Sports The Salina Journal Wednesday, January 1,1986 Page 16 Penn State an underdog to Sooners MIAMI (AP) — Top-ranked Penn State, a team that gets more votes than respect, shoots for its second national championship in four years Wednesday night. But the nation's only unbeaten-untied team is a decided underdog. The fact that third-ranked Oklahoma is favored by a touchdown in Wednesday night's Orange Bowl doesn't seem to bother Penn State Coach Joe Paterno. "I don't know how much more respect you can get than being voted No. 1," Paterno said Tuesday as he and Oklahoma's Barry Switzer, who have done an about-face and have become buddy-buddy in recent years after some serious philosophical differences, sat side-by-side and ribbed each other at their final pregame news conference. "Oklahoma beat three good football teams (Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Southern Methodist) in the clutch, when they had to get it done (to finish 10-1 and set up a game of national championship proportions)," Paterno said. "I'd be impressed, too. "It doesn't bother me (that Oklahoma is favored) as long as we've got a chance to play. I don't care what the so-called experts think, and my kids feel the same way." Those "experts" have made Penn State the biggest No. 1-ranked underdog since third-ranked Southern California was a 7-point favorite over No. 1 Ohio State in the Jan. 1,1980, Rose Bowl. Southern Cal won 17-16. Ironically, that same day, No. 5 Oklahoma (10-1) was an 8-point favorite over No. 4 Florida (11-0) in the Orange Bowl. Oklahoma won 24-7. "Personally, I never considered Penn State No. 1 in the country,' says Sonny Reizner, who runs the Castaways sports book in Las Vegas. "There are maybe five or six teams which, if they played now, would be a 1- to 7-point favorite. "This is not the No. 1-ranked team in the country by our experts, only by sports reporters and coaches." Switzer isn't doing any politicking Orange Bowl 7 P . m .csT Oklahoma (10-1) vs. Penn State (11-0) At Miami, Florida for No. 1 this year, although he does say that "if we are fortunate to beat the No. 1 team, we should go up. It's as simple as that. I'm sure Jimmy Johnson (coach of second-ranked Miami) feels they should go to No. 1 (if Penn State loses and Miami beats Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl) because they beat us." Last year, Switzer hollered long and loud that second-ranked Oklahoma deserved to be No. 1 over 13-0 Brigham Young if the 9-1-1 Sooners beat Washington in the Orange Bowl. But Washington silenced him with a 28-17 triumph and, says Switzer, "Jimmy Johnson is playing my role this year." Miami, Oklahoma and fourth- ranked Iowa, which plays UCLA in the Rose Bowl, all are 10-1. Johnson has been extremely vocal that if the national championship vote comes down to Miami and Oklahoma, the Hurricanes would deserve to be No. 1 because of their 27-14 triumph in Norman, Okla., on Oct. 19. But even Johnson concedes that "if Penn State wins its bowl game, it certainly is deserving of being No. 1." Penn State acquired some of its lack of respect by having to come from behind to win six tunes during its 11-0 regular season. The Lions led from start to finish only against East Carolina, Rutgers, West Virginia, Notre Dame and Pitt, and trailed Alabama and Boston College at halftime. In addition, they won three games — Maryland, Temple and Alabama — by two points, two games — Syracuse and Boston College — by four (See Orange, Page 18) Oklahoma quarterback Jamelle Holieway perches on the shoulder of linebacker Brian Bosworth as the two Sooner stars mugged for cameras Tuesday in Miami. Holieway makes OU offense sizzle MIAMI (AP) — When Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer talks about what has brought his young team to the Orange Bowl, he points at the youngest Sooner, Jamelle Holieway. "He makes us a classic wishbone option football team," Switzer said Tuesday at the final news conference prior to Wednesday night's game with top-ranked Penn State. "I've always said I wanted a Joe Washington at quarterback," Switzer said, "And Jamelle Holieway gives us that kind of ability." Holieway, who turned 18 in June, has made Switzer look like a genius when he sounded like a joker. It was Oct. 19, and Oklahoma had just lost its first game and its first-string quarterback when Switzer assessed the situation. "I'm encouraged about our offense," he said then, "I really am." This only moments after his team had been beaten by Miami, 27-14. This after watching quarterback Troy Aikman break his ankle and have to be replaced by a freshman only five months removed from his high school graduation night. Aikman had enjoyed