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MONDAY • SEPTEMBER 16,2002 SPORTS THE HAYS DAILY NEWS • B1 ;' . ASSOCIATED PRESS Jacksonville Jaguars safety Donovin Darius, left, breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez in Sun• day's game in Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. , , ' . Big plays hurt Chiefs in defeat ; By DOUG TUCKER • ASSOCIATED PRESS • 1 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For 35* quarters, 'Kansas City's shaky defense mostly madp "good on its vow to cut down -<dn long gainers. Jack' sonville needed just a few jninutes to change that. - ' On consecutive plays in the fourth quarter, the •Jaguars produced a team-record touchdown pass and a 63-yard scoring:ajun«to beat tjie Chiefs 23-16 Sunday "We knew that was going to be the way we took our shots," said Jacksonville coach Tom Coughlin. "We pointed toward the fourth quarter. We were picking and picking and picking, and then we made a couple of big plays." The Chiefs, who gave up more than 400 yards in a 1-point victory at Cleveland the week before, tied the game at 9-all on Morten Andersen's third field goal with just under 7 minutes to play. A moment later, Patrick Johnson took Mark Brunell's pass at the 40, shook off one tackier, outran another and went 79 yards for the tie- breaking touchdown. After the Chiefs punted, the Jaguars added what proved the whining touchdown on then- next play. Fred Taylor burst through a gaping hole and sped 63 yards to the end zone. "I'm not sure what happened," Chiefs defensive end Rich Owens said. "I didn't think the play was going to do much. Then I look up and he's banging his head on the goal post. We hold them to just nine points. And then on two plays in the fourth quarter, it all blows up on us." Taylor, who missed almost all last year with a groin injury, had 114 yards on 20 carries for , the rebuilding Jaguars (1-1), who had lost 11 of their last 15 games. "I just kept trying; to pound away and poiind away, and finally things just broke open for me," he said. , ^ i. i he Oniets CL-l) pulled i jpuijhdo"^^oif Ttent Green's 12-yar4«^ 11ft Tiny Gpijzaiezrorith 2:35 left. "•The catch, which'''capped an 80-yard drive that took up just 34 seconds, initially was ruled incomplete. But the Chiefs asked for a review and officials decided Donovin Darius had pushed Gonzalez out of bounds hi the back of the end zone. But Brunell and Taylor, who picked up four yards on third-and-2 on their final possession, made sure Kansas City never touched the ball again. "It was a big win," said Brunell, who was 25-of-36 for 320 yards and two TDs. "I don't know if our young players really understand what this win means." On the record-long pass to Johnson, corner- back Eric Warfield missed a tackle near the 50, then safety Jason Belser gave chase down the sideline, missing a tackle at Johnson's ankles at about the 30. • "There was no way he was going to catch me," Johnson said. "If he would have had a higher angle, I would have cut back on him." Gonzalez's TD was the first sign of offensive life by the Chiefs in the second half after they'd moved the ball almost at will on their first two possessions. But each time they had to settle for field goals. The Chiefs took 8:38 off the clock — longer than any of then- possessions in 2001 —on a nearly flawless 15-play drive the first time they had the ball. But the drive stalled on the 7'and Andersen kicked a 25-yarder. Qn their, second possession, they kept the ball" almost '.454 minutes but were stopped at the 19j and Andersen flfnade & 6-0 with a 88 ;yarde\ J \ . 1 ThrVFaguarS 1 tied it at 6-alRin quarter after Marlon -McCree intercepted' Green's poorly thrown pass at the Jacksonville 44. The drive almost stalled. But Brunell hit Jimmy Smith on fourth-and-5 from the 37 for the score. The extra point failed because of a bad snap. Rookie Hayden Epstein's 46-yard field goal put the Jaguars up 9-6 at the end of the half. Marc Boerigter caught a 51-yard pass from Green on the Chiefs' final drive. • GAME NOTES: Jacksonville's previous record-long pass was 78 yards from Brunell to Taylor in 1998. ... Kansas City G Will Shields made his 145th consecutive start for the Chiefs on Sunday, a team record. Shields has played his entire career in Kansas City, which drafted him in the third round in 1993. ... Gonzalez has one TD catch in each of the Chiefs' first two games. He agreed to a seven-year, $31 million deal with on Friday after holding out through training camp. B2. The game's summary is in Scoreboard, page Twins win division for the little guys CLEVELAND (AP) — Rap music shook the walls and beer pooled on Minnesota's clubhouse floor as Torii Hunter plopped down and spun on his back. Hardly anyone noticed when the speakers momentarily fell silent while someone popped in a new CD. Suddenly, Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride" was blaring, a perfect backdrop to the emotional high point of a season the Minnesota Twins almost didn't get