Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on January 2, 1969 · Page 17
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Mt Vernon, Illinois
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Thursday, January 2, 1969
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2—C THE REGISTER-NEWS — MT. VERNON, ILLINOIS THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 1969 Penalty Saves Nittany Lions Penn State Nips Kansas On Two Point Conversion By RALPH BERNSTEIN Associated Press Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — A 12th man on the field gave Penn State a second chance for a winning two point conversion with 15 seconds remaining and the Nittany Lions made it for a 15-14 victory over Kansas in the Orange Bowl New Year's night. Halfback Bob Campbell ripped into the end zone for the deciding conversion which preserved Penn State's unbeaten season and left a shell-shocked Kansas team in his wake. An hour after the frantic finish, the 12th man, junior linebacker Rick Abernathy sat in the Kansas dressing room, his head cupped in his hands and tears streaking his face. Third-ranked Penn State appeared beaten when a pass for the two points fell incomplete, leaving Kansas with a 14-13 lead. A red flag, however, lay in the goal line as players streamed off the field. An official had counted 12 Jayhawks in the lineup on the play. Penn State wasn't about to stare a gift horse in the mouth. Given a second chance, this time from the one-yard line, the Nittany Lions made it good for their 11th victory in a perfect season. The finish stunned a crowd of 77,719, which had begun to file out thinking the game was over and Kansas had won. Even the Nittany Lions' tying touchdown was something out of fiction. It came on a busted play. Penn State trailed 14-7 with 1:28 remaining. Kansas, with a fourth down and 23 at its 25- jyard line, was forced to punt. Penn State put on a 10-man rush and defensive halfback Neal Smith partially blocked the ball which was covered at the Kansas 49. On first down, Penn State ran what Coach Joe Paterno called a "go pattern" with quarterback Chuck Burkhart passing to , Campbell, who grabbed the ball over the head of Kansas defend- i er Tommy Anderson and fell at the Jayhawks' three-yard line. Two smashes by fullback Tom Cherry netted absolutely nothing against the stubborn Kansas defense. Then, Burkhart, the unsung quarterback of the third- ranked Nittany Lions, rolled to his right and raced three yards for a touchdown. Actually, Burkart was supposed to hand off the ball to halfback Charley Pittman, but a Kansas defender got between them and Burkhart had no choice but to run for his life into the corner. He scored standing up, setting up the most dramatic finish in the 35-year history of the Orange Bowl. Kansas built its 14-7 lead with a first period touchdown scored by Mike Reeves at the end of a nine-play, 45-yard drive. Penn • State tied it in the second quarter on a 47-yard 1 drive climaxed jby Charlie Pittman's 13-yard run into the end zone. In the fourth period, Donnie Shanklin returned a punt 46-yards to the State 8. Riggins gained seven and then dove the final yard. Our Golden-Key Auto Policy Includes Towing No Membership Fee Neil R. Rombough 313B So. 10th Street Mt. Vernon, Illinois Phone 24K8-2744 Office Phone 242-3989 Home MILLERS' MUTUAL OF ILLINOIS INSURANCE AUTO • HOME BUSINESS THE HORSE -Dr.Fager, four-year-old colt owned by William L. McKnight, was named Horse of the Year, Beat Handicap Horse, Best Sprinter and Best Grass Horse in 1968. STOP RUNNING mmm m cm\3 HERD'S THE TlymoulH GOING OUT A CHAMP — Coach Vince Lombard! Is carried off the Orange Bowl field after his Green Bay Packers beat Oakland in the Super Bowl In January. Victory capped Lombardi's career as Packer head coach. He aave up the post later in the month. Longhorns Ramble 513 Yards Texas Cracks Tennessee 36-13 For Cotton Win L GREAT! PLYMOUTH SPECIAL! Max Shurlz — Ken Shoemaker Ted Wood — Bud Hayes S & W Motor Co. ® 1101 Salem Rd. — Phone 244-1220 By DENNE H. FREEMAN Associated Press Sports Writer DALLAS, Tex. (AP) — Texas used the lance and the sledgehammer with equal deadliness in executing bewildered Tennessee 36-13 Wednesday in the 33rd annual Cotton Bowl classic. The "lance"''was an especially concocted aerial from quarterback James Street to swift and elusive Charles "Cotton" Speyrer. The first strike went for a 78-yard touchdown. The second bomb—also Street to Speyrer—and run covered 79 yards for a score. The "sledgehammer" was the brutal, ground-trembling runs of Texas' flying foursome. Street, All-America Chris Gilbert, Ted Koy and 1 Steve Worster galloped for 250 yards and three touchdowns through the physically whipped Volunteer line. Tennessee was rather awed by the devastation. "I have never seen a backfield as balanced as theirs," said Vol All-America guard Chalres Rosenfelder. "Texas is one of the better, if not the best team I have played against in my three varsity seasons." Tennessee Capt. Dick Williams said, "Their execution killed 1 us. You couldn't tell what was happening. He (Street) did a great job. He knew what to do." Street, whose: only claim to fame at Texas until this season was that he was a good baseball pitcher, literally picked the heralded Vol defense apart. Without once calling a pass, Street directed Texas 80 yards in 13 plays in the first period with Worster, a sophomore, bulling across from 14 yards out. Then Street stung the Vols with a totally unexpected play from the Texas 22. Operating from the Longhorns' unique "Wishbone-T" or "Y" formation, Street faked beautifully drawing the Tennessee secondary in a