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SPORTS Tuesday, November 20, 1984 Albuquerque Journal Page 1, Section C Coaches Believe Brigham Young No. 1 UPI Top 20 Tne United Press International Board of Coacnes Top 20 college football ratings with first-place votes and records m parentheses (total points based on 15 points for first place 14 for second, etc.): 1 . Brigham Young (30) 1 1 -0) 581 2. Oklahoma State (2) (9-1) 509 3. Oklahoma (2) (8-1-1) 495 4. Texas (3) (7-1-1) 417 5 Washington(1)(10-1) 394 6. Ohio State (9-2) 359 7 Flonda(2) (8-1-1) 339 8. Nebraska (9-2) 330 9. South Carolina (9-1) 296 10. Boston College (7-2) 254 11. Auburn (8-3) 126 12. (tie) Miami. Fla. (8-3) 121 Southern Cal (8-2) 121 14 Southern Methodist (7-2) 120 15 Florida State (7-2-1) 88 16. Texas Chnstian (8-2) 77 17 Virginia (7-1-2) 35 18 Louisiana State (7-2-1) 30 19 Maryland (7-3) 20 20. Wisconsin (7-3-1) 12 Saturday, the Sooners and Cowboys meet for the Big Eight title and a trip to the Orange Bowl. Texas received three first-place votes with Florida getting two and Washington one. Brigham Young is the only undefeated team left in NCAA Division I. The Cougars ran their unbeaten string to 22 in a row, longest in the nation, last Saturday with a 24-17 win over Utah. BYU has wrapped up the Western Atheletic Conference title and will be the host in the Holiday Bowl. BYU is the sixth team to be ranked No. 1 this season. The Cougars were third last week beforeNebraska and South Carolina both lost. The 11-0 Cougars play Utah State this week in their last regular-season game. Should it remain No. 1, Brigham Young would be the first national champion in 18 years not to play in a major bowl game. BYU's opponent for the Dec. 21 Holiday Bowl has not been named. Brigham Young has not lost since the first game last season. It won 11 in a row last year and 11 so far this season. In those 22 victories are two wins over New Mexico. BYU routed the Lobos, 48-0, on national cable television three weeks ago. Texas was fourth in the voting with Washington fifth, Ohio State sixth and Florida seventh. Nebraska fell to eighth place in the poll after losing to Oklahoma, 17-7. South Carolina is ranked No. 9 after losing to Navy. Rounding out the Top Ten was Boston College. Auburn was voted 11th with Miami and Southern Cal tying for 12th. Ranked 14th was SMU with Florida State 15th, TCU 16th, Virginia 17th and LSU 18th. Maryland and Wisconsin broke into the Top Twenty for the first time, holding down the last two spot. UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL NEW YORK Brigham Young University, reaching college football's top spot for the first time in the school's history, Monday was selected the Nation's No. 1 team by the UPI board of coaches. The 11-0 Cougars received 30 of a possible 40 first-place votes and 581 points to vault from third to first. Oklahoma State had two first-place votes and 509 points to finish second. Oklahoma was third with 495 points and two first-place selections. g ,'1-V Strikeout Sensation Gooden Named NL Rookie of Year Joey Harge Signs With Oregon State THE ASSOCIATED PRESS UjVM Misses Out On St. Pius Player By Ed Johnson JOURNAL SPORTS WRITER "I talked with Strawberry about the things he went through, and it helped a lot," said Gooden, adding that he felt he could avoid the sophomore jinx. "I don't agree with that too much," he said. "That comes from putting too much pressure on yourself. I'll combat that by picking up where I left off and working on some weaknesses." Also receiving votes were San Francisco outfielder Dan Gladden (9), New York pitcher Ron Darling (3), San Diego outfielder Carmelo Martinez (2), Philadelphia outfielder Jeff Stone (1) and St. Louis third baseman Terry Pendleton (1). The only voter who had Samuel ahead of Gooden on his ballot was Dave Nightingale, national correspondent of the Sporting News. Gooden, who finished second to Rick Sutcliffe of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Cy Young voting, struck out 276 batters in 218 innings for the Mets, breaking the rookie record of 245 set in The University of New Mexico basketball team has not had a member of the Harge family since 1964. NEW YORK Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets, who blazed a strikeout trail during the 1984 season that erased the names of Herb Score and Sam McDowell from the record books, was named National League Rookie of the Year Monday. Gooden's selection by the Baseball Writers' Association of America gave the Mets the league's rookie selection for the second straight season. Right-fielder Darryl Strawberry was the 1983 NL rookie. Gooden received all but one of the first-place votes, totaled 118 points, and was the only player mentioned on all 24 ballots. Philadelphia second baseman Juan Samuel finished second with 62 points and Los Angeles pitcher Orel Hershiser was third with 15 points. Gooden said he had gotten some help from Strawberry in approaching his rookie season. ASSOCIATED PRESS National League Rookie of Year Dwight Gooden Gooden Had 276 Strikeouts in 218 Innings for Mets will not -.v' t''i And that situation