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2D College football Tuesday. October 31, 1989 Reno Gazette-Journal Idaho's Friesz shares Sky award By The Associated Press BOISE, Idaho A trio of quar terbacks and a pair of linebackers have been honored as the Big Sky Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, On offense, John Freisz of Idaho. Jason Whitmer of Friesz Idaho State and Grady Bennett of Montana share this week's award. Mike Rankin of Montana and Mark D'Agostino of Montana State are the recipients of the defensive honors. Friesz, a senior from Coeur d'Alene, guided the Vandals to a 42-22 homecoming victory over the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack last week. In the process he became the first Big Sky quarterback to throw for more than 10,000 career yards with 10,009 as he passed for a career high 4-H5 yards and two scores. In the first half alone he had 323 yards, hitting 25-of-36. For the game, the two-time Big Sky Con- Big Sky notes ference offensive MVP was 32-of-51 and for the fifth time in his nine starts this season was not intercepted. Whitmer, a junior from Northg-lenn, Colo,, completed 29 of 50 passes for 390 yards and two touchdowns in the Bengals' 24 20 victory over Northern Arizona. Bennett, a junior from Kali-spell, Mont., passed for 3y6 yards and had 436 yards in total offense, a career high, as the Montana Grizzlies defeated Boise State 48-13. He was 2S-of-43 and had touchdown passes of 38 and 42 yards in three quarters of play. Rankin, a senior inside linebacker from Edmonds, Wash., keyed a Montana defense that limited Boise State to 16 yards rushing in the Grizzlies" victory. He was credited with seven tackles, including three solo stops. On one play he was credited with a quarterback sack of 16 yards, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. D'Agostino, a senior from Boze-man, Mont., had 12 tackles in the Bobcats' victory over Weber State. He was credited with a blocked extra point, a tackle for a loss, a forced fumble, a pass deflection and a pass interception. MONTANA IN TOP TEN Mon. tana's crushing 48-13 victory over Boise State on Saturday ha propelled tne Grtuliet into tne top 10 for the first time this season in trie latest NCAA Division I AA poll. Montana, 7 2. jumped from 14th to ninth after mauling the Broncos in Missoula, while Boise State tell from sum to 13th after its third loss ol the season The University ol Idaho, two-time defending Big Sky Conference champion, climbed from ninth to seventh in this week's l-AA rankings after clubbing Nevada. Reno 42-22 to remain undefeated in (it league games and 7-2 over all. The Vandals fare even better statist-calfy. They lead the Big Sky and all l-AA teams m passing offense, averaging 381 yards per game through the air. They also are first in the conference and second nationally in total offense, and their 34 8 points per game the league's best. Montana, 5-1 in the Big Sky with the single loss to Idaho, is second in the conference in all three offensive categories. But the Grizzlies take a back seal to no one m the league or aH l-AA in rushing defense. They have allowed only 63 2 yards per game so far, and Boise State managed only 16 rushing yards on Saturday. Montana is last in the Big Sky in pass defense, but the Grizzlies' 22 interceptions, including 10 against Boise State, are more than any other league team. Dig Sky leaders Rushing Q Car Yds Avg TO VdsPQ Corr. EWU 6 117 525 4 5 4 87 5 Whalen, UNR 8 12S 89S 4 8 7 74.4 Worley. NAU 6 88 415 4 7 3 69 2 Daniels, Ul 9 143 584 4 1 7 64 9 Thomas, BSU 8 128 614 4 0 5 64 3 Farmer, UM 9 121 551 4 6 6 61 2 Jackson. WSC 8 95 449 4 7 3 66 1 Frtereon, UNR 7 85 388 4 6 2 55.4 BardweM, NAU 7 76 372 4 9 2 53 1 Pearce.UI 8 85 415 4 9 5 51 9 Receiving G Ct Yds TO ClPG Macon. WSC 8 65 626 2 8 1 Dunn.UI 9 57 864 8 6 3 Allen. Ul 9 55 990 7 61 Clark, UM 9 50 499 4 5 6 White. BSU 8 44 760 3 5 5 Taylor, UNR 8 40 641 8 5 0 Trevathan. UM 9 39 601 2 4 3 Funk. ISU 7 29 356 3 4 1 Shaw. WSC 8 32 388 3 4 0 