The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on October 27, 1968 · Page 16
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The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 16

Provo, Utah
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Sunday, October 27, 1968
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Dawson Rifles UTEP Past BYU 31-25 Miners Score Winning TD With 76 Seconds on Ck ck RON WAKLEY booms off tackle for a good gain against UTEP in the second quarter. Wakley scored one touchdown on a 21 yard draw play and was the lop ground gainer of the day for the Cougars with 86 yards in 16 carries. Wayne Smith, UTEP linebacker, jnst misses Wakley on the tackle, but Leon Harden, 44, was there waiting. (Herald photograph by Grant Roylance, Herald Chief Photographer.) RICK JONES, surprise starter foe the Cougars at the quarterback position, hands off to tailback Welly Hawkins (42) for a good gain early fe the game, Larry Heaps, 80, is the wide flanker near tot camera. The student stating la shown in the background and it was completely filled with enthusiastic root- en, (Photo by Phil Shurtleff, Herald photographer.) It's Year of the Big Comeback! By RAY SCHWARTZ Herald Sports Writer Jt appears a| if this is going to be the year of the ^'Blg Comeback" In Cougar Stadium and Coach Torn Hudspeth and his charges wished it weren't. put together a great last quarter rally, to After Wyoming j great last qu« nip*the Cats, 3047, a lot of fans probably were glad to have that one out of the way, Little did they realize at the time (hat lightning was to •trite a second time during the time season in the Cougar Stadium. But it did and, oh, brother, how it did! One fan, it seemed did a good tab of analyzing the Cougar failure, when she (it was a woman fan, at that) sent « note up to the press row. The note read: "One obviom point ~ BYU can't seem to head off the at the pass." At the tto» *» waj i»* wived in the press bo*, the Cougars were leading by one touchdown alter bjvi| led by 25-3 with only 10:37 to play in the game, And there can be no \doubt but what the Cats' inability to defense the Miners' air attack in the fourth quarter was a key factor in their going down to defeat, Some of the writers were starting to yawn and preparing to write a ho-hum story on the game after Steve Chrlstensen's 30-yard field goal had given the Cougars their 25-8 advantage, When UTEP scored 28 points in the last Quarter, the scribes came back to life in a hurry and had to do • lot of "re* vised thinking" about their With BYU still leading but with the on the move, one writer was asked if be thought there was going to be another Wyoming game in the making, ", there ww 1 * be aa- otber Wyoming game," he re* plied, apparently never 4r«an* log thing wold hap. pen to the Cats twice within a 32-yard field goal, All told two weeks, So when the Miners scored the winning points with 16 seconds left to play, he threw up his hands and exclaimed: "I can't believe it, I just can't believe it!" Banner bearer* were back again Saturday, One banner "News Flash, "'68 Mining Disaster. "UTIP Miner* Crushed in Cougar Cavern, ( 'P.C,~Ttey Got The Shaft, 11 Another banner read: "In Provo, Football Is An Adult Game. "No Miners Allowed," . Place . kicking Steve Cto'isten$*n got hurt on the opening kickoff, and hob* bled off the field. But moments later to game back and booted he booted two field goals and an extra point and had two conversion tries that were no good. However, after the open- kickoff he turned the kickoff job over to Horrace Smith, In the three meetings between teams coached by Bobby Dobbs and Coach Tom Hudspeth, a total of 809 points has been scored. In 1966 in Cougar Stadium, the Cats won 53-93, and in if»7 at El Paso, the score was 17-17 for the Miners , 80 with Saturday's victory, Dobbs goes one up on Hud- spetJi and any way one cares to cut it that's a lot of points to score to three games. Coach Hudspeth apparently left the big part of the play calling to Rick Jones, his sophomore quarterback, who was starting hie first game for the Cat*. At least, Hudspeth'e "mes* senger service" was conspi oufi by ill ibiejcj during much of the game. A mild argument occurred in the press box between loca writers and El Paso scribes when BYU's Ed Romero leaped high in the air tp_gra a Jones pass at the " and! was carried back to 19 b Miner taqklers before his fee hit the ground. The official spotted the ball at the 19 an some of the local writers fel BYU should have had the ball on 15 instead of the 19. The E Paso scribes insisted the off cials had ruled correctly in putting the ball on the 19. By JOE WATTS Herald Sports Editor Brooks Dawson ! ! 