The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 21, 1988, Page 5, Image 5
Daily Nebraskan Monday, November 21,1968 Citrus Bowl awaits the Sooners By Jeff A pel Senior Reporter NORMAN, Ok la. An old ac quaintance celebrated ik 60th Nrib clav iasi week and Oklahoma coach Bam Sw it/er continued Ihc celc ' j Uon lollow ing the Sooners’ 7-3 loss to Nebraska Saturday at Memorial Sta dium. Mickey Mouse, the official mas cot of the Florida Citrus Bowl, turned 60 last Thursday. The mascot greeted Switzer as Citrus Bowl officials ex tended their bid to Oklahoma follow ing the game. “Mickey Mouse!” Swit/.er screamed. “I’ve got only one ques tion. Is that a male or female Mickey Mouse?” S witzer said Oklahoma accepted its loss and its subsequent Honda Citrus Bowl bid with pride because the Sooners finished their regular season w ith a 9-2 record overall and a 6-1 mark in the Big Eight. He said Oklahoma is looking forward to rep resenting the conference against Clcmson Jan. 2 in Orlando, Ha. Accepting the Cuius Bowl bid meant the Sooner’s streak ol three *.or.srculi’-, B*;t Eh’ht ’• .• n. .. shin4* - H ^ »pi ,.v ^ te . n;,. Eight champion receive- an au;e .niatic berth to the to the Orange Bowl "It looks like you tCitius Bov>I ol(icials) are in the wrong room here,” Switzer said. “But on behalf of the Oklahoma Sooners, we accept. Miami’s not going to be there, are they?” Switzer said the loss to Nebraska was “tragic” because Oklahoma quarterback Charles Thompson broke his right leg on the Sooners’ final offensive play. He said Jamellc Holieway, a senior who was replaced by Thompson earlier this season, will start against Clcmson. Holieway said he is looking for ward to the challenge. “That game is in January, isn’t it?” Holieway asked. “I’ll be ready.” Holieway said the only disap pointment about die game w as that he did not gel a chance to rally Okla homa He said he wanted to enter the game when the Sooners started then final possession w ith N' remaining nut offensive coordinator Jim Don nan objected. “It was very disappointing, man. I wanted to play,” Holieway said. “But that’s his prerogative.” Oklahoma offensive guard Tcrron Mann ing said the Sooners have confi dence in Holieway. Holieway led Oklahoma to a national champion ship in J985 and two-straight Big Eight championships before suffer ing a knee injury against Oklahoma State last season. “I’m pretty sure Jamellc can do the job,” Manning said. “He’s always done it for us.” Oklahoma running back Anthony Stafford said the Sixmcrs will wel come Holieway’s return. “It’s going to be great,” he said. “Jamellc’s a great talent.” Switzer said lie didn’t put Molieway in because he didn't want him exposed to Nebraska's aeere sive detense He s. id the Mu-k* V > *en>e which surrendered onh three [Hunt- when K D l.a-har ki. V. ; 09 yaid tield goal late m the third quar ter stopped Oklahoma because it ha good players who played hard. Switzer said Oklahoma also played good defense. He said if some one told him before the game that Oklahoma was going to hold Ne braska to seven points, he would have predicted a Sooner win. “But if you told me wc was only going to score three, 1 would have thought wc was going to get the hell beat out of us,” Switzer said. Switzer said he was not surprised that Nebraska held Oklahoma to three points. “Nebraska sometimes can do dial,” he said. “They played us pretty good.” Win makes coach proud Osborne praises NU’s defensive performance By Nick Hodge Staff Reporter Nebraska’s defensive perform ance against Oklahoma’s wishbone offense was one of the best he’d ever seen, Comhusker football coach Tom Osborne said Sunday. The Husker defense held the Soon ers to 98 yards rushing in Nebraska’s 7-3 victory Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. “I’m very, very pleased,”Osborne said. “The defense played probably the best defensive game against Okla homa.’’ By beating Oklahoma, Nebraska won the Big Eight championship and a trip to the Orange Bowl in Miami to play the Miami Hurricanes on Jan. 2. Osborne said the team’s main goal this year was to win the conference i title. “The players really pointed to the Big Eight championship,” Osborne said. “We still have a chance for the national championship — it’s a little thin, but we have a chance.” The Nebraska defense gave up just 137 yards of total offense, including 39 passing yards en route to shutting down the Sooner offense. Oklahoma’s field goal was set up by a Nebraska fumble that the Soon ers recovered at the Husker 30-yard line. Six plays later, Oklahoma place kicker R.D. Lashar kicked a 29-yard field goal to make the score 7-3 with 1:50 remaining in the third quarter. Osborne said he was proud of the Nebraska defense. “I don’t remember ever seeing an Oklahoma team play when they had so many negative yards, especially the fullbacks — they usually get a few yards,” he said. Last year, Sooner fullback Rotnci Anderson ran for 119 yards on 24 carries in Oklahoma’s 17-7 win against Nebraska in Lincoln. Satur day, Anderson gained only 23 yards on seven attempts. Osborne said Nebraska’s defen sivcchargc was led by defensive tack les Willie Griffin and Kent Wells and middle guard Lawrence Pete. They combined for 17 tackles — all unas sisted. “I’m really proud of those three front guys — Pete, Griffin and Wells — they really played well,” Osborne said. Pete, a 