The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 20, 1976 · Page 15
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The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas · Page 15

Hays, Kansas
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Monday, December 20, 1976
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December 20, 1976 I'AOK l(i HAYS DAILY NEWS Rams End Dallas Jinx IRVING, Tex. (UPI) — There Had been a lot of talk before Sunday's NFC playoff game that Los Angeles could not win the big one and that the Rams considered the words "jinx" and Dallas •Cowboys as synonymous. Three times in as many years Los Angeles had come .up against the Cowboys in crucial games and three times they hdd gone home without a victory. But the Rams pretty well dispelled both theories with Sunday's 14-12 victory over the Cowboys. "We finally proved to the 'doubting Thomases' we could win a big geme," said Los Angeles head coach Chuck Knox. "Dallas has always had our number but this win has turned that around. "We talked about it (the jinx) before the game and said that if we had anything bad go against us, we'd just forget about it and suck up our guts and go after 'em." The Rams had to do just that with less than two minutes left in the game when it looked like the old Cowboys jinx had struck again. With Los Angeles punting from its own 39 yard line, Cowboy safety Charlie Waters came through untouched and blocked his second punt of the day. Dallas suddenly had the ball on the Rams' 17 and only four points behind. "I went running out on the field saying, 'Oh, (bleep), can you believe this?'" safety Bill Simpson said. "But I looked around and everyone was thinking the same thing — this time they (the Cowboys) are not going to score, no matter what. "They have just done too much to us in the past. After all they have done to us, I knew ws time they wouldn't succeed. I knew they wouldn't get in." After three incomplete passes, Cowboy quarterback Roger Staubach threw what appeared to be a first down pass to tight end Billy Joe DuPree. But Simpson and safety Dave Elmendorf slammed into DuPree and dropped him near .the 7-yard line. "He didn't go forward an Inch," Elmendorf said. "Bill and I were right there making sure they marked the ball exactly where DuPree went down. "As soon as they marked it, I knew they didn't make it, It was a foot shot 1 1. That was the most wonderful foot of green AstrbTurf I have ever seen." Simpson said he and Elmendorf had discussed the coverage of DuPree as the Cowboys broke from their final offensive huddle. "They had just gone to their wide receiver twice and in the past they have gone to their tight end in that situation. It was Dave's man but I told him I'd be in there to help." "Without a doubt, that was the single most important play that I have participated in my entire football career," Elmendorf said. "I wasn't going to let him make that first down. I've never been so sure of something in my life. 1 ' 1 Defensive end Fred Dryer said he had been thinking about the Dallas jinx all week. "I guess you could say the jinx is true, but it just wasn't true today," he said. "At the half, I knew that regardless of what the outcome was we would have to play well." Defensive tackle Merlin Olsen, who has indicated he will end a 15-year professional football career with the Rams' final game, said he also was concerned about the jinx. "But we feel much better now," he said. "We knew we had a tough game ahead of us jinx or no jinx. But we were confident of our defense. Our secondary is {he best I've seen while I've been with the Rams. But then we also thought we were putting a lot of pressure on them up front," FATHER-SON LOS ANGELES (UPI) — Brad Budde, offensive lineman for University of Southern California's football team, is a son of Ed Budde, an offensive lineman for the NFL Kansas City Chiefs. GIRLS AND BOYS YOUR OWN MONEY! YOUR OWN BUSINESS! PRIZES TOO! The Hays Daily News is looking for bright enterprising, young people to carry the newspaper. If you are 10 years or older and fit these requirements, clip this ad and send It in right away. Hurry! I Want To Carry The Hays Daily News Name Address City Phone Number Age. 6UE55 WHAT, CHUCK! 