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. C-12Collcge football THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Sunday, October 6, 1991 MMO 7 Coileqe football Louisville pays the price for UCs frustration M .twaw Bearcats unleash running game, don't beat selves with mistakes .. .1 - fc . T .41 If UC also unleashed its slumbering running game, notably in the persons of Powell and Small. Powell, the much-ballyhooed junior tailback, was the top junior-college rusher in America in 1989. But this season, his first UC campaign, he'd been hampered by injuries and had only 92 yards rushing (2.5 per carry). Saturday, he gained 13 yards on his first carry, and scored UC's first touchdown on a 20-yard run. Powell got help from Small and fullback Mike Britford, a sophomore walk-on who rushed for 89 yards, but he was the center of attention afterward. "This is the first time I've felt 100 all year," Powell said. "I knew my time would come." "I wish the fans would stick with us now." Murphy, while pleased, said he wouldn't allow UC to get too high. His own record, he knows, is still 3-23-1 in two-plus years. "The program hasn't been turned around," he said. "But today lends some legitimacy and credibility to what we're doing. Our kids played hard and earned this one." 7 Vr - ' r h J f i M " . I f ...... . . - 1 ""7 ,1 BY TOM GROESCHEN The Cincinnati Enquirer LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Cincinnati Bearcats stunned America with their 81-0 loss to Penn State Sept. 7. They pulled an equally huge shocker with Saturday's 30-7 rout of respected Louisville here. UC (1-4), a 30lA-point underdog, dominated every phase in bombing the 37th-ranked Cardinals (2-3). Louisville was a shadow of the 1991 Fiesta Bow. team that ripped Alabama, 34-7, and a Homecoming crowd of 34,327 soundly booed the Cards in the second half. How can UC, one month after the worst game in school history, turn in one of the best in school history? "I don't have that answer," said UC coach Tim Murphy. "It gets overrated, but you truly just have to block and tackle. "We felt we could win, but we felt it would go down to the wire." Murphy was one of the few who thought UC would even be in it. UC had been outscored, 174-41, for the season, but had lost only 22-9 (Miami) and 20-16 (Bowling Green) the past two weeks. The Bearcats felt they were due, having dominated those games statistically. "We were so frustrated, we were ready to explode," said John Arena, UC senior guard. "We took out all our aggressiveness today." It was UC's first victory since Sept. 29, 1990, a 27-24 victory at Kent State. Louisville coach Howard lenberger was so incensed by his team's performance that he called a practice for 6 o'clock this morn ing. Louisville was coming off a 28-14 victory over Southern Mississippi, which upset powerful Auburn on Saturday. But the Cardi-nals looked completely disorganized against UC. They couldn't run, and quarterback Eric Watts badly missed receivers all day. Schnellenberger, who has loftily proclaimed he has the Cardinals on track to a national title and who wants to drop next year's scheduled game with UC to play a big-name team, was humble Howard after this one. "I certainly want to congratulate Coach Murphy for having his football team well-prepared," Schnellenberger said. "From our side, I have to apologize to a lot of people for the performance of myself, my staff, and this football team. "I thought these days were gone from the annals of Cardinal football." Some eye-catching numbers: UC, averaging 120 yards rushing per game, ran for 314 behind an offensive line that overpowered the Louisville defense. UC rushed for four touchdowns, compared to just one in the first four games this year. UC had no turnovers, after having seven last week. Tailbacks Vince Powell (126 yards) and David Small (111) each had career high rush totals, the first time two UC backs hit 100 in the same game since Reggie Taylor and Robert Williams in 1985. UC, averaging 286 total yards, had 439 overall (300 by f I J fit r V ', ( I t v ' , ' - Eft.