Hartford Courant from Hartford, Connecticut on November 10, 1974 · 105
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Hartford Courant from Hartford, Connecticut · 105

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r Part C . SUNDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 10, 1974. Towns - 1, ' jf -1 i - '-.. 1 STORRS - Mark Ryll, promoted from the Terrier bench, gave Boston University the thrower needed to go with a strong running game Saturday. The result was that BU whomped the University of Connecticut football team, 27 to 17. In the aftermath of a result that left UConn precariously positioned in its quest of a Yankee Conference championship tie, Boston coach Paul Kemp and his surprising quarterback were asked some pointed questions. 'IT WAS MY BEST GAME EVER "Was this your best game this season?" the quarterback was asked. "Sure, it's the best ever," Ryll replied. "I've never played this good before." "In that case, what accounts for completing 8 of 17 for 13Tyards and running the ball on keepers strongly enough to drive UConn up a wall?" "I've been sitting on the bench most .of the season," Ryll answered with explicit simplicity. BUT NOT THIS WEEK, BROTHER There was not even a remote hint in the quarterback's comment that he didn't think Paul Kemp, his coach, had treated him unfairly. "We were intercepted five times against Holy Cross," Kemp explained. "This is the first time we've been able to put things together. We have always felt we could run. Today, Mark gave us the passing. We had the balance we needed to beat a solid football team like Connecticut." Boston University's passing game played a very big part in the game that left the Huskies' 1974 figure most difficult. TERRIER AIR GAME EFFECTIVE The Terriers completed four of 11 in the second period and made a vital interception that choked a Connecticut threat. In the first quarter Rvll had clicked on two successive passes for 53 yards and a second BU touch down. They took a fumble in from UConn's ten on a keeper by Ryll for their first score. Connecticut was never able to catch them. It was 14 to 0 at the end of the first period, 17 to 7 at the half and 17 to 10 after three quarters. MARK RYLL PUT IT OUT OF REACH When UConn fumbled early in the final period, Ryll went into the air again to set up the Boston touchdown that snatched the game out of Connecticut's reach at 27 to 10. "We like to run at them," Kemp said, "but Ryll today gave us the passing we need to make our ground game go. Last week we suffered five interceptions because we had to play catch-up football. This was a game in which we had the lead from the start and we were not intercepted." "Your team didn't make errors of any kind," an interviewer remarked. "That's correct," Kemp nodded. "No interceptions or any other turnovers." UConn was hurt by losing two of three fumbles. Boston fumbled once and recovered. FOR BU, IT WAS A BIG WLN LV'DEED "This has to be our biggest win because we defeated a team that is contending for the Yankee Conference championship," Kemp said. "At the late summer meeting with coaches and press, we believed we had a team that could win. I guess most of the coaches had the same faith in their own squads. This Conference is beginning to take on a well-balanced look." Kemp liked a lot of things about his football team, but he was inclined to give most of the credit to Mark Ryll, the quarterback who came off the bench Saturday to lead the Terriers to a convincing triumph. "Mark has had all kinds of trouble on and off the field," Kemp pointed out. "He dropped out of college for a while, but he deserves commendation for coming back and hanging in there until he could give us the kind of performance he gave today." Curiously, Ryll was recruited for Boston U. by Larry Naviaux, Connecticut coach, who moved from Boston to Storrs two years ago. SCORED BIG WITH WRITERS, TOO Ryll is an outstanding young man, a disappointed Naviaux said afterward, "but give all the credit for what he did against us today to Paul Kemp. I'm not his coach now, Paul is. Ryall scored with writers who talked to him in the visiting team's dressing quarters. "Joe called a helluva game," the quarterback said. "Everything he sent in was just right." "Who?" a puzzled reporter asked. "Joe Haering, our offensive coordinator," Ryll explained. Ryll also wanted to sing the praises of his offensive line. "They gave me perfect protection," the winning quarterback pointed out "Connecticut never got to me once not once." The junior quarterback from West Springfield, a blond mustachioed young man, suddenly stopped talking. "Gee, I'm nervous," he s pologized. "I've never talked to reporters before." KEVLN DRISCOLL CAN BLOCK Junior fullback Kevin Diiscoll had blocked like a tiger for running back George Kaiapodis and, on occasion, had bucked through the UConn middle for gains that maintained Boston University's impressive ball-control game. "Yes sir," Kemp said. "He's like another guard in there, one of the best blockers I've ever had. He helped us play 60 minutes of proficient football for the first time this season. It is four or five weeks the Northeastern game, 1 think since the last time we were in a position to put things together like this." Naviaux agreed with everything bis rival coach said about BU's decisive balance and that the Yankee Conference is getting tougher all the time. Now the best be can nope for is a UConn tie for the championship. "And you still have to beat Rhode Island to make even that possible," someone reminded Naviaux