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-...., C-6ColIege football the Cincinnati enquirer Sunday, October 20, 1991 MO f College football -9 loss) What UC (OK stats) isn't what you ge t(56 t u BY TOM GROESCHEN The Cincinnati Enquirer BLACKSBURG, Va. OK, the UC Bearcats lost to Virginia Tech here Saturday. Most expected UC's two-game winning streak to end, but not with a 56-9 bashing. "I thought these days were gone," said UC flanker Damon Bryant. Instead, Bryant's 77-yard touchdown reception was a rare UC highlight, along with David Small's 121 yards rushing. The Bearcats departed in a mild state of shock. It was a weird game in which UC dominated most statistics, yet still got mauled. UC (2-5) was a 27V2-point underdog to Tech (3-4). UC had more total yards (460-348), more first downs (27-14), more plays (98-61), more possession time, more of most everything. But it was all meaningless because UC was swamped by a tidal wave of big plays, mental mistakes, special-teams breakdowns, and an inability to convert inside the 20-yard line. and trailed "only" 21-3 at halftime. "If we get that fake punt for a first down," said Murphy, "it's a whole different ballgame." Two possessions into the second half, it was 35-3. Murphy then tried to shake things up by inserting Lance Harp for Paul Anderson at quarterback. Harp threw the 77-yard score to Bryant to make it 35-9. Bryant did most of the work after a "quick-hitch" pass to the left sideline, catching the ball, faking a Tech defender and then dashing about 70 yards to score. It was one of the longest pass plays in UC history, but shy of the 95-yard record of Greg Cook to Tom Rossley in 1968. But not even Cook, the great one, could have rescued UC Saturday. "The whole game was too many mistakes," said Murphy. "We're still young and that's part of the reason, but quite frankly I'm a little worried about it." Still, this wasn't as bad as the 81-0 loss at Penn State and the 51-16 loss to North Carolina. , "It doesn't feel as bad, because 1 .l " . . . y . ' ; 1 . V Oniversity of Cincinnati quarterback ty Virginia Tech's Billy Swarm in the - . . "Our penalties (eight) and our kicking game (two punts blocked) took us out of what would have been a competitive game, and made it a blowout," said UC coach Tim Murphy. "It was a long game, and a strange one in many ways," said Tech coach Frank Beamer. Tech, a respectable 33-20 loser to No. 1 Florida State last week, made UC pay for every goof-up. The toll included: First quarler, Tech up, 7-0. UC tries a fake punt from its own 48, with up-back Kris Bjorson rumbling 31 yards for an apparent first down. Oops, UC slapped with a motion penalty. Next play: Tech blocks UC's punt, and converts for a TD. It's 14-0, just 7:39 into the game. Ensuing kickoff: UC's deep men fail to flag down the kick, which had fluttered into a strong wind. Tech dives on the free ball at UC's 15-yard line. Two minutes later, boom, it's 21-0. There's still 5:17 to go in the first quarter. The Bearcats fought back, outplayed Tech in the second quarter, I. i f x' ".-4 The Associated Press Paul Anderson (19) is sacked first quarter Saturday. 5T" "R. MP ' - .4 flat t- OSU goes north, by Northwestern we know we are capable of competing with these teams now," defensive tackle Ronnie Dixon said. "It hurts, no question, but I feel confident that we'll be back." UC plays Southern Mississippi next Saturday at 1 p.m. at Nippert Stadium. Cincinnati.. 