Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on January 2, 1969 · Page 16
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BUCKEYES SMASH USC, EARN TOP RATING i v. Reghter-Nem -X- -X- -X- -X- Trim Trojans 27-16 'Fabulous Defense' Holds 0. J. To 34 Yards In 2nd Half By HERSCHELi NISSENSON Associated ress Sports Writer No. 1 was an easy burden for Ohio Stale to bear but No. 12 turned out to be a catastrophe tor Kansas. It. was "Ohio's finest hour" Wednesday as the top-ranked Buckeyes of Ohio State virtually assured themselves of the national collegiate championship by trampling runner-up Southern California and O. J. Simpson in the Rose Bowl 27-16. And it was Perin State's finest minute as a last-gasp touchdown and second-chance, penalty-aided two-point conversion after Kansas was detected with 12 men on the field gave the third-ranked Nittany Lions a ttoilling 15-14 triumph in the Orange Bowl. It was a New Year's Day guaranteed to give the most avid college football fan a television hangover. The armchair quarterbacks were able to sit by the fireside and watch one bowl game after another for nine solid hours. Texas walloped Tennessee 3613 in the Cotton Bowl and Arkansas trimmed previously unbeaten Georgia 16-2 in the Sugar Bowl, convincing victories for the Southwest Conference over their Southeastern rivals that set at least one SEC coach to wondering whether "maybe we better take a hard look at ourselves in the conference." The only remaining games on the post-season college slate are the Hula Bowl at Honolulu and the American Bowl at Tampa, Fla., this Saturday and the Senior Bowl at Mobile, Ala., Jan. 11. Ohio State's defense that shut off the fabulous Simpson in the second half was the big factor in j gratulate and salute our ^greatest team in Ohio's finest }iour." The Kansas dressing room in Miami was a far cry from thatt of jubilant'Ohio State in Pasadena. An hour after 77,719 specta- | tors had watched Penn. State's miracle finish. Kansas linebacker Rick Abernathy sat o n a bench still in uniform, head cupped in his hands and tears trickling through his fingers. "He was the 12th man on the field." whispered a teammate. "Leave him alone." Quarterback Chuck Burkhart, whose 47-yard bomb, to Bob Campbell set things up, had circled left end from three yards out on a busted play to bring the unbeaten Nittany Lions within a point with only 15 seconds remaining in the only night game. Then, his attempted two-point conversion pass misfired, but the 12th man infraction gave Penn State another chance and Campbell crashed over. "It was my fault," said Kansas Coach Pepper Rodgers. "When I send a player into the game, it's my responsibility to see that someone' comes back i out." Sixth-ranked Kansas had broken a 7-7 tie.early in the final period when/ Donnie Shanklin returned a p-int 46 yards to the Penn State iseven and John Riggins smashed across from the one. One of th& first questions thrown at Rodgers was why he didn't order a field goal from a fourth-and-one situation on the Penn State five with just over four minutes left. The three points would have meant an insurmountable 17-7 lead. "When I need less than one cr two yards for a first down, I am not afraid to go for it", Rodgers 1—C THURSDAY. JANUARY 2, l!J6f< STORM 4m By JOHN RACKAWAY Payne Qualifies For Los Angeles "Naturally \vc \v ere well pleased with our showing in the tournament." said Coach Jack I-lHrtman. "However, there's Young Bobby Payne. Mt. Ver- little time to enjoy the wins for non's representative of the pro we have a pair of tough op- golf circuit, is currently in Cali- ponents to prepare for in Abilene forma preparing for fiction in Christian and Kentucky Wes- Pat Boone's 36 hole tourney.: leyan." Primarily responsible for the Salukis' success at Las Vegas was the balanced scoring from starters Dick Garrett, Centralia, Bruce Butchko, Crete, Chuck Benson. Atlanta, Ga., Willie , Griffin, Detroit. Mich., and Rex first run-for-the- money in the; Barker Norris City then a shot at the Los Angeles Open, first, big tourney on the winter tour. . . Bobby earned his touring credentials at the PGA school in Florida this fall and made his Ciijun Classic in Louisiana his next •* major event was (lie Nevada Open. . . Garrett, who received the tourney's most valuable player honor, collected 40 points in Bobby linished just one stroke I SIU's two appearances as he out of the money bracket in j raised his season's average to both the Louisiana and Nevada j 17.8 per game ... BOBBY PAYNE AT l4s VEGAS Mt. Vernon pro golfer Bobby Payne, at right, is show,, with his playing r «urs,,me before teeing off in Nevada, Open in Las Vegas. Payne finished one stroke '.short of ||„. money' in Nevada but lias .