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16B THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY. DECEMBER 7, 1997 College football : r"H Nebraska stomps Texas A&M Big 12 The Cornhuskers sew up an Orange Bowl bid with a 54-15 victory in Big 12 title game. The 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 tr 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-yafd run. Brown kicked field goals of 27, 26, and 3l yards as the Cornhuskers jumped to a 16-0 first quarter lead. Brown also hit a 44-yarder ) in the third quarter. ' i Green, the nation's second leading rush er, 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 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' 54-15 victory. i Scores, summaries plete), 3:38. NEB-London 3 run (Retzlaft kick), 1:03. A-64,824. Division I APTop 25 3 NrLy INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING Texas A&M, Parker 10-28, Hall Hardeman 2-3, McCown 3-2, Stewart Mminus 25). Nebraska, Green 34-179, Frost 15-79, New- combe 2-27, Makovicka 7-17, London 2-12, Sims 3-9, Legate 2-8, Wiggins 1-6, Miller Mminus 2). PASSING-Texas A&M, Stewart 13-38-2-227, McCown 3-9-0-37, Lechler 0-1-0-0. Nebraska, "Vv jVols' 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 icrowd 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. i 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 i-M 1.: 2-31, Brown 1-27, Lake 1-26, Newcombe 1-26, De- . r v iv. v Dares I-. Navy 39, Army 7 Army First downs 3 Rushes-yards 26-84 Passing 3 Comp-Att-Int 1-4-1 Return Yards 0 Punts-Avg. 6-39 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 Penalties-Yards 0-0 Time of Possession 17:33 Navy 27 69-380 74 6-10-0 40 3-41 20 2-10 42:27 7 0 9 9-3 23 4 7- Army Navy No. 1 Michigan (11-0) did not play. Next: vs. No. 10 Washington State, Rose Bowl, Jan. 1. No. 2 Nebraska (12-0) defeated No. U Texas A&M 54-15. Next: TBA. No. 3 Tennessee (10-1) vs. No. 11 Auburn. Next: TBA. No. 4 Florida State (10-1) did not play. Next: TBA. No. 5 UCLA (9-2) did not play. Next: TBA. No. i Florida (9-2) did not play. Next: TBA. No. 7 North Carolina (10-1) did not play. Next: TBA. No. I Washington State (10-1) did not play. Next: vs. No. 1 Michigan, Rose Bowl, Jan. I. 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 (9-2) vs. No. 3 Tennessee. 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 54-15. Next: TBA. No. 15 Syracuse (9-3) did not play. Next: TBA. No. 16LSU (1-3) did not play. Next: TBA. No. 17 Anions State (8-3) did not play. Next: TBA. No. 18 Purdue (8-3) 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 18-3) 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 246 322 Comp-Att-Int 12-28-1 20-34-1 Return Yards 117 98 Punts-Avg. 6-44.5 3-47 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 4-3 Penalties-Yards 8-60 8-61 Time of Possession 29:44 30:16 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 II pass from McCoy (Vanderhorst kick). A 77,716. INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING Army, Hewitt 8-49, Goff 12-31, La- lumondier 1-9, Williams 2-4, Amey 1-3, Richardson l-(minus 3), Lord l-(minus 9). Navy, McCoy 31-205, Cannada 30-133, McGrew 4-24, Metcalf 2-15, Wolt 1-2, Vereen 1-1. PASSING Army, Goff 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 I-' 11, Wolf 1-5. ' 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. i Auburn, meanwhile, was always considered more of a long-Ishot to make the game. ! Auburn ticket managers said ;this was a tougher ticket for Timers fans than either the 1992 .Alabama-Auburn game, the first in the rivalry to be played at Jordan-Hare Stadium, or the 1995 Florida game, considered another of the .toughest Auburn tickets ever. : B Team of the decade: With ;four straight championships leading into this season, Florida has '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, r Under coach Pat Dye, the Ti- i i " . i . i Division l-AA 0 7 0 7-14 1 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 Saturday's SEC title game. Goodson caught the pass at the 3 and stumbled into the end zone. Volunteers' strong start stalls in the face of Auburn rally First Quarter Mar FG Malashevlch 22, 10:51 Second Quarter Tol-Curry 56 pass from Wallace (Merrick kick), 13:16 Third Quarter Mar Moss 4 pass from Pennington (Mala-shevich kick), 6:46 Mar-Moss 86 pass from Pennington (Mala-shevich kick), 3:48 Fourth Quarter Mar FG Malashevlch 25, 10:42 Mar-Moss 20 pass from Pennington (Malashevlch kick), 7:01 Mar-Chapman 5 run (Malashevlch kick), 6:24 Tol-M.Long 33 pass from Wallace (Merrick kick), 3:02 A-28,021. Saturday, Nov. 29 , First round Vlllanova 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 1 Delaware 16, Georgia Southern 7 Eastern Washington 36, 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. 