The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 30, 1996 · Page 7
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MONDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL t NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Sports SCOREBOARD / B2 FOOTBALL / B3 BASEBALL / B4 B Chargers deal Chiefs first loss Seau-led San Diego stops KG, forges three-way tie atop AFC West with Denver By The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Junior Seau at any speed is a nightmare for opposing teams. 'Still bothered by a strained hamstring, the five-time Pro Bowl linebacker intercepted Steve Bono twice, had 12 tackles and one sack as the San Diego Chargers handed the Kansas City Chiefs ;.their first loss, 22-19 Sunday. "If I have four gears, I'm just kicking in third," Seau said. Seau also repositioned Chris Mims on Pete Stoyanovich's 47-yard field goal attempt with 22 seconds left. Mims blocked it. - "If Junior Seau isn't one of the best to ever play the game, I don't know who is," coach Bobby Ross said. "I think he gets the credit he de- 19 Chargers 22 don't serves." Sunday he did. "He plays like that all the time," Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "He's the leader of what they do, not only for the defense, but maybe their whole football team." The Chargers, Chiefs and Denver Broncos are tied atop the AFC West at 4-1. The Chiefs won their previous 12 divisional games dating to the final game of 1994. It was only the third time this decade the Chargers beat the Chiefs in San Diego, including a 17-0 playoff win in 1992. San Diego entered the game ranked 30th in defense after allowing an average of 374 yards in its first four games. The Chargers tackled poorly at times and allowed some big plays, but also came up Sunday's scores WEEKS SAN DIEGO 22, KANSAS CITY 19 JACKSONVILLE 24, CAROLINA 14 DENVER 14, CINCINNATI 10 DETROIT 27, TAMPA BAY 0 PITTSBURGH 30, HOUSTON 16 N.Y. GIANTS 15, MINNESOTA 10 BALTIMORE 17, NEW ORLEANS 10 CHICAGO 19, OAKLAND 17 SAN FRANCISCO 39, ATLANTA 17 GREEN BAY 31, SEATTLE 10 ARIZONA 31, ST. Louis 28 (or) WASHINGTON 31 N.Y. JETS 16 TONIGHT'S GAME DALLAS AT PHILADELPHIA, 8:00 big when needed. The Chargers were eager to atone for last year's 29-23 overtime loss at Kansas City. "The fact is that we kind of fell apart against them in the fourth quarter last year," Seau said. "We didn't want to repeat the Monday night game from last year." Fittingly, Seau's second interception came with 5:50 left and led to John Carney's fifth field goal, a 33-yarder to set the final score with 3:17 to go. Then, with the Chiefs facing third- and-4 from the 50, Seau was hammered while blitzing, but bounced off blockers and came through again to drop Bono for a 6-yard loss. A fourth-down pass to Tamarick Vanover was incomplete, but the Chiefs got the ball right back when Leonard Russell's fumble was recovered by Tracy Simien. See CHIEFS, Page B3 The Associated Press San Diego Charger Chris Mims (94) leaps and blocks a 47-yard field goal attempt by Kansas City Chiefs kicker Pete Stoy- anovich with 22 seconds left to preserve the Chargers' 22-19 victory Sunday. T COLLEGE FOOTBALL Utah knocks off Jayhawks, 45-42 Fouts throws for 476 yards, 4 TDs as Utes strike late to beat KU By The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — In the end, the limber arm of Utah's Mike Fouts proved mightier than the fleet feet of Kansas running back June Henley — barely. The Utes' senior quarterback passed for a career-best 476 yards and four Saturday's touchdowns, , t * the last one a iaie game 4 .y a rd toss to Rocky Henry with 1:39 left to rally Utah to a 4542 victory. "Fouts made the plays," Utah coach Ron McBride said. "We knew we had to throw the ball to beat these guys. The passing game was what won it today." Kansas coach Glen Mason said Fouts "ripped us pretty good." "Fouts had to have a career day today," Mason said. The Utes (4-1) had blown leads of 21-7 and 38-28, and trailed 42-38 after Kansas (2-1) parlayed a fake field goal attempt into Matt Johner's 20-yard touchdown pass to Henley with 4:09 to play. The Associated Press Kansas running back June Henley dives in for a first-quarter touchdown in Saturday's game at Utah. Then Fouts was intercepted — but the Utah defense forced the Jayhawks to punt. This time he took the Utes 82 yards on six plays: Boo Bendinger's 23-yard catch- was followed by Fouts' passes of 41 and 13 yards to Kevin Dyson, setting up Henry's winning grab. "I just knew we were going to score," said Fouts, who finished hitting 21-of-35 passes and was intercepted twice. "We've got great players. I knew if we had the