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70 fHE SALfllFJbURNAL Sports SCOREBOARD / D6 NFL / D7 LIFESPORTS / D8 D SPORTS JOURNAL T COLLEGE FOOTBALL HAROLD BECHARD The Sattna Journal Salman makes contribution t6 '47 Jayhawks EAWRENCE — J. Ralph Brown is justifiably proud of the 1947 Kansas Jayhawks. S*o honored, in fact, the Salina native has memorialized the ex- plojts of KU's first bowl team with a scrapbook full of memories from the 1947 season. But this is no ordinary scrap- bo0K>;It's spiral-bound, 48 pages thick; 17x11 inches in size and chock full of newspaper clippings, facts,, figures and memories. The 71-year-old Brown, a sophomore reserve center on the '47 team, is proud of his work, but even more pleased with the response of his former teammates. Not only did Brown put together the scrapbook — albiet, with plenty of help — he printed enough copies (70 in all, at his own expense) for his former teammates as wejlas the families of those former JayEawks who have passed away. Itwas, Brown said, a labor of love'that took nearly four years, 'lit seemed like I spent two or three hours every Saturday and Sunday during the last year working pn this thing," Brown said. "It was_a lot of work, but I feel like I'vejnade a little bit of a contribu- tioflior my teammates, their children and grandchildren." TJie books were mailed to Brown's former teammates a month ago, and he's received several calls and letters of appreciation since. "Those have made it all worth whfye," Brown said. The idea of a scrapbook to cele- bra'te the 50th anniversary of KU's bowl team was hatched five years agojat the team's 45-year reunion. At the tune, Brown suggested a scrapbook be made to preserve the teahj's place in KU football history. Barely after getting the words oufof his mouth, Brown said for- meyiKU players Lynne McNutt, RayJEvans and Otto Schnellbacher shot'back, 'Great idea Ralph. Why don f you go ahead and do it.' Before he could change the subject and bow out gracefully, Brown agreed to head the project. The team held its 50th reunion dinner Friday night in Lawrence. Former Kansas coach Jack Mitchell, who played quarterback for Oklahoma against the '47 KU team, was the featured speaker. The 31 members of the '47 team then spent a glorious Saturday afternoon watching the current version of the Jayhawks edge Okla- h,oma, 20-17. Before the game, the '47 Jayhawks joined the '97 team for the pregame walk down Campanile Hill to Memorial Stadium. "Quite frankly, we didn't hit like the kids hit today," Brown said. "Of course, we didn't have face guards, either." But five decades ago, the Jay- hawks were one of the best college football teams in the country, with a majority of the players returning to college after serving in the armed forces. The Jayhawks featured All-Americans in Schellbach- er and Evans and ended the season winning 8-1-2. ' ' It's that one loss that continues to haunt many of the KU players. The'Jayhawks lost to Georgia Tech 20-14 on Jan. 1,1948. KU appeared ready to tie the game in the final minute? when officials ruled McNutt, KU's quarterback and a native of Colby, fumbled the ball away at the Tech 1-yard line. '. To this day, most KU players and fans'don't believe McNutt lost the ball, but officials ruled Georgia Tech's Rollo Phillips swiped it at the bottom of the pile. Tjie bottom line was the Jay- hawks went home with their only loss of the season. "Sure it was stolen, that's the term we like to use," Brown said. "It was a bad exchange, but McNutt said he had it." . The '47 team has had a reunion e.yery five years, but Brown isn't sure if it will continue after this one. He missed the first few because, as he put it, "when you make $3,400 a year teaching and coaching in Sublette, Kansas, you don't go too many places." Brown transferred to KU after playing at Oklahoma A&M in 1946. Hie played only the '47 season at KU before being shelved with a back injury. For those interested in a copy of the 50th anniversary scrapbook, Brown said he has a few extra to sell. Huskers stomp Wildcats Frost & Co. run at will against K-State in battle of ranked teams By CHUCK SCHOFFNER The Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska delivered a big dose of reality to Kansas State. Ahman Green rushed for 193 yards and four touchdowns in just three quarters and No. 3 Nebraska swamped 17th-ranked Kansas State in a 56-26 victory Saturday night. Kansas State (3-1) had averaged 440 yards and 42.7 points in beating Northern Illinois, Ohio and Bowling Green in non-conference play. But the Wildcats were in over their heads ' against Nebraska K-Stale 26 (4-0) in the Big 12 Nebraska 56 °Pener for both i .-'..