The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 17, 1988, Page 8&9, Image 8

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    Mascot photo
Butch Ireland
Other photos and layout
Doug Carroll
Photos clockwise from above:
Nebraska's Randall Jobman
(55) and Charles Fryar tackle
OSU’s Barry Sanders. Fryar and
Reggie Cooper tackle OSU’s
Hart Lee Dykes. Oklahoma
State’s mascot lies on the turf
as the second half begins. Fryar
and Cooper celebrate and Fryar
finishes a 86-yard Interception
return for a touchdown In the
first quarter. Ken Clark and
Morgan Gregory celebrate
Clark’s first touchdown (he
scored three touchdowns and
rushed for 256 yards).
Interceptions no surprise
By Mike Kluck
Staff Repoitei
Tim Jackson had two reasons to
smile after Nebraska’s 63-42 vic
tory against Oklahoma State.
The 6-foot, 190-pound senior
strong safety from Dallas, Texas,
said he was pleased with the three
interceptions made by the Corn
husker defense. Jackson, right
comerback Charles Fryar and free
safety Mark Blazek all recorded
interceptions against the Cow
“That is what keeps me smil
ing,” Jackson said.
Jackson’s interception, which
came during the Cowboys’ first
possession in the second half,
helped Nebraska build a 56-21
lead. Fryar had given the Huskersa
14-0 lead in the 1 st quarter when he
ran his interception back 86 yards
for a touchdown, while Blazek’s
interception began a three-play,
80^yard drive that increased their
lead to 21-0.
Before Saturday’s game at
Memorial Stadium, Cowboy quar
terback Mike Gundy had thrown
74 passes withoul an interception.
Oklahoma State was leading the
nation in turnover ratio, forcing
4.25 more turnovers than it gave
up. But against Nebraska, the
Cowboys had three turnovers — a
statistic that didn’t surprise
Jackson or Blazek.
“It was time for them to have a
lot of big turnovers, Bla/ek said.
“We knew if they did, it was going
to shake them.”
Jackson said the key to the game
was the turnover ratio. The Husk
ers finished the came with one
turnover, while Oklahoma State
had three.
‘‘Gundy hadn’t thrown any
interception, so I was like, ‘Hey,
we have to get an interception from
him,”’ Jackson said. “We had seen
at times that he had thrown the ball
and it should have been inter
cepted. We went out this week
ready to intercept the ball.”
Jackson and Blazek said the
interceptions and the win were the
only reasons they were happy.
They said they were disappointed
that the Nebraska defense gave up
42 points.
That figure marked the most
points the Husker’s gave up since
they dropped a 47-0 decision to
Oklahoma in 1968.
“We definitely have things we
need to work on because that’s kind
of an untypical Nebraska team to
give up 40 points,” Blazek said.
Jackson said he was disap
pointed even though Nebraska did
what it needed to.
‘‘The idea they scored 42 points
against us is bewildering," Jackson
said. “1 was kind of mad. They kept
moving the ball against us and that
irritated me. It was like we had to
go in and keep grinding out and
they still scored, and that made me
Jackson and Blazek said the
Nebraska defense has to improve.
“Each week we have to progress
and do things right;” Jackson said.
“When that last game comes, then
we’ll know if werre good enough to
win the Big Eight.”