Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on November 28, 1971 · Page 58
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 58

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, November 28, 1971
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Alabama rolls over Auburn, Sullivan / " f- Heisman winner bows, 31-7 By NEIL AMDUR New York Times Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -College football will have its "super bowl" after all this season. U n b e a t e n Alabama spoiled the Heisman Trophy homecoming o£ Pat First downs ... Rushes--Yards -. Passing yard see Return yardase Passes Punls Fumbles toil ..." Yards penalized Autwrn 16-77 1s o 2 I 13-28-2 i 4-42.8 10 TIGERS ROAR · Auburn all-America end Terry Beasley awaits pass after outrunning .Steve Higginbotham of Alabama. In-lower picture Beasley rambles in for only Tiger score in 31-7 loss to Alabama. Tailback Harry Unger . .threw the pass, Beasley's first TD reception not thrown by Pat Sullivan. --AP Wlriphclo Sullivan Saturday with a convincing and surprisingly easy 31-7 rout of previously undefeated Auburn for the Southeastern Conference championship. . The victory was the llth in a row for the Crimson ·Tide in a remarkable return to national prominence after successive won- lost seasons of 6-5 and 6-51. Although college football is without a formal postseason playoff, a national championship game was assured between the Tide and. unbeaten Nebraska in the Orange Bowl on New Year's night in Miami. Nebraska a 35-31 victor over Oklahoma on Thanksgiving Day, is the nation's No. 1 team and defending national champion. With respect to Michigan and Penn State, two other nationally ranked unbeatens, Alabama could put itself in excellent position to claim another national . crown with a triumph over the Cornhuskers on Jan. I. Alabama whipped Nebraska in successive Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl games in 1965 and I960. Sullivan, the 6-foot, 190- Jubliant Alabama players carry Paul (Bear) Bryant off the field of victory Saturday night. The Bear-coached 'Bama players shut out Heisman trophy winner Pat Sullivan and carried away a 31-7 Southeastern Conference title win. --AP YVli-pnol« pound senior quarterback from Birmingham, was awarded college football's top individual prize Thursday night but he was not a factor in the game. If any hero emerged in this showdown o£ state rivals before a crowd of 08,821 at noisy Legion Field, it was Johnny Musso, the quick-starting Alabama running back, who is known affectionately here as "The Italian Stallion." The 5-foot-ll-Inch, 196- pound Musso played with a plastic cast on one foot to protect a tender toe, injured several games ago. The fourth-place finisher in the Heisman balloting, Musso scored two touchdowns, rushing for 167 yards in 33 carries and plunging for crucial yardage on 'time-consuming (Continued Page S-3, Col. 4) JOHN DIXON, Sports Editor SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 1971 SECTION S Page S-1 tried everything'-Coury Grambling zips past Titans Water polo . Metcalf sets TD record tMe goes 49ers fall to El Paid to UCLA By GORDON VERREIX Staff Writer · Someone asked Eddie Robinson, the personable coach of Grambling College, about a rumored football game next season with Cal State Long Beach. : "We're talking about it," he admitted, then half- grinning asked: "Say, I hear they're pretty good. Do you suppose we could stay on the same field with them?" After what Grambling displayed Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum, it's safe to say the Tigers can stay with anyone, amateur or pro. · Grambling, the black football powerhouse from Louisiana, trampled Cal State Fullerton, 59-26, before 60,415 fans and among the most impressed was the Fullerton coach, Dick Coury. "We tried everything we could think of to stop them but couldn't," Coury said afterward, shaking his head. "They're an awfully Grambllna Full. Passes completed Passes inlcrcepled bv ... Yards aalr^d passing ... Yards gained rur.ina ... ... B y 3 Penalties [by vardaqe) good football team. That offense is just too much." The whole show lasted more than three hours -one reason was the remarkable G r a m b l i n g marching band -- and even was stopped with a minute early because several hundred fans rushed on the field. They