- , anc j i os t to the Cornhuskers for the 29th straight time. • So what did it prove? "This goes to prove that Nebraska is a good team," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost agreed. "I think we're a good team. I'm not afraid to say that," said Frost, who ran for 98 yards and a touchdown. "I think we're as good a team as is out there." Nebraska, which beat Washington in its previous game, was so dominating that with 5:30 left in the third quarter, Kansas State had only 76 yards — none rushing — and Nebraska led 41-6, thanks to a third-quarter touchdown blitz by Green. "I don't know that these were our two toughest games. They're all tough," Nebraska coach Tom Osborne said. "But this was a nice hurdle to have behind us. If we get a few things ironed out, we'll be pretty good before it's all over." Nebraska certainly looked good Saturday night, especially Green. Green, who carried 20 times, sprinted 25 yards for Nebraska's first touchdown and scored three times within six minutes in the third quarter, going 7, 59 and 50 yards. The Cornhuskers needed only eight plays to get those touchdowns. "In the early stages of the third quarter, we let our defense get away from us," said Snyder, whose defense was on the field for 19 of the 30 minutes in the first half. "That many snaps takes a toll on the defense," he said. "Plus the offense is not on the field as much as you like.". Frost scored on a 4-yard run and The Associated Press Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost (7) breaks away from K-State's Lamar Chapman in the first half. set up Green's second touchdown with a 23-yarA pass to Vershan Jackson. The defense capped the victory as Joe Walker returned an interception 71 yards for a TD with 5:34 left, then recorded a safety when quarterback Michael Bishop fumbled a handoff in the end zone. Kansas State, which hasn't beaten Nebraska since 1968, drove 61 yards for a touchdown on its first possession. It didn't reach the end zone again until Eric Hickson's 13- yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. The Wildcats finished with 260 yards, much of it against Nebraska reserves, and: rushed for only 98 yards. They'had been averaging 268 yards a game on the ground. Nebraska had 473 yards. "They still don't know if they can beat us or not," Nebraska defensive tackle Jason Peter said of the Wildcats. "They still have that in the back of their mind. When we jumped on them early, it was a real positive thing for us." Kansas State was hurt early by a roughing-the-kicker penalty after forcing Nebraska to punt from its 22. Nebraska was leading 7-6 when defensive back Keith Black bar- reled into punter Jesse Kosch, giv- ing the Cornhuskers a first down at the 38. ' Nebraska got a 31-yard field goal from Kris Brown on that drive and went on to a 20-6 halftone lead. Eric Warfield's interception of a pass tipped by teammate Ralph Brown set up Kris Brown's 32-yard field goal that made it 13-6, and Bobby Newcombe's 28-yard punt return put Nebraska at the Kansas State 43 a little more than two minutes later. Frost kept for 6 yards on fourth- and-2 at the K-State 35 and scored on a 4-yard keeper three plays later. KU survives late Sooner threat Big plays, blocked field goal late give 'Hawks comeback victory By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal LAWRENCE — You can bet the second-guessing began immediately after Dewey Houston III raised his big right paw in the air Saturday afternoon to swat away Oklahoma's hopes for a comeback victory. Houston blocked an Oklahoma field goal attempt with 1:13 remaining to give the Kansas Jay- hawks an emotional 20-17 victory in front of 43,500 fans in Memorial Stadium. The blocked field goal came one V PRO FOOTBALL play after the shell-shocked Soon- ers thought they had tied the score on a 27-yard field by backup kicker Steve Daniels. But, amazingly, the Sooners were penalized five yards for having just six players on the line of scrimmage (seven is needed). . After coming Pi" close to blocking Oklahoma 17 Daniels' first Kansas 20 f iel< * S° al attempt, the Jay- hawks got the second, and in the process, improved to 2-0 in the Big 12 North and 4-1 overall. "We just tried to get as much penetration as possible," Houston said. "All I knew is we had won the game. It just feels great. "We wanted to be 4-1 instead of 3-2 and still have a chance to achieve our goal of going to a bowl game." The loss was devastating to the Sooners, who have now lost three straight to Kansas and four times in the last six years. Despite dominating the second half — running 44 plays from scrimmage to just 13 for KU and holding the ball for 22 of 30 minutes — the Sooners were outscored, 17-7, by the opportunistic Jayhawks. Special teams and big plays fueled KU's win and killed Oklahoma's hopes, the same way it trashed the Sooners a year ago during a 28-point Jayhawk 'victory. • KU senior Tony Blevins See KU, Page D2 The Associated Press Kansas receiver Aklll Roberson (8) is unable to catch this pass at the goal line at the end of the first half Saturday. Nebraska offense too much to handle for K-State defense By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal LINCOLN, Neb. — For a full half- Saturday night, Kansas State's de^'; fense stubbornly kept No. 3-ranked, • Nebraska within reach while the: Wildcats' sputtered in other phases of the game. -; But what the first two quarters!, didn't show was the wear and tear; the Wildcats suffered. ; • After softening K-State up by con- ' trolling the ball for 19 of the first 30 ; minutes, the Cornhuskers exploded; for three third-quarter scores on; 1 the way to a convincing 56-26 victo- ;•> ry. : <; "It's always going to take a toll on- * the defense to play two-thirds of a'/ half," said K-State coach Bill Sny-.'der, whose Wildcats gave up touch-;?' down runs of 7, 59 and 50 yards to;* Nebraska I-back Ahman Green in> the third quarter. "That's moret.