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Wolverines meet Huskers
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Would Schembechler rather face a
team that throws 30 to 40 times a
game? The answer is surprisingly
"The running team scares me a lot
more than the passing team,
especially with our kind of defense,"
Schembechler said. "I think we can
handle those people (passers) a lot
better than a great running team -
but we'll find out."
THE LAST time Michigan faced
a potent running attack was up at
Minnesota. The Rickey Foggie-led
Gopher offense was held to 182 yards
,on 45 carries - 50 yards under its
average. Many of those yards were
yielded by the Wolverine second
team, which played over 20 minutes.
The Wolverine defense also held the
nation's leading rusher, Lorenzo
White of Michigan State, to 47 yards.
It was the only time the sophomore
Heisman Trophy candidate was kept
in double figures in '85.
And the same gang that stopped
Foggie and White will be on hand to
try stopping DuBose and company
because the Wolverine defense has
stayed healthy. Only backup outside
linebacker Dieter Heren is
questionable for the game. He has
strained knee ligaments.
ON OFFENSE, flanker Erik Cam-
pbell and tailback Thomas Wilcher
will both be ready to play after
missing the final two games with in-
juries. Guard Mike Husar, who sat out
most of the season with an ankle in-
jury, saw action against Minnesota
and Ohio State, is expected to be 100
The only question mark for
the Wolverines is the placekicking. First
stringers Mike Gillette and Rick
Sutkiewicz were suspended in-
definitely for breaking training rules
the Thursday night before the Ohio
State game. Senior Pat Moons then
came on and accounted for nine poi-
nts in the 27-17 victory over the
"I'm not ready to commit on (the
kicking game) yet," Schembechler
said at his last press luncheon.
KICKING could be the difference in
this game - the Wolverines are
favored by a field goal. But momen-
tum could be equally important, and
Michigan has plenty of that.
The Wolverines finished the season
with three key wins over Purdue,
Minnesota, and Ohio State, outscoring
their final three opponents 122-24. On
the other hand, Nebraska is coming
off its worst performance of the year
losing to rival Oklahoma.
"Yes, I think (coming off a win)
helps,"Schembechler said. "In most
cases, when you're going into a game
other than the Rose Bowl, it's coming
off an Ohio State loss. So I think that
will help give us some momentum."
BOTH HEAD coaches have ap-
peared in 12 bowl games with Schem-
bechler at 2-10 and Osborne at 7-5.
"I don't like to lose all those games,
that's kind of embarrassing," Schem-
bechler said. "But let's face it, as soon
as we're in a bowl game and the op-
ponent has been named, my record is
going to come up there."
The two football dynasties have met
four times in history with Michigan
holding a 2-1-1 record. Nebraska won
the last meeting in 1962, 25-13.
1963-68.......Miami (0.) 40-17-3
1975 .............Michigan 8-2-2
1976 .............Michigan 10-2-0
1977 .............Michigan 10-2-0
1978 ............. Michigan 10-2-0
1979 ............. Michigan 8-4-0
1980 .............Michigan 10-2-0
1981 ............. Michigan 9-3-0
1982 ............. Michigan 8-4-0
1983 .............Michigan 9-3-0
1984 ............. Michigan 6-6-0
1985 .............Michigan 9-1-1
Totals 1963-85 .............195-55-7
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1973 ............. Nebraska 9-2-1
1974 ............. Nebraska 9-3-0
1977 ............. Nebraska 9-3-0
1978 .............Nebraska 9-3-0
1979 .............Nebraska 10-2-0
1980 .............Nebraska 10-2-0
1981 ............. Nebraska 9-3-0
Totals 1973-85 .............127-29-2
By PHIL NUSSEL
"It'll be the Bypass Surgery Open," said
Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler about the
1986 Fiesta Bowl matchup in Tempe, Ariz. between
his Wolverines (9-1-1) and Tom Osborne's Nebraska
Both head coaches have had bypass surgeries
over the last few years. "Neither one of us will get
excited," Schembechler added.
UH, RIGHT coach.
While the Michigan mentor claims the coaches
may not get too excited about the game, everybody
else will since it not only matches two of this year's
top college football teams - it matches two all-time
great football programs.
"Their program is one of the great programs in
the country," said Schembechler, who is now 155-38-4
at Michigan. "It'll be a veteran Nebraska team,
they'll have the finest rushing game in the country,
they will have a great defense, and they are ex-
tremely well coached.
"TOM OSBORNE is one of the great coaches in
the country. They are going to be a formidable op-
Osborne, in his 13th year at Nebraska (127-29-2
overall), was equally impressed with Michigan.
"They've got some great athletes, particularly on
the defensive side of the ball," he said. "I think
Iowa is a great football team, but Michigan could
just as well be at the top of the Big Ten. They've got
a good offensive team, especially quarterback Jim
Harbaugh, who throws well and has been around for
a long time."
