El Paso Times from El Paso, Texas on January 2, 1972 · 55
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El Paso Times from El Paso, Texas · 55

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Sunday, January 2, 1972
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Football, Basketball Hi gMight Sum. Sport By BUTCH FREEMAN Times Sports Editor The 37th annual Sun Bowl Classic and 11th annual Sun Bowl Basketball Tournament were rated as the most outstanding in the history of the events this year as Louisiana State University clipped Iowa State University. 33-15, before the first sellout crowd in the new stadium and the University of Texas at El Paso captured the cage classic. ' . A record crowd of 33,503 football fans braved cold weather and drizzling rain as LSU downed 1SU in one of the most aggressive games seen in the Sun Bowl in ome time while capacity crowds on both eights watched U.T. El Paso win the basketball tournament. r One of the first comments LSU Head Coach Charlie McClendon made at a : Perm State Clips Texas In Cotton press conference following the victory was that he had enjoyed this bowl more .. than' any other that he had been in. McClendon captured his sixth bowl game since being named head coach in 1963. "The Sun Bowl people put on a great show for us. They did an exceptional job for the players and that's what counts," McClendon said. "The Iowa State Cyclones have nothing to be ashamed of," said Iowa State Head Coach Johnny Majors after the game, "They can play with anyone in the country." The first -half was a game of defenses as the LSU Bengals took a 6-3 advantage into the dressing room at the end of the second quarter. Majors was pleased with his team's effort and determination. "The goal line stand just before the half was the greatest stand I've ever seen. Five times inside the three yard line." Louisiana State marched to ISlTs three yard line when quarterback Bert Jnnes connected with split end Andy. Hamilton, his first cousin, on a 77-yard.' pss play. A holding penalty moved the ball to the one and a half yard line. LSU had four more times to break through the Cyclones' defense for the touchdown, but a superb goal line stand held the Bayou Bengals from hitting paydirt. In the third and fourth periods the depth of the Tigers started to pay off as LSU scored 13 points in the third period and 14 more in the final quarter, while holding the Cyclones to six points in the . third stanza and six in the fourth quarter. Jones, who was voted the most valuable player and received the CM. Hendricks Award, engineered the Bayou Tigers attack. Jones threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as he sparked his team to victory. The Chuck Hughes Memorial Award for hte most valuable lineman was captured by Iowa State's "monster man" Matt Blair who had six unassisted tackles "and one interception. "Blair will be my next All-America," said Majors, "I was very pleased with his efforts." Both of the teams came into the Sun Bowl with 8-3 records and displayed one of ' the best post-season games according x to CBS officials who broadcast the game live 'over national television. Don Haskin's U.T. El Paso Miners brought back the championship trophy to El Paso as the Miners defeated Memphis State 85-79 in the championship of the Sun Bawl Basketball Tournament. The victory gave the Miners a record of eight wins out of 11 tournaments. They were not the defending champs, after being nudged last year 66-64 by nationally .ranked USC. This year's tournament was rated as one of the finest with traditional round-ball powers Loyola of Chicago and San Francisco being joined by Memphis State. San Francisco captured the consolation of the tournament by beating Loyola of Chicago 87-73. In the opening round of the tournament, which was played before a full house in ' Memorial Gym, the Miners clipped Loyola 77-54 and Memphis State downed San Francisco 82-77. , - In winning the championship of the ' tournament, the Miners turned in their biggest offensive effort of the season with 85 points and the 79 points made by Memphis State was the highest scored against the Miners this year. Five players were named to the AH- ! Tournament Team: LaRue Martin of Loyola, Ronnie Robinson of Memphis ' State, Kevin Restani of San Francisco J and Charlie Brakes and Scott English of U.T. El Paso. English was also cited as i the tournament's Most Valuable Player. . By DENNE H. FREEMAN - DALLAS (AP) If there's any doubt about the quality of Eastern football, just check with the University of Texas about the credentials of the Penn State