The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 2, 1996 · Page 21
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Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, November 2, 1996
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IHEJ3ALINA JOURNAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1996 C3 GAMEDAY Bethany (5-1,5-0) at Southwestern (4-2, 4-1) Bethel took some of the luster from today's game at Winfield by defeating Southwestern 2421 last week. Southwestern was ranked 19th in last week's NAIA Division II poll and led 14-0 at halftime against Bethel. But the surprising Threshers rallied. Quarterback Troy Morris hit Morris Milton with a 9- yard touchdown pass with 23 seconds left. "They jumped on Bethel in the first half and for some reason let down in the second half," Bethany coach Ted Kessinger said. "There's no doubt in my mind which team is stronger. "Watching (Southwestern) on video there's no question they're the strongest team we've faced this season." Bethany rolled on last Saturday with a 55-21 rout of Friends. Quarterback Jorge Munoz, the individual total offense leader in NAIA Division II, threw for 437 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receivers Van Mortensen and Bobby Lugo caught seven passes each. Lugo scored three touchdowns and Mortensen one. Running back Mike Godwin ran for 113 yards and scored three TDs. "We played well totally," Kessinger said. "Friends jumped on us early, but it didn't seem to upset us. We know we play 60 minutes and what happens in the first quarter isn't the deciding factor." Fullback Dustin Donley led Southwestern with 148 yards rushing and one touchdown. Quarterback Ryan Wallis was 10 of 24 for 135 yards and one touchdown. "Their offensive line, from tackle to tight end, is as physical as any team we've faced," Kessinger said. "They have good strength on their defensive line. They're just big, physical, strong football players. "Their strength is their running and running defense. They haven't really been tested by a team that throws, but we're going to throw the ball for sure." Kessinger says Southwestern will be ready to play. "Their backs are against the wall if they hope to make the playoffs or get into a bowl game," he said. "They've got to win this ballgame to be in the hunt for a conference championship." Chadron State (8-0, 5-0) at Fort Hays State (4-3, 2-3) Fort Hays State will try to rebound from last week's disappointing home-field loss to New Mexico Highlands, but it won't be easy. The Tigers entertain unbeaten and No. 8-ranked Chadron State at 1 p.m. at Lewis Field Stadium. Fort Hays dropped a 22-19 decision to Highlands last week, the team's third loss in its last five games. Chadron State defeated Adams State 18-3 in a game at Chadron, Neb. Chadron features the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's leading defense. The Eagles are surrendering a league- low 290.1 yards per game, including 98.1 rushing. Chadron's opponents are averaging just 13.6 points per game. Fort Hays counters with RMAC's top rushing offense — 216.1 yards per game — led by tailback Emmett Pride, the conference's top rusher. Pride, a senior, is averaging 124.7 yards per game. Tiger quarterback Joel McReynolds is 94 of 159 for 1,233 yards and nine touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Xavier Brown has caught 42 passes for 762 yards and seven touchdowns. Chadron quarterback Trevor Moon, a sophomore, has completed 50.8 percent of his passes for 1,422 yards and 10 touchdowns. His top receiver is Troy Theobald, who has 31 receptions for 546 yards and six touchdowns. Fort Hays' injury-decimated defense received more bad news this week when it was learned starting sophomore defensive end Travis Jenkins, a former Salina Central standout, will miss the rest of the season. Jenkins suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee. Starting linebackers Scott Karl and Mike Lankas were lost for the season earlier this season. BIG 12 FOOTBALL: TODAY'S GAMES DALLAS — Here are previews for Big 12 Conference football games today. KU-lowa State game is previewed on C1. NEBRASKA (6-1, 4-0) AT OKLAHOMA (2-5, 2-2) • When — 11 a.m., ABC regional telecast. • Where — Memorial Stadium. • The series — Nebraska brings in a five- game