Albuquerque Journal from Albuquerque, New Mexico on November 24, 1996 · Page 39
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ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL if 3 Suction COUGAR CLASSIC BYU quarterback Steve Sarkisian gets off a pass off during the Cougars' 37-17 win over Utah. College Football College basketball DeathsWeather BULLS LOSE FIRST Ttie Chicago Bulls 'dropped their first game of the season, 105-100 to Utah. ' E 9 . 8 J2 m Jc a ij E 4 SAID IT THE SCORES DID IT the davln IP footua "I can look up at the lady on the Dome, I can look up at God and say, 'I ' think I left it clean, I think I left it clean.' If there are no other questions, thank you." LOUKOLTZ On his final game as Notre Dame coach Rice 42, Tulsa 14 Syracuse 36, Temple 15 Tennessee 56, Kentucky 10 San Diego St. 31, Fresno St. 21 San Jose St. 31, UNLV 28 S. Carolina 34, Clemson 22 Virginia Tech 31, West Virginia 14 Washington 31, Wash. St. 24 (OT) Alabama 24, Aubum 23 Arizona St. 56, Arizona 14 Florida St. 48, Maryland 10 LSI) 35, Tulane 17 Michigan 13, Ohio St. 9 North Carolina 27, Duke 10 Notre Dame 62, Rutgers 0 Penn St. 32, Michigan St. 29 N TROY DAVIS, Iowa State RB, became the first player in collegiate history to rush for 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons in the first quarter of the Cyclones' 35-20 loss to No. 14 Kansas State. Davis gained 225 yards on 48 carries. Scores and stories on Page E3 D LOBOS VS. MINERS 0t A Classic 1 IVl V b , 'V".7i V:.:-, nemroli New Mexico Handles E. Washington 69-53 'I 1 t ' ' : r y-j ; wfi 7 in' In nil' 'X JAIME DISPENZAJOURNAL : ALL THE RIGHT MOVES: UNM's Lennox Gordon (32) gets by David Cotchery, right, and Brent Henderson of UTEP en route to 127 yards rush-- ing against the Miners on Saturday. Gordon finished with 1,008 yards for the season. The Lobos won 44-17. Many Happy Returns UNM Finishes 6-5 With Easy Victory Over UTEP By Chris Tomasson Journal Staff Writer The Lobos aren't going to score 90 points every night. So, they can be thankful that basketball coaches invented defense. The 18th-ranked University of New Mexico men's team struggled on offense Saturday night but had little trouble in beating Eastern Washington 69-53 in the championship game of the Lobo Classic before 17,111 at the Pit. The key was a stifling defense that held the Eagles to 35 percent shooting and to just 15 points in the first half. "The thing about defense is it always can be there for you," said UNM head coach Dave Bliss, who equaled Bob King's school record of 175 coaching wins. "We held them to six baskets in the first half, and that pretty much gave us control of the game." It was a good week for the Lobos' defense. In Monday's opener, UNM held Simon Fraser to 25 percent shooting. In Friday's Lobo Classic opener, Columbia managed just 42 percent shooting. The Lobos (3-0) had averaged 100.5 points in their first two games, while shooting 65 percent. But against EWU, shots that had been hitting nothing but net earlier in the week sometimes were hitting nothing but air. UNM shot 44 percent from the floor. Even Mr. Lobo Classic himself, UNM guard Charles Smith, struggled on offense. Smith, who had averaged 22.3 points in seven previous Classic games, shot just 4 for 13 for 11 points. Smith had won two Lobo Classic MVP awards and seemed a good bet for a third after scoring 26 points against Columbia. But, instead, the honor went to UNM forward Clayton Shields, who scored 25 points Saturday. Joining Shields on the all-tournament team were Smith, Kenny Thomas and David Gibson of UNM, Saturday Lobos 44 Miners 17 JIM THOMPSONJOURNAL HARD DRIVING: New Mexico's Charles Smith (5) drives past Michael Lewis en route to 11 points In the Lobos' 69-53 win. EWU guard Rodrick McClure and guard C.J. Thompkins of Columbia, which won Saturday's consolation game 77-59 over Grambling State. Also having a big night Saturday for UNM was forward Greg Schorn-stein, who had a career-high 11 rebounds. Schornstein had just four rebounds in UNM's first two games. The Lobos led 37-15 at the half before they got a bit complacent in the second half, when the Eagles (1-Doutscored UNM 38-32. "We let down a little in the second half and didn't have as much intensity as we should have," Schornstein said. "But that's human nature." Human nature so far this season is that the Lobos have had an aver age lead of 26 points at the half. (White). Coach told me to stay in the middle and see the seam. I was going through the seam, and Roy