The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 24, 1979, Page page 10, Image 10

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Photo by Mark Bitlingtloy
Crai Johnson of Nebraska, who scored the tying
touchdown in UNL'i 24-21 win over the towa
Hawkeyes, hurdles Jim Molini, a Norfolk High grad
uate playing for Iowa, in second half action Saturday.
Backfield depth helps
Huskers come
After Nebraska had rallied to escape Iowa Saturday
afternoon, Jarvls Redwine pulled on an Iowa Hawkeye T
shirt in the locker room. J
But don't worry-he's not switching schools again.
"I bought it before the game," said Redwine, the
Husker I-back who had just rushed for a game-leading 89
yards on 12 carries.
"It's lust a souvenir. I'm going to start a collection,"
said the Oregon State transfer.
Would he be wearing It if Nebraska had lost?
Redwine just about didn't wear the Iowa shirt.
Nebraska, down 217 with a little more than 20 min
utes to play, scrapped back to score 17 points and edge
the upset-minded Hawks 24-21. Dean Sukup's 30-yard
field goal with 5:52 left was the clincher for the Huskers,
now 2-0 on the season.
Redwine, IM, Hipp's backup, carried the ball only four
times in the first half. Meanwhile, Hipp-who netted a
total of 74 yards on 16 carries-tumbled three times, the
last after a 30-yard gain with 0: 12 seconds left.
HIPP ALSO suffered a pulled stomach muscle and
from behind
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Ncbrsa t-back Jams Redwine eludes the grasp of Iowa University defensive back Bobby Stoops enroute to more
yardage in UNL's 24-21 comeback win over the Hawkeyes. Redwine had a game-high 89 yards, 71 of them In the
second half.
Redwine re-entered the contest after Iowa grabbed a 21-7
lead. That's when Redwine and another backup-Tim
Hager-became instrumental in the Cornhuskers rally.
Hager, the former Lincoln Southeast quarterback who
worked with the fifth team earlier this fall, replaced Jeff
Quinn after Quinn injured an ankle. ....
Hager and Redwine led the NU comeback with a third
quarter drive that quieted the crowd of 60,055 fans.
Redwine ran for 49 out of the 61 yards on the drive
which ended in Hager's four-yard touchdown run around
the right end.
Hager, who was not touched on the run, said the play
was an iso-optlon.
"They were playing the ends out wide to stop the op
tion," Hager said. "But they both sucked in and I just
faked and went in." ,
HAGER SAID that he thought Nebraska could move
the ball successfully against Iowa after that drive.
"We still knew we could win. Our linemen were cool.
Our backs were running hard," he added.
After Nebraska took over on its next series, Hager had
another fresh back to work with.
Craig Johnson, who had been considered for redshirt
status, spelled Redwine, who said "he came out for a
breath of air."
Johnson carried the ball seven times on the drive and
scored the tying touchdown with 11:02 left in the final
By this time the momentum had clearly shifted to
Nebraska. The once vocal crowd which sensed a major
college upset for the winless Hawkeyes, erupted only one
more time.
Iowa quarterback Pete Gales, who completed 10 of 25
passes for 154 yards, threw to Nate Person for 24 yards
on the first play after the klckoff. But two plays later the
crowd was again silenced when a 12-yard completion to
Reid ended with a fumble recovery by Derrie Nelson.
Hager and Johnson helped move the Huskers into field
goal position and Sukup kicked the game-winner for NU.
ALTHOUGH NEBRASKA'S offense came alive in the
final 20 minutes, the five fumbles were still a cause of
concern for Head Coach Tom Osborne.
"I certainly hope those five fumbles are unusual for
us," Osborne commented. "Sure, Iowa was hitting hard
and that might have caused some. But mostly it was just
poor ball handling."
Osborne, like Hager, said he sensed his team's confi
dence despite the two touchdown deficit.
"I think possibly a big difference in the game today
was that our players have won quite a few ball games and
even when we were down 21-7, they still had confidence.
But nobody, including Osborne, wanted to take any
ting away from an Iowa team that fought all the way. '
MI think Hayden Fry has done a good job and frankly,
I think Iowa probably did a better job of coaching for this
game than we did."
