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Drs JHoinrs Sunbag Agister DAVID WITKE. Executive Sports Editor, 515-284-8130 November 17, 19i)l , Section First State Title West Point Marquette stuns Dike in Class 1A volleyball final, school's first title in any sport Pagel2D Iowa State Wins Jonah Koech wins regional cross-country title, leading Cyclones to team title Page9D i mm :mm IMtepnifln) 1 Hawkeyes will make sixth trip to a California bowl in eight seasons. By RON MALY RKCISTKRiSTAt'KWlllTKK Evanston, 111. You might as well start calling Iowa's football players the "California Kids." For the sixth time in the last eight seasons, the Hawkeyes will be playing in a bowl game in California. They learned their 1991 bowl fate Saturday in rickety Dyche Stadium. After watching Iowa's 24-10 victory against Northwestern, Herb Klein and G. E. Vinson met Coach Hayden Fry and his team in the locker room to say, "We're glad to have you." Klein and Vinson, who are Holiday Bowl representatives, were dressed in bright red blazers. Both had Iowa insignia on the jackets. Vinson was wearing a black-and-gold Iowa hat.' "We like Iowa," Klein said. "It played well at the end of the game. That's what we want, to keep our heartbreak finishes going in the Holiday Bowl." Klein was talking about heartbreak finishes at San Diego. That was the case in both of Iowa's previous trips there. In 1986, the Hawkeyes escaped, San Diego State, 39-38. In 1987, Iowa" slipped past Wyoming, 20-19. Vinson said he's happy Iowa is going to San Diego. - "Iowa brings lots of fans," he said. "There's nobody else like them." The Hawkeyes will play either Brigham Young or San Diego State of the Western Athletic Conference in the Holiday Bowl. Those teams met Saturday night in San Diego. When the team left Evanston, it still had a chance to go to the Rose Bowl, but that opportunity fizzled when Michigan beat Illinois, 20-0, to increase its first-place record in the Big Ten Conference to 7-0. Iowa has a 6-1 Big Ten record, stands 9-1 for the season and has won six consecutive games. The Big Ten runner-up receives a bid to the Holiday Bowl this season. Iowa played in the Freedom Bowl T Iowa follows familiar plan. Defense dominates again.' Statistics. Page 5D. in Anaheim, Calif., in 1984. The 1985 team was in the Rose Bowl at Pasadena, Calif. Then came the two Holiday Bowl games. After playing in the Peach Bowl in 1988 and missing a bowl trip in 1989, the Hawkeyes went to the Rose Bowl last season. "I feel very good about going back to the Holiday Bowl," said tailback Mike Saunders, who ran for a career- high 167 yards against Northwestern. "I was there when I was a freshman in 1987. 1 didn't play because I was that was my redshirt year, but the Holiday is a real good bowl. There's always a great crowd there, with outstanding finishes." Saunders defended the Big Ten contract that sends the second-place team to a non-New Year's Day game. "The agreement with the Holiday Bowl prevents a team from being left high-and-dry when the season is over," he said. Hawkeye defensive back Carlos" James said no one should complain about going to San Diego. "It's a warm place, and I feel great ' about going there," James said. "We'll have some fun there, and hopefully get a victory." Defensive back Scott Plate said he enjoyed hearing Klein and Vinson issue what he said was a cordial invitation to the Holiday Bowl. "To be honest, we'd always like to go back to the Rose Bowl, but the Holiday Bowl is good," Plate said. Jim Hartlieb, who started his second consecutive game at quarterback because of Matt Rodgers' knee injury, said, "It's a great invitation." Mike Naughton, Iowa's ticket manager, said he expects the school to receive 10,200 tickets to the Holiday Bowl. That was the allotment in 1986 and 1987. "I feel the game will be very popular with our fans in the midwest and in California," Naughton said. Lr' Ait Marc Hansen Surprise call really surprises Macomb, 111. Kenny Shedd did a double take. He was standing on the sideline minding his own business when Terry Allen grabbed him by the jersey and told him to send in play 59. Play 59? Now? With the scoretied? With eight and a half minutes to go in the game for the Gateway Conference trophy? With third and goal on the Western Illinois 3-yard-line? Play 59? The one that arrived in practice for the first time last week? That's the one. Play 59. Now. So that's how it stood. There was Allen, calling Shedd's number and pushing him out onto the field. There was the Northern Iowa football coach "We hadn't been behind' Northern Iowa Coach Terry Allen pointed out, "in seven weeks." telling Shedd to line up deep in the backfield, take Jay Johnson's pitch left and proceed to the end zone, with haste. Play 59. Now. If it was supposed to be a surprise call, nobody was more surprised than Shedd. Not even Western Illinois. ' "Oh my God," Shedd told himself. "No getting out of it now." As a rule, the little guy doesn't do pitchouts. The little guy, all 159 pounds of him, happens to be one of the great Division I-AA return men and speed mongers. He was a second-team all-American last year. He set up the Panthers' second touchdown Saturday with his 37-yard kickof f return. When he isn't catching kicks and taking them to faraway places, he is lining up wide and trying to do the same with forward passes. On Johnson's long pass up the middle in the second quarter, Shedd made a spectacular, sprawling, one-handed catch for a 37-yard gain. After the game, he gave all the credit to .. . his gloves. But more on that later. Shedd is from Davenport, yes. But that doesn't mean he's Roger Craig. He wears No. 5, true. But that doesn't make him Paul Hornung. Before Saturday he'd rushed once, on a reverse, for minus-five yards. After Saturday he averages minus-two yards with one touchdown. "I'm fast," he said after the game, "but I don't run like a running back. You got to have moves to be a running back, and that's something I don't Tiave." He isn't a dancer. He isn't cute. He doesn't shift into several different gears. Shedd