by a delay pass to Tony
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Senior I-back John O'Leary keyed the Husker
offense during Saturday's 3 1-16 win over
Miami, rolling up 106 yards on 21 carries and.
scoring three touchdowns.
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Senior quarterback Terry Luck gives the bail to sophomore I-back
Monte Anthony during the first half of the Huskers win over Miami.
Comparing the talents of his two top
quarterbacks, Nebraska head coach Tom
Osborne said rivalry between Terry Luck
'and Vince Ferragamo is similar to the
1970-72 rivalry between quarterbacks
Jerry Tagge and Van Brownson.
Terry and Vince might be even more
equal in ability than Jerry and Van," Os
borne said after the Nebraska-Miami game
"Right now Terry might have a little ad
vantage because he has been here longer
and knows our offense better than almost
anyone, but Vince is learning fast," Osborne
Luck played the first half Saturday and
led the Huskers to one touchdown, while
Miami scored three field goals to lead 9 to
7 at halftime. Luck hit 6 of 10 passes for
61 yards. The offense gained 12S yards and
7 first downs in the first half.
Ferragamo, a junior transfer from the
University of California, played all but the
last few minutes of the second half. Sopho
more Randy Garcia, Nebraska's No. 3 quar
terback, came In with 2: 16 left.
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compiled 263 yards, 15 first downs, three
touchdowns, and a field goal. Ferragamo
completed 8 of 9 passes for 127 yards, in
cluding a 40-yard scoring toss to split end
Bobby Thomas, the longest Nebraska
touchdown pass this year.
Ferragamo was surprised to learn he
would start the second half, he said.
"It was good to have a chance to play,"
he said. "I didn't think they would put me
in with the score so close."
Ferragamo refused to take credit for the
improved Nebraska offense second half,
praising a hard-hitting offensive line and
Osborne's halftime talk.
"At the half we were down and the
coach (Osborne) did a good job getting the
team fired up," he said.
"Sometimes putting in a different
quarterback helps get the team going,"
Ferragamo said. "That probably was a big
part in deciding to put me in."
"I thought Terry did a good job," he
said. "We just couldn't get going. We were
different second half."
When Luck had problems moving the
team in the first half, Osborne said he did
not substitute Ferragamo because he
doesn't like to switch quarterbacks often.
Not to blame
Osborne said the quarterbacks were not
to blame for many mistakes of the offense.
"We had errors on the line and were
slow getting plays out to the huddle," he
said. "I think the players might have been
too keyed up before the game and that can
Investigation eyes quality o
By Larry Stunkel
A member of a committee established
by President Gerald Ford to investigate
why the United States isn't fielding better
Olympic teams gave an impromptu talk
Saturday in Lincoln.
Barbara Forker, of the 22-person com
mittee commissioned for one year, spoke
to women attending the autumn conference
of the Central Association for Physical
Education of College Women at the
Forker said the committee's purpose is
two-fold: to investigate international sport
organizations and national sport federa
tions that control a particular sport.
"The Amateur Athletic Association
(AAU) and the NCAA have deterred us
from fielding the best team we can," said
Forker, who is head of the Iowa State Uni
versity Physical Education Dept.
"We will be looking at the structure of
the U.S. Olympic Committee," she said.
"One of the problems has been that many
officials have been protecting political
The committee has had one half-hour
meeting with the President.
"The significant thing he told us Is that
if this commission does not come up with
recommendations that can be implemented,
there will be federal intervention," Forker
One of the fears of sports organizations
has been government regulation, she said.
In the first session (in early September)
the group interviewed a man from Canada,
which reorganized its Olympic committee,
she said. "There is government responsibil
ity, but in Canada the power is in organiza
tions less than in the government."
Forker said the committee will hold six
"Generally when a player plays like
Vince did and looks good hell start,"
Osborne said, "but we'll have to look at
the films and evaluate them (Luck and
Ferragamo) before I can say who will start.
"Ill take all the heat and make the final
decision," Osborne said, adding, "They're
both good quarterbacks. I wouldn't
hesitate starting either one."
public sessions (but the public will not be
able to participate in discussion), at the
next meeting Nov. 10-11 in New York
The committee includes eight Congress
men, newsman Howard K. Smith, sports
caster Bud Wilkinson and past Olympians
Bill Toomey, Rafer Johnson and Danna
In addition to the committee, which has
a $560,000 budget, 16 full-time- staff
members have been hired.
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