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    Monday, October 14, 1985
Daily Nebraskan
Page 7
Kicker Klein silences critics
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By Bob Asmussen
Senior Editor
STILLWATER, Okla. Nebraska's offense
broke down Oklahoma State's defense with a
surprise weapon Saturday night: the pass.
Cornhusker quarterback McCathorn Clayton
completed eight of 16 passes, including six of
eight in the first half, as Nebraska thrashed the
Cowboys 34-24.
Split end Robb Schnitzlerwas Clayton's favor
ite target. He caught four passes for 119 yards.
Clayton's 38-yard completion to Schnitzler in the
first half was his first touchdown pass of the
Nebraska led 20-17 with 13:13 to play when
Cowboy quarterback Ronnie Williams rolled out
on third down. Williams was pressured by
Nebraska's Jim Skow and Chris Spachman and
threw the ball to Nebraska linebacker Marc
Munford for an interception at the OSU 7-yard
On third down and goal after the interception,
Tom Rathman ran in from the 4-yard line to give
Nebraska a 27-17 lead. Nebraska would score
later in the quarter on a McCathorn Clayton
touchdown to seal the victory.
Despite Williams' crucial fourth-quarter mis
take, Nebraska defensive tackle and co-captain
Skow said he was impressed by William's play. It
is the second game Williams has played since
suffering a broken jaw against Washington.
"He (Williams) has a broken jaw, but he sure
doesn't throw like it," Skow said. "He steps out
of bounds like a good quarterback should."
Oklahoma State trailed 20-3 midway through
the third quarter. Williams then led the Cowboys
on an 11 play, 80-yard drive, culminated by Willi
ams' touchdown pass to tight end J. R. Dillard.
After Nebraska punted on its next possession,
Oklahoma State scored again to close the gap to
20-1 7. The big play of the 65-yard touchdown drive
was a 49-yard completion from Williams to Bobby
Skow said he didn't know why the Oklahoma
State offense was able to drive on the Nebraska
defense in the third quarter.
"I don't really know what happens to a team
when they break down," Skow said. "We had
some breakdowns on defense."
Another surprise weapon that Nebraska used
Saturday was the kicking game or, more spe
cifically, the field goal.
Dale Klein, relegated to a backup role after
last week's game with New Mexico, came on to
kick two 40-yard field goals. For Klein, a sopho-
FBKise party si
more from Seward, it was a dose of much-needed
"I was kicking the ball great down here,"
Klein said. "The ball floated really well. A lot of
the guys were telling me it was the best they'd
ever seen me kick."
Klein said he knew before the game that he
would be kicking extra points and short field
goals and that freshman Chris Drennan would be
kicking longer field goals. When Drennan missed
a 47-yard attempt in the first half, Klein was
called in on the next try.
"I think it maybe took a little' pressure off,"
Klein said of the unexpected assignment.
Klein said he has heard some negative com
ments about his kicking. He said kicking at an
away game took some pressure off of him.
"I was kind of hoping for an away game," Klein
said. "I've had enough boos in my lifetime. A lot
of games they'll blame on the kicker. Either
you're the hero or you're the goat."
Klein's first successful field goal in college
was last season against Oklahoma State.
Doug DuBose led the Nebraska rushing attack
with 139 yards on 16 carries. Nebraska gained
256 yards on the ground to 57 yards rushing for
Oklahoma State. The Cowboys outgained Ne
braska in total yards 420-417.
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Pl.oto courtesy of UNL Sports Information
Marc Munford
Munford halts OSU comeback
By Chuck Green
Staff Reporter
STILLWATER, Okla. Mistakes
don't produce conference champions.
Just ask Oklahoma State coach Pat
Jones looked on helplessly Saturday
as his fifth-ranked Cowboys committed
four turnovers and lost to the Corn
huskers 34-24.
"You can't have crucial turnovers
and expect to be good," Jones said.
"We helped them (Nebraska), but they
didn't help us at all."
The game's key turnover was an
interception by Marc Munford early in
the fourth quarter. The interception
led to a 4-yard touchdown run by Tom
Rathman that put the Huskers ahead,
"When you throw an interception on
the 7-yard line," Jones said, "You can't
expect to stop them very often."
Despite Oklahoma State's turnovers,
Jones said he was pleased with the way
the Cowboys moved the ball.
Freshmen team
burns Coffeyville
after long layoff
Nebraska's Dan Young finally let his
football team vent its frustrations
pent up for nearly a month without a
game when the Cornhusker fresh
man team crushed the Coffeyville Red
Ravens 30-7 Friday at Memorial
"It was like going into the first ball
game, we hadn't played a game for so
long," Young said.
Nebraska scored on its opening drive
of the game when quarterback Steve
Taylor raced 62 yards for the touch
down and Chris Johnson added the
extra point to give Nebraska an early
7-0 lead.
Coffeyville tied the game 7-7 when
running back Keith Washington broke
loose for a 58-yard touchdown run.
After an exchange of possessions,
Nebraska mounted its second scoring
drive when I-back Tyreese Knox capped
off a 52-yard drive with a 1-yard touch
down plunge that gave the Huskers a
14-7 lead.
Coffeyville's Mark Stevens fumbled
the ensuing kickoff and it took the
Huskers only one play from scrimmage
as Taylor hit tight end Bump Novacek
with a 27-yard touchdown pass to give
Nebraska a 21-7 lead.
After a scoreless fourth quarter,
Nebraska scored its final touchdown of
the game when Coffeyville fumbled its
second punt of the game on its own
9-yard line.
The game's final score came when
Knox crashed through the right side of
the line for the touchdown, but Dave
Payne's extra point failed.
"When it was 20-17, 1 thought we'd
come back," Jones said. "But the inter
ception killed us. It hurt the hell out of
us. But we moved the ball well prob
ably the best that we've moved the ball
against Nebraska since I've been here
but we just stopped ourselves."
Oklahoma State gained 363 yards
passing, but was held to 57 yards rush
ing on 31 attempts.
"You're not going to line up and
throttle Nebraska," Jones said. "Nobody
is. But I feel we played well."
Cowboys' running back Thurman
Thomas echoed his coach's thoughts.
"We had a couple of breaks go
against us," Thomas said, "but they
were mostly mental mistakes on our
part. Without the turnovers, I think we
could have beat them."
Thomas, the nation's second-leading
rusher behind Auburn's Bo Jackson,
was held to 81 yards on 22 carries. His
longest run was 11 yards.
Jones said he was impressed with
the quality of play by Husker quarter
back McCathorn Clayton.
"Clayton gives Nebraska a dimen
sion they haven't had since Turner Gill
graduated," Jones said. "Not to take
anything away from (Craig) Sundberg
and (Travis) Turner, but I think they've
been limited at quarterback. Clayton is
very gifted."
Oklahoma State offensive tackle Paul
Blair said he thinks the Cowboys "are a
much better team this year in 1984."
"We've got to take care of the team
problems," he said. "The turnovers and
penalties just killed us tonight."
Jones said he thinks not playing a
game next Saturday will help the
"We'll use the time off to regroup,"
he said. "The lack of things to work on
is not one of our problems. But we can't
let it get us down. We play for the Big
Eight title every week, so we've got to
bounce back. We've got no damn
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