didn't arrive soon enough to satisfy the outmanned Titans, now 6-4. Mike Jones and Herman Christophe each scored twice for the Tigers (9-3) and led a smothering of- fense which accounted for 508 yards, 454 o£ them on the ground. Still, the game was respectable until the Titans lost their quarterback, Mike Ernst, less than three minutes into the second quarter. Ernst had just pitched a touchdown pass to Chris Jaramillo, a one-yarder that cut Grambling's lea'd to 17-14, but injured his right ankle on the play and wasn't effective after that. "That hurt us, losing Ernsi," Coury said, "but even so, I don't see any way we could stop t h e m offensively. It did make a difference, though, s i n c e when we did get the ball ba'ck right away we couldn't move it." Ernst, from Pius X and Cerritos College, hit on seven-of-14 passes for 96 yards and a TD the firsc half. Ha wound up with only two more completions in 13 tries.. "I couldn't run the sprint-out passes after hurting the ankle and that's what was working · before," Ernst said. "They really missed the passer," Robinson said. "Our plan was to pass more but we found out we could run." Run Grambling did. The Tigers ran for eight of their nine touchdowns, the longest being Jones. 41- yarder in the third quarter. Grambling led only, 2414, at halftime but scored three touchdowns within six minutes and the only thing Fullerton wondered was when would it end. "We had an awful lot of respect for Fullerton," Robinson, the 30-year coach (Continued Page S-2, Col. 3.1 Tcxas-EI Paso 38, Cal State Long Beach 32. Florida 45, Miami'(Fla.) 16. TCU 18, SMU 16. Clemson 17, S. Carolina 7. Cincinnati 19, Louisville 16. Colorado St. 38, New Mexico St. 21. By ROBERT BOHLE Staff Writer With Kevin Craig .playing an outstanding game in the goal, UCLA won its second NCAA water polo championship Saturday night by edging San Jose State, 5-3, before a packed house at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. · Craig blocked two of the four Spartan penalty shots as well as many from the field during the lightly fought title contest. The Bruins missed two of their penalty shots, too. San Jose goalie, Steve Hamann, never put a hand to them, though. First, Garth Bergeson and then Carl Thomas failed to throw the ball anywhere near the goal. Bergeson and Thomas, however, combined on a beautiful play in the third period to put the Bruins. ahead, 4-2. Eric Lindroth's penalty shot with 5:51 remaining in the final period gave UCLA the winning m a r g i n . Lindroth had three goals, and Jim Puffer and Bergeson scored one apiece. The turning point in the (Continued Page S-5, Col. 8) By JIM McCORMACK Staff Writer EL PASO -- Jim Stangeland kept a promise last week and it has cost him one victory and perhaps a shot at another. Cal State Long Beach, campaigning to represent the Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. in the Pasadena Bowl, suffered what may prove to be a fatal defeat Saturday night, bowing to host Texas-El Paso, 38-32. The PCAA executive committee will choose either San Jose State or the 49ers to represent the conference in Pasadena Dec. 18. The voting will be conducted by a telephone ballot this morning. "We simply weren't ready to play football," a frustrated Stangeland said after his team's fourth defeat in 12 games. "It is im- · possible to play a game in Hawaii and then expect to come to El Paso and play well one week later." The promise that hurt Stangeland was one he made two years ago--when Hawaii was a season-ending game. "When he recruited us he promised that we would stay in Hawaii after the game," explained senior Brad Baier. Stangeland a c t u a l l y Texas-El Paso took advantage of Cal State's ear- . ly laxness, sprinting to a 24-0 lead five minutes into the second quarter. The Miners were on top, 14-0, eight minutes into the first period when Cal State's favorite gimmick play -- Terry Metcalf run- How they scored (Continued Page S2, Col. 4) changed his mind when Texas-EP was added to the 49er schedule and was going to bring the 49ers home the day after the game. "We were unhappy when we heard that," said Baier, "and several of us LB UTEP FIRST QUARTER Time 0 6 Berry 4-yard run 0 7 Brahm kick 0 11 Berry 16-y.ird run § 14 17 Brahm kkk *rahm 22-Y ard f i e l d 9° a1 SECOND fiJARTER 3:3 4 7:37 0 23 Kelthley 1-yard run 0 24 Brahm kick 6 24 Metcalf 13-yard run Metcalf run Velcalf ~ DavWla THIRD QUARTER Metcaif 3-yard run 74 31 Drake run 4:43 f.H 9:1! I'M 11:34 16 31 Brahm kick THIR 32 31 Metcaif 3-ya 74 31 Drake run 2* 37 Berry 1-yaro run """"fSuWH QUARTER 33 38 Davidlan pass Drake 32 38 Wercalf run L«ng Beach ............. 