2 3 t 0- ji on 7-H Virginia Tech Tech-Brvant II run (Wiiams kick) Tech-Rivers 7 pass from Forrer (Wiliams kick) Tech-Hebron 3 run (Williams kick) Cin-FG Rowe 33 Tech-Bryant 8 run (Williams kick) Tech-Hebron 13 run (Williams kick) Cin-Bryant 77 pass from Harp (pass failed) Tech-Campbell 64 pass from Furrer (Williams kick) Tech-Landrum 18 block punt return (WIHiams kick) Tech-Alexander 95 Interception return (Thomas kick) A-34,31i First downs Rushes-yards .... Passing yards.. Return yards Passes Punts Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards Time of Possession... Cln 27 ....50-197 263 3 .. 18-48-2 8 24 2 I 8 SO 35 51 Tech 14 39-196 152 190 12-22-1 8-30 0-0 5-49 24:09 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS RUSHING-Oncinnatl, Anderson 9-39, Small 21-121, Powell 7-10, Fitzgerald 3-13, Harp 4-7, Abrams 5-29. Virginia Tech, Hebron 14-105, Furrer Wminus 8), Kennedy 11-44, Bryant 6-33, Poindexter 3-17, Jeffries 3-5. PASSINC-Clncinnati, Anderson 10-23-1-127, Harp 4-17-1-115, Stofa 4-8-21. Virginia Tech, Furrer 9-18-1-118, Wooten 3-4-0-34. RECEIVING-Cincinnatl, Small 3-12, Bjorson 5-45, Pearce 3-40, Hoog 2-38, Bryant 4-122, GuJda 1-9, Abrams 1-3. Virginia Tech, Meoror. 3-3, Freeman 1-12, Rivers 1-7, Sanders 1-9, Campbell 2-76, Daniels 1-11, DeShazo 2-20, Zban 1-14. completed 22 of 36 passes for 236 yards for Indiana. (3-2-1, 2-1). The passing of Green and the powerful running of Vaughn Dunbar, who had 116 yards on 34 carries, helped the Hoosiers drive to the Michigan 1 late in the game. On third-and-goal, Green lost a yard on an option play and on the next play, Indiana fullback Cory Taylor lost a yard when swarmed under by Michigan's Erick Anderson, Lance Dottin and Dean Johnson. The Hoosiers got the ball back once more, but couldn't pick up a first down in four snaps. Michigan then ran out the clock. Indiana. .ID I 3- 16 -7 7 3 7- 24 Michigan. Ind-FG Bonnell 42 UM-Howard 4 pass from Grbac (Carlson kick) Ind-Green 1 run (Bonnell kick) UM-Howard 6 pass from Grbac (Carlson kick) Ind-FG Bonnell 32 UM-FG Carlson 36 Ind-FG Bonnell 27 UM-Howard 4 pass from Grbac (Carlson kick) A-10M197. Ind Firstdowns 21 Rushes-yards 47-138 Passing yards 236 Return Yards... ..........0 Mich 14 32-150 111 0 12-18-0 2-20 2-44 0-0 2-28 24:05 Comp-Atl-Int 22-36-0 Sacked-YardsLost .....Ml Punts .l-25 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 Penalties-Yards Time of Possession... ...8-63 ...35:55 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING-lndiana, Dunbar 34-116, Green 11-25, Taylor 2-(mim 3). Michigan, Johnson 13-80, Powers 13-73, Legette 3-3, Grbac 3-(minus 6). PASSING-lndlana, Green 22-36-0-236. Michigan, Grbac 12-18-0-111. RECEIVING-lndiana, Dunbar 6-32, Thomas 5-65, Bae-ty 4-71, Lewis 4-44, Coleman 2-18, McGowan 1-6. Michigan, Howard 5-32, Smith 3-25, Johnson 1-27, VanDyne 1-13, Dleboit 1-9, Powers 1-5. No. 15 Iowa 24, No. 13 Illinois 21, at Iowa City, Iowa Matt Rodgers scored on a quarterback sneak with 2V2 minutes left to knock the Ulini out of first place in the Big Ten. Iowa rallied from a 21-10 deficit behind Rodgers to win for the fifth time in six games. The Hawkeyes are 2-1 in the Big Ten. Illinois, which is 4-2 overall, dropped to 2-1 in the Big Ten, leaving Michigan alone in first place. , Illinois 7 14 0 0-21 Iowa 10 7 0 7-24 K-Bell 4 run (Richardson kick) Iowa-Cross 10 pass from Rodgers (Sklllett kick) lowa-re Sklllett 24 Nl Wright 5 pass from Verduico (Richardson klckj Hi-Bell I run (Richardson kick) Iowa-Saunders 5 pass from Rodgers (Sklllett kick) lowa-Rodgers 1 run (Sklllett kick) A-70,220. Ill Iowa . .. ' . ' I .ii.i, i - jNV ' ''(( j . 