The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 20, 1976 · Page 14
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I 'A (! K I r. December 20. 1978 Steelers Marching Toward Another Super Sunday By FRED McMANE UP1 Sports Writer The Pittsburgh Steelers were such a destructive force the football field Sunday on they sent the fans home early — and thereby ended up saving the lives of hundreds of people. The Steelers, methodically marching toward a record third straight Super Bowl title, crushed the Baltimore Colts, 40-14, in an American Football Conference semifinal'and, fortunately, sent people heading for the exits well before the end of the contest. Because the stadium emptied early a major tragedy was averted when a small engine Cherokee plane, pijoted by 33-year-old Don Kroner 6f Baltimore, crashed into the upper deck of Baltimore's Memorial Stadium about 10 minutes after the game had ended. Police said that If the game had been close there would still have been many people in the stands and that several of them probably would have been killed. "If it had been a close game there would have been people up there and they would have been falling out of the stadium," said Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel, who attended the contest and inspected the accident site. There were no injuries reported to spectators, but two policemen were struck by part of the plane's wingtip and were injured. , Kroner was hospitalized with cuts and bruises and was reported in fair conditition. The game was supposed to have been a closely-contested affair, but the Steelers dominated it from the opening whistle. Terry Bradshaw, injured for much of the regular season, saw a weakness in the Colts' secondary affair, but the Steelers dominated it from the opening whistle. The Steelers' famed defense also was awesome, holding the high-scoring Colts to just 170 yards total offense. "We were ready," said Bradshaw. "They snid they were ready, that they svere at their peak. They said this and they sai'd that. We snid very little and did a Ibt." Colts' Coach Ted Marchi- brodn admitted the Steelers were a far superior team to his club. "We're not a Super Bowl team," .Marchibroda snid. "We need more ability and a few more top players on our club to become a Super Bowl team. You snw one out there today in everything they did- passing, running, defense and specialty teams." The victory sets up a rematch between the AFC finalists of the past tsvo seasons —Pittsburgh and the Oakland Raiders. Oakland, which lost to the Steelers 16-10 last year, earned its shot by edging the New England Patriots, 24-21, Saturday. Pittsburgh has been installed a four-point choice for next Sunday's game. There will be a couple of familiar faces in the NFC final as well. Minnesota reached the finals for the third time In the last four years by walloping Washington, 35-20, Saturday and Los Angeles downed Dallas, last year's NFC champion, 14-12, Sunday to gain the finals for the third straight year. Minnesota is a three-point choice to defeat the Hams next Sunday. Oakland needed a last second one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Ken Stabler to detent the Patriots, but it was a controversial roughing-thc-passcr penalty called on Patriots' middle guard Ray Hamilton in the final minute that kept the winning drive alive. The Patriots felt the call, which gave the Haiders a first down at the New England 13, was unjust. ' "He (Stabler) was throwing the ball and 1 went for it and tipped it," said Hamilton. "You can't cnll that roughing the passer." Minnesota had surprisingly little trouble with Washington. The Vikings got a pair* of 100- yard rushing efforts from Chuck Foreman and unheralded I) r e n t McClannhnn in downing the Redskins. Foreman gained 105 yards and scored two touchdowns and McClanahan picked up 110. "We thought it would be a lot harder than this," admitted Vikings' quarterback Fran Tarkcnton. "I've never seen this team so emotional. We're approaching the playoffs better than any team I've played with here. We're peaking at the right time." Terry Congratulated David Lee, left, punter for the Baltimore Colts, congratulates Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Terry Bradshaw'after Bradshaw led his team to a 40-14 victory over the Colts in their AFC playoff game Sunday. The Steelers will face the Raiders in Oakland next Sunday for the AFC title. (UPI Photo) Ohio State Practicing In Secrecy MIAMI (UPI) - True to form, Woody Hayes is holding secret practices for Ohio State's Orange Bowl clash with Colorado New Year's night and he will not permit sportswriters to talk to his Buckeye players. Ohio State arrived Saturday. The Colorado Buffaloes are scheduled to arrive in the Miami area Wednesday. "All our practices will be closed," Hayes told sports writers. "They have to be, because we work on certain special things. I'd love to know what Colorado will be doing, but we won't find out because we won't be scouting their workouts." Coach Bill Murray of Colorado has said his practice sessions will be open to the. press. Hayes said he "just can't let" reporters talk to his players. OSU Adds Po//sh To Big Eight Image ORLANDO, Fla. (UPI) Going into the Tangerine Bowl, Oklahoma State's pass defense was expected to be sorely tested by the Brigham Young aerial Attack. But the Cowboy defenders picked up a' few -hints from game films and came through with flying colors. They intercepted four passes by BYU quarterback Gifford Nielsen Saturday night and each of the thefts led to a touchdown for OSU and a 49-21 thrashing of the Cougars. "Gifford Nielsen was broad* casting where he was going to throw the ball," said free safety Gary Irions, who intercepted a pass to set up a second quarter touchdown. "When he'd go back, he'd look at a receiver, then look away and then throw to that same receiver." ' Cowboy Coach Jim Stanley said Nielsen "looks at his receivers and we played his eyes very much." Stanley said his staff had been able to detect the giveaway from game films. "I know what to work on next summer," Nielsen, a junior and a second-team All- America selection, said. Nielsen, who despite the four interceptions completed 23 of 34 passes for 209 yards Saturday night, said he "just had a bad game. That's the most interceptions I've thrown this year." Another junior and second- team'All-America choice, Oklahoma State's Terry Miller, had a good game. Miller, who finished fourth in this year's Heisman Trophy voting compared to Nielsen's sixth, ran for 173 yards and four touchdowns. 