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JIM MURRAY 1 ij iCicks Establishment in the Shins I nbe 1 ivv Scene: A YoU felt like asking them what they did with the guitars. They looked more like rag dolls than football players the ragged-iest bunch of Anns you ever saw. You half -expected one of them to say, "Are you sure this is the ballet?" as they lined up for the kick-off. Michigan looked almost embarrassed as if they were asked to dance with their sisters. Their team mascot should be Snoopy.

You know, like most teams treat the coach as if he just parted the Red Sea. They tiptoe up to their rooms at night, they hide marsh-mallows under their pillows, they say "Yes, sir!" a lot, they do laps when they make mistakes. They make the German Army look lika an undisciplined rabble. Stanford does what the coach tells them so long as it doesn't in terf ere with any prior plans. They don't exactly have champagne at the training table, but they figure curfew is for convicted felons, not ctttllctCSi Their" attitude is, We'll go through your plastic Rose Bowl scene but don't expect us to kill the whole week.

They had about as much interest in Michigan as in the grain market You could see the difference even before the game. The Michigan band came high-stepping out like Please Turn to Page 14, Col. 5 say, "Say, what was the score of the Rose Bowl game' again?" pens five out of six years. Well, let me tell you about a Stanford team that backed its way right into the record books. I mean, this is not a team, it's a Capra comedy.

1 1 You all know what a football team looks like, right? I mean, those crew cuts, up tight, nights in a monastery'. These kooks all got their hair sticking, but in aek of their hel-, mets. They. weari help me! yellow shoes. Also red ones and white ones.

You would think they picked up this cast of characters at the Passion Play or a rock festival. get there is that someone runs the wrong way, or a guy throws four desperation passes in the last two minutes SOMETHING that makes your sacrifice worthwhile. I mean, you DON'T want just another damn football game. at 12:40 Saturday as this; bedraggled, rumpled, grumpy re-v porter tooled his overheated car into: the' parkings lot at the Rose' 1 Bowl, his first reaction, was "What. am; I doing Like, man, here were just more good football teams who would push and tug each other like a couple of woolly mammoths and someone would win and someone would lose and two weeks from now someone would Wanting to go to the Rose Bowl is an odd ambition like wanting to turn into a frog, or sit in a cold shower reading a book or wanting to be the elephant cleaner in the If you ever get the urge, here's what you do: get up at the crack of dawn, crack the ice in the wash basin, get in your cold car in a garage you have refrigerated overnight, simulate a crawl up.

Orangfl Grove Avenue by gradually raising the putting1 cars on three sides of you, getting cops to yell at you and sniffing carbon monoxide. You do this, for four hours with a throbbing Now, what you hope when you 2t CC SECTION SUNDAY JAN. 2, 1972 Gracias, Garcia! St antor Garcia Got No Message Last-Second 31-Yarder-From Ralston Before Kick Upsets Michigan, 13-12 'I 5 -i yy x- i I': 'f MmWmx w. fc iy'i I mm mHMWM mmmmmm wmwm-. 'f tiW.

tf I 1 K--' 'MWWfflKfpy. BY BOB OATES Time Staff Writer Another' undefeated Big Ten champion ran into Stanford Saturday and came the end of the line in the. Rose Bowl. Michigan carried a two-point lead into the last two minutes and lost it to quarterback Don Bunce, who led the Indians 64 yards on' eight clutch plays to the win- ning field goal with 12 seconds remaining in a dramatic 13-12 upset. I Rod Garcia's 31-yard kick was his second of a.

game that began with a dull first half and ended with perhaps the liveliest fourth quarter yet played in a stadium fa- BY DWIGHT CHAPIN Tlnm Staff Wrltr John Ralston stopped coaching fori moment Saturday afternoon and his wacky, incredible Stanford Indians won the Rose Bowl game. This is why Ralston removed himself from the action: When Stanford suffered a humiliating loss to San Jose State in the regular season, 13-12, Ralston talked to his kicker, Rod Garcia, before every field goal and extra point attempt, trying to calm him Garcia missed five field goals and one extra point. Just before Garcia came onto the field with 12 seconds to play Saturday to kick the 31-yard field goal I I mous for fourth-quarter football. Both touchdowns, as well as a a field goal and a. 31-yard; Stanford run on a spectacular fake punt were all crowded into the last 15 ending a fight that was still 3-3 at the end of three Halfback Jackie Brown sped 3l yards on the fake punt and then 24? yards to Stanford's only touchdown! as Michigan fell for the second timej in three years on a perfect Pasadena' afternoon before a crowd of Johir "Ralst6rt became the "firsT Stanford coach to win back to back 'Helluva Thing to Lose Game When You've Hao ItWon-Bo (See story on Page 7) that beat Michigan, Ralston was going to talk to him again.

