The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on December 30, 1985 · Page 11
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Sports The Salina Journal Monday, December 30,1985 Page 11 Giants dump defending champs/17-3 49ers' offense denied endzone EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Phil Simms threw two touchdown passes and Joe Morris ran for his now-customary 100-plus yards — but it was the New York Giants' defense which guaranteed that the National Football League would have a new champion for the sixth time in six years. The Giants eliminated the defending Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers, 17-3, in the NFC wildcard game Sunday with a defensive effort led by Leonard Marshall and Jim Hurt that held the 49ers without a touchdown for the first tune in 40 games. That put New York into a second- round playoff game against the 15-1 Bears in Chicago next Sunday. The Bears have supplanted San Francisco as the NFL's best team and were the last team to limit them to ' just a field goal in a 13-3 victory two " years ago. ' "I've never seen the defense play so well, I've never seen them play so aggressively," said Simms, whose : 18-yard pass to Mark Bavaro 6:40 : into the second period and 3-yarder to ;Don Hasselbeck 4:40 into the third ; quarter accounted for the two ; touchdowns. • : "If you hit and hit again, it adds -Up," defensive end Casey Merrill • said. "Anybody's going to get harried ' if they're constantly pressured.'' '. - In fact, it was the constant pres- .* sure as much as the four sacks—two ; by nose tackle Burt — that did in the ; 49ers. Joe Montana completed 27 of ; 415 passes for 296 yards. But he was ; under constant pressure — Terry ; Einard intercepted him to set in mo• don the drive that ended with Bavaro's scoring catch — and his re'. ceivers, equally pressured, dropped at least half a dozen passes. "I don't think I dropped as many balls in the two years I've been here as I did today," said running back . Roger Craig, who became the first man in the NFL ever to gain 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving but was limited to 23 yards in nine carries and two receptions for 18 yards as the 49ers finished 10-7 following an 18-1 season in 1984. San Francisco's only score came on Ray Wersching's 21-yard field goal just before halftime that cul- SF NYC First downs 19 21 Rushes-yards 22-94 41-174 Passing 268 181 Return Yards 7 44 Comp-Att 26-48-1 15-31-1 Sacks by 0-0 4-28 Punts 6-38 5-37 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0 Penalties-Yards ' 6-41 5-45 Time of Possession 28:16 31:44 Individual Statistic! RUSHING—San Francisco. Tyler 10-61, Craig 9-23. Monroe 1-10, Harmon 1-0, Montana 1-0. New York, Morris 28-141, Carpenter 4-25, Adams 4-13, Simms 5-(-5). PASSING—San Francisco,'Montana 26-47-1296, Rice 0-1-0-0. New York, Simms 15-31-1181. RECEIVING—San Francisco, Clark 8-120, Rice 4-45, Francis 4-39, Frank 3-25, Ring 3,19, Craig 2-18, Harmon 1-16, Wilson 1-14. New York, Bavaro 5-67, Manuel 3-56, Carpenter 3-36, Galbreath 1-9, Adams 1-5, Morris 1-5, Has- selbackl-3. MISSED FIELD GOALS—New York, Schubert, 43, 36,39. Scoring Summary San Francisco 030 0— 3 N.Y. Giants 377 0—17 First Period NY—FG Schubert 47,3:57 Second Period NY—Bavaro 18 pass from Simms (Schubert kick), 6:40 SF—FG Worsening 21,14:38 Third Period NY—Hasselback 3 pass from Simms (Schubert kick), 4:04 A—75,842. minated a drive kept alive by three Giants penalties, including a late hit on Merrill following a sack by Marshall. "We were so physical, we got too physical," said linebacker Harry Carson, another New York defender who was all over the field Sunday. ' 'We got late hits that turned out to be bad plays. But I'd like to think maybe they dropped all those passes because because we were physical and were hitting their running backs coming out of the backfield." So dominanant were the Giants, 106 during the season, that the margin could have been greater. Eric Schubert kicked a 47-yard field goal to give New York a 3-0 lead on its first series, but missed three other attempts from 43,36 and 39 yards. Simms, protected by an offensive line that didn't allow a sack, completed 15 of 31 passes for 181 yards and Bavaro caught five passes for 67 yards to augment Morris' 141 rushing yards on 28 carries. The most important of those was a 30-yard scamper that preceded Simms' TD toss to Hasselbeck 4:04 into the third period. Kansas State escapeswith OT triumph PORTLAND, Ore. — Kansas State captured fourth place Sunday in the eight-team Far West Classic college basketball tournament here, but not before the Tampa University Spartans overcame a myriad of obstacles to force the Wildcats into overtime. Clutch free throw shooting saved the Wildcats, who escaped with a 6968 victory despite an otherwise lackluster performance against the Division II Spartans. The victory, secured by Benny Green's two free throws after an intentional foul with 0:08 remaining in overtime, unproved K-State to 8-3 heading into Thursday night's home date with Marquette, scheduled to tip off at 7:35 in Ahearn Field House. Green's free throws put K-State ahead 69-66. Tampa, which fell to 84, pulled back to within a point on a layup by John Jones just before the New York Giants lineman George Martin wrestles San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana to