The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 27, 1986 · Page 11
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The Salina Journal Monday, January 27,1986 Page 11 'Routine' business for Bears Bears linebacker Otis Wilson (55) wrestles Patriots quarterback Tony Eason (11) to the turf. NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Quarterback Jim McMahon, who followed his zany, week-long antics with a brilliant performance Sunday in the Chicago Bears' 46-10 Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots, said he was just having his usual good time. McMahon, the center of media attention while he was having acupuncture treatments and mooning helicopters, completed 12 of 20 passes for 256 yards and scored two touchdowns. "I was in my regular routine. I was just having fun," he said. "I threw the ball pretty well today. We're supposed to be on top' of the world, but it seemed to be just another ballgame." McMahon's only disappointment was that the Bears couldn't get a touchdown for star running back Walter Payton, who lived through the Bears' many lean years before getting to the Super Bowl. "I was happy for (Richard) Dent for winning the MVP, "but I don't think we used Walter Payton as much as we should have," McMahon said. "After 11 years, he didn't get a touchdown in the biggest game of his career. I feel for him. We got him down to the goal line, but it just didn't workout." Payton said he wasn't disappointed. "This was the biggest game of my career and we won. So why should I be disappointed?" he said. McMahon's use of headbands again was a feast for television cameras. He wore at least four different headbands. The first read "J.D.F. Cure" for Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Another read "POW MIA" in honor of prisoners of war and American servicemen missing in action in Vietnam. Another said "Support Children's Hospital," and another read "Pluto." Pluto, McMahon explained, is the nickname of Dan Plate, a former teammate of McMahon's at Brigham Young University. "I had received hundreds of headbands from fans, but I played this game for my best friend (Plate)," said McMahon. "He's out in California and I say, 'Hello to you, Pluto.'" On the game, McMahon said the Bears "took out our frustration. We took it out and played Bear football. Nobody intimidates us." "I think at the half we had it sewed up," McMahon said of the Bears' 23-3 lead. "Not too many teams can score 20 points on us. We didn't want to let up. We proved a point that we are the most dominant team in football this year. As long as we executed, we knew nobody could beat us. "The defense gave us good field position. We scored a couple and we missed out on a couple. We could have scored a few more. We wanted 60 points. "Our record speaks for itself," said McMahon, who blamed himself for Payton's fumble, which led to a field goal and a 3-0 New England lead early in the game. "If we hadn't fumbled, they might not have scored," said McMahon. "I screwed up. It was a wrong call on my part. I could have moved faster." McMahon credited acupuncture treatments for his ability to play at full strength. He took the treatments for his lower left back and upper left buttock from Hiroshi Shiraishi, a trainer for Japan's national track team. "Hiroshi did me well. I felt great," he said. Noting that William "The Refrigerator" Perry scored a touchdown, McMahon said, "I'm happy for Fridge. Hopefully he can stay on defense." As for his two touchdowns, McMahon said that on the first one "I saw an alley and took it. The second was just a sneak. I hurt my wrist, but I showed my critics I could take a hit." Four of McMahon's completions went to Willie Gault for 129 yards, including a 60-yard pass that took the Bears out of trouble from their own 4- yard line and eventually led to McMahon's second touchdown. "Their cornerbacks have a habit of looking into the backfield, and with Willie's speed we were able to pick them up, "he said. Gault said the Bears have been "consistent all year long. Our critics said we weren't that good. We proved we were. We played like a team. I did something to help the team and we won. I did things expected of me and I thank God." Bears (Continued from Page 9) devestatingly, like his cohorts on the Bears' defense. "I couldn't pass up an opportunity like this," he said. "It's not often you get here." The game was over quickly. New England, which had forced 16 turnovers in its three playoff victories, forced its 17th on the second play of the game when Payton fumbled and Larry McGrew recovered on the Chicago 19. But in a hint of things to come, Tony Eason was harried into three incomplete passes and New England had to settle for Tony Franklin's 36- yard field goal. The score, 1:19 into the game, was the earliest in Super Bowl history and the first points scored in the playoffs against the Bears, who ended up outscoring their three