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1970 Day by Day: Prep for Sooners' wishbone vexes Huskers - Nov. 17

1970 Day by Day: Nov. 17

That First Championship Season
Nov. 17: Wishbone prep vexes Huskers.

Coach Bob Devaney said Tuesday that preparing for Oklahoma’s wishbone offense was “giving us some problems” because of unfamiliarity with the Sooners’ new triple-option scheme.

“We haven’t played anyone who has used it,” Devaney noted. The Sooners didn’t seem to favor a particular ball carrier, he said, making the Blackshirts’ task all the more difficult.

There was unsettling news on the injury front as Devaney said the availability of I-back Jeff Kinney and defensive end Willie Harper might not be known until Friday. Kinney was nursing a sore shoulder, and Harper had a hip pointer.

In Norman, sophomore Greg Pruitt was moved up to a starting spot at halfback due to an injury to junior Everett Marshall.

Nebraska linebacker Jerry Murtaugh was named Big Eight lineman of the week Tuesday after the romp over Kansas State, and the Huskers rose from No. 4 to No. 3 in both major polls. Nebraska’s momentum in the national rankings fueled hopes that the Orange Bowl-bound Huskers might be ranked No. 1 before the arrival of bowl season.