The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 3, 1996 · Page 33
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SUNDAY « NOVEMBER 3, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL Sports STATE CROSS COUNTRY, VOLLEYBALL / D4 NFL / D7 LIFESPORTS / D8 SPORTS JOURNAL V COLLEGE FOOTBALL HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal Holloway embraces McPherson Sunday sports shots from the sideline while thinking next '" wefek's game in Lawrence will be something like, well... Kansas 24, Kansas State 21. When Iowa State basketball coach Tim Floyd was listing his three suspended players to the media'.last week at the Big 12 media day, he mistakenly mentioned Jacy Holloway as one of those players. When he became aware of the mistake, Floyd quickly corrected himself. "Did I say Holloway?" Floyd asked incredulously. "No ... Holloway's a Cub Scout." Well, the Cub Scout isn't too happy with his former high school (Moundridge) where he helped lead the'Wildcats to four consecutive state championships. In fact, he's so disenchanted, he now lists McPherson as his home town in the Cyclones' media guide. Jacy said he wasn't happy with the way the high school has been helping his sisters' Tara and Deena in the college recruiting process. Tara is currently a freshman at Emporia State. McPherson is actually the Holloway family's mailing address, but Jacy had been using Moundridge as his hometown in last year's media guide. 50 years of the NBA Don't the tears just well up in your eyes when watching those nostalgic 50-year anniversary NBA commercials on television? Friday night, the NBA opened its regular season with 14 games and I probably watched 15 minutes of highlights later in the evening. I can assure you that will be my limit this season. The NBA? I can do without it. Shaquille O'Neal one of the top 50 players in the history of the league? The Lakers have an overpaid, under-achieving 7-foot-2 child who doesn't come close to deserving the honor. Television sets What is wrong with this picture? Next week, the three Big 12 football games being televised are Texas at Texas Tech, Texas A&M at Baylor and Oklahoma at Oklahoma State. All six teams are from the vaunted southern division of the Big 12 Conference. I can understand why the TV people want those guys on the tube. After all, the south has a combined overall record of 23-27 this season and has won five of 15 games against the north division. Just exactly who makes those decisions anyway, Benedict Arnold? The Kansas State-Kansas game should be on TV. Tourney madness So, the Big 12 Women's Basketball' Tournament is heading to Kansas City. Good luck. Big 12 officials and coaches are ballyhooing the move to a renovated Municipal Auditorium as a move in the right direction for the tournament. However, more toilet seats in Municipal doesn't necessarily mean the tournament will be a success 1 . Remember, the first two round? (eight games) of the tournament will be played on Tuesday and : Wednesday, before tHe 12 men's teams (and their fans) get to Karisas City. I suspect the crowds will be sparse, at best, in the opening two rounds. But, that's nothing new. That's the tradition of women's basketball in Kansas City. Letter-writing campaign The seniors on the Kansas football team sent a letter to the Topeka Capital-Journal praising the teaiii's' football fans and distancing themselves from teammate Scott Whittaker. Whittaker blasted the fans earlier in the week for lack of support. Comparing scores Let's see, Kansas State whipped Rice, 34-7; Rice pounded Utah, 5110; ijnd Utah outscores Kansas, 45! 42. By comparing scores — which a I lot of mentally-inept people do — that would make the Wildcats 71[ point favorites over the Jayhawks I next Saturday in Lawrence. Kansas 24, Kansas State 21. The Associated Press Kansas receiver Isaac Byrd (left) tries to break a tackle by Iowa State defender Kevin Hudson during first-quarter action at Ames, Iowa, on Saturday. Jayhawks rally to nip Cyclones Byrd's 8-yard TD catch with 2:13 left in game, gives KU first victory in four games By CHUCK SCHOFFNER T/ie Associated Press AMES, Iowa — The Kansas-Iowa State football game took enough emotional turns to leave even a young coach feeling old. Yet it had just the opposite effect on 46-year-old Glen Mason of Kansas. "I feel like I'm 16 years old right now," said Mason, whose team broke a four-game losing streak Saturday with a wild 34-31 victory over Iowa State. "I'm very happy to win." Kansas pulled it out behind the running of June Henley and a late touchdown pass from Ben Rutz to Isaac Byrd. Henley returned from a one-game