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Monday, September 9, 1985
By Mike Reilley
Nebraska's left cornerback, Dennis Watkins,
said he almost fell asleep in the second half.
Fullback Tom Rathman said the team made "too.
many mistakes and just beat ourselves." Coachi
Tom Osborne said the Cornhuskers played some
"very sloppy football."
Whatever the case, Nebraska came out on the
short end of 17-13 decision against 17th-ranked
Florida State at Memorial Stadium Saturday.
The Huskers had not lost a home opener since
1977, when they fell to Washington State, 19-10.
The Huskers wasted little time taking their
first lead of the game. They took the opening
kickoff and drove 80 yards in four plays to score.
The drive was capped by a 60-yard run by
Rathman, a senior from Grand Island, took a
handoff from quarterback Travis Turner, shot up
the middle and cut to the right. He received a
nice block from an official at tb i 50-yard line
when two Florida State players t?ckled the refe
ree rather than Rathman. This move left Rath
man alone for the last 20 yards of the run.
"Basically it was just a 36 trap play where I go
up the middle and break to the left," Rathman
said. "But their defense moved the same direc
tion so I cut back to the right. I didn't see (the
official) because I was busy trying to get past
their deep inside linebacker. There was a deep
hole there. It was a well-blocked play."
The Seminoles tied the score at 7-7 when they
took the ensuing kickoff and marched 79 yards.
Quarterback Danny McManus threw a 15-yard
touchdown pass to wide receiver Darrin Hollo
man with 8:11 left in the first quarter.
Florida State advanced to the Nebraska 5-yard
line and had a first and goal early in the second
quarter, but the Husker defense stiffened and
the Seminoles had to settle for a 20-yard field
goal by Derek Schmidt.
With McCathorn Clayton, a sophomore red
shirt, filling in for starter Travis Turner, Nebraska
responded on the following possession with its
second and final touchdown of the game. The
69-yard drive was highlighted by Clayton's 43
yard run. That run moved the Huskers to the
Seminole 3-yard line. I-back Doug DuBose scored
four plays later from one yard out.
However, the snap on the Husker's extra-point
attempt was fumbled, so the score remained
Nebraska's kicking woes continued through
its next possession. Pinned deep in his own
territory, Husker punter Dan Wingard was tackled,
at the 7-yard line after fielding a bad snap from
center Brian Blankenship.
"Mark Cooper, who is normally our long
snapper, got hit in the head and didn't know
where he was," Osborne said. "We had to go with
our second center for punts, who is Blankenship.
Brian was wearing golf gloves."
Osborne said the gloves were soaking wet with
sweat, and Blankenship was unable to get a good
grip on the ball. Blankenship was unable to get
the gloves off because they were taped to his
hands and he didn't have enough time to take
them off, Osborne said.
Florida State capitalized on the good field
position when fullback Cletis Jones scored on a
two-yard run up the middle. Schmidt's extra
point gave the Seminoles a 17-13 lead heading
That lead proved to be enough as the teams
battled in a scoreless second half.
The second half proved to be a lesson in
futility for the Huskers, who drove into Seminole
territory four times in the fourth quarter only to
be stopped by turnovers and other blunders.
Nebraska's first drive of the quarter stalled at
the Florida State eight when the Seminole's Stan
Shiver recovered a fumble by Rathman.
Four minutes later, another Husker drive
stalled at the Seminole 14 when a field goal
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Nebraska punter Dan Wingard is tackled by Florida State's Jesse Solomon at
the Nebraska 7-yard line. The second quarter play helped the Seminoles score
the game's winning touchdown in a 17-13 win.
attempt by Dale Klein sailed wide to the left. An Osborne said.
interception by Paul McGowan at the Florida Florida State didn't have a turnover, a statis-
State 44 with 3:59 left to play ended another tic that impressed Osborne.
drive. ' "It's quite a credit to their football team to
Nebraska's final series ended at the Florida play as hot as it is with as many inexperienced
State 42 when Turner threw an incomplete pass people and not have a turnover," he said,
on fourth down with 1:03 left to play.
"We just made more mistakes than they did," Please see LOSS on 9
Nebraska volleyball season opens
with victories over Kansas, Iowa
Nebraska also had fewer serving give Endicott setting experience and
errors against Iowa, with Annie Delaney attacking experience.
Adamczak, Karen Dahlgren and Tish
Delaney each having one ace serve. "This was Tish's first match setting
for us, and she played well," Pettit
,,, ... . . . . said. "As the season goes on she'll be a
"I thought Annie Adamczak played gj.eat piayer
very consistently," Pettit said.
Pettit said the heat might have
Adamczak led the Cornhuskers in a affected the team.
Sunday in three quick games, 15-8, 15- powerful hitting performance with 13 ... .. ..