to have. ; "This," reliever Mike Jackson shouted to the AL Central champions as he hoisted a champagne magnum, "is what it's all about." The Twins, baseball's small- market survivors who were targeted for elimination last November, clinched the division title Sunday with a 5-0 win over Cleveland, last year's division champs. "Bud Selig couldn't get rid of us," Jacque Jones said during the postgame celebration. "The White Sox couldn't get rid of us. The Cleveland Indians couldn't get rid of us. Here we are, and we're staying." Kyle Lohse (13-8) pitched six shutout .innings for Minnesota, which will make its first playoff appearance since 1991. But as usual, nothing came easy Sunday for these Twins. First, they sat through a 67- minute rain delay. Then, after reducing their magic number to one by winning, the < Twins; put .their postgame party on hold as they waited for the final score of Chicago's game in New York. "That's what our whiter was like," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Always waiting." When the second-place White Sox lost 8-4 at Yankee Stadium hi a game called by rain, many of the Twins ran into the trainer's room to fetch champagne bottles that had been on ice since Friday. Jackson, a veteran of postgame celebrations during his years with Victory just what Fort Hays needed the Indians, donned swimming goggles and taught a few Twins how to uncork a champagne bottle. A few Twins raised beer cans to toast Bud. No, not baseball's commissioner. Hunter, Matt LeCroy and La- Troy Hawkins took turns dancing inside a circle their teammates formed in the middle of the room: Reliever Eddie Guardado, who got the final out, stood near his locker and cried. "I'm glad I was out there," he said before breaking down. He wasn't the only Minnesota player choking back tears between swallows of bubbly • TWINS / SEE PAGE B3 By NICK SCHWIEN HAYS DAILY NEWS The Fort Hays State University football team was hyped up for its first practice after the season opener against in-state rival Emporia State University And that was after a 38-7 loss. Perhaps the Tigers knew what was in store, and what needed to be done. FHSU put together one of its most complete games dating back to last season to rally from a halftime deficit and claim a 37-29 win over Washburn University Saturday night at Lewis Field Stadium. "They did a great job coming back after the loss to Emporia," said FHSU coach Tim O'Connor. "Everybody knew we were a better team than we showed. The offense took it hard because they were about 100 percent and went out and performed lackluster. They wanted to prove something. Defensively, we wanted to play harder and not make mistakes. That was basically our scrimmage against Emporia. Washburn was the first game. Unfortunately, that scrimmage counted against us." After trailing 14-10 at halftime Saturday, FHSU put together a dominating performance on offense and defense in the third quarter to regain momentum — and the lead. The Tigers used a nine-play, 77- yard drive at the start of the quarter that ate up 4:18 of. the clock. Senior tailback Jason Broom capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run, his first of three second-half TDs. On Washburn's next possession, freshman strong safety Landon Johnson and junior free safety Brent Riedy combined for a sack of Washburn sophomore quarterback Dustin Hickel, culminating in a nine-yard loss and forcing the Ichabods to punt. "That was really where the TIGERSPORTS Z O N E . C O M offense earn things and control the ball offensively." After the punt, Demel capped an 11-play drive with a 12-yard TD pass to junior receiver Beau Rebel. Broom's second rushing TD pushed the margin to 30-14 before Washburn tried to make things interesting with two late TDs. Broom, who leads the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in rushing, gained 164 of the Tigers' 251 yards on the ground, in 28 carries. He rushed for 119 yards on 11 carries in the fourth quarter. Demel started the second half red-hot and continued it until the final horn sounded. He completed all eight of his passes >in the second half for 100 yards. He completed just 3-of-9 attempts for 44 yards against ESU in the opener. "Going back to last season, it was definitely one of the most complete games we've played," O'Connor said. "... I'd say it was the most complete game offensively we've had in a long time. Defensively, it was good at times and at other times we had a few breakdowns. But it was what we needed." Especially with key players defensively watching from the sideline. Senior middle linebacker E. J. Ochs, junior defensive end Jason Dechant and senior defensive end Jason Pietrzyk all missed the game with injuries. But the FHSU defense, held Washburn to 111 yards rushing on 27 attempts. The offense got things done behind a patched-up offensive line. Senior,, center Kyl^ Johnson, a two-time all-RMAC selection and a projected, starter, missed his second straight.game w£th a leg in- It would be tfie$nal