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"7 T r . T Tie Indianapolis Star SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1986 Section D Hawkeyes pummel Purdue Irish come oh, so close in upset bid - - -r ! Ikjtj By MAX STULTZ STAR STAFF WRITER Iowa City Purdue's Rod ; Woodson went end zone to end zone with an Iowa pass six mln-; utes Into what purported to be a Big Ten football contest Saturday, but after that the Hawkeyes chased Coach Leon Burtnett's outclassed lads Into every nook '. and cranny of Kinnlck Stadium. ; Piling up 608 yards while av- ; eraging more than eight per play, the bowl-hopeful Hawkeyes '; romped to a 42-14 victory over; Purdue in their final home game " of the season before 67,321 J fans. And for the first time In five weeks, Purdue freshman quar- , terback Jeff George made a re- ; turn but not much of a come- ; back. i Succeeding starter Doug Downing late in the first quarter with Iowa ahead, 14-7, George 't hit five straight targets. But by halftime he also had fired three Interceptions and turned the Job back to Downing halfway through the third chapter. Despite the plckoffs which stopped Purdue at Iowa's 5, 38 I and 27, Burtnett expressed sat- v isfaction at his young protege's effort. George finished with sev- ? en completions In 1 5 tries for 70 yards before his back tightened in the chilly weather. Passing for 359 yards and . adding 249 rushing, the Hawk- eyes, now 4-3 in the league, split their six touchdowns right down ' the middle. ' Woodson provided the only light of day for Purdue (1-6) with i his 100-yard theft of sophomore Tom Poholsky's third pass of the lopsided encounter in which the Boilers allowed their most points in outing No. 1 0 of a season that becomes more disastrous every ' Saturday. Tying the school record for career interceptions with his " 11th. Woodson Jolted the Hawk-eyes on their first series after they rolled 77 yards In Just nine plays to the Boilers' 6. See PURDUE Page 7 By BILL BENNER STAR STAFF WHITER South Bend. Ind. 'Real close." said Notre Dame quarterback Steve Beuerlein. shaking his head. "That's the story of the last four years here." And, indeed, that was the story again Saturday. This time, the Fighting Irish were chasing unbeaten. No. 3-ranked Penn State to the wire. They had the football, first-and-goal at the Nittany Lions' 6-yard line, 63 seconds to play a short distance and lots of time remaining to produce the winning touchdown. ": But, as they have three times earlier In this frustrating season and on numerous occasions in recent years, the Fighting Irish couldn't come up with the winning points. , So, powerful Penn State wobbled out of Notre Dame Stadium with a 24-19 victory and a probable shot at the national championship against top-ranked Miami most likely in the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., either New Year's Day or Jan. 2. , Beuerlein, who closed out his Notre Dame Stadium career by throwing for a personal high of 311 yards, completed five straight passes and guided the Irish from their own 20 to the Penn State 6. - That's as far as they got. In fact, they retreated. , A personnel mixup two tight ends were needed but only one checked into the game resulted in flanker Tim Brown being thrown for a 3-yard loss on first down. On second down, Penn State blitzed and linebacker Don Graham dropped Beuerlein for a 9-yard loss back to the 18. "He was in my face before I could even set up," said Beuerlein. On third down, Beuerlein laid a perfect pass on the fingertips of tight end Joel Williams at the goalline. But Penn State safety James Bobb rocked Williams Just as the ball arrived and the pass fell incomplete. On fourth down, Notre Dame flooded the end zone with three receivers but they were awash In a sea of white Jerseys. "I was looking, looking, looking," said Beuerlein. "But I honestly couldn't see anybody." He took the last available option, throwing short to tailback Mark Green. Green had no chance, and was stopped at the 13. Notre Dame was out of downs, out of time outs, out of chances, So. the Irish, after winning three straight, fell to 4-5 as they head to LSU and Southern Cal for the last two games. Penn State moved to 10-0 going into Its regular-season wlndup with rival Pittsburgh. "This was a great football game if you didn't care who won," said Irish coach Lou Holtz. "Unfortunately, we cared. "We felt we could play with them and we did. What else can I say." "That was a great effort by both squads," echoed Penn State coach Joe Paterno. "We played as well as we could and they played as well as they could." With Beuerlein hitting 24 of 39 passes and running his string to 102 passes without an interception, Notre Dame outgained the Nittany Lions. 