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D2 Palm Beach Post-Times, Saturday, January 1, 1977 Pitt Puts No. 1 on Line Against Georgia . NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The ' University of Pittsburgh and all-time rushing king Tony Dorsett put their No. 1 ranking on the line today in the Sugar Bowl against fifth-ranked Georgia in a dramatic rags-to-riches bid for college football's national championship. It will end an era since a dozen starters, including Dorsett, will be playing their final game; and miracle-worker coach Johnny Majors is leaving for the University of Tennessee. In the four years since they arrived, Dorsett and Majors revived Pitt from a 1-10 record in 1972 to an 11-0 mark this year. The Panthers are one step from their first national title, in 39 years and their first perfect campaign since 1918. "We have the right to claim the No. 1 ranking at this stage and a final chance to prove it or not to prove it," Majors said yesterday after canceling ,Pitt's final scheduled workout because of windy conditions. The weather, however, will have no effect on the second Sugar Bowl game inside the gigantic New Orleans Superdome, and a strike by the stadium's service employes has been limited by law to an area which won't threaten the 12:30 p.m. game. Dorsett, Majors and the Cinderella Panthers have commanded most of the headlines, but Majors said he doesn't plan to make his imminent departure "a big emotional deal. That's not my cup of tea, although I'm a naturally enthusiastic guy. Whether I go out on a winning note is not important. The national championship is the most important thing." I- Georgia coach Vince Dooley thinks his club should be considered for the national championship if it knocks off Pitt. The Bulldogs, 10-1 and champions of the Southeastern Conference, have plenty of weapons of their own. "We're very similar to Pitt from the standpoint that we're both extremely well-balanced," Dooley said. "We're very close in scoring offense and scoring defense and we both have excellent kicking games. "The one difference is that they have a Superman and we don't. That's the only description I can find for Dorsett because he's super in every respect." In setting a single-season NCAA record of 1,948 rushing yards this fall and a career mark of 6,082, Dorsett set or tied 18 NCAA standards. He also won the Heis-man Trophy in a landslide. In the national rushing statistics, Pitt is seventh with 290.7 yards a game while Georgia is 11th at 279.5. Pitt is sixth in scoring with a 32.2-point average and Georgia is 11th at 29.5. And both have solid defense,- with Pitt among the top 10 in total defense and rushing defense and Georgia listed among those teams allowing the fewest points. "Georgia's defense comes up with a lot of big plays," Majors said, "and that's our biggest concern right now. I think the winner will have to score at least three touchdowns." Georgia has at least one problem besides trying to stop Dorsett, even though the Bulldogs "held him" to 101 yards in 1973 his collegiate debut and 104 in a 1975 meeting. Dooley is concerned about the Superdome's artifical turf. "The turf will be a help to Pitt because it tends to make fast backs even faster," he said. "Why doesn't it make the pursuing defenses faster, too? I don't know. We've only played one game on artificial turf all season it was (Georgia's only loss, 21-17, to Mississippi)) and there's a difference in the way the ball bounces. You've also got to learn how to fall on the turf because it's different if you're not used to it." Pitt, on the other hand, played all but three games on artificial turf and practiced on it almost everv Hav The shot at the national championship caps a rebuilding program Majors began when he brought more than 70 newcomers to Pitt for 1973. "We talked about a national championship, but I don't know if I really believed it," he recalled. "But you've got to have something to shoot for." Ranking 1 w y Michigan's Schembechler Going for 3rd-Time Charm m&x j w m lit . 