The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 20, 1996 · Page 33
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SUNDAY d, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL Sports HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS / D4 NFL / D5 LIFESPORTS / D8 D V THE BOTTOM LINE V COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOB DAVIDSON Sports Editor Smithson revives MTXE at Wichita St. - Bits and pieces while waiting for the rain-delayed World Series to begin. MTXE returns MTXE has returned to the Wichita State basketball landscape. The son of MTXE — MTXE 2 — was born 12 days ago when new Shocker coach Randy Smithson announced he was reviving the well-known acronym coined by his father Gene when he coached the Shockers in the 1970s. '. Sihithson unveiled MTXE 2 (Mental Toughness Extra Effort) during the Shockers' media day. "When it comes down to it we're going to talk about mental toughness, we're going to talk about giving extra effort," Smithson said. "It is a n&e piece of the past. Our wholf goal this year is to change attitijraes. What better way to get a little.of the old tradition and change a little mentality. It's a great marketing tool and I think it's g^at to be able to recognize the old man for his greatness here." Uphill road for KU There are five games left, but the Kansas Jayhawks' once- promising season appears to be slipping away. First, it was the defense that struggled. Now, it's the offense. They are 3-3 with road games left at Nebraska, Iowa State and Missouri. They play Kansas State and Texas at home. They'll need three victories to be considered for a bowl, a tall order considering their recent play. Perhaps too tall. Big disparity In KCAC How wide is the" disparity of football programs in the Kansas Conference this season? .Last week, Tabor forfeited its game against Northwestern Oklahoma, citing a lack of players. The Bluejays, winless the last two seasons, had approximately 30 healthy players at the time. At the other end of the spectrum is No. 15-ranked Bethany, which hasn't lost a KCAC game in years. The Swedes list 26 assistant coaches and support staff for its football program. Never mind the team roster that far exceeds 100 players. Bethany's program is in a league of its own, in several aspects. Bethany's best ever? Speaking of the Swedes, this might'be the best team Coach Ted Kessinger has had in his 21 years at Bethany. Senior quarterback Jorge Munoz is arguably the best in NAIA Division II. He has three talented receivers in Van Mortensen, Frenchie Buckner and Bobby Lugo and a running game that features hard-charging tailback Mike Godwin operating behind an improving offensive line. Ends Scott Peterson and Sean Spoonts and safeties Remington DeGarmo and Mark Wiles lead a solid defense. "By the end of the year, we have the potential to be better than we were last year," Godwin said Saturday following Bethany's 66-7 rout of Sterling. No argument here. Dirty (Glass Kansas City Royals chairman of the board David Glass has reportedly angered several major league baseball owners with his hard-line stance against a labor agreement. The Royals are currently under the stewardship of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and Affiliated Trusts set up by late former owner Ewing Kauffman. They will eventually be sold at auction according to Kauffman's plan of succession and rulings by the Internal Revenue Service. The auction won't take place until a labor agreement is reached and the true market value of the team is determined. Meanwhile, the longer baseball is without a labor agreement the lower the bidding price for the Royals will be once a deal is struck — the reason Glass, who is president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has taken his hard line stance. Ffjrd' agreement owners are upset with Glass because he's not an owner and has no investment in the'iRbyals or major league base- bailout is trying to legislate its workrules for his own gain. K-State outlasts Texas A&M Wildcats jump to a 17-point lead then survive second-half rally to improve to 6-1 By MICHAEL A. LUTZ The Associated Press COLLEGE STATION, Texas — No. 21 Kansas State had trouble with Texas A&M's bellowing crowd throughout the game. The Aggies only caused a problem in the second half. Brian Kavanagh passed for one touchdown and ran for one as the Wildcats took advantage of five turnovers and held off Texas A&M's 17-point second-half comeback for a 23-20 victory Saturday night. Kansas State (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) had trouble hearing signals because of wildly cheering crowd of 64,155. But the Aggies took their crowd out of the game with four first-half turnovers that helped the Wildcats take a 203 halftime lead. "The noise made it more difficult but we were able to run our plays and we didn't have to change our offense," Kavanagh said. "The crowd was tough, but we handled it well." Kansas State coach Bill Snyder was relieved to win the game but