step. He lofted a shot to sophomore Speyrer, a 168-pound gadfly split end who caught the ball, faked defensive back Jimmy Weatherford out of position and roared home. Speyrer was the only receiver out on the play. It was the first time Texas had used it off the triple-option. "I kinda thought we- might h'. that bomb," said Texas Coach Darrell Royal. In the third quarter, Street and Speyrer teamed up on almost the exact carbon copy- only one yard longer. Street, named the game's most valuable offensive player, hit 7 of 13 passes for 200 yards. Speyrer snared five of the passes for 161 yards. Fifth-ranked Texas [ rolled up a massive 513 yards in total offense—279 on the ground and 234 ICE QUEEN — Peggy Fleming, only American gold medalist in the Winter Olympics, wore her award after winning the figure skating event at Grenoble, France, in February. in the air. The other touchdowns came on Koy's nine-yard run and Gilbert's five-yard dash. Vol Coach Doug Dickey replaced starting quarterback Bubba Wyche with soph Bobby Scott, who threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Gary Kreis and a 3-yard scoring pass to Mke Price. National Hockey League Tuesjlay's Results Montreal 4, Pittsburgh 3 Petroit 6, Minnesota 3 Only games scheduled Wednesday's Results Chicago 4, Detroit 1 Toronto 7, Oakland 3 St. Louis 0, Los Ang. 0, tie Only games scheduled Today's Gaines Boston at New York Pittsburgh at Montreal Chicago at Philadelphia Only games scheduled Friday's Games St. Louis at Oakland Only games scheduled Arkansas Dumr& BuHdog* 16-2 Razorback Defense Stops Georgia In Sugar Classic By RON SPEER Associated Press Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — Arkansas's disparaged defenders stole the show in the Sugar Bowl, which had hoped for an explosive offensive duel between the Razorbacks and Georgia. "All 11 defensive men played a great game," Coach Frank Broyles said. "Our defense was something else." The defenders, criticized all fall while the offensive team drew the plaudits, swept the Razorbacks to a 16-2 conquest of Georgia In the Sugar Bowl Wednesday. "They stopped us every time we had; an opportunity to do something," said Coach Vince Dooley, who said he was surprised at the way the Arkansas defenders played. "How did they give up that many points during the season?" The Razorbacks yielded 187 points last fall but the defense didn't allow anything out of Georgia, which kept from being blanked by scoring on a safety when Arkansas' Bill Burnett was tackled in the end zone. Arkansas recovered five Georgia fumbles and picked off three passes, and Dooley crediting the Razorbacks with causing the Bulldog bobbles. "Arkansas gave us a good, sound licking," Dooley said. "They, evidently wanted the game worse than we did." The loss was the first of the season for Georgia, ranked fourth nationally, and the Bulldogs' point total was their smallest ever in five campaings under flDooley. Arkansas' offense didn't exactly tear up the place, either, with Bill Montgomery tossing a 27-yard touchdown pass to Chuck Dicus for the only touchdown in the 35th annual foot ball classic watched by 82,113. The Razorbacks, finishing the seas&n with a 10-1 record and hoping to advance above their ninth; place nationally ranking, got their other points out of kicke^ Bob White. White hit on field goals of 34, 24 arid 31 yards to clinch the victory for Arkansas. "This was one of the real great '-national victories in the 11 years I've been at Arkansas," Broyles said. "It was the greatest team effort I've been associated' with." Dicus, a slicky-fingered sophomore, was named the most valuable player for his catches. He grabbed 12 passes for 169 yards to keep the Razorbacks' rolling. "Dicus' catches really helped them," Dooley said. "He was something." Dooley said the whipping suffered by his Southeastern Conference champions—plus thrashings handed to —Alabama and Tennessee in other bowls—may be a sign that the SEC is losing its reputation as one of the country's toughest leagues. "Maybe we better take a hard look ai: ourselves in —the conference," he said. "Something may be happening that we ought to know about — maybe it's a trend." , — Dooley said that SEC schools aix? limited to 40 football grants a year, while Southwest Confer­ ence teams give out 50. Arkansas tied for the Southwest title. However, Broyles said he thinks the fact that none of the Arkansas players had been to a bowl may have helped fire up the Razorbacks. "We had the psychological advantage," Broyles said. "Georgia had been to three straight bowl games, and we didn't have a boy who had ever' plsiyed in a bowl game before." The coaches also took a different approach to the game, with Dooley bringing his team to New Orleans a week ayo and allowing the Bulldogs to mix pleasure with practice. Arkansas didn't arrive in town until Sunday, making their final prep- aratios at home. "Obviously, everything we did was wrong because we lost," Dooley said. "If we had won it would have been right." — Koufax Weds LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Dodger pitch- Vig ace Sandy Koufax, long considered one of the city's most eligible bachelors, has been taken out of circulation by the 23- year old daughter of actor Rich- ai-d Widmark. Koufax, 32, and Ann Widmark were married New Year's Day at the Widmarks' home in West Los Angeles. Judge Lester Roth eosducted the private ceremony. Koufax was forced to retire from baseball in 1966 because of sin arthritic left elbow. The southpaw pitcher set major longue records by pitching four no-hit, no-run games during his career. 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