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E4-Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 5, 1976 u ft Selmer 9s Finale As Frustrating As Many Others Vw-i rtn j4 I " K Iff At -.7 There were no other scores in the second half until the drive following the interception. Houston, 9-2 and co-champion of the Southwest Conference with Texas Tech, will be the host team in the Cotton Bowl against Maryland. Houston took a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter on Davis' four-yard touchdown run. The Miami offense outgained Houston, but failed to take a big lead in the first half despite Houston's losing the ball on five of its nine possessions. Coach Steve Sloan of Texas Tech was said to be a possible choice to replace Selmer, who has three years to go on his $33,000-a-year contract, along with veteran quarterback Earl Morrall of the Miami Dolphins. .However, Morrall's wife, Jane, said he had not been approached by the school. The firing shocked Selmer and athletic director Pete Elliott. In making the announcement, Miami Executive Vice President John L. Green said, "We are committed to building a winning and appealing football team. We will go after a man that we think can accomplish that." AP Wlrephoto Miami All-America Eddie Edwards reaches for Houston's Alois Blackwell's ankle in the second quarter after the Cougar runner gained 19 yards on a burst up the middle. Bassine It really isn't as simple as that. Selmer went into the job like a guy sent out against Billy the Kid with blanks in his revolver. It was like a tourist getting into a New York crap game with a bunch of strangers.. And using their dice. He had no more chance than the bait in a shark-fishing tournament. From the first, he was less secure than a heavy smoker in a munitions factory. Carl Selmer is not necessarily the greatest or poorest coach to ever come along. He is personable and intelligent, perhaps short of being the inspirational leader needed to glue Miami's pieces back together. He is merely a symptom of the ailment, a decent person in the wrong place at the wrong time. There are grave doubts about the state of Miami's football program, He was followed in rapid succession by Fran Curci, now the head football coach at Kentucky; Pete Elliott, now Miami's athletic director, and by Selmer, now unemployed. Miami says it wants Ara Par-seghian. The problem is whether Ara Parseghian wants Miami. Home attendance is sinking like the value of the dollar. Coaches are coming and going like commuters. The program is marked by uncertainty. Elliott's role obviously will undergo some drastic changes. Friday night, the athletic director was one of the last to learn his head football coach a coach he had hand-picked as his successor was out of work. Miami's next coach will have to be a man who loves a challenge. He will not be disappointed. HOUSTON (UPI) - Quarterback Danny Davis ran for two touchdowns and the Cotton-Bowl bound Houston Cougars intercepted four passes near their own goal line yesterday to hold off the University of Miami, 21-16. Cougar freshman defensive back Elvis Bradley intercepted a Frank Glover pass at the Cougar one late in the fourth quarter when Houston held only a four-point lead. Then, in the final minutes, tackle Willis Williams intercepted another pass at his goal line with Miami having a first down and goal at the two. Bradley ran back the first key interception 15 yards, and from there Davis moved the Cougars 84 yards in seven plays for what became the winning touchdown. Halfback Alois Blackwell scored it on a 28-yard run. Despite Houston playing a prevent defense in the closing minutes, Glover passed 49 yards to Larry Cain to bring the Hurricanes to within five points with 4:39 left to play, but a two-point conversion pass was batted away by tackle Grady Ebensber-ger. Then, Miami's Brian Ferguson ran a punt back 49-yards to the Houston 15 with 3:05 remaining. Glover moved his team to a first down at the two, but Williams ended that threat with his interception. Miami, playing its final game for ousted coach Carl Selmer, grabbed a 10-7 halftime lead on Chris Dennis' 41-yard field goal and Glover's 10-yard scoring pass to Mike Adams. Miami's onside kick to open the second half was unsuccessful and Houston had to drive only 50 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Davis capped the drive with a 