1 tot!! r minium iiii M'"yl'MM"M 4 I 'Jr J , v t 1. w 1 The game between the two powers with 10-1 records could decide the national championship if Georgia can knock off undefeated Pittsburgh in the Sugar Bowl. "There's always pressure in a ' game of this caliber," said Schembechler. "If we lose, they'll say we can't win the big one. But they always say that." Schembechler is 0-3 in previous bowl appearances, including a 10-3 loss to USC in the 1970 Rose Bowl and a 13-12 defeat to Stanford in the 1972 Rose Bowl. His Wolverines PASADENA, Calif. (UPI) - Will the third time be a charm for Bo Schembechler in the Rose Bowl? Or will the University of Southern California continue the Pacific-8's recent domination over the Big Ten? Schembechler makes his third appearance here today and his Wolverines are six-point favorites to beat the Trojans in the 63rd Rose Bowl. Despite a gloomy forecast of pos-. sible rain showers, a near-capacity crowd is expected to turn out in the 104,697-seat stadium in the 4 p.m. New Year's Day game. J' " V ?, Maryland Hoping To Prove Its Worth 4 W UPI Tilfphoto North Carolina's Chuck Austin Maneuvers Through Traffic for Short Gain Stewart TD's Help Kentucky Gain Peach Bowl Victory, 21-0 were beaten, 14-6, by Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl last season. Then there's the pressure of turning around the Rose Bowl picture for the Big Ten. In seven Rose Bowls in the 1970s, the score is six victories for the Pac-8 and one win for the Big Ten. Ohio State came to Pasadena ready to clinch a national championship a year ago but was rudely jolted by UCLA, 23-10. Oklahoma, the team that beat the Wolverines in the Orange Bowl, won the national championship instead of the Buckeyes. "I think the winner of the Rose Bowl game is the national champion," said USC coach John Robinson. "The hell with the rest of them." "I feel strongly that our game is going to decide the national championship," echoed Schembechler. "I can't hardly believe that Pittsburgh could beat Southern Cal just on the basis of the strength of the two ball clubs. So I'm saying if we beat Southern Cal, we are definitely going to claim the national championship." The Rose Bowl matches the nation's No. 1 offensive team, Michigan with 448.1 yards a game, against the country's No. 3 offensive team, USC with 432.5 yards a game. The Wolverines lead the country in four offensive and defensive categories, including scoring with 38.7 points a game. The Trojans ranked third in the nation with 33.8 points per contest. Then there's the matchup of All-America running backs Rob Lytle of Michigan and USC's Ricky Bell. John McKay, Bell's old college coach who now is at Tampa Bay in the NFL, has said he's going to make Bell the NFL's No. 1 draft choice for the 1977 season.- However, on the basis of yards gained per carry this season, Lytle had the better statistics. He averaged 6.9 yards per carry 1,402 yards on 203 carries and rushed for 13 touchdowns. Slowed down by injuries in the second half of the season, Bell had a 5 1 average per carry. He piled up 1,417 yards on 276 carries and ran for 14 TDs. In a performance against Washington State, he carried the ball 51 times for 347 yards. "Rob Lytle is the greatest back I've ever coached," Schembechler said. "I wouldn't be surprised to see both these guys (Bell and Lytle) in the Pro Bowl in a few years," said Robinson. t '1 I 1 -K 1 I V JO James Ramey recovered for the Wildcats on the North Carolina 21. Seven plays later, Stewart, who was voted the game's outstanding offensive player and led the Wildcats with 104 yards in 19 carries, scored from one yard out after 5:05 of the period. Kentucky quarterback Derrick Ramsey, who led the nation's quarterbacks in rushing, then engineered a 57-yard scoring drive in nine plays. Stewart ran through the middle from 13 yards out after 1:59 of the final period. Stewart scored his third touchdown of the game with 3:04 left as Kentucky moved 47 yards in 10 plays. Kentucky ATLANTA (AP) - Bowl-starved Kentucky, making its first appearance in a post-season classic in 25 years, took charge in the second half behind an aroused defense and three touchdowns by Rod Stewart for a 21-0 victory over North Carolina yesterday in the ninth annual Peach Bowl football game. , Stewart, a sophomore fullback from Lancaster, Ohio, snapped a scoreless tie when he plunged over from one yard out early in the third period. He scored again on a 13-yard burst early in the fourth period and added his third TD on a three-yard run with 3:04 left to play. Mike Voight, North Carolina s running back who gained 1,407 yards this year and was voted the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, missed the contest after spraining ah ankle in practice Wednesday. Without Voight, 19th-ranked North Carolina, 8-3, could generate little offense. The Tar Heels gained only 76 yards and three first downs in the first half. They gained only five yards in the third period when Kentucky took charge of the contest. Kentucky, 8-4, was led on defense by linebacker Jim Kovach and defensive end Art Still. North Carolina Quarterback Matt Kupec, harassed all day by the Wildcats defenders, was intercepted three times and fumbled once. Rupee's fumble led to Kentucky's first touchdown. Early in the third period the freshman quarterback fumbled while attempting