Hattiesburg American from Hattiesburg, Mississippi on December 28, 1980 · 25
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Sports Section ivnimf. tecamlMr II, 110 Ht1lkur American Boyd's clutch free throws lift UM over Evansville ........ f. - '-'-r. t yjPi tf ? --inig pwwpwe-rjw t-ww-y; - Maf -''" f "'-!''- v-r-.)i y ...-! jug r-.. . ' ' n , n . ... - c - : - : j iV :.1 jVjv I V ; ' " J ' ') r , 7f i Seven-foot, six inch center John Hollinden of In- the long arms of Hollinden, USM won the basket- diana State-Evansville shows his height on this ball game, 75-72, Saturday night at Reed Green play when guarding six-foot, five inch Joe Coliseum. (Staff photo by Robert Miller) Dawson (50) of the USM Golden Eagles. Despite Too many turnovers hamper State By VAN ARNOLD American Sports Writer EL PASO, Texas Just way too many turnovers. The Mississippi State Bulldogs found out something a lot of teams along the way have learned when playing a squad like Nebraska you can't make mistakes and expect to win. Six turnovers, three of which led directly to Nebraska scores, made it easy for the Cornhuskers as they whipped the Bulldogs 31-17 here Saturday afternoon in the 46th annual Sun Bowl game played before a record crowd of 34,723. The loss ended a five-game winning streak for the Dogs (17th ranked), who finished their season with an impressive 9-3 record. Meanwhile the eighth-ranked Huskers concluded their campaign with a splendid 10-2 mark and a chance to move up in the final rankings. Though obviously not delighted with his team's performance, State coach mPWn Nebraska fullback Andra Franklin runs into tha arms of Mlttltilppl State's Don Edwards (93) during first porlod action Saturday afternoon In the Sun Bowl In El Paio, Tex. Tyrone Keys (98) and Ricky George (72) are alto In on the play. (AP Laterphoto) a V f Emory Bellard was still very proud of his players. "I think anybody who was in attendance can make a similar Judgement that the turnovers really killed us," he said. "We Just flat out gave them too many opportunities. Our defense played well enough to win but we were too tight and stiff on offense. "But I am still very proud of our team and the season we had," he added. "We will be back next year and looking at what we have coming back, we ought to have another strong team." In the winners' dressing room, a satisfied Nebraska coach Tom Osborne conceded his Cornhuskers were able to have their cake and eat It too. "We felt we had a lot of breaks go our way," he sail "But we beat a very good team today. They (Bulldogs) played hard and never gave up." Nebraska quarterback Jeff Quinn was voted the game's Most Valuable Player in his final collegiate contest He completed nine of 19 passes for 159 4 Yeaft, fee's fe.f yards and two touchdowns. Cornhusker standout Jarvis Redwine who gained 1,199 yards during the regular season, was not a factor in the game, rushing for Just 42 yards on 13 carries. MSU's freshman quarterback John Bond could not get on track all day, completing only seven of 19 for 102 yards and two interceptions. He was 0-8 in the first half. FIRST HALF On the game's opening series, the Huskers picked up one first down before they were forced to punt. MSU senior wingback Mardye McDole grabbed the wobbly kick but lost the handle on his first step. Steve Davies bounced on the loose ball and Nebraska was in business at the MSU 24. Not one to waste an opportunity, the Cornhuskers put the first numbers on the scoreboard when wingback Tim McCrady ran a well-executed reverse for the score on the next play. Kevin Seibel's PAT made it 7-0. Young Bond couldn't find answers for loss By VAN ARNOLD American Sports Writer EL PASO, Tex.