Passing Att Cmp Pet Int Yds TO Pta Friesz. Ul 337 213 .632 6 3353 26 168 7 Bennett. UM 364 218 599 11 2700 18 132 5 Whitmer, ISU 167 93 557 2 1124 7 123 7 Gatlln, UNR 208 113 .549 11 1573 11 125.9 Wyatt. NAU 260 150 .577 7 1681 9 118 0 Virden.BSU 236 114.483 16 1663 16 1163 Schmidt, WSC 295 151 .512 13 1896 9 106 4 TetrauHMSU 139 66 .475 7 877 5 102 3 Haiiiday. BSU 100 45 450 7 539 1 79 6 Total offense G Rush Pass Total TOR YdsPG Fnesz. Ul 9 151 3353 3202 26 355 8 Bennett. UM 9 156 2700 2656 20 317.3 Virden. BSU Schmidt. WSC... Wyatt. NAU Gatlln, UNR Tetrault. MSU.... Corr. EWU Whalen, UNR ... Worley, NAU 8 96 1663 8 -194 1896 91 1681 4 1S73 385 877 525 0 595 0 415 0 ...8 .8 .9 ...6 ..6 ...6 1759 16 219 9 1702 13 212 8 1590 9 198 8 1577 12 197.2 1262 10 140 2 525 4 875 595 7 744 415 3 69 2 Yds TO IPG 60 0 .77 147 0 .71 60 0 63 4 0 56 26 0 .50 105 1 .43 5 0 43 14 0 38 13 0 .38 Interceptions G No Hauck, UM 9 7 Ellott. EWU 7 5 Babo. WSC 8 5 Oliver, Ul 9 5 Duckett, UNR 8 4 Schulz. EWU 7 3 Puller, EWU 7 3 Robinson. BSU 8 3 Jackson. NAU 8 3 Punt returns G Taylor, UNR 8 Cabunoe. UM 8 KueW. BSU 8 Maxwell, WSC 8 Allen, Ul 9 Klckotf returns G No Yds TO Avg Cabunoe. UM 8 15 348 0 231 Schrade. ISU 7 15 334 0 22 3 Hill, MSU 9 20 440 0 22 0 Corr, EWU 6 22 475 0 21 6 Washington. BSU 8 14 291 0 20 8 Maxwell, WSC 8 10 201 0 20 1 Jackson, WSC 8 25 4 79 0 19 2 Jordan. Ul 9 14 263 0 18 8 Claiborne. UNR 6 8 148 0 18 5 No Yds TO Avg 10 130 0 13.0 14 131 0 94 26 239 1 92 12 96 0 80 14 89 0 64 Michigan not looking past Purdue By The Associated Press See if this sounds familiar. A stoic Bo Schembechler strides into his weekly press luncheon Monday, his brow furrowed and concern on his face. After all, his team is 6-1 overall and unbeaten at 4-0 in the Big Ten. Michigan's next opponent is Purdue, which has lost six straight despite a valiant comeback attempt at home last Saturday against Michigan State. This is no time to relax, Schembechler said. Michigan won't look past Purdue to Illinois, a game that likely will decide the Big Ten championship. "Our feeling is that we have to win all of our games to win the championship outright and go to the Rose Bowl," Schembechler said. "We cannot afford to lose a game." No. S Michigan beat Indiana 38-10 on Saturday, giving it one more victory in its attempt to make consecutive Rose Bowl appearances this decade. "I look at their film and I get nervous," Schembechler said of the Boilermakers, who scored 21 points in the final 64 minutes against Michigan State. "I always figure if I get nervous, the kids do the same thing ... An underdog will come in and let it all out. But it is how we think that will determine if we win this game." Schembechler said he expects the Boilermakers (1-6, 0-4) to start freshman quarterback Eric 7 i a ft 7 a-. .W 7 . . .' V r .v , DIVE PLAY: Michigan's Chris Calloway dives under teammate Greg McMurtry agamst Iowa Assooaied Press College roundup Hunter, who adds his scrambling ability to Purdue's run-and-shoot offense. UNLV'S CLARKE PLAYER OF WEEK Fresno State tailback Aaron Craver and Nevada-Las Vegas linebacker David Clarke were named Monday as the Big West Conference football players of the week. Craver, a 6-foot-0, 215-pound junior from Compton, Calif, became only the third player in Fresno State history to surpass the 200-yard mark in rushing when he gained 212 yards on 28 carries and scored a touchdown in the Bulldogs' 31-17 victory over UNLV Saturday night It was Craver's seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season, tying the school record set by James Williams four years ago. Clarke, a 6-3, 235-pound junior from West Haverstraw. N.Y., filled in for starling linebacker Jody Reinoehl, who is out with mononucleosis, and led the Rebels in tackles against Fresno State. Clarke had 15 tackles. 