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Photographs by Ted Kirk & Steve Boerner
Top left: Billy Waddy (38) makes what
seemed to be a typical Colorado play Saturday,
as the Buffalos fumbled seven times during the
Buskers' 63-2 1 win.
Top right: To add to the Buffs' problems,
Steve Lindquist (68), Kent Smith (23) and Ted
Harvey (3 1 ) converge on a muffed kick off on
the CU one-yard-line in the second quarter.
Center right: Trailing 63-7 with 9:43 left in
the third quarter, dejected CU players could do
little more than wait for the game's end.
Bottom right: Senior I-back John O'Leary
(14) rushed for 51 yards on seven carries Satur
day and scored two touchdowns, one on a
10-yard run for the Huskers second score and
the other after Smith recovered the muffed kick
off in the second quarter.
Bottom left: Monte Anthony (49), who as a
last year in Boulder, also scored twice Saturday
and rushed for 69 yards on 15 carries. L.
Analysis by Larry Stunkel
Nobody, not even UNL head football
coach Tom Osborne, dared to dream the
Huskers would ever beat the Colorado Buf
falos by 63-2 1 .
After it happened Saturday, many won
dered if they were dreaming,
"I thought after the first half it had to
be a dream," said Husker tight end Brad
Jenkins. "When the game started to drag
on, I wished it was a dream."
Among others wishing it was a dream
was CU head coach BUI Mallory. For him,
the whole experience was a nightmare.
According to Mallory, Osborne told him
after the game "he couldn't believe what
happened and I said 1 couldn't either. We
got outcoached and outplayed. I just can't
figure out what the hell happened."
Streak of turnovers
What happened was that the Buffalos,
I Oth ranked n?tionally and the Big 8's
leading offensive team, had a horrendous
streak of turnovers during the second and
By the time it was over, CU had lost six
of seven fumbles, had two passes inter
cepted and even committed a "muff (the
official term given the bumbled handling of
a second-quarter kick-off recovered by
Husker Kent Smith on the CU one-yard
The opportunistic Husker offense con
verted six of these errors (all inside the CU
40) into touchdowns.
"I've never seen a game like that before
in all the years I've coached," Mallory said.
"You name it, we did it. Everything in the
world happened. The bottom just fell out."
Maybe Colorado's first mistake was
scoring on the game's third play on a 74
yard run by quarterback Dave Williams.
"After they went down and scored early
we all really got up," said I-back Monte
Anthony. "They made us mad."
The Huskers came right back and
marched 69 yards in five plays for its first
touchdown. The big pla was a 42-yard
touchdown pass from quarterback Vince
Ferragamo (who completed eight of ten
passes for the day) to split end Bobby
Osborne said the touchdown showed
the Huskers' character, that they were
able to come back, and that the touch
down was a key in keeping the game's
momentum for going to Colorado early in
One fact possibly overlooked because of
the score by the 76,509 spectators in at
tendance, was I-back Dave Gillespie's 106
yards rushing, making him the third Husker
I-bSiCk to rush for more than 100 yards in a
The point output was largest In the
history of the UNL-CU rivalry and was the
widest victory margin ever between the
two teams. The Huskers' 42-polnt output
in the first half may be among UNL's best
Despite the lopsided score, Colorado
still managed 4S4 yards total offense com
pared with the Huskers 515 yards. Buff
quarterback Williams had 144 total yards
rushing in eight carries.
Husker defensive coordinator Monte
Kiffin wasn't as upset about the CU offen
sive output as one might expect.
Blackshlrts played well
'They didn't have that many yards
against the first team defense," Kiffin said.
"The blackshirts played really well. But the
second team defense has got to have more
Osborne said after the game he still
doesn't think the Huskers are that much
better than Colorado, as the team got more
turnovers than he's ever remembered.
"I Just think the way things went during
the first nine minutes dictated the out
come," Osborne said. "Vince (Ferragamo)
had a great day and the offensive line
has been getting stronger."
' This Saturday the Huskers travel to
Missouri to meet the Tigers on national
television. Missouri beat Kansas St'.' -' 35-7
Saturday in Columbia.
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