Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on October 7, 1968 · Page 28
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diti-rcu SPORTS MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1968 PAGE 29 Cats Parlay Defense, Kicks, Breaks To Win Co-Captain Mike Moody (64) and members of the offensive unit hoist offensive coordinator Bob Weber to their shoulders for a triumphant jaunt to the Weber Rides Again MUDRA SAYS, 'ME-TOO, COACHER dressing room. Bruce Partridge (88) flashes the fourth-quarter sign as the game ended in a 25-0 win for Arizona. (Citizen Photo by Art Grasberger). Gardin Impresses Dobbs By DAVE SPRIGGS Citizen Sports Writer A r i z o n a coach Darrell Mudra and his UTEP counterpart, Bobby Dobbs, do not agree completely on the causes of the Wildcats' stunning 25-0 victory Saturday, but they are harmony personified when it comes to Ron Gardin. "They just haven't jelled," said Mudra of the Flyin' Miners yesterday, "and our defensive stunts in the secondary kept their receivers checked most of the time. I think they miss the leadership of Fred Carr (UTEP's All- America linebacker of last year). They just don't have any one to rally around." Dobbs had another version. WILDCAT STATISTICS Team First Downs Yards Rushing Yards Passing Total Offense Passes Comp.-Alt. .. Passes Intercepted by Fumbles-Lost UA UTEP 17 10 134 27 218 159 352 186 15-34 14-41 7 1 4.4 T.J Purits-Avera'ae'".'.'.'.'.'..'.'. 9-37.3 11-37.4 Penalties-Yards 5-40 a-73 Individual RUSHING Ariion* TC Net Ava. Driscoll 6 -S .1.2 Fuimaono 20 73 3.7 Stevenson 1 11 1.6 Mitchell 7 10 1.4 Gardin 2 10 5.0 Hustead 4 37 9.3 Neal 1 1 l.o UTEP While » 5.1 2.3 Crtllds IS 53 3.5 Dawson 3 -22 -7.3 Stewart 6 -13 -2.2 Niemeyer pASSJNG 2 ~TM ~ 4 '° Arizona Comp.-Att. Yds. TD Ht Driscoll 14-31 215 0 1 L e e 1 - 3 3 0 0 UTEP Dawsort 8-26 Stewart 5-14 Ariioni No. Gardin 9 Arnason 1 Baralas 1 Mitchell 1 Sherwood 3 UTEP Stevenson 2 Taylor 2 Karns ...,.,, S CNIds 1 Jonss 2 Murphy z 90 0 60 0 9 0 Yds. 148 8 0 3 59 1? 18 66 31 , 24 ' 6 0 TD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n o o o UTEP ARIZO Scoring ONA r c i A - w n ^ ; - . ' * ' * ' A--Hurley IB FG i-H J 3ru G n(k.ck failed) ' A--Hurley « FG A-Fftmaono 1 run (Hurley kick) Attendance: 37,300. 0-- o 13-25 "That was the poorest offensive game we've played since I've coached here. Our receivers and quarterbacks were sub-par," he said, concerning the first whitewash he's suffered as coach of Texas-El Paso. "(Ron) Gardin and (Mark) Driscoll kept them in the game," Dobbs continued, "Gardin is a fine receiver. He made some great catches. The mark of a great receiver is the ability to catch the ball in a crowd and he certainly did that a few times." Mudra gave it the Al Jolson treatment -- "You ain't seen nothing yet." He said that Gardin was hurting and just went through the motions at two of last weeks' practices. "Wait'll he's well and that speed comes back," said Mudra of his flanker who made nine catches for 148 yards. * * * The Wildcats were sky high for the game. Backfield coach Eddie Wilson attributed Arizona's early-game offensive errors to the fact that the team was just too tense. Linebacker Charlie Duke was the classic example of pre-game jitters. "I lost three pounds from the time I got up until I checked in to get dressed., And I wasn't doing anything but listening to records." * * * Offensive coach Bob Weber turned out to be a nearly perfect prophet. He forecast that the Wildcat offense would have to score at least 24 points in order to win. His mental lapse of "nine field goals" as told to the Towncats early in the week was closer than anyone imagined. Steve Hurley's WAC-tying record of four field goals was almost half of UA's 25 points. * * * , The happiest fan among the record crowd of 37,300 was Gary Klahr. The former Ari- zona linebacker, who quit the squad because of "personal problems," was outside the Cat dressing room waiting to meet his ex-teammates. "That defense is something else," said Klahr, "I'm proud to have played football with that bunch." When reminded that the Cats (3-0) would have a shot at a great year with him, the 235-pounder junior, who was touted as an All-America candidate in pre-season ballyhoo, said, "I still have to work out my problem and besides, with a defense like that, they don't miss me." Crowded Ron Gardin --Citiiin phtto tiy Gary Gayner Quarters makes a grab Miners' Offense Blanked By DAVE SPRIGGS Citizen Sports Writer "The 'referee's whistle was against us, but the good Lord was on our side" -- John Matishak '68. "There was no luck involved in the second half. We kicked their behinds." -- Matishak (30 playing minutes later) J 68. This abbreviated account of Arizona's 25-0 win.over Texas- El Paso Saturday night at Arizona Stadium conies closer than most in describing the Cats third victory of the season, their second in Western Athletic Conference