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MONDAY, SEPT. 23, 1996 m . 5 i V. r Arizona State defenders flattened Nebraska's Ahman Green (right) ;The loss probably will prevent the Cornhuskers from having a shot at ITime to thank w e owe you one, Bruce Snyder. All of us college football fans do. So before you do anything today, send a thank Jyou note to Snyder in care of the Arizona State Sun Devil football program, Tempe. AH of us from the entire state of J Florida to everybody from Big Ten '.country to each and every Golden iDomcr out there and those of us who cover college football and the ones who televise it we all owe you big time. We owe you for what you did early yesterday morning, DAN LWEBER a - way past ev eryone's East Coast and Midwest I deadlines, and out of the glare of network television. We owe you, Bruce ! Snyder, and all your Sun Devils, for ! doing the unimaginable. Not only did iyou beat Nebraska's No. 1 Cornhusk-iers, you shut them out 19-0, and in ; doing so, changed the course of college football history. No national college football championship threepeat. Now we know why it's never been done before in the history of the modern game. And maybe ! never will be, now that Nebraska's also history. 5TJ mi 'in i' r fil U.S. women's squad jholds off Europeans jIHE ASSOCIATED PRESS . -CHEPSTOW, Wales The United ! States finally derailed the Laura Da-Ivies Express and retained the Solheim Cup. ' Winning nine of 12 singles matches, ! the Americans ; SOLHEIM CUP rallied for a 17-11 , victory yesterday over a European with some of the 'team stocked ;world's top players. j In the Solheim, the women's ver-jsion of the Ryder Cup, as Davies went, so went the Europeans. ' Davies enjoyed lopsided victories Friday and Saturday in foursomes (al-jtcrnate shot) and four-ball (better ball), inspirational results in leadoff matches. k' . 'Mi Sun Devils Because getting there to a national title and getting back aren't as tough as staying there even with many of the same players, as Nebraska has again this year. Where it's one-and-out. Where one mistake, one miscalculation, one mis-scheduling, and it's all over. The way it is for Nebraska's Huskers, who almost certainiy had the best chance we're likely to see. Because Nebraska's magic sched-ulemakers have them playing a really tough regular season road game the kind that Florida, Notre Dame, Michigan, Colorado, Florida State, Ohio State, Southern Cal, Penn State and most of the rest of college football do maybe once every decade or so. So who among the Huskers knew how to handle the return trip Saturday to the January scene of their Fiesta Bowl national title? To a sunny Southwest place where the normally rabid Big Red fans were mostly vacationing this weekend. To play a team they'd clobbered 77-28 a year ago in Lincoln? A team from the defensively-challenged PAC 10. But also to play a legitimate top 20 team that returned 17 starters from that debacle in Lincoln, where the Huskers scored 77 points WITHOUT Lawrence Phillips. So the folks in Tempe planned and plotted. They brought back the last ASU team that beat Nebraska. And Please see Weber, page D4 That, combined with torrid putting and the play of Swedes Annika Sorenstam and Liselotte Neumann, put the Europeans up 9-7 after two days and flirting with their second win in four Solheims. "When you get a player like Laura out there like a runaway train, it's hard to stop that momentum if you have gotten off to a bad start," said American Dottie Pepper. The Americans, including Val Skinner of Bay Head, checked Davies yesterday and that stalled her 11 teammates. Europe won only one singles match Sorenstam in a 2 and 1 victory over Pat Bradley in the opening singles. Finally gauging the slow greens at the St. Pierre course, the Americans went Please s;e U.S., page D9 ASBURY INSIDE in the end zone for a safety en route a third straight national title. Arizona State THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TEMPE, Ariz. Arizona State surprised Nebraska. With a No. 6 ranking and newly gained respect, the Sun Devils certainly won't surprise any other opponents. "We painted a big target," coach Bruce Snyder said yesterday, a day after the Sun Devils shocked the then-No. 1 Cornhuskers 19-0. "We took out the white and black paint and drew a big target on ourselves. But I think if you're in this business, that's what you work toward, rather than sneaking up on people. This might have been a bit of an ambush." From preparation to execution, Arizona State (3-0) dominated. With the running game virtually even, the arm of Jake Plummer was the difference. Plummer threw for 292 yards and a touchdown, and the defense scored three safeties against a team that had won 26 straight games and consecutive national championships. "Our confidence right now is soaring," linebacker Pat Tillman said. "There's nobody we can't beat if we play our best. We always thought that, but now we know it." On Friday, the university named the Sun Devil Stadium playing surface Frank Kush Field after the man who coached Arizona State into prominence during a 22-year career that included undefeated teams in 1970 and 1975. Rush's Sun Devils beat Nebraska ' Is KIIM m? r 1 i i Betsy King (left), Val Skinner (center) and Brandie Burton celebrate as Kelly Robins sinks the putt on the 18th green that allowed the U.S. team to retain the Solheim Cud. . - PARK PRESS COVER 1 H I 3d Associated Press to a 19-0 victory on Saturday. a giant killer 17-14 in the Fiesta Bowl in the first meeting between the teams. But he was