change this year. 1955 by Score, of the Cleveland Indians. That mark fell on Sept. 12 when Gooden struck out 16 batters, three short of the major league record for one game, against Pittsburgh. Gooden, who turned 20 last Friday, was the youngest player in the league last season. He also broke the major league record for strikeout ratio, fanning an average of 11.39 batters per nine innings. The old record was 10.71 by Cleveland's McDowell in 1965. Gooden's earned run average of 2.60 was second in the league only to the 2.40 posted by Alejandro Pena of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Various Bowl Matchups Forming St. Pius' Joey Harge Signs With Oregon State better to redshirt and get used to the program." In any case, Joey can now concentrate on playing ball his senior year at St. Pius without further ado. "Joey's playing better now than he's ever played," Duffey reported. Comparing Joey with his brother Ira Jr., who played at Pius a couple of years ago, Duffey said, "Ira Jr., at this point was a better player. He was a better rebounder. But Joey has more tools. He has more speed, more height and has a good touch with the ball." Athletic Conference, meets an undecided opponent. Either Auburn or Georgia, both of the Southeastern Conference, could provide the opposition, and Michigan also has been mentioned. The rest of the bowls shape up like this: Cotton Bowl (Jan. 1, Dallas): Boston College will face the winner of the Southwest Conference, most likely Texas, in this bowl. While not affecting a national MOPE: See BOWL on PAGE C-5 Washington, runner-up to Southern California in the Pac 10 Conference, reportedly has accepted an invitation to face the Big Eight winner in the Orange Bowl. Southern Cal will go to the Rose Bowl against Ohio State, which defeated Michigan 21-6 last Saturday to win the Big Ten Conference title. The national championship, however, could be decided in the Holiday Bowl Dec. 21 at San Diego where undefeated Brigham Young, champion of the Western Saturday, and both teams are expected to end up in other bowls. Nebraska's 17-7 loss to Big Eight rival Oklahoma all but closed the Cornhuskers out of a Jan. 1 trip to the Orange Bowl. The Orange Bowl's Big Eight representative will be the winner of Saturday's Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game, unless it ends in a tie. Then Nebraska will go. Although bowl invitations cannot be officially announced until Saturday, former No. 1 team THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Orange Bowl's hopes of providing this year's national collegiate football champion have been dimmed but not doused, as Brigham Young, the only remaining major undefeated team, looks for an opponent in its Holiday Bowl. Orange Bowl officials had hoped for a dream matchup of No. 1 Nebraska against No. 2 South Carolina. But both teams lost Joey Harge, son of former UNM great Ira Harge Sr., Monday signed a letter of intent to play college basketball at Oregon State. In doing so, he went against the hopes of both his father and his St. Pius High School coach Bill Duffey. "I'd rather have my son at home," Ira said. "If I was going to play somewhere, I know where I would go. But that was 20 years ago. It's his decision now." "I put pressure on him up until a week ago," Duffey said. "I wanted to see Joey play for four years, so I'm biased. I wanted him to go to UNM. But he chose a great program, obviously. We're going to buy a satellite dish and see all the Oregon State games." "I pressured him," Ira said, "and Duffey pressured him. He got a call five minutes (before the Monday afternoon press conference) asking him to go to UNM. But it was his decision." It was a decision that did not come lightly. "Not that I could afford to lose weight," Joey said, "but I do feel a thousand pounds lighter." "They told me it was my decision," the 6-foot-8 Joey said, "and to be open-minded. I guess I just wanted to look for myself. My brother (Ira Jr., who is playing for San Diego State) told me what to look for. I called him a couple of times with questions." In the end, the decision was not against UNM, or New Mexico State. But rather, young Harge said he wanted to leave home. And, in a statement that brought a big smile from his mother, Joey said academics had played a big part. Oregon State has a veterinarian school on campus and that is the field he is interested in. "Just getting a scholarship is a bonus," he said. At Oregon State, there is a possibility that he would redshirt his first year. "If I don't feel I can help the program right away," the 17-year-old said, "It might be Lobos Look Forward to Season's End By Dennis Latta JOURNAL SPORTS EDITOR Inside Sports Changing Faces at W.NMU The uniforms are still purple and gold, but little else is the same for the Western New Mexico University basketbcll team this season. Page C-3. Saints Slop Steelers The New Orleans Saints snapped a seven-year national television jinx by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-24, in Monday night's National Football League game. Page C-S. Aggies Prepare for Opener The New Mexico State