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Eyes on KSU, ears in Oklahoma
Photo by Td Kirk
Senior fullback Tony Davis moved into
second place on the Huskers all-time rushing
list Saturday with a 76-yard performance in
the 12-0 win er Kansas State.
Analysis by Susie Reitz
Eyes in the Kansas State (KSU) stadium at Manha' tan
may have been on the UNL-KSU football game SAturday,
but ears were tuned in to radios broadcasting the Kansas
Oklahoma game in Norman, Okla.
Midway through the fourth quarter in Manhattan, the
crowd (which included 16,000 Nebraska fans), applauded
en masse when the 23-3 KU win over the Sooners was
Meanwhile, the Huskers played what Coach Tom
Osborne called "a great football game defensively, but
disappointing offensively, and defeated the Wildcats 12-0.
"I was afraid of a letdown," Osborne said, "but the main
thing is we didn't get beat.
"K-State's defense was pretty much on par with the way
our defense has played this year," he continued. "They
played well and can play defense with any team in the
Nebraska's defense, which held KSU to 131 total yards,
was led by linebackers Clete Pillen and Jim Wightman, who
had 15 and 14 tackles, respectively.
The Husker secondary limited the Wildcats to 47 yards
passing and monsterback Kent Smith intercepted a third
quarter pass to set up the Huskers' final scoring drive.
Bright spots for the Husker offense were sophomore I
back Monte Anthony's 107 yards rushing and fullback
Tony Davis's move into second place on the Nebrsaka all
time rushing list.
Davis rushed for 76 yards Saturday, bringing his career
total to 2,259 yards, 161 short of all-time leader Jefl
Offensively, the Huskers had 372 yards total offense
267 yards rushing and 105 passing.
Nebraska scored on its first possession of the game,
marching 79 yards in 16 plays as quarterback Vince
Ferragamo capped the drive with an 8-yard pass to Davis.
The Huskers scored again in the first quarter when a
28-yard Ferragamo to Thomas pass set up Mike Coyle's
24-yard field goal, giving the Huskers a 9-0 halftime lead.
Coyle added another field goal with 8:28 left in the third
qua.ter to complete the Husker scoring.
The Wildcats had several injured players, including
quarterback Joe Hatcher and linebacker Carl Pennington,
who played despite ailments. Freshman James Mack
replaced Hatcher in the third quarter, and the converted
defensive back led Wildcat rushers with 45 yards.
Wanted to run
"We switched them (Mack in place of Hatcher) to give
Joe (Hatcher) a break," said KSU head coach Ellis
Rainsberger. "We wanted to try and run (the quarterback)
Mistakes were fairly evenly distributed between the
teams. Nebraska had v four penalties for 54 yards, the
Wildcats had five penalties for 59 yards. Each team fumbled
once, but Nebraska lost its bobble.
"I was disappointed we hadn't improved from last
week," Osborne said. "In fact we .may have gone back
wards. We've got our work cut out for us against Iowa
Heiser aims for goal post
now, medical school later
By Scott Jones
Tom Heiser knows what he wants out of
life and is willing to work for it.
His coach says so, his football team
mates know it and Heiser's conduct shows
"Tommy Heiser's quite a guy," said
wingback and tight end coach said John
Melton. Heiser, a seVcr wingback from
Columbus, knows what he wants out of
life. He's going to medical school.
"The kids call him Mr. Business,"
Melton said, "because he plays hard and
Heiser alternates at wingback with
Curtis Craig after subbing for Don
Westbrook last year and Rich Bahe the
Heiser averages 6.5 -yards rushing on 20
carries and has caught six passes for 81
"I haven't gotten to do that much with
the ball, but the times I have been called
upon, I've done a good enough job,"
"I think I've definitely improved as a
pass receiver, but 1 think I can get a lot
Melton agreed with the first assessment.
"He's playing so much better than last
year," Melton said. "He's certainly improv
ed a lot in his pass catching and he's always
been a pretty good blocker."
Heiser has started the last three games
in place of injured Craig, but his biggest
game was probably against Texas Christian,
Nebraska's third opponent.
He scored his first touchdown as a
varsity Husker on a 33-yard reverse and led
the team in rushing with 59 yards.
Actually, scoring touchdowns isn't new
to Heiser. He was dubbed 'Touchdown
Tommy" as an all-state halfback at
Columbus High School.
In the 1971 Big Ten Conference
championship game against North Platte,
Heiser rushed for 260 yards, including a
93-yard touchdown jaunt He also was
named offensive player of the 1972 Shrine
In high school, Heiser was, and still is,
an excellent student. He was graduated
from Columbus with a perfect three-year
slate, all A's.
A pre-med student with a 3.8 grade
point average, Heiser is awaiting acceptance
to medical school, hoping to follow his
physician father and older brother into the
Hall of Fame honors
For his classroom efforts, last week
Heiser was named one of eleven scholar
athletes in the nation honored by the
National Football Foundation and Hall of
He will receive his honor Dec. 9 in New
York City and will receive a $1,000
"I knew the award existed, but I didn't
know I was up for it," he said. "It was a
complete shock for me."
