The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 27, 1981, Page page 10, Image 10

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    monday,april 27,1981
page 10
daily nebraskan
Both sides please Husker fans in practice game
By Larry Sparks
For an avid Nebraska football fan, Sat
urday couldn't have been any better. The
game was decided in the final 30 seconds.
Such plays as the squib kick and the
fumbleroosky were put in the game, and
best of all, the crowd of 25,431 would
have been happy regardless of which team
won because both squads were composed
of Cornhuskers.
Turner Gill scored a touchdown and a
two-point conversion with :24 remaining
on the clock to give the White team, con
sisting of UNL second and third stringers,
a 22-21 win against the first and fourth
string Red team in Saturday's annual intra
squad spring game at Memorial Stadium.
Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne said he
wasn't surprised by the come-from-behind
4We had the third string going against
the fourth string at the end," Osborne said.
"The advantage was to the White when it
was close.1
Eddie Neil opened the game with an
attempted on-sides kick for the White, but
the Red team recovered the ball and went
on for a nine-play, 63-yard touchdown
drive to go on top 7-0.
First string I-back Roger Craig gave the
Reds a two-touchdown lead when he broke
loose for a 61 -yard touchdown scamper
with 1:50 remaining in the first period.
The run gave a big boost to Craig's total
of 126 yards in the game which set an all
time UNL spring game record.
"I just set the block for (Dan) Hurley
(on the long run) and dipped to the side,"
Craig said. "Hurley did a great job on the
defensive back. Once I turned the corner,
I knew I was gone."
100 yards
"I didn't think I had even
thought I had 80 or so,"
100 yards,
he added.
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Linebacker Mark Daum set up the
White's first touchdown late in the second
period when he picked off a Craig Sund
berg pass and returned it to the Red 20
yard line. Dave Burke took it into the end
zone six plays later.
The Whites knotted the score with
10:19 left in the third quarter on a one
yard run by I-back Dennis Rogan. Only
five plays earlier, the Red team had turned
the ball over when Phil Bates missed a
pitch-out by quarterback Mark Mauer.
Mark Moravec went up the middle for
15 yards with 1 :24 left in the third period
to give the Reds a 21-14 lead and set up
the fourth quarter dramatics.
The Whites took over the ball with 1 :30
left in the game and were aided by a 19
yard pass interference call which brought
the ball out to the 50-yard line. Quarter
back Bruce Mathison then took off on runs
of 11, 11, and 17-yards before Gill came
into the game to go the final 11 yards.
A last second effort by the Red team
ended at its own 40-yard line when the
clock expired.
Osborne said he was pleased with the
scrimmage but saw some areas on which
the team needs to work.
The hitting was good, the effort was
good and the secondary played well,"
he said. "I wasn't so pleased with the
execution. We had a lot of turnovers." The
Red team lost five fumbles and two inter
ceptions while the Whites turned the ball
over on one fumble and three interceptions.
Special plays
Some plays were put in that wouldn't
normally be used, Osborne said, citing the
guard around play in the second period
where Mathison set the ball on the ground
and left guard Anthony Thomas picked it
up and ran for a 17-yard gain.
Osborne was pleased with the perform
ance of Mauer, who, despite playing with a
groin pull, picked up 33 yards rushing and
93 yards on 8-16 passing. Mauer said he
wasn't totally pleased with his passing
game but said the 21 mph wind had some
"I'm not making any excuses though.
I can throw better than I did today,"
Mauer said.
"It was tough going out there with the
wraps around my legs," he added, "but
I gained a little bit of confidence."
Osborne said there still is no clear-cut
choice for the starting quarterback spot
but said fall practice probably will start
with Mauer on top.
Mauer said he was satisfied with the job
he did moving the offense and with the job
of the entire offense.
"There is a lot of room for improve
ment but we've got all next fall," Mauer
"Starting next fall would mean a lot to
me," he added. "1 know I'm going to work
hard this summer."
Craig led the Red team with 126 yards
rushing, followed by Jeff Smith with 52.
Scott Woodard caught two passes for 30
yards to lead the receivers.
Mathison led the White team on the
ground with 100 yards. Scot Norberg
caught three passes for 52 yards to lead the
The Red team gained 454 yards of total
offense. It had 57 rushes for 334 yards and
completed 10 of 26 passes for 120 yards.
The Whites gained 425 yards during the
game, 255 of those on the ground on 46
rushes and the other 170 coming on 1 1-34
Awards given to seniors
from UNL's football teai
Photo by Mark Billingsley
First-string I-back Roger Craig (21) leaps over would-be tacklers in Saturday's Red
White game at Memorial Stadium. The White came from behind for a 22-21 victory.
