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f16B THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1 997 c College football . "J,i,MW - Nebraska stomps Texas A&M : 1 . -:H i Big 12 The Cornhuskers sew up an Orange Bowl bid with a 54-15 victory in Big 12 title game. 71k Associated Press SAN ANTONIO Nebraska wasn't in any mood to get caught napping in this Big 12 championship game. Still stinging from a 37-27 ambush by Texas last year, the second-ranked Cornhuskers struck early and often behind Scott Frost, Ahman Green, and kicker Kris Brown to overwhelm No. 14 ranked Texas A&M 54-15 Saturday and keep their national title hopes alive. The win sends Nebraska (12-0) to the Orange Bowl against either No. 3 Tennessee, which needed a win over No. 11 Auburn in the SEC title game Saturday night, or No. 4 Florida State. Nebraska will now root for a Washington State win over No. 1 Michigan in the Rose Bowl. "That's a given that we'll be rooting for what happened in St Louis," Wistrom said. "This has always been our battle cry over the summer. I know that was the only thing I was thinking about when I worked, practiced or was in the weight room. We weren't going to let down. That loss is one I'll remember the rest of my life." Frost, who both passed and ran for over 1,000 yards this season, scored on a 6-yard run. Brown kicked field goals of 27, 26, and 31 yards as the Cornhuskers jumped to a 16-0 first quarter lead. Brown also hit a 44-yarder in the third quarter. ? Green, the nation's second leading rusher, joined the scoring parade in the second quarter with runs of 25 and 1 yards. He also scored on a 6-yard run in the fourth period. Frost hit Matt Davison with a 51-yard pass just before half time to set up his own 2-yard scoring run as the nation's No. 1 ranked offense scored at will. Green rushed 34 times for 179 yards while Frost ran 15 carries for 79 yards. Nebraska had 536 total yards. Washington State," Frost said. "But we can't control that. We just have to win our last game." Texas A&M, the Big 12 South champion, found itself in the wrong place at the wrong time against the determined North champion Cornhuskers and will probably take its 9-3 record to the Cotton Bowl. "I'm not rooting for anyone," Nebraska coach Tom Osborne said. "We'll just wait and see what happens. I'm just glad we won today." Nebraska scored on its first seven possessions and cruised to a 37-3 halftime lead before a sellout crowd of 64,824 in the Alamodome, rolling up 353 yards and holding Texas A&M to only two first downs. Linebacker Grant Wistrom said the Cornhuskers were driven to atone for what happened last year against the Longhorns. "We had a chip on our shoulder about -a THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Nebraska defenders Tony Ortiz (37) and Mike Brown (21) stop Texas A&M's Sirr Parker for a loss during the Cornhuskers' 54-1 5 victory. Scores, summaries plete), 3:38. NEB London 3 run (Retilaft Kick), 1:03. A-64,824. Division I AP Top 25 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING Texas A&M, Parker 10-28, Hall 3 t nr" 'innii. " tp 5, Hardeman 2-3, McCown 3-2, Stewart Hminus i. 25). Nebraska, Green 34-179, Frost 15-79, New- combe 2-27, Makovicka 7-17, London 212, Sims 1 3-9, Legate 2-8, Wiggins 1-6, Miller l-lminus 2). PASSING-Texas A&M, Stewart 13-38-2-227) McCown 3-9-0-37, Lechler 0-1-0-0. Nebraska, Vols' fans give dome orange tint The Associated Press