Heiser said "working with athletes
would be great," as a doctor, but said he
hasnt thought that far into his medical
Right now football comes first, he said,
and he's glad his medical school acceptance
won't be due until second semester.
"If I knew I'd be finding out any day,
it'd be just one more thing to think
about," he said.
The Lincoln .Journal-Star said Sunday
that ABC television has booked 40 rooms
in a local hotel, causing speculation that
next weekend's UNL-lowa State football
game may be telecast regionally.
Husker athletic director Bob Devaney
was quoted in the story as having no
knowledge of ABC plans for televising the
UNL's soccer team closed its season Sat
urday with a 2-1 win over York College in
Memorial Stadium. Husker goals were
scored by Luciano Medel and Rob Babcock.
The team finished with a 9-2-1 record.
The UNL women's volleyball team won
the Jayhawk Invitational in Lawrence,
Kan. Saturday, defeating host Kansas Uni
versity 154, 3-15 and 15-1. The win brings
the team's season mark to 25-8.
Kansas State University's (KSU) foot
ball team may have finished second this
weekend, but the UNL crew found KSU's
Wildcat hosts a little tougher in a Saturday
morning regatta held in Manhattan.
The Husker crews finished behind KSU
rowers in every event except the single
sculls, which Husker assistant coach Mark
Pheasant hunting opener
better than last year's
'Gentleman's sport' rugby
has most successful year
By Pete Wegman
"The philosophy of rugby is to go out,
crack heads, party and get to know the
other team after the game. That's why it's
called the gentleman's sport."
That statement by R.J. Neary, UNL
rugby club captain, typifies the English
born sport which is in its third and most
successful year at UNL.
"Rugby just gets in your blood," said
Dan Nelson, the club's publicity chairman.
"People think we're tome kind of ruffians
and eat our dead. That's not true, but I
guess it takes a specific mentality to play
This Is the best year as far as the organ
ization, number of members (about 35
active members), and team spirit goes,"
Neary said. "We've done a good job recruit
ing and keeping interest in the club high."
"We have the capability to win the Big 8
next spring," Nelson said.
Despite the members optimism, the
club encountered problems this fall, in
cluding finding an adequate playing field.
The club played its home matches on
the Women's P.E. Field, shorter and
narrower than a regulation size rugby field,
with a fence along one sideline.
A Crcighton player received seven
stitches when he was bumped into the
fence in an earlier match, Nelson said.
By Jim Hunt
Most hunters had better luck during this
year's opening weekend (Nov. 1-2) of phea
sant season than during the 1974 opening
weekend, the chief of the Nebraska Games
and Parks Wildlife Division said Friday.
Hunters averaged .9 pheasants each last
weekend compared to .8 last year, accord
ing to Ken Johnson.
The figures are based on reports from
nine check stations across the state, John
son said. About 3,000 hunters checked in
"The pheasant season was good the first
weekend," Johnson said. 'The number of
birds shot is up about 1 1 per cent, which
is surprising considering the pheasant
population is down 20 per cent from last
Good weather, which has allowed a
gieater percentage of the harvest to be
completed, has contributed to early
success, he said.
Hunters are walking more this year be
cause much of the corn is down and the
birds stay back from the road, he said.
Pheasant hunting success usually drops
after the first weekend, when most of the
hunting is done, he said. The dedicated
.hunters, those willing to get out and walk,
get most of the birds after that, he said.
Quail activity and luck declined during
the opening weekend of quail season (Nov.
1-Jan.1 1), Johnson said.
Only the Syracuse check station gets a
lot of activity, he said. Reports from there
show hunters are averaging 2,3 quail per
hunter, down eight per cent from last year.
The state's quail population suffered a
16 per cent drop this year.
Duck hunters were fairly successful
during the season's first nine days (Oct. 4
12) in the eastern part of the state,
Johnson said. The main problem has been
no big movement of ducks into the state,
"Ilaimllv NUHrnslro iccn. aKnxt I1C AAA
hunting licenses a year," Johnson said.
"Most of these go to pheasant hunters. I
wouldn't be surprised to see this figure
drop this year because of the decrease in
the pheasant population."
The Panhandle suffered a 40 per cent
pheasant decrease because of last winter's
storms. The area is closed this year, he said.
Earlier this fall, the Game and Parks
Commission received a request from some
outstate ranchers to postpone starting
pheasant season because of dry conditions
that increased the chance of fire.
The commission was about to act on
the request when a snow storm hit western
Nebraska, he said. Despite the added
moisture, the chance of fire dnager is still
high, Johnson said.
"Hunters aren't the only cause of fires"
he sid. "It is hard to stop hunting season
once it has been set up, because of the dif
ficulty in advising people of the change."
Johnson said no fires have been report
ed yet this season.
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