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Nebraska Noiv ISo, 1 Huskers Bury Irish In Poll By THE ASSOCUTED PRESS Nebraska's defending national champions climbed bacl? atop The Associated Press college football poll Monday following an impressive opening game victory while Notre Dame, the preason leader, was idle and fell to second place. The Comhuskers of Nebraska trimmed highly regarded Oregon 34-7 Saturday and received 31 first-place votes and 931 points from a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters participating in the first regular season poll. Irish Meet Wildcats The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, who open against Northwestern this weekend, pulled down 10 top votes, with five go- Chrissie Comes Home FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Chrissie Evert slid slowly into her second row seat in Room 101 at St. Thomas Aquinas High School ... a long way from center court at Forest Hills. "It was super up there, you guys," she told a covey of giggling 11th grade girls. "Nothing tops getting home, though . -. being recognized by folks I live with." The 16-year-old darling of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships wept modestly during a thunderous Sunday night welcome at Fort Lauderdale Airport, She showed up Monday morning—two weeks late—for school. Mail Carried Message "Home of Chris Evert," proclaimed the plywood billboard outside St. Thomas. Fathey Vincent Kelly, the principal, used a rubber stamp bearing the same boast on all school mail. Chrissie wore a green plaid skirt and white blouse, uniform of the Catholic high school. Her long hair was draped over one shoulder. "They love her," said Father Kelly. "The other students, our faculty . . . right down to the custodian, we're pretty proud." School cafeteria cooits baked a gigantic cake, served in Miss Evert's honor at lunchtime. It fed the 750 students with crumbs to spare. Chris Evnrt The adulation couldn't have been more sincere if Chris had beaten old pro Billy Jean King in the semifuials at Forest Hills Mday. The kid from Fort Lauderdale had become an instant international heroine. Sister Jean Marion, frocked in white habit, smiled at her new homeroom student. "I had your older brother, Drew, last year. He was a nice boy," she said. Drew, 18, was down the hall in his senior homeroom. One of Chrissie's sister-s, Jeanne, 14, is a freshman and a budding tennis sensation who holds the national 14-and-under title. Chris Always Won "We've played tennis together all our lives," said dark- haired Laurie Fleming. "Chrissie always beats me ... but next to me, I'd rather see her as the world's finest player." After 10 minutes, the first period bell rang and Chrissie scurried down an outdoor hallway to Room 127. Her first subject was Contemporary Religion. "Please turn to page 10 in your textbooks," asked the handsome, young teacher, Greg McAndrews. "We shall have to clue in Christine since she hasn 't been with us." Greetings foi- Miss Evert on her first day back at school were si &dued compared to the sign -waving, band-playing airport reception the night before. "We want Chils! We want Chris!" chanted more than 1,000 well -wishers as lesser- known passengers deplaned ' from Ihe southbound jet. "She's No. 1. She's No. 1," Signs, waved with the furor seen at a political convention, read "You 're Our Champ" . "BiUy Jean Who?" ... "The Best at Sweet 16." "It 's the biggest deal since Lyndon Johnson flew in here," an airport security guard said. ing to third-ranked Texas and two each to No. 4 Michigan and No. 7 Auburn. Notre Dame received 829 total points. Rounding out the first five were Texas, 672; Michigan, 6.30, and Ohio State, 546. Texas opens Saturday against UCLA while Michigan downed Northwestern 21-6. Ohio State buried Iowa 52-21 and jumped from 11th to fifth, the only change among the five leaders. The rest of the Top Ten con- .sisted of Arkanas, up from seventh to sixth; Auburn, which hasn't played yet, down from sixth to seventh; idle Tennessee, still eighth; Alabama, up from 16th to ninth, and idle Oklahoma, still 10th. Arkansas crushed California 51-20 and Alabama turned back Southern California 17-10. The latter game dropped the losing Trojans from fifth all the way to 17th. The only other team to leave the Top Ten was Louisiana State, a 31-21 loser to Colorado, ninth last week and unranked this week. Georgia heads the Second Ten, followed by Colorado, Stanford, Penn State, Syracuse, Arizona State, Southern Cal. Michigan State, South Carolina and Houston. Southern Cal is the only member of the Top Twenty to have lost its opener while Penn State, Syracuse and