The Vernon Daily Record from Vernon, Texas on January 4, 1978 · Page 8
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8- \ tKNON DAILY RECORD, Vernon, Texas. Wed , Jan 4.1977 DEVINE LAUGHS LAST Notre Dame AP National Champions Dorsett NFL Rookie of Y, B\ HERSCHF.L MSSFNSON XI* Sports Writer Less than three months after critics were clamoring for his scalp and “Dump Devine’ bumper stickers were flourish ing in South Bend, Ind , Notre Dame Coach Dan Devine is having the last laugh and basking in the glow of college football's national championship The Fighting Irish, whose over-all winning percentage of 774 entering the 1977 campaign v.as the best in history, added another chapter to the Notre Dame legend Monday when they were voted national champions by the W voters in the nationwide Associated Press poll. in a race among five teams with identical 111 records, Notre Dame's 38-10 Cotton Bowl rout of previously No. 1-rated Texas enabled the Irish to win out over Alabama, Arkansas. Texas and Penn State “There's a lot of personal satisfaction in a job well done and maybe this is hard to understand hut I’m happier for the team than for myself,” De- \ine said when he was informed that Notre Dame had the regular season in fifth place, received 371-3 first-place votes — one voter split his ballot among Notre Dame, Alabama and Arkansas — and 1,180 of a possible 1,280 points. Runner-up Alabama, a convincing 35-6 winner over Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, climbed from third place to second with 191-3 first-place ballots and 1,132 points. Ar- ÆL Model L245DT Here’s more traction and versatility from the new Kubota line Rugged, yet agile four-wheel drive model with outstanding traction and great lugging power Powered by a water-cooled 25HP 3-cylmder diesel engine Implements are handled with ease by the powerful hydraulic lift system Plus PTO s, standard Many other models and implements available. 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Kentucky was on probation and ineligible for a bowl while Pitt trounced Clemson 34-3 in the Gator Bowl and Washington upended Michigan 27-20 in the Rose Bowl Kentucky climbed from seventh to sixth with 605 points. Oklahoma plummeted from second to seventh with 592. Pitt’s defending national champions went from 10th to eighth with 508, Michigan skidded from fourth to ninth with 443 and Washington rose from 13th to 10th with 437. Ohio State fell from ninth to 11th, the only team to drop out of the Top Ten. Both Alabama’s Bear Bryant and Arkansas' Lou Holtz expressed disappointment that their teams weren’t voted in as national champs but also congratulated Notre Dame. “I think Notre Dame is the only team that could have jumped over us," Bryant said “I think we’re as good as anybody and Notre Dame’s winning it is just some people’s opinion. “Naturally I’m disappointed for our players and our staff because they did an outstanding job this year. We came so far this year against the muscle iSWi you need... KUB0TH 4 wheel , ^ drive <9L wm—% one of the toughest schedules in the country. But Notre Dame has our congratulations.” Holtz said he was “naturally disappointed, but happy for Notre Dame 1’m not upset and not bitter, nut i think we’re the best football team in the country. We were picked to finish sixth in our conference and it took a long time for people to tak us seriously. “I have no problem justifying why Notre Dame is No. 1 but I have a problem justifying why Arkansas and Alabama aren’t No. 1 along with them.” Notre Dame, third in The AP’s pre-season poll, started off slowly. The Irish defeated Pitt 19-9 but trailed in the game until Pitt quarterback Matt Cavanaugh suffered a broken wrist. The following week they lost to Mississippi 20-13 and then had to come from behind ^ The Top Twenty ^ By The Associated Press The Top Twenty teams in The Associated Press final college football poll, with first- place votes in parentheses, season records and total points. Points based on 20-18-16-14-1210-9-8 etc.: 1 . NotreDame (37 1-3)11-1-01,180 2.Alabama (19 1-3)11-1-01,132 3.Arkansas (51-3)11-1-01,011 4 Texas (2)11-1,797 5.PennSt. 11-1,768 6 Kentucky 10-1,605 7 Oklahoma 10-2,592 8 Pittsburgh 9-2-1,508 9 Michigan 10-2,443 10 Washington 8-4,437 ll.OhioSt. 9-3,242 12.Nebraska 9-3,240 13.So.Cal 8-4,140 14.FloridaSt 10-2,138 15.Stanford 9-3,68 16.S.DiegoSt 10-1,62 17.N.Carolina 8-3-1,53 18.ArizonaSt 9-3,39 19.Clemson 8-3-1,37 20.Brig Young 9-2,23 Others receiving votes, listed alphabetically: Colorado State, Houston, Louisiana State, Maryland, Miami of Ohio, Michigan State, North Carolina State, North Texas State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech. 