11 unassisted, and also recovered a fumble. JUSTIN, FAIR HONORED Arizona State quarterback Paul Justin and split end Ron Fair, Southern California linebacker Junior Seau and Oregon State kicker Troy Bussanich on Monday were named Pacific-10 Conference players of the week. Justin and Fair teamed for a record-breaking performance as Arizona State upset No. 23 Washington State 44-39. Mississippi player in critical condition Mullins won't regain use of arms, legs By Woody BairdAP MEMPHIS, Term. - A University of Mississippi football player remained in critical condition following five hours of spinal surgery Monday, and doctors said it was unlikely he will regain the use of his arms and legs. Roy Lee "Chuckie" Mullins. 20, was paralyzed from the shoulders down when he broke his neck Saturday while running into a Van-derbtlt University receiver to stop a pass. Clarence Watridge, a surgeon at Baptist Memorial Hospital, said Mullins suffered four fractured vetebrae. Watridge and fellow surgeon Marvin Leventhal operated on Mullins to realign his twisted spine and fuse the broken vetebrae. Watridge said it was too early to estimate Mullins' chances of regaining the use of his arms or legs, but he said the probabilities of such a recovery are slight. "For someone who has no feeling and no movement below a certain level, the general prognosis is quite poor for a return of function below that level," Watridge said. The doctors said Mullins was able to breathe without a respirator but was being closely watched in case he lost that ability. He remained on the hospital's intensive care ward. Watridge said Mullins apparently understood the sever ity of his injuries. "I think he's handling it very well, probably as well or better than many people who have this type of injury. One has to realize there's an early stage here that nothing seems real to most of these folks, and he will go through an adjustment period that will be not just a few days but will take quite a bit of time," he said. Langs ton Rogers, sports information director for Ole Miss, said the school's insurance policies will cover Mullins' immediate medical bills, but he said university officials were unsure how his long-term care would be financed. ERICKSON TO START WHEN HEALTHY Quarterback Craig Erick-son will regain his starting job with the Miami Hurricanes as soon as he is healthy, which could be this week. Coach Dennis Erickson said. Craig Erickson, a junior, was the Hurricanes' starter until he broke a knuckle on his throwing hand a month ago. Red-shirt freshman Gino Torretta played well in his place until throwing four interceptions in the first half of Saturday's 24-10 loss to Florida State. "If Craig had been healthy Saturday. I probably would have lifted Gino in the second quarter to let him calm down and see things from a different perspective," the coach said. "And if Craig is 100 percent healthy and can execute the offense. he'U start this week against East Carolina. "Believe me, I'm not throwing Gino out. But Craig earned the starting job through the spring and fall. Whenever he's healthy, he'll be the guy." The loss knocked the Hurricanes (6-1) out of the No. 2 ranking, but it didn't eliminate them from contention for the national championship, Erickson said Sunday. Easy Goer maturing into winner By The Associated Press HALLANDALE, Fla. - The Easy Goer that Sunday Silence will face Saturday in the $3 million Breeders' Cup Classic is a different colt from the one he competed against in the Triple Crown. At least he is in the opinion of trainer Shug McGaughey. "He's matured into a much better horse than he was six months ago," McGaughey said Monday outside his barn at Gulfstream Park. "I know he's a lot better horse than the horse Sunday Silence faced in the Triple Crown." There will be many top thoroughbreds in action Saturday, but the renewal of the Easy Goer-Sunday Silence rivalry is the focal point of the seven-race, $10 million series, which is celebrating its sixth year. "If Sunday Silence or Easy Goer would win, Horse of the Year would be a lock," McGaughey said. "I think they are the only two horses who are deserving of it." Should both get upset, either one could still win Horse of the Year. Horse racing "I