The Orlando Sentinel from Orlando, Florida on January 2, 1972 · Page 57
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Orlando, Florida
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Sunday, January 2, 1972
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r sunaay, Jan. z, 1171 - s Alabama To Claim National Title 5 i. 5 '' L : i . i m vxl ,: . i V I Nebraska Top t r .:,.. x v 9r .-s f a 6 A i MM . C ' rr iw ' K ' V m .mi a.. nrtii . . t' -i. " y- hi STANFORD'S GARCIA UNLOADS KICK TO WIN ROSE BOWL . . . Michigan's Butch Carpenter (14) too late to block (UPI) Itanford Over Michigan On Last Minute Field Goal v' from Pane I'D Stanford quarterback Don Bunce, voted the player of the game, said he knew Garcia would kick the game winner. iI had all the confidence in the world in him," the blond senior declared. "Except for one game he's done the job all year long. "I dreamed a lot about coming back here and repeating," added Bonce, a redshirt last season who w&tched Jim Plunkett lead Stanford to 'an upset victory over Ohio State. "The element of surprise was gone thfy year, though. Michigan was favored but they knew what we had done the year before." In the gloomy Michigan dressing jrojlim, coach Bo Schembechler said, "Stanford deserved to win. STANFORD is the best offensive teim we played this season and we just didn't get the 'first downs when we needed them. It's a . heck of a thing to lose a Rose Bowl when you haie it won. f Bunce? He looks better on the field than he does on film. He did a great job under the blitz. He knows how to control his team." Billy Taylor, Michigan's workhorse running back who said before thj Rose Bowl that he felt his team deserved to be No. 1 in the nation, said:, . Jit's hard to say whether Stanford was the best defense team we played thlfc year. But today they were great and cut us off. I would call them comparable to Ohio State. I didn't thjnk they could stop our running game like they did." J Garcia's kick capped a brilliant spearheaded by never-say-die Bunce, who led a 78-yard dtfv in eight plays, hitting four passes during the advance. Until that drive, which started with just 1:48 lelt, it appeared that poor judgment by Ferguson would give the victory to Michigan. i Late in the fourth quarter, after Dana Coin tried a 48-yard field goal that fell short, Ferguson fielded the ball in his end zone and tried to run it out. i HE WAS tackled in the end zone by Michigan's Ed Shuttlesworth to put the Wolverines ahead 12-10 with the two-point safety. Stanford appeared through, but Michigan hadn't counted on the resourceful Bunce, successor to 1970 lleisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett, who engineered Stanford's 27-17 upset here last year over Ohio State. ;. This time, Michigan's Big Ten champions came to Pasadena with an 11-0 record and were favored by nearly two touchdowns over the Pacific-8 tltlists, who were just 8-3 over the regular season. After Michigan couldn't move on taking the free kick following the safely, the Indians got the ball aguin nt their 22. Bunce hit his tight end, Bill Scott, on the first play, then flipped a 16-yarder to his flanker, John Winesberry, before an incomplctlon and a penally sot the Indians back to their 48. But Bunco completed successive passes to Miles Moore and Winesberry lo niove the bull to tho Michigan 17. TWO SHORT runs and Stanford was In position for the 31-yord game-winning field goal by Oarciu. Stanford never led the Wolverines until the winning kick by the 155-pound soccer-stylo hooter. Michigan curried a 3 0 lend nt the half on a 3(1 ynrd fiVld goul by Coin In tho second period. Garcia evened the count In tho third with a 42-ynrd boot, after mining two lunger tries In tho first quarter. But the defensive- buttle erupted In the fourth qunrter on llm warm, sunny afternoon before a crowd of 103.1 54 and n national television audience. I'rlt. Seyfertlt smashed tho final ynrd on a 71-yard Michigan scoring drive that took 17 plays, nil but ono oti the gniuiul In n relentless lulvnnce, 5 Stanford rnme rlht link soma ti7 ynnU In nine jthiyi, suiptlninjt the Wolverines with n 31 ynrd nm by Jackie. Brown front th Slnnford 33 on n fourth-down rL mint nlnv. Brown rnnned th drive with Jiynrit tout lid 1 4lMa - & W,i, .rrv . : . :.::vv, , :: . . V f r (Si ) M&&tt ) a. I 2 :A-td BIG CONGRATULATIONS FOR A LITTLE FELLOW . . . Indians' Garcia, Reggie Ishman, Bill Scott (AP) comeback Jiiwn run when Mlrhignn fxpectrd Bunco to be passing. MICHIGAN drove back before Stanford's defense stiffened and forced Coin's field goal try that turned into the safety. Bunce, who sat out last year to save this season's eligibility, connected on 24 of 44 passes for 290 yards without an interception. However, he and the offense had to share honors with a rugged defense that at one point in third period stopped Michigan at the one after the Wolverines had a first down at the five. Taylor, the Michigan running ace, tried for the touchdown from the two, only to be stopped cold by defensive back Bennie Barnes after a one-yard gain. The Wolverines gained 2G4 yards on the ground but in several key situations the Stanford defense, led by Mike Simone, Greg Sampson, Pete Lazctich and Pierre Pcrreault, held firm. And the fake punt gamble also turned things around. With the fourth down in their own territory, Steve Murray went buck as if to kick. Insteud, the ball was centered to fullback Jim Kehl, who shoved it between Brown's legs from behind and the fleet running back took off on his long run to