25-yard run around the left side. V53bTlt O a. V UPI Telophote Rams Shut Out To Clinch NFC , X J -sZr t f v Sk" i doubts which transcend the question of who is coaching the team. In the seven seasons from 1970 through this one, five men have been head coaches at Miami. Only the 1974 team enjoyed even a moderate bit of success, finishing with a 6-5 record. At Notre Dame, it probably would get a coach fired. At Miami, it should have been worth the franchise because it was the only winning Hurricane season between 1967 and infinity. The blackest period for the Hurricanes didn't begin in 1970. The clouds were gathering before that. But the extent of the problem was dramatically revealed for public inspection by Charlie Tate early that season. Tate, a jolly, rotund individual 1 From El- "It had to be one of our better efforts. We needed desperately to win," coach Don Coryell said. "At any time they could have exploded and blown us right off the field," Coryell said. "It just took some super performances to keep it from happening." Before succumbing, Baltimore drove from its own 34-yard line to the Cards' 29 in the closing two minutes before Reaves intercepted Jones for the Colts' fifth turnover. With versatile Lydell Mitchell kept in check, Baltimore was restricted to 62 yards rushing. St. Louis, which amassed 375 yards total offense, scored in seven plays at the outset after special teams member Eddie Moss covered Howard Stevens' fumble on the kick-off. Caltt 11 117 51 13-23-1 H7 44 4-20 Cardi 10 51-177 1 to 13-27-0 a-M M 41 Flrit downj Ruihet-ycdi Pilng ytrii Raturn yards PaiMt Punt Fumblat-loil Panaltiai-varrii 2041 Balllmara 7 17 1-17 St. Lauls 14 7 t 1-24 StL - Cain 5 pass from Hart (Bakkan kick) Bait - Mltchtll 1 run (Linhart kick) StL - Melcalt 41 pass trom Hart (Bakkan kick) Bait - FO Linhart 22 StL Jones 4 run (Bakkan kick) Bait Chester 30 pass trom Jonas (Linhart kick) StL - FG Bakkan 22 A - 41, 211 ' INDIVIDUAL LIADERS RUSHING - Baltimore, Mitchell 15-54. St. Louis, Otis lt-107, Metcalt 14-17. RiCllVINO - Baltimore, Carr 5-14, Doughty 411, Chester 2-47, St. Louis, Cain 1-5S, Harris V 57, Metcalf 3-54. PASSING - Baltimore, Jones 11-23-1, 241 yards. St. Louis Hart 13-21-0, 104. -From El- with a heavy, down-home southern drawl and a face like a clean-shaven Santa Claus; a man who liked to coach football even more than he liked his grits in the morning, suddenly and shockingly resigned after the Hurricanes' second game. He was one of those persons seemingly born to coach football, a veteran who had done the tourv patiently waiting for a chance to become a head coach; a man who loves the game so much he now is coaching at a small high school in North Florida. You'd expect Perry Mason to give up his law practice quicker than you would expect Charlie Tate to resign a college coaching job in midseason. Walt Kichefski, who had been on the Miami staff since the Orange Bowl was a seed, finished that peculiar year as interim coach. Falcons West LOS ANGELES (UPI) - "Anytime you shut out anyone in the National Football League, it's a helluva feat," Los Angeles Rams' head coach Chuck Knox said yesterday af-t ter his team blasted the Atlanta Fal-' cons 59-0 to clinch its fourth straight NFC West championship. "I'm just happy we won our division and we're in the playoffs again. I particularly liked the way we did it because we didn't sit around and wait for someone to do it for us." In the club's biggest point explosion since 1950,' the Rams got three touchdowns from Lawrence Mc-Cutcheon and 214 yards passing by rookie quarterback Pat Haden. It was Los Angeles' third win a row with Haden at the controls and the Rams, 9-3-1, won their fourth division crown in four tries under Knox. "What can you say?" asked dejected Atlanta coach Pat Peppier. "We got badly beaten by a superior football team. That's their business if they want to run up a score. "I'm just glad for them that none of their players got hurt when the game was prolonged by their passes." Knox explained that the Rams were trying extra hard because "the point differential as far as the home playoff site is concerned was a factor." The Rams don't know who they will meet in the playoffs, but if the Minnesota Vikings win their last two games against Green Bay and Miami, the Rams will probably play at Dallas in the first round. If the Vikings lose or tie one of their last two