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monday, may 1, 1978
Walk -ons pace White squad to fourth quarter rally
By Rick Huls
Two walk-ons and two of the smallest
football players on the team led a come-from-behind
14-13 victory for the Whites
over the Reds in Saturday's 29th annual
Kicker Dean Sukup, a walk-on from
Cozad, kicked the winning 30-yard field
goal with 19 seconds left before a crowd of
16,500 at Memorial Stadium. Sukup, a 6-foot-1,
200-pound redshirt junior, also
kicked the game's first points, a 26-yard
field goal in the first quarter, to give the
Whites their only other lead of the game.
Defensive end Derrie Nelson, a sopho
more walk-on from Fairmont, sparked the
Whites in the third quarter when he raced
in from the left side and blocked a Billy
Todd punt from the 33-yard line. Nelson, a
6-foot-l, 195-pounder, picked the ball up
at the five-yard line and scored to cut the
Red's lead to 13-9 with 17 seconds left in
the third quarter.
I-back Tim Wurth, 5-foot-7, 175-pound
junior, was the game's leading rusher, gain
ing 83 yards in 20 carries. Wurth, who
scored two touchdowns in last year's game,
ran for a crucial two-point conversion after
Nelson's blocked punt to make the score
Split-end Scott Woodard, a 5-foot-9,
163-pounder sophomore from Papillion,
was the leading pass receiver in the game
with six catches for 63 yards.
After catching two passes for the Reds
in the first half, Woodard changed jersies
and caught four for the Whites, including
an important 20-yarder from quarterback
Brad Humphrey on the winning drive.
The Reds appeared out of trouble after
Todd's 57-yard punt with 1 minute 12
seconds in the game put the Whites at their
own 23-yard line. But Humphrey led the
Whites to the 13-yard line to set up
Sukup's field goal.
The drive was helped by an 18-yard
Humphrey to Anthony Branch pass and a
15 -yard tripping peanlty against the Reds.
The other scores in the game came on a
two-yard plunge by quarterback Jeff Quinn
and 40- and 41 -yard field goals by Todd.
Sukup, who kicked two 52-yard field
goals his freshman season, said he had all
the confidence in the world on the game
'I knew it was good. It was a fairly k
UNL's women's golf team finished fifth
in the six -team Big Eight Conference tour
nament that ended Saturday. Oklahoma
won the meet with a total of 653 to Neb
raska's 675. UNL was led by Nan Circo
who had a two-round total of 1 62 to finish
Three of the five Nebraska rowing teams
that reached the finals of the Midwest
Rowing Championships in Madison, Wis.
Saturday won medals. The women's light
weight varsity four won their race, the
men's lightweight varsity eight took second
in their race and the freshman women's
eight was third in their race.
Nebraska's baseball team avenaged Fri
day's double-header loss to Iowa State by
sweeping two games from the Cyclones
Saturday, 9-1 and 7-3.
UNL had 25 hits in the two games won
by sophomores Tim Pettit and Gary Nolt
ing, respectively. The wins gave Nebraska a
31-20 overall record and a 4-6 record in the
Missouri and Oklahoma clinched divi
sion titles in the conference with wins over
the weekend. UNL closes out its home sea
son by hosting Morningside CoDege in a
1.30 p.m. double-header Tuesday at the
short one and all I had to do was keep my
head down," said Sukup, who was mobbed
by teammates after the kick.
Head coach Tom Osborne was pleased
with the performance of the placekickers
and the punting game, which was without
regular Tim Smith.
"Scott Gemar (who averaged 43 yards
on five kicks) showed he can punt well
although I would have liked to have seen
more hang time," Osborne added.
The sixth year Husker coach said he also
was pleased with the improved passing
"Well be a better passing team next
year," Osborne said. "Scott Woodard had
some nice catches and so did a few others."
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Photo by Ted Kirk
Senior running back Rick Berns breaks free for some of the 61 yards he picked up in
Saturday's 29th Spring Game. The White team beat the Reds 14-13 on a last se
cond field goal by Dean Sukup.
Woodard agreed that the passing game
will be better.
"We have a lot of guys who can catch
the ball," he said. "Well come around and
be pretty good."
Woodard, who has 4.5 speed in the 40
yard dash, said he was also impressed with
'They've improved a lot and are very
physical," he said. The defensive backfield
is pretty good, they're always right there
even if we do catch it."