unhappy with the MM 44 Aggies'comeback. • • «• • "I think it makes a dif- Kansas State 23 ference how you win," Texas A&M 20 Snyder said. "We tried not to get it done tonight. We played hard, but we only played well for one quarter. You have to play four quarters and tonight we got in one." The Aggies (3-4,1-2) scrapped back into the game with on a 1-yard touchdown by D'An- dre Hardeman with 10:59 to in the third quarter, Kyle Bryant's 30-yard field goal with 10:51 left in the game and Branndon Stew. art's 15-yard touchdown pass to Albert Connell with 3:07 to play. The Aggies had one final chance when Dante Hall caught an 18-yard pass but fum- • Statistics / Page D2 bled and Kansas State's Mark Simoneau recovered at the Kansas State 17 with 53 seconds to play. A 70-yard punt by James Garcia set up a 33-yard field goal by Jamie Rheem with 5:32 to play in the third quarter. "It's disappointing to play another game where turnovers were such a major factor," A&M coach R.C. Slocum said. "We had a bad break with the punt that hit our player and to their credit, they took advantage of the turnovers." The Wildcats put the Aggies in too deep of a hole in the first half. Safety Mario Smith, who had a 100-yard interception return last week against Missouri, led the Wildcats' first-half assault with an interception and fumble recovery that set up touchdowns. The Aggies got the first break of the game when linebacker Dat Nguyen recovered Mike Lawrence's fumble at the Wildcats 11, setting up a 27-yard field goal by Bryant with 10:17 to go in the first quarter. Then Kansas State scored 20 straight points and stopped the Aggies at the 1-foot line as time expired in the first half. "I'm not going to downplay it," Snyder said. "I'm honored we won, I'm happy we won, but what we are trying to do is be the best we can be and we just didn't execute some things I think are important." Lawrence scored on a 4-yard run with 3:33 play in the first quarter and the Wildcats got the ball right back with Smith's interception at the Aggies 36, setting up Kavanagh's 1- yard touchdown with two seconds left in the first quarter. Smith recovered Branndon Stewart's fumble on the first play of the second quarter and Kavanagh hit Andre Anderson with a 10- yard touchdown pass with 12:44 to go in the half. The Aggies kept up their bumbling right to intermission. Colorado shuts down Kansas Jayhawks play sound defense, struggle on offense in Big 12 loss By ARNE GREEN The Saline Journal The Associated Press Kansas linebacker Jason Thoren (38) knocks the ball away from Colorado's Herchell Troutman In the first half Saturday. * KU offense sputters again in third defeat Henley gains 80 yards, but team nets just 190 yards, seven points By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal LAWRENCE — Kansas' once-potent offense, which all but disappeared last week in the second half against Texas Tech, continued to perplex Jayhawk coaches and players Saturday at Memorial Stadium. While senior running back June Henley had his best game in three weeks with 80 yards rushing, the Jayhawks continued to sputter as a unit in their 20-7 loss to No. 9- ranked Colorado. Not only were they limited to 190 yards total offense — 75 on the ground — but they fumbled away their best scoring chance at the T WORLD SERIES Colorado 1-yard line in the second quarter. "Our defense the last couple of weeks has made some big strides but (the offense) is definitely struggling," said KU offensive coordinator Golden Pat Ruel. "If we can get out of that, we're a pretty good football team. "I thought we ran the ball a little better today, but balance is the key. If we throw the ball better, our running game is better, too." Ruel said he hears the complaints about the suddenly stagnant KU attack, but that he is trying to guard against over-reacting. "You don't think I'm frustrated now?" he said. "But I'm not sure making drastic changes is the key. The key is executing what we do and doing it better." KU did make a brief quarterback change in the second quarter against Colorado, replacing starter Matt Johner with Ben Rutz on their third possession of the game. But Johner returned after two series, following the costly fumble at the Buffalo 1-yard line. "He had been showing some progress arid playing better (in practice)," said Ruel, adding that the plan was to use Rutz all along. "We just thought we would give him a chance. "We were looking for a spark." Rutz completed one of two passes for 5 yards while Johner hit on 9 of 16 for 110. "Ben was going to go out there and get some reps," Johner said. "(But) we didn't put points on the board. We didn't score in the red zone (inside the opponent's 20-yard line) again. "It hurts. We were driving to go in for a score and you can't (turn the ball over). We know what we're doing wrong. We have to eliminate our turnovers and convert on third downs." KU head coach Glen Mason said the Jayhawks will go back to the drawing board as they prepare to play Nebraska next week. "I don't