play, against no losses. The "referee's whistle" was a reference to first-quarter Arizona scoring opportunities lost when infractions were detected. The "good Lord on our side" was the realization that dropped passes by UTEP tight end Major Stevenson and flanker Votty Murphy in the second quarter gave Arizona all the breaks it needed to post its most impressive triumph since last year's 14-7 win over Ohio State. Texas-El Paso coach Bobby Dobbs wasn't quite as eloquent, but just as observing. ' "They (Arizona) deserved to win. They made the most of their opportunities. We missed ours," said Dobbs yesterday by phone after benig unavailable for comment following the game. The UTEP coach, nationally renowned for his scoring machines, said the turning point came late in the third quarter when a Tom Galloway punt bounced off Wildcat safety Doug ScWueter as he was executing a block and was recovered by UTEP on Arizona's 10-yard line. "When that guard (Rex Macklin). penetrated our pass protection pocket and deflected (Brooks) Dawson's pass and it was intercepted by another lineman (end Frank Jenkwis), it killed our chances of getting the lead. It gave Arizona, momentum and they never lost it," said Dobbs. T h e Dawson-to-Macklin-to- Jenkins gem was only one of many turned in before the record crowd of 37,300 fans who will never entertain thoughts of defense and place-kicking being dull, at least where Arizona and UTEP are concerned. The Flyin' Miners invaded Arizona Stadium with the nation's total offense leader in Dawson. Seven interceptions, one fumble, four Arizona field goals and two Wildcat touchdowns later, they slipped out of the world's quietest dressing room in a state of shock and headed back to El Paso. Arizona safety Rich Moriarty had picked off three Miner aerials. Otas Comeaux, the middle linebacker, had intercepted two and Jim White had grabbed one in an inspired pass defense that frustrated the Miners' explosive attack. Jenkins' interception brought the total to seven, a WAG one-game record. Macklin's fumble recovery on the UTEP 10-yard line in the fourth quarter paved the way for Noki Fuimaono to score Arizona's final touchdown. Sophomore Steve Hurley tied a WAC record (Wyoming's Jerry DePoyster) by kicking four field goals -- 18, 31, 42, and 35 yards in length. Dan Hustead completed UA's scoring with a three-yard burst that capped a 10-play, 83-yard drive in the third quarter. The Arizona defense enjoyed its finest hour of the season as it produced the first shutout ever for a Dobbs-coached Miner team. The Arizona offense was not lacking for heroes. Quarterback Mark Driscol], making his Tucson debut after leading the Cats to a pair of wins (Iowa State, 21-12, and New Mexico, 19-8) on the road, riddled the highly rated UTEP secondary with his passing. He connected with flanker Ron Gardin nine times for 148 yards, matching their Iowa State performance of nine completions. An off night by split end Mark Boche was all that kept Arizona from turning the game into a rout. Boche failed to handle four Driscoll passes. Two of the failures occurred in the UTEP end zone. Wildcats on the sideline remind the defensive unit at the start of the final period of the team's rallying cry "No one whips us in the fourth quarter." Fourth-Quartet Sign Carl Porter CITIZEN SPORTS EDITOR Something Pd Never Seen It was the greatest paid throng of humanity in Southern Arizona history. And most of the 37,300 glory- starved football faithful who poured into Arizona Stadium Saturday night saw something they had never seen before. They saw the University of Arizona sweep through its thiz-d game of the season undefeated. It was something I had never seen. In more than two decades, it had happened only once before. You have to track the records back 16 years to 1952 to find Warren Woodson's Wildcats knocking off Hawaii, New Mexico State and Utah to open the season -- on the way to a 6-4 record. Suddenly, Arizona is 3-0. The Cats had won only three games in all of 1967. Ditto 1966. Ditto 1965. Now the dam is burst. The headwaters of enthusiasm washed through Arizona Stadium Saturday night and promise to flood the city. "Bear Down, Arizona! " roared from hoarse throats at the game and "All Hail, Arizona" wailed unsteadily from taverns and frat houses afterwards. A stalwart Big Ten disciple, who used to turn up his nose at desert-land football, showed up at the office this morning wearing Red and Blue. A week from this Saturday, the Wildcats should win their fourth straight when BYU comes to town. The result should fall somewhere between bedlam and chaos. Remember Ohio Slate! But less we f o r g e t . . . . "I don't want people to get too excited because I really don't think we're a great football team," insists coach Darrell Mudra. "I sure woudn't want anyone to be disillusioned like last year when we beat Ohio State in our second game." Wildcat