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tics Jlloinw Sunbatj piste r DAVID WITKE, Executive Sports Eihtor, 515-2SI-M.MI The Old Single-wing SigounieyKeota uses an offense devised by I'op Warner for his 1912 Carlisle team. Page4D NoVKMHKR I, , ShCTHfN Supreme Superstitions From wearing the s(tme underwear to driving the same way to work, SFL players maintain odd rituals. Page 14D ee Mm Peach Marc Hansen Hawks' goal reduced to .500 owa City, la. The good news is . . . wait a minute . . . there is no good news to report from Kin-nick Stadium this morning. Yes, Paul Burmeister completed a slew of late passes in relief of Matt Eyde. Yes, he ushered the Hawkeyes to the end zone in his very first series. And, no doubt, it was more than a little eerie watching someone wearing Chuck Long's old number escorting the offense downfield through the deluge. But, no, it was a ghostly, ghastly Halloween for the Hawkeyes. For starters, the rain fell steadily all afternoon. For closers, Iowa's 38-15 loss to Ohio State was 90 percent precipitation and 10 percent inspiration. "A complete nightmare," Hayden Fry called it, quite correctly. "I looked up in the sky. And when I did, it rained harder." Physically, literally. It rained early Ohio State touchdowns, quickly flood- 4 4 When you're 3-5 you don't deserve to talk about bowl games. We needed to win games. T J ' Mike Devlin hneu center ihg Iowa out of any last-ditch hope for a bowl bid. The best the Hawkeyes can do after this soggy cereal bowl of a football gamej a 6-6 season record. In other words, not enough. I never thought it would come down to this, but it has," said Danan Hughes, Iowa's limping all-Big Ten receiver. Has it ever. Finishing with as many victories as losses would mean beating Indiana, Northwestern and Minneso ta. After Saturday's effort, that seems unlikely. Even Fry conceded as much. "It s a tough thing," Mike Devlin said of the Hawkeyes' lower-than-zero bowl hopes. But I never thought about bowls in the first place. Our whole objective was to have a winning season. When you're 3-5 you don't deserve to talk about bowl games. We needed to win games." They also needed a few more healthy bodies. Almost every losing team in America could say the same. Not that it's easy to ignore Iowa's ever-expanding injury list: a quarterback, two linebackers, a bunch of linemen. Fry shook his head as he went down the roster. , Injuries are not good, but injuries don't account for everything. For instance, they don't totally explain how the Buckeyes can rip through to the Iowa punter as if shredding tissue paper. Not once, but twice in a row near the goal line. "We have to get bigger, stronger, better players," Fry said, again quite correctly. Thanks to Burmeister, the Hawk-eyes showed some offensive life in the fourth quarter and the defense finally began tackling people. Burmeister's relief appearance earned him a start against Indiana. At least the faithful can spend the week looking forward to Burmeister instead of wringing their hands over Eyde. A caveat: Don't get too excited. By the time Burmeister entered, the Buckeyes were guarding against the quick kill, playing soft as the saturated stadium sod. By then, the polls had long been closed for the day. ABC-TV wasn't projecting an Ohio State victory by intermission, but the empty seats outnumbered the yellow rain slickers two-toone by the second-half kickoff. It's a strange Big Ten phenomenon. At Ohio Stadium when things go wrong for the locals, the fans boo the coach. At Kinnick Stadium, they boo the players. I guess it's the difference between three trips to the Rose Bowl and no trips to the Rose Bowl. Whatever, it's worth noting. Saturday, there wasn't much worth applauding. Here's how one-sided it went in the first half. The Buckeyes rushed for 173 yards. Their punter didn't budge. (He didn't remove his jacket until less than a minute remained in the third quarter.) On Iowa's only scoring drive, two nlling tumbleweod fumbles accounted for almost half of the Hawkeyes' 75 y;irds. A typical postmortem will begin with the quart erbat king of Eyde, who HANSEN Flense turn to Page 6D km spires Vdta(SS '- '7"" - V '- ' ' ' t j. By re turning a punt for a touchdown, James The Eel'McMillion help s Iowa State defeat Missouri, 