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SEP THE 997 JOURNAL Sports CLASSIFIED/B4 ALMANAC/ B7 FUN / B8 B PRO FOOTBALL Chiefs continue winning march Kansas City captures fourth straight win, nips Seahawks in overtime By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hold up those career obits on Marcus Allen. -..Kansas City's seemingly ageless running back did not say he'd play another year. But after scoring two touchdowns in the Chiefs' 20-17 overtime victory against Seattle on Sunday, he didn't say he wouldn't. "I'm just taking it one year at a time," said the 37-year-old future Hall-of-Famer, who rescued the Chiefs on a day when they made enough mistakes to lose to practically anybody. "I'm not thinking ^ at far anea d- 1>m S°- ing to enjoy myself because I think we have something special here," Allen said. This was the ragged game everybody's been expecting from the Chiefs (4-1), who went into the sea- son.with 12 new starters. But they won anyway, overcoming Elvis Grbac's three interceptions and a host of other mistakes ,when Pete Stoyanovich kicked a ^i^yiird field goal with 1:56 left in Jr overtime. , .!.' ;,"Early on, I think everybody realized we were going to go through .some growing pains," Allen said. ../"But what's happened is guys have " "grown up a lot faster than a people "realized." : , - r §afety Jerome Woods, one of the " four second-year men starting on (1 .d,efe,nse, intercepted Warren 'Aden's pass and returned it 13 ' '^yaffAs to midfield. Nine careful a plays later, including Allen's leaping vault on third-and-1, Stoy- —anevich kicked the game-winner. And the Chiefs had a four-game winning streak and their 12th victory in 13 games against the Sea- The Associated Press Kansas City running back Marcus Allen (32) breaks through a tackle by Seattle's Bennle Blades for an 8-yard touchdown run Sunday. hawks (2-3). Seattle's Todd Peterson, as time expired in regulation, missed wide left on a 58-yard field goal. "We know we made some mistakes," Woods said. "But we still went out and did our job. We sucked it up and everybody came together. We were just waiting for a big play to come our way, and it did." The Seahawks, gunning for just their second victory in their last 16 visits to Arrowhead Stadium, had three interceptions of Grbac in the first half and took leads of 7-0 and 17-14 on Moon's long pass plays, beating Pro Bowl cornerback Dale Carter. But after James McKnight's 54- yard scoring catch put Seattle on top 17-14, Grbac went 6-for-6 on a 13-play,- 58-yard drive. Allen was stopped from the 1 on a bid for his third TD of the day, however, and Bennie Blades sacked Grbac for an 11-yard loss, bringing in Stoy- anovich to tie it 17-17 with a 29- yarder with 13:14 to play. "I am very disappointed in our loss," said Moon, who had not been intercepted until Woods picked him off. "I got hit just as I released the ball. We were trying to get a big play to get us deep to change momentum." After the Seahawks seized a 10-0 lead in the second quarter, Allen scored rushing touchdown No. 114 V RYDER CUP European Euphoria Despite a late rally from the Americans, the Europeans keep Ryder Cup By RON SIRAK The Associated Press SOTOGRANDE, Spain — The United States may have had the better golfers, but Europe had the better team. And Seve Ballesteros had the Ryder Cup he wanted so badly. The Europeans' tears of joy that mixed with the driving rain over the final hole at Valderrama on Sunday were almost tears of sorrow as the Americans nearly staged the greatest comeback in the 70- year history of the Ryder Cup. ;; It was a wet and wild finish to a" personal crusade by Ballesteros that brought the Ryder Cup to his native Spain and the European continent for the first time. And to the very end, Ballesteros made it clear that this was his Ryder Cup. Even though the European team was assured of retaining the Cup by virtue of a tie with three matches still on the course, the non-playing captain Hinlicore EUROPEANS AMERICANS 131S wanted the outright win. As thousands of drenched fans swarmed onto the final fairway behind the last group, singing "Ole! Ole! Ole!" and making the lush grass look more like Times Square on New Year's Eve, Ballesteros was nearly alone in refusing to say the Ryder Cup was over. "Would I have been happy with a tie?" Ballesteros said. "No, to be very honest." See