The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 17, 1988, Page 7, Image 7

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    Osborne relives nighmare
as Huskers rout Cowboys
By Nick Hodge
Staff Reporter
A 35-point first quarter that
brought back flashbacks of the UCLA
“nightmare” propelled Nebraska to a
63-42 victory against Oklahoma
Stale Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Nebraska coach Tom Osborne said
the Comhuskers’ first-quarter point
production against the Cowboys
reminded him of UCLA’s explosion
earlier this season. The Bruins ripped
Nebraska for 28, first-quarter points
on their way to a 41 -28 victory against
Nebraska in what Osborne later
called a “nightmare” quarter.
“I was very surprised at the num
ber of big plays early,” Osborne said.
“It was almost the UCLA game all
over again.”
But luckily for Nebraska, the
nightmare belonged to Oklahoma
The Cowboys, 4-1, entered the
game leading the nation in scoring
with an average of more titan 50
points per game. Osborne said he
knew Nebraska would have to score a
lot of points to win, but not 63.
“I’m a little disappointed we
didn’t stop them a little better than we
did,” Osborne said. “If we’re going to
»a chance al the Big Eight cham
ihip, we’re going to have to do
r than that.”
The Huskcrs, who raised their
record to 6-1, gained 306 yards of
total offense during the first quarter,
including 299 yards rushing, and
scored all 35 points in less than five
minutes of possession lime. Four of
Nebraska’s five touchdowns covered
more than 40 yards.
Nebraska 1-back Ken Clark rushed
four times for 132 yards and two
touchdowns in the first quarter. Quar
terback Steve Taylor also scored
twice and gained 103 yards on two
Clark finished the game with a
career-high 256 yards rushing on 27
attempts and scored three touch
downs. Only Nebraska Heisman Tro
phy winner Mike Rozier’s 285-yard
performance against Kansas in 1983
ranked higher for a single-game rush
ing total.
Taylor finished with three touch
downs and 140 yards rushing on 11
carries. He completed 6 of 11 passes
for 92 yards and two touchdowns,
both to tight end Todd Millikan.
Taylor also threw one intercep
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Nebraska l-back Ken Clark runs away from Oklahoma State s Rod Smith (45), Devin Jones (81)
and Brandon Colbert (91) on his way to the end zone on the Cornhuskers’ first offensive play
of the game. The run covered 73 yards, and Clark finished the game with 256 total yards during
Nebraska’s 63-42 win against the Cowboys.
McBride says concentration level hurts JN U
By Nick Hodge
Staff Reporter
Nebraska defensive coordinator
Charlie McBride said Sunday that the
Comhusker defense played well early
in their 63-42 victory against Okla
homa State Saturday at Memorial
Stadium, but lost intensity and poise
as the game progressed.
McBride said the Nebraska de
fense lost its intensity after the Husk
ers built a 42-0 lead with 11:42 re
maining in the first half.
Home-team edge;
Dodgers win 6-0
shiser did it all, holding Oakland’s big
bashers to three hits and getting three
himself Sunday night as the Los
facies Dodgers beat the Athletics 6
dHj took a stunning 2-0 lead in the
WOrld Series.
Hershiscr’s super season, which
ended with a record 59 consecutive
shutout innings, got even belter with
his most incredible performance of
the year. He became the first pitcher
to get three hits - including two
doubles - in a World Series game
since 1924 and the first ever to throw
shutouts in both the playoffs and the
World Series.
The Dodger Bulldog, who has
worked almost half his team’s innings
in the postseason, now has allowed
just three earned runs in his last 92
Mike Marshall contributed a
three-run homer and a triple as the
Dodgers again did everything right
against the heavily favored Athletics.
Iriis time, Los Angeles didn’t need
miracle man Kirk Gibson, who won
Game 1 with a two-out, two-run
homer in the bottom of the ninth but
did not play Sunday because of ham
string and ligament damage.
The victory marked the 12th con
secutive game the home team has won
in the World Series. But the Dodgers
didn’t require the home-field advan
tage: they had Hershiser.
