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Briefly The Salina Journal Wednesday, January 1,1986 Page 18 OUSchooner won't be on field MIAMI (AP) — Oklahoma had the horses in last year's Orange Bowl —and it cost the Sooners dearly. The now-infamous Sooner Schooner, the team's miniature covered wagon mascot drawn by a pair of Shetland ponies, apparently will not be allowed on the field when Oklahoma meets Penn State in the Orange Bowl on Wednesday night. "We've had it for years, but we won't have it tomorrow night," Coach Barry Switzer said Tuesday. "It won't come on the field, but we'll give it a scouting report." Oklahoma and Washington were tied 14-14 last year when Tim Lashar kicked a field goal that apparently put the Sooners in front 17-14 in the third period. However, the kick was nullified by an illegal procedure penalty and the Ruff-Neks, the students who drive the Schooner, did not see the flag. The Schooner galloped onto the field, as it does every tune Oklahoma scores, and the officials threw another flag for unsportsmanlike conduct, costing the Sooners 15 more yards. This time Lashar's kick was blocked. Oklahoma eventually went ahead 17-14 but Washington rallied to win 28-17. Penn State coach Joe Paterno said the Schooner "adds a great deal to the color of college football" and joke that he had "spent an hour-and-a- half wondering where Barry would sit on it." Thomas tops NBA all-star voting NEW YORK (AP) — Isiah Thomas of the Detroit Pistons, who ranks second in the National Basketball Association in assists with 11.4 per game and leads his team in scoring at 20.2 points per game, continues to top all Eastern Conference players in voting for the 1986 NBA All- StarGame. The Piston guard has received 274,341 votes so far from fans participating in the balloting. Second among East backcourtmen is Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls with 232,377, followed by World B. Free of Cleveland, 139,252; Sidney Moncreif of Milwaukee, 118,623; and Dennis Johnson of Boston, 91,686. Among East forwards, two-time Most Valuable Player Larry Bird of Boston remains the leader with 222,068 votes, but Philadelphia's Julius Erving has Thomas closed ground on Detroit's Kelly Tripucka in the race for the second spot. Tripucka has received 200,068 votes to 198,279 for Erving. Philadelphia's Moses Malone has a sizeable lead over Detroit's Bill Laimbeer among East centers, 198,475 to 155,866. Ardgets early shot at the 'fridge' WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants offensive guard Billy Ard, who will be mask-to-mask against Chicago Bears' William "The Refrigerator" Perry this weekend, was given a boost by fans who presented nun with a refrigerator of his own Tuesday. The 13-year-old refrigerator had a football helmet <* resting on its top and sneakers at its base. Its top was i painted black and was painted with Perry's number, j 72. About 30 people gathered in Ard's yard as he tried] to budge the refrigerator. "Perry Won't Be Merry After Ard Hits The Lard," read a sign posted by fans. Perry, a 318-pound defensive rookie tackle, is one of largest players in the league and has received Ard national publicity this year because of the Bears' decision to use him in the offense in short yardage situations. The 270-pound Ard said, "I looked up and I saw a TV camera being put together outside and said, 'Oh my God. What's going on?' "I went outside and I said hello, and I was kind of shocked," said Ard. "It was definitely very funny." The surprise was planned by Rich Bodmer, who has known the Giants' player for about three years. "I always~razz him about not getting the publicity that I feel he deserves," said Bodmer, 28, an aspiring professional football player. "After they won on Sunday night, I decided I was going to do something to tease Billy again." UTEP names new football coach EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Bob Stull, head coach at the University of Massachusetts, was named head football coach at the University of Texas-El Paso, school officials said Tuesday. Stull replaces Bill Yung, who was fired Nov. 26 with a 7-39 record after four years of coaching the Miners. "I think UTEP is a very excellent school. I just think this area is an outstanding sports community, as was evident in the last weekend," Stull said at a news conference. Stull was referring to UTEP's victorious basketball weekend, which started with an upset of Georgetown on