-For the first time this season, it appeared the twinkle had gone out of John Bond's eyes. The Mississippi State freshman quarterback, who guided the Bulldogs to a spiffy 9-2 regular season record, had no answers as to why his club committed six uncharacteristic turnovers in Saturday's 31-17 Sun Bowl loss to Nebraska. "The weather was beautiful, we were well-prepared, but I guess it just wasn't meant to be," he said somberly. "This is the kind of thing that's almost impossible to explain. Our execution hasn't been that sloppy all season." To most observers in the jam-packed stadium, it seemed the Bulldogs, and especially Bond, were a bit nervous against the 14-point favorite Cornhuskers. "I know it looked that way to everyone and there were even some guys on the sidelines telling me to loosen up," Bond revealed. "But I honestly was not nervous about this game. I've never really been tight before any ball game and that wasn't the problem today. Like I said before, I don't know whst went wrong." Nebraska's third-ranked defense held the potent Dogs to just 20f vards of total By BOBBY CLEVELAND American Sports Writer It took two pressure free throws by Larry Boyd with six seconds left for USM to overcome its worst effort of the season and finally beat Indiana State-Evansville 75-72 here Saturday night at Green Coliseum. IS-E's determined Screaming Eagles pushed the now 5-2 Golden Eagles to the limit with excellent hustle and rebounding that shows in their 7-2 record. The NCAA Division II representatives didn't get much scoring help from 7-foot-6 center John Hollinden, but he was the key to the IS-E defense with seven blocked shots. He was also responsible for limiting USM's Joe Dawson to nine points, the first time since Dawson came to USM 39 games ago that he didn't score in double figures. With Dawson quieted, the Eagles needed a group scoring effort from everyone else and got it. Freshman guard Edgar Eason had a team high 16 points. Center Ron Jackson added 13, Donald Stinchcomb, the senior guard who had three break away dunks before half, had 12 forward Eddie Jiles pitched in 10. "The players were doing a good job offensively, it was on defense where we had our problems," USM coach M. K. Turk said. "I am pleased with the win, but it could have gone either way. We are fortunate, very fortunate. They are a very good team. "You have to give Indiana State-Evansville a lot of credit, but we have to realize that we have to play better in future games." Boyd, who went to the line with USM leading by only one point, 73-72, nailed the two free throws without haste. The Screaming Eagles went down court quickly but couldn't hit a shot. Jackson had hit a couple of pressure free throws with only 28 seconds left after the Eagles, leading 71-70, had gone into a stall with 2:36 to go. IS-E had scored six straight points to pull within one. The Golden Eagles had been out The jittery Bulldogs handed the Nebraskan's another gift on the following series when a fumbled snap from center forced punter Dana Moore to eat the ball at his own 20. However, a Quinn pass attempt was deflected into the arms of linebacker Rusty Martin, rescuing the Dogs temporarily. For the remainder of the first quarter, both teams played superb defense as Moore kept Nebraska backed up with long punts and the Huskers shut down Bond's passing game. Another State miscue led to Nebraska's second score late in the second quarter. On a second play from his own 23, Bond thew short to intended receiver Davis Ellis and the ball was picked off by cornerback Rick Lin-dquist. A fake field goal attempt, which resulted in a pass completion from Quinn to fullback Jim Kotera, gave the Huskers a first down at the MSU 21. But the Bullies dug in and Nebraska did offense and limited State's seventh-ranked rushing attack to a scant 105 yards. In addition, Bond was harrassed .throughout the contest by Nebraska's quick defensive line and completed only seven of 19 passes for 102 yards, including a pair of interceptions. But despite these recorded facts, Bond was not impressed with the heralded Nebraska defense. "No way, no way," snapped Bond repeatedly. "There's no way their defense was the best we've played against this year. We moved the ball well on them but turnovers stopped almost every drive. Nothing they did on defense gave us any problems." Before he hit the showers, the Valdosta, Ga. native made one final declaratioa "About the only thing we got out of this game was experience," he said. "And I guarantee you one thing; next year we will be back playing in a bowl game somewhere." One Bulldog who won't be back next season is defensive end Tyrone Keys, who played his final collegiate game in El Paso. Keys could barely prop himself against the dressing room wall moments after the frustrating loss which saw the MSU defense play admirably against a Nebraska team (Continued on Page 6C) played the last 10 minutes of the second half after they had taken an 11-polnt, 54-43, lead with 11:25 to play. USM was in foul trouble throughout the second half and it finally began to have an effect down the stretch. Had it not been for IS-E's pitiful foul shooting in the first half (2-7) USM's foul problems would hae been fatal. The Screaming Eagles hit 10 of 12 in the second half. IS-E outshotUSM 42.3 percent to 40.2. The Golden Eagles shot only 36.2 In the first half but taken 47 shots. USM had gotten a lot of second chances despite being outrebounded 28-18 in the half. Hollinden finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Guard John Brown led the visitors with 16 points and 10 On TV: TODAY 8 p.m.