out of coaching in 1987, when Nebraska got the first of five straight regular-season victories over the Sun Devils. The observance was timed to create even more emotion in a team that had lived with the memory of a 77-28 debacle in Lincoln, Neb., since last year. It seemed to help. The Huskers (1-1), who fell from No. 1 to No. 8, had better luck the last time they were in Tempe. They beat Florida 62-24 on Jan. 2 for their second straight title. Nebraska hadn't lost since Florida State beat the Huskers in the 1994 Orange Bowl. Arizona State offensive coordinator Dan Cozzetto said the coaching staff resisted the temptation to run down the clock and went into the game believing Plummer and a stable of running backs could keep the offense moving. Nebraska sacked Plummer six times, but the unflappable senior usually came back to connect on throws that kept drives going. Plummer took the team 80 yards in 10 plays on the opening possession, throwing a 25-yard touchdown strike to Keith Poole 3:22 into the game. By halftime, it was 17-0 after two safeties and and field goals of 27 and 44 yards by Robert Nycz. Please see Giant, page D4 Associated Press V ' J 1 1 I 1 1 k .w: . ; 4 ill V j fin 1 1 1 1 in i " Associated Puf$ Yankee starter Ramiro Mendoza got a little damp and a little " roughed up in his seven innings of work, but his club came away with a victory. Yankees survive ! i rain and Red Sox ! PRESS WIRE SERVICES NEW YORK On a wet afternoon when every step was an adventure, the New York Yankees accomplished their goal they won and no one got hurt. "You try not to worry about it, but the fear is always in the back of your mind," Yankees left fielder Tim Raines said. Paul O'Neill YANKEES RED SGa 4 3 hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the iHBB, seventh inning and the Yankees overcame more rain and the Boston Red Sox, rallying for a 4-3 win that cut their magic number to four. "This is the time you become close as people, when you get to the point where you can see the championship," said O'Neill. O'Neill hit a shallow fly ball that right fielder Troy O'Leary grabbed with a sliding catch, and Jeter scored without a play. "With the track the way it was, I couldn't get there," Boston center fielder Darren Bragg said. "Troy came in and made a great catch, but couldn't stop himself to make a throw." The Yankees and Red Sox were supposed to play a day-night double-header, but a forecast of heavy rain caused the second game to be postponed before the first game even started. "I would have prefered to play Sunday and Monday," Red Sox manager Kevin Kennedy. "It's tough to win two games in one day." Now, the teams will complete their four-game series with a makeup tonight, with Roger Clemens pitching against Yankees ace Andy Pettitte. "Things have a way of working themselves out," Kennedy said. New York maintained its four-game lead in the AL East over Baltimore, which beat Toronto 5-4. Boston dropped five games behind Baltimore in the wild-card chase. Funk captures title; , Woods takes big step THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ENDICOTT, N.Y. Tiger Woods huddled with his caddie under an umbrella on the edge of the eighth fairway at En-Joie Golf Club and waited out a rain delay at the B.C. Open. "Hey Tiger, B.C. OPEN 80t souvenirs MBa in there?" a boy about 10 years old yelled, pointing at Woods' golf bag. "Yeah, but I'm still using them," Woods said with a relaxed smile. "Tiger, Tiger, over here," another boy called out, extending his hand. Woods took two steps through the rough and shook the tiny hand that dangled over the gallery rope. "I touched him," the boy said, turning to his father a few yards back in the crowd. "Want to touch the hand PAGE D3 The AL ; EAST RACE ! w l Pet. gb; New York 86 64 .573 I Baltimore 82 68 .547 4 THE REST OF THE SEASON . . . The Yankees have 7 games left, three at home and four away. The Orioles have 7 games left, two at home and five away. MAGIC NUMBER FOR YANKEES: 4 "We're playing well and we havea little farther to go," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "We have to go out there and win four more games, we can't expect someone else to do it for us." " Earlier this week, the Yankees' showdown series with the Orioles was hampered by rain, which forced on postponement that led to a dispute about a doubleheader. , The start of yesterday's game was delayed by rain for 50 minutes and there was a 59-minute stoppage in the fifth inning with Boston leading 3-1. Bernie Williams hit a two-out, two-run triple in the bottom of the fifth that tied it. :'; "After the rain delay, the players didn't want to get rained out," Torre said. "They were more aggressive.'",' Derek Jeter led off the seventh with a single off starter Aaron Sele (6-11), who remained in the game despite the delay. ;' Please see Yankees, page D7 that touched Tiger?" the boy said to a young friend. ' Tiger reached up, tweaked the boy's pierced ear and said, "Nice ear--ring," then walked back to his bag. . ! If Woods was overwhelmed by life on the PGA Tour four weeks into his professional career the 20-year-old was not showing it. ; The $58,000 Woods earned with his tie for third in the rain-shortened B.C. Open, won yesterday by Fred Funk in a one-hole playoff with Pete Jordan, guaranteed Woods would play a full PGA Tour schedule next year. Woods shared his third place with Patrick Burke of Deal. Woods has won $140,194 in just four tournaments and was No. 128 on Please see Woods, page D9r , ' fcit , j fc,

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