just led me to the kicker. I had to make the kicker's hips turn, and I knew I was going to score." In a span of 28 seconds, the teams had scored 21 points. Meanwhile, Gordon had missed all the excitement. About three minutes into second half, the tailback became violently ill. He missed the rest of the half as he sat in the locker room, relying on trainers to give him reports. "We're still winning, aren't we?" he kept asking. Later, Gordon said, "I would have felt real bad if they'd started coming back." The good news for Gordon was that he got his 1,000-yard rushing season. He needed 119 yards and gained 127 on See LOBOS on PAGE E5 said, "and they were in pinch-protection. So, they were in real tight. I think I made one good cut on that return. It was all blocking." The return put UNM up 17-3. Smith had 142 yards on punt returns, breaking the school record set by his uncle, Randy Rich, who was on the sidelines Saturday. "It could have been the play that made the difference in the ball game," UNM head coach Dennis Franchione said. "But certainly Larry Brown's return was big, too." Reginal Johnson, subbing for an ill Lennox Gordon, scored on a 15-yard run to put UNM ahead 24-3 in the third quarter. But UTEP's Cedric Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a score. Then came Brown's counter-punch. "It was a right-middle return," Brown said. "I just had to follow Roy By Ed Johnson Journal Staff Writer When they closed the doors on their season, their tailback was throwing up, their quarterback was hobbled and their head coach was drenched. And, they won. The University of New Mexico football team defeated Texas-El Paso 44-17 on Saturday at University Stadium to earn its second winning season in four years. . The Lobos (6-5 overall, 3-5 in the Western Athletic Conference) wrecked the Miners (2-9, 0-8) by using a punt return for a touchdown, a kick-off return for another score and a 99-yard interception for a TD as time ran out. ; Chad Smith's 74-yard punt return early in the third quarter got UNM on a roll. ' "We had a right return on," Smith Good finish UNM quarterback Donald Sellers was injured before the game but finished his career in style ES Scorpion Trickery Fails To Fool No. 2 Highland Lobos Try Again lb iCatch Roadrunners NMSU Has Won 16 Consecutive Games Vs. UNM Over 12 Years Clovis rolls Top-ranked Clovis' punishing defense kept No. 4 Eldorado in check in a 20-3 victory in the Class AAAA playoffs E7 UNM AT NMSU Tonight at 6, Pan American Center. Radio: KDEFAM (1150 By James Yodice For the Journal Gadgetry and gimmicks carried the Farmington Scorpions part of the way. But, eventually, an opportunistic Highland defense with, of course, several brilliant assists by quarterback Bobby Newcombe assumed control, Newcombe rushed for three touchdowns, and the Hornets defense forced six turnovers in a 45-17 rout of the Scorpions on Saturday afternoon 'at Milne Stadium in a Class AAAA quarterfinal football matchup. Second-ranked Highland led 17-7 at half-time before pulling away from the Scorpions (5-6) with 14 points in the third quarter. "I was really impressed with (Farming-ton's) effort," Highland head coach Judge Chavez said. "Everyone had us winning the game before it was even played, but they ' A By Gary Herron For the Journal Two teams heading in opposite directions so far this season play tonight at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces. The New Mexico State women's basketball team struggled in a pair of exhibition losses to the Mexican College All-Stars and Central Texas AAU. Their opponent tonight, the New Mexico Lobos, beat each team handily, although head coach Don Flanagan says such early-season comparisons are meaningless. "At this point in the season, all See LOBOS on PAGE E12 outplayed us in the first half." Highland (11-0) moves into the semifinals opposite defending state champion and third-rated Las Cruces Mayfield (11-1) this Saturday afternoon at Milne. The time will be determined today. Chavez was holding out for a Friday night game at Milne, but Mayfield head coach Jim Bradley apparently nixed that idea. ut HHS,.n PAGE E11 JIM THOMPSONJOURNAL WANTED MAN: Highland's Terrence Nelson (32) tries to elude a horde of Scorpions defenders Saturday afternoon at Milne Stadium. The Hornets, despite allowing a season-high 17 points, advanced to the Class AAAA semifinals against defending champion Las Cruces Mayfield with a 45-17 win over Farmington.

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