Friday, followed by victories over Ohio State and Alabamd in its own Sun Bowl tournament. The Miners are ranked 19th by ther Associated Press. Stull, 40, took Massachusetts from last to second place in the Yankee Conference during his two years there. The new coach said his top priorities in turning around UTEP's losing football program were "getting the right players in the right positions" and changing the team's outlook. "Obviously, recruiting in the future is very important," Stull added. UTEP Athletic Director Bill Cords said Stull's total contract was in excess of $80,000 a year. ' Scott wins Fiesta Bowl mile PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — Olympian Steve Scott, America's premier miler, shook off Marcus O'Sullivan in the final 200 yards to win the first Merrill Lynch Fiesta Bowl Mile here Tuesday. Scott, 29, covered the Central Avenue course in downtown Phoenix in 4:01.90—well off his U.S. record in the mile of 3:47.69. O'Sullivan, a 24-year-old Villanova graduate who won the 1,500 meter run at the Three A's meet this year in London, finished in 4:02. Rounding out the eight-man field was Irish Olympians Paul Donovan (4:06) and Ray Flynn (4:07), former Arizona State track standout Ray Wicksell (4:07), U.S. Olympian Sydney Maree (4:09), ex-Ohio State starTomByers (4:12) and Swiss Olympian Pierre Deleze (4:12). Dooley won't pursue Rice job BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Bill Dooley, the football coach and athletic director at Virginia Tech for the past eight years, on Tuesday withdrew his name from consideration for the same posts at Rice University. Dooley, who met Dec. 22 with officials of the Houston school, said he called Rice officials Tuesday morning to tell them of his decision. "I had been talking with them and appreciate their interest, but I am very happy here at Virginia Tech,'' Dooley said. The withdrawal of Dooley from the race leaves several remaining candidates for the Owls' jobs, including Pennsylvania Coach Jerry Berndt, Notre Dame assistant Malcolm Moore and Rice assistant Bryant Pool. A search committee at Rice has indicated a successor to Watson Brown, who resigned Dec. 5, will be named soon. Dooley, 51, has compiled a 54-36 record since coming to Virginia Tech in 1978. After guiding the Hokies to a 6-5 mark this year, his career record, which includes 11 seasons at North Carolina, is 123-89-2. KU to play in '86 Rainbow Classic HONOLULU (AP) — Eight teams that will compete in the 1986 edition of the Rainbow Classic basketball tournament in Honolulu were announced Tuesday, headed by host Hawaii. Other teams competing in the Dec. 27-30 tournament are Kansas, Arkansas, Florida, California, Pittsburgh, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Missouri, which won the 1985 Rainbow Classic, will not return to defend the title. Bo, Michigan hope luck changes TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Bo Schem- bechler, head coach of the fifth- ranked Michigan Wolverines, says he's faced with a no-win situation in today's Sunkist Fiesta Bowl against seventh-ranked Nebraska. "It's an important football game, but it won't make or break my f j^.^^ K? \ career because it's ^ TIn already been established that i can't win bowl games," Schem- bechler said, Schembechler referring to his 2-10 record. "In my defense, we've played well every time. We have never been blown out. And in one of those games (the 1970 Rose Bowl), I wasn't even there. I was in the hospital with a heart attack," he added. "So, if we win, it will be in spite of the coaching. "Whatever it takes to do well in these things, I ain't got it. It's kind of an albatross around my neck, but I can handle it." Michigan, the Big Ten Conference runnerup this year with a 9-1-1 record, is a three-point favorite in the 15th annual Fiesta Bowl here against the 9-2 Cornhuskers, who finished second in the Big Eight Conference. "All week long, I've been saying how pleased we are to play Michigan. To tell you the truth, we're not," said Sunkist Fiesta Bowl Michigan (9-1-1) vs. Nebraska (9-2) At Tempe, Arizona 12:30p.m.CST Nebraska coach Tom Osborne. "You'd like to play someone who is supposed to be good and really isn't. Michigan is that good." The Wolverines rank first nationally in scoring defense, 6.8 points per game; second in total defense, 253.6 yards per game; and sixth in rushing defense, 103.2 yards per game. They are led by senior linebackers Andy Moeller — 132 