20 Championship At Tennessee Centennial Stadium Chattanooga, Tenn. Semifinal winners, 2 p.m. I gers won conference champion- - ifion nT nn l inn t snros in xyoo. o. oo ana oy. Heisman Trophy winner Bo ? iliihtim n hvor vf fhit HornHo ol . INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS . . r.-j i il. 1 a1 TV I i i inn on rnp aprs wptp np;r Known ior tneir stout aeiense ana ivp q nptirnanr Tnr mncprvanvp T,l ; I 1 a. . 1 i i n non nnPTipn im uw wnpn Division II 1CIIV iJUWUClI LUUft. UVCl 111 1330 RUSHING-Toledo, Harris 30-105, Kidd 1-2, Riddle (-(minus 12), Wallace 10-lminus 22). Marshall, Chapman 20-115, Darling 2-9, Pennington 1-3, Zbon l-lminus 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 team in tne conterence tne next two years. Those teams went a I LU111U111CU ,U-l- lilLiUUlil Zi-W o CSU 19 44-345 NM 17 44-155 against the Gators but NCAA probation kept either from playing in the SEC title game. Orange or not? Tennessee went into Saturday's championship game knowing a defeat would 208 111 Saturday, Nov. 22 First round New Haven 47, Glenville 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-Kingsville 33 Angelo State 46, Western State, Colo. 12 Saturday, Nov. 29 i Quarterfinals New Haven 49, Slippery Rock 21 Carson-Newman 23, Albany State, Ga. 22 Northern Colorado 35, Northwest Missouri State 19 UC Davis 50, Angelo State 33 Saturday's results i, 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. 21-36-2 10-21-3 85 35 First downs Rushes-yards Passing Comp-Att-Int Return Yards Punts-Avg. Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Time of Possession Tennessee's star cornerback, Terry Fair, for whom things would get worse before getting better. The Vols then held the ball for 14 plays and almost 6'2 minutes on their next drive, but blew a chance for the touchdown when an open Price dropped a pass at the goal line, Jeff Hall's 27-yard field goal moved the Vols within 10 points (20-10). Tennessee appeared poised to make another run, but Fair fumbled consecutive punt returns, the first coming after a 44-yard run. A fitting end to the first half for Tennessee came when defensive lineman Bill Duff failed to pick up Rusty Williams' fumble at the Auburn 15 instead of simply falling on it. But the long half time gave the Vols a chance to settle down. Tennessee's defense held the Tigers, and Fair atoned for his earlier bobbles with a 45-yard punt return to the Auburn 23. Three plays later, Manning fired a 5-yard strike to Jermaine Copeland to cut Auburn's lead to 20-17. Now it was the Vols who seemed to be taking control. After another defensive stop, Manning was poised to put his team back into the lead after he moved the Vols to the Auburn 15. Then came one of the night's biggest plays. Manning threw to Copeland at the 5, but the ball deflected off Copeland directly to Bray, who caught the gift interception and returned it a record 77 yards to the Tennessee 24. After a procedure penalty, Craig lofted his scoring pass to Fred Beasley to restore Auburn's 10-point lead (27-17). Back came Tennessee. Converting a third-and-18 and a fourth-and-3, the Vols drove 80 yards, capped by Manning's 46-yard scoring pass to Price. But Charles Dorsey blocked Hall's conversion, and Quin-ton Reese returned it for the rare two-point conversion. Auburn still had a 29-23 lead. SEC From IB The Vols started the night 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 Marcus 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. That development did little to break Auburn's spirits. In fact, the Tigers responded with the game's next four scores. The first came after Craig's 69-yard pass to Hicks Poor set up Holmes' 30-yard field goal. 