the ground just after Marino released a a fourth-quarter pass at the Meadowlands. After that, the New York offense shut down, which allowed the 49ers' offense to move—but not to score. "We weren't going to throw the ball once we had the lead," said Simms, who threw just twice in the fourth quarter. As for San Francisco, it was a fitting close to a season that was supposed to be the second year of a dynasty. The 49ers needed to win on the last day of the season just to make the playoffs as a wild-card team. "I guarantee you, publicly, we'll be back," Coach BUI Walsh said. New York's victory was its third in five years in the NFC wild-card playoff game and avenged playoff defeats to San Francisco in 1981 and last year. In each instance, the 49ers went from those victories to Super Bowl victories. Simms finished the day with 15 completions in 31 attempts for 181 yards and was protected by an offensive line that didn't allow a sack. San Francisco appeared to get a touchdown with 2:16 to play on a 12- yard pass from Montana to John Frank, but it was negated by a holding call on guard John Ayers. Herb Welch, a reserve safety for the Giants, killed the 49ers' final threat by knocking down a fourth-down end- zone pass. The Giants took a 3-0 lead 3:57 into the game on Schubert's 47-yarder following a drive that carried from their own 36 to the San Francisco 30. Morris carried for 18 of the 36 yards in the drive, which might have turned into more had not Simms overthrown a wide-open Morris at the 49ers' 20. Both teams moved sporadically after that, but each time they threatened, the defenses came up with a big play. Late in the first period, the Giants moved nearly 60 yards after Max Runager's punt was downed at their 2-yard line. But Fred Dean tipped a key third-down pass to stop that drive. San Francisco moved to the New York 38, but consecutive stuffs of Craig by Marshall and Carson stopped them there and forced a punt. Early in the second period, the 49ers reached the Giants 32, but chose to punt again rather than try a long-field goal. New York then moved from its own (See Giants, Page 13) K-STATE (69) Coleman Mitchell Meyer Wright Underwood Green Simmons Eddie TOTALS TAMPA (68) Morse Bailey Johnston Olsen J.Jones Sawney Cohen M.Jones TOTALS MIN 34 31 36 36 19 35 9 25 225 MIN 22 19 44 23 45 21 31 20 225 FG 5-14 2-9 3-7 6-13 3-5 4-14 0-1 5-10 28-73 FG 0-3 2-3 8-11 5-7 11-17 2-5 0-3 0-1 28-50 FT 2-2 1-2 2-3 6-6 0-0 2-2 0-0 0-0 13-15 FT 2-4 0-2 1-1 2-2 7-10 0-0 0-0 0-0 12-19 R 7 3 7 3 3 3 0 6 37 R 0 3 6 2 12 2 1 3 33 F 2 4 3 3 0 2 1 2 17 F 0 0 4 3 3 3 3 2 18 TP 12 5 8 18 6 10 0 10 69 TP 2 4 17 12 29 4 0 0 68 NY T)' turns tables on SF'()' Joe Morris (20) topped 100 yards rushing for the Giants in their 17-3 victory over San Francisco in the NFC Wild Card playoff. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) —Doing the unexpected, and doing it well, has helped the San Francisco 49ers' offense become one of the most feared in the National Football League and earned Coach Bill Walsh the title of genius. The New York Giants' defense borrowed a page from the genius on Sunday by shutting down the 49ers offense and earning the right to meet the Chicago Bears with a 17-3 victory over San Francisco in the National Football Conference wild-card game. "What we did to them was something they do to defenses," said Giants linebacker Gary Reasons. "They give so many wrinkles out there, a lot of motion, bring different people in on any down. There is no pattern to their offense. "What we did was have no pattern to our defense," said Reasons, who tipped a Joe Montana pass in the second quarter to set up an interception by Terry Kinard that launched one of the Giants two touchdown drives. "We gave them a couple of things to think about and took away their wide open play calling." San Francisco tight end John Frank said the Giants forced the 49ers to guess a lot on offense. "It was a rough day for Joe (Montana)," said Frank. "He had his head on a swivel all day looking for receivers. They had outstanding coverages and the linebackers switched up a lot." Reasons also said the Giants did a lot out of the ordinary on first and second down. George Martin, primarily a pass rusher, played on a lot of first down situations, while the linebackers played the receivers out of the backfield a lot closer than normal. However, the 49ers' quarterback said the Giants showed nothing new on defense. "They did things to stop us, but nothing out of character that we didn't expect," said Montana, who completed 26 of 47 passes for 296 yards. If there was anything the Giants did, it was hit harder, said Giants linebacker Harry Carson. "Coming into the game we wanted to be physical, more physical than we have ever been," said Carson. "There was a lot of hitting out there and people got hurt on both sides of tie ball. That's football. We just wanted to play the most physical game of our lives today.". Physical, yet a controlled physical game, was how Giants nose tackle Jim Burt described it. "We played consistently and that was the key to the game," he said. "We stayed high, but not too high. If you get too high, you start losing perspective of what you're trying to do. We stayed on an even keel.'' "Our plan was to pressure, and we pressured," said Giants Coach Bill Parcells. "We played bump and run and it worked." HALFTIME—K-State 