ATLANTA The SEC distributed an even amount of tickets about 16,000 to Tennessee and Auburn, but the Volunteers had a decisive advantage in the ' crowd for Saturday night's championship game. From the MARTA stops, to the cheering outside the stadium ' to inside the Georgia Dome, orange and white were the prominent colors. SEC notebook RECEIVING Texas A&M, Spiller 4-89, Cole 4 56, Bumgardner 3-38, Hall 3-18, Hodge 2-29, Hardeman 2-20, Campbell 1-6, Taylor 1-5, Oliver 1-3: Nebraska, Davison 3-68, Green 3-16, Makovicka 2-31, Brown 1-27, Lake 1-26, Newcombe 1-26, De- Bates 1-7. tc ?y y Army Navy 3 27 26-84 69-380 3 74 Navy 39, Army 7 First downs Rushes-yards Passing Comp-Att-Int Return Yards Punts-Avg. Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Time of Possession 6-10-O 40 3-41 2-0' 1-4-1 0 6-39 2-1 0-0 17:33 2-10- 42:27 7 0 0 0-7 J 23 6 7-39 Army Navy No. 1 Michigan (11-0) did not play. Next: vs. No. 10 Washington State, Rose Bowl, Jan. I. No. 2 Nebraska (124) defeated No. 14 Texas AIM 5415. Next: TBA. No. 3 Tennessee (11-1) defeated No. 11 Auburn 30-29. Next: TBA. No. 4 Florida Stale (10-1) did not play. Next: TBA. No. 5 UCLA (9-2) did not play. Next: TBA. No. Florida (9-1) did not play. Next: TBA. No. 7 North Carolina (10-1) did not play. Next: TBA. No. S Washington State (10-1) did not play. Next: vs. No. I Michigan, Rose Bowl, Jan. 1. No. 9 Ohio State (10-2) did not play. Next: TBA. No. 10 Kansas State (10-1) did not play. Next: TBA. No. 11 Auburn (9-3) lost to No. 3 Tennessee 30-29. Next: TBA. No. 12 Penn State (9-2) did not play. Next: TBA. No. 13 Georgia (9-2) did not play. Next: TBA. No. 14 Texas A&M (9-3) lost to No. 2 Nebraska S4-15. Next: TBA. No. 15 Syracuse (9-3) did not play. Next: TBA. No. 16 LSU (0-3) did not play. Next: TBA. No. 17 Arizona State (8-3) did not play. Next: TBA. No. 18 Purdue (1-3) did not play. Next: TBA. No. 19 Missouri (7-4) did not play. Next: TBA. No. 20 Colorado State (10-2) beat New Mexico 41-13. Next: vs. TBA, Holiday Bowl, Dec. 29. No. 21 Washington (7-4) did not play. Next: vs. No. 25 Michigan State, Aloha Bowl, Dec. 25. No. 22 Southern Mississippi (8-3) did not play. Next: vs. Pittsburgh, Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31. No. 23 Air Force (10-2) did not play. Next: vs. Oregon, Las Vegas Bowl, Dec. 20. No. 24 Oklahoma State (8-3) did not play. Next: TBA. No. 25 Michigan State (7-4) did not play. Next: vs. No. 21 Washington, Aloha Bowl, Dec. 25. Late Friday MAC Championship Marshall 34, Toledo 14 Tol Mar First downs 16 24 Rushes-yards 42-73 29-120 Passing 24 322 Comp-Attlnt 12-28-1 20-34-1 First Quarter Army-Goff 38 run (Olsen kick), 14:19. Navy FG Vanderhorst 26, 7:16. Second Quarter Navy McCoy 1 run (Vanderhorst kick), 14:56.. Navy Cannada 3 run (Vanderhorst kick), 7:50. (' Navy-McCoy 2 run (kick failed), 1:14. Navy FG Vanderhorst 26, .07. Third Quarter Navy McCoy 1 run (run failed), 7:35. Fourth Quarter Navy-Butts 11 pass from McCoy (Vender, horstkick). A 77,716. i " n itS , ' I X"1' ' $ - J i: ft. wiinKiiniy- "ZJ I I I J t in rmiin r r i i ni.nia.i 11111 1 in 11 iiiiit i ifi ,A A mn , ir Mmattmt INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING Army, Hewitt 8-49, Goft 12-31, La-lumondier 1-9, Williams 2-4, Amey 1-3, Richardson l-(mlnus 3), Lord Wminus 9). Navy,1 McCoy 31-205, Cannada 30-133, McGrew 4-24, Metcalf 2-15, Wolt 1-2, Vereen 1-1. ' PASSING Army, Gott 1-4-1-3. Navy, McCoy 6-10-0-74. RECEIVING