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Section C Monday, September 23,1974 Page C-l El Paso Herald-Post Sports Amusements Who's UTEP Tied With? New Mexico Has Eligibility Problem By TRACY RINGOLSBY UPt Sports Writer Texas El Paso coach Gil Bartcsh says he feels sorry for Tom Lovat, his counterpart at Utah. "1 know they didn't want to lose to us," said Bartosh after his Miners blasted Utah 34-7 Saturday to avenge an 82-7 loss to the Utes a year ago. "Everyone knew whoever loses to UTEP first is going to be embarrassed." The Miners were 0-11 last year and lost their opener to Pacific 17-14 last week on a last-minute touchdown run. But this time they didn't leave anything to fate as Bobby McKinley threw . for three touchdowns and fresh- man Mike Belew ran for 168 yards and broke his own school record with 39 carries. "OUR KIDS played an outstanding football game," said Bartosh, in his first year as head coach. "I guess that's an understatement after your team wins its first game in 13 games." That was the only Western Athletic conference game of the weekend and moved UTEP into a tie for first with New Mexico at 1-0. Utah and Colorado State are both 0-1 and no other WAC teams have played. However, those standings could change today when the WAC was expected to rule on the eligibility of New Mexico back Toby Parrish, who may have violated the NCAA rule that a collegian must complete his four years of college eligibility in five years. If Parrish is ruled ineligible the Lobos will forfeit the win over CSU. IN NON-CONFERENCE games involving WAC teams, Arizona State blitzed Texas Christian 37-7; Colorado State stunned Florida State 14-7; Arizona blasted Indiana 35-20; New Mexico tied Texas Tech 21-21; Wyoming fell to Texas 34-7 and Brigham Young got booted by Utah State 9-6. Freshman Dennis Sproul came off the bench to drive ASU to touchdowns the first two possessions he was in and later threw for a third while Mark Lovett ran for two scores and ASU got its offense going. STEVE MYER marched New Mexico 55 yards in the final three minutes, hitting Pete Robison with a four-yard touchdown pass and then hit Kevin Thompson with the two- point conversion for the tie. In all, Myer hit 21 of 40 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns while throwing only one interception. Freshman Ron Harris carried 29 times for 158 yards and 10 yards for the game- winning touchdown in CSU's win. UTEP Record, Too IT WASN'T exactly fun sitting in the Utah press box at Salt Lake City a year ago and watching the Utes pile up an 82-6 score on the UTEP Miners. It could be compared lo listening to the mournful toll of a bell at Lloyd's of London signifying that another ship had done down. But it had its lighter side, too. Each time the score mounted, the Salt Lake delegates in the press box made a frantic search of the record book. It got to be fun just watching them dig up scores that went way back to post- Civil War days. We have news for those Utah figure filberts. The 34-7 win of the Miners over the Utes Saturday was a record. It was the worst licking ever administered to a Ute team by the Miners. Rains Drops Fall THE GAME here had good attendance despite the rain that fell before the kickoff and all through the contest. The figure was 17,841. Had El Paso's weather luck over the years been maintained there would have been a crowd in excess of 20,000. Arizona State had a cloudburst just before its game with Texas Christian. And Dennis Sproul, who looked like the best Sun Devil quarterabck in preseason but missed the first ASU game of the season because of an injury showered the TCU Christians with some touchdowns in his team's 37-7 victory. Brigham Young hasn't allowed a touchdown this season but the Cougars have lost two games. They were out field-goaled again Saturday, by Utah State 9-6. The game was punctuated by three one-on-one fights and a free-for-all at the end of the game. That state rivalry in Utah is something fierce. Willard Harrell, who beat the Miners on a 40-yard end-of-the-game romp on Sept. 14, continued his depredations against Long Beach. He ran for four touchdowns, once for 67 yards, as Pacific won 38-6. And a quarterback named Kevin Sneed passed San Diego to a 28-25 win over Tampa. Sneed's name will come up again in the Miners' game next Saturday against San Diego. Some Good Timing THE UTEP segment in the Sunday ABC "College Football '74" was a good production. LaFreddie Coleman, the UTEP cornerback, did a commentary worthy of Bart Starr who works for CBS now. The timing was