Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 7, 1991 · Page 21
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gUjC ,3)»tmma (iaggttc / Monday, October?, 1991—Page 19 PSU's ugly performance won't stand up in Miami ! Pitt freshman running back Vince Williams breaks through Maryland defenders Mark Sturdiuant (31) and Brandon Bertha (12) and scores a touchdown in his team's 24-20 victory on Saturday. (AP Laserphoto) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The rest of the season rises or sets for Penn State when the ninth ranked Nittany Lions meet No'. 2 Miami in the Orange Bowl Saturday. A victory would catapult coach Joe Paterno's Lions (5-1) into the fight for the national championship. A loss reduces State to another good team striving for Top 25 recognition and a postseason bowl bid. Off the last two games Paterno probably would be the first to admit his team isn't ready for unbeaten Miami, especially in the Orange Bowl where the Hurricanes have won 41 straight times. Two weeks ago State was a 28- point favorite to beat winless Boston College and survived, 28-21, when a pass soared over a receiver in the end zone on the final play of the game. As a 23-point favorite over a 1-3 Temple team, State led only 10-7 before scoring twice in the final 2:01 for a 24-7 triumph Saturday. Paterno, quarterback Tony Sacca Pitt survives scare from Terps, 24-20 By RAYMOND F. HALUSKA Gazette Contributing Writer PITTSBURGH — Saturday's game between Pitt and Maryland was so long that if a network had decided to televise it, the executives would have made it a two-parter. When it was finally over, some three hours and 26 minutes after it started, Pitt ran its record to 5-0 by running out the clock from inside its own 1-yard line to hold on for a 24-20 victory. Despite the fact the offenses combined for 896 yards — 511 by Pitt — this game featured a lot of hard- hitting defense, as a pair of sore quarterbacks would be able to testify. "There were some tense moments," Pitt coach Paul Hackett said after his team's victory. "I thought last week's game (a 14-13 Maryland 770 6—20 Piltsburgh 0 14 7 3-24 M—Mason 19 run (DeArmas kick) P-Jells 58 pass from Van Pelt (Kaplan kick) P—Seaman 27 pass from Van Pelt (Kaplan kick) M—Kremus 23 pass from Sandwisch (DeAr- mas kick) P—V.Williams 2 run (Kaplan kick) P—FG Kaplan 19 M—Badgett 58 pass from Sandwisch (pass failed) A—38,328. INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Maryland, Mason 17-118, Jackson 8-47, Washington 4-20, Burnett 1-4, Sandwisch 6-(minus 33). Pittsburgh, Martin 23-121, J.Wil- • liams 10-37, Van Pelt 4-7, V. Williams 1-2, Jells MminusS). PASSJNG-Maryland, Sandwisch 22-47-2-230, Kaleo l-l-0-(minus 1). Pittsburgh, Van Pelt 27-45-1-353, Hupko »-HH). RECEIVING—Maryland, Wycheck 4-24, G.Tbomas 3-29, Mason 3-10, Badgett 2-70, Kremus 2-40, Harris 2-18, Cooper 2-17, Stevenson 2-12, Jackson 2-(minus 6), Wiestling 1-15. Pittsburgh, Moore 7-70, Martin 6-66, Seaman 5-69, Green 2-36, Bouyer 2-30, Davis 2-22, Deveaux 2-7, Jells 1-58. decision over Minnesota) would be our tensest game of the season, but this was heart-stopping. "We stumbled on our first drive. It's a long day when you drive down field and don't score." Pitt had driven 76 yards to the Maryland 4-yard line before Jermaine Williams was held for no gain and Alex Van Pelt had to throw the ball away on a third-down rollout play. Kicker Scott Kaplan's started the day off rough, having a 21-yard field goal attempt partially blocked. "This is not as potent an offense as we've had in recent years. It has a tough time in the red zone (inside the opponents 20-yard line) and at the goal line," Hackett said. But the Panthers were able to launch a balanced attack that could move the ball effectively. Van Pelt completed 27 passes of 45 passes to eight receivers for a season-high 353 yards and two touchdowns while freshman running back Curtis Martin broke the century mark for the second straight game, picking up 121 yards on 23 carries and adding 66 yards on six receptions. "The more Curtis can handle the more we'll let him play. The speed dimension is something we haven't had in a while," Hackett said. Maryland also moved the ball and grabbed a 7-0 lead in the first quarter with a crisp 10-play, 94-yard drive that lasted only 2:40. Fullback Mark Mason burst around left end from 19 yards out to give the Terrapins their only lead of the game. "There's nothing like speed. We'd give him a crease and he was through it," Hackett said of the runner who picked up 118 yards on 17 carries. The Terps also got a heroic effort from senior quarterback James Sandwisch, who completed 22 of 47 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns. Pitt pressured him all day and rang up six sacks. But the tough signal caller kept coming back, even when Pitt defenders Keith Hamilton and Ricardo McDonald attacked from both sides and made a sandwich of Sandwisch in the fourth quarter. The brutal hit, as devestating a hit as you'll ever see, knocked Sandwisch out of the game — for a play. And