Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on October 21, 1979 · Page 4
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 4

Phoenix, Arizona
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Sunday, October 21, 1979
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FINAL CHASER The Arizona Republic Sunday, October 21, 1979 0 X 4 . r' T-z 3 tMWc MM by Km SuMM ASU wins 4th in row, whips Cougars, 28-17 Arizona State quarterback Mark Malone races around right end en route to a three-yard touchdown during the first quarter of Saturday night's 28-17 victory over Washington State at Sun Devil Stadium. By KEN LEIKER Republic Sports Writer TEMPE Arizona State played its first football game in almost 25 years Saturday night without Frank Kush on the sideline. That didn't seem to bother the football team nearly as much as it did the 70,729 human sardines who were packed into Sun Devil Stadium. While the crowd chanted for Kush, taunted ASU Athletic Director Fred Miller and booed defensive lineman Gary Bouck, the Sun Devils whipped Washington State, 28-17, for their fourth consecutive victory. Kush, who was fired last week in the messy aftermath of the $1.1 million lawsuit filed against the university by former ASU punter Kevin Ru-tledge, was in the stadium, according to his wife, but did not make his presence known. The new man in charge, Bob Owens, was left to fidget on the sideline after the Sun Devils built a 21-7 lead midway through the second quarter but allowed most of it to slip away. Washington State, which fell to 2-5, got a quick touchdown on a 75-yard sprint by reserve running back Ray Williams, and Mike DeSanto kicked a 23-yard field goal with two seconds left in the half, leaving the Cougars trailing only 21-17. Washington State, howver, got no closer than 44 yards to the Arizona State end zone in the second half. A winner, though, was still in doubt until the Sun Devils drove 83 yards for a touchdown with five minutes left in the game. It was a game quarterback Mark Malone will cherish perhaps more than any game he plays at Arizona State. "The question in our minds all week was if we could really play, and win, for ourselves," said Malone. "A lot of people said we beat Washington last week because of our emotional state, that we really weren't that good. "We didn't know for sure. But after everything that happened this week, we knew we had to group up as a unit and play for ourselves. We've been under tremendous pressure. There hasn't been a football team playing under this kind of pressure ever. "But we made it, and now we know what we can do. Coach (Don) Baker has a saying which probably says it best: 'The best steel is the steel that's been through the most fire.' We've sure been through the fire." Bouck, perhaps, has been through the most fire. He has testified in court that he saw Kush slug Rutledge during last year's Washington game. When Bouck made his first tackle Saturday night and was identified on the public address system, he was booed. The boos, according to many of the players, were responsible for a letdown. Washington State drove 47 yards to score during that series of plays to tie the score, 7-7, early in the second quarter. Arizona State, though, rebounded swiftly. The Sun Devils, who needed to go only 16 yards for their first touchdown after Ben Apuna recovered a fumble, scored on a 77-yard drive, and then defensive back Mike Richardson recovered another Washington State fumble, this one just 18 yards from the end zone. The Sun Devils needed four plays to cover the distance. Gerald Riggs scored the first of his two ASU, F4 Stanford's fourth-quarter explosion buries UofA, 30-10 By BOB EGER Republic Sports Writer TUCSON Any year now University of Arizona's old grads may get the hint and start finding something else to do on a certain autumn Saturday. For the fifth year in a row, the Wildcats lost their homecoming game' this time a 30-10 decision to Stanford's opportunistic Cardinals. A crowd of 55,217, largest of the year at Arizona Stadium, watched Stanford erupt for 16 points in a 4V2-minute stretch in the fourth quarter Saturday night to turn a close game into a rout; Stanford, now 4-2-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the Pacific-10 Conference, still must be considered a contender for the league title. Arizona, 4-2-1 and 2-2, will have to be satisfied with lesser goals. Though the 30 points were the most allowed by Arizona this season, this setback cannot be blamed on the defense. The offense's inability to move the football early forced the Arizona defense to play a lot of minutes. Late in the game Arizona's offense repeatedly gave Stanford the ball in good