winning streak as the teams prepare for their 77th meeting. • The teams — These squads are somewhat different in their approaches to offense. The Nebraska attack is a bruising, option scheme that rolls up 42.1 points per game, thanks in part to five touchdowns also scored in the kicking and defensive areas. Oklahoma has gone airward with 216.6 yards per game passing, third in the Big 12, after featuring Wishbone teams from 197092. • Key Individuals — Huskers 1 WR Brendan Holbein (three catches, 69 receiving yards, two TDs against Oklahoma) gives his team a solid receiving threat. Outland Trophy semifinalists center Aaron Taylor and OG Chris Dishman anchor a line that rolls to 440.9 yards per game in total offense, second in the conference. Sooners' backup QB Eric Moore came off the bench to go 11-for- 23 passing with a career-best four aerial TDs and 234 yards in helping OU close within 4235 of Kansas State last week. Sooner running back De'Mond Parker is the leading freshman rusher in the Big 12 with a 109.00 per game average, fifth in the league and 21st nationally, while DE Travian Smith (switched from LB) has made a difference in the Oklahoma pass rush. COLORADO (6-1, 4-0) AT MISSOURI (3-4,1-3) • When — 1 p.m. • Where — Memorial Stadium. • The series — Missouri holds a 33-24-3 advantage in the 66-year-old rivalry. • The teams — This contest has a contrasting offensive look with Colorado posing a fast-striking attack compared to Missouri's time-consuming threat. The Buffs may be a little deeper defensively • Key Individuals — Missouri's balanced rushing corps includes three players with 400 net yards or more. Devin West leads the way with 444 yards and a 5.5 average while QB Corby Jones is just two yards back at 442 with 6.3 yards per carry. Tested RB Brock Olivo adds 423 yards and a 4.8 average. The Buffs' solid backup QB John Hessler had taken just 20 snaps in '96 before relieving injured Koy Detmer and going 11-of-19 for 158 yards in last week's win over Texas. WR Phil Savoy (26 catches, 346 yards) is a workmanlike receiver while SS Ryan Black (102 stops) averages better than 14 tackles per tilt. Incidentally: If Detmer misses Saturday's game in Columbia, it will mark his fourth straight injury-interrupted career game when Colorado faces Missouri. The Tigers are 2-3 in their last fiva conference games (Big Eight and 12) and have spilt their last eight regular-season games overall. TEXAS A&M (3-5,1-3) AT OKLAHOMA STATE (4-4,1-4) • When — 2 p.m. • Where — Lewis Field. • The series — Texas A&M has a 7-4 advantage as the teams first met in 1913, two years before they began as members of the old Southwest Conference in football. • The teams — Both clubs have been steeled to compete in close games by recent activity. Oklahoma State came from a 24-7 deficit to edge Iowa State 28-27 and then fell at Missouri in overtime 35-28. Texas A&M has lost back-to-back, three-point heartbreakers at home to Kansas State 23-20 and Texas Tech 13-10. • Key individuals — Aggies' soph RB Sirr Parker (131 carries, 616 yards) is 11th in the conference in rushing while fellow RB D'An- dre Hardeman paces the Aggies with 10 touchdowns. Soph LB Dat Nguyen (98 tackles, two pass interceptions) paces a rugged defense. RB David Thompson (212 carries, 1,109 yards, nine TDs rushing, fourth in the country) of the Cowboys was limited to 87 net yards by Missouri last week but has had some pressure lifted off him on offense by the receiving ol TE Alonzo Mayes (six catches for 149 yards against Missouri, 53- and 52-yard TD grabs in his last two games). LB Raymond Cato (81 stops, nine for losses) paces the defense. Incidentally: Texas A&M's initial Big 12 triumph came on the road 24-21 at Iowa State in the first of three Aggies' games decided by a total of nine points. The Cowboys have achieved more balance between the run and pass to the tune of 392.6 yards per game (235.6 rushing and 157 passing yards per outing). BAYLOR (4-3,1-3) AT TEXAS (3-4, 2-2) • When — 2:30 p.m., ABC regional telecast • Where — Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium. • The series — In 85 meetings over 95 years the Longhorns have a hefty, 60-21-4 series lead against the Bears. • The teams — There are bowl implications riding for both squads as they seek to gain a