RYDER, Page B4 The Associated Press From left, European Ryder Cup captain Seve Ballesteros and players Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal hold the trophy after beating the Americans on Sunday. Woods really was missing in action all weekend By PATRICK McMANAMON 8i;rtpps Howard News Service '. SOTOGRANDE, Spain — Constantino Rocca was one of three Europeans paired with Tiger Woods at the Masters. And Rocca was one of three Europeans Woods left in his dust as he scampered to a record-setting, 18-under-par victory. In the final round at Augusta, Woods shot a 69. Rocca, the other member of the twosome, shot a 75. Sunday, when Woods drew Rocca in the final-day singles matches of the Ryder Cup, the Masters meant nothing, as Rocca romped to a 4 & 2 win. "You can't always win," Woods said, not showing much of the disappointment his friend and teammate Mark O'Meara said he felt. "You hope it goes your way and you give it your best and see what happens. Sometimes that isn't enough." That wasn't enough for Woods all weekend. His record in his first Ryder Cup was 1-3-1, his only win coming in his first four- ball match with O'Meara. But in that match, Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie made just one birdie, and Woods and O'Meara only had to play steady to win, not aggressively. The aggressive V/oods — the one who came from behind to win all three of his U.S. Amateur titles — really was MIA all weekend. Sunday against Rocca, he had only one birdie (Fred Couples had six in 12 holes, Tom Lehman six in 13 holes, Leonard five in 18 holes). Woods missed several short WOODS putts, leaving many short. Saturday, he putted a ball off the green and into the water on the par-5 17th. Many excused him for that, though, because he was going for an eagle he needed to keep his team in the match. But in the conclusion of a foursome (alternate shot) match Sunday morning, Leonard had dropped the pair's second shot on the green, 40 feet from the hole. Woods rammed it 15 or 20 feet past, and an opportunity to gain a point was lost. The match eventually was halved. "This is a great learning experience for Tiger," O'Meara said. "I know he's very disappointed. He's a champion who hates to lose." "Jack Nicklaus got beat, Arnie (Palmer) got beat, (Tom) Watson got beat," said Lehman. "All great players get beat in Ryder Cup." In the afternoon singles. Woods was sent out early by team captain Tom Kite. The thinking: With the team trailing, it needed fast wins and early momentum, and Woods was a proven match- play player. But Rocca jumped ahead early, taking a 3-up lead after five holes thanks to two birdies and a Woods bogey. On 9, Woods had his first — and only — serious chance to get back in the match. Both players missed the green with their second shot, but Woods' chip stopped 4 feet from the cup and Rocca's 20 feet. Rocca ran his putt right in, then punched his fist across his body as the crowd chanted "Roc-ca! Roc-ca!" Woods slid his putt by the low side of the hole. Woods looked rattled and down as he strode to the 10th tee, down 4. He never got back in the match and the U.S. didn't gain that key early point. with a beauty of an 8-yard run, stopping on a dime when Winston Moss and Shawn Springs blocked his way, then freezing both defenders and slithering between them. "We had those self-inflicted wounds early on, which fortunately we were able to overcome," Chiefs coach Marty Schotten- heimer said. Allen's 14-yard catch fueled a 79- yard march on Kansas City's first possession of the second half as the T COLLEGE FOOTBALL NFL Week 4 Sunday's Scores Kansas City 20, Seattle 17, OT < Tampa Bay 19, Arizona 18 Denver 29, Atlanta 21 Detroit 26, Green Bay 15 Pittsburgh 37, Tennessee 24 Washington 24, Jacksonville 12 N.Y. Giants 14, New Orleans 9 San Diego 21, Baltimore 17 Dallas 27, Chicago 3 N.Y. Jefs 31, Cincinnati 14 Oakland 35, St. Louis 17 Philadelphia at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Monday'* game San Francisco at Carolina, 8 p.m. Coverage, stats, Page B3 Chiefs took a 14-10 lead. Allen, vaulting a stack of tacklers, gbt the touchdown from the 1. Three plays after Allen's second TD, Moon heaved a pass to McKnight, who got behind Carter and put Seattle back on top, 17-14. "That was one of those mistakes people have been waiting for us to make," safety Reggie Tongue said. "Dale read