Fort Lauderdale News from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 2, 1971 · 45
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Fort Lauderdale News from Fort Lauderdale, Florida · 45

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t Ml JJ n hits o ft .! U7 fed s DALLAS. l All-America quarterback Joe Theismann, thin as a stick of dynamite and just as explosive, blasted No. 1 Texas 30-game victory string yesterday in the Cotton Bowl with two touchdown runs and a scoring pass as Notre Dame scored a 24-11 upset victory. It was the first bowl victory for the revenge-minded Irish in 46 years and dimmed the hopes of the defending national champions for a second consecutive title. Texas fumbled the ball nine times and lost five to sixth-ranked Notre Dame, which fell, 21-17, to the Longhorns last year an the Cotton Bowl when the Irish entered post-season play for the first time since 1925. The 6-foot, 175-pound Theismann passed 26 yards to Tom Gatewood for a touchdown and galloped three and 15 yards for two more scores as the Irish piled up a 24-11 halftime lead. The second half was a brutal defensive duel. Texas' intricate Wishbone-T was hounded by Notre Dame's swarming defenders, although Longhorn quarterback Eddie Ti Fort Lauderdale News r JJ 1 OJ &r wiry iii 1 ) Saturday, Jan. 2, 1971 1D Phillips had a great day before he was injured with 8:54 to Phillips piled up 363 yards in total offense 164 yards on play. the ground and 199 yards through the air. All-America fullback Steve Worster fumbled four times and Theismann was at his best in the first half. Notre Dame claimed three of them to blunt the Texas offense. After falling behind, 3-0, on Happy Feller's 23-yard field goal, Theismann rallied the Irish ofr touchdowns three of the next four times Notre Dame got the ball. The senior from South River, N.J., took Notre Dame 80 yards in 10 plays for the first score. The payoff came on the 26-yard strike to Gatewood, who strained a hamstring muscle as he crossed the goal. Texas' Danny Lester bobbled the ensuing kickoff and Tom Eaton claimed the ball at the Longhorns 10. Theismann sliced off right tackle from three yards away to make it 14-3. Theismann dashed 15 yards for another touchdown around the Texas right flank early in the second quarter for a 21-3 lead. The dazed Longhorns had trouble getting their famed Wish-bone-T untracked because of a unique Notre Dame defensive alignment. The Irish lined up six men on the line of scrimmage but had an inverted Y with three men across from the Texas center. Phillips abandoned the run and went to the most rusty weap-(Continued on Page 5D, Col. 8) Cornhuskers' Orange Bowl Victory May Mean National Title ieBrasKa it sir 1 a 1 n 174 v.'ife; I I - f- :Af-f'-X' - (Staff photo by Lou Toman) Jerry Tagge Pass To Guy Ingles (88) Starts Nebraska Stretch Drive Are Cornhuskers Really No. li ? MIAMI Quarterback Jerry Tagge flopped on the football, protecting undefeated Nebraska's 17-12 Orange Bowl triumph over LSU in the dying seconds last night while maddened Cornhusker followers roared that they were No. 1. They were in the Orange Bowl. But will Nebraska's 11-0-1 record hold up in the final Associated Press balloting for college football's national championship? No one can be sure. Notre Dame had already upset No. 1-ranked Texas earlier in the day at the Cotton Bowl and Stanford had done the same to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. Sentiment may be flowing strongly for the Irish. Dill Qbtidwhnt News Sports Editor Perhaps it is strong enough to pull the national title from Nebraska while the Huskers are still savoring what may be their finest moment. They whipped tough LSU when the pressure was at its greatest. Nebraska knew before it all started that a con vincing win would make the Cornhuskers No. 1. The question remains, is 17-12 convincing enough? A record Orange Bowl crowd of 80,699 whipped itself into a frenzy in the second half as LSU came from a 10-3 halftime disadvantage to take a 12-10 lead on the last play of the third quarter. Nebraska showed more than its share of class by taking the ensuing kickoff and ramming 67 yards for the winning touchdown, a one-yard sneak by Tagge. It earned him the game's outstanding back honor, as well as a ticket to the middle of the hearts of Nebraska football fans. Strangely, the true excitement of the game was generated from without. Before Notre Dame and Stanford sprang their startling upsets, the Orange Bowl figured as nothing more than a mid-winter exercise by two plodding teams. (Continued on Page 4D, Col. 3) Stanford Surprises Ohio State PASADENA, Calif. UP) - Jim Plunkett of the Stanford Indians staged a storybook, 14-point fourth-quarter rally to upset previously unbeaten Ohio State, 27-17, in the Rose Bowl yesterday and knock the Big Ten champion Buckeyes out of a probable national championship. There was absolute bedlam from the 103,839 fans jammed into the historic old arena as Plunkett, the Heisman Trophy winner, ran and passed the Pacific-8 champions 80 yards for the go-ahead touchdown early in the final quarter. Ohio State's fine quarterback, Rex Kern, launched a desperation counterattack which abruptly misfired. Stanford's Jack Schultz, who grew up near the Rose Bowl, picked off a Kern pass and the Indians quickly swept 25 yards for the clinching touchdown. 