SPORTS SUNDAY • SEPTEMBER 15.2002 • THE HAYS DAILY NEWS B5 ASSOCIATED PRESS Notre Dame cornerback Shane Walton (42) celebrates his late fourth-quarter interception in Saturday's game against Michigan in South Bend, Ind. Irish edge Wolverines SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — With 21 seconds to go, cornerback Shane Walton slid to the grass on. the Michigan 38-yard line after his interception, the football tucked safely away in his arms. At that moment, Notre Dame's sellout crowd of 80,795 stood and cheered. The final mistake in this comedy of errors of a game had been made by No. 7 Michigan, and No. 20 Notre Dame won 25-23 Saturday to remain unbeaten in three games under new coach Tyrone Willingham. "As soon as you saw it hit his hands, you're thinking 'Get down, get down, get down,'" Willingham said. "Because the game was over." Walton, who swatted away a 2-point conversion pass that would have tied the score with 2:53 left, said he received a message from Willingham before Michigan's last-chance drive. "He pointed to me and said somebody needed to make a play," Walton said. "That's what I was trying to do." In the 30th game of the series, there were enough blunders, blocks and botched scoring chances to last a season. But in the end, the Irish are off to then- best start since 1996, beat their first Top 10 team in four years and also scored their first offensive touchdowns of the.season. ....... 'A win like this'is'huge," Walton said;" 1 ; The defeat also was huge for Michigan (2-1). "Just too many mistakes for a game like that," coach Lloyd Carr said. "If you make that many mistakes, it's hard to win. And we made more mistakes than Notre Dame." Each team lost three fumbles and had an interception. There were 18 penalties,-two of which went against Michigan and resulted in a safety and touchdown late in the first half that put the Irish ahead 16-7. The officials did not have a good day, either. On Carlyle Holiday's 3 : yard TD run with 23 seconds left in the half, it appeared the quarterback fumbled on the 1. A play earlier, cornerback Marlin Jackson was called for pass interference in the end zone. "Notre Dame scored its first offensive TDs of the season, with Ryan Grant running for the first of his two scores on the game's opening drive. Grant carried 28 times for 132 yards. No. 1 Miami 44, Temple 21 PHILADELPHIA — Miami lacked motivation, couldn't stay focused, played sloppily and still won by 23 points. Willis McGahee tied a school record with four rushing touchdowns and Ken Dorsey threw two TD passes as the Hurricanes beat overmatched Temple in the Big East opener for both teams. No. 6 Ohio St. 25, No. 10 Washington St. 7 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Maurice Clarett ran for 230 yards and two touchdowns — with both scores and 194 of his yards coming in the second half — as the Buckeyes (3-0) came back from an early 7-6 deficit. No. 9 Georgia 13, South Carolina 7 COLUMBIA, S.C. — Georgia defensive end David Pollack had an unusual interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs (2-0) won their SEC opener and ended a two-game losing streak to the Gamecocks (1-2). No. 13 Oregon 58, Idaho 21 EUGENE, Ore. — Onterrio Smith ran for three touchdowns and Jason Fife threw two more for the Ducks (3-0). California 46, No. 15 Michigan St. 22 EAST LANSING, Mich. — Cal quarterback Kyle Boiler accounted for fqur touchdowns — two throwing, one running and one receiving — as the Golden Bears knocked off a top-15 team for the first time since beating No. 14 Illinois 31-14 on Oct. 5, 1974. No. 17 USC 40, No. 18 Colorado 3 BOULDER, Colo. — Carson Palmer passed for 244 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score as Southern California embarrassed Colorado. Colorado quarterback Robert Hodge, who got his first major- college start because Craig Ochs was sidelined with a concussion, led the Buffaloes to only 58 yards through three quarters. No. 22 Wisconsin 24, Northern Illinois 21 MADISON, WIs. — Quarterback Brooks Bellinger scored on a 2-yard keeper with 1:21 left as the Badgers avoided the upset. Texas Tech 42, Mississippi 28 LUBBOCK, Texas — Kliff Kingsbury completed 25 of 38 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns to become the Big 12's career passing leader as Texas Tech beat Mississippi. Kingsbury's 8,392 yards tops the record of 8,353, set by Texas' Major Applewhite. Mississippi's Ell Manning, who was 34-of-57 for 374 yards, threw two touchdowns In the fourth quarter to make It 35-28. No. 2 Oklahoma 68, UTEP 0 NORMAN, Okla. — Nate Hybl threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns, Quentln Griffin ran for 108 yards and two scores, and No. 2 Oklahbma"retumed a'p'air'df interceptions for'TDs in a' 68-0 victory over Texas-El Paso. No. 23 UCLA 38, Oklahoma St. 24 STILLWATER, Okla. — Cory Paus passed for three touchdowns and ran for another score as No. 23 UCLA beat Oklahoma State 38-24. Paus threw touchdown passes of 41, 27 and 25 yards and UCLA (2-0) produced five turnovers to defeat Oklahoma State (12) in the first meeting between the two teams. Iowa St. 36, Iowa 