|ii;ililie,I for tiir Los Angeles Open next week. From left are Don Knbiak, Niles, Mich.; .loi> Conrad, San Antonio. Tex.; Kevin Pli-mmlng El Cajon, Calif.; and Payne. Bobby is being sponsored on Hie pro tour by Pursie Pipes. (Sec Sporting Daze.) very good chance to make it. First of all, we have a fine fullback, and, secondly, Ohio State's Rose Bowl triumph i answered. "I thougnt we had a before 102,063 fans, including President-elect Richard Nixon. "Our defense was fabulous," chortled 1 Coach Woody Hayes. Heisman Trophy-winner Simpson cracked Ohio's defense for 137 yards in 18 first-half carries, including a scintillating 80-yard broken field scamper that put the Trojans.ahead 10-0. But he managed only 34 yards in 10 carries during the second half. Simpson also caught eight passes for 85 yards. The Buckeyes tied it with 10 quick points just, before halftime. Jim Roman's 25-yard field goaTpuf"Biern ahead in the third period and! they turned fumblesj by Steve Sogge and Simpson* into fourth-period touchdowns as Rex Kern passed four yards to Leophus Hayden and 16 to Ray Gillian. That was enough to carry the Buckeyes to a 10-6 campaign and rob the previously unbeaten but once-tied Trojans of any chance of recapturing the No. 1 ranking they held for most of the season. "The 1968 Ohio State University team is /the greatest in the history of Ohio," exclaimed the state's chief executive, Gov. James A. Rhodes. "Not taking anything away — febrn former great teams, this team is truly the undisputed No. .1 team in the nation. It is coachep by the No. 1 coach, Woody Hayes. In behalf of all the people of Ohio, we con- But '54 Team Greatest Hayes Heralds Victory As His Most Precious By HAL PARIS e I Associated Press Sports Writer did not make it we would' still be in a- very good defensive position." Texas blasted Tennessee before 72,000 despite 33-degree weather in the Cotton Bowl with an awsc-me attack that piled up 279 yards on the ground and 234 in the air. The crushers were touchdown passes covering 78 and 79 yards from James Street to Charles "Cotton" Speyrer. •'Meanwhile, the Longhorns' "Flying Foursome" backfield of .Street, Chris Gilbert, Ted Koy and Steve Worster chewed up Tennessee's proud defense like a cardboard box. "I kinda thought we might hit the bomb," said Texas Coach Darrell Royal. And Speyrer added: "We noticed the safety man was firing into the line and not paying attention to me. Coach told me to blow past him. It worked pretty well." Royal, who had forecast a tossup, said it was hard to give a halftone pep talk with a 28-0 lead "because you know you're playing a good team. The thing that had me worried the most was that we'd make a mistake. That's why we punted on third down. We didn't want to do anything that would give them life." Georgia's great defense, which had yielded a national PASADENA, Calif. (AP) the three and Ron Ayala booted a 21-yard field goal. Minutes later, Simpson, two- Ohio State football Coach tyoody ! time All-American and Heisman Hayes heads for Vietnam on Trophy winner, electrified the Friday with the National Col-, io2,063 fans by breaking off left. legiate football championship j firmly entrenched in his capable j hands. : It will be the fourth goodwill jaunt for the veteran Buckeye mentor who scored his third Rose Bowl victory New Year's Day—an impressive 27-16 decision over Southern California. The outcome left little doubt that the No. 1-ranked Buckeyes were as good as their press clippings. But Hayes heralded 1 (the victory as his most precious in a Rose Bowl clash. "This is my greatest bowl victory", the jubilant Hayes said afterwards. "After all, both teams were unbeaten." The dean of Big Ten coaches wasn't ready to call his sophomore-laden