when he returned he nearly led his team to victory. As the coaches would later testify, the teams spent the day slugging it out in the trenches and on the Scoreboard. Pitt tied the game in the second quarter when Van Pelt hooked up with freshman speedster Deitrich Jells on a 58-yard scoring play. "He gives us vertical speed," Hackett said. "Every week he gets a little better. Still, we can't ask him to do everything this year." Pitt used gains of 12 and 11 yards by Martin to complement their passing when they took a short-lived lead which was capped by Van Pelt's 27-yard scoring strike to tight end Eric Seaman. Sandwisch passed 23 yards to Jason Kremus to tie the game on the ensuing drive and the half ended with the teams deadlocked at 14. As the third quarter ended, Pitt was in the midst of an eight-play, 55-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown, courtesy of a 2-yard run by Vince Williams, who was making his first appearance of the season. Two possessions later Kaplan snapped out of his slump with a 19-yard field goal to give Pitt a 24-14 lead with 7:01 remaining. Realizing time was on the Panther's side, Sandwisch engineered a six-play, 65-yard drive that consumed only 37 seconds. The scoring play was a 58-yard bomb to Marcus Badgett, who hobbled the ball a few times before pulling it in and running 20 yards into the end zone. Maryland, sensing it would get one more scoring oppportunity, went for and missed a a two-point conversion, which dictated that they score a touchdown on their final drive or lose the game. "It was a courageous decision," Hackett said of the call for the two-point play. "What we faced was a team that had to win. They had us well-scouted." Almost well enough to win the game. With only one timeout and 70 yards removed. from the end zone, the Terps started their drive with 3:29 remaining. Sandwisch used the clock wisely, working the sidelines while reeling off 10 plays and gaining four first downs to the Pitt 20. The ride ended there, as four passes fell incomplete, including an end zone-bound toss on fourth down which landed in the hands of Pitt cornerback Doug Whaley at the 1-yard line. The Pitt defender picked a timely moment, if not a choice location, for his third interception of the season. The unbeaten Panthers travel to Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon. That game will be televised on NBC. and linebacker Mark D'Onofrio described the two wins as "ugly." "The way we're playing we can't play with Miami. We're making too many stupid mistakes. We put the ball on the ground, hold, die. Right now we're destroying ourselves," Sacca said. D'Onofrio, who made two game- saving fumble recoveries against Temple, said, "If we escape with a win I guess that's pretty good. We're shooting ourselves in the foot every week. We practice well, but we seem to be putting too much pressure on ourselves." "Joe (Paterno) is right. We're taking far too many penalties, not playing with a lot of poise," he added. Paterno can't understand why his team is penalty prone. The Lions were hit with 10 penalties for 95 yards for the second straight week in beating Temple. Last year in 12 games the Lions were penalized 61 times for 523 yards. Already this season in six games they have 50 for 430. "We held, were offside, false starts, personal fouls, pass interference," said Paterno. "And we fumble." Last year, State fumbled 18 times and lost eight in 12 games. Already this season in six, they've dropped 23 and lost nine. After his team beat Oklahoma State Saturday, Miami coach Dennis Erickson said, "I think we're pretty good. I just don't know that we can make an assessment until we play Penn State." The combined score of Miami's four wins is 145-26. The combined record of the four opponents is 7-11. "So, it's really hard to say how good we are," Erickson said. Miami's Michael Barrow said, "Penn State this year is the Notre Dame game of last year." Miami lost to Notre Dame. "It's all for real now," receiver Lamar Thomas said. "We're really looking forward to Penn State. A guy like Joe Paterno is a legend. If I can shake his hand, I'll remember it." Running back Steve McGuire missed most of the Oklahoma game with a minor ankle injury, but will be ready for Penn State, Erickson said. With D'Onofrio's help the Lions turned back three deep Temple drives in the second half before prevailing. Sacca threw a 12-yard TD pass to Troy Drayton in the first period and Craig Fayak kicked a 23-yard field goal in the second as Penn State clung to a 10-7 lead until the final two minutes. Temple's touchdown came in the second quarter on a 42-yard pass flea flicker pass from wide receiver 1 Leslie Shepherd to Sam Jenkins. ; Sacca then threw 22 yards for a touchdown and Darren Perry returned an interception 41 yards for a TD in the final two minutes. "I'm proud of the effort we gave but not proud of the score. At the end two fumbles cost us chances to score and win the game. Penn State is a good football team, but Clemson is better," Temple coach Jerry Berndt