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1 F ( ! i i :rr:FoRi V . lAUDERDAUE NEWS V; t r !? ft Thurs., Dec. 31, 1970 ID fir Orange Bowl Could Be Du llest Of All f Bowl stories on Page 5D , sWe'lI play a game, I'll say a word and you , say the first thing that comes to mind. No cheat- , ing. Ready? "LSU." (Supply your word.) . "Nebraska." (Supply your word.) ' Okay. Everybody who said Huey Long after LSU, raise your hand. Everybody who said wheat after Nebraska, raise your hand. Go to the foot of the class. Orange Bowl, for you thinkers out there, is the correct answer this year, although it has become distressingly hard to realize it. ' ' N LSU and Nebraska, through no fault of their own (Nebraska, after all, was 10-0-1), do not make a pizazz of a match no matter what NBC may have told you over the past few weeks. When you think of the two playing, words like, thud come to mind. I mean, what was LSU's proudest moment this year if it wasn't a 3-0 loss to Notre Dame? There is your pizazz problem. , LSU's star is a defensive tackle, John Sage. The run-nerup might be the other tackle, Ronnie Estay. And the next two are Mike Anderson, a linebacker, and Tommy Casanova, a cornerback. When you rush home and tell mom you're bringing a defensive tackle home to supper the ide? doesn't deliver quite the impact that, say, Joe Namath would. Nebraska? The Cornhuskers tied Southern Cal which beat Notre Dame which beat LSU which now plays Nebraska. The star is Joe Orduna, a running back much prized by , Joe Thomas, the personnel director of the Miami Dolphins. Orduna has rushed for 834 yards in 187 carries and has . 14 touchdowns. "He'll go very, very high in the draft," Thomas said even though Orduna, at 196 pounds, is light by professional standards. "The trouble is, he'll be gone before we have a chance at him." The Dolphins, having lost their first draft choice to Baltimore, do not get a pick until at least 46 players have been chosen. So the local interest in Orduna must be confined to what he does to LSU's defense tomorrow night. The suspicion here is that it won't be much. The Tigers allowed only 96 points all year, holding eight of 11 enemies to less than two touchdowns. Jimmy The Greek, surveying the situation critically, , has established Nebraska a five-point favorite. That may be generous. A scoreless game seems not a remote possibility. Sure, Nebraska scored 409 points, but none of them were against -XSU, which is insisting offense went out with the single wing. , . In point of fact, the Orange Bowl is not alone this year in smiling broadly to hide a broken heart. Aside from the Cotton Bowl's electric pairing of Notre Dame and Texas, none of the post season classics (excuse that, please) offer an interesting game. Stanford and Ohio State in the .Rose Bowl? Jim Plun-kett against the grinders? Grinders win in Woody Hayes fashion. Thud, bonk, crunch. So much for the Heisman Trophy winner. Let us not forget those alarming Stanford losses to Air Force, California and Arkansas. Tennessee and Air Force? The forgotten game. Melvin Laird, believe it or not, is going to be the Sugar Bowl .4 ' "-ST News Spofts Editor Parade marshal. Even this rank military favoritism won't save the Falcons. They may have beaten Stanford, but they lost to Colorado and, horror, Oregon. Oklahoma and Alabama in the Astro-Bluebonnet? Alabama had to run up the score on woebegone Miami to get a bid. Astro-Bluebonnet sounds vaguely like a merged margarine company. Mississippi-Auburn in the Gator? A losers' special. Ar chie Manning, the man who didn't win the Heisman . Trophy, comes to town with the team that lost to Mississippi State. There is only Notre Dame and Texas to provide fascination. And Texas may quickly turn fascination into ennui. The Longhorns, No. 1, have a ton of speed, something Notre Dame lacks noticeably. For those who think ahead, the following scores are suggested: LSU 10, Nebraska 7; Ohio State 34, Stanford 14; Texas 28, Notre Dame 10; Tennessee 14, Air Force 13; Oklahoma 24, Alabama 21; Auburn 42, Mississippi 20. (Jimmy The Greek is offering 3-1 odds for wives that no husband, no matter how iron his backside, can make it on TV straight through from beginning of Sugar Bowl to end of Orange Bowl.) 2 . . ill It) ) li M fell . s ymf i .All-American Murtaugh usker Reminds: We've Got Defense H (Staff photo by John Fostar) LSU's Tiger (Mike) Ready For Huskers LSU story on Page 3D By CHRIS SMITH Sports Staff Writer MIAMI Ever since Bob Devaney took over at Nebraska in 1962, his Husker teams have been noted for defense. Then came 1970. Suddenly, all you hear about is the Nebraska offense, which is averaging 37 points a game. And the defense? "Just as good as in past years," said All-America linebacker Jerry Murtaugh yesterday. "Sure it gets on our nerves when the, offense is getting all the publicity," said the 5-foot-3, 212-pound senior. "But as long as we win, I guess it's alright." POST UNBEATEN RECORD The Huskers have done that consistently. During the past season, they went unbeaten with a 19-0-1 record.- While Nebraska only shut out Army this past year, the Husker defense, anchored by Murtaugh, was the second best over-all in the Big Eight. And it allowed the fewest points in the conference for this season, 177. . "Every season since Coach Devaney has been here," said Murtaugh, "the defense has been strong. But this year our offense just did a helluva job." Murtaugh, who was named the Big Eight Player of the Year, set a school career and season record for tackles in 1970. He made 71 unassisted season tackles and had 160 unassisted for a career. "That honor shocked me," said Murtaugh. "It isn't often a defensive player can beat an offensive player like Lynn Dickey (Kansas State quarterback)." MADE 357 TACKLES Murtaugh's penchant for being involved has led to his participation in 357 tackles (assisted and unassisted) in three years. Murtaugh expects Louisiana State to be similar to Southern California offensively in the Orange Bowl. "The scouting report said that LSU was small," laughed Murtaugh, "but they look pretty damn big to me. Especially their guards. Heck, they're bigger than me." If LSU's offense does materialize as a look-alike for Southern Cal, then the Tigers may be in for a long night. Murtaugh played perhaps his best game against the Trojans, a test that ended in a 21-all tie. He came up with 14 unassisted tackles, 11 assists and deflected a pass. "1 expect LSU to try and use the same things that USC did well against us," said Murtaugh. "They had great success with the double dive and curl patterns by their receivers. ; "The one main difference I see between the two teams on offense is that USC's guards were a little faster. But you can't (Continued on Page 2D, Col. 4) it McArthur Falls In Gvitan Final, 77-54 Little Scott In Spotlight For Unbeaten Pompano By RAY BOETEL , Staff Sports Writer , Names like kirby Thurston, Paul Walker, Alvin Jones and Lawrence Quinn are rapidly becoming well-known around Pompano Beach these days. . It looks as if the name' Jerome Scott can soon be added to the list now. , Scott was the little guy on the court of giants in Pompano's 77-54 win over McArthur last night for the championship of the 11th annual Civitan Christmas Tournament. The S-foot-8 guard tossed in several 20-footplus onehanders late in the first quarter and early in the second period which brought the Tornadoes back into contention after they fell behind, 19-10. It was also his defense and passing which played a major role in the win for the undefeated (9-0) and fourth-ranked Tornadoes. "I was proud of all my kids," Coach Fred Conley said, "but especially Jerome. "Here's a kid who never played any varsity ball before this year. Two years ago he was on our jayvee team, but had some scholastic problems last year and was not eligible the first part of the season. When he did become eligible, he missed some practices, so I had to cut him from the squad. , 1 "Now, he is our starting guard and I'm glad of it. He is a great outside man." What was expected to be a close ball game was for one and a half quarters as the Tornadoes had some early problems with the scrappy Mustangs. McArthur took a 7-0 lead and then upped the margin to 19-10 as the Mustangs scored on nine of their first 11 field-goal attempts. John Patterson was the main culprit with six goals in ' eight attempts. But while the Mustangs were scoring, they were also getting tagged with personal fouls. John .Bowe, McArthur's 6-foot-10 center, picked up his third with 3:45 remaining in the second quarter and was forced to the bench. The Tornadoes, however, started their comeback drive before Bowe was sidelined as Paul Walker began popping from the corners and Thurston from underneath. A long shot