club his best ever in an illustrious 18-year career. "I still consider my 1954 teaim my greatest," he said. "We had four great backs that year". Aspiring Southern California, the nation's second-ranked team, stunned the Bucks by opening a 10-0 lead hi the second quarter. Brilliant O. J. Simpson led the first Trojan thrust by gathering in three passes from Steve Sogge for 53 yards. A stout Buckeyes defense stiffened on PONTIAC JANUARY BREAKAWAY SALE JEFFERSON MOTORS The PONTIAC Great Breakaway low of 98 points in 10 regular season games, met i1s match in Arkansas before 82,113 in the Sugar Bowl. The Razorbacks scored on a 27-yard pass from Bill Montgomery to Chuck Dicus and Bob White booted field goals of 34, 24, and 31 yards, j Dicus, a swift sophomore grabbed 12 passes for 169 yards and Montgomery, another rookie, equaled the Sugar • Boyvl mark of nine straight compje- Ndw Ac­ tions It was a disastrous! Year's period for the SEC tackle and cutting back to the right on a spectacular 80-yard touchdown gallop. i The faithful Buckeye followers didn't have long to wait For ; an Ohio comeback. Quarterback Rex Kern, a *u- perti field general, directed the j Bucks on a 13-play, 69-yard \ march with fullback Jim Otis j cracking the final yard for the! score. I "After we fell behind 10-0, I, told the guys in the huddle that: j we better get rolling and quit ; messing around," Kern said. ( With only 72 seconds remain- i ing in the half, Kern completed three passes for 38 yards and set up the first of two field goals by Jim Roman. The 26-yard 1 three-pointer with j three seconds left evened the j count at intermission. "Getting that field goal was a j big psychological advantage for j us," Hayes said. "I felt we i would win even after we got j behind. I knew we would move * the ball better". The veteran coach singled out: his defensive unit as the big fac- \ tor in the victory. "Our defense in the second half was fabulous. It was about as good as our best effort earlier when we beat Purdue 130." Simpson, who ripped through the Bucks for 17 yards in 18 first half trips, was limited to only 34 in 10 carries in the second period. "O. J. broke the big one in the first half but we did a good job stopping him later. He is a tremendous player," Hayes said. The alert Ohio defense, which has been the key many times in a perfect 10-0 season, recovered two fumbles that led to touchdowns and picked off two of Sogge's aerials. meets, but his performance in tho Cajun tourney gained him an automatic qualification for the L. A. Open. . . -o -o- -o- The husky, friendly Mt. Vernon linksman, discharged this summer after a two year Army stint, is the son of Mr. and Mis. Leo Payne of Route t. . He gained his early golfing know-how in years of caddying at the old Mt. Vernon CC course. . . Bobby is being sponsored on i he pro tour by Pursie Pipes, Mt. Vernon oilman, a seven- lime Southern Illinois champ, generally regarded as the king o ? Little Egypt amateurs. . . "Bobby is playing some fine ! ten . golf but he has been running into one bad day in each tour- :ey." Pipes said today. . . "For instance, he sliol a 76 at Las Vegas, then came back with a 66 but. that 76 had killed iihii. 1 feel that before long he'll begin putting consistestly guod rounds together. . . " -o -o- -o- -x- -x- -x- In addition to Garrett's MVP selection, the former Centralia prep ace was also awarded a spot on the first all-tournament team along with teammates Benson and Butchko . . . All three received watches, their second in 14 days as every member of SIU's team was awarded a watch for a second-place finish in the Volunteer Classic at Knoxville, Tenn . . . Despite the positive results of the Western trip, SIU's defensive average did suffer. Previously third in the nation behind Duquesne and Anny with a 54.7 average, the Salukis' mark soared to a 59.5 which could drop them all the way out of the top lllini, Wildcats Top Contenders For Big 10 Title CHICAGO ( AP) - The Big ion opens its basketball championship chase Saturday and it Accompanying Payne on most, j luoks as . f it wU1 be a lopsy . ci the tourney tour has been another ex Mt. Vernonite, Ronnie Wright. . . Wright, who has been in Mt. Vernon for Christmas time, was an ace