Army, B.Williams 1-3. Navy,; McGrew 2-34, T.Williams 1-13, Butts 1-11, Mill !' II, Wolf 1-5. , j Return Yards 117 6-44.5 3-47 2-1 4-3 8-60 8-61 29:44 30:16 Punts-Avg. Fumbles-Lost Punalties-Yards Time of Possession Division l-AA One SEC official said more Tennessee fans may have secured tickets through brokers, corporations and the conference when the Vols were picked to make the game. Auburn, meanwhile, was al-; ways considered more of a long- shot to make the game. Auburn ticket managers said ; this was a tougher ticket for Tigers fans than either the 1992 ; Alabama-Auburn game, the first in ' the rivalry to be played at Jordan-Hare Stadium, or the 1995 Florida 1 game, considered another of the toughest Auburn tickets ever. ' B Team of the decade: With four straight championships lead-i ing into this season, Florida has 1 more-or-less staked its claim as the SEC team of the 1990s, but it ; was Auburn that was known as the team of the 1980s. Under coach Pat Dye, the Ti- gers won conference champion-: ships in 198387, '88 and '89. j Heisman Trophy winner Bo i Jackson was the most renowned i Auburn player of that decade, al-; though the Tigers were best known for their stout defense and 0 7 0 7-14 3 0 14 17-34 Toledo Marshall THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Auburn's Tyrone Goodson (83) pulls in a 51 -yard first-half touchdown pass over Tennessee's Terry Fair during the SEC title game. Goodson caught the pass at the .3 and stumbled into the end zone. Volunteers keep title hopes First Quarter Mar FG Malashevich 22, 10:51 Second Quarter Tol-Curry 56 pass from Wallace (Merrick kick), 13:16 Third Quarter Mar-Moss 4 pass from Pennington (Malashevich kick), 6:46 Mar-Moss 86 pass from Pennington (Malashevich kick), 3:48 Fourth Quarter Mar FG Malashevich 25, 10:42 Mar-Moss 20 pass from Pennington (Malashevich kick), 7:01 Mar-Chapman 5 run (Malashevich kick), 6:24 Tol-M Long 33 pass from Wallace (Merrick kick), 3:02 A-28,02l. n Saturday, Nov. 29 First round Villanova 49, Colgate 28 Delaware 24, Hofstra 14 Youngstown State 28, Hampton 13 Georgia Southern 52, Florida A&M 37 Western Kentucky 42, Eastern Kentucky 14 Western Illinois 31, Jackson State 24 Eastern Washington 40, Northwestern State, La. 10 McNeese State 19, Montana 14 Saturday's results Quarterfinals Youngstown State 37, Villanova 34 Delaware 16, Georgia Southern 7 Eastern Washington 38, Western Kentucky 21 McNeese State 14, Western Illinois 12 Saturday, Dec. 13 Semifinals Sites and times TBA Youngstown State (11-2) vs. Eastern Washington (12-1) Delaware ( 12-1 ) vs. McNeese State ( 12-1 ) Saturday, Dec. 28 Championship At Tennessee Centennial Stadium Chattanooga, Tenn. Semifinal winners, 2 p.m. INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS : ... I W . Division II RUSHING-Toledo, Harris 30-105, Kidd 1-2, Riddle l-lminus 12), Wallace IK minus 22). Marshall, Chapman 20-115, Darling 2-9, Pennington 1-3, Zban l-(minus 2), Turner 5-(minus 5). PASSING-Toledo, Wallace 12-28-1-246. Marshall, Pennington 20-34-1-322. RECEIVING-Toledo, Kreitiburg 3-65, Curry 2-61, M.Long 2-42, Harris 2-42, Bilik 2-17, Freeman 1-19. Marshall, Moss 7-170, Colclough 4-52, Wicks 3-37, Poole 2-40, Chapman 2-12, J.Long 2-II. Saturday WAC Championship Colorado St. 41, New Mexico 13 NM CSU First downs 17 19 Rushes-yards 44-155 44-345 Passing 208 III Comp-Att-Int 21-36-2 10-21-3 Return Yards 85 35 Punts-Avg. 6-38.5 6-44.0 Fumbles-Lost 2-2 0-0 Penalties-Yards 7-55 8-87 Time of Possession 31:43 28:17 J" A . 