post-season opponents 101-10. No big deal, said Chicago linebacker Otis Wilson, who had brashly predicted a shutout earlier in the week. "Our main goal was to beat them and win the title," Wilson said. "If we play our game, we're capable of a shutout. Talk is cheap. Action speaks. We came with a lot of action today." And how. With the help of a 43-yard pass from McMahon to Willie Gault, Chicago came right back to tie at 3-3 on Kevin Butler's 28-yard field goal, the first of three for the rookie kicker. Then came the defense — Dent in particular — setting up 10 points in 1:03 to give the Bears a 13-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. First Dent sacked Eason to force a fumble that was recovered by Dan Hampton at the New England 13. Five plays later — one of them a pitchout to Perry, who raised his arm to pass, then was sacked for a one- yard loss — Butler made it 6-3 with a 24-yard field goal. Then Dent crashed into Craig James, jarring the ball loose for Mike Singletary to pounce upon, again at the 13. One play later, Matt Suhey burst 11 yards off tackle for the first touchdown of the game. "You stay around this league long enough, sooner or later you're going to have your rear end handed to you. We had it handed to us today," New England coach Raymond Berry said. "The fumbles I saw, they knocked the tar out of us," "They put Dent over all the offensive linemen. He was really moving around," said Brian HoUoway, the Patriots' Pro Bowl left tackle. "It takes me two weeks to prepare for him myself. The other players he was lined up against didn't have enough time to prepare for him." It got no better for the Patriots. Chicago's offense went 59 yards in 10 plays to set up a score that made if 20-3 midway through the second period. McMahon got the TD, slanting in from two yards out after faking to Perry, who obliterated McGrew with a crushing block. Then the Bears, who needed no extra help, got some from Red Cash- ion's officiating crew to get the 24- yard field goal by Butler that gave them a 23-3 half time lead. With no time outs left and the clock running down, McMahon scrambled to the New England two. As both teams milled around, center Jay Hilgenberg snapped the ball to McMahon, who threw it out of bounds, stopping the clock with three seconds left. Chicago was penalized for illegal procedure and Butler was allowed to come on to the field to kick. But Art McNally, the NFL's supervisor of officials, later said the kick should have been disallowed. Because the clock was stopped with no time outs left, 10 seconds should have been run off ending the half before the ball was snapped again. The second half was strictly anticlimax. McMahon sneaked in from the one to make it 30-3 at the end of a 96-yard drive that featured his 60-yard connection with Gault. Then Reggie Phillips made it 37-3 1:06 later when he picked off a pass by Steve Grogan that bounced off Derrick Ramsey and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown. Grogan had entered the game in the second quarter after Eason, who had been hit by a virus Friday, went zero-for-six and was sacked three times. Perry scored his touchdown three minutes later after Wilber Marshall recovered Cedric Jones' fumble. Sub defensive tackle Henry Waechter wrapped up the scoring when he sacked Grogan in the end zone with SE garners Rupp championship HALSTEAD—Tournament MVP Steve Fritz poured in 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to guide Southeast of Saline to a 53-27 rout of Lyons in the championship game of the Adolph Rupp Classic prep basketball tournament Saturday night. Fritz, a 6-2 senior, scored all of the Trojans' points in the opening quarter as SE took an 8-4 lead and led 18-13 at halftime. Lyons, which slipped to 8-3, closed the gap to 20-19 early in the second half. But Southeast, 11-1 and ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, outscored the Lions 154 the balance of the quarter, then blanked Lyons through the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter. Dan Stutterheim added 14 points and Kevin Miller 12 for the Trojans. LYONS (27) Lange 2 0-0 4, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Brian McClure 1 0-2 2, Rush 3 0-0 6, Martlnie 51-511, Slmms 1 0-0 2, White 10-02, Bob McClure 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 13-58 1 -7 27. SOUTHEAST OF SALINE (53) D. Miller 01-2 1, Fritz 8 0-0 16, Stutterheim 6 2-2 14, Skinner 3 0-0 6, K. Miller 5 2-2 12, Rogge 1 2-2 4, Casselman 0 0-0 0, Gunnenon 0 0-0 0, Greenwood 0 0-0 0, Duhr 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 23-53 7-8 53. Lyoni 4 9 10 4-27 Southeastof Saline 8 10 17 18-53 TOTAL FOULS — Lyons 10, SE 11. REBOUNDS — Lyons 29, SE 39. TURNOVERS — Lyons 14, SE17. Skinner wins opening LPGA event BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Val Skinner, who won the last LPGA tournament of 1985, made up two strokes on Sandra Palmer on the final