ball at the end of the game and they didn't have too much of a lead on us, we could win the game." Added McBride: "This team has a lot of courage." So did the Jayhawks, who had entered Rice Stadium Saturday night ranked 20th in the nation. Behind Henley's 41 carries for 216 yards and four touchdowns, Kansas twice roared back from deficits. "Henley is the best running back we've faced," Utah defensive back Brandon Dart said. "He's got the whole package. ... He's hard to tackle." After Fouts' 65-yard bomb to Dyson made it 21-7 early in the second quarter, the Jayhawks rallied to take a 28-21 third quarter lead. Then down 38-28, following Dan Pulsipher's 39-yard field goal early in the fourth, Henley ran for 7 and caught his big pass on the fake kick to give Kansas its final lead. "We had worked on it. I thought it was the right situation," said Jayhawks' coach Glen Mason. "(But) I knew it wasn't going to be enough." McBride is glad it wasn't, and for more than the obvious reasons. The Utes coach believes Henley and Kansas kicker Jeff McCord were both moving at the same moment, making the play illegal. "You can't have two people in motion at once," McBride said. "The officials were fooled by it. That would have been a heck of a way to lose the football game." Besides Fouts' heroics, the Utes also got 103 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries from Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala. The Top Twenty Five teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 28, total points based on 25 points for a first- place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and last week's ranking: Record Pts Pv I.Florida (57) 4-0 1,664 1 2. Florida State (8) 3-0 1,566 2 3. Ohio State (1) 3-0 1,533 4 4. Penn State 5-0 1,459 3 5. Arizona State (1) 4-0 1,369 6 6. Michigan 4-0 1,330 7 7. Nebraska 2-1 1,242 8 8. Miami, Fla. 4-0 1,198 10 9. Tennessee 2-1 1,132 9 10. Colorado 3-1 981 12 11. Notre Dame 3-1 900 5 12. Virginia 4-0 874 19 13. Alabama 4-0 836 14 14. Louisiana State 3-0 770 17 15. North Carolina 3-1 767 11 16. Kansas State 4-0 754 16 17. Southern Cal 3-1 753 15 18. Washington 2-1 515 21 19. West Virginia 5-0 418 23 20. Auburn 3-1 410 22 21. Brigham Young 4-1 268 24 22. Northwestern 3-1 201 25 23. Texas 2-2 146 13 24. Utah 4-1 101 — 25. Wyoming 5-0 99 — Others receiving votes: Virginia Tech 94, Kansas 89, Wisconsin 51, Southern Miss. 47, East CaroUna 44, Baylor 42, Georgia Tech 19, California 13, Iowa 12, Syracuse 12, Minnesota 10, Washington State 10, Texas Tech S, Oregon 1. Ohio State climbs to No. 3 Idle Kansas State still No. 16; Kansas drops out after losing at Utah By RICHARD ROSENBLATT The Associated Press Ohio State slipped past Penn State into the No. 3 ranking, while Notre Dame tumbled from the Top 10 and Florida strengthened its No. 1 status in The Associated Press' college football poll. In their first game as No. 1 this season, the Gators (4-0) beat Kentucky 65-0 and received 57 first-place votes and 1,664 points Sunday from the 67 sports writers and broadcasters who vote in the Top 25 poll. Kansas State, which was idle last week, holds steady at No. 16. The Wildcats take their 4-0 mark into Saturday's game against No. 7 Nebraska at Manhattan. Meanwhile, Kansas slipped from No. 20 out of the Top 25 rankings after losing to Utah 4542. The victory propelled the Utes to 4-1 and into the rankings this week at No. 24 — the first * Coaches poll/ Page B2 time Utah has cracked the Top 25 since the final poll of 1994. Florida State (3-0), a 13-0 winner over North Carolina, remained second with eight first- place votes and 1,586 points. The Gators picked up five more first- place votes than they had a week ago, while the Seminoles lost five. The Buckeyes (3-0), after a convincing 29-16 win at Notre Dame, had one first-place vote and 1,533 points, passing No. 4 Penn State, which totaled 1,459 points after a 23-20 win at Wisconsin. Notre Dame (3-1) fell to No. 11 after its loss, while Arizona State moved up one spot to No. 5. The Sun Devils, with one first-place vote, beat Oregon 48-27 the week after their upset of Nebraska. Michigan (4-0) was sixth after its 38-9 win over UCLA, giving the Big Ten three teams in the top six. Nebraska, which beat Colorado State 65-9, moved up a notch to No. 7, followed by Miami, Tennessee and Colorado. The Hurricanes (4-0) advanced two places after their second straight shutout — 45-0 against Pittsburgh. After Notre Dame was No. 12 Virginia, a 37-13 winner over Texas, followed by Alabama, LSU, North Carolina, Kansas State, Southern California, Washington, West Virginia and Auburn. Brigham Young, which beat