Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 14, 1990 · Page 13
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: , . Classifieds inside Tuesday, September 16,2003 — Page 13 SPORTS Parcells wins in return to New York. Page 17 Steelers running behind By ALAN ROBINSON AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH — Heavens to Franco Harris, what's going on with the Pittsburgh Steel- ers' running game? Even during those 40 forgettable seasons that predated their Super Bowl years in the 1970s, the Steelers were traditionally built around a blue collar-style running game and tough defense. Even where there were Bradshaw, Swann and Stallworth, there 'also were Webster, Harris and Bleier. Glance at the latest NFL statistics, though, and it's almost as if Don Coryell is coaching this team, not Bill Cowher. The Steelers are second in the NFL in passing, yet are sixth from the bottom in rushing. What's remarkable is that two years ago, with virtually the same players they have now, the Steelers averaged 30 yards rushing per game more than any other NFL team. That's why it's hard for Jerome Bettis to believe the Steelers (1-1) have virtually abandoned the run, rushing just 38 times so far. They threw on nearly every down while dominating Baltimore 34-15; they threw on nearly every down while being dominated 41-20 Sunday by Kansas City. The Steelers rah 16 times for 60 yards Sunday, getting that only because Amos Zereoue gained 37 yards on two carries when the game was long since decided. "There's always a tendency when you have some really great players in the passing game that you're going to look at that," Bettis said Monday. "..... But,you'ye y gpt Jo. ,say in.,. your mind that,we're,going,tq ; -,, run the ball. We have to." • • . But even while leading for 'most of the first half Sunday, .•the Steelers had only 13 yards rushing before halMme. Right tackle Todd Fordham was asked if the Steelers' sudden inability to run was a point of emphasis during their longer-than-normal meetings Monday. "It was a point of emphasis ' after the game," Fordham said. "We knew we didn't run the ball effectively enough to put them on their heels. We never ran the ball effectively enough to make them have to bring an extra man down to stop the run." Afterward, Zereoue complained he didn't get into a rhythm because he occasionally came out for Bettis. But Bettis pointed out Monday he had only four carries, and he remembered being on the field for only one play in the second half. "If you only get four carries and I only get four, yeah, it seems like you didn't get into a rhythm," said Bettis, the No. 10 rusher in NFL history. "But it's not an issue of splitting time.... We just didn't have a lot of opportunities to run." Only two years ago, the Steelers ran the ball at least 35 times in 10 of 16 games. Going into Sunday's game at Cincinnati, they're averaging only 19 running plays per game. "Before we get into situations where teams are committing seven or eight guys to the pass, we have to be able to run the football so it limits defenses and how they can attack us," said Bettis, who has only eight carries for 21 yards this season. "You can't forget about the run." The longer the Steelers go without establishing the run, Bettis said, the easier it will be for defenses to come up with more innovative ways to defend against Tommy Maddox's throwing. "It's going to be a situation where we get a lot of yards passing the football, but it doesn't make a lot of difference in the outcome of the game," he said. "We have to start running the ball when it counts." If they don't, Bettis said, it's not difficult to figure out what will happen to their season. "To be a playoff-caliber football team, you've got to run the football," he said. "I don't think many teams made the playoffs last year that couldn't run the ball. It's got to be a point of emphasis." Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna (3) signaled a play as linemen Mike Goff (63) and Matt Stinchcomb pointed out blocking assignments in Sunday's loss at Oakland. (AP photo) Better Bengals? Cincinnati encouraged following close loss to Raiders By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI—Save the pity. A near-upset in Oakland got the Cincinnati Bengals pats on the back from their opponent and rave reviews back home, where fans were delighted by a solid performance against a top team. Coach Marvin Lewis will have none of it. "We don't get satisfaction in the fact that we played close," the first-year coach said Monday, reflecting on the 23-20 loss that left the Bengals winless. The NFUs worst team of the past 12.years thoroughly outplayed the-Raiders, but couldn't .shake its.legacy.of losing. Afterward; some 'Raiders sidled up- to Bengals players and praised them for a good showing. If the intent was to make them feel good, it didn't work. "Nobody feels good about this," quarterback Jon Kitna said Monday. "It's not something where you're like, 'Wow, we played really well.' There's no feeling