a great spring practice and another outstanding fall. He had struggled a bit in Oklahoma's first three games, but appeared on his way to a big day (See Sooner, Page 18) Service academies post bowl victories Air Force tops Texas, 24-16 HOUSTON (AP) — Air Force's football season lasted just long enough for fullback Pat Evans, who started the season on the sidelines and ended it Tuesday as his team's most valuable player. Evans, hobbled by a preseason knee injury, set up one touchdown with a 48-yard run and scored on a 19- yard run to lead the lOth-ranked Falcons to a 24-16 victory over Texas in the 27th Bluebonnet Bowl in Rice Stadium. Evans was named the most valuable player in the game for Air Force and defensive end James McKinney earned the honor for the Longhorns. Evans credited his second 100-yard rushing performance of the season to "the center, two guards and tackles. They just kept them (Texas defenders) off me and had holes that a Mack truck could go through. I didn't do anything special." Evans said it was his best game of a season that had been marked by frustration. "I've been struggling all year," he said. "But this put me over the edge and gives me a boost for next year." Evans, a junior, earned the praise of Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry. "He has done the job time and tune again for us the last two seasons," DeBerry said. "I'm just thankful we had him back for another year." The Falcons fullfilled a season- long tendency of capitalizing on their opponents' mistakes. William Harris caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Bret Stafford and Jeff Ward kicked field goals of 24,31 and 28 yards to account for the Texas scoring. "We had the opportunities but they had the big plays," Harris said. "We didn't take advantage of our opportunities and they did, and that was pretty much the difference." Stafford said his touchdown pass "was just a good play that worked the way it was supposed to work. We didn't relax after that at all. Air Force just did a good job of stopping us." The Falcons, who won their fourth consecutive bowl game, took a 14-7 halftime lead with a pair of touchdowns over a 1:59 span of the first quarter. Evans, who missed the first two games of the season, broke 48 yards to the Texas 1-yard line to set up Greg Pshsniak's touchdown run, and quarterback Bart Weiss leaped one yard for the go-ahead touchdown moments later. Weiss' touchdown came after Longhorn Lee Beckelman hobbled a kickoff and Air Force's Army outscores Illinois, 31-29 Texas tight end William Harris catches a 34-yard touchdown pass against Air Force Tuesday, but it wasn't enough as the Longhorns dropped a 24-16 decision to the Falcons. First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return yards Passes Punts AIR FORCE VS. TEXAS GAME IN STATS AF 9 53-189 5 6) 1-5-0 11-49 T«x 14 49-214 49 9-18-2 6-44 0-0 8-67 29:15 Fumbles-lost 1-0 Penalties-yards 6-45 Time of Possession 30:45 Individual Statlitlci RUSHING—Air Force, Evans 18-129, Weiss 21-41, Pitlman 8-3, Smith 3-8. Jones 2-7, Pshsniak 1-1. Texas, Stafford 9-63, Hunter 1658, Simmons 15-57, Morris 7-36, Metcolf 2-0. PASSING—Air Force, Weiss 1-5-0-5. Texas, Stafford 9-18-2-88. RECEIVING—Air Force, Pittman 1-5. Texas, Harris 3-65, Simmons 2-(minus 7), Gay 1-18, Hays 1-12, Norris 1-2, Metcalf 1-(minus 2). Scoring Summary Air Force U 0 7 3—24 T»xo» 703 4—14 Tex—Harris 34 pass from Stafford (Ward kick) AF—Pshsniak 1 run (Ruby kick) AF—Weiss 1 run (Ruby kick) Tex—FG Ward 24 AF—Evans 19 run (Ruby kick) Tex—FG Ward 31 Tex—FG Ward 28 AF—FG Ruby 40 A—42,000 Marc Munaf o recovered at the Texas 32. Stafford's 52-yard run in the third quarter set up Ward's 24-yard kick, but moments later, Falcon corn- erback Tom Rotello's 27-yard interception return paved the way for Evans' 19-yard scoring run. Ward kicked his 31-yarder with 14:14 left in the game aftar Air Force safety Scott Thomas batted down a third-down pass at the Falcon 14. Air Force cornerback Dwan Wilson's 14-yard interception return set up Tom Ruby's 40-yard field goal with 43 seconds left in the game. The Longhorns, 84, were trying to erase memories of last year's 55-17 loss to Iowa in the Freedom Bowl. Instead, they extended their bowl losing string to four in a row. Air Force closed out its winningest season at 12-1. Evans finished with 129 yards on 18 carries in his biggest game of the season. Evans' previous best was 108 yards against San Diego State. Rotello's fourth-quarter interception was his ninth of the season and gave the Falcons 30 thefts for the year. The Longhorns needed only 3:46 after the opening kickoff to score their only touchdown. Darron Norris' 5-yard run on a