hole Sunday to capture the first event on the 1986 tour, the $200,000 Mazda Classic. Palmer, playing one pairing ahead of Skinner, hit a six-iron shot over the green on No. 18 and then missed a six-foot par putt. Skinner responded by knocking a wedge from the fairway to within a foot of the cup and tapping in for the birdie and a $30,000 first-prize check. The birdie capped Skinner's final round of 3-under-par 69 through gusty winds which kept the scores high. Skinner finished with a 72-hole total of 8-under 280. Two of five NFL players graduate DALLAS (AP) —Nearly 60 percent of theNational Football League's players who attended college failed to earn college degrees, the Dallas Times Herald reported Sunday. In a copyright story, the Times Herald said it based its findings on a computer analysis of the biographical records of 1,542 veteran professional athletes on the rosters of the NFL's 28 teams at the start of 1985 training camps. Only 41 percent of those players graduated from the colleges they attended, the Times Herald said. 5:36 left in the game. That capped an astounding season for Chicago. Excluding the Bears' only loss, a 38-24 decision in Miami, Chicago was overwhelming against the league's best teams. In eight games against teams with 10 regular-season victories or more, they scored 255 points, allowed 40 and averaged a score of 32-5. Few teams have ever dominated quality opposition so clearly. "I think we'll be seen as one of the best teams of all time," said Singletary, and the opposition didn't disagree. "The Chicago Bears are a perfectly balanced football team," said Berry, whose team also lost to Chicago 20-7 the second week of the regular season. "They're primed with experience and talent. They have great coaching and great players. They're one of the greatest teams in the history of the game." Dent leaves loud impression NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Richard Dent was one of the quiet members of the Chicago Bears football team through the week leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl. But he made the most of his opportunity to talk after being named the game's most valuable player. While linebacker Otis Wilson was predicting "goose eggs" for the New England Patriots, and quarterback Jim McMahon was oc-l cupying the headlines with every-l thing from accupuncture to moon- Dent ing passing helicopters, Dent was relatively low key. On Sunday, he accepted the MVP trophy on behalf of a defense that held the Patriots to minus yardage for the first 30 minutes of play, did not allow any kind of gain on any play for the first quarter and didn't allow a first down until the final 2:40 of the first half. But Dent said the Bears' big day started off a little rocky. "On the first play, John Hannah (New England's perennial All-Pro guard) hit me pretty good — knocked me on my butt," Dent said. "He let me know he was serious. "I had to retaliate. I've never been hit that hard in my life." The shutout that Wilson predicted and the rest of the team wanted disappeared less than two minutes into the game when New England converted a fumble into a field goal. Still, Dent said, he knew after that score that Chicago had the game won. ' 'We were hoping for a shutout, then with the offense giving them the ball, that went right down the drain," Dent said. "We didn't get the shutout, but we didn't give them any yards, and at that time we knew that we had them." Dent, who was outspoken about his unhappiness with his current contract with the Bears, refused to talk about that Sunday night. "We'll just let thattake care of itself." He said he was never really serious about boycotting the Super Bowl to dramatize his contract problems. "I wasn't planning to pass it up," Dent said. "I couldn't pass up an opportunity like this. It's not often you get here." Dent was in on two quarterback sacks, forced two fumbles and batted down one pass. "It's a good feeling, unusual. Things like this don't happen too often," he said. "I'm like a little kid. I just got a new toy, and I want to get outside and play with it." KU emerges from rugged week unscathed Big Eight basketball By The Associated Press Kansas finished its nonconference schedule during the weekend and the nationally ranked Jayhawks are sitting high and dry after the toughest week of the year for the Big Eight basketball leaders. Kansas, the lone unbeaten team in conference action, defeated Louisville, 71-69, Saturday to build its season record to 19-2 and finish a five-day, three-game stretch that featured victories over two nationally ranked schools and archrival Missouri on the road. In other games Saturday, third-ranked Memphis State defeated Missouri, 7968, in a nonconference contest, while Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Nebraska took conference victories. Oklahoma, now 18-1 overall and 3-1 in conference games, notched an 83-80 road victory at Kansas