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DALLAS (AP) - Tony Dorsett wasn't surprised but he was happy and humble and said he had just the place for his latest trophy—The Associated Press National Football League Rookie of the Year. “It ranks right along with the Heisman Trophy,” said the former Pittsburgh All-American, who became only the eighth rookie back in the history ot the NFL to gain more than 1.000 yards. “To be top dog in your first year of your profession for an athlete is quite an honor," said Dorsett “I want to thank each and every person who voted for me.” Dorsett. who suffered a knee injury in training camp, wasn’t even a starter until Dallas' ninth game of the season yet I could contribute to & . V ernon Dailv I ecord w Sports gained 1,007 yards. Such great backs as O.J Simpson. Jim Brown, and Walter Payton didn’t rush for 1,000 yards in their rookie seasons. “I want to give special thanks to Gil Brandt and the other members of the Cowboy organization for bringing me here to play for a Super Bowl team, said Dorsett. I could have ended up at Tampa Bay or Seattle.” The Cowboys gave up their first round pick—a No. 14 overall —and three second-round choices to Seattle for Dorsett, the only breakaway running back Dallas has ever had in its 18-year history. “I want to thank God for helping me keep my composure when I was down,” said Dorsett. “I was hurt. I was having trouble learning the offense. I wasn't playing.” Dorsett never criticized Cowboy Coach Tom Landry for starting veteran Preston Pearson ahead of him. “I just kept a low profile because I knew if I could get well tr Miami's Duhe Gets Defensive Honor v NEW YORK (AP) — Defensive tackle A J. Duhe, a key part in the reconstruction of the Miami Dolphin defense, was named the National Football League’s Defensive Rookie of the Year today by The Associated Press Duhe, the Dolphins’ No. 1 choice in last spring's college draft, was an easy winner in balloting by writers and broadcasters covering the 28 NFL teams. He received 48 of the 84 ballots to dominate the voting Linebacker Terry Beeson of Seattle finished second with 11 votes, followed by Duhe’s defensive linemate with the Dolphins, Bob Baumhower, who had five. Other players receiving more than one vote were defensive back Oliver Davis of Cleveland, end Mike Butler of Green Bay. tackle Eddie Edwards of Cincinnati and linebacker Kim Bokamper ot Miami Playing a position that usually requires a few years of experience to master, Duhe was a defensive giant for the Dolphins He moved into the starting lineup early and helped Miami become the fourth-best team in the American Conference against the rush Not only was he an overwhelming choice ior defensive rookie of the year but he even received some support for the All-Pro team, an unheard of honor for a defensive rookie. The Dolphins, coming off a 68 season, owned the 13th selection in the 1977 draft and went for Duhe, a 6-foot-4. 247-pound­ er out of Louisiana State. He was the seventh defensive player drafted and the sixth lineman following Edwards, who went to Cincinnati; Gary Jeter, picked by the New York Giants; Joe Campbell, selected by New Orleans; Butler, drafted b\ Green Ba\. and Phil Dokes, who went to Buffalo. The other early defensive pick was cor- nerback Gary Green, picked by Kansas City. Duhe’s collegiate statistics at LSU were outstanding. He averaged 72 tackles a year in his four seasons as a starter there and recorded 27 quarterback sacks for his career. In his rookie year in the NFL he had 83 tackles, seven sacks and a blocked punt. The block, on Nov. 13 against New England, set up Miami's clinching touchdown in a victory over the Patriots. A week earlier he was awarded the game ball for his three sacks against the New York Jets. said Dorsett. “Then starting job and event into place.” Dorsett set a club re an 84-yard touchdo».® against St. Louis as boys charged to a 12 . 2 " season, a National title, and its fourth benl Super Bowl. “This year has been, hard to believe,” said “I played on a national! pion team at Pittsh January and now in ai I’ll be going back to the! place (New Orleans)pis| a Super Bowl team, “And now winning rookie of the year just all. It’s so great.” Landry said “One of thel critical decisions I had tof this year was my han Tony. It had to be right time. He was hurl learning a new offense one of the major differerj our team Dorsett received 79 of i votes cast by a nationwide el of sports writers and I casters, three from eachl franchise city. Wesley Walker of thel fork Jets, a wide receiver! Angeles wide receiver Waddy and Chicago tackle Ted Albrecht als ceived votes. College Basketball ResuJ By The Associated Press! SOUTHWEST Evangel Col 63, Hardingl 51 64 Lamar 88, New Orleansj McMurry 74, Dallas I Pan American 86, BaylorJ SW Texas 77, Texas Luí! 73 Cal A native of Reserve, La., in the heart of Cajun country, Duhe’s given names are Adam Joseph Jr. He prefers the initials, however, and has trouble convincing people use them. Texas Christian 66, Diego 48 FAST Cent Connecticut 92, Unircl Connecticut 76, Colgate 5Tj Georgetown, D.C. no Carolina Cent 51 to Harvard 83, Northeastemj Syracuse 94, N Texas St S4| DISCOUNT Cintili EXPRESSWAY 287 WEST VERNON, TEXAS I WE STERN PUBIISHINC COMPANY PUZZLE BONANZA THE GREATEST PUZZLE SALE WE’VE EVER HAD CHILDS 14"xl 8" 100 PIECE NO. DL4605 56 16"x20" 600 PIECE NO DK4648 56 7V/2'' x 27V2‘ 1000 PIECE NO DK 4777 88 22V2" x 28W' 1200 PIECEI NO. DL4759 93 GUILD PUZZLE COAT” Permanently laminates completed puzzles. Plastic jar and applicator 4 Oz. 66 29* VALUE COLORIN' BOOKS NO. 7825 9

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