418 to 314. and piled up a 27-14 advantage in first downs. But Penn State had no turnovers while Beuerlein lost two fumbles, one of which cost Notre Dame points, the second of which helped Penn State pick up an easy field goal. In addition, Notre Dame's Brown had a 97-yard kickoff runback for an apparent touchdown erased by a clipping penalty. And another clip wiped out almost half of 50-yard punt return by N.D.'s Steve Lawrence. Notre Dame's defense held Penn State tailback D.J. Dozier, slowed by a hyperextended knee, to 77 tough yards. But quarterback John Shaffer was there for the Nittany Lions when they needed him most. His passing led to two touchdowns See IRISH Page 8 STAR STAFF PHOTOJEFF ATTEBERRY Penn State's Ray Roundtree prepares to catch a ball for long yardage during a TD drive. Notre Dame's Marv Spence defends on the play. Illinois, clock outlast Hoosier hopes ipHDITlt Index To I.U. basketball team nips Soviets Page 3 Colts visit Jets today Page 6 Bob Collins 2 Phil Richards 10 David Benner 12 Bill Pickett 13 Mark Schneider.... 16 Lines & Shots 17 Max Stultz 17 Scoreboard 18 By PHIL RICHARDS STAR STAFF WRITER Bloomington. Ind. A sad thing happened to Indiana on its way to an 8-3 season. It lost its fourth game. With the afternoon full of promise and the press box full of bowl scouts Saturday, Illinois handed the Hooslers a numbing, 21-16. Big Ten loss at Memorial Stadium. Time and the hopes of 34.572 expired with Indiana at the Illinois 9. frantically, futilely attempting to get off a final play. Afterward, there were faces In the I.U. locker room long enough to land a 747 on. Coach Bill Mallory spoke In calm, measured tones, but the bitter disappointment was evident. Had Mallory bit his lip any harder, he would have risked loss of blood. Saturday. It was a blow, possibly a fatal one, to the Hooslers' bowl hopes. With Indiana leading. 13-7. at halftime. Bluebonnet Bowl representative Al Ramirez was saying, "Indiana Is No. 1 on our priority list right now at 8-3. We want them." As 8-3 and the Illinl slipped away in the final seconds, Ramirez reassessed the situation. "They were In control of their own destiny," he said. "This puts them In another level of match-ups. You look for an 8-3 team against an 8-3 team and a 7-4 team vs. a 7-4 team. They'll be in a secondary position. There will be quite a few 7-4 teams that won't get In." I.U.'s fate may be decided to- See I.U. Page 7 'Woe-verines' fall, 20-17 ASSOCIATED PRESS Ann Arbor. Mich. Minnesota pulled off the biggest upset of the college football season Saturday on the strength of what Coach John Gutekunst called "gutter points." Chip Lohmiller kicked a 30-yard field goal as time ran out as the Golden Gophers stunned second-ranked Michigan 20-17 In a Big Ten Conference game. The heavily favored Wolverines turned the ball over five times, resulting In the Gophers' first 1 7 points. "It was a great Job that Chip Lohmiller did out there today." Gutekunst said. "We made gutter points on their mistakes. "That was a great effort by a group of seniors who had to endure a lot of changes, stigmas against an athletic program, and changes in the coaching staff. To hang together and beat an awfully fine football team In their own stadium is something." The defeat snapped Michigan's unbeaten streak at 15 games See GOPHERS Page 4 pens. Those things come with experience and maturity and we haven't been there." The loss dropped I.U. to 6-4 with a trip to Purdue for the Old Oaken Bucket battle looming "It was Just like last year when we went 4-0." said Hoosier strong safetyco-captaln Leonard Bell. "Too many people were talking about bowls and all that. You can't do that until It hap Person's dramatic shot lifts Pacers to victory Sullins grabs first tour win at True Value By MARK AMBROGI , STAR STAFF WRITER His knees were a bit wobbly and tears were already forming In Harry Sullins' eyes on his ; approach shot. Countless games and years of hard work on the pro regional circuit had