fourth-down play set up Stafford's pass down the middle to Harris, who caught the ball between defenders Rotello and Thomas. Evans' 48-yard run, the second- longest of his career, was a key third- down play. He broke through the line of scrimmage and found no more opposition until caught from behind by cornerback Tony Tillmon at the Texas one-yard-line. ATLANTA (AP) — Army surprised Illinois with a pair of halfback touchdown passes in Tuesday's 31-29 Peach Bowl victory in which Cadets' coach Jim Young revealed the plays were put into the offense just last week. Army halfback William Lampley connected on a 33-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and Chris Jones duplicated that feat with a 26- yarder in the third period to trigger Army's victory over the error- plagued lUini. "The halback passes we ran today were put in in practice Thursday," said Young, who is now 5-0 in bowl games. It was his second straight victory with Army, which made its first post-season appearance last year in a 10-6 victory over Michigan State in the Cherry Bowl. Young, who also coached at Purdue, was asked why he tried the play twice. "I wanted to make sure the other halfback (Jones) could throw the ball," he said with a laugh. It was the first colllegiate passing attempt for Jones, a junior from Alexandria, Va. Quarterback Rob Healy led the Army Wishbone attack with 107 yards rushing, including a 22-yard touchdown run, and was voted the game's Most Outstanding Offensive Performer as he guided Army's ground game to 291 yards on the rain- filled field of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. "I guarantee you they sure executed them well,'' Illinois coach Mike White said of the two touchdown passes. "They were thrown by two different guys and caught by two different guys and our coverage wasn't too bad." Illinois quarterback Jack Trudeau connected on a 54-yard touchdown pass to All-American wide receiver David Williams with 34 seconds remaining to get the mini to within two points. But Trudeau's pass on the two-point conversion attempt was batted away by Army defender Peel Chronister to preserve the victory for the Cadets. The Cadets, 9-3, turned four Illinois turnovers into three touchdowns and Craig Stopa's 39-yard field goal in the triumph over the 6-5-1 Illlini, despite a record Peach Bowl passing performance by Trudeau. The nationally televised game was played in a steady rain with temperatures in the mid-40s. Army went ahead to stay at 28-23 late in the third period on an 81-yard, eight-play drive that ended when Healy pitched to Jones, who threw a 26-yard scoring pass to Scott Spellmon. Army 20 64-291 94 0 5-7-1 5-36 0-0 3-35 30:14 ILLINOIS VS. ARMY GAME IN STATS III First downs 26 Rushes-yards 26-77 Passing yards 401 Return yards 36 Passes 38-S5-2 Punts 3-45 Fumbles-lost 2-2 Penalties-yards 8-67 Time of Possession 29:46 Individual Stotltllci RUSHING—Illinois, Rooks 10-35, Wilson 8-31, Trudeau 7-6, Usher 1-5. Army, Healy 23-107, Lampley 16-76, Black 15-73, Jones 8-41, Wright 1 -1, Dickerson 1 -(minus 7). PASSING—Illinois, Trudeau 38-55-2-401. Army, Healy 3-6-1-35, Lampley 1-1-0-33, Jones 1-1-0-26. RECEIVING—Illinois, Boso 9-52, D. Williams 7-109, Pierce 6-92, A. Williams 5-59, Wilson 438, Rooks 4-25, Wycoff 1-12, Jones 1-7, Usher 17. Army, Spellmon 2-43, While 1-33, Dickerson 1-11, Lampley 1-7. Scoring Summary Illinois 3 13 7 6—29 Army 7 14 7 3—31 Army—Healy 22 run (Stopa kick) III—FG White 45 III—Boso 1 pass from Trudeau (White kick) Army—Black 1 run (Stopa kick) Army—White 33 pass from Lampley (Stopa kick) III—D. Williams 15 pass from Trudeou (pass failed) III—Wilson Iron (White kick) Army—Spellmon 26 pass from Jones (Stopa kick) Army—FG Stopa 39 III—D. Williams 54 pass from Trudeau (pass failed) A—29,857 Stopa added his field goal with 6:40 remaining in the game following a fumble by Illinois' Ray Wilson that was recovered by Army on the IlUni 42. Illinois had taken the lead following the second-half kickoff by marching 79 yards in 15 plays, with Wilson plunging over from one yard out for a 23-21 lead. But Lampley threw his 33-yarder to Benny White in the opening half and Doug Black had scored on a one-yard run and Healy on his 22-yarder to give the Cadets a 21-16 halftime lead. Illinois' first-half scoring came on a 45-yard field goal by Chris White, the son of Illinois' head coach, and a pair of Trudeau touchdown passes. The senior quarterback connected on strikes of one and 15 yards to tight end Cap Boso and Williams, respectively. Trudeau finished with 38 of 55 passes for 401 yards and three touchdowns. The attempts, completions and yardage were all Peach Bowl records, while his three TD passes tied