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thursday, decern be r 4, 1975
ehraska defense rules
ig8 football statistics
By Pete Wegman
On Sept. 20, the UNL football team
thrashed the Indiana Hoosiers 45-0. The
Blackshiit defense held Indiana to six first
downs and 97 total yards.
That defensive effort was indicative of
the Blackshirts play in the Huskers 10-1
season, enabling Nebraska to lead all four
defensive categories in final Big 8 confer
ence statistics released last week.
The Blackshirts allowed only 137.7
yards a game on the ground and 86.4
passing for a 224.1 yard average to lead the
rushing, passing and total defense cate
gories. Nebraska, with shutouts of Indiana,
Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State,
allowed only 120 points in 11 games to
lead the Big 8 with a 10.9 average.
Nebraska also scored 353 points (for a
Recreation Dept. administrators are
concerned about injury prevention in in
tramural sports, according to Intramurals
Coordinator Gale Wiedow.
Wiedow will present a research paper fo
cused on the UNL intramurals program at a
meeting of Big 8 Conference recreation ad
ministrators in Norman, Okla. today. The
paper details "the basic considerations of
what we as administrators look for in a
recreation program," he said.
Wiedow explained four points listed in
his paper as things that should help to pre
vent intramural injuries:
-transportation to hospitals available
on the athletic field and communication
between intramural personnel, administra
tors and players.
-conditioning and skill of the individual
-rule changes in sports, especially
sports in which physical contact is required.
-providing proper protective equipment.
He said communication on the field be
tween referees and participants is import
ant because referees explain rules which
may reduce injuries.
Communication between intramural ad
ministrators and personnel, Wiedow said, is
a process of explaining rules.
"Things come up that we as ad
ministrators clarify," he said. "Most of the
time rule changes involve clarification of
32.1 average), to lead the Big 8 in scoring
offense. Nebraska finished on top in five
of eight team categories, compared to one
(passing offense) last year.
Behind quarterbacks Vince Ferragamo
and Terry Luck, the Huskers placed second
in passing offense with 158.4 yards.
Missouri on the arm of quarterback Steve
Pisarkiewicz was first with 1752 yards.
Luck started for Nebraska early this
season, but Ferragamo made his bid for the
starting role in the season's fourth game
Pisarkiewicz led the conference in
J passing with 1,792 yards while Ferragamo,
with 1,153 yards was third and Luck was
sixth with 554.
Nebraska's rushing attack averaged
247.6 yards a game, fifth in the
conference. Kansas, paced hy the Big 8's
leading rusher, quarterback Nolan
Cromwell (102.2 yard average), was first
with 317.1 yards.
I-backs Monte Anthony (723 yards)
and John O'Leary (599) and fullback Tony
Davis (619) were the workhorses in
Nebraska's ground game.
Davis needs 36 yards rushing in the
Fiesta Bowl against Arizona State to break
Jeff Kinney's career rushing mark for
Nebraska of 2,420 yards.
The narrowest margin between the first
and second teams in team rankings came in
the conference's total offense category.
Colorado's Buffalos had 4,471 yards for
a 406.5 average which edged the Corn
huskers' 4,466 yards and 406 average.
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Photo by Tad Kir
Ray Phillips (80) and other members of the UNL blackshirt defensive
team demonstrate the kind of tackling that made the team the Big 8
Conference's top defensive unit.
However, when the two schools played
Oct. 25 in Lincoln, the Huskers had the
edge 515 to 454 yards, in their 63-21
butchering of the Buffalos.
No individual leaders
Although Nebraska garnered a share of
the conference title with Oklahoma and led
five of the team categories, the Huskers
had no leaders in the individual statistics.
Split end Bobby Thomas caught 24
passes (seven for touchdowns), good for
fourth place in the conference receiving
Thomas also was third in Big 8 punt
returns with a 7.1 yard average on 21
returns. This was the first season jn recent
years in which the Huskers have failed to
score a touchdown on a punt return.
Kicker Mike Coyle had 10 field goals
and 38 extra points to finish sixth in con
ference scoring average with 6.2 points a
game. He was third in total field goals.
Coyle had his string of 37 consecutive
extra points snapped when he missed
following the now -famous Bummerooski
play against Missouri.
Weather cancels car driving contest
By Jim Williams
Deep down, I knew it would happen.
The Trans-Nebraska Open (TNO), schedul
ed for last Saturday, didn't come off.
Secretly, I was a little relieved
potential terrors of rending crashes, broken
limbs, traffic citations and terminal
burnout preyed on my mind as start time
neared. Still, I wa3 disappointed.
For those who have forgotten, the TNO
was supposed to be an endurance driving
test making an almost complete lap of the
Contestants were to pick a route that
would take them through cunningly
chosen checkpoint towns of Alliance,
Swimmers open season
with relays at Colorado
By Jim Hunt
UNL's swim team, anchored by junior
Pat DiBiase and sophomore Bryan Moss,
opens its season this weekend at the Big 8
Relays in Boulder, Colo.
