The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 08, 1979, Page page 10, Image 10
monday, October 8, 1979 page 10 daily nebraskan UNL players more than prepared against New Mexico By Ron Powell Although Nebraska Head Coach Tom Osborne admit ted his team wasn't "overly enthusiastic" about playing the New Mexico State Aggies Saturday, the 57-0 final score and some of the individual performance indicate someone was ready to play. Take the case of back-up tight end Jeff Finn. Finn sees as much time as a starter in the double tight end forma tion opposite Junior Miller, but is used primarily as a blocker. In the Husker's first three games this season, Finn hadn't made a reception. On Saturday, though, Finn did more than block. He was the Husker's leading receiver with three catches for 5 1 yards. "I hope the coaches have gained more confidence in my pass catching," Finn said. "I am just thankful they gave me a chance. It feels pretty good to see the ball coming your way a little bit." Finn said he was secondary receiver on his first recep tion, a 21 -yard gain the second quarter. 44IT WAS AN audible call, so I didn't have much time to think about it," Finn said. 'The split end was the pri mary receiver, but they (New Mexico State) came in a monster blitz so they threw it to me." Despite the three receptions, Finn said his main respon sibility is still blocking. "I just come into each game ready to get the ball," Finn said. 'Today, I got it early. Sometimes, IH have to wait longer." There were many other individual performances that stood out Saturday. I-back JarvisRedwine, in his first start as a Husker, gained 120 yards in 16 carries and scored once in the first half before taking the rest of the afternoon off. It was Redwine's second straight game over 100 yards. (He gained 124 yards against Penn State.) Kenny Brown got his first punt return touchdown of the season and the second of his Husker career in the second quarter with his 80-yard return. Brown's return was the third longest in Husker history. I-BACK CRAIG Johnson showed his running power with 59 yards on 12 carries, but more importantly scored three touchdowns. Meanwhile, linebacker Kim Baker showed his defensive power with 19 tackles, 14 unassisted and five assisted. Overall, however, the victory was a total team effort as more than 80 Huskers saw action. Photo by Tom Gessner The Nebraska defense posted its first shutout Saturday since last year's 234) whitewashing of Iowa State. Here the pursuit is led by Steve McWhirter (45). 'This was a good game for morale," Osborne said. "Our first three games were tough. The second teamers didn't get to play much in those games and the third team didn't get to play at all. This time everybody played." Osborne said he was glad his team led 31-0 at halftime and didn't experience a first half lapse as has happened in the Husker's first three games. "We wanted to be way out in front at halftime" Osborne said. "We didn't want it 28-14 or 21-7 at half time because momentum could change and they Would be right back in the game. This makes it uncomfortable to get your second and third teamers in." The only thing Osborne said he was unhappy with was the four fumbles the Huskers lost. "We might have had a couple more touchdowns if we hadn't turned the ball over," Osborne said. "I didn't think the team played sloppy football, though. I think we have a pretty darn good football team." ALTHOUGH THE offense's 569 total yards seemed to be the Husker's most attractive statistic, the Husker de fense also had some impressive numbers. Besides recording their first shutout of the year, the Husker defense gave up only 156 total yards and only allowed the Aggies to cross mid -field twice . "We wanted a good defense effort and we got it," Osborne said. "They (New Mexico State) didn't have much of a running game against us." "We didn't want to give up the big play and we didn't. We stayed in front of them pretty good." Defensive tackle Rod Horn said the shut out should help the defense's confidence. "We set a goal of a shut out before the game," Horn said. "We got it so it feels good now. We can go into other games now knowing we can get the shut out." Horn said it was easier to pass rush Aggie quarterback Butch Kelly than previous quarterbacks. "He (Kelly) didn't scramble or roll out at all, he just dropped straight back and that makes it easier to rush," Horn said. "We also worked some stunts that helped the pass rush." Next week, the Huskers open their Big Eight schedule at home against Kansas. )fold Jarvis Redwine went up three games to t Redwtoe, from Inglewood, Calif., one on high school rival Don Campbell played high school ball for Inglewood High Saturday while Campbell was a defensive tackle for The Nebraska I-back has played against Inglewood's biggest rival, Morrtingside. the New Mexico State linebacker four When the two were sophomores, Red- times in his career but Saturday was the wine's team came out on top 7-6. In 1975 first time in college. It was the trrird time Inglewood won again in the final seconds Redwine's team won, but the first time the (neither could remember the score). But score wasn't close. Campbell and Morningside won the 1976 game and a berth in the state playoffs by around during his college career, knocking off Inglewood 21-14. After attending Arizona Western his Then it was 57-0, Redwine and freshman year, Campbell transferred to Nebraska over Campbell and the Aggies. Long Beach Community College. Then Aggie head coach Gil Krueger and defens- "J ARVIS RUNS just like he did in high ive coach Tony DeBiasse talked to Camp school." Camobell said in the locker room bell and persuaded him to transfer to after Saturday's game. "He's still pretty overpowering. if ff i i - Hi v - - -- rick huls PhotabyM&iSwtwwy Mirk McMxaamsa (25) slides into second base as inflekfer Kelly Combs (11) gets leady to mike the teg during the Nebraska baseball team's Intrtsquai game Saturday at Buck Belter Field. Campbell, who had eight unassisted tackles and one assist Saturday, also had praise for the Nebraska team. "I've never played anyone like Nebras ka. I hope they go to be number one," he said. "It was a great experience to play here." Redwine, who remembers being "popped pretty good a few times" by Campbell in high school, said he talked to his old rival after the game. "I told him to hang on in there. I wished him success," said Redwine, who is averaging 107 yards a contest after his first four games as a Husker. "Hey, I know what it's like to lose," said Redwine, referring to his days at Ore gon State. LIKE REDWINE, Campbell has moved Mexico State. Campbell is a senior and Redwine, who sat out a year after transferring from Ore gon State, has another year of eligibility left. But Campbell is happy with his latest move. "The coaches have helped me a lot," he said. "And winning the Missouri Valley Conference last year was a thrill." This year, NMSU has had problems, and thos problems were complicated with more injuries Saturday. "We're kind of rebuilding again. We lost a lot of players last year," Campbell added. Although Campbell lost for the third time against Redwine, both players re membered the game neither one lost. "It was the East-Wetf All Star game of the South Bay area," Campbell recalled. Redwine called it the Lions All-Star game, which matched the City AO-Stars and the CIF All-Stars (two different con ferences). Whatever it wis called, guess who scored the winning touchdown? "Jarvis scored the winning touchdown," Campbell said.