by Scott cut the Mustang lead to two points, 23-21, and then he hit again at tlr outset of the second period to tie the game. McArthur went in front twice more, before the roof fell in. With Bowe out, the Mustangs had to chance their complete offense. Patterson, 6-foot-9, moved inside. That was all Pompano needed and it proceeded to rip off of a string of 18 straight points for a commanding 42-27 lead. "It was the only thing we could do," explained Mustang coach Bobby Hall, after the game. "When we get any of our big men in foul trouble, we're hurting. "But, I was proud of the way we have played in this tournament. I feel we were in the toughest bracket, playing Northwestern, Martin County and Pompano Beach three successive nights. "But we'll have two, or probably three more cracks at (Continued on Page 2D, Col. 4) Deacons Win Classic Gilmore Pays Price In Dolphins' Defeat By DAVE HEEREN Sports Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH-Sometimes Artis " Gilmore pays a price for being the Goliath of college basketball. Actually, Artis is a gentle giant, but you couldn't tell it from the way he was booed the last two nights in the Gold Coast Classic basketball tournament. Gilmore was booed during the final, game, won by Wake Forest, 78-77, over Jacksonville. He was booed after the game, when he was selected to the All-Tournament team. And he was heckled by fans on his way to the dressing room. One pimple-faced teenager, w e a r i n g glasses walked around jhe corridor outside the Jacksonville dressing room telling everybody who .would listen that Gilmore had been "eaten alive" in the two-night tournament. Jacksonville Coach Tom Wasdin overheard him. "Son," said Wasdin, "either you take off those glasses so I can bash your face in or get out of here before I do it anyway." The youth hurried out the nearest exit. It seems as if Gilmore has fallen prey to the Wilt Chamberlain syndrome. On a good night, he ,is without question the most dominant player in college basketball. But he is also prone to have poor nights when his shooting is off and he is harassed by smaller players into making numerous turnovers. . " He had two bad nights in a row in the Gold Coast Classic. Wasdin thought it was . partly because of lack of practice, partly because the other Dolphins weren't hitting their shots, and partly because of poor officiating. "We are getting our best players to take the good shots in the first half," said Wasdin. "But they weren't hitting, so it enabled ,, Wake Forest to collapse around Gilmore. But when you play only three games in two weeks and don't get any practice during final examinations, you can expect to be cold." , On defense, Gilmore blocked about a dozen shots, but was called for goaltending on more than half of mem. Several of the goaltending calls were contested by Wasdin. "When you make a clean block and don't get credit for it, it takes something out of you," said Wasdin. The crowd loved it when Gilmore was , called for goaltending. There were catcalls and boos whenever he made a mistake. But Gilmore is getting used to it. He is beginning to understand that small men tend to (Continued on Page 2D, Col. 4) vo (Staff photo by Donn Gould) I POMPANO'S PAUL WALKER HAS TOURNAMENT COMPANY '. . . defensed by McArthur's Vince Schofield Allen Out; Gillman Returns News Wire Strvicet The Los Angeles Rams, notorious for contributing football coaches to the unemployment rolls, added another to the list today. George Allen, the latest, became the ninth to be cut adrift since the Rams brought their National Football League team to Los Angeles in 1946. President Dan Reeves did what had been anticipated for weeks, if not months. He telephoned Allen from New York yesterday and told him his five-year contract, which officially expired today, would not be renewed. The 48-year-old Allen took it without outward emotion. "Experience," he explained with a small smile. It was the second time in two years that Reeves had, in effect, fired him. In San Diego, Sid Gillman returned as head coach of the Chargers. Gillman was replaced by assistant Charlit Waller with five games left in the 1969 season because of ulcers. Gillman was general manager of the Chargers in the interim period but now has been pronounced okay to return by doctors. Waller will become head offensive coach.

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