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Sports The Salina Journal Tuesday, December 31,1985 Page 11 Switzer: Penn State deserves more respect MIAMI (AP) - Being ranked third in the country and considered a touchdown favorite against the No. 1 team in the nation carries with it a heavy burden, Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer says. ; At the same time, Switzer ;said it casts that top-ranked team — in this case, Penn State, Oklahoma's opponent in the Orange Bowl — in a poor light. v, "I don't know why Penn' y State hasn't gotten the respect they deserve," Switzer said during his team's light workout Monday. "It's unfair to Joe and his program. Their record is the best in college football right now." Indeed, Joe Paterno's Nittany Lions enter Wednesday night's game with a spotless 11-0 record, while Oklahoma is 10-1. But Penn State is a 7%-point underdog. "I think the psychological advantage is defi- Switzer nitely with Penn State," Switzer said. "It's not a good situation for us." The general feeling among Oklahoma backers is that the Sooners need only to show up and not make too many mistakes in order to win. Certainly Oklahoma has the more impressive statistics, averaging 100 more yards per game on offense and allowing about 100 fewer yards on defense. Switzer, however, does not buy that way of thinking. "I don't understand that rationale," he said. "Penn State is a very good football team. They're 11-0. "Everyone is talking about who will be No. 1 if we win ... All we're trying to do is win the football game. We don't know if we can do that. "We're probably going to have to play the best game we've played this year as far as our field position is concerned," he said. "They don't do anything to hurt themselves. You don't get many opportunities off their mistakes." Oklahoma's wishbone offense, in order to work successfully, requires that quarterback Jamelle Holieway have a good game. Penn State has used multiple defensive sets all year, but Switzer said he does not expect the Nittany Lions to have much success rattling the freshman. "He can read defenses, he's done it all year," Switzer said. Offensive coordinator Jim Donnan agreed. "They won't be able to confuse him very often," Donnan said. "He's good at taking what they give us, and we've got to make sure we do that again Wednesday night.'' While Oklahoma has been impressive, especially since Holieway has become a starter, Penn State rarely has looked like a champion. It won seven games by a total of 28 points. The offense was spotty. The defense kept them alive. Quarterback John Shaffer was criticized weekly for his inconsistency as a passer as he completed only 45 percent of his attempts for eight touchdowns with 10 interceptions. "I'm not interested in statistics, just a W in the win-loss column," Shaffer has said repeatedly. Switzer appeared relaxed and confident just two days before the game, but said there were some areas that had him concerned. One is the fact that the team has only been able to use films in preparing for Penn State; the other is the element of surprise. "On film, you can see speed and size, but you can't see strength," Switzer said. "The key to a football game is physically being able to control the other team. When we play Nebraska every year, we can watch the films, but we also know what kind of strength they've got. With Penn State, we can't do that. "The only thing that bothers me about a game like this is the unknowns," he said. "You're worried about them doing something with the offense they haven't shown before, or doing something with the defense, and then having to adjust to that during the game.'' Tim Hostetter JOURNAL SPORTS WRITER Seminoles dump O-State, 34-23 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, who said his team needed to discover a new star in order to win Monday night's Gator Bowl football game, found the hero he was looking for in seldom-used receiver Herb Gainer. ; Quarterback Chip Ferguson was named the most valuable player after passing for 338 yards in Florida State's 34-23 blitz of Oklahoma State, but Bowden saved most of his praise for Gainer, who caught seven passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns. "No question about It, the biggest surprises were the two wide receivers, Gainer and (Randy) White," Bowden said. "If they hadn't played the way they did we couldn't have done it. We were determined to come out and throw the ball whether we had a receiver or not." The Seminoles were expected to stress the running game because their top receiver, Hassan Jones, had been suspended for selling complimentary tickets and their No. 2 and No. 3 pass-catchers were injured. Bowden said Sunday that the only way the Seminoles could beat the Cowboys was if a new star evolved during the game. Gainer "had shown me he could do It before, but he hadn't had a good game for us," Bowden