Lansing State Journal from Lansing, Michigan on September 21, 1980 · Page 27
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Lansing, Michigan
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Sunday, September 21, 1980
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riiiiaiiiii Inside sports Big Ten Football CMU, MAC Football Baseball Roundup c SECTION C-2 C-4 C-9 'Bid' wins by 1 V4 miles Takes Woodward, has no opposition page C-8 T. Landing State Journal Sunday, September 21, 1980, Lansing, Michigan Ub Hart, sH AaU f if 9 ' .jJftfL , trfe H mm Q to ipii Piiirt i: I I Irish hdfeack Phil Carter crashes through the Michigan defense as Michigan linebacker Andy Cannavino makes a lunging effort in Saturday's Notre Dame victory. By BOB GROSS Staff Writer SOUTH BEND - Yes, Virginia, there are miracles. Harry Oliver believes it. Coach Dan Devine is sure about it and the University of Michigan is certainly convinced. Oliver was the hero for Notre Dame here Saturday afternoon when he boomed a 51-yard into-the-wind field goal with no time left to beat Michigan, 29-27, before 60,000 fans in Notre Dame Stadium. OLIVER, WHO had missed an extra point after Notre Dame's third touchdown with 1:03 to play in the third quarter, raced onto the field with four seconds to play and the wind blowing in his face. But the junior from Cincinnati Moeller High was right on target, clearing the cross bar by two yards. "I didn't see it, somebody jumped on my back," said Oliver after his 51-yard kick lifted the Irish over the Wolverines in the whirlwind finish between the two ranking powers. The scene turned into pure bedlam as Irish students stormed the field, chanting, "No. 1, No. 1, No.l." "I prayed. Oh, how I prayed," said the emotional Oliver. "And I kept reminding myself, 'Point your toe, point your toe. IT WAS the second game in a row against the Irish that a field goal proved to be Michigan's undoing. A year ago in Ann Arbor, Chuck Male booted four field goals to account for all the points in the 12-10 Irish triumph. Michigan had a field goal blocked in the closing seconds in that game. The defeat was also Michigan's first in its last five trips here. Notre Dame, which struck for 14 points in the second quarter only to see an inspired Michigan team battle back for a tie at halftime, started its last-ditch rally with only 41 seconds to play. The Irish were down to just one time out, starting the drive from the Michigan 20. Quarterback Blair Kiel, second string behind Mike Courey who started the game but left amid a boos from the crowd, operated from the shotgun formation and took the Irish to the Michigan 39 with only nine seconds to play. The freshman from Columbus then hit sophomore split end Tony Hunter for a gain of five and the clock showed 0:04. "I said a prayer to God and Our Lady, they're our strength," said Oliver. "I wasn't thinking about the missed extra point. I really thought our last touchdown would win it. I have to thank God, He had to be with me. My teammates are the greatest and they supported me. I love every one of them." An interference infraction against Michigan was the key play in the winning touchdown drive. It was called directly in front of the Michigan bench and gave the Irish a first down at the Wolverine 48. "DONT QUESTION me about what I thought," said Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler. "They had to have it. right!" Schembechler was short with reporters. But that was expected. He took his time before finally appearing from the lockerroom as the Notre Dame Marching Band blared out the fight song from below. "It's a heartbreaking loss but I thought Michigan played very hard Concluded on Page C-2 mt&siffd wft wo EUGENE, Ore. The Oregon Ducks needed np last-minute fumbles, no heart-stopping heroics, no circuit court decisions ito clobber Michigan State Saturday, n All they needecj was Reggie Ogburn, Dwight Robertsoft and an impenetrable defense. That combination was enough to deal the Spartan5a crunching 35-7 defeat before 30,43 fans at Oregon's Autzen Stadium, lis the Ducks dominated the actionwfrom the pregame warmups in registering their first vic tory over a Big Ten team since 1964. "THEY JUST BEAT our face off," was Coach Mudd Waters succinct summation of the rut. "For us it was aigame of mistakes, for them it was a gme