The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 2, 1986 · Page 9
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Sports The Salina Journal Thursday, January 2,1986 Page 9 OU topples Penn St., 25-10 MIAMI (AP) - Oklahoma ended Penn State's dream of a perfect season and any debate over who's No. 1 in college football Wednesday night. The third-ranked Sooners, behind a 71-yard pass play from freshman quarterback Jamelle Holieway to tight end Keith Jackson and a defense that forced five turnovers, beat the No. 1 Nittany Uons 25-10 in the Orange Bowl. With No. 2 Miami losing 35-7 to Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl and No. 4 Iowa falling 45-28 to UCLA in the Rose Bowl, that left only the final Associated Press poll between Oklahoma and Coach Barry Switzer's third national championship in 13 years. The Sooners were national champs in 1974 and 1975. Both Oklahoma, the preseason No. 1, and Penn State, which suffered its first loss in four Orange Bowls, finished the season at 11-1. The AP poll will be released at 6:30 p.m. EST Thursday, but Oklahoma felt that would be a foregone conclusion. "We beat the second-best team in the country," Switzer said. "There's no way a national championship is going to come easy. You just don't expect that. You have to beat a great football team to win the national championship, and we did tonight." Last year, Switzer and the Sooners arrived in Miami shooting their mouths off in ridiculing Brigham Young. But BYU became the national champion when Oklahoma lost to Washington 28-17 in the Orange Bowl, a game in which the famed Sooner Schooner galloped onto the field and drew a 15-yard penalty that cost Oklahoma a key field goal. This time, Oklahoma didn't need the Sooner Schooner. The Sooners had a couple of horses of their own in Jackson, a 241-pound tight end, and 215-pound fullback Lydell Carr. And they provided the big plays, along with pint-sized Tim Lashar, who kicked an Orange Bowl- ORANCE BOWL PENN STATE VS. OKLAHOMA CAME IN STATS PSU Oltla First downs 14 12 Rushes-yards 36-103 52-228 Passing yards 164 91 Returnyards 125 14 Passes 18-34-4 3-6-0 Punts 6-46 5-43 Fumbles.lost 2-1 5-1 Penalties-yards 6-49 7-45 Time of Possession 31:23 28:37 Individual Statistic! RUSHING—Penn State, Dozler 12-39, F. Smith 9-23, Manoa 5-14, Tlmpson 1-21, Kniiner 3-4, Clark 2-5, Shaffer 4-(-3). Oklahoma, Carr 19-148, Tlllman 7-43, Perry 8-24, Collins 1-18, Holieway 12-1, Stafford 4-(-2), E.MItchelll •(-<!). PASSING—Penn State, Shaffer 10-22-3-74, Knizner 8-11-1-90, Dozier 0-1-0-0. Oklahoma, Holieway 3-6-0-91. RECEIVING—Penn State, DIMIdio 6-50, Hamilton 3-39, Silverling 3-37, Dozier 3-0, S. Smith 1 15, Giles 1-14, Manoa 1-9. Oklahoma, Jackson 2-83, Shepard 1-8. Scoring Summary Penn State 730 0—10 Oklahoma 0 16 3 6—25 PSU—Manoa 1 run (Manca kick) Okla—FG Lashar 26 Okla—Jackson 71 pass from Holiewav (Lashar kick) Okla—FG Lashar 31 Okla—FG Lashar 21 PSU—FG Manca 27 Okla—FG Lashar 22 Oklo—Carr 61 run (kick failed) A—74,178 record four ffc'«l goals. The Schooner sat quietly in a comer of the stadium and didn't make its appearance until after the final gun. Jackson's TT> ^atch from Holieway put Oklahoma ahead to stay, 10-7, early in the second period. Carr provided an insurance touchdown when he raced 61 yards with 1:42 remaining as OKlahoma was trying to eat up the clock. Carr led all rushers with 148 yards on 19 carries and Oklahoma finished with 228 on the ground, 107 below its per-game average after being held to 31 rushing yards in the first half. Holieway's long pass to Jackson, who caught it ut the Penn State 30, put Oklahoma on top 10-7 after the Sooners spotted the Lions an early touchdown on fullback Tim Manoa's 1-yard run. Tim Lashar kicked field goals of 26, Hal Bock ASSOCIATED PRESS Barreling toward the end zone on a 71-yard reception, Oklahoma tight end Keith Jackson got the Sooners going with this first-quarter TD against top-ranked and previously undefeated Penn State. 