The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 6, 1986 · Page 9
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Sports The Salina Journal Monday, January 6,1986 Page 9 Bears, Patriots reach conference title games Chicago defense too much for Giants CHICAGO (AP) - "Old- fashioned" football is the way coach Mike Ditka described his Chicago Bears' 21-0 victory Sunday over the New York Giants in another step towards their ultimate goal, the Super Bowl. Jim McMahon, passing with gloves on because of the cold in which the wind-chill factor dipped to 10 below zero, teamed with Dennis McKinnon on touchdowns of 23 and 20 yards and defensive end Richard Dent led a ferocious defense which sacked quarterback Phil Simms six times for 60 yards in losses. It was the first playoff game in Chicago since 1963, when the Bears beat the Giants 14-10 in the National Football League championship game — a victory also built on defense in frigid Windy City weather. "It wasn't very cold once you get up on people," said Ditka, a tight end for the Bears in that 1963 game. "I can't say enough about Richard Dent, and Jim McMahon is a competitor. You have to take your hat off to him." "We were totally prepared for the Giants," McMahon said. "We spent all week preparing for anything they might do and we stopped all of it." The victory over New York keeps the Bears at home for the National Conference championship game next Sunday against • the Los Angeles Rams, who defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 20-0, Saturday on Eric Dickerson's playoff record 248 yards rushing and two touchdowns. "The Rams are coming in with a big win over Dallas," McMahon said, "and they have an excellent ballclub. They have a defense that has kept them in games all year. Our defense will have to stop Eric Dickerson and our offense will have to move the ball. Our work is cut out for us." Dent registered 3% sacks of Simms and rarely allowed the New York offense to get untracked. "We put a lot of pressure on the quarterback," said Dent. "They did a lot of rolling out but if you stop the run, their bread-and-butter, it makes it a lot easier." The Bears held the Giants to 32 net yards rushing and Joe Morris, who gained 1,336 during the season and 141 against San Francisco in the Giants' 17-3 NFC wild-card victory last Sunday, was limited to 12 rushes and 32 yards. Tony Galbreath's 9- yard run was canceled out by Byron Williams' 9-yard loss on his only rush. Dent hammered Morris late in the first quarter and Morris saw little action after that. "When you take away their running game, you know you're on the right track," Dent said. The Bears got a big break in the first quarter when Sean Landeta grazed the ball on a punt attempt, Shaun Gayle picked it up and went five yards for a touchdown—his first TD since high school—and a 7-0 lead with 5:32 remaining in the first period. Landeta, who later had punts of 52 NEW YORK VS. CHICAGO GAME IN STATS NY First downs Rushes-yards Passing Return Yards Comp-Att Sacks by Punts Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Time of Possession 10 14-32 149 9 14-35-0 0-0 9-38 3-1 4-25 22:46 Chi 17 44-147 216 27 11-21-0 6-60 6-37 0-0 2-20 37:14 Individual Statistics RUSHING—New York, Morris 12-32, Galbreath 1-9, Williams 1-(minus 9). Chicago, Payton 27-93, Suhey 6-33, McMahon 5-18, Thomas 4-11, McKinnon l-(mlnus 7), Gentry 1(minus 1), . PASSING—New York, Simms 14-35-209. Chicago, McMahon 11-21-216. RECEIVING—New York, Bavaro 4-36, Adorns «-65, Carpenter 3-24, Williams 1-33, McConkey 1-23, Johnson 1-17, Golbreath 1-11. Chicago, Gault 3-68, McKinnon 3-52, Suhey 2-5, Wrightman 1 -46, Gentry 1 -41, Payton 1 -4. MISSED FIELD GOALS—Chicago, Butler 26, 49,38. New York, Schubert 19. Scoring Summary New York 0000—0 Chicago 7 014 0—21 First Quarter Chi—Gayle 5 punt return (Butler kick), 9:32 Third Quarter Chi—McKinnon 23 pass from McMahon (Butlerkick),6:12 Chi—'McKinnon 20 pass from McMahon (Butler kick), 14:23 A—62,076. and 63 yards, blamed the gusting winds for the near-miss. "I dropped the ball and started to swing into it and it started to move," he said. "We called a punt block," Gayle said. "He barely brushed the ball. I caught it on the second bounce. I was thinking, 'Six points.' I wanted a touchdown for the special teams." The closest the Giants came to scoring occurred on their final play of the first half when Eric Schubert's 19-yard chip-shot field-goal attempt hit the left upright and bounced back — his sixth miss in his last seven attempts of the season and playoffs. New York coach Bill Parcells, asked why the Giants didn't try to run the ball in for a touchdown late in the first half