of great plays. We need a lot of wok," Waters said. That was an understatement. The Spartans, who camljso close to a season-opening win las Saturday at Illinois, never had a chance against the Ducks, who seemed determined to wipe out all the disappointments of an 0-1-1 start in one afternoon. The erratic team that had lost totBtanford and tied Kansas was nowhere3 in evidence Saturday, much to the Spkrtans' chagrin. "WE USED OURSentire playbook and used our entire squad, and we learned a lot of lemons from this game," said victorious Coach Rich Brooks. "We played pifpbably the best game we've played ki a long, long time. We still made a ton of mistakes, but the difference wa$that we overcame our mistakes." i "I feel great about this game for the young men on our sqMad that have been through a lot of Adversity and stayed tough," Brooks s&ld. The Oregon football program has been awash in controv&tsy since the end of last season and has been the subject of a variety of investigations concerning both academic and criminal misconduct. But that was forgotten for a few happy hours Saturday afternoon. THE MAIN REASON was Ogburn. The Ducks' quarterback, a 5-10, 190-pound senior known mainly for his elusive running style, proved himself as a passer, riddling the Spartans' shaky secondary for 19 completions in 27 attempts for 232 yards. "We had geared to stop Ogburn, but we weren't very successful," Waters said. The Spartans made little headway rushing Ogburn with their four-man defensive front, and tried blitzing linebackers to put pressure on Ogburn. But the Ducks' offensive line blunted the blitz, and gave Ogburn plenty of time to take the MSU defensive back-field apart. When Ogburn wasn't terrorizing the MSU defense, Robertson was. The 6-1 junior tailback ran for 83 yards and two short touchdowns and caught an Ogburn pass for another score. MSU'S LEADING tackier was junior free safety Tom Morris, who finished with 12 solo tackles and five assists. All too often, Morris was the last line of defense as Oregon sliced through the Spartans. The Ducks' offensive one-two punch was more than enough to swamp the Spartans since the MSU offense was doing next to nothing. Three different quarterbacks Bert Vaughn, John Leister and Bryan Clark tried to get the Spartans moving without success. Ail-American punter Ray Sta-chowicz was called on to kick 11 times, tying a dubious team record set by Bill Simpson. Stachowicz accumulated the most impressive statistics of the day for MSU, averaging 50.6 yards a kick. MICHIGAN STATE'S only touchdown came long after the game had been decided as Leister hit freshman wide receiver Darryl Turner with an 18-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter. The offensive opportunity had been set up by a fumble recovery by freshman linebacker Carl Banks on the Oregon 14. Oregon's complete dominance was clear in the final game statistics. The Ducks' offense rolled up 467 total yards while the Spartans only managed 138. The Spartans did not pick up a first down until midway in the second quarter, and finished with only eight against Oregon's 29. The Spartans' ontwo running attack of Steve Smith and Derek Hughes combined for a measly 70 yards gained, and MSU's quarterbacking trio hit on only seven of 25 passes. PENALTIES STALLED the Ducks on their first possession, but a Spartan miscue gave them new life on their second. MSU freshman cornerback Nate Hannah was called for roughing the kicker, giving Oregon a first down on its own 34-yard line. Ogburn took it from there, mixing runs and passes on a 13-play 80-yard drive that was capped by a 3-yard sweep by . Robertson with 6:55 remain ing in the opening quarter. Pat hnglisn kicked the extra point. A Robertson fumble that was recovered by MSU defensive tackle Johnny Lee Haynes on the Spartans' 27 stopped a Ducks' drive in the second quarter, but Ogburn had his offense back in gear late in the half. An unsuccessful Spartan blitz left sophomore tight end Tim Tyler all alone over the middle, and Ogburn hit Tyler for a 25- yard gain to MSU's 11. Two plays later, Ogburn plunged across from the one for the score. THE SPARTANS finally moved into Oregon territory late in the half, but a fouith-down gamble on Oregon's 37 failed as wide receiver Tony Gilbert couldn't hold onto a John Leister pass when he