tackles, two fumble recoveries — and Mike Mallory — 99 tackles — plus senior tackle Mike Hammerstein —73 tackles, nine quarterback sacks. "They're very stingy when they get near their goal line," Osborne said. "They only gave up five touchdowns all year, and two by rushing. They don't give up the big play. I think the longest run they've allowed is nine yards. If we're third (down) and eight all day, it's going to be hard on us." Osborne said his offense is too one- dimensional, although Nebraska averaged 36.2 points a game, led the nation in rushing at 374.3 yards per game and ranked third in total offense with 472.5 yards per game. Leading the way was junior I-back Doug DuBose — 1,161 yards, eight touchdowns — and senior fullback Tom Rathman - 881 yards, eight touchdowns. "We've never played a power running team, and it's an interesting challenge trying to put together a defense to stop it," Schembechler said. "But our defense is smart and they adjust well." Osborne said he would like to have his quarterbacks throw the ball "as a surprise element since it'll be hard to run on Michigan every play. But our passing game has not been good all year." The Cornhuskers completed only 38 percent of their passes, hitting 55- of-144 for six touchdowns with 11 interceptions. Sophomore starter McCathorn Clayton was 28-of-78 for 602 yards with three TDs and had seven passes picked off. "It'll be a lot different trying to throw against Michigan because their secondary is experienced and they play the ball real well," Clayton said. "I know I'm capable of being a good passer. We may surprise them with our passing." Wolverines quarterback Jim Harbaugh is the nation's most efficient passer. The 6-foot-3 junior hit on 139 of 212 attempts this season for a school-record 1,913 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also rushed 68 times for 159 yards and two scores. "Harbaugh can throw well, run well, make the right decisions, and he doesn't make mistakes," Osborne said. "The key is to play a smart game," Harbaugh said. "We have to try not to make any turnovers and come up with the big play along the way.'' Osborne is predicting a low-scoring game which may be settled by a placekicker. Nebraska junior Dale Klein kicked 13 field goals in 20 tries and set an NCAA record with a 7-for-7 effort in a 28-20 win at Missouri. Schembechler said he hasn't decided on his kicker yet. He suspended freshman Mike Gillette and sophomore Rick Sutkiewicz last month for breaking training rules, but both have been reinstated and made the trip here. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 a.m. CST before a standing-room-only crowd at 70,021-seat Sun Devil Stadium and a national television audience. iX Orange Miami seeks second national title (Continued from Page 16) points and two games by seven points — East Carolina and Rutgers. But they blew out four of their last five opponents — West Virginia 27-0, Cincinnati 31-10, Notre Dame 36-6 and Pitt 31-0 — and Paterno terms the Lions "a much better football than we were at the end of the year. We're as healthy and prepared as we can be, and I think we'll play as well as we know how. We had 14 practices at home and we've had more practices than for any other bowl game." Paterno is taking Penn State to a bowl for the 17th time in his 20 seasons as head coach. His bowl record is 11-4-1, including five victories in a row. Because of an indoor, practice facility in State College, Pa., the Lions didn't arrive in Miami until Dec. 26. Oklahoma, on the other hand, hit town Dec. 20. "We came earlier this year than any other time and our preparation has been excellent," Switzer said. "We've had seven days of practice here, including three days of two-a- days. That's better by far than anything we could have done at home.'' \/ Sooner (Continued from Page 16) when he snapped a bone above his right ankle against Miami. Before leaving the game, Aikman was six of seven passing for 131 yards and a touchdown. Now he was out for the year and Switzer had only a freshman to turn to. Encouraged? Time has proven that Switzer was not blowing smoke. He had seen Holieway in practices, and knew the skills of the Carson, Calif., native belied his age. It didn't take the rest of the college football world long to figure it out, either. In his seven games as the starter, Holieway gave the Oklahoma wishbone offense the jolt it was missing with Aikman. The Sooners began running up the kinds of numbers that inspired memories of the freewheeling teams of the 1970s. In seven games, Holieway rushed for 861 yards and became the Big Eight Conference newcomer of the year. In so doing, he led the Sooners to seven straight victories, a No. 3 national ranking and a chance to play for the national championship. 