The Eagle from Bryan, Texas on November 29, 1975 · Page 9
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Bryan, Texas
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Saturday, November 29, 1975
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The Eagle Bryan College Station Saturday. November 29.1975 Paie IB Ags Hold Texas to 179 Total Yards Everyone Shines Brightly in the Aggies’ Tenth Straight Victory (Continued from Page LA) enough points to be assured of a victory. It took Bubba Bean, whose patented runs have been replaced by the three yards and a cloud of dust charges of George Woodard, to put the Ags out of reach. TEXAS HAD scored on a 47-yard field goal with 7:01 left to make it 17-10 and the Ags got the ball on their own 20. After a fumble on a Bean to Shipman exchange and then Skip Walker hobbling a bad pitch, Bubba got the Ags in high gear. On third down and four, Bean got a delayed handoff. Linemen Frankie Myers, Bruce Welch, Mark Dennard — to name a few — opened up a hole big enough to let Bubba either take a car or a train through. Bubba did the rest. HE WENT untouched past the secondary and used split end Carl Roaches as a lead blocker and raced towards the flag in the endzone. Raymond Claybom grabbed him at the flag however, to give the Ags first and goal at the Texas one-half yard line. Woodard had two tries and Bean tried to sweep the right side but the ball ended up back at the two. Tony Franklin, who missed four field goals during the contest, made it 20-10 with a 19 yarder with 3:57 left to play and gave the Ags the needed breathing room. From then on the Ags turned it over to the defense and they coasted across the finish line for the victory. THAT DEFENSE, as usual, made some exceptional plays to make things easier for the Ag victory. The defense caused and recovered two-of-four fumbles and intercepted three Ted Constanzo passes. The controversy over whether super quarterback Marty Akins would play or not ended when the senior started the ball game. But he lasted until 14:15 remained in the second quarter before a mad rush by linebacker Garth Ten Napel forced him to be carried to the sideline. The next controversy will probably be whether a healthy Akins would have made a difference. But it mattered little to the Aggies, who dominated every statistic of the game. THE AGS had 18 first downs while Texas was allowed only 6. TTie l/>nghorns had 113 yards on the ground to the Ags 316. The total offense was Ags 341, Texas 179. In the first half, the Ags controlled the football for 20:07 while Texas had it for 9:53. In that first half A&M made 11 first First Down» Texas Ti 6 Ruthe« yards34 113 Return yard* 64 Pawing yard«66 Pastes 4*3 Punts 4 32 Fumbles lost4 2 Penalties yards 7 46 it 75 316 1» 25 3040 330 5-Î 4 20 downs while Texas had 4. A&M had 194 yards rushing, Texas 64. The Ags lost the toss and Texas kicked but A&M took a lead on their first possession — a lead they never relinquished. In eight plays Franklin booted a 31 yard field goal, his 11th, and a new personal record. The big play was the second play of the game. Roaches took a reverse at the Ags own 23 and raced down the left sideline to the Texas 30. WOODARD GOT the Ags one more first before Texas halted the drive at the 14. There Franklin kicked. Claybom gave Texas good field position, after the kickoff against a 15 m.p.h. wind, with his runback to the Aggie 36. But six plays later, running back Jimmy Walker fumbled and linebacker Robert Jackson recovered at the Ag 20. From there, Jay put the Ags in gear and they drove the distance in 16 plays. Bean had 11 yard run and Jay a 12 yarder before Bean went around the right comer behind a Skip Walker block to the Texas 4. SKIP GOT three behind Welch at left guard but then tackle Glenn Bujnoch jumped offsides to put the ball back at the Texas six. Bean got two yards before Jay stepped back and hit tight end Richard Osborn, who had circled behind all the Texas defenders, for the touchdown with 2:22 left in the first quarter. Franklin made it 10-0. The Ags kept up the pressure but Claybom put Texas back in the ballgame. CLAYBORN TOOK a 50 yard Mark Stanley punt at his own 36 and after getting past the first line of persuit, followed a wall of blockers down the left sideline for a 64 yard touchdown. Russell Erxleben made it 10-7 with 12:28 left in the first half. A 59 yard Roaches kickoff return gave the Ags a chance for a 45 yard field goal but Franklin missed. Then on the Ags next possession, Jay led the Ags to the Texas 16 from the Ags own 33. There Franklin missed a 32 yarder with the wind. A Texas fumble in the waning seconds, scooped up by Jackie Williams gave A&M another chance with seven seconds remaining. The 59 