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Monday, November 5, 1934
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By WiurdW. Triplet III
Daily Nebrukan Sport Editor
One could make a pretty good
case for the assertion that Iowa
State gave Nebraska an easy win
Saturday in Ames, Iowa.
The Cyclones, who had played
two consecutive close games a
gainst Oklahoma and Missouri,
gave up two fumbles, threw four
interceptions, collected 61 yards
in penalties and surrendered 91
total return yards. As a result,
Nebraska's offense was given six
chances from inside the Cyclone
50-yard-line. Four chances paid
off, and Nebraska walked away
with a 44-0 win.
But even as the Cyclones racked
up such unimpressive numbers
on their own, the saving grace
was again the Nebraska defense.
The Huskers used about 10 dif
ferent defenses to hold Iowa State
to five first downs and 53 total
yards. The Cyclones used 54 plays
in the game, and thus ended with
a yard total average below one.
The same team that passed for
354 yards against Nebraska last
year completed four of its nine
receptions for negative yardage.
And, Ail-American candidate Tracy
Henderson was held to two catch
es for 11 yards.
"Considering the talent
that we had to go against, I think
it was our best defensive game of
the year," said safety Bret Clark,
who had his fifth interception of
"What really helped us was the
way they went up and down the
field on us last year," said defen
sive coordinator Charlie McBride.
"That was a very good incentive
Coach Tom Osborne praised
the defensive effort as perhaps
the best since he had been at
"I'm very proud of our defense,"
Osborne said. This had to be the
best defensive game weVe played
since I've been head coach. I cant
remember a better one."
The defense was so good that
the Huskers were able to get a
consistent rush on Iowa State
quarterback Alan Hood without
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using any blitzes, Osborne said.
"I don't think we called a blitz
all day," he said. "When you can
get an effective rush with a three
or four, man line you're doing
The defensive heroes included
Clark, defensive end Bill Weber,
whose third quarter interception
set up the touchdown that got
Nebraska rolling, backup defen
sive end Gregg Reeves, who made
hb first career interception in
the fourth quarter, and Marc
Munford, who tied Weber for the
team lead in tackles with five.
Even with Iowa State's fail
ure to move the ball, the game
was still a game until midway
through the third quarter. The
Huskers had to settle for a 20
yard field goal by Dale Klein on its
first scoring possession in the
first quarter. In the second, the
Huskers went 46 yards on 10
plays for its first touchdown, a
1-yard sneak by Travis Turner.
Both teams were hindered by a
steady wind of 30 mph, which
made passes sail and punts from
both sides flounder embarrass
ingly short. Iowa State's Jim
Thompson had a 10 yard kick
against the wind that gave Nebra
ska field possession for its first
touchdown, but later Thompson
kicked a 72-yarder with the wind.
"There were two factors," Os
borne said about the lack of scor
ing in the first half. "Iowa State
played good defense and the wind
presented problems. We didnt
move the ball well against the
wind, but we moved it with the
wind. Iowa State was down just
1 0-0 at the half, and players from
both sides were aware a big play
could change things. "We went in
the second half and regrouped
ourselves," Cyclone linebacker Jeff
Braswell said. "We knew we could
still win the game. We didnt feel
like we were being beat."
"I was afraid that one big play
could get them back in the ball
game," Weber said.
But the big play wasnt
Iowa State's. On a third and one
on the Cyclone 21-yard-line, Hood
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By Rich Cooper
Daily Nebraekan Staff Reporter
Strong performances Saturday
from IJNL's Wes Suter, Neil Palmer
and Mike Bowers helped the men's
gymnastics team win the overall
team title in the Big Eight Invita
tional at the Bob Devaney Sports
"I was very impressed with the
teams overall performances,"
coach Francis Allen said. "They
made a few mistakes, but I think
this meet was a good indicator of
how good of a team we have."
Bowers finished second in the
all-around competition and Suter
finished second in the Olypmic
all-around competition which in
cluded Friday night's compul
sories. Charles Lakes of the University
of Illinois won the Olympic all
around. Allen said he was happy with
the performances of the team's
freshmen, even though he said he
thought they made a few mis
takes. But for a while it looked like the
Huskers might not win the meet.
They were in third place behind
Oklahoma and Southern Illinois.
But in the third event the still
rings, Huskers Paul Engle, Mike
Epperson and Wes Suter scored
in the mid-nines to put the team
into second place.
The Huskers went on to the
vault and again posted scores in
the low to middle nines. That
moved the Huskers into first place
The Huskers finished the meet
with a total score of 276.15.
Southern Illinois finished in
second place with 270.90 and in
third place was the University of
Iowa with 260.00. The two Big
Eight schools St the meet, Okla
homa and Iowa State, finished in
fifth and sixth place, respectively.
Oklahoma finished 10 points
behind the Cornhuskers and Iowa
State finished 12 points behind.
Suter said he thinks the fresh
men will become the team's strong
"I fdt that we made a few mis
takes but the freshman looked
real tough," Suter said.
Men ssld practices for the next
two weeks will be to'agh to pre
pare for the upcoming Chicago
Invitational. Beth Penn State and
Ohio State will be at the invita
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shows team's quality
"They will be tough "Allen said,
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