28-14. By RON MALY Register Staff Write r Aj res, la. Out of the darkness in C 'clone Stadium, the man they call The Eel slithered front and cent ;r. Ja mes McMillion is his name. The Eel s what his Iowa State team-mati. s and coaches have called him sine . his sophomore season. He s slippery and electrifying, assistant coai h Jon Fa-bris says. A fter the Cy-clor es ended a fou. -game losing streak Saturday with a UNI, top-rated in NCAA Division l-AA, wins, 34-13. Second-rated Marshall falls. Page 7D 28-i 4 football victory against Mis- sou i, more superlatives were flying iround. . Ail-Big Eight Conference. All-Am :rica. Coach Jim Walden would go f.':)r any of that after McMillion returned two punts for 118 yards one for a 78-yard touchdown. "McMillion is the best punt return guy in the nation," Walden said. "There may be some better guys out there in the world, but I'll keep the guy I've got. I think he's an all-American. Certainly he's an all-Big Eight special teams player." AH this on a rainy, 41 -degree day when Iowa State opened with Don-nie Smith at quarterback and finished with Marv Seiler as the standout at the position. Iowa State sold 33,465 tickets to the game, but only about 25,000 fans attended. McMillion, Seiler and the Cyclones' defense gave them a show. The result was a victory that enabled Iowa State to escape a tie with Missouri for the Big Eight Conference cellar. The Cyclones have a 3-5 record, and are 1-3 in the Big Eight. Missouri, which has lost nine consecutive road games since 1990, is 1-7 overall and 0-4 in the conference. Iowa State has beaten the Tigers five consecutive times. "We challenged our punt return team today," Walden said. "Missouri had allowed just 20 yards on ISU Please turntoPage 10D ' A - 'is, f GARY FANDElTllE RHJISTER Iowa State's Marv Seiler eludes Missouri's Montana Waggoner in Saturday's 28-14 victory. ifter loss, Iowa's bowl half-empty By losing to Ohio State, 38-15, Iowa may have nixed any chance it might ha ve had to play in a bowl. By RANDY PETERSON Rw ;ister Staff Writer . 1'owa City, la. Basketball practice begins today. The football seiison, at least as far as University of Iowa fans have been accustomed, probably ended Saturday. Ohio State dashed what bowl hopes may have remained among the Iowa faithful with a 38-15 victory against the Hawkf yes in front of a wet throng of 70,397, most of whom left at halftime. The loss dropped Iowa to 2-3 in the Big Ten Conference and 3-6 overall with three games remaining. It's the first time a Fry-coached Iowa team has lost six games before November. A contributing factor was a loss against North Carolina State in the Kickoff Classic. Iowa has been to a bowl game in 10 of the past 11 seasons, and the Hawkeyes would have to win I remaining games against Indiana, Northwestern and Minnesota just to get the required six victories. With only nine at-large bowl berths available, Iowa's hopes of a postseason trip would appear remote even with three straight victories. "I wouldn't even venture a guess," Fry said. "We very easily could lose the next three games, or we could fight like the devil and win the next three. I personally don't think there's a chance to go to a bowl game, unless somebody wants to be nice. Right now it's ' hard to project this ball team to win three ball games. It's possible, but it's going to be very difficult." Regular quarterback Jim Hart-lieb watched his second straight game from the sideline, the result of a sprained right shoulder suffered in the second half of the Oct. 17 game at Illinois. Matt Eyde again was Hartlieb's replacement, but was not effective. When not scrambling behind the line of scrimmage, he had trouble spotting receivers who were open. At one point in the second quarter, tight end Alan Cross was alone in one corner of the end zone waving hands like he was doing jumping jacks, and Danan Hughes was alone in the other end. Eyde ended up throwing an incomplete pass to a well-defended Lew Montgomery. "I didn't play as well as I wanted to play," Eyde said. "My mind was swimming. I'm sure there were some mistakes I made, but I was trying hard. I feel bad, but I can't IOWA Please turn to Page 6D Oornhuskers smash Buffs' streak, 52-7 By RICK BROWN Rf.i ii.stfr Staff