31 IOWA CITY, Iowa — Seneca Wallace passed for 361 yards, threw for a score and ran for another as Iowa State rallied to beat Iowa. Bowling Green 51, Missouri 28 BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Josh Harris passed for 311 yards, caught a touchdown pass and had two short scoring runs to lead Bowling Green to a 51-28 victory over Missouri. No. 3 Texas 52, North Carolina 21 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Chris Simms threw four touchdown passes and Cedrio Benson rushed for 208 yards and two scores as No. 3 Texas defeated North Carolina. Roy Williams had five catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns as Longhorns coach Mack Brown returned to Kenan Stadium for the first time since leaving the Tar Heels five years ago. New Mexico 23, Baylor 0 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Qulncy Wright's halfback option pass and New Mexico's blitzing defense Saturday led the Lobos to a 23-0 win over Baylor. Penn St. 40, No. 8 Nebraska 7 STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — After two years of losing records, Joe Paterno and Penn State are back In a big way. Larry Johnson and Michael Robinson had two touchdown runs apiece and Rich Gardner turned his first career Interception into a touchdown as the Nlttany Lions routed No. 8 Nebraska 40-7 Saturday night. Paterno, who has more major-college wins than any other coach, got No. 329 in front of a record crowd of 110,753. It was the Nittany Lions' first victory over a top-10 team since Sept. 18, 1999, when they beat eighth-ranked Miami 27-23. Penn State played had two lean seasons after that, going 5-6 and then 5-7 — Paterno's first consecutive losing records In his long career. But with this one victory, the Nittany Lions showed their 75-year-old coach how much they have Improved. Tigers get better in win over Southwestern By NICK SCHWIEN HAYS DAILY NEWS Teresa Cyre is a transition player — so to speak. The freshman on the Fort Hays State University tennis team came to the school to compete in ti'ack and field. But now, Cyre is finding herself on the courts and improving each time out. "Teresa has been a pleasant surprise," FHSU tennis coach Brian Flax said. "She's been solid. Her doubles game is getting better, and that's something where Missy (Eck) and her are really getting better on the doubles end. Teresa is a nice solid player. She's getting better and better." Cyre finished . Friday's dual with Southwestern College at the FHSU courts with two wins, one in singles and one in doubles, with Eck. Cyre won her No. 5 singles match 6-2, 6-0 over Amanda Ginther. Before that, she arid Eck started the day with an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles against Ginther and Tala Williams. "Just getting the opportunity to play again motivated me," Cyre said. Cyre played tennis her senior year at Clay Center High School and tried out for the Tigers' squad after that. "I did try out when I was a senior, but I ended up taking the track scholarship instead," Cyre said. "But I thought about it. I was going to go to a juco if I did that though. But I did think'about it." Now she's leading a young group of players with little experience at the collegiate level with solid improvement each time out. That showed hi Friday's dual'as Fort Hays grabbed a 7-2 win over Southwestern to improve to 2-1 for the fall season. "Anytime we get a win or play well and improve, I'm happy," Flax said. Cyre wasn't the only Tiger to have a solid outing Friday. Eck, a senior competing in her first year of tennis at FHSU, also grabbed a 7-6 (10-8), 6-1 win at No. 6 singles. "Missy Eck has looked the best she's looked today," Flax said; . "She's making some plays that maybe some other kids might not be able to. When she starts making plays and getting confidence, she looks like a whole different player." Senior Lauren Frank contin ued a solid season by improving to 3-0 in singles action. Frank, the lone returning player with experience at FHSU, hasn't lost a set in all three matches. She beat Jessica Hefner at No. 3 singles, 6-2,6-2. "Lauren has been solid," Flax said. "She hasn't dropped a match, and she's been doing a great job." Junior Jami Klug, a transfer from Barton County Community College, was a 6-2, 6-1 winner at No. 2 singles over Emily Bauer. She also teamed with Frank at No. 1 doubles to claim a 8-3 win over Rachel Ferguson and Bauer. Freshman Trista Moritz went 1. 