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8-D Sunday, Jan. 2, 1972 Philadelphia Inquirer Bryan t Blames Himse IfforDefea t Says Tide Not Mentally Ready AP Wirephc'o Alabama's Bryant Can Hardly Bear It Losing 'Tide coach (left) watches on sidelines with QB Terry Davis (10) Nebraska Rips Alabama to End No. 1 Continued from 1st Sports Page 1966 Orange Bowl and beat the Cornhuskers, 34-7, in the 1967 Sugar Bowl. FIRST SINCE '56 The Saturday night contest was the first Orange Bowl meeting between two unbeaten teams since top-ranked Oklahoma beat second-ranked Maryland, 20-6, in the 1956 game. It was the 23d consecutive victory for the Cornhuskers, who haven't lost now in 32 games and who put together a 13-0 record this season. The humiliating loss snapped an 11-game winning streak for Alabama. Alabama, which had matched Nebraska's perfect regular season and entered the game as only a seven-point underdog, finally got its offense moving in the third period. The Crimson Tide had its first second-half drive blunted by an end zone interception by Joe Blahak, but the next time the Tide got the ball quarterback Terry Davis carried the losers 60 yards for a touchdown. THREE-YARD KEEPER Davis, who ran for 49 of the 60 yards, got the score himself on a three-yard keeper with 5:49 remaining in the third period. Nebraska, undaunted by Alabama's tally, used up the remaining time in the period with a 76-yard drive, capped by a 21-yard field goal by Rich Sanger, who also kicked three conversions. A 30-yard pass interception pass by Jim Anderson, putting the ball at the Alabama one, set up a touchdown by Van Brownson with 4:45 left in the game, and doomed the Crimson Tide to its worst beating in 25 bowl appearances. The worst previous loss by Alabama, which now has a 15-7-3 bowl record, was Missouri's FRANK DOLSON Continued from 1st Spts. Page happened Saturday night shouldn't have happened to a dog, no less a Bear. There was a high snap from center on an attempted punt that led to one touchdown, a fumbled kickoff that led to another touchdown, and a fumble on the 'Bama four-vard line that led to still another. AND THERE WAS RODGERS AND THEN THERE was Johnny Rodgers, the Nebraska junior with the nervous stomach and the flying feet. Against Oklahoma, in that other game of the decade, he had opened the scoring by fielding a punt with defenders bearing down on him and zig-zagging 72 yards. Against Alabama he elected to short-hop a bouncing punt and turned that dangerous, seemingly foolhardy maneuver into an electrifying 77-yard TD run. It brought back memories of the press conference the other day when a writer asked Bill Oliver, Alabama's defensive secondary coach, why Nebraska used Rodgers on punt and kickoff returns, where the injury risk is so great. "You've got to do it," Oliver replied. "Use your horse. Feed him. Let him feed you." Bob Devaney's other horses weren't doing a bad job, either. Jerry Tagge threaded passes between Alabama defenders and led the Nebraska offense as efficiently, as confidently as he had in that HramaflV oamp-winnintr frairth-mtartor Ariro ... , L41 1.1 against Oklahoma. And Richie Glover, the All-America middle guard, was simply devastating, as' usual. When 'Bama had a key third-and-five on its 44 late in the first period, there was the 234-pound Glover chasing quarterback Terry Davis and catching him for a seven-yard loss. When the score had mounted to 28-0 snd the nation's No. 2-ranked team desperately needed a drive midway in the second period, there was Glover again. ON SECOND-AND-SIX he grabbed all-American Johnny Musso around the waist and hurled him to the Orange Bowl's damp, worn rug for a one-yard loss. On the next play he caught up to Davis again. Minus three. So it went. The drama had been building and building and suddenly Pfft! It was gone. Oh sure, the Bear's boys finally moved the ball in the second half, scoring on a fourth-down, three-yard keeper by Davis, whose fine individual effort touched off an animated celebration in front of the Bama bench. Red-shirted players leaped and waved their helmets over their heads and acted as if there was still a chance they could be No. 1. There was, of course, no chance for this ground-oriented Bama team to overcome a 28-point deficit against an opponent of Nebraska's caliber. In truth, the South's finest didn't have much chance from the day the Orange Bowl Committee matched them against what might be the best all-around team in the history of college football. They just don't make games of the decade the way they used to. 35-10 victory in the 1968 Gator