'He's the best we've ever had here," Switzer says. Without question, Holieway is the main reason Oklahoma is in Miami this week instead of another bowl game site. With Holieway in charge, Oklahoma scored an average of 38 points per game, 15 more than pre- Holieway. The Sooners moved from the middle of the national rushing charts to near the top. "He had the background," said offensive coordinator Jim Donnan. "He practiced with the second team since day 1. He had a lot of preparation. "He's going to continue to improve," Donnan said. "He's made some mistakes, but for his age he is one of the most remarkable wishbone quarterbacks I've ever seen." Switzer is quick to point at Holieway when he talks about the polls and who should be voted No. 1 after New Year's Night. "We're a much better team than when we played Miami," he said. "If you look at the stats since he became quarterback, he's taken us up a notch." NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Second- ranked Miami of Florida, hoping to ride the strong arm of Vinnie Testa- verde to college football's national championship, collides with No. 8 Tennessee tonight in the 52nd Sugar Bowl game. The Hurricane, 10-1, are 8-point favorites to dispose of the Southeastern Conference champions in the 7 p.m. CST nationally televised (ABC) event before a sellout crowd of 75,795 in the Louisiana Superdome. "We seem to be moving in the right direction in preparation for a football game," Miami coach Jimmy Johnson said following his team's last major workout on Monday. "Our players have adjusted to the turf and the lights and now appear to be preparing in the right manner for the Sugar Bowl game." Miami is seeking its second national championship in three years, and the circumstances are somewhat similar to 1983. Two years ago, Miami reeled off 10 victories in a row following an opening loss to Florida, then upset No. 1 Nebraska in the Orange Bowl and hurdled from No. 5 in the rankings to the top spot after No. 2 Texas also lost its Cotton Bowl outing to Georgia. Sugar Bowl Miami (10-1) vs. Tennessee (8-1-2) At New Orleans The Hurricanes lost to Florida in their opener this year, too, and have put together a 10-game winning streak going into the New Year's Night bout with Tennessee, which also lost only to Florida in an 8-1-2 campaign. Once again, Miami will need some help. If Penn State, boasting a perfect 110 record and the No. 1 ranking, knocks off favored Oklahoma, ranked No. 3, in Wednesday night's Orange Bowl, the Nittany Lions will sew up the championship. Victories by Oklahoma and Miami Wednesday night would leave the championship vote in the hands of the sports writers and broadcasters who will cast their final ballots in The Associated Press poll on Thursday. Johnson believes his team should be No. 1 if that situation arises. "I don't see how a team we beat could end up ranked ahead of us," said Johnson, who steered his team to a 27-14 victory at Oklahoma in October. "That doesn't make a lot of sense." Johnson knows his team must first beat Tennessee, relying on Testa- verde's strong right arm to pick apart one of the nation's top defensive units. The Vols, who claimed their first SEC crown since 1969, led the nation in turnover ratio at plus-two per game. Tennessee picked off 22 enemy passes during the year, including nine by free safety Chris White, a second-team Ail-American who led the nation in that category. Testaverde, a 6-foot-5, 218-pound junior, finished fifth in the 1985 Heisman Trophy voting and also was a second-team All-American after passing for 3,238 yards and 21 touchdowns. His major target is All-American tight end Willie Smith, who revealed this week that he required 18 stitches for a split in his right hand suffered against Notre Dame in the regular- season finale. Iowa hopes to erase '82 memory PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Iowa Hawkeyes, hoping to make a strong final bid for the 1985 national college football championship and to erase a bitter memory in the process, meet the UCLA Bruins today in the 72nd Rose Bowl. The fourth-ranked Hawkeyes, 10-1, have an outside chance at the final No. 