3 Saturday, Nov. 22 First round ., New Haven 47, Glenvllle State 7 Slippery Rock 30, Ashland 20 , Northwest Missouri State 39, North Dakota State 28 . Carson-Newman 21, North Alabama 7 Albany State, Ga. 10, Southern Arkansas 0 Northern Colorado 24, Pittsburg State 16 UC Davis 37, Texas A&M-Kingsvllle 33 Angelo State 46, Western State, Colo. 12 Saturday, Nov, 29 Quarterfinals i New Haven 49, Slippery Rock 21 Carson-Newman 23, Albany State, Ga. 22 Northern Colorado 35, Northwest Missouri, State 19 f UC Davis 50, Angelo State 33 i Saturday's results Semifinals New Haven, Conn. 27, UC Davis 25 . Northern Colorado 30, Carson-Newman 29 ' Saturday, Dec. 13 Championship At Florence, Ala. Northern Colorado (11-3) vs. New Haven- Conn. (12-1), 2 p.m. It's real disappointing when you lose a championship game by one point. It was a zany game." Tennessee was able to overcome six turnovers in a sloppy game that included eight fumbles and six dropped passes in the first half. The teams combined for 11 fumbles and 21 penalties. "I'm excited our team didn't quit," Fulmer said. "This was a long time in coming. We had come so close the last few years. To finally win it is incredible, but I thought I was going to become an old guy with all those turnovers." Said Tennessee linebacker Leonard Little: "The turnovers were a huge difference, but we just wouldn't be denied." The Vols started quickly, needing just five plays to go 80 yards on their opening drive. But they also needed a lucky break. On a third-down play, Manning threw a completion to Nash, who fumbled after getting the first down. But teammate Shawn Bryson recovered, and on the next play Manning arched his 40-yard scoring pass to Price. Nash wasn't so fortunate on his next fumble. After catching an 11-yard slant from Manning, Auburn linebacker Takeo Spikes drilled Nash. The ball rolled free to Ware, who picked it up at the Tennessee 24 and raced untouched into the end zone to give Auburn a 10-7 lead. Auburn defensive coordinator "Brother" Bill Oliver then put his imprint on the game by having his unit put 1 1 players within 1 yard of the line of scrimmage. SEC From IB look so bright when the Vols trailed 20-7 in the second, quarter. But Manning rallied the Vols with those four TDs, the most significant his final one. Nash caught the; short pass, slipped a tackle by Auburn cornerback Jayson Bray and raced down the sideline to give Tennessee its first lead since 7-0. Manning, named the game's MVP, earlier threw touchdown passes to Peerless Price (40 and 46 yards) and a 5-yarder to Jer-maine Copeland. The final TD enabled Manning to surpass former Georgia quarterback Eric Zeier as the SEC's all-time leading passer with 11,201 yards. "We threw a lot of things at him," Auburn coach Terry Bowden said. "But Peyton handles it like a Heisman winner. I'm glad I don't have to play against him again." An Auburn win would have given Bowden his first SEC win and put his dad, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, back in position to win his second national title. FSU instead will have to settle for a Sugar Bowl bid, likely against Ohio State, barring the slim possibility that the Seminoles pass Tennessee in the coaches poll. The Tigers (9-3) lost despite a brilliant effort by quarterback Da-meyune Craig, who threw touchdown passes to Tyrone Goodson (51 yards) and Fred