-5portscenter, ESPN. 9 pan. College Basketball Gator Bowl Tournament, ESPN. 11 p.m.-NFL '80, NBC-Channel 3, 7. 11 p.m.-College Hockey, ESPN. 11:30 p.m.-AFC Wildcard Houston vs. Oakland, NBC-Channel 3, 7. Noon NFC Wildcard Dallas vs. Los Angeles, CBS-Channel 5, 12. Inside: Recap of the year in sports ; Page 2C More on the world of sports in 1980.'. Page 3C Arkansas, Purdue grab bowl victories Page 4C NFL playoffs begin today Page5C Notre Dame upsets Kentucky Page 6C USM plays in Birmingham Classic soon Page 7C Rose Bowl, Peach Bowl teams getting ready Page 8C Sugar Bowl, Bluebonnet Bowl previews Page 9C Outdoors column; Sportolio Page 10C in '80 Sun Bowl ultimately settle for a 22-yard field goal by Seibel with 3:23 left in Uie nan. Probably the biggest play of the game occurred Just moments later when McCrady tip-toed the sidelines to complete a 55-yard pass play from Quinn after the Bulldogs had punted the ball away. On the very next play, the Huskers senior quarterback found tight end Jeff Finn all alone in the endzone for an eight-yard scoring strike. Seibel's conversion put the Huskers ahead 17-0 with 1:58 left in the first half and the Dogs could never recover. SECOND HALF State finally erased its zero midway through the third quarter when a 45-yard, 13-play drive ended with a 47-yard field goal by Moore with 7:12 remaining in the period. Incidentally, State's sophomore kicker had an outstanding day, hitting his oniy field goal attempt and punting five times for a 50-yard average. But the fumbleitis continued for the OJTS t AS) MA Mississippi State's Rusty Martin (43), Rob Fesmlre (6) and Johnie Cooks (99) celebrate after Martin Intercepted a Nebraska pass In the first period of Saturday's Sun Bowl. On the ground Is the Intended receiver tight end Steve Davies (82) of Nebraska. (AP Laterphoto) rebounds. Forward Cully Nelson had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Other leading IS-E scorers were guard Mark Block with 13 and forward Kelly Williams with 11. The Golden Eagles, who have now won 14 straight home games, will have to get better quickly. They meet 7-1 Wagner College of New York Monday night in the first round of the Alabama-Birmingham Classic. UA-V plays Rice in the other first round game, Tip-off for the USM-Wagner gatw is 6:30. Stinchcomb, who had ail 12 of his points in the first half, turned an ankle early in the second half and did not retura He should be ready to play Monday. Noun Golf USGA championships, ABC-Channel 11, 13. 2 p.m. College Basketball-Gator Bowl Tournament, ESPN. 4 p.m. College Hockey, ESPN. 7 p.m. College Basketball-Arkansas vs. Kansas State, ESPN. 9 p.m.-Weightlifting, ESPN. 11 p.m. College Basketball-Arkansas vs. Kansas State, ESPN. Bulldogs on their next possession as Bond dropped the ball and Jimmy Williams, voted the game's outstanding defensive player, recovered at the State 25. Five plays later, the Cornhuskers had their biggest lead of the game when fullback Andra Franklin bullied over from two yards out with 2: 16 to play in the third stanza. Seibel's kick gave the Huskers an overwhelming 24-3 cushion. The Bulldogs answered that score with their first touchdown drive of the contest Operating from their own 24 the Bullies marched 76 yards in 14 plays to reach paydirt on a one-yard plunge by Bond with 11:44 left in the game. Yet before the Dogs could close the gap any further, the fumble bug bit them again. After forcing a Nebraska punt, State had a first down at its own 39 but Tim Parenton's pitch back to tailback Michael Haddix was wide and the opportunistic Huskers recovered at the Bulldog 33. (Continued on Page 6C) ; S ....... v , ill 4

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