a Peach Bowl mark. Army's strong safety Chronister, who was voted the game's Most Outstanding Defensive Performer, set up two of the Cadets' first-half scores with interceptions of Trudeau. The other came following a fumbled punt by Darryl Usher that was recovered by Army's Doug Pavek. Healy's 22-yard run gave Army a 70 lead after 9:07 of the first period. That score was set up by Chronister's interception at the Army 35-yard line. Harold Bechard JOURNAL SPORTS EDITOR The 1985 sports season was full of highs and lows Wasn't it just yesterday that Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer was screaming about his team being better than No. 1-ranked Brigham Young and then playing like No. 100 in the Orange Bowl against Washington? Yes, it has been 365 days since Oklahoma lost that 28-17 decision to the Huskies in Miami and saw their national championship hopes fall by the wayside. It hardly seems possible. The time has flown by so fast. During the past 12 months, we've seen plenty of highs and lows in sports, both at the national and local scene. Here are a few of mine. • The high was watching the Kansas City Royals make two amazing playoff comebacks to win the 1-70 World Series. The low, for me, was one of those comebacks was against my beloved St. Louis Cardinals. • The high was watching a slimmed-down George Brett of the Royals have a remarkable individual season. The low, for Royals' fans, was Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees doing Brett one better and winning MVP honors in the American League. • The high was watching the exploits of Mattingly, Brett, Pete Rose, Dwight Gooden, Bret Saberhagen and Willie McGee. The low was seeing stars such as Keith Hernandez, Dave Parker and Joaquin Andujar implicated in a drug case in Philadelphia. • The high was people finally talking of voting Roger Marts into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The low was Mans was not around to hear the support he should have received back in 1961 when he broke Babe Ruth's home run record. • The high was Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics winning his second straight MVP award in the NBA. The low for this Celtic fan was Bird suffering with an elbow and wrist injury as Boston lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA finals. • The high was the domination of the Chicago Bears during the just- completed NFL season. The low was the overpublicized play of William Perry, an average and overweight football player. • The high was watching the Kansas City Chiefs finally make it back on prime-time national television in September with an impressive victory over the Los Angeles Raiders. The low was the Chiefs won just four games and lost ten after that. • The high was Chiefs' owner Lamar Hunt stating that his team needed to make the playoffs in 1986 or there would be a big shakeup. The low was that the shakeup wouldn't affect the Chiefs' front office. • The high was Kansas State head football coach Jim Dickey joking with the media during the Big Eight Skywriters' August stop in Manhattan. The low was Dickey, a fine man with high principles, being fired after an 0-2 start. • The high was Mike Gottfried's Kansas Jayhawks getting off to a rousing 4-1 start in the 1985 college football season. The low was the Jayhawks struggling to a 6-6 season and Gottfried, another good man, being lured away from Lawrence by the University of Pittsburgh. • The high was the Kansas State Wildcat basketball team on its way back to prosperity. The low was Jack Hartman going through bypass heart surgery in January. • The high was Bryan Norton of Salina advancing past the opening round of qualifying for a coveted PGA card. The low was Norton coming so close to his dream but faltering down the stretch in the qualifying finals. • The high was an enthusiastic Jack Welch bringing in 140 football players in an impressive effort to rebuild the Kansas Wesleyan football program. The low was Welch suffering through a 2-8 season with the majority of the starting lineup made up of freshmen. • The high was the 15th straight 20- win season for the Marymount basketball team. The low was the 21-10 season would have been good enough to send the Spartans to the NAIA Tournament from just about any other district... except District 10. • The high was Sacred Heart announcing that James Roy, the second coming of Knute Rockne and John Wooden, would be the Knights' new football and girls' basketball coach. The low was learning that Roy wasn't what his resume said he was, a one- in-million coach. Here's hoping your highs will greatly outnumber your lows in 1986.
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