The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on December 30, 1985 · Page 13
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The Salina Journal Monday, December 30,1985 Page 13 Allen named league's MVP NEW YORK (AP) - Marcus Allen of the Los Angeles Raiders, who led the National Football League in rushing and set a record for combined running-receiving yardage, was named Sunday the Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year by The Associated Press. The 1981 Heisman Trophy winner, once considered a step too slow to be a standout professional running back, ran for 1,759 yards to lead the league and caught 67 passes for 555 yards as the principal figure in the Raiders' offense during a 12-4 season. Allen was chosen for both MVP and Offensive Player honors in balloting by three writers or broadcasters representing each of the NFL's 28 cities. He was an easy winner over Chicago's Walter Payton for the Offensive Player award but edged Payton by just 8 votes, 33-25, in the MVP balloting. The only other players to get significant support were Roger Craig of the San Francisco 49ers and Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins. Despite winning the Heisman, Running back Marcus Allen the 6-foot-2 Allen, a member of the long procession of star backs at Southern California, lasted until the llth pick of the first round in the NFL draft because some scouts voiced concerns about his speed. He was the Most Valuable Player in the Super Bowl that followed the 1983 season when he rushed for 191 yards — including a recod 74-yard touchdown gallop — in the Raiders' victory over Washington, this after a few seasons of grousing that he didn't get to carry the ball as often as he wanted to. He never worked as much as this season, when he carried the ball 380 times, 105 more rushes than his previous high. Still, in those 380 carries aid 67 receptions, he fumbled just three times all year. Early in the season, Allen suggested that he still wasn't rushing enough. His carries began to go up when starting quarterback Jim Plunkett was injured in the third game. Allen's closest friend is 0 Simpson, the former record-setting running back — and fellow Southern Cal alumnus — and now television commentator. But Allen sympathizes with him in one regard. "0. J. would have given up some of his records to play in the Super Bowl. This is my fourth year and I've been in the Super Bowl, and I've been in the playoffs every year," Allen said. "I've been very fortunate." Patriots end drought witH 26-14 victory. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — It was 22 years ago that the New England Patriots last won a playoff game. Many of their current players didn't even know what a football was at the time. Thanks to their 26-14 victory over the New York Jets in Saturday's AFC wild-card game, the Patriots figure they've erased the negatives of the past and have just as much chance as anyone to win the National Football League championship. "This is only the first step," said All-Pro linebacker Andre Tippett, who spearheaded a ruthless defense which grabbed two interceptions and a fumble and befuddled the Jets' attack. "We ignored the history of the playoffs. I probably wasn't even in grade school when those losses happened. "We're always told that to be a championship team you have to have a great defense. When you hear it enough, it starts to sink in. We've been keeping us in games a lot this year." The game turned on a pair of crucial turnovers by the Jets, who, like the Patriots were 11-5 this season. With New York ahead 7-6 in the second period and moving the ball on short passes and running plays, quarterback Ken O'Brien tried a deep pass to Wesley Walker. But free safety Fred Marion picked it off. "I looked at Walker and saw him running downfield," Marion said, "and I knew they were going to throw to him because they were trying to work it all day to get the safety to come up and get him free. Once I saw the ball,Iplayed that." Walker seemed to be in position to break up the play but couldn't. "I thought I was going to catch it," he said. "If I had seen where the safety was, maybe I would have made the grab or knocked it down. We never could make it happen after that. We never could make that one big play to get us back into it." Following the interception, Patriots quarterback Tony Eason, who completed 12 of 16 passes for 179 yards, hit Stanley Morgan behind cornerback Russell Carter for a 36- yard touchdown and a 13-7 halftime lead. Tony Franklin, who also had field goals of 33, 41 and 26 yards, booted one from 20 yards to make it 16-7 in the third period. Just 15 seconds later, New England got the clincher when Johnny Hector fumbled the kickoff and Johnny Rembert, who had made the hit, picked up the ball and rambled untouched into the end zone. Cinderella Buffaloes seek storybook finale ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Colorado Buffaloes will be shooting for a fairy-tale finish to a Cinderella season Monday night when they meet the Washington Huskies in the second annual . Freedom Bowl at Anaheim Stadium. " • Just one year after fin; tehing with a 1-10 record, I the Buffaloes are making : {heir first bowl appearance -since 1977 and they are - savoring the feeling. Freedom Bowl "Going back to the 1-10 season, the feeling we " had was despair," junior linebacker Barry Remi'• ngton said at a press luncheon Sunday. "To turn : that around into 7-4, it's been a Cinderella season. What else can I say. We're just having the time of , our lives." ;' After suffering through six straight losing sea- 'sons, Colorado finished 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the Big Eight Conference this year. "Of the 36 bowl-bound teams, we must be the most excited to be in a bowl," said Bill McCartney, in his fourth year as head coach. "I guess we were the longest shots to get to one going into the season." Between the Buffaloes and a happy ending stands a determined Washington team that some preseason polls had pegged as a contender for the national championship. But the Huskies struggled through a 6-5 season. "No doubt finishing up with a victory in a bowl game would shine a better light on our