1 ranking if they score a convincing victory over the 13th-ranked Bruins, 8-2-1. The bitter memory was born the last time the Hawkeyes visited Pasadena — they suffered a 28-0 humbling by Washington in the 1982 Rose Bowl. A crowd of some 104,000 is expected for the nationally televised game, which begins at 4 p.m. CST. Iowa coach Hayden Fry, saying his team is back "at the scene of the crime," said he expects things to be different this time. "We would like to amend our poor performance, particularly the score," said Fry, in his seventh year as the Hawkeyes coach. "That's bugged me since we were last out here. Rose Bowl UCLA (8-2-1) vs. Iowa (10-1) At Pasadena, California 4 p.m. CST "We want to improve on our past performance. Whether that's going to be good enough to win, I don't know." The Big Ten champion Hawkeyes, led by All-American quarterback Chuck Long, also will be aiming to disrupt the Pacific-10's recent domination of the Rose Bowl. Pac-10 teams have defeated the Big Ten representatives in the last four Rose Bowls and have won 10 of the last 11 and 14 of the last 16. And, although they're three-point underdogs, the Pac-10 champion Bruins will have a number of things in their favor. Perhaps most important is the fact that the Rose Bowl is their home field, where they were 4-0 this season. Also, the Bruins have fared extremely well in postseason play under coach Terry Donahue in recent years. When they square off against Iowa, the Bruins will be shooting for then- third Rose Bowl victory in four years, and their fourth New Year's Day bowl triumph in as many years. They beat Michigan, 24-14, in the Rose Bowl three years ago, then swamped favored Illinois, 45-9, in the Rose Bowl two years ago. In the 1984 Fiesta Bowl, underdog UCLA downed Miami of Florida 39-37. While the Hawkeyes feature the quarterback who narrowly finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting to Auburn's Bo Jackson, the Bruins will open the game with their second-string quarterback. Fourth- year Junior Matt Stevens will start in place of senior David Norrie, who's ailing with a strained thigh muscle. Donahue said it was questionable whether Norrie would be able to play at all. Stevens isn't exactly an untested player. He started one game this season and had three starts in 1984. Jackson ends career against A&M DALLAS (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson caps his brilliant Auburn career in the 50th Cotton Bowl Classic today, hoping to lead his Tigers to their fifth consecutive bowl triumph. The llth-ranked Texas A&M Ag- gies, making their first Cotton Bowl appearance in 18 years, were two- point underdogs to the 16th-rated Tigers, playing here for the first time. Bowl games bring out the best in Jackson. He has been the most valuable player in the Liberty and Sugar Bowls, and also played on the winning team in the 1982 Tangerine Bowl. With Jackson rushing 54 times for 285 yards and a five-yard bowl average, Auburn has knocked off Arkansas, Michigan and Boston College the last three years. His best bowl Cotton Bowl Texas A&M (9-2) vs. Auburn (8-3) At Dallas. Texas l2:30p.m.CST performance was 22 carries for 130 yards against Michigan. Jackson missed a day of practice this week with a strep throat but was expected to be 100 percent by game, time. He is Auburn's all-tune leading rusher with 4,303 yards and has 21 games in which he has rushed for 100- yardsormore. It's the first bowl game for the Aggies under Coach Jackie Sherrill, who left the University of Pittsburgh four years ago for Texas A&M and a celebrated $1 million contract. Auburn and Texas A&M last met in 1911, with the Aggies winning 16-0. The Southwest Conference champion Aggies closed with a 9-2 record, losing only to Alabama 23-10 and 2015 to Baylor. The Southeast Conference Tigers were 8-3 with a heartbreaking 25-23 last-second loss to Alabama after they had already accepted a Cotton Bowl bid. Two old friends will be matching strategy. Sherrill played linebacker under Auburn Coach Pat Dye in 1965 when Alabama won the national title. Dye was then an assistant under the late Paul (Bear) Bryant. "I have a few knots on my head I'd like to pay back," said Sherrill. Dye is 4-0 in bowl games, while Sherrill is 4-1. A crowd in excess of 74,000 is expected to be on hand for the nationally televised game (CBS), which is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. CST.

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