31 and 21 yards in Oklahoma's 16- point second quarter, the last two coming after long interception returns. Defensive backs Sonny Brown and Tony Rayburn picked off poorly thrown passes by Penn State quarterback John Shaffer, who had won 54 consecutive games as a starter dating back to the seventh grade. Oklahoma clinched it on Lydell Carr's 61-yard run with 1:42 left in the game. It came four plays after Penn State's Massimo Manca, who had a field goal in the first half, missed a 26-yard kick that would have drawn the Lions within a touchdown of the lead. Penn State overplayed its defense against Oklahoma's speedy halfbacks and was successful for the most part in preventing Holieway from even reaching the corner on Oklahoma's vaunted Wishbone option attack. The Lions also prevented him from pitching the ball to his halfbacks. But the Lions, leading 7-3, got caught in a blitz on third-and-24 from the Oklahoma 29 early in the second quarter, one play after tackle Matt Johnson threw Holieway for a 10- yard loss. Jackson, a 241-pound sophomore, found himself one-on-one with free (See Sooners, Page 11) Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh (4) eludes the grasp of two Nebraska defenders en route to a third-quarter touchdown as the Wolverines rallied from a 14-3 deficit to win the Fiesta Bowl, 27-23. Wolverines rally, win 27-23 Self-destructive Comhuskers tumble in Fiesta Bowl TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Fifth- ranked Michigan is known for its defense and Coach Bo Schembechler said that was the key to the Wolverines' 27-23 victory over seventh- ranked Nebraska in Wednesday's 15th annual Sunkist Fiesta Bowl. Michigan turned two third-quarter Nebraska fumbles into 1-yard touchdown runs by Gerald White and Jim Harbaugh to spark the comeback victory. "I knew we would not quit," said Schembechler. "The third quarter won the game for us. We came out for Related story, Page 10 the second half and we knew we had to get the ball back. Fortunately, we got the turnovers. "In football, you make your own breaks and in the first half, they didn't give us anything. Stopping their option was the key. We don't see it very often anymore," added Schembechler. "Nebraska moved the ball on us better than anyone this year. I wouldn't want to play them every week. We feel very fortunate to have won." Behind 14-3 at half time, Michigan scored twice in a 2:14 span to spark a Fiesta Bowl record-setting 24-point FIESTA BOWL NEBRASKA VS. MICHIGAN GAME IN STATS N«b Mich First downs 20 16 Rushes-yards 60-304 49-171 Passing yards 66 63 Return yards 20 3 Passes 6-15-1 6-16-0 Punts 3-40 5-44 Fumbles-lost 6-3 2-0 Penalties-yards 7-46 8-43 Time of Possession 32:01 27:!i9 Individual Statistics RUSHING—Nebraska, DuBose 17-99, S. Taylor 10-76, Clayton 14-68, Rathman 9-47, Sheppard 7-13, Kaelin 1 -1, Jones 2-0. Michigan, Morris 22-156, White 13-38, Ferryman 2-1, Robbins l-(-4), Ha-' -ugh 11-(-20). PASSING—Nebraska, Clayton 4-6-0-51, S. Taylor 2-9-1-15. Michigan, Harbaugh 6-15-0-6:3, JokischO-1-0-0. RECEIVING—Nebraska, Frain 3-46, Smith 18, Sheppard 1-7, C "rise 1-5. Michigan, Kattus 3-38, Morris 2-10, Jokisch 1-15. Scoring Summary Nebraska 0 14 0 9—23 Michigan 3 0 24 0—27 Mich—FG Moons 42 Neb—DuBose 5 pass from Clayton (Klein kick) Neb—DuBose 3 run (Klein kick) Mich—White 1 run (Moons kick) Mich—Harbaugh 1 run (Moons kick) Mich—FG Moons 19 Mich—Harbaugh 2 run (Moons kick) Neb—S. Taylor 1 run (Klein kick) Neb—Safety, Robbins ran out of end zone A—72,454 third period and cap a 10-1-1 season. Linebacker Jeff Akers' recovery of Nebraska I-back Doug DuBose's fumble at the Comhuskers 21-yard line set up White's 1-yard dive 2:03 into the third quarter. On the next series, Nebraska ^ quarterback McCathorn Clayton's fumble was recovered by Michigan tackle Mark Messner at the Com- huskers 38. Harbaugh scored on a quarterback sneak five plays later. David Arnolds' blocked punt and recovery at the Nebraska 6-yard line preceded Pat Moons' 19-yard field goal for a 20-14 Wolverines lead with 6:42 left in the third period. Harbaugh's 2-yard run 4:49 later made it 27-14. "Bo told us at half time that first possession (in the second half) was going to dictate how things were going to go and he was right," Harbaugh said. "That's why he's a great coach." Nebraska, finishing with a 9-3 record, closed the gap to 27-23 on a 1- yard sneak by reserve quarterback Steve Taylor with 2:29 remaining in the game and a safety with 1:22 left when Michigan punter Monte Robbins intentionally stepped out of the end zone. Cornerback