to pass and defensive tackle No. Carolina 5 41-84 24 ia 3-15-3 7-34 3-2 2-10 Mark Manges . . . leads Terrapins The outcome of the contest will probably revolve around Maryland's ability to do what it has done much of the season grind the yardage out slowly on the ground. "They come at you and come at you until you break," Whitley said. Houston, which improved rapidly on offense as the season went along thanks to the throwing abilities of quarterback Danny. Davis and the running talents of Alois Blackwell, will also be tested by Maryland's defense. The Terrapins shut out their last three opponents Cincinnati, Clem-son and Virginia. First downs 19 Rushes-yards 70-318 Passing yards 16 Return yards 54 Passes 2-9-1 Punts 6-35 Fumbles-lost 4-2 Penalties-yards 7-55 Kentucky 0 North Carolina 0 Ky-Stewart 1 run (Pierce kick) Ky Stewart 13 run (Pierce kick) Ky Stewart 3 run (Pierce kick) A-54,132. From Post Wire Services DALLAS If Maryland is as good at its record, beating Houston in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day would be a good way to prove it. Maryland, the Atlantic Coast Conference champion, is ranked No. 4 in the nation with an 11-0 record. Houston, 9-2, is ranked No. 6 as co-champion of the Southwest Conference. "A lot of people still don't believe in Maryland," said wide receiver Vince Kinney. "A lot of people are saying Maryland isn't as good as its record. "Houston could be a big stepping stone." "A victory over Houston would help Maryland football a couple of light years," added Maryland quarterback Mark Manges. "For one thing, the Southwest Conference is tougher than the Big Eight Conference. It would be a big boost for eastern football." Each team is making its debut in the Cotton Bowl. The Cougars stunned the college football world and SWC experts by shaking off a 2-8 season in 1975 and claiming a share of the league title with Texas Tech. Houston lost only to Arkansas and Florida. Maryland's Terrapins eased to the ACC championship. "Realistically, we know it's a longshot for us to win the national championship," said Manges. "All Pittsburgh has to do is defeat Georgia in the Sugar Bowl and that's it, "But if Georgia upsets Pittsburgh . . . who knows, there might be a scoreless tie (between Michigan and Southern California) in the Rose Bowl." Oddsmakers were rating the Cot-, ton Bowl game a toss-up. "That will be another plus for us," said Manges. "We've been favored in every game we've been in this year. It's fun to go against a team that is really a good challenge." For the Houston Cougars, it's a prestige game for the school. "We want everyone to see we didn't get here by some fluke," said Cougar sophomore quarterback Danny Davis. "We also owe an obligation to the other schools in the conference. "Of course, we want to go higher in the ratings. I'd like to see three schools, Houston, Texas Tech and Texas A&M, all in the top 10 by the time the season is over." Each team features an explosive offense and a defense anchored by an All-America tackle Wilson Whitley of Houston and Joe Campbell of Maryland. 14-21 0- 0 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS RUSHING - Kentucky, Stewart 19-104, Brooks M6, Hill 16 55 North Carolina, Paschal 11-41, Johnson 7-23, Collins 2-14. RECEIVING - Kentucky, Hill 1-13, Woods 1-3. North Carolina, Mabry 1-11. Lee 1-8. Williams 1-5 PASSING - Kentucky, Ramsey 2-8-0, 16 yards. North Carolina, Kupec 3-15 3, 24 Gators From Dl mm ' ' iiii. '' ' ' KHx&ip& JW ' -r&i&L "I hope," Dickey said, "we can find something out there to get our running game going. But nobody has yet. if we can't do that, then we're going to get a big pass rush and protection will become our big problem. "Texas A&M has two very good pass rushers and we've got to slow those fellows down. Jimmy (Fisher) has been looking very sharp but nobody can throw well if there are people draped around his neck." Fisher, not expected to be a high priority choice in the pro draft assuming there is a pro draft is ready to get on with it. "There will be a lot of professional scouts here and the game will be on national television," said the senior quarterback from Tampa. "It is an excellent chance for me to get some exposure and maybe increase any chance I might have to play professional football." . But he will have to do it against a team which, Dickey said, "right now is playing as good football as any college team in the country." Aggie coach Emory Bellard looked at his pipe and smiled. "It's a great compliment," he said. "I know Doug well and I respect him and I know he's very sincere when he says something like this. But a lot of time prior to games you look a lot better before than you do after." The