Albuquerque Journal from Albuquerque, New Mexico on November 21, 1993 · Page 89
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SPORTS Sunday, November 21, 1993 Albuquerque Journal Page 1, Section H CoUgqe Irish upset Boston College kicker David Cordon (14) celebrates Saturday after his game-winning, 41 -yard field goal beat Notre Dame. t SJULigkaU I Auburn 22, Alabama 14 Boston Coll. 41, Notre Dame 39 Florida 52, Vanderbilt 0 Florida St. 62, N. Carolina St. 3 Michigan 28, Ohio State 0 Penn St. 43, Northwestern 21 Tennessee 48, Kentucky 0 Texas A&M 59, TCU 3 West Virginia 17, Miami 14 Scores and stories on Pages H3, H4 Chris Yergensen Utah kicker He kicked a 55-yard field goal with 25 seconds left, giving the Utes a 34-31 upset of in-state rival Brigham Young the Utes' first win at Provo since 1971. The loss put the 5-5 Cougars' string of 16 straight bowl appearances in jeopardy. Utah is 7-5. "This is by far the most embarrassing game I've been associated with in college football in more than 30 years." John Cooper Ohio State coach who has failed six times (0-5-1) to defeat Michigan since becoming the Buckeyes coach. Football Story on Page H3 . ;? 'A YUVT Last NM w mner a 'V r ( if Late Score Difference Vs. UTEP 4 it jc. d ill Jh. ,. HUM"' "Mr . W By Ed Johnson JOURNAL STAFF WRITER JAIME DISPENZAJOURNAL New Mexico State's Tim Melendez reaches to pull down Utah State's Profail Grier during Saturday's game in Las Cruces. Aggies Lose Game, Trip to Las Vegas - v t jf- - ..... EL PASO In the end, something was different f ii.f r the championship in the Big West Conference i J , ' s . J Utah State Wins 20-17, Earns a Berth in Bowl By Dennis Latta JOURNAL STAFF WRITER LAS CRUCES A box f ull of hats with "Las Vegas Bowl II" emblems sat waiting to be used. Saturday afternoon, those hats were passed out to the Utah State football team. New Mexico State lost to the Utags 20-17 in Aggie Memorial Stadium. USU earned at least a share of . 4 t and wrapped up the berth in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 17. If NMSU had won, those hats would have been carried down to its locker room. Instead, the Aggies finished the season at 5-6. "Many times, you've got to play for it before you learn how to win it," NMSU head coach Jim Hess said of contending for the title. MORE: See AGGIES on PAGE H3 i "J about this football team. The University of New Mexico, long plagued by cruel losses, stole a victory in broad daylight Saturday, devastating Texas-El Paso 35-29. It gave UNM (6-5 overall, 4-4 in the Western Athletic Conference) its first winning season since 1982. "Maybe this is a sign," UNM head coach Dennis Franchione said. "We've had this done to us so many times. Maybe it's fitting we win one like this." Reserve senior quarterback Fred Schweer threw four second-half touchdown passes, including one to freshman running back Abe Ghos-ton with 47 seconds left, to lead the Lobos to victory. The pass to Ghoston was made possible when defensive tackle Damon Burrest stripped the football from Miners fullback Kaio Aumua, who had bruised UNM all day with 136 rushing yards. The Lobos trailed 20-7 at the half and 26-14 in the third quarter. But Schweer, who had thrown 10 career passes before Saturday, held the Lobos together when starter Stoney Case injured his hamstring in the second quarter. "We believed in each other," Schweer said. "We believed in the system. We refused to lose." After throwing TD passes to senior tight end Jerone Williams, senior receiver Turhon O'Bannon and junior receiver Zack Wesley, Schweer had UNM up 27-26 lead with 3:30 left in the third quarter. Clovis Nudges Eldorado FROM JOURNAL REPORTS IN , if : , i I iS', . : Add another chapter to the book of great Clovis-Eldorado football games. Stephen Hill's 22-yard field goal with :03 left gave Clovis an incredible 33-31 win in Class AAAA quarterfinal action Saturday night at Wilson Stadium. It was the last twist to an unbelievable second half in which the Eagles come from behind three times, only to fall short at the end. Eldorado had tied the game 17-17 early in the third quarter before Clovis answered with a five-play MORE: See NO. 1 on PAGE H7 CLASS AAAA Quarterfinals Clovis 33, Eldorado 31 Farminaton 49, Los Lunas 0 RoswellGoddard 46, Sandia 0 CLASS AAA Quarterfinals Artesia 26, S.F. Capital 6 Aztec 31, Lovington 17 Raton 34, Belen 9 L.C. Onafe 8, Los Alamos 0 CLASS AA Semifinals Jal 16, Clayton 13 Santa Rosa 1 3, Eunice 1 0 JIM THOMPSONJOURNAL The UNM defense swarms around UTEP running back Andre Brittingham on Saturday. MORE: See RESERVE on PAGE H4 J BASKETBALL PREVIEW '93 This is the eighth of 1 7 in-depth holes at the 1 993-94 college and prep basketball seasons. Today, a women's Big West preview. New Mexico State star Anita Maxwell gives opponents a dickens of a tough time ISDeniilslteffai Journal Staff Writer X V, nita Maxwell is just a regular college sophomore. She's a good student, though she went through the normal fresh Anita Maxwell's Hecorcis iHy She was the first freshman ever to be chosen first-team all-Big West. (CST She averaged 1 9.2 points a game and shot 55.9 percent. Those would be recads at NMSU, but athletes are required to play two seasons before they can set records. She started three of four games for the West team in the Olympic Festival in San Antonio, Texas, during the summer. (fiST As a freshman, she led the ; Big West in field-goal percentage, was second in scoring and third in rebounding. (CT She scored 33 points in a game against UC Santa Barbara and had 1 7 rebounds against Long Beach State. (07 She set a Roadrunners record by scoring 20 points or more in 1 4 consecutive games and averaged 27.5 points in two Big West tournament games. JOURNAL GRAPHIC man adjustments last season. As a basketball player, life isn't normal for Maxwell. She has a hard act to follow for the New Mexico State Roadrunners this season. It's her own act. As a freshman, Dallas' Maxwell was among the best players in the Big West last season. The 5-foot-ll forward was the league's Freshman of the Year. She was a runaway for the honor, averaging 19.2 points and 10.3 rebounds a game. But she didn't stop there. She was the first freshman ever to be named first team all-Big West. Anything less than an outstanding season as a sophomore will a disappointment, not necessarily for her but in the eyes of others. Maxwell scored 538 points in her first season, so she's expected to top 1,000 and keep counting this season. "Everybody expects so much," Maxwell says. "If I don't have a good game, people ask what's wrong with Anita." Maxwell led the conference last season in field-goal percentage (55.9). In two Big West tournament games, she averaged 27.5 points and 10.5 rebounds to be named all-tournament. In her first season, she set NMSU records for scoring average, field goals made, field goals attempted, rebounds (287) and steals. "She ended the season with a string of 14 games straight where she scored 20 points or more," says Roadrunners coach Mike Petersen. "Because she was a freshman, we expected her to have ups and downs. Once she got a feel and the team got a feel with her, she never had a down game." Last season, NMSU's Anita Maxwell was a runaway winner for Freshman of the Year honors in the Big West Conference. She set school records in scoring average, field goals made and even steals. i h k . ' I LJ I Photo by MORE: See Croat expectations on Page H6

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