Several awards were presented at the
half of Saturday's Red-White game to
seniors of the 1980 UNL football team.
Randy Schleusener, offensive lineman;
Derrie Nelson, defensive lineman; Andra
Franklin, offensive back; and Russell Gary,
defensive back were presented trophies by
the Optimists' Club.
I-back Jarvis Redwine won the Guy
Chamberlin Memorial Trophy that is "pre
sented to the senior player who has by play
and contributions to the betterment of the
University of Nebraska football squad
shown that he has the qualities and dedica
tion of Guy Chamberlin (1915 All-American)
to the great Cornhusker tradition."
Redwine also received an Ail-American
plaque from Kodak.
Quarterback Jeff Quinn won the Tom
Novak Trophy, "presented to the Husker
senior who best exemplifies courage and
determination despite all odds in the
manner of Nebraska All-American center
Tom Novak."
Accepting defeat essential for success speaker
By Kim Hachiya
Participation in athletics is a good way to develop a
personal philosophy of life, according to a former Oly
mpic gold medal winner.
Billy Mills, a Lakota Sioux Indian, is the only Amer
ican to win a gold medal in the 10,000 meter run. Mills
won the medal by edging out two runners in the stretch in
the 1964 Olympics.
Mills spoke to an audience of about 50 persons Friday
at a speech sponsored by the University Program Council's
Culture Center, the. Native American Special Events
group, the Lincoln Indian Center and Sheldon Art
Mills was born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
and was an orphan at an early age. He was sent to board
ing school and later graduated from Kansas University,
which he attended on a track scholarship.
Accept defeat
He said everyone needs to develop the personal philo
sophy of accepting defeat if it occurs, and then analyze,
adjust, compensate and go forward. He said no one should
quit any effort, adding that having someone believe in
one's efforts is a great incentive.
"Unfortunately, society will not allow us to accept
defeats," Mills said. "So people accept failure and do
He also said mental attitude and goal-setting are
necessary for success.
Mills compared this goal-setting idea to the situation
many Indian tribes are facing.
"Indian nations accepted defeat through the signing
of treaties in order to move forward," he said.
Indians are beginning to include themselves in society
on their own terms, he added. Mills said Indians an a
small percentage of the total American population, yet
they hold nearly 30 percent of the country's known
natural resources. Indians are beginning to realize they
have economic power, and they should learn from the
free enterprise system how to use this power.
Worse than a white'
He said he had a severe inferiority complex as a child
because on the reservation half-breeds were regarded as
"the only thing worse than a white person."
He said he was willing to remove any obstacles in his
way which could have distracted from his goal of winning
the Olympic medal.
His personal belief that he could win the race propelled
him to the lead in the last few yards of the competition.
"The height of competition is when an individual
reaches into the depths of himself and competes against
himself. Once you do that the goal setting begins to
take hold."
He said he had faced discrimination as a child and at
Kansas, where he couldn't find housing with two men
he wanted to live with because one was white and the
other black.
"Apparently no one believed a white, a black and an
Indian could live together," he said.
Mills added that his time at KU was "as confusing as
"It helped though because you don't want someone
to give you all the answers-you need to work through
them yourself."
He said one of the most confusing things at KU was
that the student union had a stuffed horse in the lobby
which was labeled "Cornanche-the only survivor of Little
Big Horn."
"I thought to myself, Vhat about us?' I bet I was the
only student in Kansas who thought that," he said.
Mills ran for about a year competitively after winning
the gold in Tokyo. He said the orJv regret he has about
sports is that he wishes he had trailed for two more years.
"At that time, I just didn't have the maturity, and I
started to buckle to the pressures of others. Now I know
you have to run your own life."
Mills lives in California and sells insurance. He speaks
to groups about 30 times a year, usually for Indian
related functions, he said.
Junior college player
signs basketball intent
Nebraska basketball Coach Moe Iba signed a 6-10, 215
pound junior college player to a national letter of intent
Victor Chacon, a native of Santo Domingo in the
Dominican Republic comes to UNL from Southeastern
Community College in West Burlington, Iowa, where he
helped lead the Blackhawks to records of 22-8 and 26-8.
Several universities recruited Chacon, but Nebraska
came in the picture when his coach at Southeastern,
Charlie Spoonhour, was named a UNL assistant coach
earlier this month.
Before Chacon signed, the Cornhuskers had no one
over 6-6 on next year's roster. Chacon is the sixth player
o sign with UNL so far, but Iba still has two open
scholarships. He has indicated he hopes to sign one of
Chacons teammates, 5-11 Handy Johnson, to a letter.
aLh -hola"hlPs.JwlU be held for lk-ons Johnson
doesn't sign, Iba said.