The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 2, 1986 · Page 11
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The Salina Journal Thursday, January 2,1986 Page 11 Bruins have Ball against Iowa UCLA freshman gallops to four touchdowns IOWA VS. UCLA CAME IN STATS PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The 72nd Rose Bowl was a game of obscure heroes, but with a strikingly familiar ending. Underdog UCLA, led by second- stringers Eric Ball and Matt Stevens, extended the Pacif ic-10's domination of the Big Ten in the oldest of the New Year's Day football games, humbling the fourth-ranked Iowa Hawk- eyes, 45-28, Wednesday. It was the fifth consecutive Rose Bowl victory by the Pac-10 representative over the Big Ten champion. The West Coast team now has won 10 of the last 11 Rose Bowls and 15 of the lastl?. Ironically, Iowa Coach Hayden Fry, still stinging from a 28-0 loss to Washington in the 1982 Rose Bowl, tried a new — but traditionally Big Ten — approach this time. He did not allow his players to participate in the Disneyland trip or any other outside activities before the game. It didn't work. Ball ran for 227 yards on 22 carries and scored four touchdowns, and Stevens, a junior quarterback, completed 16 of 26 throws for 189 yards and one touchdown and ran for another score. "Our team was awfully good," said a delighted UCLA Coach Terry Donahue, whose 13th-ranked Bruins have three Rose Bowl victories and a Fiesta Bowl triumph in the last four years. The Bruins finished their season 92-1. Iowa, losing any chance for its first national championship, wound up 10-2. "It was a great, great day for UCLA. The last time a UCLA team played this well was the last Rose Bowl we were in" — a 45-9 upset of Illinois two years ago. "What a spectacular game Ball had," Donahue added. Ball's four touchdowns tied a modern Rose Bowl record, figured since 1947, set by Sam Cunningham of Southern Cal in 1973. Neil Snow of Michigan scored five in the 1902 Rose Bowl. Ball missed a fifth TD in the fourth quarter when he was stopped a foot short of the Iowa goal line. Stevens took it in on the next play to close out UCLA's scoring. "I went out with the attitude that I wasn't going to let one guy stop me," said Ball, who grew up in Ypsilanti, Mich., two miles from the University of Michigan Stadium.' 'I wasn't going to save anything. "I just got out there, they (the line) opened up the holes for me. The holes were very large," Ball said with a smile. Donahue said of Stevens, "He was nervous at the start ... but not as nervous as his coach. His performance was absolutely incredible." Fry, .upbeat despite the lopsided loss, said: "Well, you just witnessed a complete annihilation of the Iowa football team. It just wasn't our day. "UCLA was obviously the superior team. There was no indication they'd be as good as they were. "If they played (all season) like they did against us, they'd be national champions, there's no doubt in my mind." As for his tight-reined approach during this trip to Pasadena, Fry added: "Do you realize what the score would have been if they (the Iowa players) had been honky- tonkying? "I'm dumb, but I'm not that dumb." Ball, who scored on runs of 30,40,6 and 32 yards, and Stevens were pressed into duty because of injuries to Bruin regulars. Ball, a 6-foot, 215-pounder who was red-shirted in 1984, was used extensively after starter Gaston Green suffered a hamstring injury early in the second quarter. Stevens, a junior who had started just one game this season, started in place of David Nome, who was out with a bruised thigh. Iowa's scoring came on a 1-yard touchdown run by David Hudson midway through the first quarter; a 24-yard field goal by Rob Houghtlin in the second period; a 4-yard run by quarterback Chuck Long early in the third quarter; a Rose Bowl record- tying 52-yard field goal by Houghtlin early in the final quarter, and a late, 11-yard pass from Long to Bill Happel. Long, a senior All-American and runnerup in the 1985 Heisman Trophy balloting, completed 29 of 37 passes for 319 yards. He was intercepted once and sacked four times. The Bruins took a 24-10 halftone time, capitalizing on four