Arizona State haven't played yet. The others all won. UCLA, Georgia Tech and Northwestern all dropped from the Second Ten after losing openers. Devaney Plans Changes Gophers Call for New Offensive Maneuvers Prep Grid Standing South SO-i League All Games W L W L Pts. Hanston Oo l o 34 McCracken .... o 0 i o 47 Healy 0 0 0 0 0 Bazlne 0 0 0 1 6 Bogue 0 0 0 1 0 Hutchinson News Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1971 Page 10 CI/, OSU Also Recognized Elkhart 1 Johnson 0 Holcornb 0 Syracuse 0 Sublette 0 Lakin 0 Satanta 0 Hl-Plalnj League All Games W L W L Pts. 30 40 12 21 6 0 0 The Top 20 The Top Twenty teams, with first-place votes In paronthoses, records and total total points. Points tabulated on basis o( 20- ia -14-14-12-10-9-9-7-654-321: 1. Nebraska (31) 10 931 2. Notre Damo (10) O-O 829 3. Texas (5) 00 672 4. Michigan (2) 1-0 630 5. Ohio State 1-0 5.16 6. Arkansas . 10 641 7. Auburn (2) O-O 437 8. Tennessee 00 36A 9. Alabama 1-0 314 10. Oklahoma O -o 265 11. Georgia 1-0 229 12. Colorado 1-0 194 13. Stanford 1-0 167 14. Penn State OO 123 16. Arizona Stale 0-0 95 17. Southern California 0-1 70 18. Michigan State 1-0 60 19. South Carolina l-o 5D 20. Houston 1-0 46 Others rocalving votes, listed alphabetl- cnlly; Air Force, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisiana Slalo, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Northwestern, Pitt, Purdue, San Diego State, Toledo, Tulano, UCLA, Wake Forest, Washington. Record Attendance For NFL Preseason NEW YORK (AP) - A record 3,811,858 persons, an average of 49,505 per game, turned out to watch preseason pro football, the National Football League announced Monday. The same 78-game exhibition schedule last season including one twin-bill, drew 3,496,782 or 47,254 per game. LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - University of Nebra.ska football Coach Bob Devaney predicted Monday his Cornhuskers "will probably have to do a few things differently next week against Minnesota than in Saturday's 34-7 win over Oregon. "They play a different defense," he said of the Gophers. Minnesota was 28-0 victor over Indiana while Nebraska was whipping Oregon in what Devaney termed "as good an opening game as we have played since I've been at Nebraska." Devaney's observation came in a talk to the weekly Exti"i;Poinl Club Uincheon. A warning note about Minnesota was sounded by NU freshman Coach Jim ftoss. Although Ross said he "wasn't too impressed with Indiana, I was with Minnesota. "If we play as fine this week as we did against Oregon, we'll win," said Ross, "but if we think we can coast through, we might find ourselves in a lot of trouble." Devaney said linebacker Bill Sloey, who injured a knee against the Ducks, "will be of questionable value for the rest of the season." Sloey's injury might need an operation, said Davaney, but otherwise, the Husker injuries received against Oregon probably will be healed for Minnesota. Devaney praised his offensive line for its effort Saturday and said he didn't "know of many Santa Fe Trail League All Games W L W L Pts. Copeland 0 0 1 0 28 Ensign 0 0 0 0 0 A/oscow 0 0 0 0 0 Ingalls 0 0 0 1 0 Roiia 0 0 0 1 20 Deerlield 0 0 0 1 3 Montezuma ,0 0 0 1 0 Great Plains League All Games W L W L Pts. Haviiand 0 Muiiinviiie 0 Skyline 0 Bucklin 0 Pawnee Rock .. 0 Lewis 0 Ford 0 20 68 28 8 40 20 22 I3S-W League All Games W L W L Pts. Canton 0 0 10 6 Hope 0 0 1 0 26 Solomon 0 0 10 8 Bennington .... 0 0 1 0 16 Tescott 00 0 1 8 SE of Saline .0 0 0 1 0 Goessel 00 0 1 14 Independents W L Pts. Liberal 1 0 28 Central Christilin ... 0 0 o Galva 0 1 0 Thomas More 0 1 14 0pp. 20 14 0 40 44 Opp. 0 0 8 0 13 6 30 Opp. 22 0 0 34 30 8 68 Opp. 0 0 0 3 6 34 28 Opp. 0 0 6 14 22 41 22 Opp. 14 0 20 36 KU Is Now Listed As Title Contender THE MAN — Bob Devaney, University of Nebraska head football coach is the winningest among the nation's active coaches. His Cornhuskers moved to No. 1 in the nation after defeating Oregon, 34-7. games where the offensive line gave better protection." He said he feels "Oregon can be good, but that question will have to wail a week or two" until the Ducks face other opponents. May Pass More Although the Huskers' ball- control offense provided enough yards and points Saturday, Devaney told his audience, "I feel we could have thrown more than we did." Ross said the Huskers would see "a little different Minnesota team than in the past." He said the Gophers usually have good defensive teams, but said their offense appears to be strong. He called quarterback Craig Curry "probably as good as our Jerry Tagge or Van Brownson." Colorado Soph Charlie Davis Named Big 8 Back of Week KANSAS CITY (AP) - By