said. In fact, Gainer had caught only five passes this season and White, who caught four for 87 yards against the Cowboys, didn't have a single reception to his credit. But the reserves FLORIDA ST. 34, OKLAHOMA ST. 23 GAM? IN STATS OSU FSU First downs 23 31 Rushes-yards 35-106 41-231 Passing yards 263 338 Return yards 00 00 Passes 22-44-2 20-43-2 Punts 7-36 4-48 Fumbles-lost 1-0 3-2 Penalties-yards 3-27 9-110 Time of Possession 31:49 28:11 Individual Statistics RUSHING—Oklahoma St., Thomas 26-97, Tlmmons 2-11, Dykes 1 -1, Williams 6-(mlnus 3). Florida St., T.Smith 24-201, C.Jones 6-18, Floyd 2-8, Ross 2-7, R.White 1-1, Ferguson 6-(mlnus PASSING—Oklahoma St., Williams 21-43-2251, Thomas 1-1-0-12. Florida St., Ferguson 2043-1-338. RECEIVING—Oklahoma St., Dykes 8-104, Werner 4-30, Riley 3-49, Thomas 3-44, Dlllard 213, Williams 1-12, Luper 1-11. Florida St., Gainer 7-148, P.Carter 5-81, R.White 4-87, T.Smith 2-8, Panton 1-10, Brown 1-4. Scoring Summary Oklahoma St. 0 0 17 6—23 Florida St. J 10 14 7—34 FSU—FG Schmidt 23 FSU—Gainer 39 pass from Ferguson (Schmidt kick) FSU—FG Schmidt 39 OSU—FG Dennis 33 FSU—C.Jones 3 run (Schmidt kick) FSU—Gainer 19 pass from Ferguson (Schmidt kick) OSU—Thomas 29 pass from Williams (Denis kick) OSU—Williams 12 pass from Thomas (Denis kick) FSU—Ferguson 1 run (Schmidt kick) OSU—Dykes 31 pass from Williams (pass failed) A—79,417 played like seasoned veterans in front of a crowd of 79,417. "I thought It would be a little tougher," Gainer said. "But we have a pretty explosive offense if we're executing." Oklahoma State coach Pat Jones said the only thing that surprised him was his team's inability to stop the Spartans drop 80-77 decision BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Jekyll and Hyde personality which has characterized Marymount's basketball team all season continued here Monday night. The Spartans played like gangbusters in the first half of their contest against Bakersfield State before collapsing in the second half to drop an 80-77 decision. "It was a clone ... identical to the way our season has gone," said Marymount coach Dan Pratt. "We had lots of opportunities (to win) but we just didn't get it done." Marymount had played a "pretty air-free" first half and the result was a 43-34 advantage at intermission against the NCAA Division II school. "We shot the ball extremely well from the perimeter and played great defense," Pratt said of Marymount's play in the first 20 minutes. But the second half was an entirely different story as the Spartans committed most of their 17 turnovers after intermission and were plagued by foul trouble and missed free throws. Bakersfield State built a seven- point lead at the seven-minute mark before Marymount rallied to within 73-69 with just over four minutes remaining. But then the Spartans missed three free throws and two layups during their next four possessions. The Spartans, however, were still within 79-77 and had possession in the waning seconds. Marymount got the ball into sophomore center Rich Hamilton, whose jumper was hanging on the rim when basket interference was called on MC's Ben Smith with: 07 remaining. "The ball was gonna go in," Pratt said of Hamilton's shot. "But he (Smith) definitely hit the ball when it was on the cylinder. The call had to be made." Leonard Brown scored 22 points and Jeff Hughes added 18 points to pace Bakersfield State, which improved its record to 7-4. Doug Butler and Anthony Stephens scored 18 points apiece to pace Marymount, which fell to 9-7. Smith chipped in 16 points for the Spartans. Hamilton, averaging 22 points a contest, was held to eight points. The 6-8 sophomore, who sat out 11 minutes of the second half with foul trouble, did not score after intermission. MC's second-leading scorer, sophomore forward Lonnie Sanders, did not suit up for the contest. Sanders had suffered an ankle injury last Saturday night in the final game of the McDonald's-Marymount Booster Club tournament. Marymount's four-game swing in California continues Thursday night when the Spartans meet Azusa Pacific. MARYMOUNT (77) Mansfield 21-25, Carter 3 2-2 8, Ward 0 0-0 0, Smith 7 2-4 16, Stephens 7 4-7 18, Belew 2 0-04, Butler 8 2-3 IB, Hamilton 325 8, Gultroz 0 0-0 0, Dugan 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 3213-2377. BAKERSFIELD ST. (80) Wright 1 0-02, Hughes 8 2-2 18, RoweOO- 0 0, Brooks 21-1 5, Brown 11 0-1 22, Williams 3 3-5 9, Jackson 21-25, Pheifer 4 0-0 8. Shaw 21-25, Stephens 1 4-4 6. TOTALS 34 12-17 80. HALFTIME — Marymount 43, Bakersfield St. 34. TOTAL FOULS — Marymount 18, Bakersfield St. 23. FOULED OUT — Carter (Marymount). TECHNICAL FOULS — Bakersfield St. coach Parks 2. REBOUNDS — Marymount 25 (Butler 7), Bakersfield St. 40 (Jackson, Williams 7). TURNOVERS — Marymount 17, Bakersfield St. 15. Oklahoma State defensive back Melvin Gilliam (left) intercepts a Florida State pass as Seminole wide receiver Herb