said. Temple has lost to Alabama, Pittsburgh and Clemson. Penn State beat Temple for the 17th straight time and boosted its- series lead to 25-3-1 in the intrastate' rivalry. Temple hasn't defeated Penn State since 1941. Sacca completed 15 of 21 passes for 211 yards and two TDs, while Gerry Collins rushed for 73 yards. Terry Amith caught eight passes for 144 yards and a TD. Temple's Trent Thompson completed only seven of 19 passes for 77 yards and Scott McNair gained 74 yards on 25 carries. Penn Stale 730 14—24 Temple 0700—7 PSU—Drayton 14 pass from Sacca (Fayak kick) PSU-FG Fayak 23 TemWenkins 42 pass from Shepherd (Knuth kick) PSU—T.Smith 22 pass from Sacca (Fayak kick) PSU—Perry 41 interception return (Fayak kick) A-43,808. INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS HUSHING-Penn Stale, Collins 13-72, Hammonds 8-30, Gash 6-27. Temple, McNair 25-74, Swanson 5-28, Thompson 10-21. PASSING—Penn State, Sacca 15-21-0-211. Temple, Thompson 7-19-1-77, Shepherd 1-1-0-42, Richardson 0-0-0-fl. RECEIVING—Penn State, T.Smith 8-144, Ro-I sa 2-14, Anderson 2-1. Temple, Jenkins 3-61," Dcveney 3-37, Shepherd 1-15. ' DISTRIBUTORSHIP AT&T PAY PHONES CAN NOW BE OWNED NO SELLING REQUIRED WILL NOT INTERFERE WITH PRESENT EMPLOYMENT Honest local person to own AT&T pay phones No selling, no overhead. Must have $23,000 to $73.000 secured 100%. 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Mark Barsotti passed for three touchdowns and ran for two for the Bulldogs. "We could never have had this type of performance without a great effort by our defense," Fresno State coach Jim Sweeney said. Fresno State, which gained a school-record 757 yards, tied an NCAA record for most points in a quarter with 49 in the second period. Seven New Mexico turnovers led to six Fresno State touchdowns in the first half as Fresno State opened a 66-7 lead. After just five college games, Faulk has 16 touchdowns and 830 yards rushing, 7.6 yards per attempt. He set his first record with 386 rustling yards and seven TDs against Pacific and can set his second by becoming the first freshman to reach 1,000 yards in six games. Emmitt Smith of Florida hit 1,000 in the seventh game of his freshman year in 1987. In Top 25 games, No. 1 Florida State beat No. 15 Syracuse 46-14, No. 2 Miami beat Oklahoma State 40-3, No. 3 Washington beat Arizona 54-0, No. 5 Michigan beat No. 17 Iowa 43-24, No. 6 Oklahoma beat Iowa State 29-8, No. 7 Notre Dame beat Stanford 42-26, No. 8 Baylor beat Houston 38-21, No. 9 Penn State beat Temple 24-7 and No. 10 Florida beat LSU16-0. Also, No. 11 Ohio State beat Wisconsin 31-16, No. 12 Pittsburgh beat Maryland 24-20, No. 13 California beat UCLA 27-24, No. 16 North Carolina State beat Georgia Tech 28-21, No. 22 Georgia beat No. 18 Clemson 27-12, No. 19 Alabama beat Tennessee-Chattanooga 53-7, No. 20 ' Illinois beat Minnesota 24-3,k No. 21 Texas A&M beat Texas Tech 37-14, No. 23 Mississippi beat Kentucky 35-14 and Southern Mississippi beat No. 24 Auburn 10-9. No.l Fla. St. 46, No.15 Syracuse 14 Casey Weldon threw for a career- high 347 yards and three TDs as the Seminoles (5-0) extended Division I-A's longest winning streak to 11 games. FSU scored the final 39 points after Qadry (Missile) Ismail's 95-yard kickoff return put Syracuse (4-1) ahead 14-7 late in the first quarter. No. 2 Miami 40, Oklahoma St. 3 The Hurricanes (4-0) got four TDs and a field goal on their first five possessions and gained 520 yards, their fourth 500-plus game this season. Carlos Huerta's NCAA record streak of successful PATs ended at 157 when he kicked wide right in the second quarter. No. 3 Washington 54, Arizona 0 Mark Brunei!, recovered from a knee injury, threw two TD passes to Mario Bailey for the Huskies (4-0), who had seven takeaways and sacked George Malauulu six times. It was the worst defeat for the Wildcats since 1949, when they lost to Michigan State 75-0 at Tucson. No. 5 Michigan 43, No. 17 Iowa 24 Elvis Grbac threw three TD passes, two to Desmond Howard, and reserve Jesse Johnson ran for 168 yards and two scores as the Wolverines (3-1) rebounded from a 51-31 loss to Florida State last week. Iowa (3-1) was outrushed 371-77. No. 6 Oklahoma 29, Iowa St. 8 Gale Gundy threw three TD passes for the Sooners (4-0) and Oklahoma had eight sacks, including seven of Chris Pedersen. Oklahoma lost to Iowa State 33-31 last year, but has won 15 straight at Ames. No. 7 Notre Dame 42, Stanford 26 Jerome Bettis ran for three touchdowns and caught a pass for another as the Fighting Irish (4-1) rebounded from a 36-31 loss to Stanford last year at South Bend, Ind. No. 8 Baylor 38, Houston 21 David Klingler completed 35 of 57 passes for 470 yards for Houston, but Baylor quarterback J.J. Joe accounted for three TDs and the Bears (5-0) intercepted three passes and recovered four fumbles. No. 10 Florida 16, Louisiana St. 0 Shane Matthews passed for 220 yards and a touchdown and Arden Czyzewski kicked three field goals for Florida (4-2), which handed LSU its first shutout since 1985. 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