key Big 12 Conference South Division triumph. Texas pits its passing attack, which gains 226 yards per game, against a high- powered Baylor running game (397 net yards vs. Iowa State last week) in a battle for ball control supremacy. • Key individuals — Bears' QB Jermaine Alfred has stepped up his pace to second in circuit passing behind Colorado's Koy Detmer. Alfred is 59-OM07 for 814 yards and eight TDs with only two interceptions for a 140.0 rating. One of his key targets is WR Pearce Pegross (24 catches, 467 yards, four TDs). CB Dean Jackson (65 tackles, two interceptions) tops the defense. Longhorns' DB Bryant Westbrook (two interceptions) leads a seasoned secondary which is tied for Big 12 lead with 11 pass pilfers. Outland Trophy semifinalist Dan Neil bulks up the offensive line while deceptive WR Mike Adams (30 catches, 521 yards, 66- yard punt return against Colorado last week) is an all-purpose standout. Receiver Adams, cornerback Westbrook and safeties Tre Thomas and Chris Carter will be held out of today's starting lineup after it was confirmed that they met with an agent at a luxury hotel in Austin. —The Associated Press KANSAS WESLEYAN-McPHERSON James a concern for Coyotes KW's nationally ranked defense looks to contain Bulldogs' quarterback By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal Kansas Wesleyan defensive coordinator Kent Keith knows precisely what his Coyotes players have to do to stop McPherson. "We can't let (quarterback Rudolph James) on the outside," Keith said. "If he gets to the sidelines before we do we're in trouble." Stopping James will be the key to success for the Coyotes in their Kansas Conference game today at 1:30 p.m., at McPherson. Wesleyan is 3-4 overall, 3-2 in the KCAC. McPherson is 2-5 overall, 2-4 in the conference. James plays quarterback for the Bulldogs, but has lined up at running back in the team's various offensive formations this sea- T INTERSECTIONAL RIVALRY son. "They've used the Wing T, shotgun and the old T formation," Keith said. "We're expecting the shotgun so they can spread us out. We're tough inside, but if they can spread us out it gives him more run to run." Wesleyan's concern of James is justified. He leads the KCAC in rushing and is third in NAIA Division II with an average of 140.6 yards per game. He has 984 yards on 173 carries this season and has scored eight touchdowns. James will work against a Wesleyan defense that is ranked sixth in total defense in NAIA Division II and is giving up just 240.3 yards per game. While James' running game concerns Keith and Co., the Bulldogs' passing doesn't. McPherson is ranked eighth in the KCAC in passing offense with an average of 48.3 yards per game. Wesleyan is ninth, averaging 47.1 yards. "James doesn't throw the ball very well deep, but he can throw it short," Keith said. Senior linebacker Javier Avetrani leads the defense with 114 tackles, 78 unassisted — second on the all-time career list. Defensive back Trevis Ickler is second with 81, defensive end Dennis Gent third with 78. Defensive tackle Neil MacGinnis has 68, including 27 behind the line of scrimmage. "MacGinnis is as good a defensive tackle as there is the KCAC," Wesleyan coach Ron DuPree said. "I think he's an All-American. Running the ball is something Wesleyan also knows plenty about. The Coyotes boast the No. 2-ranked rushing offense in NAIA Division II with an average of 285.4 yards per game. Fullback Byron Jones leads the way with 826 yards, second in the KCAC. He's had six 100-yard games so far this season. Tailback Michael White has 461 yards, seventh best in the KCAC. Wesleyan is coming off a 15-10 victory over Ottawa last Saturday, a game in which the Coyotes gave up just 118 yards total offense and rushed for 275 yards themselves. White had 133 yards on 18 carries and Jones 104 on 24 carries and one touchdown. "We gave them one big play, but other than that we shut them down," DuPree said. "They got only five first downs." Freshman Troy Lawson returns at quarterback for Wesleyan after sitting out last week with a concussion. Levi Kramer started in his place and was 1 for 7 passing — a 44-yard touchdown strike to Ray Burke late in the second quarter.