Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas on January 1, 1977 · Page 27
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Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas · Page 27

Lubbock, Texas
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Saturday, January 1, 1977
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'Huskers Rally Past Tech 27-24 HOUSTON fSpecial>-Quarterback Vinco Ferragamo twice pulled 13th- ranked Nebraska from 10-point deficits with touchdown passes and to a 27-24 victory over Texas Tech in the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl here Friday night. The loss was only the second of the year for the Raiders, who were cocham- pions of liie Southwest Conference and wound up coach Steve Sloan's second campaign with a 10-2 record. Nebraska took the opening kickoff and began a crunching, 19-play march that resulted in Berns' 2-yard touchdown dive 9:18 later. The Cornhuskers, known as a good team on possession downs, proved it in this drive by converting all five of its third-down plays. Their longest play in the push was 11 yards as they slowly ground goalward. The Tech offense, however, gave the Raiders a boost after the kickoff by driving 58 yards and getting a 28-yard field goal from Brian Hall with 1:22 remaining in the first quarter to cut the deficit to 73. On second-and-5 from the Nebraska 11, Allison threw over the middle for Sammy Williams in the end zone, but the toss was low and the diving receiver couldn't hold it Billy Taylor was tripped up on a draw on the next play, setting up fourth-and-4 and forcing the Techsans to settle for Hall's 3-pointer. The Tech defense then turned the tide of the contest. The Cornhuskers crunched out a couple of first downs and appeared to be taking control again. However, as Ferragamo dropped straight back on first down from his 43, end Harold Buell crashed in from the right side and smashed into him from behind, forcing a fumble which end Richard Arledge recovered at the Cornhusker 32 with 7-42 left in the half. A screen from Allison to Taylor gained 5 yards, and Isaac then burst over right tackle for 13 to the 14-yard stripe. Two plays later, Allison dropped back and lofted a screen to Taylor over the middle. Taylor, with great individua! effort, broke four tackles and, with a dive, barely made it inside the left nag and into the end zone. Hall booted the extra point with 12:08 left in the half to put the Raiders on top 10-7. Both clubs scored quickly in the fading minutes of the half to produce the 17-14 halftime score. Tech's defense came up with another big play to spark the TD drive when Berns hobbled a oitchout from Ferragamo and Don Roberts picked it up at the Nebraska 16. Three plays after that, Taylor gather in a screen from Allison on the right side and covered the final 12 yards for the touchdown as 'Husker linebacker Clete Pillen was too late to stop him at the 4. Hall kicked the PAT with 2:14 remaining in the half, and it looked like Tech would lead 17-7 at intermission. However, the Cornhuskers promptly marched 80 yards in eight plays to draw to within 3 points again. A big play came when Ferragamo's pass was almost intercepted by Buell at midfield. Buell spiked the ball, and Tech was penalized 15 yards to the 50. Moments later, Ferragamo hit wingback Dave Shamblin on an out pattern to the left for 24 yards to the 26. A swing pass to Berns gained 4, before Ferragamo found reserve tight end Mark Out- resne open on the right side, hit him with a short pass, and Dufresne rambled into SPORTS lubbock Avalanche-Journal Solurday, Jon. 1, 1977 the end zone untouched with 33 seconds left in the half. Tech drove 84 yards in ten plays to up its lead to 24-14 in the opening minutes of the second half. The scoring play came with 11:32 remaining in the third quarter when Taylor burst over left tackle and scored from 7 yards out, breaking two tackles along the way. Big plays in the drive include a 14-yard pass from Allison to Godfrey Turner, an 18-yard pickup by Isaac on a screen, and a 16-yard .completion from Allison to . Sammy Williams that the receiver grabbed just inbounds at the Nebraska 23. Following the play, Allison kept for 12 yards around the right side to the 11, and Taylor scored two plays later. It was Taylor's third touchdown of the game, breaking a bowl record held by 16 players. Nebraska, however, came back and drove 93 yards in five plays to cut it to 2420, and then capitalized on a blocked punt to score and take a 27-20 advantage. On the first drive, the Cornhuskers began at their 6-yard line, and Ferragamo started things with a 21-yard completion to Shamblin. Bems gained 6 yards in two plays to set up a 49-yard halfback pass from Curtis Craig to Chuck Malito that reached the 19-yard stripe. Malito had gotten far behind Raider cornerback Mike Patterson on the right side, caught the ball at the 30, and was dragged down from behind. Berns swept the right side and covered the final distance for the score. A Nebraska lineman caused two Tech defenders to collide at the line of scrimmage, giving Berns clear sailing to the 4- yard line where cornerback Don Roberts just missed a tackle to allow Berns to score. Al Eveland's conversion try was wide to the right The Raiders then drove from their 20 to the Nebraska 15, but two Allison passes were broken up by Husker cornerback Dave Butterfield. and Hall's 32-yard field goal try was wide to the left. ... AND FROM THE FRONT - Nebraska's Berns lands past the goalline at the end of a Cornhusker touchdown drive. The Huskers look a 7-0 lead on the early score but fell behind 17-14 at halfUme in the 18th annual Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl game in Houston. (AP Laserphoto) A TOUCHDOWN FROM THE SIDE - Nebraska runningback Richard Berns tumbles over his left tackle slot for a touchdown in the first quarter of Friday night's Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl game from the Houston Astrodome. The late-arriving penetra- tors for Tech are Jim Krahl (72), Mike Mock (44) and Gaiy McCright(59). (AP Laserphoto) Pickets Line Around Sugar Bowl Festivities hTC*11? /^T>7 TT» A &ff* / .