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Monday, October 8, 1934
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Nebraska found a new way to
win Saturday, much to the dis
may of a tough Oklahoma State
The Cornhuskers, who usually
win games with an overpowering
offense, used a swarming defense
to stuff OSU in the second half.
Time and again, the defense held
up, and the Huskers finally put
some points on the board to take
a 17-3 win in Memorial Stadium.
The defense was fantastic to
day," said Nebraska offensive
tackle Mark Behning. "They saved
Oklahoma State held a 3-0 lead
through three quarters on the
strength of Larry Roach's 40-yard
field goal four minutes into the
The Cowboys were never able
to increase that lead as the Hus
kers shut down the OSU attack in
the second half.
Nebraska finally tied the game
on Dale Klein's first college field
goal, a 36-yarder with 13:05 left.
And after Nebraska's defense
stopped OSU cold on its next tvo
possessions, the Huskers took the
lead for good. Wingback Shane
Swanson returned a Cowboy punt
49 yards for the go-ahead touch
down, leaving punter Gary Cooper
sprawling as he raced the final 1 5
yard3 to the end zone. Swanson's
touchdown came with 8:15 left.
That was all the points the
Huskers would need, although
they added another score on a
64-yard pass from Travis Turner defensive end Scott Strasburger
to freshman Jason Gamble. The said. "We showed the defense
Huskers had dodged the Cow- could actually win it."
boy's bullets. Oklahoma State managed only
Nebraska's defenders were jus- five first downs in the second
tifiably happy with their perform- half. At one point the Cowboys
ance. had to punt five straight times
"We knew we might have to without getting a first down. OSU
make the difference in the game " finally got a last-ditch drive going,
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reaching the Nebraska 25 with
about five minutes left. The game
was far from over, with Nebraska
clinging to its 1 0-3 lead. But Cow
boy quarterback flusty Hilger
threw three straight incomple
tions. NU cornerback Dave Burke
broke up the third try, tipping the
ball just before it reached OSU
receiver Malcolm Lewis.
Burke played one of his best
games. His leaping interception
killed a Cowboy drive in the final
minute of the first half. He broke
up two passes, made seven tack
les and recovered a fumble.
Tm about as happy as IVe ever
been in my life," Burke said later.
"We came together and
stuck together when things didnt
go right. We kept playing hard."
One of the reporters asked
Burke if he thought he played his
best game as a Husker.
"It certainly seems that way,"
Burke said. "I was around the ball
a lot, and when you're around the
ball, good things happen."
Nebraska's defense and big
plays offset a determined effort
by the Cowboys, who scared the
Huskers for the second straight
The OSU defense yielded 352
yards, but made the big plays
when it had to. Cornerback Mark
Moore intercepted two Craig
Sundberg passes. He picked oif
his first on Nebraska's second
offensive play, returning the ball
to the NU 29. The Cowboys took
their 3-0 lead three plays teter.
team suffered its first loss of the
season Friday night in the open
ing round of the Tennessee Invi
tational in KnoxviHe.
Nebraska's 16-14, 15-13, 15-13
loss to Texas was the first regular
season loss for the Huskers since
a five-set loss to Purdue last
October and the first straight set
loss since 1082. Texas went into
the match ranked ninth in the
The Huskers rebounded Satur
day for two wins. to raise its sea
son record to 14-L Nebraska
stopped Pittsburgh 12-15, 15-9,
15-10, 15-4 and Tennessee 5-15,
15-9, 15-5, 15-8.
Nebraska's cress country
team finished third in the men's
race at the Colorado Invitational
in Boulder Saturday. Big Eight
champion Iowa State took first,
with Colorado second. The
women's team finished second
behind Iowa State. Both Cyclone
teams are considered legitimate
contenders for the national title.
Nebraska claimed the cham
pionship of yet another Softball
tournament Saturday with a 1-0
victory over Texas A & M in the
finals of the PCO Invitational in
Denise Eckert had the winning
hit in the decisive game, raising
Nebraska's record to 19- 3 in the
fall season. Freshman Lori Sippel
threw two shutouts in the tour
nament, including the final game.
The Huskers also defeated Okla
homa City 4-0, and Louisiana
Tech 7-0 and lost to Oklahoma
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys
will not wilt the rest of the season
because of Saturday's 17-3 los3 to
Nebraska That's at least what
most of the Cowboy3 were saying
while trying to explain Saturday
why they had lost.
"There's no way this loss ruins
our season," said cornerback Mark
Moore, who picked off two Craig
Sundberg passes. "Well just re
group and come right back out
the next game. We cant let this
get us down."
As Moore and other positive
thinkers such as Leslie O'Neal
and Rusty Hilger spoke, other
Cowboys moved slowly around
the large pile of discarded uni
forms with their heads down and
looking like anything but the win
ners Hilger spoke of.
In the far corner, lineman Paul
Blair straddled a wooden chair
and stared straight ahead, mo
tionless and lost in thought Next
to him, still in full uniform, 263
pound offensive tackle Chuck
Shan kiln tried to fight back tears
It wasnt like the Cowboys had
been clobbered like the last time
thy came to Lincoln. In fact, split
end Malcolm Lewis said they'
should have won the game, and ,
knowing that made it htfrt that
much more. ,
"We were the better team out '
there today, but we just couldnt '
pull it off," Lewis said. Lewis scof-1;
ed on a screen pass in the first
quarter, but the play was called
back because of a clipping penalty. J
The Cowboys stopped them
selves on several drives with cru- '
cial penalties. Cowboy coach Pat
Jones attributed Shane Swanson's
game-breaking punt return to r
simple missed tackles. In short,
bad plays and dumb mistakes :
lost the game for them, he said. 1
"I felt we could have won the
game 3-0," the first-year coach :
said. "I thought the kicking game !
woud decide it, I just didnt know
which one. I am surprised they
broke it open on a punt return."
Hilger, who drew some national
fancy with the positive thinking
tapes he uses before baUgames, ;.
added to Jones' assessment that
dumb plays, however few, made
"I hope we dont reflect on this ,
loss," the fifth-year senior said.
"There's still a lot of Big Eight sea- :
son to go. I dont know what we 4
have to do to get rid of the dumb "
plays. Maybe we should get out
some whips and chains in prac
tice, but weVe go to get it together
The Cowboys, now 4-1, will take ,
a week off before playing Kansas '
Oct. 20. The two other games of
immediate danger are much later, ,
with Missouri Nov. 10 and Okla
homa the week after the Huskers
play the Sooners.
Pat Jones, who promised an Or
ange Bowl official that "well talk -again"
just before beginning his
post-game interview, said the
Cowboys will not yet concede the
Big Eight race to anyone.
"Nobody's going to make it
through this season without a '
loss," he said. "We need to win the ,
rest of our games, and have some
body knock off Nebraska for us." '
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