-,., If f 7 M B 3 .1 I 1 Cincinnati. Lauiivlll- Tfie "Associated Press Cincinnati's Ronnie Shannon finds plenty of running room against Louisville Saturday. Cin-PoweH 20 run (Row kick) On Fitzgerald 1 run (Rowe kick) Cln-Britford 7 run (kick failed) Cln-Britford SO run (Rowe kick) Lou Dawklni 13 run (Wllrmmeyer kick) On-FG Rowe 40 A-34J27 cm lou 13 n , 49-314 125 ...ll 32-W 24 First downs ....... Rushes-yards . Passing Return Yards... Comp-Att-Mt.... Punts tJ-21-0 10-28-0 6-35 7-40 .1-0 through the first quarter, UC tried a squib kickoff. Voila! The ball ricocheted off a Cardinal player near midfield, and bounced right back to kicker Dave Rowe. "It wasn't planned," said Murphy, smiling. "Just luck." It led to a Chuck Fitzgerald 1-yard TD plunge. It was 14-0 after one quarter, 27-0 by halftime. Did UC fear a letdown? halftime). UC's defense, allowing 43 points and 418 yards per game, allowed only 7 and 181, respectively. The Bearcats blanketed the ball wherever it was, allowing no rush longer than 13 yards and no pass longer than 25. It was UC's highest point total since getting 32 in a 56-32 loss to East Carolina, nine games ago. After grabbing a 7-0 lead on Powell's 20-yard run midway No. "They were like wild elephants at halftime," Murphy said. "I couldn't keep them in the locker room." UC was expected to get buried because, on paper, U of L had the edge in team speed, experience and depth. "If we don't turn it over and don't allow big plays, we knew we'd have a chance to win," said Murphy. Penalties-Yards... ..13-100 3-2 11-45 11-41 Time of Possession 41:12 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING-Cinclnnati, Powell 24-126, Small 19-111. Louisville, Dawklns 16-86, Henry 1-15. PASSING-Clncinnatl, Anderson 13-21-0-125. Louisville, Watts 9-25-0-67, Lowe 1-3-0-25. RECEIVING-Cincinnati, Bjorson 4-35, PatarHa 2-34, Strut 3-17. Louisville, Dawkins Mi, Gonzalez 3-24, Boykm 2-12. Patterson hurt as Miami holds off Ragin' Cajuns, 27-14 the ball at USL's 14, where Miami's Bill Atha recovered. Clement capped the scoring with a 1-yard sneak, but not after he was belted while under center on the previous play. After he scored Clement threw the ball at the Cajun culprit and was assessed an unsportsmanlike penalty. Miami, Ohio- M 0 0 13-27 l 0 OW-14 MtO-dement 1 run (Lucas kick) MIO-Patterson 3 pass from Clement (Lucas kick) MtO Patterson 5 pass from Cement (kick failed) SWLA Laxey 25 pass from Hayes (Cunningham kick) SWLA-Butler 9 pass from Hayes (Cunningham kick) MlO-Clement 1 run (Lucas kick) A 21,213 BY JACK MURRAY The Cincinnati Enquirer LAFAYETTE, La. Jeremy Patterson, the redshirt freshman tight end from Cincinnati A:ademy of Physical Education, received an ovation from his Miami teammates as ''.e painfr'ly boarded the charter flight b?ck to Cinci'inati on Saturday night. For ihe '. econd consecutive week, the Redskins stor. d early against a winless opponent, then relied on their big-play defense to bail them out. Jim Clement, Miami's feisty sophomore quarterback, threw two touchdown passes , to Patterson and rushed for two others, 1 and Miami's defense forced five turnovers in the 27-14 victory over Southwestern ', Louisiana in the first meeting between the I two schools. A week ago, the Redskins ; staved off Cincinnati. ; Patterson, who caught five passes for ' 49 yards and rushed for 19 more yards on ! two double reverses, sustained a possible ; broken sternum in a powerful hit in the ; fourth quarter. Dr. Jim Goldy, MU team ' physician, said initial X-rays were incon clusive and he would have a bone scan in a couple of days. Tests did determine that there was no liver damage. Miami