One of the biggest smiles in the locker
room was worn by Fairmont native Nelson.
"I bet half of the town was there to
day," Nelson said. "One thing about a
small town, they really back you up."
Nelson said he took advantage of the
situation to block Todd's punt.
"We always send both ends but since
Billy Todd is left-footed the up-back was
on the other side," he said. "I just couldn't
believe it was happening."
While Nelson and I-back Wurth were
pleased about winning Saturday, both said
they had a disappointing spring because of
"I Sprained an ankle pretty badly at the
first scrimmage," Nelson said, "so. I
hobbled around most of the spring."
Wurth said he was hampered by injuries
most of the time, including a neck injury
which caused him to wear a collar for Sat
"I pulled two hamstrings early in the
spring and that bothered me, too." Wurth
said. "But I'm happier than last year be
cause we won this time."
First string quarterback Tom Sorley
did not remember much afrer Saturday's
game. Sorley, who hit five of six passes
for 53 yards in the opening quarter, left
the game after being tackled by linebacker
"That's the first ever in a football game
that I didn't remember anything," Sorley
said. "The doctor said I was OK at half
time but the coaches told me they'd keep
One of the ironic happenings of the
game involved Husker offensive tackle
Kelvin Clark from Odessa, Texas and his
brother, Dave, a transfer from the Univer
sity of Texas-El Paso.
"My dad was up here watching the game
and he said he watched us fight for 17 or
18 years," Kelvin said, "and he comes up
here to watch us go at it again."
Kelvin lined up against defense tackle
Dave during the entire scrimmage.
Omaha gymnast is world-class competitor
By Mary Ryan
Jim Hartung may be one of the few 17-year-old
people to suffer terminal jet lag.
The Omaha South High School gymn
astics sensation, who signed a national
letter of intent with UNL a week ago, is
sharpening his skills in order to compete in
the upcoming international competitions.
Hartung is working toward the World
Games this summer. He said the top ten
gymnasts from the VS. Championships in
June at UCLA will attend a training camp
He said he is also working toward the
1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, the 1979
Pan American Games and hopes to "have a
successful college gymnastics career."
A trip to Moscow would not be a first
for Hartung. He just returned from a three
week tO'T of Russia where he finished
seventh and tenth in a field of 48 competit
ors in two competitions.
Hartung said the trip with the junior
USA team was to show the Soviets what
kinds of things the Americans were doing
and to learn from them
Besides Russia. Hartung has competed
in South Africa, New Zealand, West
Germany, England and Hungary. In
Hungary, in March, he placed third in a
field of 24 athletes.
Hartung's highest personal scores are a
56.55 out of a possible 60 in the all-around
and a 9.7 out of 10 in the pommel horse.
He said the high bar is his weakest event
and valuting and the pommel horse his
strongest. A difficult pommel horse trick,
the Thomas Whirl (named after Kurt
Thomas of Indiana State), is one of
Hartung's latest accomplishment.
"I was going to put it in for Russia,"
he said. But there was not enough time to
work it into his new routine.
Hartung's high school record includes
being the national high school champion
twice, Nebraska state champion three times
and winning 18 gold medals in three years
of state competition.
Hartung got his start in gymnastics
when he was six years old because his
brother and sister were competing. But he
said his parents were the driving force be
hind hi career.
"My parents wuc the biggest in
fluence." he said "The finance every
thing, are interested and they attend all the
meets it's possible for them to attend."
Hartung said he expects UNL to
challenge for the Big Eight and NCAA
championships next year if redshirt Ail
American Larry Gerard's ankle injury
"If Larry's ankle heals like it's supposed
to, we can beat Oklahoma with (Bart)
Conner and whoever else they have."
"If Barry Cook, Chuck Chmelka and
Mark Williams (other UNL gymnasts) show
as much improvement as they did this year,
we have a good chance of winning," he
Hartung said he made up his mind to
attend UNL last fall, but had at one time
considered attending New Mexico, Okla
homa and Southern Connecticut.
"If I had not gone here, I would have
gone to Southern Connecticut," he said.
Head coach Francis Allen said he will be
careful not to overwork Hartung.
"He's our best prospect," Allen said.
"We can't take any chances of killing him.
It's nice having a great gymnast. I've
already had good ones and it's nice to have
a really grat one."
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