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Monday, October 7, 1985
Controversial call halts Lobo's comeback bid
By Mike Reilley
Nebraska football fans had two good reasons
to stay past halftime of the Cornhusker's 38-7
win over New Mexico Saturday at Memorial
First of all, the Huskers were playing in good
weather for the first time in four weeks. Against
Oregon last week, the stands emptied at the half
because of cold, rainy weather and a 42-0 Husker
lead. But it was sunny and 60 degrees for Satur
The other reason was a tenacious New Mexico
team, which matched the Huskers yard-for-yard
the first half and trailed by cnly 7 points at
In fact, the Lobos were still in contention late
in the third quarter.
Nebraska I-back Paul Miles stretched the
Huskers' lead to 21-7 in the second half when he
broke through the line and raced 59 yards for a
touchdown on the Husker's fourth play from
scrimmige. Miles finished with a career-high of
189-yards rushing in his first start of the year.
But later in the third quarter the Lobos had a
chance to pull back to within a touchdown.
James threw a pass to receiver Terance Mathis
along the right sideline, and Mathis raced 79
yards for a touchdown. But the officials disal
lowed the play, ruling that Mathis had stepped
out-of-bounds before he caught the pass. New
Mexico coach Joe Lee Dunn and his assistants
argued that Mathis had been pushed out by
Nebraska defensive end Scott Tucker.
Nebraska defensive coordinator Charlie
McBride saw it differently.
"If the defensive guy pushes the receiver out
he can still come in and catch the ball," McBride
said. "But it was exactly the opposite of that. He
pushed off of the defensive man. It's not a touch
down. He could run up in the stands and out in
the street and it doesn't mean a damn thing."
The Lobos, who entered the game as 45-point
underdogs, took the opening kickoff and drove
83 yards to score. Lobo running back Willie Tur
ral capped the drive with a 29-yard touchdown
run up the middle to give New Mexico an early
"They jumped on us before we opened our
eyes," said Husker monster back Brian Washing
ton. "We didn't panic, but we got the message.
We knew we were in for a game."
Washington said the Lobos caught Nebraska
off guard because they ran some offensive sets
the Huskers weren't prepared for.
"Practices were a little light this week," said
Washington, who finished with five tackles and
an interception. "It took us a while to get the
adjustments made because we hadn't practiced
against a no-back offensive sets they were play
ing and they caught us a couple of times."
New Mexico reserve quarterback Ned James,
who entered the game late in the first quarter for
injured starter Billy Rucker, also caused the
Husker defense some headaches. Nebraska Coach
Tom Osborne said James' mobility was key to the
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New Mexico running back Tony Jones sits up after being leveled by Nebraska monster back Brian Washington in the
fourth quarter. Jones gained two yards on the play.
"He really gives them a dimension in terms of
being able to run and scramble and move the
ball that way," he said. "A lot of our problems
defensively centered around our inability to con
tain the quarterback."
Husker defensive tackle Jim Skow agreed
with Osborne's assessment of James.
"I was getting pretty tired because that kid's
pretty fast and I was getting mixed up on what to
James rushed for 80 yards, but was sacked five
times for losses that totaled 57 yards.
It wasn't just Nebraska's defense that started
slowly. The offense did too. Quarterback McCa
thorn Clayton lost the first of four Husker fum
bles on the opening offensive series. Clayton ran
for 53 yards and threw for 91 before he sprained
his ankle on a run late in the third quarter. He
"New Mexico ran some defenses we're not
used to seeing," Osborne said. "They put a lot of
pressure on the quarterback and made it diffi
cult to throw. It was a gambling-type defense and
it was fairly effective against us a lot of the time.
After stopping New Mexico on four plays,
Nebraska came back with an 80-yard touchdown
drive to tie the score at seven with 6:03 left in the
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first quarter. Fullback Tom Rathman's 23-yard
run up the middle set up a 1-yard touchdown
plunge by Claytoa
Nebraska had an opportunity to take the lead
early in the second quarter when it drove to the
Lobo's 10-yard-line, but Dale Klein missed a 27
yard field goal to stymie the drive.
An interception by right cornerback Mike Carl
late in the second quarter set up the Huskers'
second touchdown. After Carl returned the ball
to the New Mexico 40-yard-line, Clayton hit split
end Robb Schnitzler on the left sideline for a
37-yard gain. Three plays later, Clayton scored
from two yards out
Please see HUSKERS on 7
i Athletes really ay
the price for use
of university facilities
Bill Allen has obviously been misin
formed about the amount due from the
university's scholarship athletes (Daily
Nebraskan, Oct. 4). They pay a dear
price for their tuition, housing, bpoks,
etc. They are reminded of this price
every time their muscles are strained
and their bodies ache after facing
hours of brutal conditioning and prac
tice. It is true, the athletes have special
facilities and services. It also is true
that revenues generated by the athletic
programs help to pay for these facili
ties and services. So in a very real
sense, the athletes paid for these privi
leges as well.
As for Allen's expressed interest in
the athletic academic counselor's
position, I would have to vote for a
R-E-J-E-C-T-I-O-N. The man obviously is
lacking in intelligence. Tell me, what
kind of person with an ounce of brains
would invite potential physical harm
by making potshots at people like Mike
Knox, Bill Lewis and Jim Skow?
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