Garland Rivers' end zone interception with 29 seconds left sealed the Michigan victory. "We wanted to play the game where we were close in the fourth quarter. But unfortunately, we were too far behind," said Nebraska (See Fiesta, Page 10) Volunteers' defense shreds No.2 Miami NEW ORLEANS (AP) - As the Miami Hurricanes forget about the national championship, they will remember Tennessee. The eighth-ranked Volunteers from the Southeastern Conference ruined Miami's hopes of a second national crown in three years Wednesday night, rolling to a 35-7 victory in the 52nd Sugar Bowl behind a swarming defense which sacked Vinny Testaverde seven times and intercepted him three times. That left No. 3 Oklahoma, a 2510 winner over top-ranked Penn State in the Orange Bowl, to claim No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll to be released todayat5:30p.m.CST Miami was looking for that prize itself after giving Oklahoma its only loss of the season. Instead, the Hurricanes found a whole lot of misery. "I thought they felt they could just walk away with it and we weren't going to let them do that," said Tennessee linebacker Dale Jones, who along with Mark Hovanic and Richard Brown put incredible pressure on Testa- verde. Testaverde, who had passed for more than 300 yards per game, was held to 217, and much of that came against a prevent defense in the final quarter. Miami netted only 269 yards and was never in the game after Tennessee assumed command by scoring two touchdowns in the second quarter and opening a 14- point lead late in the third. The Hurricanes, who came into the game with a 10-game winnng streak, ended the season at 10-2. Tennessee, 9-1-2, was an 8-point underdog, but the Vols never looked it after a shaky start when Miami took a 7-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game. "I'm never going to underestimate this team," said Tennessee Coach Johnny Majors. "That was a very, very emotional game." The defense forced one turnover that led to a touchdown and enabled Tennessee to enjoy excellent field position when setting scoring drives in motion — covering 41, 50, 31 and 60 yards as the Vols claimed their sixth victory in a row and extended their unbeaten string to eight garner. SUGAR BOWL Ml AMI VS. TENNESSEE GAME IN STATS Mlo 22 30-32 237 34 23-44-4 6-3B 5-2 15-120 Ten First downs 22 16 Rushes-yards 30-32 43-211 Passing yards 237 131 Returnyards 34 105 Passes 23-44-4 15-25-1 Punts 6-3B 6-39 Fumbles-lost 5-2 2-1 Penalties-yards 15-120 11-125 Time of Possession 28:59 31:01 Individual Statistics RUSHING—Miami, Williams 8-43, Bratton 2-35, Highsmith 6-22, Oliver 4-10, Testaverde 10-(minus 78). Tennessee, Powell 11-102, Wilson 7-27, Howard 5-26, Davis 5-25, Miller 4-14, Hawkins 2-10, Dickey 5-6, Henderson 4-1. PASSING—Miami, Testaverde 20-36-3217, Toretta 2-7-1-13, Oliver 1-1-0-7. Tennessee, Dickey 15-25-1-131. RECEIVING—Miami, Irvin 5-91, Perriman 4-43, W. Smith 4-26, Bratton 4-24, Williams 2-19, Blades 1-16, Brown 1-11, Testaverde 1-7, Highsmith 1-0. Tennessee, McGee 794, Swanson 3-17, Clinkscales 2-7, J. Smith 1.6, Howard 1-4, Wilson 1-3. Scoring Summary Miami 7000—7 Tennessee 0 14 14 7—35 Mia—Irvin 18 pass from Testaverde (Cox kick) Ten—Smith 6 pass from Dickey (Reveiz kick) Ten—McGee recovered fumble in end zone (Reveiz kick) Ten—Henderson 1 run (Reveiz kick) Ten—Powell 60 run (Reveiz kick) Ten—Wilson 6 run (Reveiz kick) A—77,432 Powell's 60-yard scamper came midway through the third quarter and virtually put the lights out for Miami, trailing 28-7 at the time. Daryl Dickey, the 24-year-old fifth-year senior, used a short passing game in most of the Tennessee scoring drives. Dickey fired a 6-yard scoring pass to Jeff Smith on the first play of the second quarter to give the Vols a 7-7 tie. All-American wide receiver Tim McGee put the Vols ahead to stay when he pounced on Powell's fumble in the end zone with 3:28 remaining in the first half. The Vols drove 31 yards after Darrin Miller recovered a fumble and scored on Safn Henderson's 1- yard run in the first six minutes of the second half. Tennessee's other score came with only six minutes remaining, a 6-yard run by Charles Wilson. It was set up when second team All- American Chris White raced 68 yards with an interception to the