The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 11, 1989, Page 12, Image 12

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    Northern Illinois coach optimistic after loss
Nebraska quarterback Gerry Gdowski breaks loose in the
open field as Northern Illinois’ Eric White (76) pursues.
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Senior Editor
Northern Illinois got caught in a
numbers game against Nebraska Sat
urday at Memorial Stadium.
Northern Illinois football coach
Jerry Pettibone said after his team’s
48-17 loss that the Huskies were
overcome by a bigger team that pos
sessed more numbers. Northern Illi
nois suited up 76 players for the
game, while Nebraska had 116.
Northern Illinois’ lack of numbers
showed in the second half, Pettibone
said, as Nebraska broke open a 17-17
tie by tallying 31 points in the third
and fourth quarters.
“What happened the second half
was the result of depth,” Pettibone
said. “We just wore down.”
Pettibone said Nebraska took con
trol of the game when it opened the
second half by scoring on a 53-yard,
three-play drive. The drive climaxed
when Nebraska quarterback Gerry
Gdowski threw an 11-yard touch
down pass to tight end Monte
Kratzenstein.
Pettibone said Kratzenstein’s
catch took the momentum away from
Northern Illinois.
“We had things going for us,”
Pettibone said. “If we had stopped
them on that first drive it would have
been a close game.”
But, Pettibone said, he could not
fault his team’s performance. North
ern Illinois showed that it is taking the
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“As of right now, we have no
immediate plans for playing (third
string quarterback) Mike Grant,” he
said.
Osborne said earlier this month
that if Grant didn’t make the top two
positions on the depth chart, he
probably would be redshirted.
A 4-yard run by Flowers and a 12
yard pass to tight end Chris Garrett
from Joseph gave Nebraska a 38-17
lead at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Chris Dren
nan added a 55-yard field goal and
Mark Dowse scored from 10 yards
right steps toward becoming a major
power in college football, he said.
Pettibone said that was not always
the case, as Northern Illinois was
beaten by a combined score of 91-3
by Iowa and Miami in the last few
seasons. The Hawkeyes and Hurri
canes are the only two top-20 teams
beside Nebraska that Pettibone has
faced during his five-year career with
the Huskies.
‘‘I really felt what happened was a
positive gauge,” Pettibone said.
“Three years ago, we played Iowa
and we were never in the game. Two
years ago we played Miami and we
were never in the game.
‘What happened
the second half
was the result of
depth. We just
wore down/
—Pettibone
:
“We were in the game today.”
Pettibone said Northern Illinois
was fortunate in the first half because
Nebraska committed five turnovers.
Two of those turnovers - fumbles by
wingback Richard Bell and I-back
Leodis Flowers - led to Huskie
scores.
Pettibone said he knows Nebraska
did not play up to its potential in the
out to close the scoring.
Drennan’s field goal tied the long
est in Nebraska history, with Paul
Rogers in 1969 and Billy Todd in
1977.
Nebraska’s offense generated 557
total yards, including 455 on the
ground. Northern Illinois was held to
174 total yards.
Linebacker Pat Tyrance led the
Husker defense with 10 tackles,
seven of which were unassisted.
Osborne said the game was more
beneficial for the Huskcrs than if it
would have been a lopsided mis
match in the first quarter.
first half. He said the Comhuskers are
an excellent team, and were well
prepared.
“That’s a very impressive of
fense,” Pettibone said. “They did a
great job of mixing up the play action
passes, the bootlegs.”
Pettibone said he particularly was
impressed by Nebraska I-back Ken
Clark. Clark tallied 168 yards on 14
carries before leaving the game with
a bruised knee.
Pettibone said Clark is in the same
class with Ickey Woods, a former
University of Ncvada-Las Vegas
running back who now plays for the
National Football League’s Cincin
nati Bcngals.
“We compare him a lot to Ickey
Woods,” Pettibone said. “The dif
ference is Clark has a much better
offensive line.”
Pettibone and Northern Illinois
fullback Adam Dach said they will
not let the loss bother them. They said
Northern Illinois, 1-1, will benefit
from the game.
Pettibone said Northern Illinois
will be ready for Nebraska when it
returns to Lincoln next season. He
said the Huskies will have an advan
tage because they now have played a
game in front of the sellout crowd at
Memorial Stadium.
“This is good for us. It helps us the
next time back,” Pettibone said.
“They’ll have that (experience) to
think about.”.
“It was much better than if we’d
gotten the game out of reach in the
first 10 minutes,” he said. “But it
was a little hard on our nerves.”
. The only major Husker injury,
other than Clark's, was a compound
fracture of offensive tackle Doug
Glaser’s big toe, Osborne said. The
injury could cause Glaser to miss the
next four to six games.
“That injury is a big one,”
Osborne said. “You just don’t have
many linemen like him around, with
that type of experience.
“(Second-team tackle) Erik
Wiegert will have to grow up in a
hurry.”
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