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 Bill Oliver then put his imprint on the game by having his unit put 11 players within one yard of the line of scrimmage. Manning tried several times to go deep against Auburn cornerback Jayson Bray, but was unsuccessful. The Tigers continued to gain the game's momentum. Holmes' 48-yard field goal (which tied Alabama's Michael Proctor for the longest in SEC title game history) gave Auburn a 13-7 lead late in the first quarter. After Tennessee went three-and-out again, Craig made sure his team wouldn't have to settle for another field goal when he connected with Tyrone Goodson for a 51-yard touchdown. Goodson beat 6-44.0 0-0 8-87 28:17 6-38.5 2-2 7-55 31:43 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. 3 7 3 0-13 0 10 7 24 -41 New Mexico Colorado Stat The third-ranked Volunteers Division III First Quarter UNM-FG Cason 37,4:40. Second Quarter CSU-FG Fran: 47, 12:43. UNM-R. Johnson 7 run (Cason kick), 8.01. CSU-Washington 51 run (Franz kick), 3:44. Third Quarter . CSU-McOougal 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 from Blake (Franz kick), 3:32, CSU-McDougal 66 run (Franz kick), 1:48. A-12,706. 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. Orange Bowl Committee INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS 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. Saturday, Nov. 22 ; First round 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 Quarterfinals Mount Union 59, John Carroll 7 Lycoming 46, Trinity, Texas 26 't Rowan, N.J. 13, College of New Jersey 7 Simpson 61, Augsburg, Minn. 21 Saturday's results Semifinals 4 Mount Union, Ohio 54, Simpson, Iowa 7 Lycoming, Pa. 28, Rowan, N.J. 20 i Saturday, Dec 13 Championship 'j Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl At Salem, Va. t. Mount Union, Ohio (13-0) vs. Lycoming, Pa. (12-0) The overriding intention, he 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, Marlon 2-26, Messer 1-13, Thomas 1-7, Bonwell 1-7, Leigh Wminus 4). Colorado state, Workman 3-29, McCoy 2-26, McDougal 2-15, Uhl 1-19, Blake 1-12, Davis 1-10. Big 12 Championship Nebraska 54, Texas A&M 14 Colorado St. routs New Mexico said, is for the Orange Bowl to get as close to a championship game as it can. fl Different look: The list of teams that have appeared in the 6-year-old championship game nearly doubled with the matchup of two first-time participants. NAIA Until this year, only three oth- ii i .1 . i NEB 25 67-335 201 12-18-0 55 2-39 5-4 4-38 34:23 A&M 13 23-13 264 21-48-2 61 7-47 0-0 6-43 25:37 er teams naa ever d avea in me First downs Rushes-yards Passing Comp-Att-Int Return Yards Punts-Avg. Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Time of Possession championship: Honda, Alabama and Arkansas. Florida and Alabama met in 0 3 0 12-15 14 21 ) 14-54 Texas A&M Nebraska four of the first five chamDionshiD "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. 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." games, tne only exception coming The Associated Press LAS VEGAS Colorado State, the nation's best team in turnover ratio, used three consecutive fourth quarter turnovers and the running of Kevin McDou-gal to beat New Mexico 41-13 Saturday and win the Western Athletic Conference title. McDougal ran for 255 yards WAC an( tiree 'on2 touchdowns, but it was an interception followed by two rumbles 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 go to the Insight.com Bowl in Tuscson, Ariz. "This is the best team we've had since I've been here," Colorado State coach Sonny Lubick 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. i in iyyt wnen the iiators aeteatea Saturday, Nov. 22 First round Geneva, Pa. 34, Campbellsville, Ky. 14 t Evangel, Mo. 46, McKendree, III. 4 Sioux Falls, S.D. 57, Ottawa, Kan. 14 , Jamestown 55, Benedictine, Kan. 30 Montana Tech 51, Minnesota-Crookston 10 , Flndlay, Ohio 40, Westminster, Pa. 0 i Doane, Neb. 53, Southwestern, Kan. 26 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, II Semifinals Sites-pairings TBA Quarterfinal winners - Doane (11-0), Flndlay, (12-0), Sioux Falls, S.D. (IM), Willamette, Ore. (12-0) Saturday, Dec. 20 Championship At Hardin County, Tenn. ' Semifinal winners Arkansas 34-3. Alabama won the inaugural ti tle in 1992. beatins Florida 28-21 First Quarter NEB-Frostrun (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 Bryant 32, 8:53. NEB-Green 1 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-Glenn 35 fumble return (pass Incom at birmineham s Ieirinn ndd. That was followed bv two straight Florida victories over the Tide. 28- 13 at Legion Field and 24-23 when the eame shifted to the Georgia Dome in 1994.