season," senior tackle Dennis Soldat said. "Things have not gone well for us at times. Everybody is pulling together for one final effort and we hope a victory will start things off better for next year's team." Washington finished tied for fourth at 5-3 in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Huskies have been installed by oddsmakers as 4-point favorites. Colorado's turnaround coincides with a reversal in its offensive strategy from a pure passing attack to a wishbone offense. The Buffaloes went from last among the nation's Division I schools in rushing (59 yards per game) to ninth in the country with a 259.8-yard average. Sophomore fullback Anthony Weatherspoon ran for 569 yards in 140 carries to lead the Buffaloes' wishbone attack, which presents a multiple of weapons Washington must look out for. "The biggest threat is that dive (play) because they've got a great fullback in Weatherspoon," Washington linebacker Joe Kelly said. "They pound that away at you until you begin to collapse looking for it and then they go to the outside with a pitch. And once they get the defense to suck up, then they hit you with a long pass." Seminoles, Cowboys chart same Bowl course : JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State and Oklahoma State, two teams that followed similar paths this year, will try to end frustrating seasons on an upbeat note Monday night in the Gator Bowl. The 18th- Gatoi" Bowl ranked Seminoles and the 19th- ranked Cowboys enter the game with matching 83 records built from the same floorplan. Both teams started with four victories to move into the elite group considered candidates for the national championship. Both were beaten in the fifth week by powerful foes, Florida State losing to Auburn 59-27 and Oklahoma State falling to Nebraska 34-24. Their hopes for a national cham- pionship dashed, both teams slipped a little over the last six weeks of the season and dropped two more games. The major difference is that the Seminoles were beaten by two highly regarded teams, Miami and Florida, while the Cowboys were upset by lowly Iowa State in their 10th game before closing their regular season with a 13-0 loss to Oklahoma. "We have pretty much mirrored each other up and down in the polls all year long," Cowboys Coach Pat Jones said.' 'We've been right next to each other. "I think that does add a little to the ballgame, at least from my standpoint. We've been in the top 20 nonstop really since we beat Arizona State in the opener last year. I don't think the loser of this game will remain in the top 20. I'm not a big poll watcher until you get down to the last one. Then you have to live with that until the first of next year." Bowden said he felt this year's 'Florida State team had the potential to be one of his best if not for a few bad breaks and some costly injuries —particularly the concussions which ended quarterback Danny McManus' season after five games. "Our season got to the point where I thought might have it," he said. "Then we hit that shakey ground. But I don't know how we could have done much better under the circumstances." Both teams have been saddled with an extra distraction in recent weeks, the Seminoles losing a star player and the Cowboys nearly losing a head coach. Hassan Jones, the Seminoles' top Giants (Continued from Page 11) 20 to the San Francisco 26, but Schubert's 43-yard attempt was wide to the left. On San Francisco's second offensive play after Schubert's miss, New York linebacker Gary Reasons tipped a Montana pass into the arms of Kinard, who returned the ball 15 • yards to the 49ers" 38. Four plays later, on third-and-5, Simms threw 18 yards for the score to the wide-open Bavaro. San Francisco cut it to 10-3 on . Wersching's field goal with 22 seconds left in the half at the end of a penalty-aided drive that carried from the 49ers' 12 to the New York 3. Thirty-five of the yards came on penalties, including a third-down roughing call on Merrill after Montana had been sacked by Marshall and a third-down holding call. New York made it 17-3 by taking the second-half kickoff and driving 77 yards in eight plays, capped by the pass from Simms to the wide-open Hasselbeck. Later in the period, Byron Hunt recovered Jerry Rice's fumble at the San Francisco 46 and the Giants moved to the 49ers' 19. But this time Schubert missed to the right on the 36-yard attempt. Schubert missed again from 39 yards out early in the fourth period. KU (Continued from Page 11) home court. The first true road test will be a rugged one. Tenth-ranked Memphis State will host the Jayhawks this Saturday and then KU travels to Detroit University for a Monday night game. "I'm looking forward to the game at Memphis State,'' Brown said. But, before he gets his team ready for the game with Memphis State, which at 11-0 has matched the best start in school history, Brown wants to savor the 12-1 start by his team, the best start by a Jayhawk club since the 1970-71 season. "If you had told me that, with the schedule we'd be playing, we'd be 121, I wouldn't have believed it," Brown said. "This is very surprising." * * * The Jayhawks were not the Big Eight's only team to emerge victorious from a holiday tournament Saturday night. No. 8 Oklahoma kept its record perfect at 11-0 with a 92-69 scorching of Southern Methodist in the title game of the All College tournament in Oklahoma City. It's the third straight year the tourney title has belonged to the Sooners. And Iowa State, behind the hot shooting of Jeff Grayer, came from behind to nip Vanderbilt 80-79 in the title game of the Music City Invitational tournament in Nashville, Term. In other Saturday night action involving the Big Eight, Colorado pulled off a rare road victory with a 7042 whipping of Texas Tech, Oklahoma State upended Cincinnati 6258 in the consolation game of the All College Tournament, and Kansas State trounced Tennessee Tech 89-61 in the Far West Classic in Portland, Ore. • IOWA STATE 80, VANDERBILT 79 — Grayer was named his tournament's most valuable player with 33 points and nine rebounds in leading Iowa State, which recovered from an 11-point deficit to post its ninth victory in 11 decisions. 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