Writer Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska put some nagging ghosts to rest Saturday in misty Memorial Stadium. The Cornhuskers' 52-7 Halloween victory against Colorado b rought an end to the Buffaloes' ,5-game unbeaten streak against F ig Eight opponents. "It was Nebraska's night, and they deserve it," Colorado Coach Hill McCartney said. "They outplayed us in all phases of the j;ame." The victory also ended Nebraska's eight-game losing streak to top-10 opponents dating to 1988. I Jolorado and Nebraska entered the ;ame tied for eighth in the Associated Press poll. "We can't win the big one, and all t hat," Nebraska Coach Tom Os-'xrne said. "I don't pay attention to ; t. If you're the better team, you're going to win." But someone was paying atten-:ion. Fans tore down both goal posts after the victory against a team that has won or shared the last three Big Eight titles. . Trev Alberts, Nebraska's starting right outside linebacker from Cedar Falls, la., said all the talk about the team's lack of success against top-10 opponents was a motivating factor. "We've worked so hard for this," Alberts said. "Before the game we were thinking about all the weights we had lifted, all the running we had done. We decided to go out for 60 minutes and give it all we had." The victory improved Nebraska's record to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Big Eight heading into Saturday's game with No. 18 Kansas. "We're on a roll," Alberts said. "Coach Osborne told us not to go out and celebrate until Wednesday, and then get beat next week. We want it real bad." Colorado is 6-1-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the Big Eight. The loss matched the second-largest margin NEBRASKA Please turn to Page 8D Four-time Champions "" 1 OA VII) PETHRSONTllE RtCISTFR Iowa City High on Saturday morning won its McAndrew (10th place), Amber Young fourth successive girls' Class 3-A cross- (fifth), Jill Myatt (33rd), Cara Wolf (third) country title in Ames. From left: Stephanie and Missy Novotny (seventh). Story: 3D. Douglas feels call of destiny at Iowa State IF-. By BUCK TURNBULL Re;imh Stf Wkitf: H c . Bobby Douglas Great matches ahead i 1 A, Ames, la. Bobby Douglas admits it would have been easy for him to just say no last spring, turning down Iowa State's offer and remaining as the wrestling coach at Arizona State. That's what he planned to do. He was quite content in the valley of the sun. He thought he'd do what many others dream of doing as they get older retire there. Douglas had been Arizona State s coach for 18 years. His teams almost always won the Pao-10 wrestling championship, and eight times he was the league's Bobby Douglas predicts his rivalry with Dan Gable and one between Iowa State and Iowa will set the scene for the future of wrestling in the U.S. coach of the year. In 1983. he led the Sun Devils to an NCAA title. He was to be the United States Olympic wrestling coach in the summer of 1 W2. What more could a man want in his chosen profession? Douglas and his wife. Jackie, moved into a new home two years ago and figured they were settled for life. Douglas. 50. also was in the process of completing autobiography, extolling the irtiM- of Anz- na State's wrestling program. It was to be published after the Barcelona Olympics. "That's how locked in I was at Arizona State," he said. But one thing the Sun Devils did not have w as w hat Iow a State has in abundance a rich wrestling tradition, most of which began during the regime of longtime coach Harold Nichols and continued under his uci es-or. Jim Gibbons. Douglas knew ubout that, having served two stints as a graduate assistant under Nichols in the early 1970s. The Cyclones won six NCAA titles during the Nichols era. After giving Iowa State's offer careful consideration, Douglas said three factors favored the move he wanted a fresh challenge, he saw more wrestling potential in Ames than in Tempt', aiid he liked the low a State environment. "My wife and I feel very, very comfortable in Ames." Iotiglas said "We just like being around the type of people who are here. That's basically it. "I w asn't ready to retire. I felt like I could have staved very com- D0UGLAS nise turn to w 13D ' A A A A A A A 4i rffri Ai hnA

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