fumbles by Iowa running back Ronnie Harmon. Iowa marched 76 yards with the second-half kickoff to pull to within 24-17, but UCLA bounced right back with a 73-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 9-yard scoring pass from Stevens to Mike Sherrard. Then Ball raced 32 yards for his fourth touchdown early in the final period to make it 38-17. Although Long completed 14 of 16 passes for 112 yards in the first half, the Hawkeyes were shackled by Harmon's fumbles, three of them in the opening period. The Bruins turned one of the fumbles into a touchdown, Ball's 40- yard sprint, and another into a 42- First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return yards Passes Punts Tumbles-lost Penalties-yards Time of Possession Heisman trophy winner Bo Jackson rushed for 129 yards Wednesday in the 50th Cotton Bowl, but Jackson and the Tigers collapsed hi the fourth quarter as Texas A&M pulled away for a 36-16 victory. w i r*n«%*j ooners (Continued from Page 9) safety Barry Buchman, who entered the game in the first period after Ray Isom injured an ankle in the first period. He got behind Buchman, caught Holiway's perfectly thrown pass in full stride and scored easily as halfback Damon Stall's block flattened Buchman. Manca's 27-yard field goal one second before halftime brought Penn State within 16-10. It came after a fumble by Holieway at his 11-yard line. Brown intercepted his second pass at the Oklahoma one to kill a Penn State threat early in the third quarter. Lashar matched with a 22- yarder, his fourth of the game for an Orange Bowl record, with 3:09 left in the period. Oklahoma's defense, ranked No. 1 in the nation, surrendered a 10-play, 62-yard drive on Penn State's initial possession. The scoring march included a 15-yard pass interference penalty against Rayburn and Shaffer's passes of 12 and 14 yards to flanker Eric Hamilton. But the Sooner defenders made up for that by intercepting three of Shaffer's passes and recovering a fumble by the Lions on a tricky punt return. Three of the five turnovers set up Lashar field goals. Oklahoma thus turned the tables on Penn State, an opportunistic team which had turned 37 turnovers by its opponents into 96 points during the regular season and scored the winning points six times after takeaways. A near-capacity crowd of 74,178 watched the game in perfect 72- degree weather. Floridians cheered when it was announced that the University of Miami had taken a 7-0 lead in the Sugar Bowl. Later.Oklahoma and Penn State partisans showed their approval vocally when Tennessee went ahead of Miami and subsequently beat the Hurricanes. Oklahoma couldn't get untracked until its third possession. With Holieway throwing to Jackson for 13 yards and Carr reeling off a 10-yard run, the Sooners marched 36 yards to the Penn State 10 and Lashar, whose statistics were overshadowed • by Manca's, kicked his first field goal. The Sooners turned the scoring back to Lashar after Holieway and Jackson produced their only touchdown. His second field goal followed Brown's 31-yard interception return and he kicked another one that made it 16-7 after Rayburn's 34-yard return of another interception. During its fourth perfect season in UCLA 29 55-299 189 0 16-26-1 2-39 3-2 6-36 31:38 Iowa 25 34-82 319 16 29-38-1 2-33 4-4 5-40 28:22 Individual Statistics RUSHING—UCLA, Ball 22-227, Green 13-46, Farr 5-42, Greenwood 2-4, Dorrell 1-3, Primus 1-3, Thompson 1-3, Francois 1-1, Stevens 7-(-l), Norrie l-(-2), Henderson 1-(-27). Iowa, R. Harmon 14-55, Hudson 13-53, K. Harmon 1-8, Long 6-(-34). PASSING—UCLA, Stevens 16-26-1-189. Iowa. Long 29-37-1 -319, R. Harmon 0-1 -0-0. RECEIVING—UCLA. Sherrard 4-48, Dorrell 359, Tennell 3-30, Anderson 2-14, Greenwood 115, Wilson 1-10, Farr 1-9, Green 1-4. Iowa, R. Harmon 11-102, Happel 6-89, Smith 4-44, Flagg 3-55, Helverson 1-17, Early 1-6, Clark 1-2, Hudson 1-2, K. Harmon 1-2. Scoring Summary UCLA 10 14 7 14—45 Iowa 737 11—28 Iowa—Hudson 1 run (Houghtlin kick) UCLA—Ball 30 run (Lee kick) UCLA—FG Lee 42 Iowa—FG Houghtlin 24 UCLA—Ball 40 run (Lee kick) UCLA—Ball 6 run (Leekick) Iowa—Long 4 run (Houghtlin kick) UCLA—Sherrard 9 pass from Stevens (Lee kick) UCLA—Ball 32 