Miami 4. White led the nation in interceptions with nine during the regular season. Testaverde, also a second team All-American, was intercepted three times and lost 84 yards on (See Sugar, Page 10) Paterno, Switzer a classic contrast in public images MIAMI — National championship implications were obvious in Wednesday night's Orange Bowl confrontation between Penn State and Oklahoma. No. 1 against No. 3. Beat me if you can. But there was more to it than that. There were overtones of the white hats against the black hats here. On one side of the field, we have Joe Paterno, peering out from behind his trademark tinted, thick glasses, completing two decades as maestro of Penn State's scrupulously clean and impressively successful program. On the other side, there's Barry Switzer, with a won-loss record every bit as positive as Paterno's, but one that has been pock-marked by occasional problems. Consider that when Switzer was named OU's head coach in 1973, he inherited a program that was going on NCAA probation. It was pointed out, quite correctly, that the indiscretions had occurred under Oklahoma's previous administration. What his defenders neglected to add, however, was that Switzer was the offensive coordinator in that previous administration. As much as he has pooh-poohed the remark recently, Paterno's crack some years ago about sticking around rather than "leaving college football to the Barry Switzers ... of the world," was born of that slightly tarnished image. Paterno, too, had been a product of the previous administration, serving on Rip Engle's staff for 16 years before being named head coach at Penn State in 1966. He came to State College from Brown, where he had played quarterback for Engle and studied English literature. These two coaches from vastly different backgrounds occupy distinctly opposite ends of the image meter. And their programs — Penn State's low key, Oklahoma's brassy — reflect the contrasts. Paterno looks almost professorial on the sidelines. He is an idealist, prouder, he says, of Penn State's graduation percentage — it is virtually perfect — than he is of his own winning percentage — which isn't bad, either. "I really believe there is more to the college football experience than winning and losing," he has said. Switzer seems more like a good ol* boy, not afraid of getting his shoes dirty, perfectly comfortable saying "Howdy" to a prospect from some map-dot town that nobody has ever heard of before. He recruited Billy Sims from Hooks, Texas, and David Overstreet from Big Sandy, Texas — neither exactly an urban metropolis. Paterno grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., a street-smart, big-city kid with ambitions for a career in politics or law that were detoured when his college coach suggested he might like explaining X's and O's to offensive backs at State College instead. He thought he'd give it a try and he's never left, despite at least a half- dozen rich overtures from professional teams. His reasoning for staying was that it was easier to teach football to college kids than it would be to mercenaries. Switzer was born in Crossett, Ark. — a long way from Brooklyn — and played center and linebacker at the University of Arkansas, majoring in business administration — a long way from English literature. His father was a bootlegger and Switzer still remembers playing football on Saturday and then visiting a federal prison on Sunday to tell his father about the games. His mother committed suicide on the back porch of their home when he was 21. It was not the gentlest introduction into adulthood. There is a mutual respect between the two men. Each understands the other's priorities. Paterno knows he works under less urgency at Penn State than Switzer experiences at Oklahoma, where seasons of 7-4-1,8-4 and 8-4 from 1981 through 1983 were viewed as disasters. Football records just don't qualify as disasters at Penn State, which may be why one coach got to wear the white hat tonight and the other did not. Whatever color the hat, however, it was Switzer and the Sooners who prevailed Wednesday night, capturing the national championship with their 25-10 triumph at the expense of Paterno and the Nittany Lions.

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