The Anniston Star from Anniston, Alabama on December 1, 1991 · Page 16
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Dec. 1,1991 Page 1B 'innriii I " fx S 1 i ... irS3 try ; .1 L JSU ends Choctaw curse & More on JSU6B & Division II pairings6B By Mark McCarter Star Sport Editor JACKSONVILLE It wasn't a win. It was an exorcism. The demons have been chased away, running and kicking and screeching. Jacksonville State's perennial pain, Mississippi College, has been effectively and efficiently eliminated and the Gamecocks find themselves but two wins away from their first national football championship. Jax State, ignited by a touchdown on the opening kickoff, humbled the Choctaws 35-7 here Saturday afternoon in front of 6.000, boosting the Gamecocks into the semifinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs. Jax State, ranked No. 2 in the nation, will host Indiana (Pa.) here next Saturday at noon, with the winner advancing to the nationally televised Scort: Jacksonville Stat 35, Mississippi College 7. Key Play: JSU'S Danny Lee's pitch to Fred Mack for touchdown on opening kickoff. Quote: "They got the breaks today. But good football teams do that. We got out-played and out-coached. We don't have any excuses." MC Coach Terry McMillan. Next Game: Second-ranked JSU hosts No, 1-ranked Indiana (Pa.) next Saturday at noon at Paul Snow Stadium In the Division II semifinals. Records: JSU Is 11-0. Mississippi College ends its season at 7-4-1. ( ESPN ) championship game Dec. 14 in Florence. Top-ranked Indiana mauled Shippensburg State 51-7 in their quarterfinal game Saturday. The potential of a national title is sufficient motive for Jax State. Revenge wasn't a bad one either. "They (Mississippi College) sent us home last year and they beat us in the championship game (in 1989)." said JSU Coach Bill Burgess. "To beat them today was sweet . . . because we've got so much darn respect for them." Respect wouldn't be the choice of words to indicate the intensity of this rivalry. Not with a third-quarter brawl on the MC sidelines that led to five penalty flags and the ejection of two players. JSU's Bo Bo Horton and MC's Sean Oakley. "We've gotten all hyped up to play them and we've come up on the negative side," said Nickey Edmondson, JSU's exquisite quarterback. "We were able to pay them back. "It's like something just lifted a lot of weights off you," continued Edmonson. "We can't think about If we'd done that' or if we did that' because it happened today." See JSU7B W O x u-,t 'i K r Y )r V Sitv QroM'Tn Annmon Star JSU's Danny Lee returns opening kickoff 5LCS3SS 1 a Tommy , Star Sports ' ?V S Writef Dye: 'I can handle it9 BIRMINGHAM When he was being interviewed for the job he now holds and hopes to keep Pat Dye was asked how long It would -take to beat Alabama. His response became legend in Auburn. "Sixty minutes," he responded. " The search was over.' Auburn had found its man. It actually took one season and 60 minutes, but it was accomplished. There was more. Southeastern Conference championships, bowl trips, winning seasons. Top 10 finishes. As the sun finally set on a season that featured little sunshine and only faint reminders of those days of success, questions are again being posed to Pat Dye deeper questions. There are also questions regarding his program and his future. As he exited Legion Field's playing surface Saturday following a 13-6 loss to Alabama, a second consecutive loss to the Crimson Tide, he ran directly into those questions. Just as directly, he delivered his answers. "This has been the most adverse situation that I've ever beeparound in my life," Dye said following the game, alluding to the allegations of former player Eric Ramsey and the affect those charges had on his football team's disappointing season, Auburn's first losing season since 1981, his first year. Unlike the season, the Ramsey situation did not end Saturday. It is just beginning, and Dye will need his pride and strength to see him through the rough time ahead. There are no assurances he will survive the storm. Many are calling for his resignation as athletic director, some want him to give up his coaching duties, too. He says he, like this year's team, will not quit. 'if you saw the same game I saw, those guys aren't dead by a long shot," Dye said, "Thtre's still a lot of fight left in them. They've been down that road before and mayte by going through all this it will be an advantage down the road. I know I'm) better football coach, a better person and a better man because of it." There are more growing experiences ahead. With that stare of purpose that has been a trademark, he says he will face those tests. "Nobody has told me I'm going to be fired," he said. "I've heard it rumored on the talk shows and in the media." He indicated those waiting for him to quit will have a long wait. "Whatever comes down, comes down and don't worry about me being able to handle it." Can he survive? Should he survive? Those questions require ?ijQ7BDD 4 M i-i ."'Vi" ' 1 ! ' , ' K if 'i , t f uvx 1 . ,-.r7.. A uburn falls to Bama, 13-6 to More Ala bama-Auburn4B-5B By Phillip Tutor Star Sports Writer BIRMINGHAM Auburn came in limping, wanting .