run (Lee kick) Iowa—FG Houghtlin 52 UCLA—Stevens 1 run (Lee kick) Iowa—Happel 11 pass from Long (Harmon run) A—103,292 yard field goal by John Lee. Harmon's first fumble also cost the Hawkeyes, who'd lost only nine fumbles during the regular season, a chance to score. He hobbled the ball on the handof f when Iowa had a f irst- and-goal at the UCLA 5-yard line 2% minutes into the game. The four fumbles by the normally sure-handed Harmon, a senior who is Iowa's all-time top receiver and second-leading rusher, tied a Rose Bowl record for most fumbles lost — by a team. UCLA hurt itself, but much less critically, with mistakes in the opening half. AP Eric Ball, a reserve freshman running back, rushed for 227 yards and four touchdowns in UCLA's 45-28 upset of Iowa. Joe Paterno's 20 years as head coach, Penn State had come from behind to win six times. This time the Nittany Lions couldn't do it. They drove from their 30 to the Oklahoma 21 after the second-half kickoff, including a 21-yard run on a double reverse by freshman flanker Michael Timpson. But Brown intercepted a pass intended for Timpson at the 1-yard line to keep the Lions at bay. Oklahoma had to punt and it became the fourth of Penn State's five turnovers. Jim Coates fielded Mike Winchester's kick at his 49 and handed off to Timpson. But Mike Mantle hammered the ball loose from Timpson and Jodie Britt recovered at the Sooners' 42. Eleven plays later Lashar kicked his fourth field goal for a 19-10 lead. The Lions marched from their 40 to the Oklahoma 9 but Manca, who had kicked 12 consecutive field goals and 22 of 27, missed to the left from 26 yards out with 2:46 remaining. Oklahoma would have been content .to run out the clock. Instead, Carr ran out of the pack and away from the Penn State defense down the right sideline to seal the triumph. And for good measure, Ledell Glenn intercepted a desperation pass by second-string quarterback Matt Knizner and returned it 40 yards- Iowa took a 7-0 lead on David Hudson's 1-yard run midway through the opening quarter after a pass by Stevens was intercepted. UCLA squandered a scoring opportunity early in the second quarter when, with a first-and-goal at the Iowa 4, Stevens was sacked, fumbled, and the Hawkeyes' Jay Norvell recovered. Iowa then drove 81 yards to its only first-half touchdown. The tone of the opening half was set early, as UCLA punter Ted Henderson couldn't handle a high snap on the Bruins' first possession and the Hawkeyes got the ball at the UCLA 5. But Harmon then fumbled on Iowa's opening play from scrimmage. Texas A&M contains Jackson in 36-16 Cotton Bowl victory DALLAS (AP) — Texas A&M did something in the 50th Cotton Bowl Classic on New Year's Day that no bowl team had ever done to Auburn's Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson: Stop him in the fourth period. The tenacious Aggie defense frustrated Jackson twice on vital fourth-down plays, then exploded for • a 36-16 victory over the Tigers. "We stopped Bo when we had to," said Texas A&M Coach Jackie Sher- COTTON BOWL AUBURN VS. TEXAS A&M GAME IN STATS Aub ASM First downs 16 21 Rushes-yards 54-198 48-186 Passing yards 154 292 Return yards 48 51 Passes 7-17-2 16-26-1 Punts 5-43 5-45 Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-1 Penalties-yards 1-5 5-45 Time of Possession 30:46 29:14 Individual Statistics RUSHING—Auburn, Jackson 31-129, AgeeS- 36, Ware 8-31, Fullwood 5-25. Texas A&M, Toney 17-72, Vick 18-67, Woodslde 3-32, H. Johnson 5-22. PASSING—Auburn, Washington 2-7-0-82, Burger 5-10-2-72. Texas A&M, Murray 16-26-1292. RECEIVING—Auburn, Jackson 2-73, Weygand 1 -31, Agee 1 -9. Texas A&M, Bernstine 6108, Woodside 3-BB, Walker 3-40. Scoring Summary Auburn • 763 0—16 Texas ASM 12 3 6 15—36 Aub—Jackson 5 run (Johnson kick) A&M—H. Johnson 11 run (kick lolled) A&M—Woodside 22 run (pass failed) Aub—Jackson 73 pass from Washington (run failed) A&M—FG Slater 26 A&M—Toney 21 run (pass failed) Aub—FG Johnson 26 A&M—Woodside 9 pass from Murray (Bernstine run) A&M—Toney 1 run (Slater kick) A—73,137 rill. "Those two fourth-down plays were the key." Jackson was stopped at the A&M 3- yard line and the 27-yard line on fourth-and-2 plays. "The