know if baffled is the word," he said of his reaction. "I'm disappointed. I think we should be better. What concerns me more is that we lack consistency." The KU defense, much maligned early in the season, turned in its second strong performance in a row against Colorado. "The frustration is felt by the whole team," said junior free safety Tony Blevins, who had two interceptions against the Buffs. "There was the time when the offense put up 42 (in a 45-42 loss) against Utah and the defense was not clicking." LAWRENCE — Kansas' defensive effort Saturday against the Colorado Buffaloes was reminiscent of a year ago in Boulder. Unfortunately for the Jay- hawks, their offense also inspired a feeling of deja vu — toward last week's loss to Texas Tech. No. 9-ranked Colorado put together two long touchdown drives to start each half, then watched KU squander a pair of scoring opportunities on the way to a 20-7 Big 12 victory over the Jayhawks before a Homecoming crowd of 48,500 at Memorial Stadium. In failing to du- Colorado 20 plicate last KanM8 7 year's upset of • Colorado, Kansas fell to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the league. The Buffaloes improved to 5-1 and 3-0. "Other than the first drive of the game and the first one of the second half, our defense played a heck of a ball game," said Kansas coach Glen Mason, whose Jay- hawks allowed 411 yards total offense but held the Buffs in check by picking off three Koy Detmer passes. "They kept playing hard. We had some breakdowns, but over the course of the whole game, the defense played well." The KU offense, on the other hand, sputtered for the second straight week, managing just 190 yards for the game. The Jayhawks also squandered a golden scoring opportunity trailing 7-0 in the second quarter when June Henley fumbled at the Buffalo 1-yard line.: "It's disheartening again that we threw away some opportunities," Mason said. "That game should have been no worse than 10-7 at halftime. (The fumble) was a missed opportunity and the field goal with the wind was a missed opportunity." Jeff McCord's 55-yard field goal with a 20-mph wind at his back sailed wide to the left in the last minute of the first quarter. KU had 115 yards passing and 75 net rushing yards. Henley was held under 100 yards for the third straight week, running for 80 yards on 26 carries. Colorado did most of its damage against the wind, taking the opening kickoff in each half and marching the length of the field. The Buffaloes converted four straight third-down plays with See KU, Page D2 Game 1 washed out; rain threatens today By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Welcome to the World Series, New York style. Game 1 never had a chance Saturday night. The opener between the Yankees and Atlanta Braves was called off at noon, seven hours before its was supposed to start, because of heavy rain and expected wind gusts of 60 mph. The result? Pitching plans wrecked. The field sloppy. Travel schedules ruined. Ticket problems looming. It was the first Series rainout since 1986 in New York — a day af- ter the Mets won the Bill Buckner game — and first Series delay since the Bay Area earthquake in 1989. "It's a mess out there now,'^ Yankees manager Joe Torre said, "and it may continue tomorrow." As it stands, Game 1 will be tonight at 6:30, with John Smoltz starting against Yankees ace Andy Pettitte. Game 2 is now scheduled for Monday night at 6:15. The travel day is eliminated, and the third game will be Tuesday in Atlanta. Then again, that all may be optimistic because of a big storm hovering over the Northeast. There AT GAME1 WHEN: 6:30 p.m. today TV: Fox, Salina 4,7 PITCHERS Atlanta's Smoltz (24-8) vs. NY's Pettitte (21-8) was an inch of water in the dugouts by early evening and the grounds crew put picnic benches on top of the tarpaulin in a futile attempt to keep it from blowing away. Mike Wooldridge, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said steady overnight showers were expected to taper off by morning, but there was a chance for more rain by this evening. Flood warnings for nearby coastal areas were issued. If the delay presented an edge, it went to the Braves. A day after Torre said he planned to use a three-man rotation, he announced Kenny Rogers would pitch Game 4. Rogers, hit hard in a pair of playoff starts, will get another chance because there won't be a day off after Pettitte, Jimmy Key and David Cone take their turns. "Even though it hasn't worked out yet, I still feel Kenny might give us the five or six innings we need," Torre said. The defending champion Braves, meanwhile, now have the option of moving up Greg Maddux. As it stood, Atlanta manager Bobby Cox was planning a rotation of Smoltz, Denny Neagle, Maddux and Glavine. But with an extra day off for Maddux and Glavine, Cox could bump Neagle to Game 4 and allow his big three to make two starts each, if necessary. . SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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