-.a (hot at redemption for a season turned sour. Alabama came in sky-high, perhaps figuring on yet another last-minute, heart-stopping victory. But most importantly, neither wanted to lose the Iron Bowl. Any way, any how the Tigers and Tide just wanted to win. Win. Just win. Please win. For both No. 8 Alabama and unranked Auburn, th Tide's 13-6 victory here at sold-out Legion Field became a mirror-image of their seasons: Alabama fighting, scratching out a win. Auburn failing yet again, the victim of numerous mistakes. Iron Bowl '91: nothing fancy, nothing unexpected. "This game was just like we expected a hard-fought, defensive battle," said Auburn QB Stan White, who needed 19 stiches to close a gaping gash in his chin. "But it hurts a lot to lose it." That, it seems, needs little mention. Auburn, which uncharacteristically finishes the year at 5-6, has now lost two straight to Alabama. The Tide, meanwhile, is 10-1 and headed once again for a postseason bowl. After the Tigers' recent four-game winning streak in the Iron Bowl, the Tide's win Saturday only re-emphasized Alabama's return to prominence. "We've won two In a row over Auburn," proclaimed Alabama's Steve Webb. "We're trying to get it back to the way it used to be." Yet with both teams bumbling along at times like misfits, Saturday's Ram Hid not stake a claim for either team within the national spotlight. Alabama. See Iron Bowl5B AMOCMMd PrM Alabama's Stacy Harrison knocks Alex Smith's Auburn helmet off during the second quarter Score: No. 6 Alabama 13, Auburn 6. Records: Alabama moved to 10-1 overall, 6-1 in the SEC. Auburn fell to 5-6, ?-8. Key play: Kevin Turner's 68-yard pats reception that set up the game's only touchdown. Quote: "We're 10-1. We deserve It." Alabama's Derrick Oden. Next up: Alabama (Slay Colorado In the Dec. 28 Blockbuster Bowl. With no bowl bid, Auburn's season Is over. " Gamecocks capture Shootout crown From Staff Report MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -Charles Burkette scored 18 of his gamehigh 22 points in the second half to lead Jacksonville State to a 92-74 win over Georgia College in the championship game of the Milledgeville Jaycees Shootout Saturday night. The win moves JSU's record to 3-0, while Georgia College slips to 1-2. "We'll take the win," said JSU head coach Bill Jones. "We were in someone elses' place with someone elses' officials, but our guys hung in there for the win." Foul trouble hit the Gamecocks early in the first half, in particular Burkette. After scoring four points and leading JSU to a 10-5 lead. Burkette was slapped with his second foul at the 16:42 mark and forced to sit on the bench for the remainder of the half. From there. JSU cruised to an 11-point advantage at 19-8 with 12:21 left in the half. The Gamecocks withstood a Colonial rally that cut that deficit to four with four minutes left in the first half. Then a late 12 -4 charge, sparked by David Edmond. reopened a double digit lead for JSU at 46-34 at the half. "With Charlie Burkette off the floor, it put tremendous pressure on Reggie Parker and Willie Williams." Jones said. "We didn't match up well with them defensively in the man to man, but we controlled the boards and that was the key to the game." With Burkette back on the floor. JSU threatened to run away with What: Milledgeville Jaycees Shootout, finals. Score : Jax State 92. Georgia College 74. Standout: Charles Burkette led JSU with 22 points. Willie Williams was the Gamecocks' leading rebourider with 16. Quote: "We didn't match up well with them defensively in the man to man, but we controlled the boards and that was the key to the game." JSU coach Bill Jones. Records: Jax State Is 3-0. Georgia College Is 1-2. Next: JSU travels to Huntsvllle for a 7.30 p.m. game against Alabama A&M on Tuesday, immediately following the women's game at 5:30. the game. The Colonials could not stop the Montgomery native, who at one point went 7 for 7 in the second half, and led JSU to a 58-40 lead with See Gamecocks9B Tide tangles with ACC's Virginia today By Phillip Tutor Star Sport Writer TUSCALOOSA - It seems all Alabama's Robert Horry hears about is how good the Atlantic Coast Conference's basketball teams are. Loaded with hoop heavyweights like North Carolina, Duke and Georgia Tech, the ACC garners a large portion of the headlines during basketball season. Its teams raid the NCAA Tournament with, amazing regularity. Horry, meanwhile, is getting tired of the incessant publicity the ACC receives and, likewise, the lack of national coverage given the Southeastern Conference., v "Everybody says that Ike' ACC is the best basketball conference, and North Carolina aniJDuke are always What: Virginia at No. 16 Alabama, today. 2 p.m. Where: Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa. Tickets: A few remain available. TVRadio: The game will not be televised. The Alabama Radio tetwork, heard In Annlston on rDNG-AM (1450), will broadcast the game. Records: Alabama is 2-0 after beating Tenn. Tech 105-85 on Wednesday. Virginia Is 2-0 after beating Penn 87-58 on Friday. really good teams," Horry said. "We .want to show them that the SEC is a great conference for See Crimson Tide9B See Hicks1 2B J' i

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