right. UTEP was singled out because of a 13-game losing streak. The climax to the feature was the announcment that the streak had been broken with that 34-7 win over Utah. NCAA record books don't delve into losing streaks. So, the longest losing streak in college footall is not immediately available. The Miners won Saturday despite "loaning" Utah a player, Mickey Diaz, fullback. His name was inad- vertenly listed on the Utah roster. Tom Lovat, the Utah coach, didn't think the humiliating defeat of the Miners in 1973 had too much to do with their victory Saturday. It might have been blown out of proportion, but it didn't hurt. Will the one-game success now hurt the Miners? Let's see, they've got a long way to go. Oklahoma has the record, a winning streak of 47 games. Irish Drop ™ree NFL Vets Too Manv' Sign With Storm I WV/ JYIUIiy _PORTLAND, Ore. (UPI) SOUTH BEND, Ind. (UPI) _ Notre Dame's Ara Parseghian could find fault yesterday with the 39-3 win for the Fighting Irish over Northwestern. "We dropped too many footballs and made too many turnovers, particularly in the first half," he said. "We didn't play as good a game as we did against Georgia Tech. I was pleased with our defense, particularly the secondary, because it hadn't been tested. i^hfJ! BLOWS - Mike Belew, freshman tailback from Odessa, is shown in one of his 26 c arries for the UTEP Miners against Utah Saturday in tbe Sun Bowl. He netted 168, surpassing his mark of i??,£L SgaiES ' Pacilic the week be!ore - (Herald-Post Photo by Bill Thompson.) * How Scoring Went in Utah-Miner Battle "In the first half they were committting their linebacker to the run, and had no underneath protection, so that made our passing easier." PORTLAND, Ore. (UPI) — Three veteran National Football League players have signed with Portland and a Storm player was placed on waivers, the World Football League team announced. Signed were linebacker Paul Guidry, 6-2, 230, who played nine years for the Houston Oilers and Buffalo Bills out of McNccsc Slate, Tenn.; offensive tackle Carl .Johnson, 64, 252, who played three years for the New Orleans Saints out of Nebraska, and fullback Wayne Patrick, 6-1, 2-16, who played five years for the Buffalo Bills out of the University of Louisville. Patrick missed the 1973 season because of an injury. FIRST QUARTER Inn pfavs. file Miners drove from (heir 26 to the Utah one. Three plays there tailed to dent the Utah line and on the fourtn. Bohl>y McKinlfy rolled out and passed lo Qr.ad Lnncineckpr in the end zone tor a touchdown Bronko Belkhesky converted. Miners 7, UtahO. 6:2B led. Belet, in KoU Helmets MUce Belew, tailback, and Mike Wasteney, nose guard, have received the Gold Helmet, a weekly award by Coca-Cola Co., for their play in the Utah game Saturday. SECONDQUARTER Miners in nine plays covered 69 yards with a pass from Me Km fey to Mike Walker eating up 24. Belew scored from the one. Betictesky converted. Miners U, UtahO. 8-50 left. Dan Payne passed ro Willie Armstead (or 38 yards and a lout iidown after the Utes sMrJed from rtieir 19, Mike Brown converted. Miners 14, Ufah 7. 2:26 lefl Bclicriesky kicked a 3/-ysrd Field goal Miners 17, Utah ?. 3 seconds left. THIRDQUARTER After Hal Baniell recovered Psyne's • tumble, McKiniey passed ro Walker lor 3i • yards and a ! ouch down. Belichesfcy converted Miners 3d, Utah ?. 5:d2 left. FOURTHQUARTER Mr Kinley passed to Flash Collins tor JO yards and a tOMchdov.-v BcJichesky converted Miners 31, Ufah ? 6:38 lelt. Belichesky kicked 30 yard field goal. Minors 34, Utah 7 53 seconds left. forget Ute Game,' Gil Asks San Diego Next... Belew, Hasteney Me High fades igainst Utah By BOB INGRAM Gil Bartosh has told his U.T. El Paso Miners something they're going to have a hard time trying to do — forget their 34-7 victory over Utah. The head UTEP coach wants them to concentrate on San Diego State, the Miners' opponent Saturday night in the Sun Bowl. ''San Diego is a powerhouse," said Gil. "They are a big, skilled team. They're of the same calibre as Arizona and Arizona State. They may be the biggest physical team we'll play this season." WHICH BRINGS up the fact that Mike Belew, the freshman tailback from Odessa, is down to 158 pounds. One hundred and fifty eight pounds, and holding, Bartosh hopes. The Miners' best runner in years is a throwback to ex Miner star Pug Gabrel who could hit holes lightning fast but didn't have the downfield speed of Belew. AFTER carrying the'ball 30 times against Pacific for 126 yards and packing it 36 times against Utah for 168 yards, Belew may be a little