- McPherson routed Tabor 47-7 last week. James had 61 yards rushing, but trailed running backs A.J. Wilson (74) and Aundrey Myers (65). Tourism over for Irish, Navy Notre Dame looks to run winning streak to 33 straight over Middies By STEPHEN WILSON The Associated Press DUBLIN, Ireland — They've seen the sights, bought their souvenirs and taken the snap shots. The tourist stuff is over now for Notre Dame and Navy. The struggling Irish (4-2) and streaking Midshipmen (5-1) meet today in the first college football game ever at Dublin's Croke Park stadium, the home of Gaelic football and hurling. The "Shamrock Classic" marks the 70th meeting between the teams — the longest consecutive intersectional rivalry in college football. The Fighting Irish, playing for the first time in the land of their nickname, will seek to extend their winning streak against Navy to an NCAA record 33 straight games. The last time Navy beat Notre Dame was in 1963, when Roger Staubach led the Middies to a 35-14 victory en route to his Heisman Trophy. "I have no idea about that and don't even worry about it," Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz sai'd. "It doesn't have anything to do with this. I tell you what, if Notre Dame played this Navy team for 32 T BIG 12 The Associated Press Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz instructs his players as they prepare for today's game against Navy in Dublin, Ireland. straight years, there wouldn't have been any record." Navy coach Charlie Weatherbie also played down the streak. "It doesn't affect me one way or the other," he said. "The past is the past." But not everyone feels that way. "We're excited to keep the streak going," Notre Dame quarterback Ron Powlus said. "We don't want to be the ones to lose it, and naturally Navy wants to be the team to break the streak." The game also has bowl implications for both teams. The Irish, down to No. 19 in the rankings after their loss to Air Force two weeks ago, can't afford to lose another game if they want to qualify for a major bowl. "There's a lot left to play for," Powlus said. "It's pride now. We can end up 10-2 and be proud of our season." Navy, off to its best start since 1979, is looking for its first bowl bid since 1981, when it lost to Ohio NCAA reinstates Texas players By The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — The NCAA restored the eligibility of four of Texas football players who had lunch with an agent, the university announced today. Assistant sports information director John Bianco said, however, that despite the decision, coach John Mackovic won't start the four in Saturday's game against Baylor. Receiver Mike Adams, corner- back Bryant Westbrook and safeties Tre Thomas and Chris Carter were declared ineligible by the university Thursday after it learned that an agent paid for their lunch during a weekend meeting. University officials initially concluded that the players did nothing wrong when they met with agent Mike George at a Sunday lunch arranged by former Longhorns linebacker Winfred Tubbs, now with the New Orleans Saints. But school officials subsequently received records from the luxury hotel where the meeting took place indicating that, while Tubbs signed for the meal to be charged to his hotel room, George paid for Tubbs' room. Student-athletes may meet with an agent, but NCAA rules prohibit them from accepting gifts from an agent or agreeing, verbally or in writing, to have an agent represent them before their eligibility is exhausted. The players each paid the total value of his lunch — $30.31 — to the Neighborhood Longhorns Program, a community service program that provides benefits for at- risk youth, UT officials said. V KANSAS STATE Gordon re-injures left leg K-State cornerback reportedly lost for season with injury By The Journal Staff MANHATTAN — Joe Gordon's senior season at Kansas State will apparently last just four games. The senior cornerback for the Wildcats, who missed the first four games of the season, with a broken leg, has reportedly been lost for the season after re-in- , ] juring his left leg during last Saturday's Ok- 1 a h o m a game. Apparently, a pin in Gordon's injured leg GORDON cracked during the game with the Sooners. Gordon reportedly had surgery this week to repair the injury and will be lost for the remainder of the regular season. Gordon, a 5-9, 