was pounded by a pair of Oregon defensive backs. TWO MISSED field goals by English kept the score deceptively close until midway in the third quarter when Oregon got on the scoreboard again. An unnecessary roughness penalty on Spartan safety Tony Townsend set Oregon up in Michigan State territory, and Ogburn again took advantage, leading the Ducks the final 44 yards. Robertson ran one yard for a touchdown with 4: 17 left in the quarter. Ogburn and Robertson combined for the fourth Oregon touchdown at the end of the quarter on a short pass. Substitute quarterback Kevin Lusk led the final Oregon scoring drive, which he topped off with a four-yard touchdown pass to Rourke Lowe with 4:20 remaining in the game. Michigan State, now 0-2, will play its home opener next Saturday against Western Michigan. Oregon goes on the road to face Pac-10 rival Washington. Michigan State-Oregon Stats, Michigan State 0 0 0 77 Oregon 7 7 14 735 Ore Robertson 3 run (English kick) Ore Ogburn 1 run (English kick) Ore Robertson 1 run (English kick) Ore Robertson 4 pass from Ogburn (English kick) MSU Turner 15 pass from Leister (Andersen kick) Ore Lowe 4 pass from Lusk (English kick) A 30.431 MSU Ore First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return yards Passes Punts Fumbles-iost Penalties-yards 34-54 83 28 7-25-2 11-51 3-0 5-72 29 57-195 268 10 22-30-0. 5-45 5-3 4-57 wd HSlr -!sf filkfit f?s L v III I i xA f I yfir- lJivJ 0 Sawtffrfrfo " -Tjatnittia i-wiiin i-MniwMi ftnfli'inifT Michigan State quarterback Bert Vaughn is under siege by a host of Duck defenders Saturday at Oregon. f 111 """ 1 Senyczko ust call the Lions a team a Evervone's trvine to fieure out the Detroit Lions. Is the season's fast stirt for real? Will it continue, or will it come to a screahing halt? A year ago the Lior won only two games all season. They've already matched that total this year and in just two gnes. COACH MONTE Claris team scored 50 points in the first two games a yr ago and all they had to show was an 0-2 recordUThe Lions were further embarrassed in tneir tniragame, losing to the New York Giants, 31-10. U , That eave the Lions 60lboints in their first three games but they had givei their opponents 89. So far this season the Lis have scored 70 points, but they've allowed only . The the Lions' offense obviously has improved, bilt so, apparently, has the defense. $ One of the brightest spats, of course, is rookie runner Billy Sims, the sixthSHeisman Trophy winner to play for the Lions, who 1as convinced everyone that he belongs in the NFLijj fa ! SIMS WILL be shootingtor a lofty goal today against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Oklahoma All- American will attempt to become the first rookie in NFL history to rush for mote than 100 yardfe in his first three games. i So far Sims has accounted for 287 yards fushing and another 158 as a pass receiver. He haslscored five of the Lions' seven touchdowns. Another bright spot is aiiother rookie, place kicker Ed Murray. MurraV has booted seven straight extra points and is 7-fpr-7 in field goals. Between them, Sims and Murray have accounted for 58 of the Lions' 70 points. While Sims has been sensational and Murriy has been perfect, they aren't the only impressivd rookies on board. Rookie center Tbm Turnure gets the ball back accurately and quiclily to rookie quarterback Eric Hippie on Murray's kicks. So fail they haven't messed up once. BUT THIS year's edition of the Lions is far from being a new team. It has a fine crew of veterans to blend with the rookies. Quarterback Gary Danielson, for instance, is developing into a first rate pro signal caller and is the Lions' leader. In the first two games he has completed 21 of 36 passes for 419 yards and one touchdown. He is quick to recognize defensive sets and-has been able to change plays at the line of scrimmage to counteract defensive switches. Dexter Bussey, forced into a secondary role to Sims, has accepted his lot and found that it works to his advantage. He and Sims seem to be a perfectly matched pair in the Lions' backfield and Bussey is still getting his shots. In 27 carries this season he has gained 156 yards and scored a touchdown. And there is new vigor evident in the offensive line, too, where tackles Karl Baldischwiler and Keith Dorney, guards Homer Elias and Russ Bol-inger