Gainer (3) looks on during Gator Bowl action Monday night. Seminoles. "They didn't do anything that we didn't think they'd do," Jones said. "We expected them to pass it despite the problems at wide receiver. But we thought we could stop them and we didn't." Ferguson hit 20 of 43 attempts, with touchdown tosses of 39 and 19 yards to Gainer. He capped Florida State's scoring with a 1-yard dive with 10:43 left in the game. Gainer literally stole a 39-yard touchdown in the second quarter by outbattling Cowboy defensive back Demise Williams for a pass thrown (SeeO-State,Pagel2) Huskies hold off CU, 20-17 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A season of unfulfilled aspirations ended on a positive note for the University of Washington football team. The Huskies, behind touchdown runs by David Tony and Anthony Covington, edged Colorado 20-17 Monday night in the second Freedom Bowl football game at Anaheim Stadium. "It's a good finish," Washington coach Don James said. "The thing Is, we were looking at 6-6. Somebody had billed this game as the underachievers (Washington) against the over-achievers. "I'm proud of our guys. They got ready to play." Regardless of how ready the Huskies were, it took a fourth-quarter fumble two yards from the end zone by Colorado's Mark Marquez to derail the Buffaloes. "I didn't think we were going to stop them, and that would have put pressure on our offense," James said. When asked whether Marquez was down, James replied, "I don't know. I don't care. I won't know until I see the films. "A lot of things went against us, too, like 13 penalties." Colorado coach Bill McCartney, whose team was 1-10 a year ago, was proud of what his team accomplished, even in defeat. "In general, we had a chance to win it and just didn't do it," McCartney said. "The thing I was proudest of is that we were in position to win despite being down by 10 at one point." With the game tied, Covington dove into the end zone from a yard out to put the Huskies up 17-10 with 5:35 left in the third quarter. An 18-yard field goal by Jeff Jaeger on the first play of the fourth quarter extended Washington's advantage to 20-10. Colorado, with momentum going the other way, turned to some chic- col 15 58-190 44 40 2-10-0 5-39 1-1 4-20 30:22 WASHINGTON VS. COLORADO GAME IN STATS Was First downs 20 Rushes-yards 43-207 Passing yards 141 Return yards 8 Passes 15-26-1 Punts 6-40 Fumbles-lost 1-0 Penalties-yards 13-88 Time of Possession 29:38 Individual Statistics RUSHING—Washington, Chandler 7-72, Weathersby 11-56, Covington 9-33, Toy 8-22, Fenney 6-11, Hill 1-11, Jenkins 1-2. Colorado, Marquez 10-80, Hatcher 17-36, Brown 8-26, Weatherspoon 8-26, Smith 11-13, McCarthy 4-9. PASSING—Washington, Chandler 15-26-1141. Colorado, Hatcher 1-8-0-13, Helton 1-1-031,Alexander 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING—Washington, Hill 4-48, Jones 339, Weathersby 3-21, Covington 2-14, Fenney 2(minus 2), Toy 1-21. Colorado, Embree 1-31, Ferrandol-13. Scoring Summary Washington 377 Colorado 073 Was—FG Jaeger 30 Col—Weatherspoon 1 run (Eckel kick) Was—Toy 3 run (Jaeger kick) Cot—FG Eckel 33 Was—Covington 1 run (Jaeger kick) Was—FG Jaeger 18 Col—Embree 31 pass from Helton (Eckel kick) A—30,961 3—20 7—17 anery to get back into the game. The Buffaloes converted a fake field goal into a 31-yard touchdown pass from punter Barry Helton to tight end Jon Embree. With the extra point, Colorado was back within three points with 11:05 to play. The Buffaloes were within two yards of a go-ahead touchdown with five minutes left when Marquez's fumble near the goal line was recovered by Washington Linebacker David Rill, who was credited with 17 tackles in the game. "It came at a good time," Rill said. "I was a little out of position, but Joe Kelly made a good hit, the ball popped out, and I was closest to it." "I found a seam and was trying to drive into the end zone," Marquez said. "The ball rolled out as I was going down and they called it a fumble." Washington had taken a 10-7 lead on Toy's 3-yard touchdown run with 30 seconds left in the first half. The score culminated an 80-yard, 14-play drive kept alive by a fourth-down offside penalty against Colorado. The Buffaloes tied the game on their first possession of the second half with a 33-yard field goal by Larry Eckel. A 1-yard scoring plunge by Anthony Weatherspoon had given the Buffaloes a 7-3 lead with 5:59 left In the second quarter. Colorado's touchdown was set up by a 28-yard punt return by Jo Jo Collins to the Washington 26-yard line. The Huskies had taken a 34) lead on a 30-yard field goal by Jaeger with 3:58 left in the first quarter. Washington sophomore quarterback Chris Chandler completed 15 of 26 passes for 141 yards and one interception. He also gained 72 yards on seven carries to lead the Huskies In rushing. Marquez led Colorado with 80 yards on 10 carries. Chandler was voted the game's most