1,15-4. 6,, kiHs She was followed by Enid 'I thought Enid got fatigued the
Schonewise with 10 and Dahlgren with secf"d SJ an i??? hel.d1 UP
The Cornhuskers got off to a shaky seVen. pretty well until the third," he said.
start against Iowa in the first set, giv- . . JL , A
ing them a 2-1 lead, but then took the .. . r . A1 . Albitz said the heat wasn t a prob-
lead with three straight points to hang Grensing and Lana Kuiper lem for her team.
onto the victory in front of a small c"1 IidU luur Rms 10 ieau lfle nawK"
Parent Day crowd. eyes
By Jim Ballard
and Lisa Henkel
The Nebraska-volleyball team swept
two matches over the weekend to start
their season undefeated. Nebraska beat
Kansas for its 350th career win and
their 11th straight season opener on
Saturday. They then defeated Iowa on
"We practice in worse than this,"
Nebraska coach Terry Pettit gave "Our middle attack was better," Nebraska's next ODDonent is the
manyplayersexperiencewithadifferent Pettit said. Universitv of Nebraska at Omaha,
starting line-up in each set. university oi iseDrasKa at umana.
"I think I know which line-up plays With, n?rmal heat on Saturday, "I expect UNO to be stronger, and
Dff u onii D.. v, 'iA weDrasKa rouea over Kansas id-o, i& y, more comfortab e d awnt? us hficansp
they are from Nebraska," Pettit said.
Dan DulaneyDally Nebraskan
Nebraska's Annie Adamczak spikes the ball during a match
Saturday with Kansas at the Coliseum. The Huskers defeated
the Jayhawks 15-6, 15-9 and 15-5. They defeated Iowa
Sunday 15-8, 15-1 and 15-4.
best now," Pettit said. But he said he's t g
looking for which "one works best six
weeks down the line "
"We did what we practiced," Kansas He said that this would be the big
Freshmen Lori Endicott, Michelle coach FrankieAlbitz said. "We did real gest game of the season for them.
Stratbucker and Angie Millikin got well, but we need to work on different
playing time to give the team depth, things, but they did what we coached "They will be unpredictable, because
Pettit said. tnem- it is an emotional game for them," Pet
"Iowa was more organized than Kan- Nebraska ran two offenses against
sas," Pettit said, "and we were more the Jayhawks. They ran a 5-1 during the The game will be Tuesday night at
consistent." first two sets and a 4-2 in the third to 7:30 p.m. in the Coliseum.
FrestafiLgin team to ci&stn with Iowa
By Chuck Green
Nebraska's freshman football team
opens its 1985 season today when it
hosts the Iowa State junior varsity at 1
p.m. in Memorial Stadium.
Coach Dan Young, now in his third
season at Nebraska, expects a good
"I'm sure the Iowa State players will
want to do as well as they can," Young
The Cyclone's roster features several
players from Nebraska, including former
Omaha defensive end Shawn Starks.
"Starks may have been declared
ineligible due to academic problems,
though," Young said. "I'm not sure if
we'll see him or not. We'll just try to do
a good job against whoever they (Iowa
Quarterback Steve Taylor, 6-0, 182
pounds will lead ihe Husker offense.
-Dave Clare and Tyreese Knox will
alternate at I-back, Knox, 5-10, 210
pounds was granted a hardship season
last year after he suffered leg and
shoulder injuries. John Roschal, 6-3,
255 pounds, will anchor the offensive
Defensively, the Huskers' line pos
sesses size and strength in tackle Greg
Ching, middle guard Cleo Rice, and end
Broderick Thomas. Thomas selected
Nebraska over Texas, Houston, Okla
homa and Texas A&M.
The linebackers will be Steve De
Shazer, 6-3, 230 pounds and Leroy
Etienne, 6-2, 235. Etienne, a Parade
Magazine Ail-American his senior year
at Louisiana's New Iberia High School,
was the Louisiana Defensive Player of
the Year two seasons in a row.
The secondary is led by safety Chad
Murrell and Marvin Sanders a 6-1, 175-
pound cornerback from Markham, 111.,
who has :04.5 speed in the 40. Murrell
Was an honorable-mention American
selection by USA Today during his
senior season in high school. Also in
the secondary is Charlie Fryar, the cou
sin of former Husker All-American Irv
The kicking game will be handled by
"Scott Beckler, a punter from Grand
Island and Chris Drennan, a kicker
from Cypress, Calif. Drennan turned
down soccer scholarships from Colum
bia and UCLA and an appointment with
the Air Force Academy to sign with the
. Young said he and the team "axe
anxious to play in a game and see how
well we do. We think we have a good
squad, and I think they've progressed
Last season, the Husker Freshmen
defeated Coach Dana Deines' Iowa
State team 27-10 in Ames. Young says
he "doesn't know much about this
year's (Cyclone) team."
"We now the offensive and defensive
schemes they'll use," he said. "But
we're not really sure of their strengths
and weaknesses because we haven't
been able to scout them."
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