Nittany Lions, who stomped the Longhorns 30-6 in one of the most lop-sided routs in Cotton Bowl history. Among other things, the Nittany Lions forced Texas and its awesome Wishbone-T offense into five fumbles and held the Perni St. Texas Firs Dawns " 1 15 Rashes-yards 54-23 52-15 Passing yardaai 137 S3 Return yardage t 20 Passes 7-11-1 5-14-t Punts 5-34 5-33 Fumbles lost 0.3 Yards penalised ' 30 5 Southwest Conference champions without a touchdown for the first time in 80 games or since 1364. " Penn State exploded for. 17 points' in the third period, including a 65-yard pass-and-run touchdown bomb over Texas defensive back Mike Bayer, who had been dazed on a previous play and was wondering around lost on the field. . "The bomb triggered the landslide. Texas coach Darrell Royal, not wishing to alibi for the thorough beating, said Bayer was "out on his feet on the two passes that were completed over him in the third quarter." -...One pass went for the touchdown and the other set up Lydell Mitchell's one-yard touchdown run. f Royal said, "I don't intend htat as an alibi, but two touchdowns changes things in; a hurry. Our offense never did get off center. We had opportunities, but they had a clever defensive plan . . . They deserved to win in every respect." - Penn " State coach Joe Paterno said, "We guessed right, hustled, came off the blocks and stopped the big play. If they don't fumble the ball, it's a different game." ' . Defensive end Jim Laslavic of the Nittany Lions said, "We had a look at a lot . of - Texas-Arkansas films and we took some things from that. I guess you could say we used something similar to Notre Dame's 'mirror defense.' " ; - Notre Dame defeated Texas 24-11 last year in the Cotton Bowl by "mirroring" the Longhorn triple option offense. Texas fumbled nine times in that game. -1 Penn State's quality as a major football power had been under question after Tennessee's 31-11 licking off the Nittany Lions in a regular season-ending clash on national television. 'They're stronger than we are," admitted Texas linebacker Tommy Woo-dard. "I'm sorry to say that they wanted to .win a little more." --.' Paterno said, "I don't think 'we've ever had a bigger win, when we needed one. I don't know what that does to our prestige . . . That's up to you fellas (the press)." I : Thft lOth-ranked Nittany Lions exploded: for 17 points in the third period, including a 65-yard pass-and-run touchdown from quarterback John Hufnagel to daze the 12th-ranked Longhorns. Penn Stat 3 17 IS 30 Texas 9 t iTex FG Volek J. . -PS FG Vitiello 21. Tex FG Volek 4a v PS-Mitchell 1 run (Vltleilo kick). - PS Skorzynskl 65 pass from Hufnagel (Vltlello kick). - PS FG Vitiello 37. . PS FG Vitiello 22 PS Hufnagel 4 run (VitleHo kick). ,t A 72.000. Scores Three Touchdowns ;t - 7H yT 77 77 imuaren .Over Auburn. Sullivan : NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jack Mild-rer of Oklahoma, called by his coach 'the best player in college football this year" scored three touchdowns in out-dueling Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan Saturday as the third-ranked Sooners downed No. 5 Auburn 40-22 in the Sugar Bowl football game. '. Mildren scored on runs of five, four and seven yards, all in the first half, as OK LA. Aub. First Downs 28 15 Rushes-yards S7-439 19-40 Passing yardaaa 11 2S0 Return, yardogo 1 49 Passes 1-4-0 20-45-3 Punts - 5-15 5-4 Fumbles lost 2 1 Yards pnalittdl 12 the awesome Sooners streaked to a 34-0 lead before Auburn got its first touchdown in the third period. :? "We came here running scared," said Sooner Coach Chuck Fairbanks, whose high-scoring offense pushed 78 yards with the opening kickoff to assert its superiority early. " Joe Wylie's 71 yard punt return was the only long distance dash of the day by the fleet Sooners. (Rli FT) (n) nTfrD' Sip iH itwss Sunday, January 2, 1972 Muskers Smash 'Mama- Tide 38-6 MIAMI (AP) Mighty Nebraska crushed Alabama 38-6 in college football's national championship battle Saturday night in the Orange Bowl and won acclaim as one of the greatest college football teams ever assembled. "I surely think they're one of the greatest if not the greatest teams I've ever seen," acknowledged Paul Nebraska Alabama Passes 11-20-a 3-13-1 First downs 15 14 Rushes-yards 47-133 58-241 Passing yardage is 47 Return yardage lit 164 Pants 5-42 7-43 Fumbles lost 2 2 Yards penalized SO SM "Bear" Bryant, who In 27 years of coaching has won more' than 200 games and three national championships. "Their quarterback, Jerry Tagge, was superb and Johnny Rodgers always came up with the big play," Bryant