- snaps than you'd like the defense to,';* take. :« "Plus, the offense can't stay on-?C the field very long then." . •': Green finished with 193 yards!, ; rushing and four touchdowns on 20;J- carries as Nebraska moved to 4-0 in;|« winning its Big 12 opener. Thejj Cornhuskers had 379 yards on the*£ ground and 473 yards total offense^ to 260 for K-State, which came in*'«; ranked No. 17 nationally. *£ "Every defense starts tough;j£ against us but after a while we justjeC, start to wear teams down," said*i* Green, whose 59-yard burst in the'ir third period was the Huskers'^, longest run from scrimmage this|* season. "The offensive line and re->£; ceivers gave a great effort and made** some key blocks for me tonight." %• K-State safety Monty Spiller, who finished with seven assisted tack-, j les, downplayed the disparity ur first-half time of possession. "I don't feel it contributed too much," the 6-foot, 185-pound senior said. "The second half was mostly our responsibility. They just exe- i cuted. . '-\", • ' "We can't blame anybody but ourselves for the second half of the game. They're a good team, obviously. They're the number three , team in the nation." : The Wildcats, who trailed 20-6 at : intermission, gave up an 80-yard Nebraska drive to open the game) , with Green carrying the last 25 _ yards. But after that they twice held the Cornhuskers to field goals de-, spite a special teams breakdown and a turnover. A roughing the kicker penalty kept one Nebraska drive and led to a 31-yard Kris Brown field goal in the first quarter. An interception set NU up in the second period at the K-State 16-yard line but the Wildcats forced the Huskers to settle for a 32-yard Brown boot. A 28-yard Bobby Newcombe punt return allowed Nebraska to march 43 yards for a score with 4:43 left in the half. "I think sometimes guys get worn down but that's no excuse for not playing well in the third quarter," said K-State linebacker Mark Simoneau, who led the Wildcats with 10 tackles. "It's disappointing, but we've just got to come back next week and go from there." Nebraska scored on all three of its third-quarter possessions. "I thought they played very well for 18 or 20 minutes," Snyder said of his defense. "I was proud of our kids on both sides of the ball because they came back and competed until the end, but there was a period of time in the third quarter that I thought we let things get away form us. We stopped playing our defense." Chiefs' strong running game concerns Dolphins By DAVID ROYSE The Associated Press MIAMI — It doesn't take long to discover what the Miami Dolphins fear most about the Kansas City Chiefs entering today's game. "The main thing is stopping the running game," linebacker Zach Thomas said. "The key with Kansas City is the running game," defensive end Trace Armstrong added. "That's the thing that's been consistent there. They've been able to run the football," coach Jimmy Johnson concluded. You get the picture. The Chiefs have one of the best backfield trios in the league, rank fifth in the NFL in rushing yards and have gained more than 100 yards on the ground in all five games this year. The Chiefs have broken runs of 10 yards or more 18 times in those five games. And Marcus Allen is the NFL's career leader in rushing touchdowns. What is unfortunate for the Dolphins about the Chiefs' ability to run is Miami's inability to stop the run. Giving up 141.5 ground yards per game, Miami is better than only two other NFL teams at stopping the rush. Greg Hill leads the Chiefs (4-1) in rushing and comes into today's matchup with the Dolphins (2-2) with 252 yards, 6 less than the Dol- KANSASCITY(<M)AT MIAMI (2-2) WHEN: noon today TV; NBC, cable 3,13 LINE; Miami by 3 UST WEEK: Kansas City defeated Seattle $0-17 (OT); Miami was Idle. phins have as a team. Kimble Anders also lines up in the Chiefs' backfield, and is capable of the big play. He is primarily their third-down specialist, but the two-time Pro-Bowler busted loose for 43 yards in a 28-27 win over the Oakland Raiders. Anders also caught a 5-yard touchdown pass in that game. And then there's Allen. Allen ran for 78 yards and picked up rushing touchdowns number 114 and 115 against Seattle last weekend. Today likely will be the last meeting between Allen, who at 37 has said he plans to retire after this year, and Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino. Allen has scored more rushing touchdowns than anyone in NFL history. Marino has thrown more touchdown passes than anyone in NFL history. Even Kansas City quarterback Elvis Grbac has joined in the running game, with four scrambles of more than 10 yards. During the offseason, the Chiefs, who have longed relished running the ball, added wide receiver An- • More coverage / Page D7 dre Rison despite his stated desire to play in Miami,"where they actually throw the ball." Quietly, with the Chiefs' run- , ning game getting so much respect, Kansas City is becoming a place where they actually throw the ball. Against the Raiders, Rison, caught eight passes for 162 yards,; ( including a 32-yard touchdown . strike from Grbac. ' ; "We probably have the best backs as a whole in the NFL, and it definitely opens up the passing; ; game," Rison said this week. Rison is fifth in the AFC and ninth in the NFL with 25 catches. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (785) 823*6363 OR 1-800-827*6363 OR E-MAIL AT s|bdavldson@sal]ou rnal.com

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