DiBiase, an Omaha native, is a transfer
student from Kansas University. He was
elected team captain this year after sit
ting out UNL's entire season last year. He
is entered in the 300 yd. breaststroke and
the 200 medley relay.
Moss is defending Big 8 champion in the
100 and 200 yd. breaststroke with times of
58.215 and 2:09.21 respectively.
Husker swim coach John Reta said he
also is looking for strong performances
from senior Scott Ruser, juniors John
Dahir and Paul Duxbury and freshmen
Mark Crowder and Ed Johnson.
UNL's relay teams will suffer from the
loss of junior Bill Davis, who cannot com
pete because of a death in the family, Reta
tid. Davis was entered in the 200 and 400
yd lireestyle relays and the 300 yd. individ
The 1,400 freestyle relay tern was
emdxUed In order to fill positions that
Dvis normally filled, Reta said.
- AH Big 8 conference schools except for
ited because there are no true distance
The team's workout times are starting
earlier than last year's because of a new
weight program, which Reta said he thinks
will strengthen the team and build endur
ance. Recorded better rimes
Last weekend at an AAU meet in
Omaha, DiBiase and Moss swam unat
tached and recorded better times for this
point in the season than ever before, Reta
said. Crowder swam in a similar meet in
Chicago while home for Thanksgiving
"Kansas and Iowa State are going to be
strong in the Big 8," Reta said. "There are
a lot of teams with quality swimmers this
year, but they (Kansas and Iowa State) have
"We have quality people this year," he
added, "but we don't have the depth."
Last year UNL finished seventh in the
Big 8 Relays.
Kansas State, which does not compete In
swimming, will attend the meet, Reta said,
possibly along with other schools.
The meet wBl give team members an
opportunity to evaluate themselves and
other teams, he said, but evaluation is lim-
Bazile Mills, Funk and Long Pine. At each
town they would have to find proof of
arriving-gas receipt, photo, traffic ticket,
hitchhiker, etc. Then back to Lincoln's
Zoo Bar to clock in.
It all started with a barroom argument
among three of my motorhead friends. Pud
told Mark his GT-engined Vega would
outrun Mark's 1600 Capri. Mark said Pud
would have to prove this.
Somehow the Baron, whose 2 -liter overhead-cam
Pinto is National Hot Rod
Association stock eliminator veteran, heard
this and jumped in. Plans for a three
pronged match race were made, each
member picking a venue he thought would
show his own car to best advantage.
Somehow this idea metamorphosed into
a one-lap contest around Nebraska, with a
possible jog into Iowa to hit mysterious
Hat City, object of much speculation and
As soon as plans had been frozen, things
began to happen. A mechanic told Pud the
' Vega's rings were about gone, and he
traded it for an Opel two-seater-too small
for a pair of relief drivers plus provisions
required for a statewide sweep. An ill
advised lane change resulted in a truck
reshaping Mark's right front fender, and in
spite of many cans of stop-leak, his
radiator developed a constant drool.
My column announcement attracted
entries from about seven other teams, so
we decided to consolidate-Mark and I
would co-drive the Baron's car.
Then snow came. The Baron's fat
streetstrip tires couldnt handle it. Hope
The start was scheduled for one minute
past midnight Saturday morning. The last
straws were a Friday -night forecast of more
snow and a fog that plopped down like a
wet sheep's belly over Omaha and Lincoln.
We groped through it to Shoemaker's
Truck Stop, (the starting site), to see if '
anybody was crazy enough to run.
We got there about fifteen minutes after
12 ajn. Then we ran amok through the
restaurant calling "TNO? TNO?" and
collecting contemptful stares from
Outside we found Jim Mazour and
Larry Epmeyer, proprietors of an
immaculate 1964 Comet and the only
other entrants to show. A coin was
solemnly produced -flipped -and placing
declared. MarkBaronWilliams first;
MazourEpmeyer second; all others did not
So it was all over. Thanks to all who
expressed interest but didn't show up; wc
really don't blame you.
Did I say the race was over? Just the
other day I heard Pud telling Mark his Opel
GT could shut down Mark's Capri. Mark
said Pud would have to prove it.
The final score of the UNL-Keamey
State women's basketball game Tuesday
night was 61-59, UNL's favor, rather than
51-49 as reported in Wednesday's Daily
Senior guard Jerry Fort scored 25
points Tuesday night when the UNL men's
basketball team lost 72-65 to Iowa Univer
sity in Iowa City. Center Larry Cox added
10 points to the Huskers' scoring efforts.
Nebraska had a 34-28 half time lead,
shooting 59 per cent from the floor, but
went cold in the second half hitting only
12 of 36 shots.
The UNL Recreation Dept. is sponsor
ing a five-day ski trip to Winter Park, Colo.
The trip costs $238, which includes
round trip bus fare, transportation to and
from the ski area, lift tickets, all ski equip
ment, lodging at High Country Inn (four
per room), breakfast and dinner while
skiing, insurance, taxes and gratuities.
For reservations contact the Recreation
Dept., 1740 Vina St., 472-3467. A $50
deposit is required upon registration, total
payment is due Dec. 20.
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