added. "They just toyed with us." "I felt I had a poor game plan. We made , a lot of mistakes but you have to say Nebraska forced us into most of them." Rodgers bolted 77 yards for one of Nebraska's touchdowns at the end of the opening period. Other Nebraska scores followed a pass interference penalty, two fumbles and an intercepted pass. Devaney seconded Bryant's appraisal of the massive poised Nebraska team. "This is one of the greatest teams ever to play football," he said. Someone asked when he discovered this. "Tonight," he added. Tagge quarterbacked the Nebraska Mike Bayer In A Daze After Jolt, Says Royal DALLAS (AP) Texas defensive . safety Mike Bayer was dazed, wandering around in a semiconscious fog, when Penn State hit two crucial passes that led to its 30-6 Cotton Bowl victory over the Longhorns Saturday. But Longhorn Coach Darrell Royal, who told newsmen about Bayer being out of his head," said Penn State should have won the game anyway. "For operners, they were the superior team," said Royal assessing the game . just a few minutes after it ended. . Royal-coached Longhorn squads have won four and lost four Cotton Bowl games. "Bayer didn't know where he was," Royal said, because of a blow to the head in the first half. He was checked out at halftime and the Texas coaches thought he was okay. But after a third quarter fumble, Penn State's John Hufnagle hit tight end Bob Parsons on a 19-yard pass to the Texas . "Mildren is the best player in college football this year," Fairbanks said shortly after his 199-pound quarterback from Abilene, Tex., was presented the trophy as the game's outstanding player. However, in accepting his award, Mildren said, "Pat Sullivan deserved the Heisman Trophy. What Ed Marinaro said was out of place. Sullivan deserved the award." Marinaro, the all-time, rushing leader from Cornell, had criticized the selection of the Sullivan over himself. Oklahoma's unheralded defense put a clamp on Auburn's Ail-American passing combination, Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan and wide receiver Terry Beasley, through the first 30 minutes of action. Sullivan and Beasley did, however, get together on passes of 42 and 35 yards in an 80-yard scoring drive in the third period, but Mildren and his mates had already settled the issue. Auburn scored two other touchdowns, following fumble recoveries in the final four minutes. Puts Page 1-F team superbly and the defensive forces, led by middle guard Rich Glover, stopped ' Alabama's highly touted Johnny Musso cold. s "I guess we hit them a little too tough and a little too quick," Glover said. "As far as I am concerned, the pressure was off after we beat Oklahoma 35-31." - Devaney said he would rate Oklahoma, winners over Auburn in the Sugar Bowl, as No. 2. It was one of the worst beatings in the 27-year coaching career of Paul "Bear" Bryant, whose 211 victories are the most of any active college coach. The Associated Press final poll to determine the national champion will be conducted Monday, but there seemed no real challenger to Nebraska after previously unbeaten Michigan's 13-12 loss to Stanford in the Rose Bowl. , Nebraska's massive, muscled defenders, with a front line averaging 236 pounds, stopped Alabama's vaunted Johnny Musso, the key man of Bryant's Wishbone-T, and turned a pass interference penalty, two recovered fumbles and a pass interception into a cascade of touchdowns. Four came within 8 minutes, 12 seconds in the first half. Nebraska Alabama 14 14 3 738 Neb Kinney 2 run (kick foiled). Neb Rodgers 77 punt return (Domkroger pass from Tagge). Neb Tagge 1 run (Sanger kick). Neb Dixon 2 run (Sanger kick). Alo Davis 3 run (run failed). Neb FG Sanger 21. . Neb Brownson 1 run (Sanger kick). A 78,151. one-yard line, setting up the Lions' go-a-heid touchdown. Minutes later, Hufnagel rolled out and drilled a pass to Scott Skarzynski who grabbed it all alone at the Texas 38 and raced for the score that broke the game open. The pass was in Bayer's defensive zone as was the completion to Parsons. Backfield coach Freddy Akers said he was "amazed" when Parsons caught the pass to set up the Lions' first score "normally he would have intercepted that kind." And after the long touchdown, Bayer was pulled out. Alan Lowry shifted to safety, and linebacker Bruce Cannon had .to fill in at Lowry's defensive halfback position. Ten minutes after the game, Bayer couldn't remember when he was hurt. He stil! appeared dazed, and his responses to questions came very slowly as if he were having trouble hearing what was said. Dried blood was on cuts on his lip and