Iowa, now 0-3, faces intrastate rival Iowa State Satur
day in Iowa City. The Huskers will host eastern power
Penn State, who was upset Saturday by Texas A &M 27-14.
Freshman Craig begins fulfilling football expectations
By Ron Powell
Since he is the younger brother of
former Husker wingback Curtis Craig,
freshman I-back Roger Craig says people
expect him to do well.
' Judging by the first freshman game
Wyoming, Sept. 10, Roger is living up to
those expectations.
In the Husker's 26-16 win, Craig rushed
for 196 yards in 12 carries, an average of '
more than 16 yards a carry.
"It was kind of surprising that I had a
game like that right away," Craig said. "I
have to thank the line for it. They did a
good job blocking for me and they execut
ed well."
Four plays into the game, Craig broke
loose on a 69 yard touchdown run.
I didn't Mik I would break one that
early in the game, Craig said. "I was in
shock for a while after that. '
1 Craig broke loose again later for a 70
vard run that ended In a fumble out of
bounds at the Wyoming 17-yard line.
;1 should have scored on the run,
Crail ssiJ. 'tfobody was close to me. The
ball just came out of my hands, hit my
faccmask and went out of bounds."
i 1 STILL think about it row' Craig
added, Iaishteg. 1 guess I got too excit
ed," . "."
Craig comes to Nebraska after earning
All-State and Ail-American honors as a
tailback for Davenport (Iowa) Central. In
an Iowa state playoff game last year, Craig
rushed for 353 yards in 41 carries and
scored all of his team's points in a 29-28
Craig, who has 4.55 speed in the 40,
also was a high school track standout. In
last spring's Iowa State Track meet, Craig
took second place in both the 120 yard
high hurdles and 440 yard intermediate
' He said he is planning to go out for the
track team during the indoor season, but
added he will come out for spring football
instead of outdoor track.
Craig said he had narrowed his choices
to California. Iowa State, Arkansas and
UNL before deciding on Nebraska. He add
ed his brother didn't influence his choice.
. kHe (Curtis) didn't really encourage me
to come here," Craig said. "He told me to
go where I would be happy and I thought
I would be happy here."
? came here because Nebraska has a
tradition for good football. I also like the
chance of going to a bowl game and play
ing on TV.
. CURTIS, A THREE year starter from
1975-77, lives in Lincoln. Roger said that
Curtis has helped him with weight lifting,
but not with learning plays.
Freshmen challenge Bethany
The UNL freshman put their Unbeat
en record on the line this afternoon
When they host Bethany College. Kick
off is set for 1:30. - rf?-
UNL freshmen coach Frank Solich
said Bethany was ' planning to bring
everyone on die team except seniors.
Bethany is 3-0 this season and is ranted
third nationally in NAIA Division IL
Although Solich said that Bethany
has been ranked in the top eight of
NAIA Division II the past two years,
Solich said he doesnt knowihat much
about their team.
; "We're not concerned with the other
team, Solich said. "We're more con
cerned about our team and how well
they play.
"Since we ran the 'I in high school, I
am accustomed to the plays,' Craig said.
Craig's impressive showing in the first
game puts him in contention for the fresh
man season rushing record held by Walter
Wallace, who rushed for 561 yards a year
'That's my personal goal, I am going
out to get it," Craig said. He added that the
only team goal he has is an undefeated sea
son. - Craig suited up for last week's varsity
game against Utah State and was in the
game for one play. He said he hopes he can
get more varsity playing time. .
"IT! be ready to play if they put me in
and hopefully I will be able to show the
coaches something. s
' UNL head freshman coach Frank Solich
said he hopes Craig csn continue to per
form as he did against Wyoming.
lie has good size and speed,1 Solich
said. "He runs hard, blocks and is a smart
player. w
If you put that all together, you have t
tough back.
Craig said the biggest Improvement he
needs to make his blocking.
"The blocking techniques are different
here than they were In high school. Craig
said. 'In high school, most of my blocking
was done from the waist down. Here there
is a lot more upper-body blocking." .