1 Friday Moritz beat Megan Hud son in No. 4 singles action, 6-3,6-3. But Moritz and. freshman Tri na Swart lost 8-3 to Hefner and Hudson at No. 2 doubles. Swart dropped her No, 1 singles match to Ferguson, 3-6, 6-2, 10-8. Newman wins pole in record time LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Rookie Ryan Newman set a track record Friday while winning the pole for the New Hampshire 300. Newman's Ford got around the 1.058-mile track at 132.241 mph. The previous best for Winston Cup qualifying at New Hampshire International Speedway was 132.089, set by Rusty Wallace in July 2000. Newman finished a lap in 28.802 seconds, knocking Johnny Benson off the pole. Benson was clocked in 29.031, giving his Pontiac the outside of the front row for today's, race after a lap at 131.198 mph. "We got a good draw, so we had a small advantage," Newman said. "But we had the fastest car all day." Newman was the 40th of 44 cars to try a qualifying lap, going out after a cloud cover cooled the asphalt and made the track faster. Benson also benefited from his draw of 38th. The best of those who went out early was Bobby Labonte, whose Pontiac was 12th in line. He wound up third for the race with a speed of 131.157, and will start inside the Chevrolet of Greg Biffle, which got around at 131.121. Newman was leading during the qualifying session for the New England 300 two months ago but faltered badly on the final turn and settled for seventh. "I didn't want to make that mistake again," he said. "But this car was good from the moment we unloaded it from the truck, and it kept getting better and better." He demonstrated that during qualifying, going 131.515 on the first of two laps, good enough for the pole. He didn't have to go around again, but set the record on the second lap. Newman gave the track high marks. In July, sealer that had not properly cured mixed with spent tire rubber to create a race filled with slipping and sliding. "The track's in pretty good shape right now," Newman said. "This, .time, the track didn't seem greasy from the moment we unloaded. "Everything just clicked for us today." The harshest of the critics two months ago was Labonte, who said someone should have been penalized for "impersonating a race." But he had no complaints this time and was happy with his qualifying run. "We started off 30th in practice, made a few changes and it got better as we went," he said after his best qualifying effort of the season. He started fourth here in July. The pole was the third this season and fourth overall for the 24-year-old Newman. Only fellow rookie Jimmie Johnson and Bill Elliott, who claimed the top spot two months ago for the New England 300, have more, with four apiece. No one has been as strong as Newman over the last six races, and he's coming off consecutive second-place finishes in Darlington, S.C., and Richmond, Va. He has been in the top five in seven of his last nine outings and has a series-leading 12 such finishes this season. Now he hopes to celebrate his first points-paying victory. Newman won The Winston, NASCAR's all- star race, in May.: - • ,.^., •..,,....„ ,,„,.-„ Mike Skinner qualified fifth, followed by Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, Ricky Craven, Jeremy Mayfield and Tony Stewart. Ward Burton, who won in New Hampshire in July will start 26th. Defending race champion Robby Gordon will go from the 29th spot on the grid. Wallace, Newman's Penske teammate, will line up 15th. Lowe wins 20th for Red Sox BOSTON (AP) — Derek Lowe came into the season hoping to make up for his flop as a reliever last year. He figured 10 wins would be good; 15 would be great. He undersold himself on both counts. A year after washing out as a closer and being demoted into the starting rotation, Lowe won his 20th game for Boston as the Red Sox beat the Orioles 6-4 Saturday with two homers by Manny Ramirez. "To win 20 games in 30 starts, I've probably exceeded what I expected of myself," the former All- Star closer said. And his manager,' top!;" ; •' '»! a y: "We figured the kid was going to keep us in a lot of ballgames," Boston's Grady Little said. "But to be able to win 20 games is outstanding." Lowe (20-7) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out seven in seven innings to bolster his case for a Cy Young. Award. The top competition is from Oakland's Barry Zito, who is 21-5, and Red Sox teammate Pedro Martinez, who's 18-4 and leads the league in ERA, strikeouts and opponent's batting average. "I went to bed last night and Zito had a no-hitter through six. So you put that out of your mind," Lowe said. "I want everybody to pitch good ... and when the season's all done, it will be a close race." Lowe, who pitched the only no- hitter in the majors this year, is the first pitcher in baseball history to win 20 games the season after saving 20. He is also the first to record at least 40 saves and later win 20; John Smoltz and Dennis Eckersley did it the other way around. Pat Hentgen (0-2), a former Cy Young and 20-game winner himself, could not make it out of the fifth inning for Baltimore, which has lost 19 of its last 21 games. Hentgen gave up six runs on 10 hits and four walks in 42/3 innings. Ugueth Urbina earned his 35th save, getting the last three outs after Tony Batista and Jay Gibbons hit back-to-back doubles to lead off the ninth to make it 6-3. Larry Bigbie hit an RBI single off Urbina with one put in the inning. The Red Sox still trail the Yankees by 8K games in the AL East with only 15 games remaining. Lowe was an All-Star closer while saving 42 games hi 2000, but he struggled last year and was demoted into the starting rotation as a last resort. He showed the wisdom of the.move when he 1 no- hit Tampa Bay on April 27 — the ASSOCIATED PRESS Boston Red Sox starter Derek Lowe delivers