4 i j C --h-:x-- '''iv'.. wh ' 1 ..a.: I" ft THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CLEVELAND It was just like old times for Scottie Graham and Carlos Snow. Graham rushed for 109 yards and three touchdowns and threw a block to set up Snow's touchdown run as No. 18 Ohio State routed Northwestern, 34-3, Saturday. The touchdowns were Graham's first of the year, and surpassed the two he scored all of last year, when he was hampered by a sprained ankle. Snow has scored three TDs this season after missing 1990 because of a benign tumor on his hip. "The most exciting thing that happened for me today was blocking for Carlos on his touchdown run," Graham said. "We're pretty close friends, and it sure felt like old times again." Northwestern (1-5 overall, 0-3 Big Ten), the home team for the game, agreed to play it in Cleveland in return for an estimated $1 million share of the gate. Ohio State (5-1, 2-1) beat Northwestern for the 16th straight time since 1971. The crowd of 73,830 was more than twice as large as Northwestern expected to draw in Evanston, 111. Northwittrn. OSU-S.Graham 2 run (T.WIHiams kick) NW-FG Leahy 32 OSU-Saunders 15 pass from K. Graham (kick blocked) OSU-S.Graham 1 run (T.WIIIIams kick) OSU-S.Graham 1 run (T.Williams kick) OSU-Snow 6 run (T.WIIIIams kick) A-7330. OSU Firstdowns 16 NW 7 Rushes-yards Passing ..,, Return yards Passes , ...60-289 40-71 ....75 73 61 16 .... 5-16-14-13-0 .......5-34 10-39 4-2 2-1 Punts... Fumbtes-Lost . Penalties-Yards 3-24 3-15 Time of Possession 32:57 27:03 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS RUSHING-Ohlo St., S.Graham 13-109, Harris 15-41, Snow 7-47, By'nofe 1-41, Cothran 7-25, Galloway 1-21, Herbstrelt 3-13, D.Brown 1-3, K.Graham 5-(minus 11). Northwestern, Lundy 1 1-38, Ray 1 1-29, Dixon 7-14, Zipfel 3-5, Greenwald 1-5, LWilllams 6-2, Sutter Mmlnus 15). PASSING-Ohlo St., K.Graham 2-8-0-23, Herbstrelt 2-5-1-31, Pickens 0-2-04, T.Williams 1-1-0-21. Northwestern, LWilllams 3-8-0-69, Krebs 1-54-4. RECEIVING-Ohio St., Stablein 2-26, Paulk 1-21, Saunders 1-15, Lee 1-13. Northwestern, Benson 1-49, Zipfel 1-14, CMorrls 1-6, Greenwald 1-4. No. 4 Michigan 24, Indiana 16, at Ann Arbor, Mich. Desmond Howard was, well, Desmond Howard. But it was Michigan's defense that preserved the Wolverines' victory. Howard caught three touchdown passes and set up the Wolverines' final score with a 71-yard kickoff return after Indiana had made it a one-point game early in the fourth quarter. Michigan (5-1 overall, 3-0 Big Ten) struggled all day to contain the passing of Trent Green, who The Associated PressRob Burns Miami flanker Bob Clark avoids a tackle by Ohio University defensive back Mario McCollough to score a first-quarter touchdown Saturday. Dougherty's 3 TD passes lead MU BY JACK MURRAY "With Kevin running the ball first half. "We were fighting for nents this season to single digits. The Cincinnati Enquirer and the line blocking so well, it the ball and I guess he fell down," Miami improved to 5-1-1 and ' OXFORD Ohio Miami Uni- took a lot of Pressure off me" said Clark of the ou defender. 3-0-1, a half-game behind Bowling versity's homecoming game Satur- Dougherty said. "When I did get to Backup tight end Jeremy Pat- Green (4-0). OU (1-5-1, 0-4-1 day was a highlight film throw 11 was easier this week- terson, Miami s leading scorer, Mid-American Conference) had a The Redskins dismantled the Stegall, the all-purpose per- caught his sixth TD pass of the touchdown nullified by a holding Ohio Bobcats 34-0 to the delight former from Ro8er Bacon H'gh- season. Miami's final touchdown penalty and committed two rough- of 24 903 fans at Yager Stadium ran back the second-half kickoff 96 was a 2-yard toss from Dougherty ing-the-punter fouls. Freshman Neil Dougherty oper- yards for a touchdown. The return to tight end James Patton and MU lowlights: punter Gary Lay- ated Miami's no-huddle offense and th? yge established all- capped a 16-play, 79-yard drive ton had one blocked, placekicker with the poise of a veteran. The tine scho01 records of 53 aempts that ate up 7 minutes, 31 