making the most auspicious debut in the Big Eight football picture in 20 years, Colorado's sophomore running back Charlie Davis has been named conference Back of the Week. The trigger-quick Texan rolled up 174 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns as tlic Buffaloes topped ninth- ranked Louisiana State 31-21 to have the best first Big Eight game since Nebraska's Bobby Reynolds had 180 yards against Indiana in 1950. Dick Graham, Oklahoma State flanker who caught five passes for 140 yards in the Cowboys' 26-7 victory over Mississippi State, was the only other back to receive a vote. Others nominated were tailback Jeff Kinney of Nebraska, quarterback Dan Heck of Kansas and tailback Bill Butler of Kansas State. An Accomplishment Colorado Coach Eddie Crowder said that for Davis to have tliat type of game against a team like Louisiana State "is quite an accomplishment." Davis' first score came on a three-yard smash up the middle. "That showed his physical power," said Crowder of the 6-foot, 191-pounder from West Columbia. The other was for 47 yards on the kind of run expected of the highly recruited speedster noted for his open field ability. Davis wasn't the only Colorado sophomore to sparkle in his first collegiate game. Buffalo quarterback Ken Johnson completed nine of 19 passes for 82 yards and ran the option well, learning up with John Tarver on his first one for 92 yards. Division Champs Should Be Better ABA Hardship Draft Tuesday NEW YORK (AP) — The American Basketball Association announced Monday its hardship draft would be held here Tuesday. The ABA will have 10 players available to be drafted, including four who were drafted by the rival National Basketball Association. Tom Payne of Kentucky and Cyril Baptiste of Creighton, two of the four, reportedly have signed NBA contracts, Payne with Atlanta and Baptiste with the Golden State Warriors. Phil Chenier of California was chosen by Baltimore and Matt Williams of Utah State was picked by Cincinnati. The six others available include Mickey Davis of Duquesne, Ed Leftwich of North Carolina State, Mike Meade, Hartford, Allen Raphael, Northwestern, Anthony Reed, Murcer Community College, N.C., and John T. Bailey of Wagner. KANSAS CITY (AP) — Three teams gave notice, in their 1971 debuts, they plan to give Nebraska and Oklahoma a battle for the Big Eight Conference football championship this year. Most impressive was Colorado, which defeated ninth-ranked Louisiana State University 3121, but those attending the Big Eight briefing Monday still talked about Kansas, which shutout Washington State 34-0, land Oklahoma State, which dumped Mississippi State 26-7. Nebraska, as expected, rolled over Oregon 34-7. Oklahoma and Iowa State did not play. Can Cause Trouble And even though Kansas State was edged by Utah State 10-7 and Missouri went down to Stanford 19-0, there is reason to think they'll cause trouble. Asked, on a long distance call., if he thought Colorado was underrated or if Louisiana State was overrated, Buffalo Coach Eddie Crowder replied, "A little of both," adding he thought his team developed quicker than expected. Crowder said the difference between the teams was the fact that CU made the big play, both on offense and defense. Kansas Coach Don Fam- bgough said the Jayhawk victory gave his team "the confidence is needs," especially on defense. "Winning that first one is awfully important," said Fambrough, who was initiated as a head coach. "It showed our players the importance of hard work." Oklahoma State's Floyd Gass probably couldn't savor the Cowboys triumph too long because he had too prepare for next week's opponent — Arkansas, a 51-20 victor over California. Kansas State Coach Vince Gibson said that he was encouraged by his defensive team's play, particularly that of linebacker Keith Best. Highest Grade Possible Gibson said Best got the highest grade . given by KSU coaches to a linebacker — 93. "We think a 70 is a winner," Gibson said. He said the Wildcats must open up on offense and cut down on mistakes, pomting out that penalties spoiled drives several times against Utah State. Missouri Coach Al Onofrio, the other new Big Eight head coach, took much of the blame on himself for the Tigers' setback. "Our players lacked the quickness they had," he said. "I may have worked them too hard. That may have been my mistake." Defense Not Expected He said another factor was that Stanford was using a different defense and Missouri may have stuck with the original game plan too long. "It may have been a miscalculation on my part," Onofrio said. "But at Missouri, we usually don't make too many changes until half time." Beside the OSU at