1 That wag the story — here's the details. In ten minutes of time UTEP's brilliant Brooks Dawson nullified 50 minutes of determined play by the BYU Cougars as the fabulous quarterback came off the bench to pilot UTEP from a 25-3 deficit to a 31-25 come-from-behind victory over the tough luck Cougars. It was the second straight hom« loss for BYU in the same manner. Last time it was Wyoming with six seconds remaining and this tone it was UTEP ith 16 seconds remaining. It looked like the Cougars had on it exactly two minutes arlier when UTEP's try for two point conversion failed nd BYU held a 25-24 lead with 17 remaining on the clock. When the Miners missed on hat conversion effort the 27,010 ome town fans breathed a big igh of relief, but now they are till trying to catch their breath s the Miners came roaring ack to score the winning touch- own with 16 seconds remain- Flawless 10 Minutes During the final ten minutes j flawless play by Dawson he completed. 17 passes for 304 including three touchdown lasses and another one that set p the winning touchdown. During one fljpree he was 10 or 11 and the CM incomple- Jon was a long bomb right in olley Murphy's mitts in the nd zone which he dropped. Two of his final scoring driv- i were unbelievable if you did- 't see it. He marched his team 0 yards in 45 seconds for one ouchdown and came back moments later/ to engineer a 76 ard drive in 46 seconds. So was all Brooks Dawson and ! he riddled the BYU secon- ary with relentless accuracy ie three quarters of earlier JYU glory gradually faded in o the twilight. Jones Dethroned .most of the _ ooked like sophomore quarter >ack Rick Jones was going to wear the hero's halo Coach Tommy Hudspeth, in a desperate effort to get some ffense working for the Cou gars, called on the young soph more to make his first varsity appearance. He started the game for the Cougars and was mpressive from start to finish Marc Lyons the regular BYU uarterback, didn't see any ac ion. The first drive engineered by Jones resulted in a tied goa rom 32 yards out by Stev Christensen and BYU held < -0 lead. UTEP countered Immediate- y with a sensational 52 yard ield goal by Jeff White. In the second quarter Jone (engineered one drive that resulted in a missed field goa attempt but came back to pro duce two touchdowns to giv he Cougars a comfortable 16-3 ntermission lead. A Jones to Ed Romero pass set up the first touchdown on he UTEP 21 where Ron Wak ey scored on a well executec draw play. The second BYU touchdown came on a 16 yard pass from Jones to Romero. In the third quarter Jones piloted another touchdown driv after Bill Leeper had forced a Miner fumble on the UTEP 30 yard line which was recovered ay Gary Hermann, Seven plays later Jones ran around left end for the touchdown that put BYU ahead 22-3 BYU Leads SW Early in the fourth quarter BYU widened the margin on a 30 yard field goal by Steve 1 Christensen which gave the Cougars a 2W lead wKh 10:97 After the first Cougar touch down, BYU fans released hun dreds of heliuovfiUed balloons and they sowed high over the stadium, H v- A panic oMaughter developed along the sidelines when photographer inhaled tome the helium from one of tta balloons and started talking in a high-pitched Mickey Mouse voice, even completed passes on a Miners on the BYU 13 yard yard drive that resulted in i line. Dawson then hit Taylor 13 yard touchdown pass to for a cnmp'.jted pa^s on th« olley Murphy. The PAT was ood and UTEP trailed only 258 with 4:59 remaining. With the pressure beginning two yard line and Paul White cras'.ied in with !he winning touchdown with 16 seconds remaining. build on Ore Cougars Rick 1 Was Dawson tbnt gccd? Yott ones took command of a solid bet. rive that threatened to douse But the BYU pass rush which he Miner fire. ihad been so effective through He ran for 17 yards into three quarters -ecmed to run diner territory and was eating | out of gas. Dawson wasn't p the clock as well as the:bothered much by the BYU for* ardage. "Drop The Hanky" On a third and five situation n the UTEP 36 yard lins Jones voided a great pass rush by he Miners to hit Ed Romero who made a brilliant catch on he UTEP 22 yard