seconds. Terry Knecht missed an extra Moeller High graduate, making his a"d 1-305 JretJur" yards- Ste8a11 Miami's nationally ranked de- point and redshirt freshman QB first college start in place of in- also extended his consecutive fense, led by middle linebacker Brad Smith lost Miami's first fum- jured Jim Clement, completed 9 of pass-catching streak to 29 games. Curt McMillan, cornerback David ble of the season. Those plays will 16 passes for 135 yards and three Said Stegall: "The blocking was Thomas and tackle Mark Staten, be edited from the highlight film, touchdowns. 8reat on tfle return. When I got to yielded 210 yards in total offense, owou o o o o- o Tailback 'Kevin Ellerbe was a the seam, somebody had pick up The defense, which has allowed Mia P, from Dougherty vtm" "workhorse. Ellerbe rushed for 119 the open man. I cut left and it was only one rushing touchdown all Mia-Eerbe 3 run iKnecw kick) yards on 36 carries and one touch- wide open." season, preserved Miami's first KSJSrSlT"1 down. Terry Carter, who rushed Backup flanker Bob Clark, who shutout in 46 games with a goal- Mia-patton 2 pass from Dougherty (Knecht kick) for 250 yards last year against OU, worked himself back into the line- line stand at its one in the third AM'903 ou Ml, sat out with a sprained ankle. up after some preseason academic quarter. Miami's last shutout: 17-0 Firstdowns 12 16 , "I don't really care who's out woes, caught his first pass of the at Western Michigan in 1987. pSl5SyZZIZZi:.ZZrriM " ns there it could be a seventh- season, a 42-yard touchdown re- "It's great to get a shutout," -; grader, so long as they're getting ception and run after two defend- said Staten, who batted one pass 5",J. the job done," senior co-captain ers collided. That ignited the rout back in the quarterback's face ear- PenaitieWds'.'.'.'.'.' -5 Milt Stegall said. and was the first TD reception for ly on. "This is what we've been Tirn.ofPos,es, 310 as " "It was a quicker tempo this the wide-receiver corps. striving for all year." rushing-owo u., curm 17-M, os 4-u, Bei 4-29. week," said Dougherty, who made Clark also made a 39-yard cir- The Redskins, who have al- rRSSStS his debut last week at Central cus catch at the OU 6 to set up lowed only eight TDs all season, imi,ohio, Dougherty 9-16-0-135, smith o-i-o-o, Michigan. Miami's third touchdown of the have held four of their seven oppe- MiacS Irish ground Falcons, 28-15 Bowling Green still 24 41-121 281 27 24-32-2 3-28 2-1 3-15 32:21 Time of Possession... ...27:39 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING-lllinols, Bell 18-56, Feagin 7-33, Turner Ml, Lynch 6-10, Boyer 2-3, Verduico 8-(mlnus 33). Iowa, Saunders 19-61, Montgomery 11-33, Kulawa 2-14, Rodgers 9-13. PASSING llllnoti, Verduico 20-27-0-240. Iowa, Rodgers 24-32-2-281. RECEIVING Illinois, Dllger 5-77, Bel 5-33, Wright 4-48, Turner 3-42, Palma 2-41, Lynch Mmlnus 1). Iowa, Montgomery 7-53, Hughes 5-68, Cross 4-50, Saunders 3-36, Jasper 2-37, Anltila 1-21, Fllloon 1-8, Kujawe 1-8. atop MAC gan 24, at Ypsilanti, Mich. Richard Palmer intercepted four passes, including one for a 76-yard touchdown. The Eagles are 2-6 overall, 2-3 MAC. The Broncos (5-3, 3-2) had a three-game winning streak snapped. Akron 28, Arkansas State 23, at Akron Harold Robinson returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and quarterback Jeff Sweitzer turned a fourth-quarter option play into 55-yard touchdown run for Akron (3-4). Dayton 21, Northwood 6, at Dayton Pat Hofacre scored on a pair of 1-yard runs and John Bianchi kicked two field goals to keep Dayton (6-0) unbeaten. Quarterback Steve Keller of Elder High School threw for 176 yards. Firstdowns 20 Rushes-yards 42-BO Passing 240 Return yards 3 Comp-Att-Int 20-27-0 Punts ..,. . 