a pitch in Saturday's game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston. first no-hitter at Fenway Park since 1965. ATHLETICS 1, MARINERS 0 OAKLAND, Calif. — Tim Hudson pitched a four-hitter to win. his seventh straight decision as Oakland's pitching staff was near-perfect for the second straight day, defeating the Seattle Mariners. Hudson (14-9) had to be good to beat soft-throwing lefty Jamie Moyer (13-8), who did not allow an earned run in eight innings. One day after Barry Zito took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in a 5-0 Athletics' victory, Hudson pitched his second career shutout and 11th career complete game. He is 11-3 in his last 22 starts. Oakland's win keeps the A'a tied for first In the AL West with Anaheim. ANGELS 8, RANGERS 6 ANAHEIM, Calif. — Tim Salmon hit a go-ahead three-run homer In the fifth Inning and Anaheim tied a club record with Its 93rd victory, beating Texas for its 15th win in 16 games. The Angels, who have won five straight, remained tied with Oakland for first place in the AL West, while Seattle slipped to nine games off the pace In the wild card race with a 1-0 loss to the Athletics. WHITE SOX B, YANKEES 1 NEW YORK — Jeff Liefer hit a three- run homer Into the upper deck and Dan Wright (12-12) handcuffed the highest: scoring team In the majors for seven Innings, leading Chicago over New York. Joe Crede also homered for the White Sox, who roughed up Roger Clemens (12-6). Alfonso Soriano hit his 37th homer for the Yankees, breaking Bret Boone's AL record for second basemen set last season. BLUE JAYS 8, DEVIL RAYS 4 TORONTO — Former NBA player Mark Hendrickson won his first major league game, and Carlos Delgado home- red twice as Toronto won its season-high sixth straight game. TWINS 3, INDIANS 2 CLEVELAND — Rick Reed went seven strong Innings and the Minnesota Twins cut their magic number In the AL Central to two with a win over the Cleveland Indians. Diamondbacks 5, Brewers 0 PHOENIX — Randy Johnson earned his career-high 22nd victory, pitching a three-hitter and striking out 17 to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Johnson (22-5) and Curt Schilling (235) are the first National League teammates In 37 years to each win at least 22 games — when Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale did it for the Los Angeles Dodgers. DODGERS 16, ROCKIES 3 DENVER — Brian Jordan had a home run and four RBIs and Adrian Beltre homered and drove in three runs as Los Angeles beat Colorado. . It got so bad for Colorado that the Rockies used third baseman Todd Zeile to pitch the ninth. Zelle, pitching for the first time in his 14-year career, allowed one hit In a scoreless Inning, striking out Wilkin Ruan to end It. CARDINALS 2, ASTROS 1 HOUSTON — Woody Williams (9-4) showed no III effects from a strained muscle In his left side, pitching seven scoreless Innings for his third straight victory as 'St. Louis extended its NL Central lead over Houston. REDS 3, CUBS 1 CINCINNATI — Reggie Taylor and Jose Guillen hit consecutive run-scoring hits In the fifth Inning before being Involved in a brief dugout flareup as Cincinnati beat Chicago. BRAVES 10, MARLINS 5 MIAMI — Tom Glavlne (17-10), who had lost a career-high four straight starts, hung on with help from the bullpen and the Atlanta Braves beat the Florida Marlins. EXPOS 5, METS4 MONTREAL — Michael Barrett and Endy Chavez hit two-run doubles in the sixth inning as the Montreal Expos overcame Mike Piazza's two homers to beat the New York Mets. PHILLIES 4, PIRATES 1 •; PHILADELPHIA— Fill-In Eric Junge pitched five Impressive Innings for his first major league victory and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates. FBI search for Bison Dele's brother LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI is searching for the older brother of Bison Dele, the former NBA player who vanished along with two other people on a sailboat nearly two months ago. An arrest warrant was issued Friday for 35-year- old Miles Dabord,' also known as Kevin Williams, a day after Dele's sailboat was found in Tahiti/ It had. been repainted and renamed. Andrew Black, a spokesman for the San Francisco bureau of the. FBI, said 16 FBI agents were heading to Tahiti, and that others were involved in the search for the missing people. ' * "We're hoping this has a very positive outcome, but keep in mind we're talking'about Individuals who haven't been heard from for more than two months," he said. Dabord was being sought on an unlawful flight warrant issued by the FBI bureau in Phoenix, where he is suspected of trying to steal His brother's identity. However, Black stopped short of calling Dabord a suspect in his brother's disappearance. On, Thursday, Mexican police located a hotel room in Tijuana where clothing arid personal items belonging to Dabord were found, authorities said. The 33^eatH>ld Dele, previously known as Brian Williams, disappeared July 8, along with 30-year-old girlfriend Serena Karlan and Bertrand Saldo, the captain of Dele's 55-foot catamaran. . -' ' •"~ J imm ^^>.=>.«..-~-..-..
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