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Rams Celebrate With rnutle blaring in the locker room, Los Angeles Rams, from left, John Williams, Doug France and Dennis Harrah do the bump as they celebrated their NFC playoff win Sunday over the Dallas Cowboys 14-12. (UPI Photo) Jordan Retires IRVING, Tex. (UPI) Middle linebacker Lee Roy Jordan, who anchored the Dallas Cowboys defense for the past 14 years, has announced his retirement. Jordan's decision, announced Sunday after the Cowboys playoff loss to Los Angeles, came as no surprise. The former No. 1 draft out of Alabama had indicated throughout the season that 1976 would probably be his last. "I'm going to look at some offers and see what I'm goig to do in the future," he said. "I intend to stay in business in the Dallas area. I have a business in Alabama but I want to stay in Dallas." Jordan, an All-American at Alabama and the nation's outstanding college lineman in 1962, was never an overpowering defensive player, relying more on his speed than his 6-1, 220-pound frame. But at middle linebacker he was the keystone to the Cow,boys defense. The heir apparent to Jordan's position is the Cowboys' No. 1 draft choice in 1975 — Randy White, a 6-4, 240-pound lineman from Maryland. Jordan was the first Cowboy to retire this year, but he might not be the last. Cor- nerback Mel Renfro, a 13-year veteran with Dallas, also has expressed feelings about retirement. Renfro, a perennial All-Pro during the early days of the Cowboys, has played sparingly the past two seasons due to injuries. Alabama, UCLA Next Bowl Foes MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UPI) — Alabama Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and UCLA Coach Terry Donahue call tonight's Liberty Bowl an "even" and "wide open" game. But underdog Bryant, who hopes to spurt upward in the national standings via an. upset victory, was in a joking mood Sunday. "The reason I'm so nervous up here is that I thought UCLA stood for the University of Central Louisiana," he said at a joint news conference with Donahue. The 32-year-old Donahue, only the second'UCLA freshman coach to lead his team to a bowl game, said he has warned his players about "the hospitality of Bear Bryant and his players." Both coaches agreed any victory would not come easy. "I think it will be a very even match," Donahue said. "I think it will be a wide open game," Bryant added. "I've been in this business a long time, and the one thing I've.learned is that you never can tell when a team is ready to play," Bryant said. "I've been in this business a short period of time," Donahue said, "but I can't tell either." He said his sixth-ranked Bruins, 9-1-on the season, will take on the ISth-ranked 8-3 Crimson Tide on an even footing when the nationally televised game (ABC, 9 p.m. est) begins Monday night. Missouri Scores Stunning Victories KANSAS CITY, Mo. (UPI) — Missouri coach Norm Stewart had plenty of reasons to be worried about how his team was going to play in last weekend's Sun Carnival. The Tigers were just finishing final examinations and didn' t fly to El Paso, Tex., until Thursday. When they got to town they held what Stewart called "a terrible practice." "If you had gone by what we did in practice we would have been wiped out," But instead Missouri wiped out Southern Cal, 87-77 in the opening round of the tournament and stunned host Texas- El Paso 83-60, overcoming a 38-33 halftime deficit, to become only the fourth team othernwn UTEP to win the Carnival championship in the 16 years of the tournament. "We played our best baskel- • ball of the season in the second half," said Stewart, whose team ignored UTEP's harassing defense to hit 67 per cent of its second half shots after setting a school record by hitting 68 per cent of its shots against USC. "We knew nkp was one of the best in the country in ballhandling and playing, hardnosed defense and we felt if our club could go in and play a good'strong game it could be beneficial regardless of the outcome," said Stewart. Scott Sims and Kim Anderson scored 18 points apiece to lead the Tigers to their sixth win in eight games. In all, it was a good week for the Big Eight, which saw members win 10 of 14 games. The only big loser was Oklahoma State which fell to Alabama 70-61 and Dayton 7868 in the Dayton Holiday Tournament. The only other losses were suffered by Iowa State, 85-64 to Iowa State on Saturday after the Cyclones had upset California 78-70 on Monday and Arizona State 79-65 on Thursday; and Kansas, which fell to unbeaten Arkansas 6763 on Saturday after beating Mankato State 87-74 on Friday. Colorado ran its winning streak to five in a row, its longest since 1962-63, with wins over Long Beach State, 76-70 on Wednesday, and Fort Lewis College, 99-76 on Saturday. In other games, Nebraska beat Northwest Missouri, BB- SS, on Monday and