like that in here. The feeling is, 'OK, we're 0-2."' But the feeling around the team is a lot different than at 0-1. Fans began jumping ship after Denver rolled to a 30-10 victory in the home opener. Despite all of the behind-the-scenes changes in Lewis' first eight months, they were the same old Bengals in their debut. On second glance, they were much better. "After the game, some Raider players came over to us and told us how much we've improved out there, that we really gave them a run for their money," said receiver Chad Johnson, who had eight catches for 131 yards. The Bengals had more than twice as many first downs (27-12) and had the ball almost twice as long as Oakland. They had a chance to take the lead late in the game, but cornerback Phillip Buchanon intercepted one of Kitna's passes and returned it 83 yards for a 20-13 lead with 3:46 to play. "The Bengals of old would have folded up after a play like that," Johnson said. "It shows some character that we came back." Kitna threw a tying 8-yard touchdown pass to Peter Warrick with 1:18 to go, but the Raiders drove for Sebastian Janikowski's 39-yard field goal with nine seconds left. Lewis'' predecessors would have lavishly praised the Bengals for playing well in a loss. Lewis, who won a Super Bowl as. Baltimore's defensive coordinator, stuck to.the bottom line on Monday: It's a loss. "We've got to win," he said. "Our guys worked hard. They've worked hard this entire offsea- son. They played their tails off yesterday, and you want to have that four-hour plane ride be one of satisfaction rather than the disappointment." Some of his players were encouraged by the way they played the defending AFC champions on their home Beld. They rallied from an early 10-point deficit and again after Kilna threw the costly interception. In the past, the Bengals would have imploded. "Look, I think we're the real deal," cornerback Jeff Burris said. Kitna, who is tied for the conference lead with four interceptions, wished they could have won it to prove it. "There's just not enough games in the NFL where you dominate people like that," Kilna said. "And when •you-'haye-them, you have to'get victories!'That was disappointing. "At the same time, we went on the road and we almost snuck it . out of there. We almost stole one from them. So there's confidence there." INDIANA WINS MATCH Indiana's Monique Veney went up for a block as Jenna Drew kept an eye on the play in a volleyball match against Greensburg Central Catholic on Monday. Indiana swept all three games en route to its second victory of the season. Page 15. (Gazette photo by Teri Enciso) Vogelsong gets first victory IUP game to be shown live " WIUP-TV wffl televise the food»fl^nMbetWeOT Indian* Ont< s v«sity of Pennsylvania and New Hawa BveSanqday afternoon. WRJP-TVis avaflabte to Adetpbia Cafefeaubccrtben on Chan- nd 20. Coverage begin* with the ptcgarae *bmv at 12*5, %«Mt >t kfckoff scheduled foil; < - t«^ • -&»•« \, 'i<--''.A-^ 'tbiiwnjP-TV fobtbal There are abo tentative .* .*. »--**. £_• ^ —..««-»»_ aT-ii- By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jack Wilson and the Pittsburgh Pirates are already looking ahead to next season. Wilson drove in three runs and Ryan Vogelsong earned his first major league victory as the Pirates won for the fifth time in eight games, beating Cincinnati 6-3 on Monday night. Pittsburgh is 4441 since June 14 despite trading Brian Giles, Kenny Lofton and Aramis Ramirez during the last two months. "Those are pretty good players right there, and yet we've played really well since all the trades have happened," Wilson said. "We've got a lot of guys up here from the minors now, and they're really happy to be here. They're not taking it for granted and they're working hard. To me, the future doesn't look bad." Vogelsong (1-1) broke in with San Francisco as reliever in 2000 and was 0-6 in 22 previous major league appearances, including four starts. Out of minor league options after this season, Vogelsong won five of his last eight starts at Triple-A Nashville after spending most of last season recovering from an elbow injury. "He's worked really hard the last couple of years to come back from that surgery, and it has to be a lift mentally to have something positive to show for it at this level," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. "This has got to be relaxing for him." Vogelsong allowed three hits over five innings. "Ifs been a long time coming, I'll tell you that," Vogelsong said. "Everyone dreams of winning their first game in the big leagues, so it's a very special night." Not many Pittsburgh fans were there to witness it, with the paid crowd of 8,565 the smallest in PNC Park history. The Pirates said there were approximately 15,000 in the ballpark because of a ticket exchange program for season-ticket holders. The fans who did attend were treated to a memorable home run in the first, when Matt Stairs hit a three-run shot off Todd Van Poppel (0-1) that cleared the right- field scats and rolled into the Allegheny