Beasley (24). Craig's efforts weren't helped by Dye's penchant for conservative game plans. Things opened up a lot when Terry Bowden took over in 1993 and Auburn had arguably the best team in the conference the next two years. Those teams went a combined 20-1-1 including 2-0 against the Gators but NCAA probation kept either from playing in the SEC title game. B Orange or not? Tennessee went into Saturday's championship game knowing a defeat would rule out any trip to the Orange Bowl, but it was also possible a narrow victory over Auburn would not be enough to make the alliance bowl game. ' The third-ranked Volunteers hold a very narrow lead over No. 4 Florida State in both the AP and USA TodayESPN polls. Tennessee has a 43-point edge (1,574 to 1,531) over the Seminoles in the AP poll. I Orange Bowl Committee member David Ponce said the Committee would weigh "a number of intangible factors" if the Vols and Florida State should each have a No. 3 ranking in one poll. 3 7 3 0-13 0 10 7 24- 41 New Mexico Colorado State Division III First Quarter UNM-FG Cason 37, 4:40. Second Quarter CSU-FGFrani 47, 12:43. UNM-R. Johnson 7 run (Cason kick), 8:01. CSU-Washington 51 run (Franj kick), 3:44. Third Quarter CSU-McDougal 44 run (Franz kick), 11:02. UNM-FG Cason 36, 8:22. Fourth Quarter CSU-FG Franz 26, 9:11. CSU-McDougal 42 run (Franz kick), 8:01. CSU-Uhl 19 pass Irom Blake (Franz kick), 3:32. CSU-McDougal 66 run (Franz kick), 1.48. A 12,706. INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Peyton Manning passed for 373 yards and four touchdowns and was MVP of the SEC Championship Game. the absence of a running game. Auburn also got a pair of field goals from Jaret Holmes (30 and 48) and a pair of defensive scores Brad Ware's 24-yard fumble return and Quinton Reese's rare two-point conversion return after a blocked PAT. "We just didn't make enough plays," Bowden said. "In the end, they made one more than we did. Saturday, Nov. 22 First round J Mount Union 34, Allegheny 30 John Carroll 30, Hanover 20 Lycoming 27, Western Maryland 13 -Rowan 43, Coast Guard 0 College of New Jersey 34, Cortland State,' N Y . 30 Simpson 34, Wisconsin-Whitewater 31 ' Augsburg, Minn. 34, Concordia, Minn. 22 Trinity, Texas 44, Catholic U. 33 Saturday, Nov. 29 t Quarterfinals Mount Union 59, John Carroll 7 Lycoming 46, Trinity, Texas 26 , Rowan, N.J. 13, College ot New Jersey 7 Simpson 61, Augsburg, Minn. 21 Saturday's results Semifinals Mount Union, Ohio 54, Simpson, Iowa 7 Lycoming, Pa. 28, Rowan, N.J. 20 ' Saturday, Dec. 13 Championship Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl At Salem, Va. Mount Union, Ohio (13-0) vs. Lycoming, Pa. (12-0) RUSHING New Mexico, Jaworsky 9-104, Leigh 12-37, Bonwell 1-5, Marion 4-5, Shelton 4-4, Gordon 6-0, R.Johnson 8-0. Colorado State, McDougal 20-255, Washington 16-96, Blake 1-7, Moreno 7-(minus 13). PASSING-New Mexico, Leigh 17-27-1-172, Jaworsky 4-9-1-36. Colorado State, Moreno 9-20-3-92, Blake, 1-1-0-19. RECEIVING New Mexico, Volz 4-53, Hemphill 3-39, C.Johnson 3-25, Gordon 3-13, Orden-stein 2-29, Marion 2-26, Messer 1-13, Thomas 1-7, Bonwell 1-7, Leigh t-(minus 4). Colorado State, Workman 3-29, McCoy 2-26, McDougal 2-15, Uhl 1-19, Blake 1-12, Davis 1-10. Big 12 Championship ; Ihe overriding intention, he said, is for the Orange Bowl to get as close to a championship game as it can. Colorado St. routs New Mexico, goes to Holiday NAIA The Associated Press Nebraska 54, Texas A&M 14 First downs Rushes-yards Passing Comp-Att-Int Return Yards Punts-Avg. Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Time of Possession A&M 13 23-13 264 21-482 61 7-47 0-0 6-43 25 37 NEB 25 67-335 201 12-18-0 55 2-39 5-4 4-38 34:23 Texas A&M Nebraska 0 3 0 12-15 16 21 3 14-54 Saturday, Nov. 22 First round Geneva, Pa. 34, Campbeilsville, Ky. 14 Evangel, Mo. 46, McKendree, III. 6 Sioux Falls, S D 57, Ottawa, Kan. 14 Jamestown 55, Benedictine, Kan. 30 Montana Tech 51, Minnesota-Crookston 10 Findlay, Ohio 40, Westminster, P. 0 Doane, Neb. 53, Southwestern, Kan. 28 Willamette, Ore. 26, Western Oregon 20 Saturday's results Quarterfinals Findlay 28, Geneva 7 Sioux Falls 29, Jamestown 6 Doane, Neb. 59, Evangel, Mo. 20 Willamette, Ore. 50, Montana Tech 24 Saturday, Dec. 13 Semifinals Sites-pairings TBA Quarterfinal winners - Doane (11-0), Findlay (12-0), Sioux Falls, S.D. (11-1), Willamette, Ore. (120) Saturday, Dec 20 Championship At Hardin County, Tenn. Semifinal winners Tuscson, Ariz. "This is the best team we've had since I've been here," Colorado State coach Sonny Lu-bick said after the Rams won the WAC title for the third time in the past four years. McDougal had touchdown runs of 42, 44 and 66 yards in the second half and teammate Damon Washington added a 51-yard TD run and 104 yards. "We knew going into the game it was going to be very difficult to pass," Lubick said. "But I knew we could run the ball on them." A game that featured two of the nation's most efficient passers didn't turn out to be a typical WAC passing show after New Mexico's Graham Leigh sprained his right ankle in the second quarter and Moses Moreno had a sore- elbow and was ineffective for the Rams. Colorado State led only 17-13 entering the fourth quarter, before taking advantage of the turnovers to score 17 quick points. "The turnovers hurt us and then they made some big plays in the fourth quarter," New Mexico coach Dennis Franchione said. McDougal, converted from defensive back this season, broke away nearly untouched on each of his touchdown runs in becoming the second leading one game rusher in Colorado State history. "I just hit the line and ran as fast as I could," McDougal said. "I didn't want to be caught from behind. If I was caught from behind, I'd never hear the end of it." f ; LAS VEGAS - Colorado State, the nation's best team in turnover ratio, used three consecutive fourth quarter turnovers and the running of Kevin McDougal to beat New Mexico 41-13 Saturday and win the Western Athletic Conference title. McDougal ran for 255 VVAC yards 311(1 three lo"g mmm touchdowns, but it was an interception followed by two fumbles that broke open a 17-13 game as No. 20 Colorado State scored 24 fourth-quarter points for its eighth straight win. The win gave the Rams (10-2) a berth in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, while New Mexico (9-3) will goto the Insight.com Bowl in First Quarter NEB-Frost6run (Brown kick), 10:18. NEB FG Brown 27, 6:13. NEB FG Brown 26, 2:19. NEB-FG Brown 31, 0:00. -Second Quarter NEB-Green 25 run (Brown kick), 11:18. A&M FG Bryanl 32, 8:53. NEB-Green I run (Brown kick), 5:19. NEB Frost 2 run (Brown kick), 0:25. Third Quarter NEB-FG Brown 44, 7:22 Fourth Quarter NEB-Green 6 run (Brown kick), 11:13. A&M-Spiller 13 pass from Stewart (pass incomplete), 8:25. A&M-Gienn 35 fumble return (pass incom-

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