The Huskers' losses this year were to
Florida State, 17-13, and to Oklahoma 27-7 for the Big
Eight title. Outside of these two setbacks, Nebraska
has been tough.
OSBORNE'S squad destroyed Illinois early this
season 52-25 - the same Illinois squad that tied
Michigan 3-3 after missing a last-second field goal.
All told, the Huskers almost literally ran up over
36 points a game with an I-back offense that stayed
on the ground 841 times this season compared to
144 passing plays. It had 4117 yards rushing with 40
touchdowns and just 1080 passing yards for six
"They got an awesome running attack," said
Michigan defensive coordinator Gary Moeller.
"They've had a lot of success running the ball and
they are always a good trick-play team. They keep
you off balance."
LEADING THE Husker attack is junior I-back Doug
DuBose with 1161 yards and eight touchdowns. Five
others in the offensive backfield have 250 or more
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the unit in tackles with 37, and has
picked off three passes while breaking
up four more.
Although the Husker defense is
somewhat lacking in experience, it
has racked up some Michigan-like
records this year. Nebraska has
allowed an average of 12.3 points per
game and had a streak of 15 straight
quarters without allowing a touch-
down broken against Oklahoma.
The Cornhusker defense has
allowed opposing offenses an average
of 279 yards per game - only 26 yards
a game more than Michigan's second-
The Cornhusker kicking game may
also be a concern for Michigan.
Placekicker Dale Klein and punter
Dan Wingard both earned starting
positions this year with little previous
Klein, a sophomore, booted an
NCAA-record seven field goals in
Nebraska's 28-20 win over Missouri.
He has also converted all 38 of his ex-
tra-point attempts. Wingard is
averaging 42 yards a punt on 46 kicks.
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Scouting the Cornhusl
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By MIKE REDSTONE
With only four starters from his 1984
squad returning, Nebraska coach
Tom Osborne and the rest of the Cor-
nhusker following anticipated a
rebuilding year in 1985.
But despite this lack of experienced
personnel, Osborne had his team
primed for a fifth consecutive Big
Eight Championship with one game
left. A season-ending loss to
Oklahoma on November 23, however,
ended Nebraska's hopes for a cham-
pionship and gave the Sooners an
Orange Bowl berth.
ALTHOUGH THE Huskers were
second-best in the Big Eight this year,
they head into the 1986 Sunkist Fiesta
Bowl showdown against Michigan
with a 9-2 record and a ranking of six-
th in the polls. While Osborne did not
have many full-time starters retur-
ning in 1985, he did have a full slate of
experienced players that filled out his
One of Nebraska's top returnees
was Travis Turner, who split time as
the signal caller during the regular
season with sophomore McCathorn
Clayton before having to undergo
reconstructive knee surgery at mid-
Clayton, who appears to be
Nebraska's quarterback of the future
and who will start against Michigan, has
hit on 28 of 78 pass attempts for 602
yards and has been intercepted seven
times. Turner meanwhile, completed
21 of 55 passes on the ear before
being injured against Oklahoma
THE WOLVERINES may also see
Steve Taylor at quarterback. The 6-0,
180-pound freshman saw action in the
Oklahoma game and completed three
of six passes for 38 yards.
As is characteristic of most teams
in the Big Eight, Nebraska's passing
game is archaic in comparison to
today's increasingly pass-oriented
Only one Cornhusker, split end
Robb Schnitzler, has caught more
than 10 passes this year. The Battle
Creek, Nebraska native has 16 recep-
tions to account for 382 of Nebraska's
1080 total passing yards. In contrast,
the Wolverines have passed for 2053
yards this year and have four players
with more receptions than Schnitzler.
WHILE NEBRASKA'S quarter-
backs have not compiled overly im-
pressive statistics, the man who snaps
them the ball on every play, center
Bill Lewis, is a major force on the
Lewis, a 6-6, 275-pound senior, was
named to the Football Writers All-
American team after stepping in this
year for departed All-American Mark
Lewis is one of the main cogs in a
Nebraska running machine which has
churned out 4117 yards this season.
The other is I-back Doug DuBose.
DuBOSE, A 5-11, 190-pound junior,
rushed for 1161 yards this year - his
second consecutive 1000 yard effort.
DuBose is the first Husker back ever
to rush for 1000 yards - in both his
A scene that was repeated many times this season. I
White (22) congratulate tight end Eric Kattus after th
eight touchdown receptions from quarterback Jim Ha
it's one scene they hope to see again in the Fiesta Bowl o
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Nebraska quarterback McCathorn Clayton prepares to pitch the ball to
one of his backs in Nebraska's 52-25 win over Illinois this season. With the
Huskers running out of the power-I formation, pitches play an integral
role in their offense.
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