River. Stairs has 18 homer this year. "That was a big, big lift," Vogelsong said. "That took a lot of pressure off my shoulders. When you go out there with a 3-0 lead, it certainly relaxes you." After Van Poppel walked Stairs and hit Craig Wilson with a pitch in the sixth, Jack Wilson doubled to make it 5-0. Jack Wilson added a sacrifice fly in the eighth to complete the scoring. The Reds cut it to 5-1 in the seventh on D'Angelo Jimenez's RBI groundout, then scored twice more in the eighth as the Pirates committed two of their four errors. Julian Tavarez pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save. Van Poppel, making his third start of the season and second for Cincinnati, allowed five runs in six innings. NOTES: The Pirates have used 45 players this season, four shy of the team record set in 1987 and matched in 2001. Pittsburgh has used 22 pitchers, three shy of the team record set in 1996. ... The Reds this season have established team records for players (57) and pitchers (30) used. ... Stairs' homer was the 1.98th allowed by Cincinnati pitchers, tying the club record set in 2001. It was also the 12th ball to end up in the Allegheny River since PNC Park opened — the llth on a bounce or roll, and the third for Stairs. Houston's Daryle Ward homered into the river on a fly July 6,2002. Ryan fine... ...but baseball left its mark By RICK WEAVER Gazette Sports Writer CLEVELAND — Michael Ryan's almost comical misplay of a fly ball Sunday conjured memories of Jose Canseco, received hourly replays on "SportsCenter," attracted attention on at least one morning TV news show and elicited laughs from fans and non-fans alike. It also sparked reaction from one worried mother who had to explain her con-r cern to a fan of the Chicago White Sox, the Twins' rival in the American League Central Division race. "There were two gentlemen sitting in back of me," said Vicki Ryan, who watched the play unfold In the Twins' 5-3 victory at Cleveland. "And one man said, 'What are you getting so upset about?' "I said, 'Well, as a matter of fact, that's my son.' He said, 'Oh, he'll be fine. He'll get up.' And I said, 'I am upset because I don't want it to be anything serious.' And I went on to say that he's just had a recent call-up and he's on the playoff roster and, outside of the fact that I don't want any terrible injury here, I want him to be able to play in the playoffs. "And he said, 'Well, it's like this: They're not going to make it to the playoffs anyway.' And I said, 'Oh yes? And why is that?" And he said, 'Because I'm from Chicago.'" The native of Indiana's two- run single in the sixth inning accelerated an eight-run rally that fueled the Twins' 13-6 victory over the Indians on Monday. The victory put the Twins a half-game in front of the idle White Sox. "Ryan went l-for-5. ... For one day, though, Ryan spent much of the day good- naturedly shaking off the incident that made sports highlights segments across the country, the NBC "Today" show and sports sections in newspapers across the country- While Vicki, his younger brother Sean, his aunt Flo Sgro and his girlfriend, Alicia Angelastro, awaited the start of last night's series finale against the Cleveland Indians, Alicia held a copy of the day's New York Times. That newspaper, too, showed center fielder Dustin Mohr grabbing the Jhonny Peralta fly ball that amazed and amused fans across the country. "That was definitely one of the stranger (plays)," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "I was kind of laughing at first," said Mohr. "Then I saw him down, so I thought he might be hurt. I just tried to see to it that he was all right." Although the play probably will make a sports blooper video or two before it's all said and done, there was nothing funny about what could have resulted. And forget that the score was lied at the time. As Michael explained, the ball glanced off his forehead, just above the left eyebrow. It really could have produced serious consequences. "They were concerned, just to see if I chipped any bones in my eye," he said, pointing to the spot where he was struck. "It was nothing serious. It was just a litde sore today, but the swelling's gone down a lot. I'm very lucky that I had sunglasses on, or it could have been a lot worse." "When the ball was coming down I saw it hit him," his mother said. "And immediately his entire body just fell. So I could see that he was initially knocked out, and at that point I didn't know how bad." Fearing the possibility of serious injury, Vicki kept close watch through binoculars. "Then he got up on all fours," Mrs. Ryan said. "When they got him up, I could see that his head was swollen. So I was very happy that they all came to his aid." "We were just worried that he wasn't getting back up," said Angelastro, who hails from ?Iomer City. "But everything was handled very well, and everyone's been really supportive." X-rays taken at the stadium revealed no serious damage. Continued on page 18

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