nose. Oklahoma, now 11-1, and loser only to top-ranked Nebraska, got its other touchdowns oh a two yard run by All-American Greg Pruitt and a four-yard plunge by Leon Crosswhite. John Carroll, the nation's kick scoring champion, drilled a record 53-yard field goal in the third period but was successful on only one of his three extra-point kicks. The Sooners also failed on three attempts to convert for two points. Mildren, who punched out 149 yards in (3D carries, was named the most valuable player. . The game attracted a crowd of 84,031, largest ever to see a bowl 'game in the South. Oklahoma Auburn 1 12 3 J 15-22 Oklahoma Okla. Crosswhlte 4 run (kicked failed). Okla. Mildren 5 run (Carroll kick.'. Okla. Wiylie 71 punt return (pass tailed). Okla. Mildren 4 run (run failed). Okla. Mildren 7 run (pass failed). Okla FG Carroll 53. Aub Unger 12 run (Jett kick). Okla. Pruilt 2 run (kick foiled). Aub. Cannon 12 pass from Sullivan (Jett kick). Aub. Unger 1 run (Beck run). , A 84,031. . Lat Gives In 58th PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Stanford's linle placekicker, Rod Garcia, booted a 31-yard field goal with 12 seconds left to bring the Indians a 13-12 upset victory over Michigan in the 58th Rose Bowl football game Saturday. Garcia's kick capped a brilliant comeback spearheaded by never-say-die quarterback Don Bunce, who led a 78-yard drive in eight plays, hitting four passes Michigan Stanford First downs Rushes-yards Passing yardage Return yardage Passes Punts Fumbles lost Yards penalized 16 22 74-264 23-n 26 ; 29t 14 29 3-11-1 24-44- 7-39 4-42 1 4 S3 M during the advance. Until that drive, which started with just 1:48 left, it appeared that poor judgment by a Stanford sophomore would give the victory to Michigan. Late in the fourth quarter, after Dana Coin tried a 46-yard field goal that fell short, Stanford's defensive back Jim Ferguson fielded the ball in his end zone and tried to run it out.. He was tackled in the end zone by Michigan's Ed Shuttlesworth to put the Wolverines ahead 12-10 with the two-point safety. APPEARED THROUGH Stanford appeared through, but Michigan hadn't counted on the resourceful Bunce, successor to 1970 Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett, who engineered Stanford's 27-17 upset here last year over Ohio State. 1 This time, Michigan's Big Ten champions came to Pasadena with an 11-0 record and were favored by nearly two touchdowns over . the Pacific-8 titlists, who were just 8-3 over the regular season. After Michigan couldn't move on taking the free kick following the safety, the Indians got the ball again at their 22. Bunce hit his tight end, Bill Scott, on the first play,- then flipped a 16-yarder to his flanker, John Winesberry, before an incompletion and a penalty set the Indians back to their 48. But Bimce completed successive passes to Miles Moore and Winesberry to move the ball to the Michigan 17. WAS IN POSITION Two short runs and Stanford was in position for the 31-yard game-winning field goal by Garcia". Stanford never led the Wovlerines until the winning kick by the 155-pound soccer-style booter. Michigan carried a 3-0 lead at the half on a 30-yard field goal by Coin in the sec-ond period. Garcia evened the count in the third with a 42-yard boot, after missing two longer tries in the first quarter. But the defensive battle erupted in the fourth quarter on the warm, sunny afternoon before a crowd of 103,154 and a national television audience. Fritz Seyferth smashed the final yard . took 17 plays, all but one on the ground in a relentless advance. Stanford came right back some 67 yards in nine plays, surprising the Wolverines with a 31-yard run by Jackie Brown from the Stanford 33 on a fourth-down fake punt play. Brown capped the drive with a 24-yard touchdown run when Michigan expected Bunce to be passing. Michigan drove back before Stanford's defense stiffened and forced Coin's field goal try that turned into the safety. Stanford's senior Bunce, who sat out last year to save this seaspn's eligibility, connected on 24 of 44 passes for 290 yards without an interception. However, he and the offense had to share honors with a rugged defense that at one point in third period stopped Michigan at the one after Wolverines had a first down at the five. Billy Taylor, the Michigan running ace, tried for the touchdown from the two, only to be stopped cold. The Wolverines gained 264 yards on the ground but in several key situations the Stanford defense, led by Mike Simone, Greg Sampson,. Pete Lazetich' and Pierre Perreault, held firm. And the fake punt gamble also turned