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9 " jppr" '-' Key National, Area College Football Scores Complete list of scores on Page 8F. Nebraska 42 Missouri 7 Iowa State .... 31 Oklahoma State . 31 Colorado 35 Iowa Rochester 22 Washington U. . . 21 StXavier 35 Lindenwood .... 13 NE Missouri 38 Missouri-Rolla ... 7 . . 38 . . . 6 . . 21 . . 10 Alabama . . Mississippi ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH SPORT SECTION . SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1994 Oklahoma 20 Kansas 17 Michigan 19 Illinois ,14 Ohio State 48 Purdue 14 20 Oregon 31 Arizona ...... 34 Washington . . . . 20 UCLA ........ 24 Florida State ... 17 Virginia . . .". 34 Clemson 0 North Carolina . . 10 Utah 45 Syracuse 49 Colorado State . . 31 Temple 42 Texas 42 Virginia Tech ... 45 SMU 20 Pittsburgh 7 S BERNIE MIKLASZ COMMENTARY It's Time To Let The Young MUDogs Run - COLUMBIA, Mo. Brock Olivo, bless his innocent young heart, rambled down close to the goal line. Head t up. Shoulders squared. Legs pumping. Leaning forward. Carrying the football right on through Nebraska's chain-link defense. Running to the future. No one told the kid that Mizzou was supposed to fall, roll over and obediently accept the standard whipping from the No. 3 team in the nation. Olivo is a win ner; you can just see that. He did not come to Missouri to lose. The last 10 1 years of misery do not frighten this freshman from St. Francis Borgia. And so after his determined 9-yard run, Olivo was finally dragged down at the 1. Mizzou, trailing 14-0 early in the third quarter, was three feet away from slashing 50 percent from .The Corn's lead. Hope at Faurot . Field. A curious, tingling sensation. The next order of business was academic. Give the ball to Olivo again. He surely would deliver the Tigers to the rare earth of the end zone. He'd make it 14-7, and then this would be a ballgame. Oh, no . . . What is coach Larry Smith doing? He's pulling Olivo. Joe Freeman ran onto the field. His number was called immediately. Freeman did a Mizzou kind of thing. He tried to crash the left side and he coughed up the football. A Mizzou moment. The ball rolled into the end zone. And those big, hungry, carnivorous 'Huskers pounced on it like they would a Big Mac. The air went out of the ball pssssssssssst and the stadium. "That play was the whole key of the game," Smith said. The final score: Nebraska 42, Mizzou 7. The first question: Why would Smith remove Olivo? His best running back. A youngblood with a tough jaw and a winning disposition. A stranger to defeat. We've seen Joe Freeman for three years. He tries hard. But like most Mizzou seniors, Freeman is burned out by losing. These poor Tigers veterans,, thrashed so often, seem to play as if they expect bad things to happen. Their pysches are damaged. This is a new era, and Missouri needs to find fresh people who can make plays. Olivo makes plays. But he can't help Missouri win while standing on the sideline in a crucial situation. "We just made a switch," Smith said. "Again, coaches make switches if they feel something is right. Sometimes you make decisions that are right. Sometimes you make decisions That lead to a deadly fumble. And ; another blowout. Smith threw quite a fit after the !. loss, berating his players at a volume that penetrated the locker room walls and carried into the press-inter-l view area. It was an impressive, gen- uine rage. The snarling Smith boiled 1 over because some players gave up during the second half. ' "I don't like losing," Smith said. "I ' hate losing. I despise losing. And I'm not going to get used to losing. And ", I'm not going to let them get used to losing." '$ The tough talk sounds good. And Smith means it. But just the same, 't Smith should honor the doctrine that ; he preaches. After inheriting a pro- gram that's a chronic loser, he must j seek out and cultivate a different ', attitude. "I'm looking for fighters right now," Smith said. So set the young pups free, Larry. r The freshmen. The sophomores. The future of Mizzou football. Let these baby pit bulls run around the field to f chase the ball, gnaw on the