worn. But as he and Bartosh say, he thrives on keeping busy. The best part about the little tailback is that he can evade hard tackles like a boxer slipping punches. In such a significant game as the Miners played Saturday, it's pretty hard to single out individuals or individual plays or sequences. There is no doubt, however, but that the Miners in driving 74 yards at the outset of the game for a touchdown took the momentum. It put the Miners in the saddle and they didn't dismount during the game. IT HELPED RUN Utah out of its game plan of smashing for yardage with big Steve Marlowe and breaking for long runs by Ike Spencer. And when the Miners assumed a more pronounced lead, Utah turned more and more to the pass, which is not the Utes' strong point. Bobby McKinley, with three touchdown passes and a pickup of 40 yards on the ground on those outside cutbacks off the option, again looked like a seasoned quarterback. The Miners bottled up the victory in the third quarter when defensive end Hal Barnett shredded the ball from quarterback Dan Payne and recovered the fumble. The Miners went from there to a touchdown with McKinley .passing to Mike Walker for a touchdown. It made the score 24-7. THE MOST spectacular defensive player on the team was senior Mike Wasteney of Alameda, Calif., one of the "vow boys" since that humiliating defeat of 1973. Watency made eight unassisted tackles and two assists. He sacked the Utah quarterback twice. "He was in the Utah backfield all night," said Bartosh. After watching the films, the Miner coach came up with these findings: Gordon Harper and W. C. Paige graded best in the secondary (Utah didn't throw much to LaFreddie Coleman's side), Shannon Thompson did the better linebacking, Barnett at defensive end, was nearly 100 per cent with seven unassisted tackles and two assisted ones and that fumble recovery, Wasteney, of course, was outstanding, Belew made' big plays, McKinley had a good night, Don Willis did a good blocking job, Gary Payne was the best man on the offensive line, Mike Walker did some adept receiving, Mike Herron, subbing for the injured John Hahn, did a creditable job at center, Tanny Johnson had another satisfactory ap pearance, Don Amerson, Ray Holt and Bob Garvey who got their baptism looked good and Robert Elliott showed promise. ON THAT BIG opening touchdown drive when the Miners hit the Utah line three times on the goal line and couldn't dent it, Bartosh said: "Utah had 11 men up there. When we went with a pass on the fourth down, I didn't consider it a gamble. McKinley hit Brad Longnccker in the end zone. Tanny Johnson was also wide open." "We were consistent on offense and defense, showed lots of poise, bur passing improved. It opened up the game for us," Eartosh said. THE MINER COACH was most pleased that his team didn't have a single turnover in the game. No fumble losses or interceptions. They did make some costly fouls. Little Lou Onofrio, the Ute quarterback, was knocked out in the first half. He was not badly hurt but didn't go back in because Utah wanted to use Payne's passing arm which was good for the only Utah touchdown. "They really kicked our—," said Lovat, the Utah coach who said his team was young and w,ould bounce back after more instruction on tackling. High and Mighty Teams Fall Big Shakeup Week! BvUmli-d Press lntrrn.it,on.il Nebraska, Penn State, LSU, Arkansas and UCLA all were upset Saturday in one of the most surprising early-season Saturdays in recent years in college football. While the big three—top- ranked Ohio State, second- ranked Notre Dame and No. 3 Alabama—were coasting to their expected lopsided victories, the fourth-ranked Cornhuskers, seventh-ranked Lions and llth-ranked Bruins were victimized by heavy underdogs. Louisiana State, ranked sixth, lost to No. 12 Texas A&M and No. 9 Arkansas was upset by Oklahoma State. Iowa, winless since 19V2, shocked UCLA 21-10 at Iowa City behind two touchdown passes by Rob Fick. Wisconsin's Gregg Bohlig threw a 77- yard touchdown pass to Jeff Mack with less than four minutes left to beat Nebraska 21-20. Navy stopped Penn State's 13-game winning streak 7-6 as the Nittany Lions' placekicker, Chris Bahr, missed four field goal attempts and Penn State fumbled the bail away five times. MEANWHILE, fullback Bucky Sams scored from a yard out with 5:46 to play as Texas A&M stopped LSU and Abby Daigle kicked four field goals to help Oklahoma State bury Arkansas 26-7. The victory for Iowa, which Miner Game In Figures SCORING UTAH 0 7 0 0-7 UTEP 7 10 7 10-34 UTEP-Longnecker i pass from