0§U opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown by defensive tackle Chris Dawson. BYU tied it in the second period on a one- yard touchdown run by Todd Christensen. OSU pulled ahead for good on a one-yard touchdown run, by quarterback Charlie Weatherbie. At the half, the score was 28-14 OSU after two Miller touchdowns and another BYU score on a 27- yard pass from Nielsen to Tod Thompson. Brigham Young's Dave Lowry, who had an appendectomy Dec. 10, took the second half kickoff on a 102- yard touchdown jaunt, but that was the end of the Cougar scoring. GENERAL ELECTRIC AM CLOCK RADIO 13.88 ALCO REG. 16.97 SAVE 3.09 •Easy-to-read clock face «Wake-to-Music control »4" dynamic speaker •Slide-rule dial 'Automatic Volume control 'Solid state circuitry • Model 7-4725 Kentucky Put On Probation By GREG AIELLO UPI Sports Writer For Marquette and Kentucky it was a weekend of turmoil that went beyond each team's first defeat of the season. Louisville upset second-ranked Marquette 78-75 in overtime Saturday night in the Warriors first game since Coach Al McGuire announced that he would retire after this season. In the final of the Kentucky Invitational, the third- ranked Wildcats, playing without two starters who were suspended last week by Coach Joe Hall for missing curfew, lost to Utah 70-68. The defeat snapped Kentucky's 16-game winning streak, the longest in the nation, including six straight victories this year. Then on Sunday Kentucky learned that the NCAA has placed the school's basketball and football programs on probation for two years because of violations of NCAA regulations. McGuire discounted any affect his announced retirement might have had on his team's performance against Louisville. "I don't think the announcement had anything to do with it," he said of Marquette's first loss in five games. "If anything, it would be an asset rather than a liability." Louisville's Ricky Gallon sank four free throws in overtime as the Cardinals boosted their record to 4-2 and handed Marquette its first loss at home since 1974. Marquette's Butch Lee, who scored a career-high 30 points, missed a foul shot with no time remaining in regulation that would have given the Warriors a 68-67 victory. "I just personally feel Louisville is a lot better than we are," said the 48-year-old McGuire, in his 13th season at Marquette. "I honestly do. They're a super ball club. We'll be representative but we won't set the world on fire." Wesley Cox led Louisville with 20 points and Darrell Griffith added 19. With Kentucky center Mike Phillips and guard Jay Shidler watching the game in street clothes, Louisville's Earl Williams hit a jump shot with one second remaining to send the Wildcats to their first defeat in seven games this season. It was only the sixth time in 24 years Kentucky has lost its own tournament. After the game Hall reinstated the two starting players plus reserve Truman Claytor, the other suspended player. Hall said they will play in Kentucky's next game, Dec. 30 against No. 4 Notre Dame. With that problem resolved Hall now must deal with another. The NCCA probation reduces to three the number of basketball scholarships Kentucky may award in each of the next two years. That is two scholarships per year less than NCAA regulations normally permit. In other games involving top 20 teams, No. 1 Michigan routed Kent State 102-66, No. 5 San Francisco beat Florida State 93-87, No. 7 Alabama beat Virginia Tech' 108-78 to win the Dayton Classic, No. 8 Arizona lost to Detroit 70-68, No. 9 Cincinnati blasted St. Louis 86-53, No. 10 UCLA downed Tulsa 110-85, No. 11 Nevada-Las Vegas defeated Idaho 135-78, No. 12 Wake Forest beat UNC- Asheville 84-73, No. 13 Maryland edged Appalachian State 76-74, No. 14 Clemson defeated Stetson 78-64, No. 18 Minnesota routed Vermont 96-61 and No. 20 Oregon beat Los Angeles State 87-56. Rickey Green sparked Michigan over Kent State with 25 points, including 20 in the first half. Center Bill Cartwright scored a school-record 44 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as San Francisco won its own Cable Car Classic over Florida State and gained its 10th victory without a loss. Gary Yoder scored 18 points, Mike Jones 16 and Steve Collier 15 to pace Cincinnati over St. Louis. David Greenwood posted career highs of 31 points and 23 rebounds to lead UCLA past Tulsa. Glen Gondrezick scored a game-high 23 points and five other teammates were in double figures in Nevada-Las Vegas' victory over Idaho. Steve Sheppard scored 18 points to lead Maryland over Appalachian State and Greg Ballard had 27 points to spark Oregon over Los Angeles State. YOU SAVE 3.09 ON GENERAL ELECTRIC FM/AM COMPACT PORTABLE RADIO Slim and compact with a big, lull sound. Automatically switches from DC (batteryl to AC when plugged in. Built-in AFC on AM. 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