big man in the Aggies' crunching ground game literally as well as figuratively is their 255-pound fullback, George Woodard, who gained 1,153 yards and scored 17 touchdowns during the season. At a team function Thursday night he put away enough groceries to feed a Texas steer. Bellard was asked about his star's weight. "George is all right he said. "He was 255 when we came here, he's 255 today and he'll be 255 at game time. "Last spring we had him on a diet and got him down some but you can't do it during the season. Can you imagine feeding 100 football players big thick steaks, then along comes this 255-pounder and you give him a boiled egg? "We have the most courageous dietician in the country, but if she could get away with that, we'd start her Sunday and let George hand out the food." Dickey looked at Bellard and shook his head, "Some guys," he said, "are just big. Big, I mean real big. Big and strong and blocky and about this wide. Big!" Bellard smiled again, a bit smugly, like a guy holding a well-hidden straight flush in a poker game, 171 it Gulfstream Polo Season Opens Sunday UPl Teiepnoio Florida's Berj Yepremian Gets in a Practice Kick Before Sunday's Sun Bowl From Dl- The sport which brings together all the elements of a cavalry chase, a garden party and a croquet match polo is upon us again. Sunday at 3 p.m., the Gulfstream Polo Club will open its 1977 season at the Polo Grounds, one quarter mile west of the Florida Turnpike on Lake Worth Road. Admission for all spectators is $2. For the first time in its history, the club has broken up into two leagues, an eight-goal league and a 14-goal league, the 14-goal league being the higher rated of the two. The standard is a compilation of handicaps for the four players who are on the field for one team. Sunday's game features St. Louis and La Romana. The second weekend of the season will see two games, Tennessee-St. Louis vs. Lake Worth at 3 p.m., Jan. 8 and La Romana vs. Lake Worth at 10 a.m., Jan. 9. The regular season will end March 13. Playoffs in both leagues will continue through April. , FOR Orange Bowl As if to underscore his point, Mallory has been sending his players through strenuous workouts. After Tuesday's practice, Don Hassel-beck, the fine tight end, moaned, "This is no vacation, I'm hardly seeing Miami." Many of Colorado's players have literally nauseous memories of their last visit to Miami in 1975 to play the University of Miami. A meal they ate the day of the game turned out to have contained portions of diseased meat. The Buffaloes piled on ketchup to kill the taste, but most began vomiting and had to be given pills to play the game and shots to endure the plane ride back to Boulder,' All that, and Miami still lost. Even Ohio State has had its problems. The strike of maids, waiters and bartenders seeped across Biscayne Bay and lapped up against the team's headquarters, the fSheraton Four Am- ing runner, Tony Reed, who gained 1,210 yards. Like Ohio State, it shuns the forward pass the way Americans did the swine flu shots. The Buffaloes have tried 84 to the Buckeyes' 90. Quarterback Jeff Knapple has thrown for 904 yards and will try to find Hasselbeck, whose injured thumb is fully healed. The two teams have met only once before, that at Columbus in 1971. Colorado won, 20-14, as Cliff Branch, now a receiver for the Super Bowl-bound Oakland Raiders, ran a punt back 68 yards. " Rarely in the last two decades has the Orange Bowl opened without either a possible national championship team or a star player as billing. Penn State-LSU in 1974 was a weak match and Florida-Georgia Tech in 1967 was equally foggy. But it's the city's chance to dress up and Miami will make the most of it. After all, there's always the halftime show. bassadors. Though the fellows had to make their own beds, they could at least be secure in the knowledge that the school was picking up the tab. Ah yes, the game. Ohio State, with its 8-2-1 record, is the favorite. Trying to imagine the Buckeyes without two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin is like trying to picture New York City without the Empire State Building but Jeff Logan has been a prolific (1,169 yards) if not spectacular runner in his place. Starting "at quarterback over talented sophomore, and early season starter, Rod Gerald will be senior Jim Pacenta. Fullback Fete Johnson, a four-year starter, rushed for only 698 yards but scored 18 touchdowns, Ohio State also has a fine kicker, Tom Skladany, who punted for a 42.-5-yard average and scored 51 points. Like Ohio State, Colorado has its outstand CIRCULATION SERVICE PHONE 659-1450 Palm Beach POST and TIMES

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