improved its record to 4-1 in recording its first back-to-back road wins since 1986. The Cajuns fell to 0-6. "I didn't like the look in my players' eyes after the score was 20-0," Miami coach Randy Walker said. "I told them to keep playing hard, because (USL) would come back." Said split end Milt Stegall, who extended his consecutive pass reception streak to 26 games: "This is a big win for us, because 4-1 sounds great and 3-2 sounds just mediocre." Clement said: "We started very fast. I don't know if they were surprised by the no-huddle offense. Once they caught on, they became pretty tough." Tyjuan Hayes, USL's elusive quarterback, gave the Redskins fits. "Hayes is one of the fastest players I have ever played against," Miami defensive end Jon Wauford said. "Their offense did not give us the opportunity to do a lot of blitzing, but I thought our front four put a lot of pressure on him." Defensive end Thad Fidler recovered two fumbles to lead the MU defense. On the game's first possession, Fidler stripped the ball carrier, and the conservative Redskin offense marched 23 yards in six plays, capped by a Clement sneak. The Redskins got more creative on their next possession and drove 61 yards on seven plays. Patterson caught a 3-yard scoring pass for a 14-0 Miami lead with 2:39 remaining in the first quarter. A 13-yard scamper by Patterson on a double reverse was the big play of the drive. Clement threw a devastating block to spring Patterson on the play. Fidler, a converted fullback, snuffed out the rally when he scooped up his second fumble after a crushing QB sack by linebacker Barry Renfro at the Miami 24. He rumbled 76 yards with the recovery. Although entertaining, it was all for naught, since the fumble in the backfield cannot by advanced by the recovering team. Miami's defense, ranked fifth nationally, yielded only 77 total yards in the first half. Hayes scrambled 51 yards on the first play of the third quarter. Miami held on downs and took over at its 11. Shean Williams' interception in Cajun territory set up what appeared to be the clinching TD. Clement, on a play-action pass, hit Patterson all alone in the corner of the end zone with a 5-yard scoring strike. Bryan Lucas missed his fourth extra point of the season and Miami led, 20-0, with 12:40 remaining. Hayes rallied his team with a 25-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal, the first touchdown against the Miami defense in 12 quarters, and the Cajuns made it more interesting when Patterson was leveled by Orlanda Thomas after catching a perfectly thrown pass from Clement over the middle on third down. The impact jarred the ball loose and into a defender's hands. Patterson was taken to the hospital. The Cajuns scored three plays later from the Miami 24 with 8:17 left on a Hayes-to-Wayde Butler 9-yard aerial to cut the deficit to six. Safety Ron Carpenter's 10th career interception staved off one threat and Andy Howard caused Hayes to cough up MtO ..14 First downs Rushes-yards.. Passing ...52-166 79 ,.1W Return yards... SWLa 15 43-113 169 39 11-23-2 4-40 3-3 6-29 21:15 9-17-1 Comp-ArHnt Punts Fumbles-tost... W 6-00 31:45 Penalties-yards Time of Possession..... INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING Miami, Ohio, Carter 20-73, Ellerbe 10-32, Clement 16-19. Southwestern, Hayes 1541, Mocek 10-30, Laey 8-16. PASSING Miami, Ohio, Clement 9-17-1-79. Southwestern. Hayes 11-23-2-169. RECEIVING Miami, Ohio, Patterson 549, Stegall 3-15, Pegues 1-15. Southwestern, Butler 4-32, Forman HI, Laxey 2-31. Ohio State grinds up Wisconsin, 31-16 Ole Miss too much for Kentucky, 35-14 1T ' ' . i VT ! the TD on a 51-yard scamper. Mississippi linebacker Phillip Kent recovered a fumble and had three sacks. V. ,5. 