supporters went beserk over that one, then slipped progressively from disappointment to dismay as the Cats staggered through the ups and downs of a 3-6-1 season in Mudra's first year. Now, optimists are recalling his mercurial success story at North Dakota State. The Bisons were 0-10 the year before he came. In his first season at NDS, he posted a 3-5 record. Then 10-1. Then 11-0. And Mudra rates his first year at Arizona even better than his first at North Dakota State. Cats Flying High "We're on top of the world right now," admitted Mudra yesterday, "but remember one thing: there are still a lot of people around who have a lot more going for them than we do." Mudra's words of caution, however, may fall on deaf ears which have been turned off so that their owners might concentrate wide eyes on the feats of soph quarterback Mark Driscoll, jumping-jack flanker Ron Gardin, kicking hero Steve Hurley and the defensive demons of coaches Sharkey Price and Walt Weaver. The fact is, Arizona has beaten one respectable football team (UTEP) and two humble ones (Iowa State and New Mexico). The Cats have a good chance of beating three more opponents (BYU, Washington State and Utah) and should be underdogs against four others (Indiana, Air Force, Wyoming and A-State). But even a 6-4 season would be heady wine for UA's thirsty fans. The defense got the message as they continued to smother UTEP in the 25-0 win. (Citizen Photo by Bill Hopkins). Lou Brock Gambled. . . And Won it l L ° U Br ° ck wanted Lou Brock . Gets His Records Brundage's IOC Future Undecided MEXICO CITY (AP) - Avery rundage, sharply opposed by Russia, will stand for re-election r yield the presidency of the nternational Olympic Commit- ee within the next few days. Brundage, 81-year-old Chicago nillionaire who has held the 'orld's key post of amateur ath- etics since 1952, hadn't de- lared his intentions as the full, 2-member IOC began a plenary ession today. But, then neither had any po- ential rival for the prestige lad- n job which is pretty expensive or the average amateur sport ddict. Brundage has been rhizzing around the world and residing in plush hotels far 16 ears on his own tab. Two possible candidates men- oned are count Jean de Beau- nont of France and Giulio nesti of Italy. Beaumont, 63, is wealthy banker and president f the French Olympic Commit- ee. Onesti already has made a jower play on the Olympic cene as president of the Italian lympic Committee. Onesti last week was unanimously elected president of the ewly-formed permanent asem- ly of National Olympic Committees, a ildly dissident roup to the IOC. At that time Onesti, a Rome lawyer, said he acked the wealth to shoot for he IOC presidency. . You re darn right I wanted it," Brock said about the Hth base he has stolen in World Series play. "There was a record you know it and I know it. And when there's a record in force' I you take a shot at it." Brock took a shot at It m the eighth inning. The bases were loaded, and Brock rammed the ball to the center field wall. He was almost to third, then suddenly wheeler' around and darted back to second. Bob Gibson turned back to third, then ran home. Third base coach Joe Schultz had put up the stop sign, but it was for Gibson, who. was in front of Brock. So Brock had a three-run double that capped the St. Louis Ordinal scoring as they beat the Detroit Tigers 10-1 Sunday n the; fourth game of the World Series. And then Brock stole third. That tied him with Eddie Collins of the.old Philadelphia Ath- etics. "It doesn't mean that much to me," Brock said. "It only means that I have it. The only reason I knew it is because ;omebody told me the' other day. "If I got a chance to break it, I would," he added. Whether the record meant much to Brock or not, he admitted it was the reason he tried to steal third. He said the club does not advocate stealing third. "I like to get as dose to home as I can, by any means," he said. "You're going to tie a record. The time is not condu- sive to it, but I might never have another chance. "You don't get into a Series every year." But every year he gets into a Series he seems to wind up breaking or tying a base stealing record. He stole seven bases in the 1967 World Series for a record. He also tied that record Sunday. Somebody suggested that if Brock stole another base he would be awarded Detroit catcher Bil! Freehan's glove. Brock didn't like that. "Either they're not giving me credit for my base stealing ability," Brock said, "or they say there's a defect in Freehan. I think credit should go somewhere." The Cardinals tried to steal a :ouple of other basts, but not for the same reason as Brock. Orlando Cepeda tried in the fourth and Julian Javier in the fifth. The game was delayed one hour, 14 minutes by rain that threatened to wash out the whole affair. More Series, Paje 31

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