goes directly from first to overdrive. That's how he got the indoor school track record for the 200, from first to overdrive. The conference champion indoor and out, Shedd doesn't slash so much as bend with the curve of the track. He doesn't fake and juke and stutter step. When he does, he has to answer to his teammates. "A lot of guys on the team make fun of me," Shedd said. "I try to watch the running backs and see what they do. How they shake it. I tend to take my HANSEN Please turn to Page 8D Cornhuskers Impress Walden Cyclones can't stop Nebraska ; , '.t) " f V '-' - '1 t 1 . - - ' 1 ff:' A?S'& M ' ' i -1 41 f' I ''.'' r$ v -: ; i Long-range touchdowns too much for Iowa State By RANDY PETERSON Rm;istkkSt.ffWkitkh Lincoln, Neb. The fog was so intense four hours before the Iowa State-Nebraska football game that it was impossible to see the scoreboard at Memorial Stadium. That's saying something, because there are seven of them. But it was clearly discernable later and, to no surprise, it showed Nebraska had won, 38-13. Iowa State lost to what Coach .Jim Walden called the best big-play team in the country as 1 lth-ranked Nebraska moved a victory away from a trip to the Orange Bowl. Nebraska, tied with Colorado for the Big Eight Conference lead, finishes the season on Nov. 29 against Oklahoma. Colorado finishes its season Saturday at Iowa State. Nebraska, behind the rushing of Derek Brown and freshman Calvin Jones, rolled up 525 yards, the most given up by Iowa State this season. It had 19 plays that gained at least 10 yards. "They've got the best big-play offense in college football," Walden said. "As bad as things have been for us, no one has done to us what they did today. I've never seen a team score so many times from so far out." Three of the Nebraska touchdowns were from long range a 55-yard pass from Keithen McCant ' to Jon Bostick, a 32-yard run by Brown and a 6 1 -yard by Jones. "It seemed like they had two-and three-play drives covering 70 yards," Iowa State defensive line- ISU Please turn to Page 6D Miami edges Fla. State as late kick goes awry Associated Prkss" Nebraska't Pat Englebert hits Iowa State's Kevin Caldwell, causing a fumble. Iowa State recovered. Pensaoou (Fla.) News Journal Tallahassee, Fla. Gerry Thomas had envisioned what turned out to be his moment of truth Saturday. It happened a week ago. Thomas watched a walk-on sophomore from Notre Dame miss a last-second field goal that resulted in a 35-34 loss against Tennessee. On Saturday, the Florida State kicker saw his 34-yard field try with 29 seconds remaining sail wide to the right by a foot to let No. 2 Miami edge the No. 1 Seminoles, 17-16. "You know," Thomas said earlier this week, "you have to feel for that kid. You only have two chances make it or miss it. I would love to have that chance." With a record crowd at Doak Campbell Stadium frozen in suspense Saturday, he got his chance. Thomas, a walk-on sophomore who grew up just down the road in Ni-ceville, Fla., trotted out to his ap- Champs $:jc. Ay u$f few y& e E .eft HI L B!LLNEIBERGAUTHF, RftilSTER Garner-Hayfleld Coach Darrell Schumacher celebrates his team's 28-7 victory over Central Lyon Saturday in the Class 2-A championship game. West Delaware beat Spencer, 27-1 1, in the 3-A final. STORIES: Page 3D. Among season's top games pointment, with destiny. The snap was fine. The kick was up and . . . "It was my best kick of the day," said Thomas, who earlier kicked three field goals. But it missed. It was a game the Seminoles led for 41 minutes and seemingly controlled. "I don't know," said Thomas in the Florida State locker room afterward. "I thought it was OK. I looked up and saw it fade right. What else can I say?" Many of his teammates, who stood on the sideline, figured the kick was true. "It looked good to me," corner-back Errol McCorvey said. "But we didn't get the call." Said noseguard James Chaney: "I saw people on our sideline jumping around. I thought we had won the game. Then I looked over at Miami's bench and I looked at the scoreboard. We lost." Iowa-UNI game spectacle for the fans By RICK BROWN Reuistkr Staff Wkitkr After a record crowd of 22,797 watched Northern Iowa defeat Iowa, 77-74, last season, Eldon Miller made a prediction. "This is a victory these guys will remember their whole life," the Panthers' basketball coach said. The UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, the site of that memorable contest, will again host the intrastate duel Dec. 10. True to his coach's words, Dale Turner can't Miller Great game forget what happened two seasons ago. "Other than playing in the NCAA tournament, the Iowa game is the one that stands out," said Turner, the Panthers' starting point guard. "That game was hyped the whole season. I'll never forget it." Miller said the annual game with Iowa is great for college basketball in the state. "I wouldn't attach too much importance to who wins the game at that point in time, but I think it's a great spectacle," Miller said. "It's something the fans love and enjoy. I think it's a game that players on both teams look forward to." Iowa Coach Tom Davis agrees. "I think that's why those games are good," Davis said. "They create tremendous enthusiasm and they certainly help the programs devel-op. The UNI-Dome will only be set up for 19,000 fans this time be- cause the floor won't be elevated. Davis had voiced some safety concerns after the 1990 game. "I never felt that arrangement was safe," Davis said. "I don't feel it is at Minnesota, either, but I don't think they have any choice. I was ; just worried about someone flying off there and breaking his neck." Miller didn't share Davis' concerns about safety. But he said he believe the smaller crowd would not adversely affect the game. "Safety wasn't a great concern of mine," Miller said. "But if Tom had those concerns ... it doesn't make a great deal of difference to me. "I think we'll have a great crowd and it will always be a great game," Miller said. 12 MORE BIG GAMES on Page WD. 1 I

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