things around. With the fourth down in their own territory, Steve Murray went back as if to kick. Instead, the ball was centered to fullback Jim Kehl, who shoved it between Brown's legs from behind and the fleet running back took off on his long run to Michigan's 34 to set up Stanford's touchdown. Michigan Stanford 0 3 912 13 10-13 Mich. FG Coin 30. Stan. FG Garcia 42. Mich Seyferth 1 run (Coin kick). Stan. J. Brown 24 run (Garcia kick). Mich. Safety (J. Ferguson tackled by Shuttles- worm in ena zone anempung to rerurn snort tieia goia onempT). Stan FG Garcia A 103.15. Second Field Stanford Victory Rose Bowl Til I 1 , j WINNING KICK Stanford's little placekicker, Rod Garcia (14), booted a 31-yard field goal with 12 seconds left to bring the Stanford Indians a' 13-12 upset victory Said PASADENA, Calif. (AP) "I don't need j microphone," snanned Coach Bo Schembechler as he walked into an interview room, "and let's keep it short." His mood was one of pent up anger combined with a disillusioned disappointment. His previously unbeaten Michigan Wolverines Big Ten champions and fourth-ranked nationally had just lost their second Rose Bowl in three years. Rod Garcia's 31-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining, gave the Stanford Indians a 13-12 victory . for their second consecutive Rose Bowl triumph. Michigan lost to Southern Cal 10-3 in 1970. The Wolverines' heads were hanging as they plodded to the dressing room afterwards and included were 16 seniors who had suffered the disappointment of the previous Rose Bowl loss. Schembechler and his quarterback, Tom Slade, were in agreement on why Michigan Disappointed Freeman's Footnotes By Butch Freeman FRANK RUSH, HEAD football coach at Arizona State University says that college football may face a revolt by the players if the season is not shortened. . , Kush, second winningest major college coach in the country, pointed to the 11-game schedules and the proliferation of bowl games that stretch through December. . "WE ARE CREATING our own monster," he said. "Arizona State will start practice next year on Aug. 15, because of the 11th game. "If we are fortunate enough to return to the Fiesta Bowl, our season will continue until the end of the year. That's too long, and it puts too much pressure on the young men." . ARIZONA STATE DEFEATED Florida State, 45-38 in the final seconds of the Dec. 27 Fiesta Bowl here. "The kids are no longer that interested in going to a bowl game," Rush said. There are so many now, that I predict you will see teams turning down opportunities to appear in bowl games. In fact, if Stanford had lost its final game, it wouldn't have surprised me at all if the team had refused to play in the Rose Bowl. over Michigan in the Rose Bowl Saturday. Partially hidden behind Garcia is Steve Murray, who held the ball for the winning field goal. (AP Wirephoto) Coach U-M, 'an 11-0 team, failed to beat Stanford's 8-3 Pacific-8 championship contingent. . . But there were no excuses. So tired he could barely stand up during the third quarter, Stanford quarterback Don Bunce said he never saw two key fourth-period pass completions that helped the Indians beat Michigan 13-12 in the Rose Bowl. " "1 haven't slept for the past three days," said the 6-foot-l, 200-pound passer, whose five completions on the final drive led to Rod Garcia's game-winning 31-yard field goal. "I was tired after the first play of the game," said Bunce, "but I was ready to drop in the third period. This was without a doubt the physically toughest team we've met this year and that was evident. . : "THE UNIVERSITIES ARE expecting too much already," he continued. "After all, the players are students, - also. And : they need time for studies and social life. "And the kids have so many "more interests now, that it wouldn't surprise me at all to see some bail clubs saying "to heck with it, we don't want to play in a bowl.'" , r; RUSH ADMITTED HE faced problems keeping his team primed for the . Fiesta Bowl. "Very frankly," he said, "it was hell keeping the kids up for the game." . ; But Rush sees a solution . "I think it is inevitable that more of the bowl games be played prior to Christmas vacation. "I SEE NATIONAL p'ayoffs coming. There's no doubt in my mind that the bowls will eventually be used to determine a national champion. "I feel sure that's what the NCAA National Collegiate Athletic Association has in mind, and the only reason it approved the Fiesta Bowl. "And , that's the way it should be. Right now, most of the bowl games d" mean a thing." Ml

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