180-pound senior from Arlington, Texas, was a two-time member of the All-Big Eight team during his sophomore and junior season. He returned for the Nebraska game this season and also played in games against Missouri, Texas A&M and Oklahoma. K-State's secondary has been further depleted by a knee injury to freshman red- shirt Lamar Chapman, who is questionable for the Kansas game on Nov. 9, and injury to freshman Lin Dodson. Junior cornerback Demetric Denmark will take over Gordon's position, with junior Monty Spiller as his back-up. If you talked basketball, KU fans might care KANSAS CITY, Mo. — "Jason, I'm sorry we're having to do this over the telephone," groaned Dr. B.A. Homer, the University of Kansas' leading sports therapist. "But ever since that idiot Scott Whittaker badmouthed our fans, my office has been swamped with distraught and angry Hawk backers." No problem, Doc. 1 understand. "Where does this Whittaker guy get off? It's not like he's averaging a bunch of rebounds. How many assists does he have this year?" Doc, Whittaker plays offensive tackle on the football team. He doesn't rebound or pass a basketball. "Well, does he set good screens for Jacque? If a guy that big can't set good screens for Jacque and Jerod, why should fans cheer for him anyway? You know, Whittaker could be the answer for our inside toughness problem. You put him on the same frontline with Pollard and Raef, and let's see if that little Iowa State rug rat Kenny Pratt does anything against us this year." Doc, Whittaker is a football player. He doesn't do basketball! "Hey, don't blame me for that, Jason. He's not my kid. It's not my fault his parents were foolish enough to let him play football. No way a kid that big shouldn't be playing basketball." You're proving Whittaker's point, Doc. He said all you guys care about is basketball. "Don't give me that garbage, Jason. We love KU football around here. We love Gale Sayers, John Hadl and, uh, and, uh, uh, all the rest of those guys." Well, that brings me to my point, the reason I'm calling. What do you think about June Henley? What do you think about the way Coach Mason handled Henley's most recent arrest? "Coach Mason made the ultimate sacrifice. He real* ly bit the bullet. He made a big statement to his kids that he won't tolerate any foolishness. We would have beaten Nebraska had Henley played. It really took guts for Glen to sit Henley down in that game. He basically gave away any chance of us winning the Big 12." The Big 12? Guts? Beat Nebraska? Doc, the score was 63-7. You're lucky Tom Osborne didn't hang a hundred on you. "Jason, come on. You played JASON WHITLOCK The Kansas City Slur the game. You know better than to judge a game by the final score. If Henley's out there and a few breaks go our way, it could have easily been a tight game going into the fourth quarter. And with the way Rutzy was dishing the pill, and if we had started hitting our threes, anything could have happened in the fourth quarter." There you go talking basketball again. Get back to my point. You're telling me that you don't have any problem with Henley playing this week? "Jason, it's college. Kids are gonna drink and drive. It's just like Coach Mason was saying on his radio show Monday night, what we need to do is get some buses to drive our drunken athletes around campus. The frats do it, why shouldn't we?" Doc, you're kidding, right? "Kidding? What's to kid about? Coach Mason is trying to protect June's NFL future. You've got to remember that's what's most important. That's what we're about at Kansas, making sure our student-athletes get jobs in the NFL, NBA and major-league baseball. Coach Mason can't waste time worrying about you idiots in the media. He's got future NFL players to turn out." Plus, he's got to beat K-State. "You bet your sweet patooties he's got to beat those whiny, no- talent, can't-beat-Nebraska-or- Colorado hillbillies. And I don't care if Lawrence Phillips starts in the backfielcl alongside Henley as long as we beat the Wildcats." CONNECTION Division of USA, Inc. 1915 S.Ohio 825-6247 Equipment Easy Access g Location On 3 South Ohio- - Sports Connection OHIO Shop & Compare Salina Price & Quality Just South of the Stop Light on Cloud & Ohio.

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