field postion. And Stanford's senior quarterback Turk Schonert, who engineered last week's 21-21 tie with then top-ranked Southern Cal, knew what to do with the field position. Schonert completed 17 of 20 passes for 194 yards and 3 touchdowns. Freshman John Elway added 4 completions in 12 attempts for 37 yards and another score. First downs Rushes-vards Patting yards Raturn vtrdt Passes Punlt FumWes-tost Penaltlas-yards Game in figures StM 23 55-175 231 21 2I-3J-I tr-Ui 2-1 S 77 Art 13 41-150 M It 4-17.1 5-3 1-12 Arizona quarterback Jim Krohn managed only 7 completions in 17 attempts for 71 yards. He was inter- Related story, statistics, F4 cepted twice. Arizona fullback Hubie Oliver had 93 yards rushing on 16 carries. The Cardinals accumulated 406 yards of total r'fense to 246 yards for the Wildcats. "Take away the turnovers, and we played the game even," said Arizona Coach Tony Mason. "We felt we could run against them, but we were in bad field position early in the game, and then we started dropping the ball and got far behind. "We've only lost two games. We just have to keep going. It's just a shame we must keep going against USC next." Stanford Coach Rod Dowhower thought his defensive unit won the game. "We had a lot of chances offensively in the first half, but we blew them," said Dowhower. "The defense gave us a chance the whole night. They kept us in the game. "We've played better on defense in each one of our games this year. They did a heck of a job tonight. They were aggressive, and they just took the ball away from Arizona." Stanford led only 14-10 entering the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals quickly put it out of reach. Ken Naber kicked a 30-yard field goal with 11:40 left in the game to make it 17-10, and Schonert passed seven yards to tailback Mike Dotter with 9:20 remaining to make it 24-10. Elway hit Ken Margerum with a 13-yard scoring pass with 7:09 left in the game, and the Wildcats were finished. Stanford's last two touchdowns were set up by UA turnovers deep in Wildcat territory. Stanford went 69 yards in 14 plays for a touchdown on its second possession. Schonert completed five out of six passes on the drive, including a three-yard toss to fullback Greg Hooper for the score. Arizona's defense created a scoring opportunity midway through the second quarter when linebacker Glenn Perkins separated Stanford's Dotterer from the football, and end John Crawford recovered at the Stanford 15 yard line. Krohn threw three straight incompletions, however, and Bill Zivic missed a 31-yard field-goal attempt. Later in the second period the UofA defense presented the offense another gift, and this time the offense converted. An interception and 16-yard return by safety Reggie Ware and a 15-yard face-mask penalty gave Arizona the ball at the Stanford 17. Four plays later, reserve tailback Richard Her-sey plunged over from five yards out and Zivic's kick tied the score, 7-7. On its first possession of the second half, Arizona drove from its 12-yard line to the Stanford nine, where the drive stalled. Zivic kicked a 27-yard field goal to give the Wildcats a 10-7 lead. Bob Hurt . " ------ , . w s r m m" t---m w r:","TWts 1 M m in. 1 1 1111111 1 r WW Penske owner of format for excellence in racing ROGER S. PENSKE, auto racing entrepreneur par excellence, is 42 years old. That distinguished thatch of gray hair on his head is 15 years old, but it may have grown a bit grayer over the weekend. The company helicopter lost a tail rotor and cracked up en route to pick up Penske at his New Jersey home Friday. Then, Pesnke arrived at Phoenix Internationa! Raceway to find out Rick Mears' car, the prize of his stable, had blown up. A heating rod used to warm the oil shorted, exploding the gas tank. No one was hurt, and a backup car was available. Still, Penske couldn't help wondering if someone up there didn't like him. His cars had been running here for eight years and had never won. And they didn't win Saturday in the Miller High Life-Bobby Ball 150. But no one was shedding tears for Roger S. Penske and his gleaming, supercharged mounts. They ran two-three, with Bobby Unser and Mears trailing Al Unser. It was Al's day. But it was a Penske year. Mears, with earnings of $408,078, was the seasonal champ on the Championship Auto Racing Teams circuit. Bobby Unser, with $248,841, was second in the point standings. Bobby won six lndy type races and Mears three. OK, Mr. Penske, to the witness stand please. What is your secret? How in this era of increased competition can one team produce the nation's best two drivers of the year? "Reliablity," said the pleasant executive. Reliability? "Yes," said Jim McGee, a highly