Omniturf and nip at the heels of Nebraska. A frisky underdog like Olivo . who personifies the very spirit that J Smith demands should be turned loose. When he gets to the goal line, don't yank him off on a leash. t Sure, the new breed will mess up now and then. But that won't deter them. They have too much energy to - quit. They are a refreshing contrast See MIKLASZ, Page 7 Li ...r DDUdddd By Lorraine Kee Of the Post-Dispatch Staff CHAMPAIGN, 111. Illinois' split personality surfaced Saturday against Michigan. This wasn't the Illinois football team that had upset nationally ranked Ohio State two Saturdays earlier. It wasn't the Illinois that had annihilated Iowa one Saturday ago. This was an Illinois that dropped passes. This was an Illinois that was Smith Quakes After Mizzou's 42 Nebraska's Troy Dumas (top) St. Louis Near Goal Of Rams Decision Expected By Thanksgiving By Jim Thomas Of the Post-Dispatch Staff As they say on the gridiron, it's time for the two-minute drill. St. Louis has the ball on the 10-yard line and is moving in for the score. We heard these same cliches exactly one year ago during the National Football League expansion process. You all know what happened. St. Louis got stuffed twice near the goal ' line. First, on Oct. 26 when NFL owners awarded an expansion team to Charlotte, N.C. And again on Nov. 30, when the second franchise went to Jacksonville, Fla. Here we go again. Sometime between Halloween and Thanksgiving probably closer to Thanksgiving the Los Angeles Rams will decide whether or not to leave Anaheim, Calif. "I just can't see it going beyond Thanksgiving," FANS Inc. point man Thomas F. Eagleton said. "But who knows?" Will the winner of this high-stakes game be St. Louis? Baltimore? Anaheim? Proposals from all three cities are on the table for Rams President John Shaw to consider. Let the serious negotiations begin. "Most certainly, this is the end game," Eagleton said. "We're going to have a revised proposal sometime in early November." And then? "That's it," he said. "We won't be so blunt as to say take it or leave it but it'll be the product of a lot of conversations, a lot of talks, a lot of See RAMS, Page 13 ra Ml Don u Mistakes Help No. 1 1 Michigan Triumph dealt 10 penalties for 124 yards. This was an Illinois whose running game was ground to a halt. But playing llth-ranked Michigan can bring out anybody's dark side. The Wolverines (5-2 overall, 3-1 Big Ten Conference) wore down Illinois 19-14 before a sellout crowd of and Eric Stokes fold and spindle TP - - - 1 , A James A. FinleyAP New Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty is accustomed to making fresh starts in baseball management. (Grooming Jocketty Built Baseball Career In Des Moines From Ground Up By Rick Hummel Of the Post-Dispatch Staff Like most aspiring business-school students, Walt Jocketty fired off a batch of letters upon his graduation from the University of Minnesota. Most of these went to professional baseball teams because Jocketty, though not good enough as a player, couldn't get the game out of his mainstream. "I kept getting responses which said, 'Sorry,' " recalled the Cardinals' new general manager. "A lot of them said that the best thing to do was go to the winter meetings." Newly married! Jocketty withdrew the last $300 the couple had and went to New Orleans for the 1974 baseball meetings. "I was in full support," said Sue Jocketty, who met her husband on a blind date. "I knew how much he wanted to get into baseball." Upon his arrival in New Orleans, Jocketty said, "I knew absolutely nobody. I just started talking to people and finding where jobs were open. After five days, I left, broke, and with no job." . But several days after returning to Minneapolis, Jocketty was surprised to be contacted by three minor-league clubs. The offers were from Tampa in the Florida State League, Reading in the Eastern League and Iowa in the American Association. He accepted the last See JOCKETTY, Page 12 72,677 at Memorial Stadium. Illinois fell to 4-3 overall, 2-2 in the Big Ten. "I'm proud of my kids," Michigan coach Gary Moeller said. "I would have liked