SMU 31-3, was 21st, with Northwestern 22nd, Texas 23rd, Utah 24th and Wyoming 25th. The Wildcats opened defense of their Big Ten title with a 35-17 win against Indiana. Among this week's top games, it's No. 4 Penn State at No. 3 Ohio State, No. 6 Michigan at No. 22 Northwestern and No. 7 Nebraska at No. 16 Kansas State. Virginia Tech, beaten 52-21 by Syracuse, fell out of the Top 25. Wyoming (5-0), after its 33-21 win over UNLV, made it for the first time since Nov. 7,1993. Thirteen Top 25 teams are undefeated, including three each in the Big Ten and Southeastern conferences. T BASEBALL Padres win NL West in 11,2-0 Chris Gwynn's two-run double gives San Diego sweep, division crown By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The San Diego Padres figured it was their turn to celebrate at Dodger Stadium after what happened last year. They got their wish. Pinch-hitter Chris Gwynn broke a scoreless tie with a two- run double in the llth inning Sunday as the Padres beat the Dodgers 2-0, completing a season-ending three-game series sweep and winning their first NL West title since 1984. The Dodgers clinched the division title in San Diego on the next- to-last day of the 1995 season, and whooped it up at Jack Murphy Stadium. The Padres needed to win all three games to win the division title since the Dodgers, who lost their final four games of the year, held a two-game lead coming in. All the games were close — 5-2 in 10 innings, 4-2, and 2-0 in 11. "It's only appropriate (the games were all close)," said Padres outfielder Steve Finley, who triggered the llth-inning rally off Chan Ho Park (5-5) with a leadoff single. "We wanted to win this thing today, we wanted to celebrate on this field because they celebrated on our field last year. "We believed in ourselves from Game 1 (of the series). We just took it one game at a time. We've been a clutch team all year." Even with the NL West championship at stake, the teams played as if it was a meaningless exhibition game in some ways — certainly in the area of pitching. That's because both teams had qualified for the playoffs beforehand. However, the Padres held nothing back in celebrating afterward. Champagne soaked everyone in the clubhouse. "It's the best feeling in the world, the best feeling I've ever felt except for my two little girls coming into this earth," said Padres third baseman Ken Caminiti, probably the leading contender for the NL MVP award. "To watch them celebrate on our field last year.... This is awesome." In a show of class, Dodgers manager Bill Russell and general manager Fred Claire made an appearance in the San Diego dressing room to offer congratulations, both embracing Padres manager Playoffs DIVISION SERIES Tuesday's Games AMERICAN LEAGUE Cleveland (Nagy 17-5) at Baltimore (Wells 11-14), 12:07 p.m. (ESPN) Texas (Burkett 5-2) at New York (Cone 7-2), 7:07 p.m. (NBC) NATIONAL LEAGUE San Diego (Hamilton 15-9) at St. Louis (Stottlemyre 14-11), 3:07 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday's Games AMERICAN LEAGUE Cleveland (Hershiser 15-9) at Baltimore (Erickson 13-12), 12:07 p.m. (ESPN) Texas (Hill 16-10) at New York (Pettitte21-8), 7:11 p.m. (FOX) NATIONAL LEAGUE Atlanta (Smoltz 24-8) at Los Angeles (Martinez 15-6), 3:07 p.m. (ESPN) Royals win season finale / Page B4 * Detroit's Alan Trammell retires after 20 seasons / Page B4 Bruce Bochy. "I tell you, we had our backs against the wall, these were must- wins," Bochy said. "The feeling right now, you couldn't describe. I couldn't be prouder. These guys just keep coming and coming. There was a lot of pride at stake today." The Padres, who brought recently demoted Bob Tewksbury out of the bullpen to start, advanced to play NL Central champion St. Louis. The best-of-5 series begins Tuesday in St. Louis. ; The Dodgers, who pulled started Ramon Martinez after just one inning, wound up as the wild card. They will open the playoffs Wednesday at home against NL East champion Atlanta. Tony Gwynn, Chris' brother, wrapped up his seventh NL batting title even though he went hitless in four at-bats with a walk. He was helped by a rule never used before, allowing him to add hitless at-bats to give him the required number of plate appearances 'to qualify. .• Dodgers star Mike Piazza, who began the day with a remote chance of catching Gwynn, left the game after the ninth inning. Not since 1908 had two NL teams that were tied for first place played on the last day of the regular season. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORT? EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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