Ram golfer in high school and later professional at Meadowwoods CC in Centralia. . He is now assistant pro at Edwardsville where a group of club members staked him on the pro circuit. . . -o- -o- o- PREMIER PLAYER - use halfback o. J. Simpson posed with Heisman Memorial trophy awarded to him as the outstanding college football player in the country. , , The losers scored their final bama was routed by Missouri lh touchdown in the final minute in the Gator Bowl and only Auburrt th& game - s only controversial and Mississippi managed victo-4 play. ries in the Sun and Liberty! Soggc hit end Sam Dickerson Bowls, respectively. Georgia • Coach Vince Dooley pointed out a possible factor—the SEC gives only 40 football scholarships a year to 50 for Southwest teams. In the Bluebonnet Bowl New SIU Makes Hay In Jackpot City A more productive offense at the Las Vegas Invitational i tournament has boosted South| em Illinois University's hopes for a standout basketball season and the acceleration may have come just in time . . . The Salukis host a dangerous Abilene Christian club Saturday night and take on Kentucky Wesleyan, the nation's top-ranked college division team, Monday (Jan. 6) at the SIU Arena . . . Invading Las Vegas with a 4-2 record and a 62.5 points per game scoring average, the Salukis returned with an enormous first place trophy, a 6-2 won-lost mark and a 68.5 ppg average. The improvements resulted from wins over Montana turvy affair. Illinois and Northwestern, rating no more than a darkhorse status before the season began, have become title timber based on non conference play. Iowa, Purdue, Ohio State and Wisconsin remain other hot contenders. The Big Ten wound up non- league action with a 60-29 edge over outsiders with Illinois, the o-.ly unbeaten outfit, leading the way with a 9-0 record and ranked eighth nationally. Illinois took the Miami Classic over the weekend and Northwestern boosted its record to 8-1 by winning the Gator Bowl trophy. Wisconsin proved worthy as a contender by dumping No. 3 Kentucky 69-65 in Chicago fctadium Tuesday to book a 5-4 mark. Ohio State enters the title race with 6-2 credentials while Jowa and Purdue each has 6-3. Michigan, off a 6-3 record, also must be given early consideration. The others look like spoilers -- Indiana with 4-5, Michigan State 4 4, and Minnesota 6-4. In afternoon games Saturday, Iowa is at Michigan and Purdue is at Wisconsin for a television attraction. At night. Min nesota is at Illinois, Ohio State (88-ob) and host Nevada South- 1 at Indiana and Northwestern at ern (85-82) ... • Michigan State. Year's Eve, Southern Methodist scored three touchdowns in a wild fourth period and nipped Oklahoma 28-27. PROUD FIGHTER — George Foreman, moments after he won Olympic heavyweight boxing title, paraded with a small American flag around the Mexico City ring. HAVE YOU TRIED AUTO INSURANCE FOR PEOPLE? in the end zone on a 19-yard {.pitch. Both Dickerson and Po- flaski battled for the ball, and it Jooked like a possible interception. i "I still don't know what happened on that one. That's the test time I ever saw a touchdown called with the ball on the gjfound," Hayes said. Kings Battle St. Louis To 0-0 Deadlock TYLER'S JEFFERSON MOTORS 820 Jordan 'Southern Illinois Largest Automobile Dealer' Pontiac—Cadillac — Buick—GMC Trucks INC. Mt. Vernon , LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles battled league-leading St. Louis to a 0-0 standstill Wednesday night in National Hockey League action at the Forum. The scoreless match featured outstanding yoal tending by veteran Blues goalie Jacques Plante, who kicked out 31 shots, and Kings goalie Gerry Desjardins, who came up with 26 saves. The tie gave St. Louis 40 points, nine more than second- place, Oakland, which lost Wednesday to Toronto. Los An- \ iS2 geles picked up ground on Oakland by gaining one point, for a • total or 29. ' Plante's shutout marked the ; second time the former Mon! treal star had blanked the Kings this season. He collected his first shutout in St. Louis when the Blues posted a 6-0 victory over Los AngeJes. It was Plante's siflh shutout of the season, giving him the league lead in that department. 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