tim$ W,a8hy burn — which had minus-6 yards in the quarter — touched the ball before the final period started. Fort Hays used an 18-play drive that spanned the rest of the third quarter and into the fourth quarter. The drive ended at the Washburn 13 on a fourth-and-1 play when FHSU senior quarterback Dustin Demel kneeled after thinking the Ichabods jumped offsides. But the officials ruled otherwise, and Washburn took over. But not for long. On third-and-1, senior linebacker Shane Ohlde broke through the line and tackled Washburn freshman running back Al DeLeon for a 1-yard loss. "That was the game," O'Connor said. "It was a lot of what we wanted to do, as far as make their thing for the ••team Was" getting a win, especially after "the tough loss to Emporia State and the bout with what doctors believed was walking pneumonia that sent four players to the hospital and affected nearly 30 players and two coaches hi the preseason. "Everybody is happy and jovial," O'Connor said. "We snapped a six-game skid that dates back to last year. We needed a lot of things to happen, but the best medicine was to get a win. Now we have to build on what we did..." Fort Hays will host Chadron State (Neb.) College, the defending RMAC champion and a qualifier for. the NCAA Division II playoffs, in a 2 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Lewis Field Stadium. Royals take 9-3 victory DETROIT (AP) — Runelvys Hernandez wanted to get his first complete game. So did his manager, Tony Pena. After Mike Rivera's two-run double with one out in the ninth, it wasn't going to happen, though. Pena pulled his starter and Jeremy Hill finished up the Kansas City Royals' 9-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. "I wanted him to finish the game but we also don't want to hurt him," Pena said. "We were going to go hitter by hitter. After he hit a.double, there's no reason for it. He pitched well." Joe Randa.had three hits and Dee Brown homered for Kansas City. Randa tripled and scored three runs as the Royals won their second in a row and extended their lead over the last-place Tigers to five games in the AL Central. Before the game, the Tigers honored longtime broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who is retiring after 55 years as a major-league announcer, 42 with the Tigers. A statue of Harwell was un- : veiled inside the entrance to Corn- erica Park. Hernandez (4-4) walked three and struck out five. . : "I know I'm happy because the team won," said Hernandez, who had his longest outing of the season. Detroit starter Jason Beverlin (0-1), making his first major league start, lasted just 2% innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits. Kansas City's Mike Sweeney extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a pair of singles. Broncos send message with 24-14 victory - ' ASSOCIATED PRESS Denver Broncos cornerback Deltha O'Neal holds up the football after his Interception in Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers In San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Though radio problems reduced ,the Denver Broncos to hand signals and player relays on offense, their defense sent a message that every team in the NFL should be able to hear. Mike Anderson ran for 95 yards and caught a touchdown pass, and Brian Griese threw two TD passes as the Broncos beat, the ( punchless San Francisco 49ers 24- 1 14, knocking off an NFC Super Bowl hopeful 'for. the.-second straight week. Because of interference from the 49ers' communications systems, the Broncos (&Q) used^-fashioned .methods for nearly every- thing'they did. While Griese called several plays off the top of ,his head, the Broncos' defense simply hit hard and tackled harder, forcing the 49ers into one of their worst games in recent memory • • .'.'That's one of the most com- 'plete games we've played in a while," linebacker Ian Gold t said. - "They got frustrated because we were stopping everything they did." - ''" Denver held the 49ers (1-1) to 261 yards — 67 on a meaningless .final 'drive. Fans booed their team heartily in the second half, and thou, 1 sands headed for the exits early "We just stunk it up all across the board," said Terrell Owens, who caught five passes but had just one in the first three quarters. "Everybody messed up. It's early in the season, and we've got time to correct our mistakes. But, basically, we just stunk," The'Broncos, who have .missed the playoffs in two .of .the past three seasons, appear ready to re- claim their spot among the NFL's elite after an impressive victory at Candlestick Point, where the 49ers lost for just the second time in 10 hbme games. Olandis Gary ran for 61 yards and a TD as Denver followed up a surprising 23-16 win over St. Louis with another powerful defensive performance. "There probably weren't many people who thought we'd start off, 2-0, but here we are," Griese said, • BRONCOS / SEE PAGE pa The gamt's summary Is in score-, ' •

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