Michigan's 34 to set up Stanford's touchdown. MICHIGAN'S defenders throttled tho Stanford ground game except for Brown's two long runs. The Indians netted only f)3 yards rushing. Still, the victory gave the Paclfic-8 three consecutive triumphs In this Rose Bowl series for the first time since the pact with the Big Ten was signed to start with the 1947 game, nrhough the Big Ten still has n 17-9 lend. And It enme on the 50th Tournament of Roses game played In this venerable Rose Bowl stadium In the Arroyo Seco. Michigan was upset by Southern California 10 3 In tho 1970 game. Garcia, n 20-ycnr-olJ sophomore from 1 a Mlrada, Calif., hnd led the 1 nth ranked Indians In scoring for tho regular season with 14 field goals In 27 attempts plus 24 conversions for ffl points. In this game, as tho Indians domlnnted tho opening qunrter, ho was "nlled on to try n pair of field goals from 52 and 55 yards and each hoot by tho 5 toot 9 specialist fell short. Mlchlgnn's first three offensive series of tho game fizzled but, late In the qunrter, tho nation's fourth ranked team wrnt on a marvh starting si their 30 sod winding up with Coin's 30 yard field goal. From Page I-D for the PAT went wide with only 2:01 left In the first period. Star -crossed Alabama couldn't move after the klckoff and bo on Gannt's next punt, ghost-runner Rodgers rambled 77 yards for 12-0, ho wing uncanny movei when seemingly trapped just after fielding the ball. Tagge threw to Maury Damkroger for a two-point PAT and It was 14-0 as the quarter came to an end on Rodgers' romp. Bryant was stalking the sidelines now, clad in a red rainsuit desperately trying to rally his team, but calamity struck again on the kickoff. The same ill-fated Williams who had been called for interference fumbled at his 30 when hit by Nebraska's Randy Borg and the Husker's John Peterson was there for the recovery when the ball popped out of thepi leup. In business at the Tide 27, powerful and relentlessly for its third score on seven plays, quarterback Tagge getting the six on a one-yard sneak. A 20-yard Tagge to Gary Dixon ate up most of the ground enroute as the Crimson Tide defense fought desperately to stave off the threatened rout. After Tagge's sneak, Sanger kicked the PAT and it was 21-0 with 12:43 left in period two. Alabama had the football for only four plays during the Big 8 champ's wild 21-polnt eruption. , .', " The Lincoln juggernaut' made its first mistake a series later, when Tagge found the flying Rodgers open for an apparent 37-yard pass hookup to the Tide 20. Rodgers fumbled, but even at that, it was a great fumble because the football bounded on down to the Alabama one-yard line where Steve Wade claimed it. Bama Immediately returned the favor with no fumble finesse whatever, halfback Steve Bisceglia coughed it up at the four when hit by Rich Glover and 210-pound linebacker Bob Terrior covered it there. Dixon, subbing for Kinney at left halfback ran twice for the score to make it 28-0 after Sanger's kick. Halftime statistics seemed to indicate that the scoreboard accurately reflected the match-up. Nebraska dominated every department, including 225 yards of total offense to Bama's 96. Kinney already had 73 yards on 13 carries as the Cornhusk-ers had kept the ball for 53 of 89 plays to the midway point. Whatever Paul Bryant thought of ' c) v ) ft r9 1 THEY DIDN'T PLAY DEFENSE LIKE THIS BACK HOME IN SEC . . . Alabama's Steve Williams crushed by end John Adkins NEBRASKA II 47-11 m 1M 11-M4 M2.4 - M Ntbrttka Attbama Slrit dawm RstMnf yard Pitilnf yardaa t Ritvn) yardata Pattat Punt ewmblat tort Vara Mnatiiaa' ALABAMA U H-Hl 47 M MM 74 I M 14)4 J 7-31 Nab Kinnay 1 run (kick lailad) Nab Radsart 77 punt raturn (Damkratar am from Tasaa) Nab TAaaa 1 run (Santar kick) Nab-Olxaa I ran (Santar kick) Ala Oavla S run (run failad) Nab-Santar 11 FO Nab Brownian 1 run (Santar kick) A-71,151 to say to his team at halftime helped. Kicking off the second half, Alabama immediately halted Nebraska, forced a punt and then got ignited with its best drive of the night. Beginning at their own 43, the pride-stung kids in the Crimson shirts drilled all the way to Nebraska 14 where In a second down situation Davis pass intended for David Bailey was picked off by cornerback Joe Blahak. Bailey had the defender beaten in the back of , the end zone, but Davis on a play-action pass, threw short right into Blahak's hands. rkgaJM, wic j tut ucituav &w football back quickly for its stuttering offense and this time it paid off. Davis made a 28-yard run on a quarterback draw and came back for 14 more three plays later to carry It to the Husker 10. From there, Bisceglia, Davis and Musso hauled; it in tVio tfiroo uViuro Dauia noain . b VV kill . (5 " - ' swept i left - on fourth down for the Tide's first dent. A two-point conversion try failed, but Alabama fans were up on three feet for the first time, hoping there was still time to bring off a miracle. The clock showed 5:40 remaining the period three. Alabama kicked off into the end zone, and Nebraska let it go, taking ' over at Its own 20, knowing It probably needed points to stem the ' Tide's rising emotions, a long drive , ensued which ate up the rest of tha period and just at the horn, Sanger's 21-yard field goal was good for a 31-6 . . tuum. , 1 1 WW ; A x. 1 ..til V' t-Ji a . ' r r f , jfMiA-.ih ! A- - x, , y 0 OKLAHOMA REVISITED! NEBRASKA'S JOHNNY ROGERS OFF ON PUNT RETURN FOR TD , . . Alabama's tills Beck (S3), johnny Muho (22), mats outflanked (API

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