* rt t *tt .?- * . Royal Heads State Hall Of Famers NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Pickets were up Friday but though the Superdome mighi look like a b'tter-bug nightmare on New Year's Day, officab said a strike would not interfere with the Sugar Bowl football game. The strike involved the cleanup crew and 75,000 fans of Pittsburgh or Georgia will arrive shortly after the departure of 50.000 music lovers from an Earth, Wind and Fire concert Friday night. Almost any crowd leaves the $163 million sports palace strewn with paper cups and othert debris, and rock concerts leave more than most. Pre-strike plans by Superdome Services. Inc., the dome's sen-ice contractor. Pilot To Undergo Psychiatric Tests JESSUP, Md. (AP) - The pilot of a light plane that crashed into Baltimore's Memorial Stadium Dec. 19 has been admitted to the Clifton T. Perkins State Hospital here for a psychiatric evaluation, according to the Baltimore state's attorney's office. Donald N. Kroner, 33, was charged with two counts of malicious destruction and two violations of city aviation ordinances after the incident. Kroner crashed a plane into the almost deserted upper deck of the stadium about 10 minutes after the end of the Baltimore Colts Pittsburgh Steelers NFL playoff game. No spectators were injured. Judge Harold D. Lewis has set bail for Kroner at 525.000 and tentatively scheduled a trial for Jan. 21. were to clean up the mess with an alllout effort during the wee hours and present a fresh face to the football crowd. Exactly how many of SSI's cleanup and field arrangement crew joined the strike was not known. SSI officals said those who do not show up would be replaced. In any case, officals said the critical moment had already been delt with. It came when the walkout began a few hours before crews had to rearrange the moveable stands and lay down the football "turf" after Thursday night's Sugar Bowl basketball final. The basketball configuration uses just one corner of the field, with stands moved in close from the opposite side. With National Labor Relations Board directives already issued, pickets were limited to pacing back and forth in front of one out-of-the-way entrance used by personnel employed by Superdome Serv- ices Inc. SSI, the dome's service contractor. "They got us tied in knots, legally," said Mark Kosterick, a picket-line captain. "We are restricted to picketing this one entrance that nobody but the service employees use." Thus the strike apparently could not create complications by putting picket lines in front of other unions, including ABD-TV crews setting up to televise the football game. The walkout was called by the Service Employees International Union, and United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, which have been trying for a year to negotiate a contract with SSI. SSI handles cleanup, field arrangements, ushering, ticket-taking, security, some maintenance, and other service work. The unions claim about 100 of SSI's 200 full-time employees. DALLAS {AP) — Dancing with "those who bmng us," University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal and four other jports figures were inducted Friday into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. "Never have so many done so much for just one individual," the retiring Longhorn coach told a luncheon audience attending the traditional prelude to the Cotton Bowl football game. A number of former Texas football players were scattered throughout the ballroom and triggered a standing ova- lion for the winningest coach in Lon- phorn history. "Pprhaps long after the cry 'Remember the Alamo' is silent, Texans will be shouting 'We got to dance with those who brung us," said Neils Thompson, UT's faculty athletics representative, in presenting Royal. That particular "Royalism" dates back to one of his early Cotton Bowl teams and was in reponse to a question about what, if any, special schemes he had devised for the occasion. The other honorees included: —Hsnison Stafford, an all Southwest Conference halfback at Texas in the early 1930s. —Bill Henderson, whose Saylor basketball teams won or sharec ,aur SWC titles during his 18 years as coach of the Bears. —Jerry Thompson, repurledly the greatest distance runner in SWC history and a triple winner for the Longhorns in the 880, mile and two-mile run. —The late Jim Krebs, twice an'all-con- ference basketball selection at Southern Methodist, which won SWC titles each of his three varsity seasons. Tearfully accepting the award for Krebs, who died in an unusual accident in 1965, was his daughter Casey, who said of her father: "He would have considered this one of the highest honors of his basketball career. " Stafford was inducted by Wilson H. "Bull" Elkins, president of the University of Maryland, who described the honoree as "the most devastating blocker" in SWC history. Elkins recalled that Stafford was "built like a greyhound and just a trifle faster." "See me for all your family insurance needsf Like a good neighbor. State Farai is there. 1-12 CHEMTOOL CLEANS THAT DIRTY FLO-THRU KIT FOR INSIDE GAS . GUiZLING CARBURETOR INSIDE & OUTSIDE OUTSIDE B-12 CHEMTOOL DISSOLVES HARMFUL DEPOSITS TO INCREASE PERFORMANCE I REDUCE EXCESSIVE FUEL CONSUMPTION. TfflK jjemjman PRODUCIS. INC. GET READY FOR A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR . .. COME ON IN AND LET'S DISCUSS YOUR PLANS ... AT YOUR FAMILY FINANCIAL CENTER .. . LUIIOCK'S KCWfST tO'CHll-CIIMlf TEXAS BANK

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