7 7 7 14-35 .0 7 7 0-M AAIS Bitting 10 run (Lee kick) KEN-Samuels 45 run (Peltrey kick) MlS-BiWngs 13 run (Lee kick) MIS-Brownlee 26 pass from Shows (Lee kick) KEN-Walker 1 run (Pelfrey kick) MIS-Monlgomery 60 pass from Shows (Lee kick) MIS-Courtney 26 pass from Luke (Lee kick) A-56J75. elapsed. "That's the best defense we can have when the offense grinds it out like that," Young said. Scottie Graham ran for 63 yards, Butler By'not'e for 62 and Middletown's Jeff Cothran had 46. CAPE grad Carlos Snow gained 36 yards on two carries, but left the game with a bruised shoulder early in the first quarter. Cooper said the injury was less severe than first thought, although he was uncertain how long Snow would be out of action. The Buckeyes won't have long to bask in their undefeated glory. Saturday, the Buckeyes will go on the road for the first time and face Illinoi and Jason Verduzco, the nation's leading passer. Lately, Illinois has had OSU's number, winning the last three. "We'll be ready for them when the time comes," Tovar said. "Right now, we're going to enjoy this win." Mlt Ken .20 First downs Rushes-yards... Passing . Return .40-218 39-111 311 IH ..I4-M-2 11-344 2-46 7-31 Punts... Fumbies-Lost.. 4-2 Penalties-Yards... 0-0 .....3-27 .....26:29 5-41 33:31 Time ot Possession.. 1- - fh A iJ i , t k v. . 1 BY MIKE WAINSCOTT ! Enquirer Contributor ; COLUMBUS, Ohio For the ' second straight game, Ohio State's ! defense strutted its big-play stuff land helped earn a convincing 31-16 ; victory over Wisconsin in the Big Ten opener for both teams Saturday. J After recording a school-record ; nine sacks in its last game against ! Washington State, the 14th-ranked I Buckeyes (4-0) had three sacks and ! another four tackles for losses against Wisconsin (3-1). ! "It feels good to be able to play I this kind of attacking, get-after-,them defense," Ohio State line-' backer Steve Tovar, a preseason , All-American, said. "A lot of the ' credit goes to the guys up front. ; They have a lot of experience, and they really control the line of ! scrimmage. They are why we can , take a lot of chances" with blitzes 1 and stunts. . In Derrick Foster, Alonzo Spell-' man, Greg Smith and Rich Frimel, the Buckeyes have a defensive line that averages 6-foot-4, 260 pounds. Frimel is a senior, and the other three are juniors. "Our front line is really outstanding," defensive coordinator Bill iung said. "The line is big, strong and experienced and the linebackers are also very talented. It really gives us some flexibility to mix up our schemes, more so than in the past. "We also have a lot of speed in the secondary. They're a little inexperienced, but they have great cover speed." Saturday, the Buckeyes allowed Wisconsin just 95 yards of total offense for the first 3'a quarters before the second- and third-team players yllowed another 133 yards and a pair of touchdown! late in the ENQUIRER NEWS SERVICES LEXINGTON, Ky. Russ Shows passed for two touchdowns and Darron Billings rushed for two scores, leading Mississippi to a 35-14 Southeastern Conference victory Saturday night over Kentucky. Shows hit Vincent Brownlee on a 28-yard TD pass for a 21-7 lead with 6:26 remaining in the third quarter and connected on a 60-yard strike to Tyrone Montgomery with 9:11 left for a 28-14 margin. Shows completed 13 of 27 passes for 292 yards and was intercepted twice. He also rushed 10 times for 56 yards. Billings, a senior, scored for the first time in his career when he went off left tackle for 10 yards to give Mississippi (5-1 overall, 1-1 SEC) a 7-0 lead. He later added a 13-yard TD run for a 14-7 advantage. Mississippi tacked on a final touchdown with 1:51 left in the game when Tom Luke passed 28 yards over the middle to a streaking Marvin Courtney. Kentucky (2-2, 0-1), which had won its last 10 night home games, stayed with Mississippi until Shows' TD pass to Montgomery in the fourth quarter. Terry Samuels powered up the middle for a 45-yard touchdown run with 14:03 left in