Bowl. In the stands, an exuberant Nebraska fan hung up a bunting which appropriately read: "Low Tide." The Associated Press's final poll to determine the national champion will be conducted Monday, but there seemed no real challenger to Nebraska after previously unbeaten Yale Bows To Xavier From Our Wire Services CINCINNATI. Jerry Helmers scored 20 points six coming in a late flurry to pace hot-shooting Xavier over Yale, 75-69, Saturday in college basketball. Helmers sank two field goals and two free throws to help Xavier break from a 63-61 margin with 5:25 remaining to a 69-63 bulge three minutes later. The Elis were led by Scott Michel with 17 points and Mike Baskauskas with 13. TOURNEY TO LIU BUFFALO. Fred Gibson scored all of his 18 points in the second half to power Long Island University to a 78-76 victory over Cornell for third place in the Queen City Invitational basketball tournament. r FRINGE BENEFITS! Around Washington, D.C. the new Silver Spring Holiday Inn offers the best fringe benefits. Free Instant Worldwide Reservation Service Ail major credit cards accepted Gourmet dining room and coffee shop 20 store shopping mall in the building direct dial telephone service luxurious executive suites 15 minutes from the White House and major governmental agencies Executive and large meetingbanquet rooms 10 to 800 persons Equidistant from National, Dulles and Friendship Airports via limousine service 1971 Award winning high rise Holiday Inn Free indoor parking Michigan's 13-12 loss to Stanford in the Rose Bowl. In its final poll of the season, United Press International named Nebraska the national champion while Alabama was ranked second. Nebraska 14 14 3 738 Alabama 0 0 6 0 6 Neb Kinney 2 run (kick failed) Neb Rodgers 77 punt return (Damroger pass from Tagge) Neb Tagge 1 run (Sanger kick) Neb Dixon 2 run (Sanger kick) Ala Davis 3 run (run failed) Neb FG Sanger 21 Neb Brownson 1 run (Sanger kick) Aft.: 78,151 STATISTICS Nebraska Alabama First downs 15 16 Rushing yards 47-183 58-241 Passing yardage 159 47 Return yardage 166 36 Passes 11-20-O 3-13-2 Punts 5-42.4 7-43.3 Fumbles lost 2 2 Yards penalized 50 58 INDIVIDUALS Rushing Nebraska Kinney 20-99, Brownson 4-22; Alabama, Musso, 16-79, Davis 14-61. Passing Nebraska, Tagge 11-18-0 159 yards; Alabama, Davis 3-9-1, 47 yards. Receiving Nebraska, Rodgers 4-82; Alabama, Wheeler 2-10. Twins' Trainer Charged in Death CHARLOTTE, N. C. (AP). Albert Edwin (Buck) Cham-berlin, 44, of Charlotte, trainer for the Minnesota Twins baseball team, was charged with manslaughter and drunken driving Saturday after a fatal auto accident, police said. Police said he was the driver of a car in which another Charlotte man died when the vehicle struck a parked car and a tree. Chamberlin was treated at a hospital and released. He was freed on $2000 bond. By FRANK DOLSON Inquirer Sports Writer MIAMI. Johnny Rodgers held the football over his head and weaved through the crowded locker room until he reached the slender, young man in the w.heelchair.. "Here's , something for you, Baby!," Nebraska's brilliant halfback shouted. "Here's the game ball." Rex Lowe, the man in the wheelchair, sobbed as the player stood at his side, smiling down at him, : saying, You're our No. 1 fan. Our No. 1 fan." ; - A few years ago Lowe had been a split end at Nebraska. "He got Hodgkins disease," Rodgers explained. "They said he was going to die a long time ago. He still manages to make most of our games." Happily, Rex Lowe made this one. It was a game no Nebraska fan would have wanted to miss. Paul (Bear) Bryant said Saturday night Nebraska's cornhuskers "toyed" with his Ala--bama football team and he shouldered the blame for the Crimson Tide's worst bowl beating. "Their team was much better prepared than ours," a dejected Bryant said in the Alabama dressing room. "Actually, most of the time they just toyed with us," said Bryant. "They were one of the greatest if not the greatest I have ever seen. "I feel like I had a real poor game plan," said Bryant without elaborating. "The people who played out there for us tonight won 11 straight games. I don't think they planned to go out there and get embarrassed and crushed, so I have to assume that it all happened because Nebraska was so great and I did such a poor job of getting us ready. If he had it to do' over again, Bryant said "we would stick to our basic game and not try to do so many things but I. don't know what I would do to get us ready mentally. Bryant, however, would not say his team was mentally "down" for the game. 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