suspension to rush for a season-high 226 yards and three touchdowns, and Rutz hit Byrd with an 8- yard, fourth-down pass for the winning score with 2:13 left. "We've been searching and hunting for this team thing," Mason said. "Hopefully, this was the thing that brought us all together because I'm a firm believer you don't win in this type of situation unless you have a team. That's what it's all about." Byrd's catch on fourth- and-1 produced the 10th and final lead change in the see-saw game and enabled Kansas (4-4 overall, 2-3 Big 12) to withstand to fourth-quarter touchdowns by Iowa State's defense. Iowa State (2-6, 1-4) lost for the fourth straight time. Four of the Cyclones' losses MASON WG12 Kansas 34 Iowa State 31 4 College football statistics / Page D2 have been by a total of 10 points and they led at halftime in three of those game. Iowa State led 19-18 at the half Saturday. "It just keeps getting tougher coming up short all the time," ISU defensive tackle Greg Schoon said. "But we've got to come back and just keep working hard and one of these games, we're going to be on top in the score." It looked as if Iowa State finally would get there Saturday. The Cyclones led 25-24 after Tracy Williams returned a Henley fumble 21 yards for a score with 13:19 left, and they went up 31-27 with 6:07 to play when Dawan Anderson stepped in front of Byrd, intercepted a Rutz pass and returned it 29 yards for a TD. "I felt we had them on the ropes," Anderson said. "All we had to do was push them off the edge." But Kansas came back to drive 71 yards in eight plays for the winning touchdown, overcoming holding and illegal procedure penalties that left the Jayhawks facing second-and- 19 at the Iowa State 26. Rutz, a senior making his first career start, hit Byrd for 16 yards and Henley gained 2 more. After a Kansas timeout, Byrd beat Anderson on a slant pattern and Rutz hit him for the game-winning touchdown. "It was a little gutsy call," said Rutz, who finished 14-of-22 for 204 yards. "When we came up, it looked fairly good ... and it got even better as the ball was snapped. Ike made a great move on his guy." Three plays later, Kansas' Jason Harris intercepted reserve quarterback Todd Bandhauer to preserve the victory. Bandhauer, playing for the first time this season, was in the game because starter Todd Doxzon was knocked dizzy trying to tackle Kansas' Tony Blevins, who had picked up a fumble on an Iowa State 2-point conversion try. Fort Hays State deals late blow to No. 8 Chadron Browning's 44-yard field goal caps 30-point comeback for Tigers By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal HAYS — Jason Browning couldn't believe his good fortune. Neither could the stunned players from both Chadron State and Fort Hays State or the 3,000 fans on hand at Lewis Field Stadium. Ten years from now, 6,000 people will say they saw Browning kick a 44-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining to give Fort Hays State an improbable 30-27 victory. Twenty years from now, 12,000 will actually believe they were there when Fort Hays roared back from a 27-point deficit to shock the eighth-ranked team in NCAA Division II. V PRO FOOTBALL Simply put, it was one of the great comebacks in Tiger history. Maybe the greatest. "In my 27 years as a coach, it's the greatest comeback I've seen," Tiger head coach Bob Cortese said outside his team's raucous locker- room. "It's the best because this was a good defensive team we came back against." And it was STATE COUJEGE Chadron St. 27 nior Browning, a se- from Fort Hays St. 30 LaCygne, who went from goat to hero just 63 seconds. After a leaping 18-yard touchdown catch by Tah'ki Bannister had tied the game at 27-27 with 1:15 remaining, Browing missed the extra point to the right. "I stepped back once because of my steps, and got nervous," Browning said. "I should have made it." But he didn't. "When he missed that extra point, I went from as high as you could get to as low," Cortese said. "That killed me." But the Tigers weren't dead. It was then Chadron State head coach Brad Smith's decision to either go for the win or play it safe and get into overtime. After a 7-yard run and incompete pass, Smith decided to play if safe, and called for a handoff from quarterback Trevor Moon to running back Mike Fackrell. But amazingly, the two never made connections. The resulting fumble was recovered by Norton senior Jeremy Hawks of the Tigers at the Chadron 27 with 31 seconds remaining. "That's the safest play you can run," Smith said. "Except for going down on one knee." The Eagles should have knelt. With no timeouts left, Fort Hays went to