think the weather is going to come perfect, and it's a small field, and nobody will need excuses," said Charlie Whit-tingham, who won Horse of the Year with Ferdinand after he beat Alysheba by a nose in the 1987 Gassic. Western Playboy, a 3-year-old, and five older horses are expected to join the hunt for the winner's purse of $1.35 million in the 1U-mile Gassic. Official entries will be taken and post positions will be drawn Wednesday morning. Since finishing to second Sunday Silence in the IVi-mile Kentucky Derby and in the 1 3-16-mile Preakness, Easy Goer has won five straight Grade I stakes. He ruined Sunday Silence's bid for the Triple Crown with an eight-length victory in the 1'2-mile Belmont Stakes, then beat 3-year-olds in the lVi-mile Travers and older horses in the lVs-mile Whitney, lV-i-mile Woodward Handicap and the Hi-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup. Sunday Silence followed his Belmont loss with a second-place finish to Prized in the l-mile Swaps. In his only other start, he won the m-mile Super Derby. This will be Easy Goer's second Breeders' Cup appearance. He finished second to Is It True in the 1 1-16-mile Juvenile on a muddy track at Churchill Dwons in 1988, but still was voted champion 2-year-old. When the Breeders' Cup races were held last Nov. 5, Sunday Silence had had only one start. McGaughey, who won the 1988 Breeders' Cup Distaff with Personal Ensign, who then retired unbeaten, will have horses in three other races. He will again try to win the Juvenile with Adjudicating and Rhythm, who ran 1-2 in the one-mile Champagne. He also will saddle Dancing Spree for the six-furlong Sprint and In Full Cry in the 1 1-16-mile Juvenile Fillies. Each race is worth $1 million. Whittingham's only other Breeders' Cup starter will be Goodbye Halo in the $1 million Distaff. She finished behind Personal Ensign and Winning Colors in the lVg-mile race last year. Tomba determined to regain ' La Bomba' form By The Associated Press CLES, Italy - Alberto Tomba, once the big winner of Italian Alpine skiing, says he'll foil efforts by Pirmin Zurbriggen and Marc Girardelli to equal Gustavo Thoeni's record of four World Cup overall titles. "Gustavo is my personal trainer. I owe him this favor. I must stop Pirmin and Marc by taking from them points in slalom and giant slaloms. That means I must win several races," said Tomba, who won only one race last season after exploding to international fame in 1988 and gaining the nickname of "La Bomba" (the Bomb) for his aggressive style. Thoeni, a member of the Italian team which dominated World Cup races in the 1970s, won four World Cups before becoming a team coach and now Tomba 's personal trainer. Austrian-born Girardelli of Luxembourg and Zurbriggen, a Swiss, have won the overall title three times each and are considered the men to beat in the forthcoming World Cup, which resumes in Park City, Utah, on Nov. 24. Tomba, who has slimmed down while gaining form and determination in several weeks of hard training under the expert eye and tight control of Thoeni, said he will again keep away from downhills. Girardelli, who along with Tomba attended a party organized over the weekend in this Alpine resort by an Italian company which supplies boots to both skiers, said Tomba will be unable to shoot at the overall title without capitalizing in the downhills. "He can pile up a ceiling of 300-350 points running slaloms, giant slalom and Super-G, but that won't be enough for the title," said Girardelli, the defending champion in the yearly competition. 7 ' In observance of NEVADA DAY VALLEY BANK WILL BE CLOSED TODAY For your convenience, automatic teller a- r k . m v l - JjLA . g f "chines and Bank by Phone services 1 l"l4 . K ! are availahla 9d hnun Halt., V VV..lltTl3c REGULAR RANIf Iklft unimc - s as are available 24 hours daily. JLAR BANKING HO WILL RESUME ON i WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Valley Eanlx off Nsyada MEMBER FDIC t -17

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