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JL SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1992 FOOTBALL BASEBALL SECTION V Den ( Footer Washington staying at No. 1? Because, for the last 45 wears, the Pacific 10 Conference has refused to let its champions play a bowl game except against Big Ten teams, the national rankings of Pac 10 teams have been suspect around here. li tneya Deen willing to invite the top-ranked team in the country go out to the Rose Bowl and nlav their champion, dungs might be different cut me Kose bowl nas Deen a dosed two-conference society. So until last season, it had been 13 years since a Pac 10 team was voted No.l even by the coaches, and it has been m years since a rac lu team won me AP national poll. For those reasons, the TV fare Saturday afternoon had a snecial at traction, with second-ranked Miami playing third-ranked Florida State in an early game, and top-ranked, Pac- iu memoer Washington piaymg Southern Cal afterwards. That gave the whole country a chance to sec all three teams and make its own evaluations. So what would vour vote be after Saturday's results? With a twinge of diehard reluctance, after seeing all three teams on the tube, I would vote them in the same places they occupied before Saturday: Washington, Miami, FSU. Close games That's based on this: If a neutral field could be found somewhere to staee the rames. Washington's the only team I believe would beat Mi ami, and Miami and Washington are tne oniy two i a piac to neat noma State. The reasoning: Washington has a better offense, a comparable defense ana a more disciplined team tnan ei ther oi the other two. Prior to watching the carries Sat urday, there must have been some strong tendencies around the country to give a No. 1 vote for whomever won the Miami-Florida State game. Their problem may very well be that both are so terrific on defense that their offenses coukl not be impressive Saturday. And they were not impressive. Meanwhile to tne question oi, Who's Washington beaten?" the an swer is all of the last 18 teams they've played, dating back to 1990. That includes a 29-14 victory this year over a Nebraska team ranKea loin, pius Southern Cal Saturday. When the AP poll is announced next week, Washington's margin of 32 nrst-place votes over Miami win probably be reduced, for the simple reason that Miami beat a more prestigious team Saturday than Washington did. But if a point is to be made of the closeness of Washington's victory over USC, one must also be made of Miami's close escape (8-7) from an Arizona team that had won only one of three previous games. Hard-nosed game From the standpoint of hard-nosed play there was a great deal ot ainer-ence in the two Saturday games. That Miami-FSU game was a three-hour definition of srnashmouth. I don't remember seeing a game live or on TV where as many peo-ole were hit as hard as thev were down at Miami. It was a headhunting convention. Miami's Gino Toretta and Florida State's Charlie Ward both suffered some of the worst pass completion percentages and sacks since they played youth football. Hard-nosed, ana pnysicai ? m Orange Bowl Stadium full of people saw Toretta's game-deciding touchdown nass in the fourth Quarter, but Toretta wasn't one of them. While Lamar Thomas was gathering m his throw Toretta was blasted to the deck for what would have been a mandatory eight count in boxing circles. Thomas himself took a shot on Mi ami's next possession that sent him limpingout of the game. In between, FSU's Tamarick Vanover, who had nla ved snectacularlv. took that sui cide pass route across the rniddle and the shot he took from a Miami ae-fender left him prone and with a gash onniscnin. However, the play that will haunt FSU coach Bobbv Bowden came when his team was only one point be hind and Corey sawyer, nis punt returner, thoughtlessly let himself get trapped in the end zone for a two-nnint safety with a couole of minutes still to play. Had Sawyer left the punt alone FSU would nave Deen on its ai with ample time to get into position for a game-winning field goal. Rut after losine seven of his last eight games aeainst Miami. Bowden must figure by now that somehow or another, there's just no way ior tne Seminoles against the Hurricanes. un irDSOS. w$ Miaow It's almost inevitable: the Hurricanes win, 19-16, as a last-gasp field goal by the Seminoles sails wide. MIAMI (AP) Once again, Florida State missed a short field goal in the closing seconds. And once again, Miami celebrated a miraculous victory. In a near replay of last year's memorable game, second-ranked Miami beat No. 3 Florida State 19-16 on Saturday when Dan Mowrey missed a 39-yard field goal attempt on the final play. Last year, Miami won 17-16 when Florida State's Gerry Thomas' 34-yard kick sailed inches wide with 25 seconds remaining. This time, Mowrey's kick was yards wide, but the pain was just as great for the Seminoles, the joy just as great for the Hurricanes (4-0). "Just like last year, the kicker choked," Miami running back Stephen McGuire said. "But he made three field goals so you can't blame it on him." It was the second straight week that Miami (441) survived a field-goal attempt on the last play. The Hurricanes edged Arizona 8-7 last week when the Wildcats missed a 51-yarder as time expired. "Wide right is what has saved Miami's life in three ballgames," Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said. It was Miami's seventh win in its last eight games against Florida State (4-1), and the fifth time in the last six years that the Hurricanes probably ruined the Seminoles' bid for a national championship. "Either they're living right or we're not living right. Whichever it is, we just have to live with it," said defensive back Clifton Abraham, who was burned on Miami's go-ahead touchdown in the fourth See FSU, Page 13C h L?vy 5) -'I 7 J ' h THE NEWS DAVE EKREN Clemson's Kenzil Jackson, top