Kansas State routed Central Missouri 85-55 while Oklahoma was beating Texas-Arlington 71-64 to remain unbeaten on Saturday. Oklahoma's unbeaten record gets a big test this week when the Sooners play at the Nevada-Las Vegas Tournament Tuesday and Wednesday. The Whole Affair Positively Obscene BALTIMORE (UPI) — If this had been a movie, you would've had to leave the kids home. The whole thing was positively obscene. What the Pittsburgh Steelers did to the Baltimore Colts Sunday should've better been done behind closed doors, in private, not right out there in the open in front of 60,020 unbelieving eye-witnesses plus millions of others watching the entire lurid spectacle on TV. It was so bad, so downright embarrassing to see the way the Steelers blew out the Colts, 40-14, to move into the AFC championship contest against Oakland next Sunday and within only one more hurdle toward their third Super Bowl, that at limes you felt like hiding your eyes. As a grisly climax to the affair, a private plane buzzing Memorial Stadium crashed into the upper deck moments after the Colts themselves were demolished. Fortunately, nobody was killed although the pilot and two special policemen were injured and the tail of the wreckage protruded from in between the seats of the stands pointing toward the darkened sky like some grotesque reminder of what had taken place on the field below. Players on both teams already were in their dressing rooms when the plane hit. The Colts were finished after the first minute and 28 seconds, which was all the time it took Terry Bradshaw to put the Steelers in front for good with the first of his three touchdown passes, a 76-yard bell- ringer to wide receiver Frank Lewis. Out with different injuries twice this year, Bradshaw was starting only for the fourth time in Pittsburgh's last 10 games, and he was nothing less than superb in what might have easily been his finest performance during his seven years as a pro. Most of the fans came to see Baltimore's Bert Jones, the top quarterback now in all professional football, but Bradshaw blotted him out almost completely with 14 completions in 18 tries for 264 yards. Lynn Swann caught Bradshaw's other two touchdown passes. Not only did Bradshaw outthrow Jones, but he called an excellent game and handled the Pittsburgh offense masterfully despite the loss of his two best running backs, Rocky Bleier with an injured toe on the second play of the game and Franco Harris early in the third quarter with bruised ribs after the Steelers' workhorse had netted 132 yards in 18 carries. Yet, Bradshaw had an astonishing admission when it was all over. Hcsaid IheSteelers had come into the ball game scared. That's what Terry Bradshaw said. He didn't say it only once, he said it three times. We were afraid of them," Bradshaw volunteered. "I mean that. I'm not saying we didn't think we could win, but we were' afraid of what they could do to us if they ever got half a chance." The Steelers had been well briefed on the Colts. They were aware the Colts were the NFL's highest scoring team and had led the league in total yardage and passing yardage. Most of all, they know how Bert Jones, with that incredible arm of his, had the capabilty of bonifying them out most anytime he wanted. But the Sleelers never gave the Colts a chance. If they needed any more incentive, they got it when they thought they noticed some of the Colts laughing over an injury to wide receiver Ernie Pough. ; "Let's really give them something; to laugh about," tackle Gerry Mullins reported one of the Steelers sa'ying in the huddle. Less than three minutes after Pittsburgh had its first touchdown, Roy Gerela booted a 45-yard field goal for a 9-0 advantage dnd after Jones cut that margin with a 17-yard scoring pass to speedy Roger Carr, Bradshaw was the prime force in 17 more points that enabled the Steelers to go to their dressing room with a 26-7 bulge at intermission. "After 1 hit Frank Lewis on that post early in the game, I felt good," Bradshaw confided. His teammates could tell that mediately. "Terry was the best I've ever seen him," said Andy Russell, the Steelers' veteran linebacker. "He was right on the money. He had fantastic proteption and he was throwing the ball with crispne'ss. When he starts doing that, there's no beating him." One of the special cops at Memorial Stadium, John J. McGraw, shook his head after the carnage. "We just got thundered," he said. "In all my years here, I don't ever remember one this bad." im-

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