1 Stanford, 8-3 in the regular season, got off to a surprising 10-0 lead, scoring a touchdown and a field goal before Ohio State got its offense going. The Buckeyes held a 14-10 lead at the half. Ohio State dominated the game on the magic of Kern and his two punishing running backs, John Brockington and Leo Hay-den. But Stanford was never too far back. It was the first Rose Bowl appearance of (Continued on Page 5D, Col. 1) i If ' f f lit 1 ' 4 (AP WirtPhotoi) AIR FORCE'S ERNIE JENNINGS DUCKS IN FOR TVO YARDS . . . Tennessee defender Bill McGlothlin sets for tackle ' Vols' Scott Shoots Up AF, 34-13 ' W ORLEANS. OP) - Tennessee junked its strong running game and confused the Air Force Academy with quarterback Bobby Scott's passing yesterday to defeat the Falcons, 34-13, in the Sugar Bowl classic. A crowd of 78,655 fans, including defense secretary Melvin Laird, watched under clear and cool skies as the fourth-ranked Volunteers ran up a 24-point lead before Air Force could get on the scoreboard. Scott, a 195-pound senior from Rossville, Ga., had Air Force defenders off balance throughout the first period. The Volunteers sailed to a touchdown on their opening leries, with Scott doing most of the damage, and scored on their next two possessions. Scott completed 24 of 46 passes for 306 yards with his receivers constantly eluding the bewildered Falcon defenders. Scott was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Halfback Don McLeary punctured the Falcon line on a five-yard smash for the first Vol touchdown and George Hunt's 30-yard field goal made it 10-0 minutes later. McLeary went 20 yards on Tennessee's next series for another touchdown and the Volunteers had a 17-0 edge. (Continued on Page 5D, Col. 5) QB Tagge Leads Comeback Before Record Crowd BY BERNIE LINCICOME Sentinel Sports Editor MIAMI Nebraska's Cornhuskers, smelling the mythical national championship, rallied for a fourth-quarter touchdown to shuck aside the scrappy Louisiana State Bengal Tigers, 17-12, last night before a record crowd of 80,699 in the 37th Orange Bowl classic. Roughing up the famed LSU rushing defense, the Cornhuskers scored both their touchdowns on the ground. After blowing an early 10-0 lead, Nebraska fell behind, 12-10, on the final play of the third quarter. But Cornhusker quarterback Jerry Tagge, voted the game's outstanding back, guided his team 67 yards in 14 plays from the opening series of the fourth quarter, plunging the final yard himself for the game-winning TD. Tagge, passing only three times during the scoring drive, was actually stopped at the goal by LSU's Bobby Joe King, but stretched his 6-foot-2 frame backwards far enough to cross the goal-line with 8:50 left to play. Running back Joe Orduna, used only sparingly in the first half, provided the Cornhuskers with a sound running attack in the second half, while the Nebraska defense, led by end Willie Harper and middle guard Ed Periard, threw the Tigers back for 107 yards in losses. ""Jl ' The Cornhuskers churned out 293 yards in total offense 132 on the ground to LSU's 278. Orduna picked up nearly half the rushing total with 63 yards, including a three yard TD run in the first period. LSU, trailing 10-3 at the half, dominated the third quarter, scoring nine points on a 25-yard field goal by Mark Lumpkin and a 31-yard touchdown pass from Buddy Lee to sophomore Al Coffee. While the offense was gaining 293 yards against LSU's stingy defense, including 132 yards rushing against a Tiger team that had been allowing only 62 yards on the ground, the Nebraska defense stole the spotlight from the Southeastern Conference champion. Nebraska sophomore de- fensive end Willie Harper, who was selected the outstand- . . Nebraska lsu i;nnmnn v, , First Downs Total .... 18 20 ing lineman in the game, was Rushims 12 . 7 the key to the Husker defense. 1 pin,,",", , " Harper only made three un- Rushing Attempts ...... a 45 assisted tackles but came up 9,?)yjed v with the big fumble recovery Net yards sained".'.'...'.'.'.' 132 51 1... tu .i,a t, Passins Yards Gained . 11 227 iate m the game when the Passes attempted 28 32 Tigers were threatening to 0a7!n!!dcepted 'f ' SCOre again. He Wrestled the Total Offense - Yards sained 213 578 ball from LSU quarterback ,n,ervptiornsshinB 1 Mssin9 7 " Bert Jones and ran for an- Yards returned 0 3 other five yards before he was SV.ULT N;r?' .pun,s -. ,. Puntms averase 37.7 32.5 finally pulled down. Punts had blocked O 0 "The ball just got hooked ITri 'kickoff s d 22 in my arm," Said Harper. Penalties - times penalized 8 4 "One of our guys had him FUm !Letm tumbled ' '5 (Joes) and I was just coming 10 , , 7 over to help." lsu 0 3 0-12 "We had heard a lot about Nen-FG Rogers 2 LSU's defense," said Harper, ,br?rdu,na V""-, Roflers kick ... , . 1 . LSU FG Lumpktn 36 and we just wanted to prove lsu-fg Lumpkin 25 that we had a good one, also." failed"00"" 3' pass ,rom Le" kick (Continued on Page 4D, Col. 1) J999(erecorrd)n (Roser k,ck' an FAMOUS "IDLE TIMERS" by FRENCH SHRINER Also Complete Stock of Men's VERDE CASUALS $ mm f-A VSTA 7i aii V-ZJr 0ne .Wk0 BLACK GREEN BROWN Sensational Soft Casuals, Handsome, Lightweight. 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