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COLLEGE FOOTBALL ! 3-8 rr 0) 10 I y SCOREBOARD OUTDOORS THE CLARION-LEDGER JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1992 f DONALD DODD Sports Editor ' The Clarion-Ledger HAMP Rebels neither down nor out : TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Ole Miss coach Billy Brewer stepped to the microphone as a dozen or so media types tried to figure out all the storylines and angles after Alabama's 31-10 win over Ole Miss. Maybe it was Brewer who came up with the best line. "Alabama was No. 1, and we were No. 12 in the preseason," he said, perhaps slightly exaggerating Southeastern Conference predictions. "It didn't look like that out there today." ' No, Billy, it didn't. Alabama's still the SEC's undisputed No. 1, and deservedly. But your Ole Miss team, 4-3 overall and 3-3 in the SEC, isn't anything close to the worst thing the SEC has to offer. For most of three quarters Saturday afternoon in Bryant-Denny Stadium, Ole Miss went toe-to-toe with a Crimson monster. Without a few missed tackles here, a penalty there and a funny bounce somewhere else, this game could have been closer. At least that's the way Ole Miss folks are probably looking at it. From Alabama's perspective, it was business as usual ... 18 straight victories, another outstanding defensive effort, another notch closer to a national championship that becomes more realistic with every victory. Ole Miss has bowl possibilities There isn't a national championship in Ole , Miss' future, but as Brewer is quick to point 1 out, there isn't supposed to be. The Rebels were picked to finish anywhere from 10th to 12th in the SEC this year. Lo and behold, Ole Miss is 4-3 with its final four games in Mississippi. A 21-point loss Saturday to a team that was favored by 17 didn't exactly leave the Ole Miss Rebels in tears. On the Tough Loss To Take scale of 1-10, this looked about like a 3. What unfolded in front of a sellout crowd of 70,123 wasn't unexpected. "You don't want to go in any game to lose," 01e Miss cornerback Danny Boyd said. "We were the underdog, we knew that, and we want- ed to prove those people wrong . . . But I don't T think this is going to set us back, destroy us or anything." Relax, Danny. You've already proven people T wrong. Barring disaster, Ole Miss is going to be ! in the winning seasonbowl picture late, late in ' the year. The Rebels have LSU (Jackson), Memphis State, Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State left on the regular-season schedule. All in Mississippi, remember, where Ole Miss is 3-0. 1 like the Rebels' chances of playing Mississippi State Nov. 28 in Oxford with a bowl game on the line. Maybe, already in hand. "Everybody believes we can make it," quarterback Russ Shows said. And No. 4 Alabama's future? The Tide plays at LSU and Mississippi State, and in Birmingham against Auburn to end the regular season. That could translate into a perfect 11-0 season. A national championship scenario would have Bama beating say, Georgia in the SEC title game (also in Birmingham) and Miami in the Sugar Bowl. With a little cooperation from Washington and Michigan, who knows? The Crimson Tide certainly looked capable Saturday against an Ole Miss team that can give anybody fits. Against a good Rebel defense, the Tide abandoned its normal mode of attack the run and went pass-happy. Quarter back Jay Barker threw for career highs in attempts (39), completions (25) and yards (285). Perhaps the most impressive record: Barker won his 12th straight game as a Tide starter, tying the school record held by Stedman Shealy (1979) and Jeff Rutledge (1977-78). Rebels have much to play for Ole Miss trailed Alabama just 17-7 going into the fourth quarter. Barker passed 25 yards to Curtis Brown on the first play of the final quarter to get the ball to the Rebel 8, then three plays later Sherman Williams scored from the 1. An extra point later it was Alabama leading 24-7 with 13 minutes, 28 seconds left. Not until then did the game appear over. Translation: You won't see Alabama surrendering many 17-point leads in the fourth quarter. You won't see Ole Miss surrendering many, either. The season is still ahead of the Rebels, and you could sense it in an upbeat locker room after the Alabama loss. Loss, yes. Lost, no. JAYS AR Toronto scores a "national pastime" breakthrough by winning the World Series. By Rod Beaton Gannett News Service ATLANTA The Toronto Blue Jays took Atlanta's best shot but got in the last one, a 4-3, llth-inning victory in Game 6 Saturday night that brings the World Series championship to Canada. Dave Winfiold, one of the Blue Jays' three expensive hired hands imported this year, drilled a two-run double down the third-base line to win it. The shot past Terry Pendleton beat Charlie Lei-brandt and gave a heroic response to the Braves' two-out, ninth-inning rally that sent the game into extra innings. "I'm telling you, as the oldest man in the room, the guy that took the longest to get a World Series championship, there's not a person who's happier than me," the 41-year-old Winfield said. "I didn't do a whole lot, but I did it at the right time." Jimmy Key, Toronto's Game 4 starter and winner, worked IV3 innings in relief to earn the victory. But Atlanta, down 4-2, rallied for a run in the bottom of the 1 1th, and Toronto reliever Mike Timlin stranded the tying run on third when he threw out Otis Nixon trying