4 U Tcxas-EI Paso .......... 1714 Alr-4,531. talked to the coach." He was very generous with us and agreed to stay, if we played well. That may have cost us the game tonight." "Nothing in Hawaii is conducive to playing good football," Stangeland said in second-guessing himself. "We had the equivalent of 1% practices this week and that is no way to prepare for a team the caliber of Texas-El Paso. We simply didn't have our minds on the game." Tennis -- Men's pro tournament, Old Ranch Tennis Club, 11 a.m. Soccer -- Greater L.A. Soccer League, Veterans Stadium, 11 a.m.; Daniels Field, noon. Pacific Soccer League, Heartwell Park, 12:30 p.m. Rodeo -- Golden State Rodeo finals, Anaheim Convention Center, 2:30 p.m. Semipro Baseball -Long Beach Rockets vs. L.A. Lions, Blair Field, 1:30 p.m. Motorcycle racing -Flat track and steeplechase, El Toro Speedway, 2:30 p.m. Pro Basketball -- Lakers vs. Seattle, Forum, 7 p.m. Auto Racing -- Figure 8 stocks, Ascot Park, 7:30 p.m.; Figure 8 stocks, Corona Raceway, 1:30 p.m. Goal-line stands scuttle Navy P . BFOHTS T ft^VJDJO 1"V 'GRAMBLIN' RAMBLIN' '·:'· Grambling quarterback Matthew Reed eludes heavy rush by Cal State "-: : Fullerton defensive end Gary Nesmith to fire touchdown pass. The : ' :r figers had many more, ripping Titans 59-26 at the Coliseum. --Staff Photo by BOB SHUMWAY TELEVISION San Francisco vs. New York Jets, KNXT (2), 10 a.m. San Diego vs. Cincinnati, KNBC (4), 10a.m. Baltimore vs. Oakland, KNBC (4), 1 p.m. College football highlights, KABC (7), 4 p.m. Sports Illustrated, KABC (7), 5p.m. Grambling vs. Fullerton, taped replay, KHJ (9), 5 p.m. RADIO . Lakers vs. S e a t t l e , KABC, 7 p.m. By MURRAY CHASS New York Times Service PHILADELPHIA -Two successful goal-line stands in the last three minutes were the difference Saturday as Army edged Navy, 24-23, at John F. Kennedy Stadium. It was th first one-point margin in the 72-game series between the two service academies, a margin (hat was made possible when Ron Danhof, the Army punter, scrambled around in the end zone instead of punting and allowed himself to be tackled for a safety as time ran out and the corps of Cadets raced deliriously onto the rain-drenched field. Army had tallied what proved to be the winning points earlier in the fourth quarter on a three-year touchdown pass from J. Kingsley Fink to Ed Francis and Fink's two-point First downs Rushes-yards passfr.7 varcaaa Return yardage M asses unt: 'unit ·umblcs iost 'ardt oe nail led Naw.Army «.jf2 Mj» 6 31 "·% "IS 2U 53 conversion pass to John Simar. The final outcome V/SE far different from what the 97,047 fans had reason to expect after Army grabbed three Navy fumbles within six minutes in the first quarter to take a 15-p lead. It also was different ·from what Navy fans expected after the Midship- men rallied for a 21-16 Fred Stuvek, the mononu- lead on two touchdown runs by Fred Stuvek, the mono- nucelosis-stricken quarterback, and the sophomore's 12-yard pass to Steve Ogden. And it was different, too, from what might have been if the officials hadn't called Stuvek down at Army's 7-yard line on a crucial play with 70 seconds left in the game. on second down, Stuvek lateraled to Greg Berry, who raced to the one. But the officials ruled that Stu- vek's knee had touched the ground at the seven just before he lateraled, and Navy had to try the third- down play from the seven instead of the one. Two Stuvek passes -fell incomplete, and Army had secured its 35th victory against 31 defeats and six ties in the series. minute earlier had been stopped by Randy Stein's interception of a Sluvek pass at the four, regained the ball when Gary Rhoads recovered Greg McGuckin's fumble at the Army 41. Navy moved the ball to the five in two plays, and 30ui Turn SuiUVSu, uiS referee, and Lou Koerber, the field judge, said Stu- vek's knee had touched the muddy ground, but the quarterback disagreed. "I was sure it didn't hit the ground," said Stuvek, (Continued Page S-3, Col. .7)

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