State; Oklahoma State ended a 19-game victory drought on the road with an 83-76 victory over the Colorado, and Nebraska surprised visiting Iowa State 75-58 in a game that saw the Cyclones' top scorer, Jeff Grayer, ejected in the first half. "The Louisville game brought it all together," KU Coach Larry Brown said. "It was a great week." Brown's seventh-ranked club held off Oklahoma, 98-92, Tuesday and Missouri, 81-77, Thursday to move its league record to 4-0. "I've seen some of our kids playing with the fear of losing, and I'm uncomfortable with that," added Brown, referring to blown leads against Oklahoma and Missouri. "It's been hard. I felt better today because of the tough things that were happening." Against head coach Denny Crum's 13th-ranked Louisville team, KU was forced to rally from a 13- point deficit against the Cardinals. "It was nice to come from behind for a change," said 7-foot-l senior center Greg Dreiling, who keyed the Jayhawks' second-half charge with 18 points. "Coach told me to be more aggressive," continued Dreiling, who was perfect on seven field goal tries in the second half as Kansas rallied from an Big 8 standings Conference 4 3 3 3 2 1 1 0 0 1 2 2 2 3 3 4 Overall 19 18 16 12 12 13 10 8 2 1 7 6 5 6 7 9 Kansas Oklahoma Missouri Iowa State Nebraska Kansas State Oklahoma State Colorado . ... This week's schedule Tuesday Kansas at Iowa State, Colorado at Missouri. Wednesday Kansas State at Oklahoma State, Nebraska at Oklahoma. Saturday Kansas at Kansas State, Iowa State at Oklahoma State, Missouri at Oklahoma, Nebraska at Colorado. eight-point deficit early in the second half. "He's just bigger and stronger than anyone we have," lamented Crum after the 13th-ranked Cardinals dropped to 11-6. "I like their club (Kansas) because they have so many ways they can hurt you." Ron Kellogg's 19 points led the way for Kansas. Dreiling was the only other Jayhawk in double figures. Milt Wagner led Louisville with 23. Memphis State withstood a 28-point performance by Missouri's Jeff Strong and racked up its 19th straight victory to remain one of two unbeaten teams in the country. Seven-foot William Bedford's 24 points and 11 rebounds led the way for Memphis State, which also got 22 points from Baskerville Holmes. Missouri's leading scorer, Derrick Chievous, was limited to eight points and didn't have a free throw attempt for the first time in 22 games. Oklahoma got its first look at Kansas State sophomore Norris Coleman, but escaped a vintage Coleman performance and rode a balanced offensive effort to victory. David Johnson, junior Sooner center from Kansas City, Kan., enjoyed his second straight big game against homestate rivals with 21 points. The 6-foot-7,240-pound Johnson scored 26 points earlier in the week in the Sooners' loss to Kansas. Tim McAlister added 19 points, Darryl Kennedy, 16, and Anthony Bowie, 14, f or OU. , Senior guard Joe Wright led K-State with 26 and Coleman, who was averaging 33 points a game against Big Eight competition, was limited to 22 points. "He (Coleman) reminded me a little bit of Wayman (Tisdale)," said Oklahoma Coach Billy Tubbs. "Now I know how it must have felt to try and gurd somebody like Wayman.'' Nebraska evened its league record at 2-2 and improved to 12-5 overall with its win over Iowa State. All-Conference center Dave Hoppen sparked the Nebraska victory with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Hoppen's performance moved him into third place in Big Eight career scoring with 2,127 points. The 6-foot-ll Omaha senior passed former Kansas State star Mike Evans. He now trails the league's second leading all-timer scorer, Barry Stevens of Iowa State, by just 63 points. Tisdale's record 2,661 in three seasons is out of reach for Hoppen. "Maybe we'll send somebody in to get into a fight with Hoppen," said ISU guard Jeff Hornacek, who was furious about Graver's ejection. "We've never gotten a fair shake over here." Hornacek led the Cyclones with 14 points, but they were no match for Nebraska without Grayer, who was ejected midway through the first half after he punched Cornhusker reserve Chris Logan. Iowa State Coach Johnny Orr blamed the fight on Logan, who elbowed Hornacek after a Cyclone basket. When the official tried to step between the two, Grayer stepped in and hit Logan, cutting him above the left eye. Orr said it was, "the most frustrating game, I've had to coach in 34 years." The loss dropped Iowa State to 3-2 in the league and 12-6 overall. Freshman Meh/in Gilliam's career-high 18 points sparked Oklahoma State, 10-7 overall and 13 in league action, to its fictory over Colorado, which dropped into the Big Eight cellar. "We played frustrated," said Colorado Coach Tom Apke, after the Buffs dropped their sixth straight game and fell to 0-4 in the conference and 8-9 overall. Randy Downs and Mike Lee each scored 16 points for Colorado.

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