line which r ould have been a first down xcept that the officials wore laying "drop the hanky" that Id game that has hurt the "ougars dearly. The Cougars were offside on lie play and the first down was ullified and BYU had to give p the ball. Had that penalty not been the Miner rally would "lave been caved-in. UTEP took over the ball with :02 remaining on its own 20 rard line and 45 seconds later he Miners scored on a 30 yard ouchdown pass from "You Know Who" to Reggie Matthews. It put the Miners within one at 25-24 and the entire day icemed to rest in that three r ard conversion effort, Went for The Win Coach Bobby Dobbs, really ng that the nation doesn't accept a no-win policy, decided o try the two point conversion. <br once Dawson was off the nark as Sam Hanna got his hand on the ball to deflect the pass which seemed to be the loom for the Miners and the boom for (he Cougars. But wait - BYU couldn't kill enough time and despite a rooming 63 yard pressure punt by Richard Adams the Miners marched 76 yards in 46 seconds on four pass completions Including a key -39 yard pass to Volley Murphy which put the ward wall and the speedy UTEP receivers found easy openings in the Cougar secondary. It was a fantastic comeback. One that couldn't be ~ but it s. and it's on the books — UTEP 31, BYU 25. To top it all of UTEP won with a minus 29 yards rushing showing in the statistics column. The offensive show was just in keeping with the firework spectaculars of previous years between the two teams. Two vears ago BYU won 53-33 and last year UTEP won 47-17. Score by quarters: Brigham Young 3 13 6 3—25 Texas El Paso 300 28-31 Team Statistics BYU UTEP First Downs 22 23 Rushing Yrds. 249 -29, Passing Yrds. 135 477 Total Offense 384 458 Passes (Att-Comp) 11-30 27-48 Passes Intrcptd. 0 0 Punts-Ave. 845 Fumbles Lost 1 Yrds. Penalized 63 Pass Receiving No, Romero, BYU 8 Jackson, BYU 4 Karnes, UTEP 7 Matthews, UTEP 3 Murphy, UTEP 4 Yrds. 68 42 106 109 Individual Statistics Rushing Wakley, BYU Swanson, BYU Jones, BYU Hawkins, BYU Stewart, UTEP Childs, UTEP Passing: ^ Jones, BYU Stewart, UTEP Dawson, UTEP Att Yrds 16 86 14 12 9 54 59 34 -71 2 Att Yrds 30 11 12 4 24 24 10 17 Ave 5.3 6.8 4.9 3.8 -5,9 5.5 Ave 135 173 304 remaining in the contest, Enter Dawson — exit BYU. Dawson has been the regular UTEP quarterback most of the ' after throwing six ptionj in the Arizona game h« got beached in favor of junior Bob Stewart. Stewart led UTEP to victory last week and so earned the starting nod against BYU. However, for three quarters Stewart was nothing but smothered under by the hard charging BYU defenders and when he gave up the ghost Dawson came in to spook the Cougars. He threw four straight completed passes including a 20 yard touchdown to Volley Mur- Lv.. *. t ^ y/TBP'S dOWO He followed up wife point <x«w«&ton pass GbBds to make it AJr-Mall Football then put an air-m«w to COUGAR COACH TOM HUDSPETH and Soph quarterback Rick Jones watch a 85-5 lead melt during the 4th quarter at UTEP's Brooks Dawson bombed the Cats with four TD's late in the game. Jones would have been the game hero if the ttde had not reversed. (Herald Photo by Phil Shurtleff.) College Grid Scores Perm 19 Princeton 14 Rutgers 28 Columbia 17 Penn State 29 Boston Col. 0 Harvard 22 Dartmouth 7 Brown 27 Colgate 19 Buffalo 10 Holy Cross 9 Villanova 21 Xavler Ohio 10 Virginia 24 Navy 0 Air Force 27 Pittsburgh 14 Army 57 Duke 25 Yale 25 Cornell 18 N, Carolina a 31 Maryland 11 Virginia Tech 27 W. Virginia 12 Georgia Tech Tech 23 Tulane 19 Wake Forest 48 N. Carolina 31 Alabama 21 Clemson 14 Houston 29 Mississippi 7 Florida 14 Vanderbilt 14 tie Auburn 31 Miami Fla. 9 B. Kentucky 19 W, Kentucky 7 Michigan 33 Minnesota 99 Toledo 28 Kent State 12 Miami Ohio 91 Bowling Green 7 Michigan St. 21 Tulst a Ohio University 42 Dayton T Purdue 44 Iowa 14 Ohio State 31 Illinois 24 [ndiana 16 Arizona 13 Missouri 59 Kansas State 20 Northwestern 13 Wisconsin 10 W. Michigan 40 Marshall 12 Kansas 46 Iowa State 25 Kansas St. 27 Emporia St, 27tie N, M. State 27 N, Illinois 13 Bradley 16 Wheaton 7 S. Illinois 21 Drake 0 Nebraska 21 Oklahoma St. 29 S, Methodist 39 Texas, Tech II Colorado 41 Oklahoma 27 Utah St. 20 W. Texas St, W Weber St, 23 Idaho Stats 19 U, of Pacific 31 Cola, St,« Oregon 14 Utah 9 U, of Texas El Paso 31 8W » Wyoming 35 New Mexto f UCU 20 Stanford ir California 43 Syracuse ft **^ri^A,f •

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