when they reached the Chicago 2-yard line, replied: "We didn't have any timeouts left. There was no time to run. I did what I wanted to do. They played well. They didn't surprise us. The things we wanted to do didn't work." Simms completed 14 of 35 passes for 209 yards, most of that coming in the fourth quarter, when the Bears had the game wrapped up and sat back, keeping New York out of their end zone. The Giants finished the game with 241 yards in offense. But in the third quarter, when they might have stayed in contention, they failed to convert a single third-down play and didn't get a first down. Walter Payton of the Bears gained 93 yards on 27 carries — the Giants are the only NFC team which has never allowed him a 100-yard day on the ground — and McMahon completed 11 of 21 passes for 216 yards. McMahon's touchdown passes came in the third quarter. "I threw with gloves on all week," the free- spirited quarterback said. "I threw a lot of spirals today. I might just wear gloves all next summer. ... I even threw better against the wind than I did with it," he added with a laugh. The Bears received the first break of the game on New York's first drive but were unable to cash in. Simms completed a 16-yard pass to Rob Carpenter to the Chicago 43-yard line but Wilbur Marshall slanted in and pounded the ball loose. In the second quarter, the the Bears leading 7-0, Chicago drove from its 9-yard line to the Giants' 8, McMahon completing passes of 25 and 15 yards to Willie Gault along the way. But Kevin Butler's 26-yard field : goal attempt was wide to the' left with 9:31 remaining in the half. Butler attempted a 49-yarder against the wind with 3:45 left in the half, but hooked it to the left. With barely a minute left in the half, the Giants mounted their first serious drive, starting at the Chicago 45-yard line. A 31-yard pass from Simms to George Adams put the ball at the Chicago 14. A penalty set the Giants back five yards but a Simms pass to Bob Johnson was good for 17 and a first down at the 2-yard line. Simms passed three times and was incomplete on all three, then Shubert missed his short field-goal attempt with 11 seconds remaining in the half. The Bears took the second-half kickoff and marched from their 23 to the New York 21 with McMahon completing a 41-yard pass to Dennis Gentry, but Butler missed on a 38- yard field-goal attempt. Jayhawks meet Detroit tonight DETROIT — The Detroit Titans, who went to court a couple of months ago to keep the Kansas Jayhawks on their basketball schedule, get their wish tonight when they meet the fifth-ranked Jayhawks in McNichols Arena. Tipoff for the non-conference game is set for 6:35 p.m. (CST). In November, KU officials tried to get tonight's game with Detroit moved to next season when a nationally-televised game with Louisville became a reality. The Jayhawks already had a full schedule. But Detroit officials took their case to court and a district judge ruled that Kansas had to play Detroit this season. The KU-Rider game was eventually cancelled, allowing Kansas to play both Detroit and Louisville (on Jan. 25) this year. Detroit will be meeting an angry Jayhawk team tonight. KU lost a tough 83-80 overtime decision at ninth-ranked Memphis State on Saturday to drop to 12-2 for the season. Detroit, meanwhile, improved to 6-7 overall with an impressive 77-67 victory over Iowa State at home Saturday night. By HAROLD BECHARD Sports Editor MANHATTAN — Kansas State and Wichita State, two teams with outstanding records despite inconsistent performances this season, meet tonight for the first time in 14 years. The Wildcats and Shockers square off in Ahearn Field House at 7:35 p.m. There were still approximately 2,000 tickets available for the game Monday morning. Kansas State brings a 10-3 mark into the game and a four-game winning streak, but head coach Jack Hartman has not been pleased with his team's play of late. "We're just not playing very well right now," Hartman said Saturday night after his team's 57-53 victory over North Texas State. "We didn't even play that well two nights ago against Marquette but still won (5655). Maybe we have played too many games and have not had enough practice time." What concerns Hartman the most is his team's lack of rebounding. The Wildcats were outrebounded by both Marquette (50-32) and North Texas State (34-31) and could be in trouble against the physical Shockers. "Our lack of rebounds is due to our lack of instinct and movement to the boards," Hartman said. "That has been a problem with us all year long." Rebounding hasn't been a problem for Wichita State, which brings an 8-3 record into tonight's game, but shooting the