1970 Day by Day: Sept. 21

Joe Orduna
That First Championship Season
Sept. 21: Three starters not in pads.

Quarterback Jerry Tagge, offensive guard Donnie McGhee and split end Guy Ingles were not in pads Monday as Nebraska began preparations for its game against Army.

Coach Bob Devaney said the plan was to rest Tagge as much as possible during the coming week to let his thigh injury clear up. Ingles suffered bruised ribs in Saturday night’s game against Southern Cal, and McGhee was dealing with leg soreness, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

Devaney said quarterback Van Brownson could have played against USC and would see his first action of the season against Army. Before Wednesday of USC week, Brownson had done very little throwing for two weeks because of a sore elbow.

I-back Joe Orduna was named Big Eight back of the week Monday for his work in the 21-21 tie game against the Trojans (135 yards on 18 carries), and the Huskers rose one notch to No. 8 in the Associated Press poll. USC dropped from No. 3 to No. 7.

In a luncheon talk Monday in Lincoln, Devaney reflected on Saturday night’s deadlock on the West Coast. “If either team had been able to eliminate any of its mistakes,” he said, “that team would have won the game.”