cruelly. "Yes, we sure do," Naviaux said. "We have to beat Rode Island eveso get a tie for the champiqpship." With Malice Toward None By BILL LEE PAUL KEMP UVAVAVAV AV AV AVAVAVA A AVAVA VA A A A Unbeaten -Yale B Baker UConn's Barry Baker tumbles headlong over a Boston University defender for a few tough yards in e- cond quarter Saturday at Storrs. Baker later scored a BU Throttles UConn Whalers Beaten By Phoenix BY TOM HIN'E Courant Sports Writer WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. The New England Whalers may have learned a lesson Saturday night. They found out the hard wav that a seven-game win streak and an early season division lead mean absolutely nothing to a young, ex-p'ansion team which outskat-ed, outchecked, and outplays you for 60 minutes and, by the game's end, comes away a 4-2 winner on the scoreboard. But, if the Whalers didn't know it before they faced the Phoenix Roadrunners Saturday night at the Big E, they knew it when the game and their win streak were over. Because, that's exactly what happened before 4,431 fans. New England played its last home game before it returns from an exhausting cross-country road trip two weeks from Saturday night. Whalers' head coach Ron Ryan was philosophical and even a little good natured, after watching the WHA's longest season win-streak come to an end. "Well, a 77-game win streak would have been nice," smiled Ryan, remembering all too well that the Whalers hadn't lost a game since their season opener in See Whalers, Page 2C Live Sports un lne Air poo rnnTRALL 1:00 PM Chs. 3, 7 12 Redskins vs. Eagles 1:00 PM Chs. 10, 20, 30 Jets vs. Giants 1:C0 PM Ch. 22 Browns vs. Pats 4:00 PM Chs. 10, 20, 22, 30 Steelers vs. Bengals PRO BASKETBALL: 4:33 PM Chs. 3, 7 12 76ers vs. Supersonics Ephmen BY BRUCE BERLET Courant Sports Writer WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. Powerful Williams College had the savvy it needed in the clutch to turn back upstart Wesleyaa University, 35-16, in a ragged Little Three football clash Saturday before a Homecoming t1,! ;-"U m:ir) 1 4 )3 m A . in.. r V Moving In Murray Keog&n (11) of Phoenix Roadrunners moves in on New England Whalers' goalie Crister Abrahamsson during Saturday night's World Hockey Association match at the Big E in West Springfield. Lending a stick to Keogan, is New England's Brad Selwood (Courant Photo by Arthur J. Warmsley). 24-19 Thriller Trinity BY BOHDAN KOLINSKY Courant Sports Writer It was homecoming day at Trinity College Saturday. And the alumni were treated to a first-rate New England small college football game. Trinity fell behind early and then came roaring back in the after intermission to upset Amherst. 24-19 before 6.500 overly enthused fans at Dan Jessee Field on However, it wasn't until the Bantams, winners of their last six games following an season-opening loss to Williams took advantage of a Rich Tucci interception and turned it into a John Whollev touchdown early Top Cardinals Day crowd of 7,200 at Wes ton Meld. The Ephmen, second-ranked college division team in New England, came out of the gates like gang-busters but needed a pair of touchdown passes from junior quarterback Jim Baldwin, a Connecticut product . - Barges touchdown, but the Huskies suffer a tough defeat (Courant Photo by Art Warmsley). .n.. .i7r: Whips Amherst in the fourth quarter. "That was definitely the deciding factor," stated an elated Trinity head coach Don Miller. "John's run changed the tempo of the game and the offensive line did a great job creating an opening." It was the first win over Amherst since 1970 when the Bantams last registered a 36-19 victory. "This is the biggest win since that game," Miller added. Amherst, however still holds a 39-22-9 edge in the series with Trinity. The loss was only Amherst's second in seven games. The Lord Jeffs also lost their season opener to from Simsbury to reserve spUt end Bob Murphy in the final five minutes to preserve their sixth victory in seven starts. The win. Williams" seventh straight in Little Three competition since head coach Bob Odell came on k See PawerfaL Page IC s 27 - - Springfield. Coming into the game, Amherst and Trinity were ranked first and third respectively in the New England SmaU College poll. Speedy Jeff Hogan gave the Lord Jeffs a 6-0 lead with 4:35 left in the first quarter as he broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and raced 33 yards into the endzone. Gary Strassenburg kicked the extra point. On the fifth play of the second quarter. Derreil Hendrix intercepted a George Rose pass and returned it to the Trinity 31. That drive stalled and Strassenburg was called on to kick a 23-yard field goal with 11:26 left in the second quarter. Two series later. Trinity marched 80 yards in 11 plays following an Amherst quick kick, with starting left and then reversing his track and going 15 yards for the score. A two-point conversion failed and Trinity trailed 10-6 just before the half. Seef rinity, Page 5C urm Pemm Elis Impressive In 37-12 Victory BY BILL NEWELL Courant Sports Editor PHILADELPHIA - The Yale football team, which has been influencing people all season long but not always winning friends, did both Saturday. Carm Cozza's undefeated legions were never more impressive as they stuffed a 37-12 shellacking down the throats of Pennsylvania before 23,490 homecoming fans at Franklin Field. Cozza's 61st victory at Yale, tying him with Jordan Olivar, was his team's seventh in a row this fall and tenth in succession since a mid-season loss to Dartmouth in the 1973 campaign. Some of Yale's