ball has. The Shockers are hitting just 43 percent from the field and only 60 percent from the free throw line. "Right now, we're a bit inconsist- Los Angeles Raiders' quarterback Marc Wilson (6) was in trouble most of the afternoon against the New England Patriots. New England upsets fumbling Raiders K-State, WSU renew rivalry LOS ANGELES (AP) — The New England Patriots have found a simple formula to advance to their first AFC title game ever: When in doubt, kickoff. The Patriots upset the Los Angeles Raiders 27-20 Sunday, getting the winning touchdown on the same play they've used to score twice before in the last month — a fumbled kickoff return recovered for a touchdown. In this case it was rookie safety Jim Bowman who fell on the ball in the end zone to cap a 10-point burst in Related story, Page 11 14 seconds that began with 1:11 left in the third quarter. It was Bowman's second fumble recovery of the game. "You go down there with the idea of trying to strip the ball out of his hands," Bowman said. "We've scored six touchdowns just from trying to strip the ball this season.'' It was typical of a day in which the Pats forced six Los Angeles turnovers — three fumbles, two interceptions by Ronnie Lippett and a third by Fred Marion. They led directly to 20 of the 27 points by Patriots, who will try to qualify for their first Super Bowl next Sunday against the Miami Dolphins in the Orange Bowl, where they have lost 18 straight games dating back to 1966. "Our main objective in training camp this year was to increase the number of takeaways," coach Raymond Berry said. "We could get away with turnovers in a regular-season game and always come back the next week," Raiders linebacker Rod Martin said. "But this is a playoff game. We had to do it today." Takeaways weren't the whole story as the Patriots, who looked in the second quarter as if they were about to be blown out, rebounded from a 10-point deficit to win it. Craig James ran for 104 yards in 23 carries, the first 100-yard rushing game against the Raiders this year, and the opportunistic defense held Los Angeles scoreless in the second half. The Patriots' defenders have allowed two touchdowns in a game just twice in the last 13 games, and the Pats have won 11 of them. New England hadn't won a playoff game in 22 years until they beat the New Gene Smithson ent, but we're going to rise," WSU head coach Gene Smithson said. "I knew we would go through growing pains." Tonight's game between the two Kansas schools is the first since Dec. 22,1971, when Wichita State won a 6966 overtime decision in Wichita. Kansas State leads the series, 7-5, and is 5-0 in Manhattan. "We're looking forward to it," Hartman said. "We're glad to get this series renewed. Wichita State has a great basketball tradition and it ought to be a fine game." NEW ENGLAND VS. LOS ANGELES NE LA First downs 15 17 Rushes-yards 49-156 27-163 Passing 98 124 Return Yards 23 36 Comp-Att 8-15-0 11-27-3 Sacks by 2-11 3-27 Punts 5-45 2-34 Fumbles-Lost 3-2 5-3 Penalties-Yards 6-45 6-53 Time of Possession 36:59 23:01 Individual Statistics RUSHING—New England. C.James 23-104, Collins 9-18, Weathers 9-18, Tatupu 4-17, Fryar 1-3, Eason 3-(minus 4). L.A. Raiders, Allen 22121, Hawkins 4-33, Wilson 1-9. PASSING—New England, Eason 7-14-0-117, C.James 1-1-0-8. L.A. Raiders, Wilson 11-27-3135. RECEIVING—New England, C.James 3-48, D.Ramsey 2-34, Morgan 1-22, Dawson 1-13. Collins 1-8. L.A. Raiders. Christensen 4-78, Williams 3-33, Allen 3-8, Hester 1-16. MISSED FIELD GOALS—L.A. Raiders, Bahr 44. Scoring Summary New England 7 10 10 0—27 L.A. Raiders 3170 0—20 First Quarter NE—Dawson 13 pass from Eason (Franklin kick), 4:34 LA—FG Bahr 29, 10:13 Second Quarter LA—Hester 16 pass from Wilson (Bahr kick), 4:21 LA—Allen 11 run (Bahr kick), 6:07 NE—C.James 2 run (Franklin kick), 11:22 NE—FG Franklin 45, 13:15 LA—FG Bahr 32, 14:54 Third Quarter NE—FG Franklin 32, 13:49 NE—Bowman fumble recovery in end zone (Franklin kick), 14:03 A—88,936. York Jets in the AFC wild-card game last week. "It's unbelievable to come out here into Raider territory and come out with a win," Berry said. "It's a tribute to this club. It has true staying power and it never quits. "These guys have really paid the price this year. They are consistent and they don't let things get them down. Our coaches have taken a good defense and made it great." Then there was the matter of New England's 156 rushing yards against a defense that had surrendered an average of just 100 yards a game. "I felt it was going to be a low- scoring game but I didn't count on the turnovers," Raiders defensive end Howie Long said. "But there's no excuse for the loss. They