the play one way and I read it the other. There's no way I can let him go out there on a limb like that. It as my fault." In the first quarter, three plays after Darryl Williams made the first intercepti6n of Grbac and returned it 27 yards to the Seattle 47, Joey Galloway beat Carter on a 41- yard scoring pass. A few minutes later, the Chiefs had driven from their 13 to the Seattle 17 when Bennie Blades grabbed Grbac's pass at the goal line. That set up a 14-play, 61-yard drive capped by Peterson's 46-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead. After Peterson's 37-yard field goal sailed wide left with 1:34 left, Grbac hit four in a row, driving the Chiefs to the Seattle 38. But Jay : Bellamy intercepted his next pass. For much of the second half, the Seahawks had wide receiver Joey Galloway and running back Chris Warren out with injuries. "We made a couple of big plays to put points on the board, but not when we needed it," Galloway said. K-State angers Bowling Green Late passing by KSU in Saturday's rout upsets BG head coach By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press MANHATTAN — If Nebraska beats Kansas State this week, coach Bill Snyder won't call Gary Blackney for sympathy. If the powerful No. 3 Buskers humble the No. 17 Wildcats, Blackney may be on the phone thanking Nebraska coach Tom Osborne. The Bowling Green coach declined to shake Snyder's hand Saturday after Kansas State set up its sixth and seventh touchdowns with passes in a humiliating 58-0 victory SNYDER that included a team-record 638 yards in total offense, Instead, Blackney offered this thought: "They'll find out how good they are next week." Snyder insisted he was not trying to run up the score. And it should be pointed out that he has no history of such things. All he wanted, he said, was to give backup quarterback Jon Beasley a little practice throwing the ball. "I knew we'd get some criticism for it," said Snyder, who added that he would contact Blackney to explain his action. The end-of-game controversy marred an otherwise brilliant day for the Wildcats. Play after play, their huge offensive line flattened overmatched Bowling Green. bffensively, the Falcons (2-3) were virtually helpless, finishing with minus-9 yards rushing and just 56 total yards. "A shutout, I think that's excellent," Snyder said. "That means we were pretty doggone good. Fifty-six yards? We were pretty doggone good." With their third straight victory Record Pts Pv I.Florida (36) 4-0 1,704 1 2,PennState(25) 3-0 1,673 2 3. Nebraska (6) 3-0 1,606 3 4. Florida Stale (1) 3-0 1,529 4 5. North Carolina (2) 4-0 1,483 5 6. Michigan 3-0 1,404 6 7. Ohio Slate 4-0 1,285 7 8. Auburn 4-0 1,215 8 9. Tennessee 2-1 1,150 9 10. Washington 2-1 1,111 10 11. Iowa 4-0 1,103 11 12. Michigan State 3-0 967 12 13.LSU 3-1 847 13 14. Virginia Tech 4-0 828 14 15. Washington Stale 4-0 818 15 16. Colorado 2-1 637 16 17. Kansas State 34 563 18 18. Georgia 3-0 513 19 19. Stanford 3-1 458 20 20. Alabama 3-1 407 21 21. Texas A&M 3-0 388 22 22. UCLA 2-2 276 24 23. Air Force 5-0 202 24. Brigham Young 2-1 186 23 25. Arizona Stale 3-1 168 25 Others receiving votes: Clemson 48, Georgia Tech 29, Mississippi St. 19, Oklahoma St. 19, Pittsburgh 19, Kanm 16, West Virginia 14, Wyoming 12, Southern Cal 11, Texas 9, Toledo 9, Colorado St. 6, Oregon 6, Purdue 6, N. Carolina St. 4. Arkansas 2. over a Mid-American Conference team and fifth shutout at home in three seasons, the Wildcats (3-0) erased the school record of 590 total yards set in a 67-0 romp over Akron in 1995. Tempers grew short when Beasley hit a 43-yard pass to set up the TD that made it 51-0, and connected for 19 yards to set up the final one that made it 58-0. "I told Jon at halftime that he was going to go and that even though the lead was a big lead, I wanted him to throw the ball," Snyder said. "But I told him, 'You let me take the criticism because you need the opportunity to throw the football.' I didn't throw it nearly as much as I'd like to." Although Blackney declined to speak to Snyder. "And I understand that," Snyder said. "Like I said, I feel badly for it. But that certainly wasn't our intent." SUGGESTIONS? CAU BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6.363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT slbdavldson®Mil|ournal.com

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