to have blown them out. But I'm very proud of them. "I'm particularly proud of the way we stopped the run defensively." Missouri's Joe Freeman after a 12 1 " ; ' "I J. SL)5L4ILss Illinois' backfield backfired, managing a mere 40 yards on the ground. "There's no way we're going to win many games rushing for 40 yards," coach Lou Tepper said. The Illini quarterbacks fared better. Backup Scott Weaver was more effective than starter Johnny John Jerry Naunheim Jr.Post-Dispatch - yard gain. Blues Offer Plan To Refund Tickets 3 Money-Back Options Include Credits Of Interest To Account By Dave Luecking Of the Post-Dispatch Staff The Blues always have claimed to have their fans' best interests at heart. Saturday, they put their interest back in the fans' pockets. Responding to their customers' anger, the Blues announced Saturday a refund policy that includes paying interest accrued on season-ticket accounts. "We felt it was necessary," said Bruce Affleck, the Blues' director of sales. Although the National Hockey League lockout entered its 23rd day Sunday, no games officially have been canceled. The league is said to be working on a revised schedule of between 70 and 78 games, with an announcement expected this week. Meanwhile, the Blues decided not to wait until the official announcement to ease the concerns of irate season-ticket holders. BASEBALL Off The Table Team owners may withdraw a $1 SOCCER Ambush Lose Opener Wichita rallies to win 1 1 -9 at home FOOTBALL The NFL's Big'D' The Dallas Cowboys defense was supposed to recede towards mediocrity in 1 994, but it hasn't happened 11 son. Yet, Johnson will start Saturday against Northwestern. But it didn't seem to matter much in the face of a menacing Michigan defense and Illinois' own mistakes. Such as: The penalty for having too many players on the field on a Michigan drive. The two fumbles in Michigan SeelLLINI,Pagel2 - 7 Loss Coach Questions Team's Desire Vs. Nebraska By Vahe Gregorian Of the Post-Dispatch Staff COLUMBIA, Mo. If the University of Missouri football team expected accolades for contending with Nebraska for nearly three quarters Saturday, that delusion was punctured promptly after the game. After Mizzou's 42-7 defeat at Faurot Field, first-year coach Larry Smith unleashed a bellowing tirade that silenced the Tigers' locker room not to mention an adjacent room of intrigued reporters. He still was shuddering with rage when he emerged to address the media. "I don't like losing. I hate losing. I despise losing," he said. "And I'm not going to get used to losing. And I'm not going to let them get used to losing." - ; At immediate issue was the way Mizzou wilted after Nebraska's third touchdown, scored on fourth and goal from the MU 1-yard line and, according to MU defender Steve Martin, against either nine or 10 Tigers. That put the third-ranked Corn-huskers ahead 21-0 with 4 minutes 56 seconds remaining in the third quarter and effectively rebuffed the Tigers for the day. Before a crowd of 50,537, MU fell to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the Big Eight Conference. Nebraska (8-0 and 3-0) defeated Mizzou for the 16th successive time. See MIZZOU, Page 7 They complained passionately about the Blues and other NHL teams collecting interest on season-ticket revenue during the labor dispute. They reasoned that since the NHL wasn't delivering what ,.tb.y paid for hockey games jjhey should be entitled to the interest teams earn on their ticket money" One local attorney contemplated filing a class-action suit against the league on behalf of season-ticket holders to recoup the interest drawn on an estimated $312 million in season-ticket revenue on account. But that won't be necessary, at least not on behalf of Blues season-ticket holders. The Blues said they will pay "not less than 2.5 percent interest . . . retroactive to Oct. 1" on season-ticket account balances. They also will give season-ticket holders three refund options, two of which take effect "once games are officially See BLUES, Page 13 billion yearly guarantee to players 3 over the Ambush 3 . 1

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