ran the ball down our throats.'' And then there was that twist of fate — or, as the Patriots have come to believe, their secret weapon: the kickoff. The biggest play in the mistake- filled game came late in the third quarter after Tony Franklin's 32- yard field goal had tied the game at 20-20. On the ensuing kickoff, New England's Sam Seale fielded the ball at his own nine, dropped the ball, picked it up, then fumbled when he was hit by Mosi Tatupu. The ball rolled towards the goal line with a covey of players chasing it until Jim Bowman, a rookie safety fell on the ball for what proved to be the winning score. The play was nearly identical to two previous touchdowns scored by the Pats. One, in Miami, tied the game that New England finally lost — and with it the AFC title. And in last week's wild-card game against the Jets, they scored 10 points in 15 seconds to break open what turned out to be a 26-14 victory. The Raiders, who won the AFC West title with a 12-4 record and had won six games in a row, did themselves no good on this overcast day before 88,936 fans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Not only did they have those half- dozen turnovers, but they squandered two of their three second-half timeouts on the first drive of the second half. The first came on a f irst-down-and- 20 play after a holding play, the second two plays later on a third-and- 17, both to avoid a 5-yard delay-of- game penalty. That cost them when they finally got the ball back with 1:56 left. In fact, even Marcus Allen, who gained 121 yards on 22 carries, contributed, fumbling on the New England 32 midway in the third period. It was only Allen's fourth fumble this year and the Pats went from there to Franklin's tying field goal, and then to their game-winning score. Quarterback Marc Wilson completed just 11 of 27 passes for 127 yards while New England quarterback Tony Eason threw just 14 times, completing seven for 117 yards. It took New England just 4 minutes, 34 seconds to take advantage of the Raiders' first tunover and grab a 7-0 lead on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Eason to Lin Dawson. Th score, the first TD against the Raiders in more than 10 quarters, came two plays after Fulton Walker fumbled Rich Camarillo's punt and Bowman recovered at the Raiders' 21. It appeared New England would get more when Lippett picked off Wilson's pass at his own 36 and Eason pased to Derrick Ramsey to the LA 36. But the Raiders held and on fourth down Greg Townsend blocked Rich Camarillo's punt. Spartans fall to Westmont, 88-78 Jack Hartman Smithson echoed his coaching counterpart. "I like the idea of this rivalry," Smithson said. "We need to play each other." Norris Coleman and Joe Wright continue to lead the Wildcats in scoring with averages of 19.2 and 17.4 points per game, respectively, while freshman guard Benny Green is nearing the twin digit level at 9.1. Wichita State is paced by Gus Santos' 16 points a game and 10 each from Sasha Radunovich and Lew Hill. SANTA BARBARA, Calif. Marymount fell behind 10-0 at the start of the game and never recovered Saturday night as the Spartans dropped an 88-78 decision to host Westmont College in the finals of the Tom Byron Classic. The loss dropped the Spartans to 11-8 for the season and ended their seven-day trip to California at 2-2. Westmont, the favorite to win the District 3 title, improved to 8-3. "We played 37 minutes of real good basketball," said Marymount head coach Dan Pratt. "But we started off with a couple of questionable calls and a technical foul in the first min- ute and we were behind by ten points. It stayed right there the rest of the game." Marymount was led by 6-8 sophomore Rich Hamilton who scored 23 points and was named to the all- tournament team. Anthony Stephens scored 22 and Vernon Carter, another all-tournament selection, added 10. The Spartans played without Lonnie Sanders and Doug Butler, who are both academically ineligible through the month of January. Their status will be reviewed after Marymount's interterm which ends at the end of the month. Westmont was led by tournament MVP John Freeman, who Pratt said was "one kid we could not control." The 6-3 guard poured in 32 points and finished the two-game tourney hitting 22-of-30 shots from the field. Stephens was a pleasant surprise, according to Pratt, as the 6-5 senior had his best game of the season. "Anthony Stephens could be the key to the rest of the season," Pratt said. "If he plays like he did against Westmont, we will be tough for anyone to beat." The Spartans return to action next Saturday night at Hastings (Neb.) 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