and center Amos Fowler are providing the blocks to spring Sims and Bussey and protect Danielson when he's passing. THE SPECTACULAR play of Sims also has overshadowed the work of the Lions' defense. But in two games the Lions' Silver Rush of Dave Pureifory, John Woodcock, John Mendenhall and William Gay or Bubba Baker has limited to opponents to a total of 145 yards rushing. And don't forget the Lions' punting weapon, either. Tom Skladany has punted seven times and he has had only one returned for 17 yards. There are others who could be mentioned, of course, but the point is that football is a team game. Right now the Lions are playing as a team and it's paying off. Let's hope it continues for another 14 weeks. Ed Senyczko is Executive Lansing State Journal Sports Editor of the Kemp's 6-IRBS day clobbers Cleveland DETROIT (AP) - Steve Kemp doesn't usually play the numbers game in setting goals for himself, but if he did, 100 runs batted in would be at the top of the list for the Detroit Tiger outfielder. Kemp drew closer to that milestone Saturday when he knocked in six runs with a grand-slam homer and a triple to power Detroit to a 13-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians. "If I wanted to set number goals for myself, it would be 100 RBI," said Kemp, who has now driven in 92 runs. "I don't care that much about home runs or batting average, but the team counts on me to produce runs." KEMP HAS suffered a series of inju ries this season that have kept him out of 28 games. An ankle injury hampered him for six weeks, and he recently returned to action after missing nearly two weeks with strained ligaments in his wrist. "If I hit 100 RBI this year, it will be especially satisfying because I've had so many injuries that have really affected my offense," Kemp said. "I didn't have any pop in my bat for six weeks because of my ankle, then I had trouble with my shoulder and now the wrist." Manager Sparky Anderson said the Tigers, who are battling to stay ahead of sixth-place Cleveland in the American League East, need the bats of Kemp and Richie Hebner in the lineup. Hebner has been out since Aug. 23 with an ailing foot. "WE CAN'T PLAY consistently without those two because we don't have enough depth," Anderson said. "Take (Eddie) Murray and (Ken) Singleton out of Baltimore's lineup and see what they would do." Kemp's homer, his 20th, greeted reliever Ross Grimsley, the third of four Cleveland pitchers, and capped a seven-run fourth inning. Lou Whitaker ignited the scoring spree with a two-run single off starter Rick Waits, 11-14, that gave Detroit a 3-2 lead. The Tigers added five runs in the fifth, highlighted by Kemp's two-run triple and a run-scoring triple by Tom Brookens. Cleveland touched Detroit starter Dan Petry, 9-9, for a run in the second on a bases-loaded balk. The Indians picked up a run in the third on Jack Brohamer's homer, his second. Petry pitched the first seven innings, allowing six hits. rSfp 1 , - ' ' - 1 ' -f - - , How AP top 20 fared 1 .Alabama (2-0-0) beat Mississippi, 59-35. 2.0hio State (2-0-0) beat Minnesota, 47-0. 3.0klahoma ( 1 -0-0) did not play. 4.Southern Cal (1-0-0) vs. South Ca-o-lina, night. 5. Pittsburgh (2-0-0) beat Kansas, 1 8-3. 6. Nebraska (2-0-0) beat Iowa, 57-0. 7. Texas (2-0-0) beat Utah State, 35-17. 8. Notre Dame (2-0-0) beat Michigan, 29-27. 9. Florida State (3-0-0) beat East Carolina, 63-7. 1 0. Georgia (3-0-0) beat Clemson 20-16. 11. Stanford (2-1-0) lost to Boston College 30-13. 12. Penn State (2-0-0) beat Texas A&M, 25-9. 1 3. North Carolina (2-0-0) did not play. 14. MICHIGAN (1-1-0) lost to Notre Dame 29-27. 1 5. Missouri (2-0-0) beat Illinois 52-7. 1 6. Washington (2-0-0) beat Northwestern 45-7. 17. Arkansas (1-1-0) beat Oklahoma State, 33-20. 1 8. Houston (0-2-0) lost to Miami, Flo., 14-7. 1 9. Auburn (2-0-0) beat Duke 35-28. 20.South Carolina (2-0-0) vs. Southern Cal, night. Sports on TV Steve Kemp TODAY 12:30-3 (Ch. 7D, 41) Soccer BowL New York vs. Fort Lauderdale. 1-4 (Ch. 3, 9C) Lions Football. St. Louis at Detroit. 1-4 (Ch. 4, 5, 8, 10) - Football. Pittsburgh at Cincinnati. 1-4 (Ch. 2, 6) Football. Minnesota at Chicago. 3- 5:30 (Ch. 7D, 41) - ABC Baseball. Cincinnati at Los Angeles. 4- 7 (Ch. 2, 3, 6, 9C, 25) - Football. Tampa Bay at Dallas.

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