come down to one big ' roll In the tenth frame. "It was a very emotional t experience," Sullins said. "I knew I needed an eight count so I wanted to keep It on the lane." He did popping it for a strike. That clinched I Sullins' victory In the $135,000 True Value Open ! Saturday. The 29-year-old right-hander went on to ; knock off top-seeded Walter Ray Williams Jr.. 233-' 194, in the championship game before an estimat-! ed 75Q fans at Woodland Bowl. ; Sullins. who hails from the Detroit suburbs ; and graduated from Vlncennes University In 1978. earned $21,000 for his first Professional Bowlers ; Association victory. ; - Williams, a right-hander from Stockton, Calif., ' picked up $12,000 for second to Increase his 1986 ' earnings to $144,490 tops on the PBA Tour. He was seeking his fourth title of the year. Sullins. the No. 3 seed In the TV finals. ' ; previously had topped No. 2-seeded Bobby Jacks. Union City. Calif.. 187-180. and No. 4-seeded John 'Gant. Independence. Ky.. 233-198. Gant had beat- en No. 5 seed Scott Devers. Centerville. Ind., 242-203. Jacks earned $7,500 for third, Gant. making his third straight appearance in the TV finals, $6,000 and Devers $5,000. For Sullins, the big check was nice. But some-. thing even more important came out of the win. ; "This means no more PTg (Pro Tour Qualifier), See BOWLING Page 2 So. too, did the cork on Person, whose fist-shaking victory dance was a sight to behold; and the Pacers, who celebrated and nearly collapsed In a heap at mid-court; and Pacer Coach Jack Ramsay, who could have teamed up with Person for an audition on "Dance Fever." "It wasn't a toss, it was a Jump shot." said Person. "I have good upper-body strength, so anytime I can get lined up. I don't feel any shot Is too far for me." Which must include the Outer Limits and the Twilight Zone. "Good shot." said Milwaukee Coach Don Nelson. "He's something. Isn't he?" asked Ramsay of the Pacers' No. 1 draft pick. "Chuck is a unique kid. You have to like him." Well, on this night, a case could be made for loving him by those In attendance. But while Person, who had 14 points and 1 1 rebounds, iced the cake, by no means did he bake It. For example, there was Steve Stlpanovlch. who seems to have , broken out of his early-season struggles. He scored 25 points and had seven , boards, but In the basket-for-basket struggle down the stretch, he scored the Pacers' ; last eight points prior to Person's game winner. "I think the attitude this team Is devel- oping is If you hesitate, it works against i you," said Stipo. "The only thing I can say Is you can never give up. We Just have to play hard all the time." See PACERS Page 12 By DAVID BENNER STAR STAFF WRITER Maybe It was a prayer, the arch on It was certainly high enough to be blessed by the heavens. Chuck Person said It was simply a "Jump shot." Regardless, miracle probably best describes it and. more Importantly for the Indiana Pacers. It went in to give them a 104-103 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. With three seconds left on the Market Square Arena clock Saturday night and the Pacers trailing, 103-101, Person in-bounded to Herb Williams, who found no options except for a guy screaming above the din created by 16,255 spectators. "He was hollering, 'Gimme, gimme, gimme. " related Williams. Said Person, "If he couldn't have heard me, he would have needed hearing aids." So Williams lent Person his ear and tossed the ball back to the Pacer rookie, who was standing on the blue MSA logo, a ways beyond the three-point line. That's about 40 feet a-ways and Person, who admits to putting them up from the "parking lot" seemed closer to Louisville than the basket. But he went up and shot a fadeaway Jumper with two Bucks lunging at him. "He shot it like it was a 5-footer." said Williams, who watched the whole thing with his back to the basket. "I thought he would have to throw it. but he pulled up and took a Jump shot." "It felt great when it left." said Person, his shot traveling toward the basket as the horn went off. "I said. 'This sucker's going' and I saw the net pop." i t UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Pacers' Chuck Person is congratulated by teammates Vern Fleming (left) and Walker Russell after hitting game-winning shot Saturday night at MSA. LuAnifirt fa

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