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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
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
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
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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
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
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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
“Nebraska sometimes can do
dial,” he said. “They played us pretty
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
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
“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
“I’m really proud of those three
front guys — Pete, Griffin and Wells
— they really played well,” Osborne
Pete, a 6-fool-1,270-pound senior
from Wichita, Kan., led the Huskcrs
with eight tackles, including one tor a
five-yard loss.
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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
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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
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National meet!
beckons NU |
By Steve Sipple
Senior Fditor '.
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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
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
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
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.