valuable player. The 6-foot-3Vfe sophomore took over as the Huskies' starter in the 10th game after senior Hugh Millen suffered a shoulder injury the week before. After the late fumble by Marquez, Colorado got the ball back two more times but was unable to threaten, failing to gain even a first down. Colorado, which finished ninth in the nation in rushing, could gain just 69 yards on the ground in the first half and 190 in all. The Buffaloes averaged 259.8 yards rushing per game during the regular season. Colorado was Limited to 234 total yards, compared with 348 yards for Washington. Colorado quarterback Mark Hatcher completed just one of eight passes for 13 yards, and added 36 rushing yards on 17 carries Prior to the fumble by Marquez, the only turnover was an interception by Colorado linebacker Barry Remington in the second quarter. The game drew a cqowd of 30,961 to 69,007-seat Anaheim Stadium. MCL's success tops memorable stories in 1985 I could fill today's sports section with memorable high school sports stories of 1985. However, this space limits me to just a short mention of the top 10. Here they are: 1. MID-CONTINENT LEAGUE'S THREE STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS: On a miserably cold Nov. 30, Norton, Plainville and Victoria put a warm spot in all MCL fans by winning state titles. Norton — one of the best high school football teams I've seen — beat Shawnee Aquinas (14-0) to win 4A at Lawrence. Plainville defeated Wellsville by the same score to win 3A at Manhattan, and Victoria followed Plainville's victory by edging Centralia (8-6) to win the 2A crown. 2. BELOIT'S WRESTLING SUCCESS CONTINUES: In February, Beloit's wrestling team — coached by Chris Sones — became the first Kansas school to win six straight state titles. The Trojans outdistanced Columbus (121%-90) to win the 4A title in Wichita. Then, on Dec. 21, the Trojans reached another rare milestone when they won their 100th consecutive dual meet. The streak — still alive — began in December of 1979 with a win over Phillipsburg and reached 100 with a win over Concordia in the recent Beloit quadrangular. Beloit, Emporia and Wichita Kapaun are the only Kansas high schools to have won 100 straight dual meets. 3. ED BULLER RETIRES: After 45 years of coaching high school football, Clifton-Clyde's Ed Buller retired from coaching with a 335-78-7 record — fourth on the all-time national list. Bullet's teams won 24 league titles, posted 10 undefeated seasons and won a state championship in 1977, largely because of their superb execution of the single-wing offense. 4. THE JAMES ROY SAGA: In July, Sacred Heart hired Detroit, Mich., native James Roy as its new head football coach. Roy's resume was unbelievable and The Journal's sports staff discovered why. Roy had been working at General Motors and hadn't coached in 20 years. He was a fake. Sacred Heart then hired Bob Warkentine. 5. SOUTHEAST OF SALINE WINS FIRST STATE WRESTLING TITLE: While Beloit was winning its sixth straight state wrestling crown, Gary Harding was guiding Southeast of Saline to its first title at the 3-2-1A meet in Hays. Southeast was dominant in outscoring runnerup Hill City, 144%-74. 6. GIRLS' BASKETBALL: In its fourth straight 4A state tournament appearance, Concordia finally won the championship and did it with a 250 record. Dick Switzer's Panthers had taken fourth in '82, third in '83, and second in '84 before defeating Baldwin last March in Salina's Bicentennial Center. Canton-Galva won its second straight 2A state title by whipping Ashland in the final. The Eagles won their three tourney games by an average of 16 points. Grinnell won its first state basketball title by beating a much taller Spearville team by 15 points in the final. Salina Central pulled one of the biggest surprises in the area by placing fourth in the 5A state tournament despite entering the tourney with a 12-9 record. 7. BOYS' BASKETBALL: Golden Plains was the only high school boys' basketball team in the state to post a perfect season (26-0). The Bulldogs — coached by Jerry Livingston — defeated Pretty Prairie by two points in Hays to win the 1A state title. Linn was the only other boys' team in the central and north-central Kansas area to win a state basketball championship. The Bulldogs whipped Centre in Topeka to win the 2A crown. Southeast of Saline was the biggest surprise in the area, placing fourth in the 3A state tournament despite a losing record. 8. RON DAHLSTEN RETIRES: In May, Lindsborg's (now Smoky Valley) Ron Dahlsten coached his last high school tennis match at the boys' 3-2-1A state meet in Lindsborg. In 18 years at Lindsborg High, Dahlsten coached 17 league titles. His students won 25 regional crowns and 11 state championships. 9. AREA VOLLEYBALL SU&. CESS: Wheatland won its fourth straight state volleyball title by de- (See Hostetter, Page 12)

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