victories along the way were not all that satisfying to old Blues, who thought an undefeated team should show more expertise. However, this balmy November afternoon the Bulldogs put it all together beautifully. Quarterback Tom Doyle passed just enough at the outset to give the Quakers pause for thought, then ran the home defenders dizzy as to 17 By TERRY PRICE Courant Sports Writer STORRS - Quarterback Mark Ryll gave the University of Connecticut an impressive lesson in offensive football Saturday, rushing . for 72 yards and passing for an additional 138, as Boston University turned a near-flawless performance into a solid 27-17 Yankee Conference triumph over the Huskies at Memorial Stadium before 9,998 fans. The Terriers of head coach Paul Kemp led from start to finish, outmuscling and outplaying, a UConn team that can now only gain a share of the league title which it captured outright last season. The Huskies are now 4-4 overall and 3-2 in the conference, the same record as both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Maine leads the YanCon with a 4-2 record and is assured of at least a piece of the championship. Connecticut meets Rhode Island at home next week while New Hampshire and UMass collide. BU is now 44-1 overall and 3-3 in the conference. The Terriers jumped off to a 14-0 lead in the opening period of play, turning a fumble by UConn's Russ Clarke on the Connecticut ten into a touchdown and then marching 80 yards in eleven plays for another score following Greg Sinay's missed field goal from 19 yards. After Clarke's fum-ble.Ryll, a junior from West Springfield, ran three times, the last time from five yards for the TD. Sophomore Bruce Rich, who kicked field goals in his first two varsity attempts ever, added the extra point to give BU a 7-0 lead with 9:09 left in the period. On the ensuing kickoff, with a 15-yard clipping penalty pushing the Terriers' boot back to the 35, Ricky Hedgepeth gave Connecticut excellent field position with a fine run all the way down to the BU 30. The Huskies moved to a first and goal situation at the BU seven but the drive stalled and Sinay, who had won last week's game against Rutgers with three field goals, missed in front of the home folks from 19 yards out. BU took over on its own 20 and immediately went to work on a UConn defense that was being pushed around the most it has all season. A third down swing pass from Rvll to running back George Katapodis that See B.U., Page 4C one of three Eli backs "who accounted for most of an awesome 298 yards on the ground. The others were halfbacks Rudy Green and Don Gesicki. Penn was actually in the game for about one quarter, at which time Yale led, 7-0. It was 16-0 by halftime and 30-0 after three periods as the Elis cakewalked. The Quakers punched over two touchdowns at the finish as every Yale man who dressed for the game got into action. "We're going to have to throw the ball today," Cozza had said while sunning himself an hour before the game. Yale did, just enough to loosen up the Penn defense and give its own pow-er-I a chance to get moving. Nor was the Eli defense found wanting. Penn passers were intercepted five times with safety Mark McAndrews picking off two on starter Marty Vaughn and though Adolph (Beep Beep) Bellizeare was a constant threat, he was contained until the issue was settled. Defensive halfback Elvin Charity, made two key tackles at mid-field to keep Bellizeare from going all the way on punt returns. Penn's first play from scrimmage was turned into a Yale touchdown and this seemed to set the tone as the Bulldogs made very few mistakes all afternoon. John Cahill intercepted on Vaughn at the Penn 33 and returned it to the 17. After the Elis were pushed back by a holding penalty, Doyle found tight end Bob Fernandez all alone at the five and hit him at the one. Green . took it in on the next play. Yale launched an 81-yard march later in the opening period which culminated with Green's nine-yard end sweep early in the second quarter. It was his 21st career touchdown. Stalled by the Penn defense at the" four just before the half. Yale settled for a 24-yard field goal by Randy Carter. It was more of the same after intermission as the Ivy League co-leaders (with Harvard), churned 87 yards, every inch on the ground with Gesicki banging in from the five. Twenty-four seconds later Yale upped its lead to 30-0. McAndrews intercepted a Vaughn pass thrown from the Penn five-yard line and Yale had the ball at the Quakers' 17. On the second play. Gesicki turned left end for his second TD in 24 seconds. Yale's final score capped an 80-yard surge with Stone Phillips replacing Doyle at quarterback. Phillips completed a 48-yard scoring aerial to split end Gary Fen-cik. Penn got touchdowns from Vaughn on a one-yard sneak and Steve Kochersperger on a three-yard run before it was over as Eli reserves flooded the- field. Doyle was the key. though, He hit on two early See Yale, Page 2C Buckeyes Defeated EAST LANSING. Mich. (AP) - Fullback Levi Jackson raced 88 yards with just over three minutes left Saturday for a touchdown and Michigan State shocked top-ranked Ohio State 16-13. The game ended in tumult as a capacity crowd of 73.533 jammed the football field when the Buckeves tried to get off one last play from the Michigan Stats one-yard line as the final cun sounded. After a delay of 30 minutes, Duke ruled thst the final score and Michigan State's victory stood. The defeat derailed the Buckeye express fyirn its See Ohio, Page

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