The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 10, 1988, Page 7, Image 7

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Big plays power
NU past Falcons
By Kyie Schurman
Staff Reporter
Nebraska’s junior varsity football
team wasn’t aiming for the long
drive Friday, but it had enough big
plays to shoot down the Air Force
junior varsity 35-16 at Memorial
Air Force ran 12 more plays than
Nebraska in the first half, and held
the football for 5:18 longer than the
Comhuskers. Nebraska led at
halftime 21-3.
Nebraska had three big plays in
the first half to account for its three
- Tyrone Legelte returned a kick
off 94 yards for a score;
- Quarterback Mike Grant hit
Brad Hays with a 38-yard pass to set
up a one-yard touchdown run by
--1-back Scott Baldwin's 63-yard
run down the right side.
Nebraska's longest scoring drive
of the afternoon lasted six plays.
Nebraska, 3-0, broke a two-game
losing streak against Air Force, 2-2,
before a crowd of 5,638. Husker
coach Shane Thorell said the offense
players can perform belter, but "they
got the job done" against Air Force.
Thorell said he was very pleased
with the Husker defense's play
against Air Force’s wishbone. The
Falcons gained 136 yards rushing
and 241 total yards.
Air Force began the second half
when quarterback Donald Gray, who
led the Falcons in rushing with 68
yards, scored when he ran 64 yards
through the middle of the Husker
defense to pull Air Force to within
21-9. On the Falcons' next posses
sion Gray hit Jason Crandall with a
30-yard scoring strike, and Air Force
trailed 21-16 with 10:12 left in the
third period.
The Husker defense steadied it
self, and Air Force gained only 33
yards during the rest of the game.
"Mentally, we let down a little bit
early in the third quarter," Thorell
said. "It was good to see the defense
rally after that, though."
Thorell said strong safety Steve
Carmer did a good job of stopping
the run, along with defensive line
men Jamie Liewer, Matt Hilman,
and Jeremiah Clark, and linebackers
See JAYCEES on 9
Doug Carroll/Dally Nebraftkan
Nebraska quarterback Steve Taylor looks for running room
during the Cornhusker’s 63-10 win against Kansas Saturday
in Lawrence, Kan. Taylor passed for 78 yards and rushed for
43 more to become the 5th Husker quarterback to exceed the
4,000-yard mark for total offense in a career.
Nebraska rolls over KU,
look forward to OSU test
By Mike Kluck •
Staff Reporter
LAWRENCE, Kan. - After roll
ing to an easy 63-10 win against
Kansas Saturday at Memorial Sta
dium, Nebraska coaches and players
had next week’s game against Okla
homa State in mind.
The 8th-ranked Comhuskers, 5
1, tried to improve on last week’s
48-6 victory against Nevada-Las
Vegas and prepare themselves for
next Saturday’s showdown with the
5-0 and 13th-ranked Cowboys.
Oklahoma State defeated Colorado
41-21 Saturday in Boulder, Colo.
Huskers defeat Jayhawks 63-10
“We came back strong,” Ne
braska quarterback Steve Taylor
said. “W’e put some points on the
board like we wanted to. We did well
and we’re proud of ourselves.”
Taylor said Oklahoma State will
provide a more-formidable chal
lenge than Kansas.
“If we play well we feel we can
beat any team in the nation,’ ’ Taylor
said. “We haven’t reached our full
potential yet. They (Oklahoma
State) are playing very well.
They’re good, but I think we’re also
Taylor recorded 78 yards pass
ing, including a touchdown strike,
and added 43 rushing yards, includ
ing two touchdowns, on Saturday.
His 121-yard offensive perf ormance
gave him 4,034 career offensive
yards, making him the 5th Husker
quarterback to exceed 4,000 yards,
Nebraska coach Tom Osborne
said the Huskers will find out how
good they are next week against the
7 thought we
played a IHHe bit
better today but
we’ll find out next
week whether
we’re any good or
~ Osborne
“Oklahoma State has a great
football team and they obviously are
very good,” Osborne said. “I
thought we played a little bit belter
today but we’II find out next week
whether we’re any good or not.’’
Osborne said he was happy with
the way his team responded to last
week’s performance, an effort he
criticized early last week.
“This is a hard game to play and
a hard game to get ready for,"
Osborne said. “I thought our players
did a much better job this week than
they did last week, particularly of
fensively. We were pretty sharp
See HUSKERS on 8
Osborne pleased with improvement
By Nick Hodge
Staff Reporter
Nebraska coach Tom Osborne said
Sunday he was a lot happier with the
Comhuskers’ 63-10 win against Kan
sas Saturday than he was after iast
week’s win against Nevada-Las Ve
After the Huskers defeated UNLV
48-6 last Saturday a? Memorial Sta
dium, Osborne said he was not pleased
by the overall performance of Ne
biaska’s offense.