McK inley. Belicheskv kick. UTE P—Bplew 1 run. Belicheskykick. UTAH—Armstead 39 pass trom Payne. Brown kick. UTEP-FG3?Bolichosky. UT6P-Walker 36pdss from ytfcKintey. Belicnesky kick. UTEP-Cottins 40 pass from McKinley. Belichesky kick. UT£P-FG30Belichcskv Attendance: 17,841. was 0-11 last year and lost its opener to Michigan last week, was the biggest of the surprises. The Hawkeycs, a three- touchdown underdog who gave up 401 points last season, limited UCLA quarterback John Sciarra to 82 yards in passing. Sciarra piled up almost 400 yards total offense in UCLA's previous game against Tennessee. Fick hit Dave Jackson with a 38-yard scoring pass and threw a 30-yardcr to Mark Fetter. The other Iowa touchdown came on a four-yard run by Fetter to complete a 91-yard march late in the fourth quarter. BOHLIG COMPLETED 14 of 21 passes for 242 for Wisconsin, a two-touchdown underdog to Nebraska. The Cornhuskers lost star quarterback David Humm early in the game but it was their defense which eventually let them down, giving up two fourth-period touchdowns. Navy scored in the last minute of the first half on a four-yard pass from fullback Bob Jackson to Robin Ameen. Most of the ga me at University Park, Pa. was played in heavy rain and wind. Penn State, which outgained Navy 375 yards to 171, didn't score until the last 4:41 when Tom Shuman hit Jerry Jeram with a five- yard TD pass, but Shuman's pass for the two-point conversion was batted down. It was Penn State's first loss at home and its first loss to an Eastern opponent since 1970. Oklahoma State freshman Wes Hankins returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown and halfback Kenny Walker scampered five yards to bolster Daigle's accurate toe as the Cowboys stunned the Razorbacks, upset victors last week over Southern California. ALL-AMERICA Archie Griffin rushed for 334 yards and one touchdown and his brother Ray, a freshman, scored twice to lead top-ranked Ohio State to a 51-10 rout of Oregon State. No. 2 Notre Dame walloped Northwestern 49-3 behind Tom Clements' 182-yard passing performance. Alabama, the defending national champions and No. 3 team this year, crushed Southern Mississippi 52-0. Junior quarterback Richard Todd, playing less than one half, passed and ran for 22S yards, scoring one touchdown and passing for another to lead the Crimson Tide. Michigan, the nation's fifth- ranked team, also was a big winner, rolling over Colorado 31-0. David Brown's 88-yard punt return for a touchdown sparked the Wolverines' second straight triumph. No. 8 Texas ran over Wyoming 34-7 as freshman Gralyn Wyatt rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns and AIl-Amcrican Roosevelt Leaks scored a TD in his debut as a halfback. Last year he played fullback. Arizona State, 'the 10th- ranked squad, got a lift from freshman quarterback Dennis Sproul, who entered the game with his team leading 10-7 and led the Sun Devils to a 37-7 rout of Texas Christian University. Pitt beat Georgia Tech 27-17 as Tony Dorsett ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns; reserve quarterback Terry Looney threw for two TDs as Tulane defeated Army 31-U; Michigan State blanked Syracuse 19-0 behind two touchdowns by Rich Baes; West Virginia upset Kentucky 16-3. Auburn crushed Chattanooga 52-7 and Miami ripped Houston 20-3 in other games. UTAH 13 35 66 6 17 1 940.4 3 1 11 TO TEAM STATISTICS First Downs Rushes Yards Passing yards Return Yards Passes Punts Fumbfes-Lost UTEP 23 66 320 690 733.9 20 'Too Tall' Jones Gabriel's Threat Belew, UTEP Spencer, UTAH KAcKinley.UTEP... Johnson, UTEP Marlowe. Utah Amerson, UTEP Holt. JIEP INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Att. Net TD Long . 4 12 PASSING All Comp Yds TD Long McKinlcv. UTEP 9 6 IIS 3 <j Payne. UTAH 9 3 ;o | 39 PASSRECEWNS No Yds. TD Long Walker.UTEP i 9j 1 ft Armsread. Utart ? 53 | 39 Cof.'ms. UTEP I JO I to Collins, UTAH 2 J? 0 li Mcinlyre.UTAN | |i Q 13 Longnecker. UTEP I i ] | PUNTING No Yds. Avc Long Broun, Utah 9 3*6 106 65 Walker, UTEP / m 3?7 56 KICKOFf RETURNS I. Spencer, Utah, 4for 92; Holt, UTEP, 2 lor 33; Armstead, Utah, I for 26; Col Ulan. 1 lor 16. PUNT RETURNS ^Cockayne. UTEP. I (or 8; I Spencer, ] Big 10 Crowds Set New Mark CHICAGO (UPI) _ Nearly 550,000 people flocked to nine Big Ten home football games Saturday, setting conference and NCAA attendance records. All but Illinois played at home anc! the tola! attendance from the other nine games was 545,479, an average of BO,608. the Big Ten office announced. 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