the half to pull Kentucky even at 7-7. The score came one play after safety Brad Armstead had a 55-yard return on an interception of Shows' pass at the 1. Kentucky sliced the lead to 21-14 on Craig Walker's 1-yard run in the third quarter. Freshman quarterback Pookie Jones set up 0 14-14 1 17-31 Wisconsin-Ohio St. INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING-Misslssippl, Ashley 7-60, Shows 10-56, Courtney 9-34. Kentucky, Samuels 10-10, Jones 9-77, Hood 7-21. PASSING-MlsslsslppI, Shows 13-27-2-292, Luke M-O-26. Kentucky, Smith 7-1366, Jones 11-21152. RICBIVING-Mlsslsslppl, Owens 4-46, Montgomery 2-71, Courtney 74t, Smal 2-49. Kentucky, Johnson S-M, Clark H, Samuels 3-37, Hood 3-20. Mount St. Joseph 34, Ur-bana 14, at Springfield, Ohio Jason Jackson, fourth in the nation in rushing among NAIA schools, ran for two touchdowns and caught a pass from Rob Paff for a third as Mount St. Joseph evened its record at 2-2. The game was the first between the schools. Paff completed 13 of 25 passes for 167 yards. Steve Andres led the Lions on defense with 14 tackles and an interception. Though giving up an average of 520 yards per game this season, Mount St. Joseph held Urbana (0-5) to 282 OSU-Harrli 1 run (T.WIWoms kick) OSU-Edwards 22 pass from K.Graham (T.WIIIIams kick) Wls-Safely, Regal kick from end torn OSU-T.WINams 41 FG OSU-Herbstreit 32 run (T.WMems kick) Wis-T.FIetcher 4 pass from Macias (pass failed) OSU-Harrls 6 run (T.Wllams kick) Wls-OeRamui II pass from Macias (Bourne pass from Macias) A-94,221 The Associated Press Ohio State's Carlos Snow is pursued by Wisconsin's Nick Rafko in the first quarter Saturday. The CAPE graduate left the game with a bruised shoulder after picking up 36 yards on two carries. Wis First downs .......... II 11-21 200 Rushes-yards... Passing yards.. Return yards... Passes OSU 24 57-221 166 11-17-1 Ml 2-1 9-7) 40.24 .14-32-0 7-31 1-0 Punts... Fumbkn-lost... 4-31 Penalties-yards...... Time of Possession.. ...19:36 yards ot ottense. MSJ rolled up 443 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS RUSHtNG- Wisconsin, T.Fletcher 7-33, Monti itoomery total ottense. losing only to USC in the Rose Bowl. "We're 4-0. Let's not worry about anything else. Let's just enjoy this win while we can," Cooper said. "We substituted freely at the end and had quite a few young players in the game." . Offensively, the Buckeyes were up to their usual grind-it-out selves. Ohio State gained 221 yards rushing, which led to three scoring drives of five mijiutes or more, including one whle 8:51 game. OSU led, 24-2, with 3:20 left in the game. "We were a little disappointed at the end results," Tovar said, "but we know the young guys have to play and get experience." Likewise, Ohio State coach John Cooper was not about to let the late touchdowns spoil his party. And with good reason. The Buckeyes haven't been 4-0 since 1984. They haven't gona5-0 since 1979, when Ohio State yent 11-1, Mount St. Joseph 0 M 7 13-34 uroana I 0 0 14-14 MSJ-Jackson 4 run (Bellvanakls kick) MSJ Jackson 9 run (Baiivaniifcit kirk t 2-7, Shelton 1-3, Moss I minus I, Lowery 7-mlnus 14. Ohio St., S.Graham 1043, By'not'e 21-62, Cothran 1-46, Snow 2-36, Herbstrelt 1-32, Harris 7.26, 0 Brown 1-5, Pickens l-mlnus 2, Team l-mlnus 14, K.Graham S-mlnus 33. PASSINQ-Wlsconsln, Lowery 1-21-0-74, Macias (-11-0-126. Ohio St., K Graham 9-I2-MI9, Pickens 1-2-0-34, Herbstrelt 1-34-13. RECRIVINO-Wlsconsln, T Fletcher S-43, DeRamut 4-61. Roan J-4, A Brown 14, Moss 1-3, Ciech M. Ohio St., MSJ-Jack son 3 pass from Paff (Bellvanakls kick) U-Hopkins 66 pass from Sutler (pass failed) MSJ-Borland 4 pass form Paff (Bellvanakls kick) U-WMs 10 pass from Slalier (WMs pass from Slatr tr) Edwards 3-53, Stableln 3-37, Galloway 2-37, Saunnri I-II, MSJ-MoKni9run Harris 1-1. By'not'e l-mmui i. 1 v1.

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