games and the Rams win their last regular season game, the Rams have a good chance to host the NFC wild card team. In yesterday's game, the seven touchdowns were an NFL record. The previous record was six held by many teams. McCutcheon, who broke his own club single-season rushing record of 1,109 yards set in 1974, played just a little more than one half and rushed for 121 yards on 20 carries. That gave him 1,144 yards for the season with one regular season game left at Detroit next Saturday. The 1950 Rams beat Baltimore 70-27 and Detroit 65-24. The 59 point total was the third highest total in the team's history since the Rams moved here from Cleveland in 1946. Haden, starting in his fourth straight game since Knox decided to bench veteran James Harris, hit 13 of 21 passes and also scored on a one-yard run for the Rams' second touchdown. Harris went into the game with 5: 04 left in the third quarter and directed the Rams to three more touchdowns, Falcont Rmt First downs Rushas-yards Passing yards Return yards Passas Punts Fumblas-lost Panaltlas-yards I 30 21-59 11 7 ' 11-11-1 S-43 1-2 2-10 41-210 359 134 11-31-1 2-31 0-0 1-71 Atlanta 0 0 0 0-00 Las Angeles 9 15 14 21-59 LA FG Dempsey 42 LA - McCutcheon 4 run (kick failed) LA - Haden 1 run (kick failed) LA - McCutcheon 1 run (kick failed) LA FG Dempsey 29 LA McCutcheon 1 run (Dempsey kick) LA - Phillips 9 run (Dempsey kick) LA Harris 1 run (Dempsey kick) LA Scales 80 pass from Harris (Dempsey kick) LA - Bryant 1 run (Dempsey kick) A - 57,16 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS RUSHING - Atlanta, Esposlto 13-49, Collins 4-J, Stanback 3-5. Los Angeles, McCutcheon 20-111, Phillips 6-31, CappellettlS-S, Bryant 2-10. RECEIVING - Atlanta, Esposlto 5-21, Stan-back MS. Los Angeles-Jessie 4-111, Scales 2-101, Cappellettl 4-42, H. Jackson 2-11, Klein 2-39. PASSING - Atlanta. Hunter 4-9-0. 17 yards; McQullkln 7-13-2, 55 yards. Los Angeles, Haden 13-21-0, 214 yards; Harris 4-9-1, 130 yards; Jaworskl 1-1-0, 25 yards. " V (Si mi a 1 1 V MM First Downs Rushes-Yards Passing Yards Return Yards Passes Punts Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Miami Houston 19 19 44-156 202 54 ' 17-34-4 7-34.0 0-0 S-60 57-240 127 864 8-18-3 7-42.0 4-2 5-53 Miami 370 e-le Heusten 0 7 7 721 Mia FG Dennis 41 Hou-Davls 4 run (Coplln kick) Mia Adams 10 pass from Glover (Selmer kick) Hou Davis 25 run (Coplln kick) Hou-Blackwell 23 run (Coplln kick) Mla-Caln 49 pass from Glover (pass failed) A-20,049 Defense Atlanta's Rolland Lawrence' prevents further misfortune for the Falcons by preventing Harold Jackson from scoring a pass from Pat Haden. Lawrence, left aoes for the ball with Jackson, then, below, hate iwau I nc A n MUl II U If U J . bV4 Mil" geles settled for a field goal on the next play. AP Wlreohota - AP Wirtphoto Pat Haden Scores Despite Atlanta's Effort Ptmam in i r"S J", - , Tmfjuim ., mm svm J' ff f J ' " " ? J 1 ' , I I - . 'r & K ?' if 1 K r-: i-4r K W , t,J- V V w V pfX : , . B St. Louis Baltimore coach Ted Marchibroda, who watched his team drop to 10-3 and blow a chance to clinch the AFC East crown, said, "It was an excellent interception by Reaves." Jones shrugged and said, "It was a bad pass and he caught it. That's all there was to it." Jones lost a duel to St. Louis quarterback Jim Hart, who finished with 13 completions in 22 attempts for 204 yards. Hart's passing was complemented by the rushing of Jim Otis, who had 106 yards in 29 carries. Capitalizing on an opening kickoff fumble, St. Louis scored in the game's opening four minutes on Hart's five-yard pass to tight end J. V. Cain. Baltimore rebounded to a 7-7 tie, but the Cards surged to their 21-10 lead on a 41-yard Hart pass to Terry Metcalf and Steve Jones' four-yard touchdown run before intermission. A 22-yard field goal by Toni Linhart represented Baltimore's additional scoring through the opening half, and the Colts pulled to 21-17 midway through the third quarter on Bert Jones' 30-yard pass to Chester. A fumble by Don McCauley thwarted a later Baltimore bid, however, and the Cards converted quarterback Jones' bobble in the final period into Bakken's field goal. St. Louis snapped a two-game losing streak with the victory. "I don't think we've played any better all year long," said Zook. "Considering the field position they (Colts) had all day and the kind of offense they have, 1 know it was," Zook said.