fourth down on the goal and the fourth down at midfield were the two big plays without a doubt," said Sherrill. He added "I've been around a lot of teams but I've never been around a team that has given so much of themselves to make something happen." Jackson had led Auburn to victories in the Liberty, Sugar and Tangerine Bowls before Wednesday. "They just wanted it badder than we did," said Jackson. "They proved it. "The two touchdowns I scored couldn't even compare to what they did to us twice down there on their end of the field." Auburn Coach Pat Dye agreed with Jackson's assessment. "They just whipped us on fourth- and-short," said Dye. "They were more balanced offensively then we were. We made some big plays too but it was the goal-line stand that did it to us." Auburn had a first-and-goal from the Aggies 6-yard line but Jackson failed in four tries. "The coaches felt we could run right at them," said Jackson. "We did and they stopped us." Aggies quarterback Kevin Murray Texas A&M linebacker John Roper wraps up Auburn quarterback Pat Washington (7) for an 11-yard sack in the first quarter. provided the offensive punch with a Cotton Bowl record 292 yards passing. The victory was a sweet one for Sherrill, who played linebacker under Dye, an assistant coach at Alabama in 1965. The llth-ranked Aggies, making their first appearance in the game in 18 years as the Southwest Conference champion, finished the season 10-2. The 16th-ranked Tigers, fifth-place finishers in the Southeast Conference and making their first Cotton Bowl appearance, were 8-4. Jackson scored two touchdowns and shredded the Aggies' defense for 129 yards on a record 31 rushes. But it was two fourth-down runs he couldn't convert that turned the game around. Linebacker Larry Kelm tackled Jackson for a yard loss on fourth- and-2 at the A&M 3-yard line early in the fourth period with the Aggies leading 21-16. Cornerback Wayne Asberry did it again for the Aggies on fourth-and-2 at the A&M 27 with five minutes to go. Murray then completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Keith Woodside. The old Cotton Bowl record of 231 passing yards belonged to Joe Theismann, who played here for Notre Dame in 1970. The Aggies scored on Andrew Toney's 1-yard run with three seconds to play after an interception. Jackson, showing his Heisman credentials early, scored the first time he touched the football, on a 5- yard run in the first quarter. The Aggies charged back to take a 12-7 lead on touchdown runs of 11 yards by freshman Harry Johnson and 22 yards by sophomore Woodside. But Jackson showed he can catch and run, too. He snared a short screen pass from Pat Washington, broke a tackle and cut across the field on a 73-yard scoring play to give Auburn the lead 13-12. The Aggies led 15-13 at halftime on Scott Slater's 26-yard field goal, his first as a collegian. Auburn had won four consecutive bowl games before Wednesday and Jackson had been the most valuable player in the Liberty and Sugar Bowls. Jackson, playing his final game for Auburn, finished his career with a record of 22 plus-100 yard days in his four years. Murray, a sophomore, completed 16 of 26 passes and suffered only one interception. Tight end Rod Bernstine was his favorite target, catching six passes for 108 yards. A sellout crowd of 73,137 fans jammed the stadium for the Golden Anniversary Cotton Bowl. It was only the second time the two teams had met. A&M beat Auburn 16-0 in 1911. Auburn struck for a touchdown with slightly more than a minute gone in the game. Harold Hallman pounced on Murray's fumble at the Aggies 21. Three plays later, Jackson sliced up the middle five yards for the touchdown. However, Auburn returned the gift when Trey Gainous fumbled a punt away to Monte Jay at the Tigers 31. Five plays later Johnson, a redshirt freshman, broke two tackles to score from 11 yards away. Franklin missed the extra point. Murray then took the Aggies on a 64-yard drive, with Woodside scoring from 22 yards out. A pass for two points failed. Franklin later ruined an Aggies drive to the Auburn 9 by missing a field goal from 26 yards out.

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