to bunt his way on. The Braves fell short in the Series for the second consecutive season, the first team to do so since the 1977-78 Los Angeles Dodgers. "We could have won this series with a few breaks here and there," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "It was one of those things. They're (the Jays) a good ballclub and they deserve it." His team went down fighting. The Braves put together the same kind of ninth-inning heroics that created the three-run rally that won Game 7 of the NL playoffs. Game coverage, 7D L The Associated Press Toronto's Joe Carter and his teammates exult after bringing the championship to Canada for the first time. tfikzzZrb s fir x-i k:; . ) - I f " ee;- - ..'ii.y .' "' "' ' Y A ( . Rick GuyThe Clarion-Ledger Alabama's Derrick Lassie goes airborne for a touchdown against Ole Miss' Marquise Thomas, No. 94, and Dwayne Amos, No. 26. LiULiL! Tide defense does usual job 31-10 By Rusty Hampton Clarion-Ledger Staff Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. An aver-age day for the Alabama defense and a career day for quarterback Jay Barker was a combination Ole Miss couldn't overcome here Saturday at sun-baked Bryant-Denny Stadium. Controlling the game with the nation's top-ranked defense and the passing of Barker, No. 4 Alabama rolled to a 31-10 Southeastern Conference victory. The Crimson Tide, 8-0 overall, won its 18th consecutive game. It also took another step toward winning the SEC West, which it leads with a 5-0 record with three games remaining. Ole Miss, 4-3 overall, is second at 3-3, tied with 2-2 Mississippi State. l'We lost, but we didn't give up," said split end Eddie Small, who scored Ole Miss' touchdown on a 53-yard pass from Russ Shows in the second quarter. "We played to the last snap. We're not proud we lost, but we're going to keep our heads up. We'll be back." "We're not going to give up at all," said Rebel linebacker Dewayne Dotson. "Our goal now is to go 8-3 and that starts next week." See REBELS, 2D I Tide was prepared, 2D I By the numbers, 2D JSU bubble pops By David Cummings Clarion-Ledger Staff Writer GRAMBLING, La. Grambling State stopped Jackson State's four-game winning streak with a 34-31 victory in front of an estimated 19,500 fans here at Robinson Stadium. Grambling scored all of its points in the first half, taking a 34-17 lead, then held off a JSU rally in the final quarter. The victory put Grambling, 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, in a second-place tie with JSU, 6-2 and 3-1. Grambling quarterback Alex Perkins threw five touchdowns in the first half, four on third down. I Game coverage, 5D Eagles roll 31-17 By Robert Wilson Clarion-Ledger Staff Writer HATTIESBURG Southern Mississippi surpassed last year's victory total Saturday with a 31-17 decision over Cincinnati before 17,298 at M.M. Roberts Stadium.And the Golden Eagles have three games left. USM won its second straight game and improved to 5-3, one more victory than last year's 4-7 mark. The Golden Eagles finished their home schedule with a 4-0 record. Cincinnati is 1-6. USM sophomore quarterback Tommy Waters completed 17 of 21 passes for 182 yards with no inter-ceptions and one touchdown. I Game coverage, 6D Dogs romp 56-6 By Mike Knobler Clarion-Ledger Staff Writer STARKVILLE Karl Williamson ran for three of Mississippi State's eight touchdowns Saturday as the No. 25 Bulldogs crushed Arkansas State 56-6. The Bulldogs bounced back from a 21-6 upset last week at South Carolina by scoringtheir highest point total since 1974. MSU, 5-2, celebrated homecoming by piling up 464 rushing yards. Williamson had 93 yards on 14 carries. He scored on two 1-yard runs and a 3-yard run. Arkansas State, 1-7, had 18 rushing yards. Freshman quarterback Rodney Hudson ran for 57 yards and a touchdown in his college debut. Game coverage, 8D INSIDE TOP 25 ) THE SOUTH SKELTON QUITS: Immediately after Delta State lost to Livingston 30-24, DSU coach Don Skelton announced he would not be back after this season. 4D SHOOTOUT: Mississippi College upset No. 3 Texas A&l 37-33 in anx6ffensive shootout at Robinson-Hale Stadium. 4D PRICE IS RIGHT: Nick Price took a one-stroke lead at the Texas Open. Price shot a 3-un-der 68 in the third round for a 197 total and leads Steve Elk-ington and Roger Maltbie by a stroke. 9D 1. Miami 43 Virginia Tech 23 I. Washington 31 Pacific 7 3. Michigan 63 Minnesota 13 S. Texas A&M 19 Baylor 13 8. Nebraska 34 Missouri 24 9. Colorado 54 Kansas State 7 10. Notre Dame 42 Brigham Young 16 I I . Boston College 1 7 Tulane 1 3 12 Syracuse 38 Temple 7 15. Southern Cal 31 13. Washington St. 21 14. Penn State 40 West Virginia 26 16. Stanford 27 Oregon State 21 23. N.C. State 20 18. Clemson6 North Carolina 26 19. Georgia Tech 14 2 1 . Arizona 24 California 1 7 22. Kansas 27 Oklahoma 10 24. Virginia 33 William & Mary 7 iS No. 5 Texas A&M 19 A Ul ' 4. Alabama 31 Ole Miss 10 25. MSU 56 Arkansas State 6 USM 31 Cincinnati 17 Alcorn 35 Southern 13 Grambling 34 JSU 31 Valley 25 Texas So. 13 Livingston 30 Delta State 24 Miss. College 37 Texas A&l 33 Millsaps 1 5 Colorado College 0 7. Georgia 40 Kentucky 7 20. Florida 31 Louisville 1 7 Auburn 25 SW Louisiana 24 So. Carolina 21 Vanderbilt 17 Alabama St. 44 P.View6 Valdosta31 American Inter. 21 Ga. Southern 10 Jacksonville 0 West Georgia 38 Knoxville 6 Troy St. 24 Centre 27 N. Alabama 10 Trinity 7 Sewanee 16 z Rhodes 27 4' V-

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