32, Tampa 24. REGULATION—Tied, 60-60. TECHNICAL FOULS—Tampa bench, Olsen. TEAM REBOUNDS — Kansas St. 5, Tampa 4. ASSISTS — Kansas St. 17 (Wright, Meyer 5), Tampa 22 (Olsen 7). TURNOVERS — Kansas St. 10, Tampa 17. A—2,550. final buzzer sounded. K-State had led by 15 points, 50-35, less than eight minutes into the second half, but Jones spearheaded a Spartan rally which produced a 56-56 tie with 4:13 left in regulation. Jones tied the contest again at 58-58 after Green put K-State ahead with two free throws. And a Moses Sawney jumper gave Tampa the lead, 60-58, with 1:35 remaining. Joe Wright, who led K-State with 18 points, misfired on a juniper which could have tied the contest, but the Wildcats hit the offensive boards for three tip-in attempts. The final tip, by Ben Mitchell, was successful with 41 seconds left. Tampa called two timeouts before Craig Cohen missed a short baseline jumper at the buzzer, forcing the overtime. A six-point run gave Tampa a 66-62 advantage halfway through the overtime, but Wright fed Ron Meyer for a layup which cut the Wildcat deficit in half with 1:55 to play, and K-State scored the next five points at the free throw line. Jones, pumping in 29 points, picked up the slack created by the absence of Tampa's preseason small college All-America Todd Under (a 6-8 junior forward who suffered a knee injury in the Spartans' victory Saturday against Oregon). Jones, a 6-4 junior guard, was 11-of- 17 from the floor, displaying a variety of shots. He paced the Spartans to 56.0 percent shooting accuracy for the game — which was in stark contrast to K-State's unsightly 38.4 percent. "I'm always reluctant to talk in (See K-State, Page 12) Smithson duly impressed by KU By HAROLD BECHARD Sports Editor Friday night, after his team had just defeated Arizona State in the opening game of the BMA Holiday Classic, Wichita State head coach Gene Smithson was asked to evaluate the Kansas Jay- hawks. Never mind that KU had to still beat Lousiana Tech later that night (they did) to reach the tournament finals against WSU. Most people thought it to be a foregone conclusion. "I'm on the UPI board (United Press International coaches' poll) and I've voted them four or five all season long," Smithson said of the Jay- hawks. Saturday night, after his team had been thumped 81-56 by the Jayhawks in Kemper Arena, Smithson went one step further. "KU is a Final Four club, there's no question in my mind," said Smithson, after Kansas had handed his team its worst loss since Larry Bird and Indiana State pinned a 109-84 pasting on the Shockers on Feb. 25,1979. "We played them tough for a half and the early part of the second half, but then they showed their class. They showed why they're one of the best teams in the country." KU looked every bit a Final Four club in the second half against the Shockers. After leading by just six points at halftime (40-34), the Jayhawks manhandled WSU in every facet of the game in the final 20 minutes. Here are some examples of KU's domination. • KU's defense, which has been overshadowed all year because of its outstanding shooting, completely shut down the Shockers in the second half. WSU hit just 9-of-40 from the field for 11 percent and just 21-of-79 for the game for 26 percent. • Wichita State forwards' Gus Santos and Sasha Radunovich were a combined 6-for-33 from the field. Much of the credit must go to Ron Kellogg, who held Santos to 3-of-15 shooting, and to Danny Saturday night for the Jayhawks who are expected to move up in the Associated Press rankings (they were No. 6 last week) this week after No. 5 Georgetown lost to Texas-El Paso Friday night. KU head coach Larry Brown was asked after the WSU game if he thought his team deserved to be so highly regarded in the polls. "I think we're a Top 20 team," he said. "When you look at the schedule we've played and the teams we've beaten (Kentucky, Louisville, Wash- "KU is a Final Four club, there's no question in my mind. We played them tough ... but then they showed their class." —Gene Smithson Manning, who allowed Radunovich to make just 3 of 18 shots. • The Jayhawks came up with nine steals and seven blocked shots as Manning led in both categories with six and four, respectively. • Rebounding, which has been a trouble spot for KU this season, wasn't Saturday night. The Jay- hawks held a 53-43 advantage, including an overwhelming 30-13 margin in the second half. • And the previously maligned KU bench came alive as Chris Piper, Mark Turgeon and Archie Marshall combined for 22 points and 19 rebounds. All |n all, Kemper Arena was a fun place to be ington and Arkansas), I'm thrilled with what we've done so far. It's amazing how much we've improved since the NIT." Brown gave his club three days off after Saturday night's game. Then it's back to work for a pair of games on the opponents' home floor for the first time. Of KU's seven away games this season, four were in the Big Apple-NTT Tournament, two in the BMA Holiday Classic and one against North Carolina State in Greensboro, N.C., not the Wolfpack's , (See KU, Page 13) Wichita State's Lew Hill (right) and Kansas' Cedric Hunter — elbow to elbow in pursuit of a loose ball — typified the rugged nature of the Jayhawks' 81-56 victory over the Shockers in the title game of thejBMA Holiday Classic at Kemper Arena.

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