Aggie basketball team is getting ready for its season opener next Tuesday night against Texas-El Paso. Page C-3. Dunn did not start Funck. He sent him in for the first time late in the first quarter. "Here's a guy who hasn't played for four weeks. You don't know if he's ready. If you put him out there, you get the kids' hopes high. Then, if he gets hurt, you don't have a chance," explained Dunn. On the first play of the game, sophomore quarterback Billy Rucker made a bad pitch-out on an option and SDSU recovered the'ball on the 9. They quickly scored for a 7-0 lead. "Billy just gets excited when the game starts. We probably ought to scrimmage him before the game," Dunn said. One of the most obvious problems UNM has had during its seven-game losing streak has been dropped passes. Sophomore Kenneth Whitehead was expected to be a real threat, MORE: See LOBOS on PAGE C-5 return to Albuquerque until Monday. At 4-7, UNM is assured of a losing record. But Dunn puts heavy emphasis on the final game of the season. "I always like to win the last game. It's the one you've got to live with for a long time until you start next season." After Saturday, the UNM coaches will be spending their time and energies on recruiting. Would an eight-game losing streak be a real setback for recruiting, making Saturday's game even more important? "I don't think that's going to make any difference," Dunn stated. "It can help because you can show players that they'll come in and play right away." The Lobos have 31 scholarships to hand out and as many as half might go to junior college players; Last Saturday, San Diego State beat New Mexico, 37-31. The return of senior quarterback Buddy Funck gave UNM's offense a real lift. He had missed four games after suffering a broken leg. While about 40 college football teams are looking foward to the upcoming weekend in hopes of receiving a bid to a post-season bowl, the New Mexico Lobos are anxious for Saturday to arrive because it will be the end of their season. The Lobos started the year with a bang, going 4-0. And visions of a bowl appearance danced in their heads. But since then, UNM has lost seven in a row. "Basically, we'll probably be glad it'll be over with," coach Joe Lee Dunn said. "When you lose seven in a row, it ain't easy to get up every day." New Mexico will leave early Thanksgiving morning for the long trip to sunny, warm Hawaii. The Lobos play the Rainbows in a late game (10:30 MST) Saturday night. They won't Broncos' Victory Over Minnesota Turning Doubters Into Believers Rick Wright if" fir ' p i. i I v JV S't&:rtz? v. 'flfl F'V, SS. . :$' f Broncos play like they're going to win." This bouquet of compliments must have been sweet to the Broncos' noses, but they didn't pause to sniff it for long. Next up at Mile High Stadium are the Seattle . Seahawks, just a game behind Denver in the AFC West. For the wildly enthusiastic (and slightly mad) Bronco fans, the Vikings were history by halftime. "Seahawk Buster" t-shirts were the uniform of the day. And even as the Broncos peeled off their uniforms after disposing of Minnesota, Seattle was on their minds. "It's very easy to get up for a game like next week's," said Denver coach Dan Reeves. "That's what you play pro football for." "I'm gonna enjoy this week," said quarterback John Elway, who was brilliant against Minnesota. "Seattle has a good football Santa Claus and the Denver Broncos are in different lines of work, but they have one thing in common: a lot of people don't believe in them. Santa Claus is in the business of giving gifts, although few people over 6 years of age give the old boy any credit these days. Many football fans of all ages, however, have clinged to the belief that the Broncos are in the business of receiving gifts. Prior to Sunday's game with the Minnesota Vikings, five of Denver's 10 wins this season had been by a margin of three points. Another seven-point victory was achieved with a "miracle" fumble return, leading some to feel Christmas had come early in Denver. Better lucky than good, folks said with a hearty ho-ho-ho. Among the doubters was Minnesota quarterback Tommy Kramer. "Not a 10-1 team," Kramer said before his Vikings visited Denver Sunday. "An incomplete ,eam (a jab at the Denver offense, which had been overshadowed by the club's opportunistic defense)." After the Broncos dusted the Vikings 42-21, however, Minnesota was warbling a different tune. "Everybody says Denver is a lucky team," said Viking coach Les Steckel, "But they weren't lucky today. They made the big plays when they needed to." "The Broncos' offense played as well as they have all season," Kramer conceded. "The Broncos have a good all-around team, and their record shows it," said Viking cornerback Joey Browner. "There's a lot of luck involved in this game, but the UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Bronco Wide Receiver Steve Watson Hauls in a John Elway Pass During Sunday's First Half Watson Is Tackled by Vikings' Steve Watson After the Completion in Denver's 42-21 Victory MORE: See BRONCOS on PAGE C-5 Si

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