the air, but Xavier Brown dropped a sure TD pass from quarterback Joel McReynolds. Another incompletion followed. In trotted Browning, who had won the Western State game two weeks ago with a 43-yarder in the final seconds. Browning knew he had to make kick, for his own good. "I just had to make it, or I wouldn't have made it through the night with all these seniors around," Browning said with a smile. "It feels good, coming in your last home game." For the Eagles, it was a brutal loss. It dropped them to 5-1 in the RMAC, 8-1 overall and possibly cost them a home game in the upcoming playoffs. "It's a tremendously difficult loss for us," Smith said. "It's one of those that make you hurt so deeply inside because you know how bad your players feel." For 2 Vi quarters, Chadron State was clearly the better team. Moon hooked up with Troy Theobald for touchdown bombs of 77 and 85 yards in the first quarter. It was a 27-0 game before Fort Hays scored late in the first half. "We came in at halftime and there was no yelling and screaming. It looked like some of them had given up," Cortese said. "I told them, 'If you give up, you don't play next week.' We have film, you know." The Tigers didn't quit. They cut the Chadron lead to 27-14 at the 6:59 mark of the third quarter on a 6- yard pass from McReynolds to Patrick Mintner. Emmett Pride then scored from 18 yards out on the final play of the third quarter to make it 27-21. Pride's touchdown set up the wild finish. Brotherly love gets day off for Carter, Reed Chiefs' Carter gets chance to defend older brother Reed of Vikes By RON LESKO The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Dale Carter spent large chunks of his childhood tagging along after his big brother. He'll spend this afternoon doing it again. Part of Carter's myriad responsibilities when the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Minnesota Vikings will be to cover his brother, Jake Reed, who has emerged this season as one of the NFL's most dangerous receivers. Although the two are close — they even came close to becoming teammates this season when Min- CARTER nesota signed Carter to an offer sheet the Chiefs matched — Carter is eager to prove to his brother how far he has come since they were boys. "1 would never like to be against him, because he was always bigger, stronger and faster," Carter said. "We played basketball, baseball, football, everything. "He was definitely better than me then. Like I said, THEN. I think I've got the edge up on him now. I'm practicing extra hard this week just for that, just for him." Even though Reed, who is two years older, plays a more glamorous position and had an edge KANSAS CITY AT MINNESOTA WHEN: 3 p.m. today WHERE: Metrodome, Minneapolis TELEVISION: Fox, Salina cable 4, 7 RADIO: KINA, 910-AM; KSKG, 99.9- FM RECORDS: Kansas City 5-3, Minnesota 5-3 LAST WEEK: Kansas City lost to Denver 34-7; Minnesota lost to Chicago 1513. MORE COVERAGE: Page D7 when they were kids in Covirigton, Ga., Carter has had the more distinguished, football career. A cornerback, Carter was an Ail- American at Tennessee as a senior. He was the Chiefs' first-round pick in 1992 and had seven interceptions, still a career high, as a rookie that fall. He has been to the Pro Bowl each of the last two seasons, and this year even has become a two-way player. A part-time receiver in Kansas City's sluggish offense, Carter has five catches for 82 yards, including a 46-yard TD. Reed, who was born before his parents married and kept his mother's maiden name, was a first- team Southwestern Athletic Conference pick as a senior at Grambling, where he played running back and receiver. The Vikings picked him in the third round in 1991, and he is the only player they have left from the devastating Herschel Walker trade. It took time for Reed to develop. Bothered by a vision problem in one eye, he played in only one game as a rookie and had a total of 11 regular-season catches in 1992 and '93 combined. But then came his breakout year in '94, when he had 85 catches after having his vision corrected. He followed that with 72 last season and through eight games this year has 43 catches, including a career-best 11 for 153 yards in last Monday's loss to Chicago. His 750 yards are the second-highest total in the NFL behind Herman Moore's 772. "I have a long ways to go," Reed said. "I have a lot of things to prove, a lot of work I've got to do to continue to be up there with the great players like a Jerry Rice, the Cris Carters, guys like that." P m SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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