respected mechanic of 18 years and currently the Penske crew chief. "Our whole theme is to win, you gotta finish. We finish first, and then worry about winning." Finishing has been a trademark of the Penske cars. Mjig mil 111 J AI Unser breezed through his pit stops and Ball 150 Saturday at Phoenix International the rest of the competition to win the Bobby Raceway. His brother Bobby was second. Thm have finished 28 of 29 races this vear. That's phenomenal, like batting .900 or rushing for 300 yards a game. It requires good equipment, good crpWs, good drivers and good luck. By MIKE GARRETT There were two races at Phoenix International Raceway in Saturday's Miller High Life-Bobby Ball 150. Al Unser drove one race.. The 17 other drivers were involved in the other race. Unser of Albuquerque, N.M., dominated an lndy car race at PIR as it has seldom been dominated, leading all but 12 laps. It was Unser's first victory of the year in his new ' Jim Hall-Pennzoil Chaparral, though it has been obvious for some time the car had an edge in speed, if not reliability, over its closest competitors. Unser's brother Bobby was the only other driver to finish on the same lap as Al, six seconds behind at the checkered flag. Turnovers pave way for Suns' downfall By NORM FRAUENHEIM Republic Sports Writer CHICAGO The Phoenix Suns probably are leading the National Basketball Association in two categories today. The first category has to be evictions, something the league doesn't include among its statistics. The Suns are being thrown out of games in NBA arenas faster that rowdy tenants at suburban apartment complexes. Friday night, forward Garfield Heard was kicked out of a game in Milwaukee Arena. Saturday night, Coach John MacLeod got the eviction notice at the Chicago Stadium. The second has to be turnovers, a category the league does include among its statistics. The Suns have committed 124 turnovers in five games. Their latest addition to the column resulted in a 116-104 loss to the Chicago Bulls Saturday night. The Suns (3-2) committed 33 turnovers in losing their second straight game. The turnover rate overshadowed a furious fourth-quarter rally during which the Suns cut a 23-point Chicago lead to two. "We're not taking care of the ball," said MacLeod, who was ejected from the game after getting two technical fouls late in the first quarter. "I was watching from the stands. We should have never been in a position where we had to battle back like that. "We put ourselves in a hole with, those darned turnovers." The Bulls, now 2-3 after winning their home opener in front of 12,117 fans, turned the Phoenix turnovers into 50 points. The third quarter was decisive. The Suns trailed by only seven points at halftime, but killed their chances with 11 turnovers during the third quarter a turnover rate that manifested itself in a 23-point deficit late in the quarter. The Suns blame two things for Saturday night's turnovers: Sun s, F4 Al Unser captures Ball 150 g$ Roger Penske teammate Rick Mears went through the formalities of wrapping up the first Championship Auto Racing Teams championship with a third-place finish. Mears finished the season by completing an astounding 2,593 laps of a possible Hurt, F2 2,600. He was scheduled to receive the championship trophy Saturday night in the first CART Awards Banquet at The Pointe Resort. Al Unser completed 150 miles in 1:13.3 at an average speed of 123.203 mph. He had a shot at Bobby Unser's 1972 record of 1:10:31 until Wally Dallenbach caused the fourth yellow flag of the day by looping his Foreman-Penske PC6 in turn two on the 141st lap. Five laps later, another yellow was brought out when Pancho Carter lost a wheel off his car. When the green came out again, only two laps remained. But nobody was going to catch Al Unser even after the field bunched up. Phoenix's Gordon Johncock, Tom Sneva and Johnny Rutherford rounded out the top six. But none of the three ever was in contention for the lead, though Johncock didn't waste any team moving up with the leaders despite starting in the eighth row. Spike Gehlhausen finished eighth in the Fletcher fill) Today , KUSH RALLY - A crowd gathered outside of Sun Devil Stadium before Saturday night's game between Arizona State and Washington State to voice their support of former Coach Frank Kush. F5. TATE WINS - American John Tate won a unanimous decision over South African Gerry Coetzee in a heavyweight title fight. F6. FAR WEST - Pittsburgh beat Washington State and Brigham Young routed Wyoming in college football. F8. BIG 10 - Minnesota knocked off Iowa and powers Michigan and Ohio State recorded Big 10 wins. F9. 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