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1 unity, larnury 1, lf71 THI INDIANAPOLIS NIWS I 1 .,;MS Coaching's A Happy Job UJ v.. ! ""If r-x ST" mm i - i See Johnny Run By CORKY LAMM, Sports Writer MIAMI Shortly before Johnny Rodgers destroyed Notre Dame in the 39th Orange Bowl classic, the little (5-9, 173) Nebraska wingback was asked if he didn't think his size would hurt him in the professional game that now beckoas him. "I don't think size has too much to do with it," said Rodgers with the serious mien of a banker. "I think it all depends on how much a man is willing to put out. It's really not how big he is, but how big his heart is." Then the Heisman Trophy winner, who had been rapped IF SI Fit . ; Rodgers by a few men for past brushes with the law, last night showed precisely what he meant with the greatest one-man performance ever presented in the classic. Almost single-handedly, he crushed a good Notre Dame team, a prideful squad that had lost only two of 10 games, 40-6. And Johnny, whose personal yardage of 212 yards was greater than the combined total produced by the entire Notre Dame offense (207), was employed only three quarters of this mismatch. Retiring coach Bob Devaney of Nebraska took one last shot at Rodgers' detractors by saying, "If there is any guy in the country who thinks Johnny Rodgers doesn't deserve the Heis- v s y ! PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -Even before the ballots are counted, the University of Southern California has overwhelmingly won the national collegiate football championship and convincingly contin ued the recent Rose Bowl superiority of the Pacific-8 over the Big 10. With a five-touchdown explosion in the second half , the Trojans battered Ohio State . 42-17 yesterday for their 12th victory in an undefeated season. "I'm very tickled, but I've got to wait until they vote," said Trojan coach John McKay of the Associated Press poll which he knew full well his team would capture with the same ease it handled Ohio State in the third and fourth quarters. Members of the AP slection board of newsmen and sportscasters vote this week. No other coach has won three national championships and McKay's Trojans won top honors in 1962 and 1967. Still he rates this 1972 aggregation as the best he has ever coached and some of those in the past included Heisman Trophy winners Mike Garrett and O. J. Simpson. , Senior fullback Sam "Bam" Cunningham, a 218-p o u n d Sam "Bam" Cunningham bams four TDs. UPI. Wo Doubt Now, USC By WAYNE FUSON, Sports Editor MOTES written by an armchair quarterback on a soggy leftover New Year's Eve napkin during a two-day football-watching "orgy": There are better football teams than Southern California's unbeaten Trojans. Yep. Miami's Dolphins. And Washington's Redskins. But Johnny McKay's Trojans stand alone at the head of the college class. Ohio State was no match for Southern Cal. None of the other college teams who were on television yesterday would have been, either, except for Nebraska. Maybe the team with the best chance at beating Southern Cal was Michigan. There'll be some people who think that Southern Cal not only is the best team this year but may be the best In the last decade. McKay has almost everything runners like Tony Davis, who proved he was no flash in the pan by scoring six touchdowns against Notre Dame, a super passer like Mike Rae, an Olympic-caliber "diver" in Slam-Bam Sam Cunningham, who dove for a record four T.D.s yesterday, and a mighty rugged defense. If S.C. had a good field goal kicker like I.U.'i Chris Gartner, it just might be the first really complete team in years. Speaking of Ohio State, did you see mild-mannered Wayne Woodrow Hayes, the Buck- Texas' Darrell Royal gets Cotton Bowl ride. AP. man Trophy, he should quit writing sports or broadcasting or whatever he does!" Rodgers scored four touchdowns, his 24 points breaking the record of 19 Bob Luna of Alabama put up there in 1953. He threw one pass that went 52 yards to Frosty Anderson for another touchdown. Caught one of 50 yards from Dave Humm for another. So he personally accounted for 30 of the 40 Husker points, all in the first three quarters. Devaney changed his offense sets slightly, just to give Johnny more chances with the ball, an item he rarely rushed with more than 5 or 6 times during the season. "Rodgers had never run the I-formation before," said Devaney. "We put it in just for this game in order to use him more on running plays. And that pass was a Rodgers' special. He didn't throw any this season. And he threw it only once last season and we got a pass interference penalty off of it." Johnny rushed 15 times for 81 yards the game's top effort. He caught three of Humm's swift southpaw darts for 71 yards. Got 11 more yards on a kickoff return. Lost 3 on a punt return. Irish strategy, such as it was, was to punt the ball away from Rodgers and that's the only reason he didn't get to show 80,010 live spectators and millions on the tube his great talent there. That and Tim Rudnick's zinging tackle on the one punt he did field. Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian was grateful Devaney didn't exploit Rodgers' vast Rosy McKay Tickled Pink Cunningham Davis blocking star from Santa Bar-Bara, Calif., set a Rose Bowl scoring record with four touchdowns all on battering ram dives over the Ohio State goal line from inside the 2-yard line He was voted the game's outstanding player from among ' challengers that included speedy sophomore halfback Anthony Davis, quarterback Mike Rae and defensive back Charles Phillips. Davis carried 23 times for 157 yards and scored on one 20-yard dash. Rae hit 18 passes for 25 yards including a 10-yard touchdown pitch to Lynn Swann. Phillips recovered a fumble by Ohio State's Archie Griffin on the Buckeye 38 in the opening period and set up the first touchdown. In the third stanza he intercepted a pass and ran it back 48 yards eye coach, wearing a jacket? And, it was a warm day! Back in Columbus Woody goes around in his shirt sleeves even when the temperature is in the frigid range. After watching Texas nick Alabama, it'd be difficult to get very excited about the wishbone formation. It's just not as exciting as the "I" or the "T." Texas scored twice on wide runs by the quarterback, which could have come off an "I" option as easily as the wishbone. By the way, was that guy out of bounds or wasn't he on Texas' go-ahead touchdown? Rufus Ferguson, the mighty-mite from Wisconsin, has been mimicked by a lot of players. His end-zone dance, a kind of fast shuffle, is commonplace now. Tony Davis does his version of the Rufus-shuffle on his knees. After four straight losses in the Rose Bowl, there will be even more agitation in the Big 10 for changes In rules. The Pac Eight, of course, goes for red-shirting (four years of eligibility over five years) and the Big 10 doesn't. That must be the biggest difference. The Big 10, once the toughest league in col JlplVIE OUT! Bob Devaney carried from his rsft Dc talents in the fourth quarter in an effort to tie USC's six-touchdown performance against N.D. by Anthony Davis. "Rodgers has great versatility," said Ara after the slaughter. "They played bim everywherewide receiver, split end, flanker and it just didn't make any difference. In addition to Rodgers, the second thing that impressed me was the quickness of Nebraska's defensive unit." This was led by Outland Trophy winner Rich Glover, the Husker middle guard who led the charges that made a shambles of the Irish running game. Only sophomore Eric Penick was able to go against the Huskers (48 yards in 8 carries) and he didn't make aa appearance until 18 seconds were left in the second quarter. Parseghian didn't start Penick because of the sophomore's tightness when contests begin, a factor in Eric's 16 fumbles during the season. It looked like a ballgame only in the first quarter when Notre Dame, down 7-0 after the first Husker thrust, caught Nebraska defenses napping on two sideline passes, Tom Clements to Darryll Dewan, that put the Irish in field goal range. But Bob Thomas missed from the 42 and when N.D. shortly afterwards couldn't capitalize on a fumble-recovery on the Husker 24, you knew the pouring was coming. And it came. Nebraska had 30 first downs another record. About the only relief to the Irish grieving was the fact they split up an $800,000 melon with the pride of Lincoln. thwarting a Buckeye threat. "You can run on them some," commented Ohio State coach Woody Hayes. "We proved that. And then they passed us right out of the park." A record Rose Bowl crowd of 106,869 saw the teams battle to a 7-7 halftime deadlock on a sunny, but blustery afternoon. Then Southern California exploded. They won for the Pacific-8 a fourth straight New Year's extravaganza and made it six for their conference in the last eight years of a series utterly dominated in its early years by the Big 10. "The Big 10 never has been superior to us in my opinion," declared McKay who won his 100th victory as a college coach. "You don't rate a conference on a one-game basis. They did that last year with the Big Eight and you saw what happened to it this season." The 42 points were the most ever scored against Hayes in his 22 years at Ohio State; the previous high total was 41 by Purdue, which won 41-6 in 1967. Southern California's tight end Charles Young said that he wasn't surprised by the one-sided score. "Watching Ohio State on film, all they could do is run. We didn't have just one attack. I caught six passes, Lynn Swan caught six, Anthony Dayis and Sam Cunningham ran.": Rae, a senior who was a second stringer his first two seasons, finished the year with 2,001 net yards in total offense best ever for a Trojan. Is No. 1 lege football, now has to hurry to be No. 3. Johnny Rodgers, the Nebraska Heisman Trophy winner, made a few people eat their words last night. His four touchdowns were sensational. After that Orange Bowl debacle, Notre Dame fans were chanting "Oh-h-h-h, Irish," instead of the traditional "Go-o-o-o, Irish." It was difficult to tell if Nebraska was that good or N.D. that bad. Professional Division DOB GRIESE'S return to the Dolphin lineup u certainly seemed to spark the Dolphins in their squeaker over Pittsburgh. The Steel-ers just ran out of miracles. Pro football is running true to form. As early as midseaKon, some experts were predicting that Miami would meet Washington in Super Bowl VII. Griese had 'been out, of course, with a broken ankle for half the season, and his duties performed admirably by Earl Morrall, the old pro. But when the Purdue all-Ameri-can came into the game you could almost see the Dolphins perk up. Speaking of the Redskins, George Allen, their normally placid coach, did Indeed get a little excited, didn't he? Steel-Jawed George turned out to be a cheerleader. What a weekend of football it was. About the only thing missing was that ever-humble, mild-mannered expert, Howard Cosell. last Nebraska game. AP. (JSC's ORANGE SQUEEZE Horrors! Cops Raid Press Box, Seize Booze By AuodaM PrtM Nebraska's 40-6 slaughter of Notre Dame last night was literally the most sobering game the Orange Bowl has had for years. Police raided the press box early in the game and, making unprecedented use of a long-ignored ordinance, confiscated all the booze being provided free to the sports writers covering the game. - The ordinance prohibits intoxicants "before, during and after any public events" in the stadium but the press box has been the city's top speakeasy for years with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League and University of Miami offering scribes spirited refreshments. The raid had the effect on Orange Bowl executive vice-president Ernie Seiler that the Boston Tea Party must have had on the British. Seiler was so hot about the seizure that he threatened to clean out City Hall. Even worse, Seiler threatened to raid Dolphin games. Plainclothes Sgt. Jimmy Cox, who directed the confiscation of four cases of beer and two cases of liquor, told Seiler, "We received an anonymous complaint that alcoholic beverages were being served on these promises. "I could not believe that good, civic-minded citizens would bring alcoholic beverages into the Orange Bowl," said Cox. "I hear this has been going on for 16 years. We are merely doing our job." "You're doing a lousy job," replied Seiler. Woody Hayes exploded before, during and after one of his most crushing defeats, a 42-17 whipping from top-ranked Southern California in the Rose Bowl. The stormy Ohio State coach bashed a photographer's camera, stomped a head set and knocked over a post-game interview microphone. The beating was the most points ever scored on a Hayes team in 22 Ohio State seasons and ranked alongside the 41-6 loss f ' It was sad for Notre Dame's Ara Parseghian (left) and U.S., Russ In Hockey Clash BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) World Cup Hockey Tournament action concludes tonight as the United States meets Russia in a clash between the tournament's winless and unbeaten teams. 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Return coupon tfy for Ire brochure, inapt and guld. John McKay happy as a rose. AP. to Purdue in 1967 as the worst in Hayes long tenure. Hayes took the lopsided loss to the Trojans bitterly. For example, a question about Hayes' pre-game altercation with a photographer ended his brief, 3-minute interview with this thundering reply from the Ohio State leader: "Oh, for . . . sake, forget it." Hayes then shoved a microphone off the platform on which he was standing and stalked out of the interview room. "Those are big stories," he boomed. Art Rogers, a veteran Los Angeles Times photographer, said Hayes shoved a camera back in his face while he tried to shoot a closeup of the Ohio State coach during the Buckeyes' pre-game warmups. "I tried hard to prove I deserved it," said Johnny Rodgers of his Heisman selection. He ran for three touchdowns, caught a pass for a fourth and threw a pass for a fifth score in Nebraska's romp over Notre Dame. His pass, 52 yards to wide receiver Frosty Anderson, was his first toss of the year. "I threw a lot in high school," explained Rodgers. "I knew that if we were able to fool them a little bit, I could get it to him." Coach John McKay said he was no strategic genius and didn't try to mesmerize his Southern California Trojans with a Knute Rockne half-time speech. "We made no changes," McKay said, standing on a chair. "No strategy was involved. We just kicked their pants off; It was that simple." The top-rated Trojans, finishing the year 12-0 and virtually clinching an unprecedented third national championship in McKay's 13-year tenure, broke open a 7-7 tie at the half and ran off with a 42-17 victory over third-ranked Ohio State. "I do think we're a better team than they are and, No. 2, we have better players than they do," McKay said. Ohio State's Woody Hayes. UPI. 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