“They lose the edge, they aren’t as
geared up as they were, and the fans
were really in it at the beginning of the
game and that really helped us out a
lot,” McBride said.
McBride said he talked to the de
fense at halftime about playing a
complete game and not letting up. He
said Oklahoma State’s 21-14 advan
tage in the final two quarters indi
cated that the Husker defense didn't
play well in the second half.
“As the game went along, I got a
little disturbed,” McBride said.
McBride said he thought the Husk
ers’ offense played as consistent a
game as it had all year. He said the
quick offensive scoring made it diffi
cult for the defense to stay intense.
McBride said the number of per
sonal foul penalties upset him, espe
cially one that occurred just before
the end of the first half.
The play McBride referred to
occurred when Oklahoma State had a
third down and four play at the Cow
boy 26-yard line with less than 30
seconds remaining in the first half.
Cowboy quarterback Mike Gundy
fumbled the snap from center and had
to fall on it behind the line of scrim
mage. Two Nebraska defensive play
ers jumped on top of Gundy and were
called for a roughing penalty.
The penalty gave the Cowboys a
first down. Three plays later, Gundy
hit split end Hart Lee Dykes for a 12
yard touchdown pass with three sec
onds left in the first half, cutting the
lead to 49-21.
“That play really hurt us,”
Nebraska forward Dapreis Owens, a 6-foot-9 freshman
from Mansfield, Ohio, looks for a place to land after
finishing a slam dunk during the Cornhuskers’ first
Moonlight Basketball game early Saturday morning at
the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Owens White team
lost to the Reds fe-44.
NU basketball
gets fast start
By Nick Hodge
Staff Reporter
It was a Saturday in Lincoln,
there were Big Red fans, there was
anticipation, there were chants of
“Go Big Red,” but it wasn’t a foot
ball game at Memorial Stadium —
it was basketball at the Bob Dcva
ney Sports Center.
At 12:01 a.m., Nebraska men’s
basketball coach Danny Nee
opened the Cornhuskers’ season
with the introduction of this year’s
team and a 30-minute scrimmage
before 5,072 fans at the first Moon
light Basketball. A game involving
former Husker players preceded
the tip-off of the 1988-89 season.
‘There’s great fan
support, great
booster support,
the atumni com
ing back — it was
Saturday was the first day Na
tional Collegiate Athletic Associa
tion rules allowed college basket
ball practice to begin and the Husk
ers didn’t waste a minute... liter
ally. At midnight, the overhead
lights were shut off and the score
board clock was set at a minute.
The fans watched each second tick
away. When time ran down to 10
seconds, the crowd began the count
McBride said.
McBride said the “uncalled-for
penalties” demonstrated how a lack
of poise can hurt a team.
“You’ve got to learn to control
yourself in big games our you’ll beat
yourself,” McBride said.
McBride said Cowboy tailback
Barry Sanders is a great athlete.
“Sanders has as much running
ability as I’ve seen,” McBride said.
“He can change direction, has great
balance and has the instincts. He gets
up to full speed in two steps.”
NU downs OU
in ‘messy’ game
By Jeff Apel
Senior Reporter
A fine-tuned machine suffered
some mechanical breakdowns Satur
day night, but recovered in time to
post a crucial victory that kept it in
contention for its 12th-consecutive
Big Eight championship.
The Nebraska volleyball team,
which had raced to a 14-3 record
overall and a 3-1 mark in the Big
Eight behind consistent play which
dominated opponents, overcame 21
service errors and a blown second
gameen route to a 15-9,14-16,154,
11-15, 15-13 victory against Okla
homa at the NU Coliseum. The win
left the Comhuskers tied with Okla
homa in the Big Eight standings. Both
teams are 4-1.
Nebraska volleyball coach Terry
Pettit said he was pleased with the win
even though it wasn’t pretty. He said
he hopes the Huskers can draw from it
because they battled adverse condi
tions before 4,328 fans—a Coliseum
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