6-fool-1,270-pound senior from Wichita, Kan., led the Huskcrs with eight tackles, including one tor a five-yard loss. -1 ... . Carroll Dally Nafcraafca* Sanders goes wild — again Oklahoma Stale teMSecfc Sony Sanders, shown here against Nebraska, rushed for 293 yards and flour touchdowns to lead the Cowboys Saturday to a 49*26 comeback win against lowi Stale In toes, Iowa. Sanders extended his NCAA tingle-season touch down record to 36 end moved to within 47 yards of breaking the NCAA one-season ruaNnartMnL -- - -- ■ Griffin, a 6-foot-3, 305-pound senior from Monrovia, Calif., had five tackles, including a one-yard sack of Oklahoma quarterback Char les Thompson. Wells, a 6-foot-5,285-pound jun ior from Lincoln, had four tackles, including a 7-yard sack of Thompson. Osborne said defensive penetra tion was the most significant aspect of Nebraska’s dominance. “The main thing was that we con trolled the line of scrimmage,” Osborne said. The Huskcrs’ victory over Okla homa was a win by the entire team — players and coaches together, Osborne said. “It was truly a team effort. I know the defense will gel most of the credit, but it was the whole team,” he said. NU gymnasts impress coach at invitational By Lori Griffin Siaff Reporter Nebraska men’sgymnasticscoaeh Francis Allen compared himself to Cornhusker football coach Tom Osborne Saturday night after the Huskers won the Big Eight Invita tional at the Bob Devancy Sports Center for the 9th time in 11 years. “There are two very happy coaches tonight,’’ Allen said. “Tom Osborne’s the other one.’’ Nebraska defeated 2nd-placc Ari zona State, a first time participant in the meet, 272.25 points to 262.30. Southern Illinois was 3rd with 256.65 followed by Iowa State with 248.50 and Air Force with 242.35.'Oklahoma did not field a full team and was not included in the team competition. Osborne’s Huskers defeated Okla homa 7-3 Saturday in Norman, Okla. Allen was impressed by his team’s performance during their first meet of the season. The Huskers arc the de fending national champions. “I was pretty impressed by the way the team did,” Allen said. “It was a pretty damn respectable job. “This is in no way a national cham pionship score but its a start.” Nebraska swept the first four places in the all-around competition. Junior Mark War burton won the competition with a two- day total of 107.20. Junior Patrick Kirksey was 2nd with 107.20. Bob Stelter, another junior, finished 3rd with a 107.75 total. Senior captain Mike Epperson finished in 4th place with a total of 103.90. UlUUU' UmiltllHtMInMMHilM National meet! beckons NU | By Steve Sipple Senior Fditor '. -—-4 • * ’ « * *-» •* 4 Nebraska’s cross country leonfe are at the top of their games going 1 nth today’s National Collegiate Athletic Association championships. At least Comhu&kcr coach ■ li$ Dirk sen thinks so. The Husker men’s and womcn^ teams, coming off strong perforni ances at the NCAA District Five championships Nov. 12, will confc pete today at the NCAA national met# at Granger, Iowa. » The women’s 5,000 meter race will begin at 11 a.m. and the menS 10,000-meter race will follow |t noon. Both races will be run at Jester Park, about 20 m i les north west of Des Moines, Iowa. Both Nebraska teams qualified for the national meet by winning their first-ever district titles in a meet that was also held at Jester Park. The men’s team will compete against 21 other teams for the national title. There will be 16 women’s teams at the meet. Today ’s meet will mark the second time during the Iasi three years that both Nebraska teams have qualified for the NCAA meet. It will be the third consecutive appearance for the Husker men. Last season, Nebraska failed to qualify its women’s team, but Husker senior Sammic Resh qualified indi vidually, I inishmg 29th in the NCAA meet. The Husker men finished 1 Tth last year at the NCAA's, which was the highest ever fora Nebraska team. The Husker women’s top finish is 1 Ith. Dirksen said both Nebraska teams are capable of improving their top fimshesat this year’s meet. He said he was encouraged by the Husker men’s defeat of Iowa State at the district meet. The Cyclones, who finished 2nd at districts, are considered by many to be one of the favorites to win the national title, Dirksen said. So do the Huskers have national title hopes by virtue of their defeat of the Cyclones? ‘‘I wouldn’t try that,” Dirksen said. “A top-10 finish at nationals would be very satisfying. We’re capable of that. But we don’t have the depth you need to finish way up the national meet.” The Nebraska women, Dirksen said, will vie for a finish between 6th and 10th place. Dirksen said Resh and Yvonne van dcr Kolk have been Nebraska’s front runners all season. Resh finished 3rd at districts and van der Kolk was 4ih. But Dirksen said the strength of his women’s team has been its depth. He said there was just a 36-second differ ence between the time of the Huskers’ 1 st-placc finishers and their Sth-pUce finisher at the district meet. At the Big Eight championships Oct. 29 in Still water, Okla., there was a 33-second difference between Nebraska's No. 1 and No. S finishers. Nebraska’s women won the tog Eight meet. The Husker men finished Nebraska's men’s team has been led by Joe Kirby and Jacques van Rensburg. Kirby finished 2nd at the district meet and and van Renshueg was 3rd. HIM.Mill.