4.40 Fumbles-lost ,o-0 Penalties-yards 7-44 Force 36. The Irish needed just five plays to score again. Notre Dame 7 14 7 0-21 Air Force 3 6 0 6 IS AFA-FG Wood 42 ND-Bettls 7 pass from Mirer (Hentrlch kick) AFA-FG Wood 24 ND-T.Smlth 83 pass from Mirer (Hentrlch kick) ND-Bettls 3 run (Hentrlch kick) AFA-FG Wood 58 ND-Bettls 19 run (Hentrlch kick) AFA Jones 1 run (run failed) A-52,024 ND AFA Firstdowns 21 29 Rushes-yards 47-269 75-354 Passing 151 26 Return Yards 19 13 Comp-Attmt . 6-124 3-12-0 Punts 3 45 3-45 Fumbles Lost 2 2 3-1 Penalties-Yards 7-48 4-32 Time of Possession 24:50 35:10 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING Notre Dame, Culver 17-82, T.Brooks 12-82, Bettis 10-52, Mirer 3-26, Faille M2, Hentrlch 1-7, Becton 1-5, R.Brooks 1-2, Mlhalko 1-1. Air Force, Jones 37-171, Perei 26-125, Young 6-28, Onuoha 3-19, Hufford 1-7, Banks 2-4. PASSINO-Notre Dame, Mirer 6-12-0-151. Air Force, Perei 3-12-0-26. RECIIVINO-Notre Dame, T.Smith 4-134, T.Brooks MO, Bettis 17. Air Force, Omuoha 1-11, Hopkins 1-9, Banks 1-4. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -Erik White hit Ryan McElroy, a graduate of Harrison High School, on a 2-yard touchdown pass with 1:58 left to give Bowling Green a 24-21 victory over Toledo Saturday and allow the Falcons (6-1, 4-0) to retain first place in the Mid-American Conference. Toledo (2-3-1; 2-1-1) had the ball and a 21-16 lead with 3:03 left after Darren Anderson, a Walnut Hills High grad, intercepted a pass by White. Michigan State 20, Minnesota 12, at East Lansing, Mich. Tailback Tico Duckett scored on runs of 88 and 8 yards and gained 241 yards on 30 carries in Michigan State's first win. ter. Notre Dame scored on four of its first five possessions to account for all of its scoring. Utilizing its superior size and speed, Notre Dame marched 76 yards for its first touchdown, sandwiched around a pair of field goals by Air Force's Joe Wood. The Irish got a pair of touchdowns just 2:10 apart late in the second quarter. Smith slipped behind defensive backs Eldrick Hill and Carlton McDonald and caught Mirer's long pass in stride at the Air Force 40, outrunning the pursuing defenders with 3:23 left. Three plays later, defensive tackle Troy Ridgley stripped quarterback Rob Perez of the ball and recovered the fumble at the Air t The victory left the Spartans at 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten. Minnesota fell to 2-4 and 1-2. Purdue 28, Wisconsin 7, at West Lafayette Corey Rogers scored two touchdowns to end long drives and Jimmy Young returned his fifth interception of the season 29 yards for another score for Purdue (3-3, 2-1). Wisconsin fell to 0-3, 2-2. Cent. Michigan 23, Kent St. 7, at Kent, Ohio Billy Smith ran for 111 yards and Jeff Bender passed for 213 for Central Michigan (4-1-3, 1-1-3). Kent State (0-7, 0-4) hasn't beaten an opponent in the MAC since its 25-24 victory over Eastern Michigan in the final game of the 1990 season. E. Michigan 42, W. Michi- i THE ASSOCIATED PRESS " AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. Jerome Bettis bulled his way to two touchdowns and caught a 7-yard pass from Rick Mirer for another, powering No. 5 Notre Dame past stubborn Air Force, 28-15, Saturday night. 'j Mirer also connected with split end Tony Smith on an 83-yard scoring pass as the Irish (6-1) beat Air Force (6-2) for the sixth straight time. The Falcons generated 354 yards rushing, with fullback Jason Jones leading the way with 171, but Air Force repeatedly bogged down deep in Irish territory, settling for three field goals before Jones finally found the end zone midway through the fourth quar-, .1 V

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