"But one of the players came up to me," Ralston said, "and said, 'Please don't talk to agreed and Garcia kicked the field goal as easily as if he were practicing in his backyard; "Nobody can say I coach misses anymore," said Ralston. But nobody was quite sure Garcia was going to make the winning kick, either. Defensive guard Larry Butler, in the Rose Bowl and the first to destroy two undefeated Big Ten champions: in successive winters. Ohio; State was last January's victim; 27-17. The Big Ten, which has been disintegrating in recent seasons, has now lost three straight in the Rose Bpwli And the momentum of the Big Ten's 12-1 start in th4 first 13 years of this series has been plainly reversed! The Pacific Coast is 8-5 in the last 13 years.

In.victory, Ralston proved that he can still win the big ones (although the scores of such little ones as San Jos State are still in the book). He proved that he can beat the Big Ten with either Bunce or Jim Plunkett (lasi year's quarterback). And he proved that a smart passing team is too much for a ball-control team when the latteij Please Turn to Page 6, Col. who was on the couldn't even look. He turned his back.

Punt returner Jim Ferguson, who was nearly the game's goat because he was tackled for, a safety, late in the game (giving Michigan a 12-10 lea.d)K said, "I -was-gonna turn my back but then I decided if he messed up he messed up." y. 'fe', Linebacker Jeff Siemoni probably the most articulate Indian, might also have been the most concerned. "I had a lot of doubts," he said. "I could see Signs of San Jose State all over again when I knew, we were setting up to go for a field goal rather than a touchdown. I didn't envy Rod's position at all." But a couple of guys kept the faith.

Please Turn to Page 4, Col. 1 SWARMING DEFENSE Aggressive Stanford defense, headed by Tom Robnett (42), gang tackles Michigan fullback Ed Shuttlesworth in third quarter action during Stanford's 13-12 Rose Bowl win. Times photo by Ben Olender (7 rutw, vi Wife i ii vf. lt -rx-. -i; 1 I sV 4' it i gc II iff 47i iii a AJr 11: 1 i I f' s' STANFORD'S REAL SAMSON Greg Sampson, Indians' 255-pound tcckle, needs only one hand to bring down Michigan's Glenn Doughty with a thud after short gain in the first quarter of the Rose Bowl game Saturday.

1 i Time na AP Pnora Be Best Ever! Nebraska Convinceis Bear, 38-6-tMay SUGAR BOWL Oklahoma 40 Auburn 22 Story on Page 3 COTTON BOWL The game was settled by. halftime the national championship that his BY MAL FLORENCE Times Staff Writer "We were beaten soundly by a far decade, had even an easier time with superior football team," said the Auburn in the Sugar BowL as xvieorasKa, casmng in on AiaDama team held in the 60s. errors, pulled away to a 28-0 lead. This is some Nebraska team and it Bear. "They were much better pre- There was no particular turning Nebraska probably would have can now be favorably compared to pared than our team.

They toyed point in 'the Orange Bowl; game MIAMI Nebraska proved conclusively New Year's night that won without any help from 'Bama the great college clubs of the past 25 with us most of the time. They were which was played on a clear, warm there is a considerable gap between because Bear Bryant's wishbone-T years. The Cornhuskers are unde- one of the greatest, if not the great- night after rain subsided shortly be- No. 1 and No. 2 in college No.

1 and No. 2 in college football was just a futile formation against feated through 32 straight games est I have ever seen: fore kickoff. the likes of AU-American middle (they were tied by USC in 1970) and There were signs earlier in the day However, Rodgers probably put guard Rich Glover and the other finished the 1971 season with a 13-0 that Alabama, despite its 11-0 rec-. the Crimson Tide away when he car- renn Stare 30 this season- i In the 38th renewal of the Orange I GXaS 6 Bowl classic, the top ranked Corn- Cornhusker defenders. record, ord, was not, perhaps, in Nebraska's nea a pum i i yarns a loutuuuwii As it was, two pass in huskers disposed of their last chal- Bryant, the AiaDama coacn, be- class.

'Bama had wracked what was on ine asi pidy me uri 4u.nt.c1 Story on Page 9 lenger, No. 2 rated Alabama, 38-6, in terference penalty and the lightning lieves that Bob Devaney's team considered to be a good Auburn to put Nebraska ahead, 14-0, feet of flanker back Johnny Rodgers might be the best he's ever encoun- team. But Oklahoma, which lost to It was a run that only Gale Sayers what turned out to be an anticlimac- Please Turn to Page 10, CoL 1 3 tic showdown of unbeaten teams ruined Bryant's dream of redaiming Nebraska, 25-31, in the game of the.

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