right, Warren Forney, middle right, and Darren Calhoun sack UTC's Luke Holcome USC drowns in high Tide, 48-7 By Abe Hardesty News staff writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. This time, the problems weren't confined to the area inside the 20s. On Saturday, South Carolina rarely got that close. Instead, Alabama overwhelmed Carolina at just about every spot on the rain-soaked Bryant-Denny Stadium turf in a 48-7 Furman makes its points By Tim Peeler News staff writer After being shut out two of their last three games, the Fur-man Paladins were prolific and versatile in whipping Virginia Military Institute 41-13 Saturday afternoon at Paladin Stadium. They scored twice on Carl Tremble runs nothing unusual there. Tremble ran for 135 yards and became the fifth leading career rusher in Southern Conference history. They scored twice via the pass, ending an eight-game drought of touchdown passes. The first was a 39-yard Philly Jones-to-Damon Bradley connection and the second was a shovel pass to Tremble that he fumbled at the 1-yard line and offensive lineman Jon Heu-singer of Ladsen recovered for a touchdown. pounding. A homecoming crowd of 70,123 mixed celebrations with winces as Alabama's big-play defense upheld its reputation as one of best in the nation. "It's the fastest we've played against. Their quickness up front makes it hard to get a running game going. They're hard to block, and if you miss your man, there's going to be problems in the backfield," said senior tackle Ernest Dye. "There's not a weakness on the defense. They play good, solid football at every position," said starting quarterback Blake Williamson, who comleted only one of seven passes and was sacked twice. "They (Alabama) dominated the line of scrimmage. They have good team speed at every position," said USC head coach Sparky Woods. Alabama, which leads the nation in every major defensive category, held USC to 43 yards rushing and 148 passing. Much of that came in the second half, when freshman Steve Taneyhill See USC, Page 8C ButClemsonhasits own wounds to lick before it travels to Virginia next week: Six starters are injured. By Tom Layton News staff writer CLEMSON Clemson's chained Tigers on Saturday became changed Tigers in more ways than one. Six injured starters, including quarterback Richard Moncrief and three-fourths of the defensive secondary, had to be replaced during the course of Clemson's 54-3 victory over Tennessee-Chattanooga. Those casualties and a few boos were the only serious aspects of an otherwise playful romp. The Tigers' 54 points was their most since Ken Hatfield's first game in 1990, and their 606 yards total offense was their most since the 1981 Wake Forest game. They scored their longest ass play since 1988, and their ongest fumble return ever. Six players shared in the scoring, from Rudy Harris (who scored twice from point-blank range in his return from a three-game suspension) to Greg Hood -(the former walk-on from West- sMe Htgn m Miaersonj." w The combined yardage by four quarterbacks was 166 passing and 104 rushing. Under the guidance of Louis Solomon, the Tigers scored 24 points and gained 338 yards on 39 plays. Patrick Sapp quar-terbacked three second-half possessions accounting for 14 points and 109 yards on six plays. Mon-crief was responsible for 10 points and 138 yards on 21 plays, all in the first half. (Walk-on Terry Harvey mopped up for the final three plays.) Moncrief was pulled out of the game late in the second quarter after he took a hit on the knee which he injured last week against Georgia Tech. Preliminary indications to the coaches were that Moncrief will be ready for next week's game at Virginia. "There isn't any doubt that Richard Moncrief is still the starting quarterback," assistant coach Rick Stockstill said. "If anybody thinks Louis Solomon or Patrick Sapp are ready they've got a long way to go." Hatfield concurred, although he sounded encouraged by what he saw of his freshmen quarterbacks. "His knee is a concern, See Clemson, Page 8C Braves tuning up nicely for playoffs THE NEWS Bill. KAIIS VMI's Tony Scales looks like he's about to lose his head as Furman's David Duralia grabs him But that wasn't the least likely score of the day. After all the Paladins' offensive line scored a touchdown last year and had already accounted a pass reception this year. The most unusual score was a 58-yard punt return by Iva's Andre Worrell, something Fur-man hadn't done since the last time a Democrat was in the White House. Or was it the turn of the century? The Paladins (3-2 overall, 1-0 in See Furman, Page 13C Blue Jay clinch, IOC By Willie T. Smith III News Atlanta bureau ATLANTA The weather was miserable, but the Atlanta Braves were not Saturday night. Paced by a five-inning shutout effort by starter Charlie Lei-brandt, the Braves squeezed out a 1-0 victory over the San Digo Padres in a game shortened to 52 innings by rain. Leibrandt allowed oniy three hits, while striking out five. The left-hander is not scheduled for a start in the National League Championship Series against Pittsburgh, but he used the outing to show manager Bobby Cox that he's ready if needed. "I'm glad we were able to get the game in," Cox said. "We needed the work. Charlie was great. He got his 15th win and I'm glad for him. He deserves it. He's worked hard." Leibrandt, who entered the The Citadel shuts out Appalachian; Newberry registers first win; Presbyterian whips Wofford. 41-27, 2C. Sisson again the hero as Georgia Tech beats N.C. State; Georgia whips Arkansas and Ford, 27-3, 3C. Washington holds off Southern Cal threats, 4C. High schools, 6C. Auto racing, bulletin board, 7C. NFL.9C. Baseball, 10C. Outdoors, 12C. game the owner of back-to-back complete game shutouts, has not been scored on in 23 straight innings. That streak is second only See Braves, Page 10C I i f

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