Arkansas other contests scheduled Saturday mclude: Kansas State at Tulsa, Baylor at Kansas, Wyoming at Colorado, Missouri at Air Force, Minnesota at Nebraska, Southern Methodist at Oklahoma and Idaho at Iowa State. Former Quarterback Kansas' Phil Basler Voted Big Eight Lineman of Week KANSAS CITY (AP) - Kansas University's Phil Basler, a defensive tackle who came in from the cold at quarterback, was named Monday as the Big Eight Conference Lineman of the Week for his play in the Jayhawks' 34-0 victory over Washington State University last Saturday. The senior from Independence, Mo., was the unanimous choice by the selecting panel after being credited with being in on seven tackles as KU notched its first shutout m 20 games. Basler recovered a fumble and nailed the quarterback behind the line twice, once for a 17-yard loss. Kansas Coach Don Fambrough sajd Basler, who started at quarterback in five games as a sophomore, led the pass rush that caused Cougar quarterback Ty Plane to complete only 14 of 40 passes and have three intercepted. Rather than beuig upset about being changed from a southpaw quarterback to a defensive tackle, the 6-foot-3 , 225- pound Basler said he wished he had made the move earlier. "I'll still be learning throughout the season," he said. Basler, 21, said he has a lot of things to learn on defense, especially how to use his hands more.' Little Chance 49er8 Will Return To Losing Ways SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Dick Nolan, coach of the San Francisco 49crs, says "the poise factor" kept liis team out of the Super Bowl last season. Looking back on Uic 49ers' 1710 loss to Dallas in the National Football Conference title game, Nolan said, "Some of our younger players made mistakes they hadn't made since early in tlie season. You've gol to remember that the game was the biggest thuig in mast of their lives." The game also was the biggest in the history of the 49ers, who waited 25 years for their first division title. They surprised the National Football League by rebounding from a 4-8-2 record in 1969 to 10-3-1 last season and edge favored Los Angeles in tiie NFC West. Losing Season HCHIHIC But with quarterback John Brodic coming off a season that earned him the NFL's Most Valuable Player award, and young players such as All-Pro receiver Gene Washington, 1970 NFC Rookie of the Year Bruce Taylor and defensive linemen Cedrick Hardman and Tommy Hart still showing improvement, there's little chance the 49ers will cross back to the losing side this year. Denver Broncos Coach 1 /OU Saban, after a preseason loss to San Francisco, said, "That is an exceptionally talented team. Anyone who doesn't think they have a chance of going all the way to the Super Bowl is fooling themselves." Brodie passed for 2,941 yards to lead NFL quarterbacks last season. He threw just 10 inter- cxjptions while completing 59 per cent of his passes. Washington caught 1,100 yards worth of passes last year to lead NFL receivers. He's starting his tliird pro sea.son. And other 49er receivers, such as Dick Witcher, Bob Windsor, Ted Kwalick and Jimmy Tliom- as also have youth on their side. "I think we'll improve our running game," Dolan says, bring up our average and make it equal to our passuig game." Former Canadian Football League star Vic Washington is one reason. Washington, with more speed than starling running backs Ken Willard and Doug Cunning- liam, figures to play a lot and make the 49ors' attack more versatile. The 49ers' veteran offensive line— which allowed Brodie to be tackled just eight times last season—and reliable place Kicker Bruce Gossett are solid factors in the offense. Tackles Cas Banaszek and Len Rhode, guards Randy Beisler and Woody Peoples and center For­ rest Blue make up the starting line. On defense, old pros Charlie Kuegcr, Stan Hindman, Jim Johnson and Roosevelt Taylor play among some of the most highly rated young players in the game. Bruce Taylor made his share of rookie mistakes last season at the cornerback spot opposite All-Pro Jolinson, but he drove opponents mad on punt returns, averaging 12 yards [wr return. Seasoned Safeties Roosevelt Taylor and Mel Phillips, another seasoned player, are the safeties. The 49ers were .seeking backup help in the college draft, but lost their j No. 1 pick, Tim Anderson of Ohio State, to the Canadian League. Starting linebackers Dave Wilcox, Frank Nunley and Skip Vanderbundt are starting their third season together. In the defensive line, Hardman, Hart and Bill Belk handle the ends. Krucgcr and Earl Edwards are the starters at Tackle, backed up by veterans Hmdman and Sam Silas. 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