He said the offense was more effec
tive against the Jayhawks, especially
since 59 players from the 60-man
travel roster played during the 1 st half.
The only Husker who didn’t play in
the 1st half was punter John Kroeker.
“Overall, the offense’s execution
- considering the fact that we inter
changed our offensive linemen a lot
and played three quarterbacks almost
equally and did a lot of things that
would lead to a lack of continuity -
was pretty good,” Osborne said.
Nebraska scored on its 1st six pos
sessions against Kansas, including 28
lst-quarter points. The Huskcrs
racked up a season-high 665 yards of
total offense.
Osborne, who said after the UNLV
A ^
win that the blocking was the worst
he’d seen from his team all season,
was glad to see improvement in the
blocking against Kansas.
“We blocked better,’’ Osborne
said. “We blocked pretty effectively,
but we can do better.”
Osborne said Nebraska played well
against Kansas’ offense. He said the
only breakdown occurred when Kan
sas quarterback Kelly Donohoe hit
wide receiver Willie Vaughn for an
89-yard touchdown pass with 3:53
remaining in the 1st half.
“Defensively, I thought we played
fairly well,” he said. “They weren’t
able to mount any consistent drives
against us, but they were able to pick
up a couple first downs and, of course,
that long pass to Vaughn was a shame.
“Take away the long touchdown
pass and we probably had a pretty
good defensive day."
Osborne said he was pleased that
the kicking game was one-sided in
favor of Nebraska. The Huskers had
193 return yards, including 121 from
punt returns. Kansas had 141 return
yards - all coming on eight kickoff
returns. Husker split end Morgan
Gregory returned a punt 64 yards for a
touchdown, while wingback Richard
See OSBORNE on 8
NU volleyball team wins despite poor game
By Jeff Ape?
Senior Reporter
Kyle Schurman
Staff Reporter
Nebraska volleyball coach Terry
Peuit was overcome with anger after
the Comhuskers defeated Colorado
15-11, 15-9, 13-15, 15-7 Saturday
night at the NU Coliseum.
Pettit said he was upset with the
victory because Nebraska didn’t
play well. He said the Huskers were
disorganized and didn’t block well
on defense.
“I didn't think we played very
good,” Pettit said. “Maybe my feel
ings will change after I watch the
film, but 1 just don’t think we played
very good.”
Pettit said he was upset particu
larly because the Huskers, who
raised their record to 13-3 overall
and 2-1 in the Big Eight, “backed
off’ when they lost the 3rd game.
Nebraska rtdlied from a 7-4 defi
cit in the 3rd game by using a kill by
senior setter Lori Endicott to tie the
score 9-9, but Colorado reeled off
five-straight points then used an ace
serve by setter Jennifer Sherlock for
the 15-13 victory.
“1 think we lost our intensity,”
PeUit said. “The only thing we can
hope is we gel it back.”
Nebraska middle blocker Carla
Baker said the Huskers suffered a
mental breakdown because of a lack
of communication. She said Ne
braska must communicate if it’s
going to maintain a high intensity
Baker said the breakdown wasn’t
as bad as it appeared.
‘‘Sometimes things were disor
ganized,” Baker said,‘‘but we stuck
it through.”
Colorado volleyball coach Brad
Saindon said fatigue and a lack of
preparation bothered the Buffaloes.
He said Colorado was tired because
it was playing its 4th-straight road
match and was hindered because he
spent the entire week preparing for
Kansas State. Colorado, which
dropped to 10-8 overall and 2-2 in
the Big Eight, defeated the Wildcats
Thursday night in Manhattan, Kan.
“I hadn’t seen Nebraska so we
didn't know how to prepare for
them,” Saindon said. 4,I put more
emphasis on Kansas State than Ne
Nebraska took a 9-4 lead in the 1 st
game on a kill by middle blocker
Virginia Stahr, then held off a Colo
rado rally by using two Buffalo er
rors, an ace serve by specialist lari
lyn Obermiller, two kuls by middle
blocker Linda Barsness and a kill by
outside hitter Val Novak to post the
15-10 victory.
The Huskers jumped to a 7-0 lead
in the 2nd game, then scored the final
three points of the match to register
Ml' TIT- 1 1 WUw-JMylLUi...
Nebraska’s Lori Endicott(left) and Virginia Stahr attempt to block a Colorado spike during
the Cornhuaker’s 15-11,15-9, 15-15, 15-7 win against the Buffaloes Saturday night at the
NU Coliseum.