yarder was wide right and A&M hald a 10-7 halftime lead. At the start of the second half, the Aggie engine started missing out a little behind the rusty Shipman. SHIPMAN FUMBLED the ball away on the Ags first offensive play and it was only after the defense held that Shipman seteled down. The Ags got the ball back after holding on a fourth down and two at their own 28. Shipman took them down to the Texas 35 where they were faced with a fourth and two. Coach Emory Bellard opted for Franklin but he missed a 52-yarder with the wind — this one wide right — and the record 56,679 fans on hand remained at the edge of their seats. THE AGGIE defense kept the Longhorns away, however, first forcing a punt and then a fumble to keep the score at 10-7 at the end of the third period. Then Shipman shifted to high gear and with the big help of freshman fullback George Woodard, who had 84 yards in 30 carries, scored a touchdown. An intercepted pass by Thompson gave the Ags the ball at their own 45 and they went the distance in nine plays lasting 4:36. At the Texas 21, Skip went around the left side behind a Bean block to the 12 and from there Woodard went 3 yards, then eight, and then behind Welch for one and the TD with 11:05 left in the game. TEXAS GOT back in the game, driving from its own 27 to the Aggie 30 before it had to settle for a Erxleben 47 yarder with the wind to make it 17*10 with 7:01 left. The big play was a 36 yard pass from Constanzo to Jackson with Jackson, a Caldwell product, making a great catch. But then Bean’s burst, who, by the way, led Aggie rushers with 126 yards on 17 carries, put the game away for the Ags. First Jackie Williams and then Thompson again intercepted Constanzo passes to wreck any more Texas scoring threats. LINEBACKER Jackson led the Ag defense as he was in on 14 tackles. Ed Simonini was in on 10 and Garth Ten Napel and Tank Marshall eight each. The Aggies now, have only one more spot to make, but their drive to the Cotton Bowl could stall just as easy there as Arkansas has only lost to Texas in SWC play. But Friday for the Aggies they eliminated one more roadblock. They only need to fill their tanks one more time for the trip to the hills. If they win there, there will be lots of Aggie fans gladly offering free rides to Dallas and the Cotton Bowl. Tex«» 0 7 0 >-10 Texas A&M 10 0 0 10-20 AIM —FG Franklin 31 A&M Osborne 4 past from Jay (Franklin kick) Tex—Clayborn 64 punt return (Entleban kick) A&M—Woodard on« run (Franklin kick) Tex—FG Erxleben 47 A&M—FG Fr«nklln 1* A—56.679 Texas’ Royal Dro/onc AR.hA Ags Partake of Steer At Turkey Day Game BY JERRY WAGGONER Eagle Managing Editor COLLEGE STATION - ChokesviUe, USA. That was a paraphrased name related to Aggieland the past few years, years during which the Aggies had some fine teams but everyone said they folded when the Orange and White-clad Longhorns of Texas lined up against them. The traditional Turkey Day game, far too many times in the past, had ended with the Aggies munching on crow rather than turkey. But Friday the Aggies dined on prime Steer instead of turkey and it may have been the best meal in the lives of all concerned with Aggie football. TEXAS A&M 20, University of Texas 10. Ah, how sweet the sound! And how long in coming! While the pangs of hunger were subsiding, all Aggies realized that the real feast is yet to come. All agreed that, up to now, this was the biggest victory in their careers, from coach Emory Bellard to the waterboys. But they know that Friday’s win will be only an empty plate if they don’t beat Arkansas next week for the conference title, a trip to the Cotton Bowl and at least a shot at the national championship. The second ranked Aggies definitely will be in a bowl, the Cotton or the Liberty, depending upon the outcome of the Arkansas game. All-American linebacker Ed Simonini perhaps expressed the sentiment of everyone best. “I haven’t had my greatest win ever yet. This was the biggest win up to now, but my biggest win will come when we get to play for the national championship and I think that will be in the Cotton Bowl. “OF COURSE I think we’ve got the best team in the country. It wouldn’t be right for me not to think that. I’m sure Ohio State thinks the same thing. They’ve got the reputation and we haven’t so they have a better chance in the polls. When was the last time Texas A&M was ranked second nationally? 1956?” Richard Osborne, the big senior tight end who seems always to be involved in special plays against Texas, caught one touchdown pass on a new play and felt he had another on a free pattern which was ruled incomplete. “I caught the ball definitely. I had it when I hit the ground. I may have lost it then and the defender made a good play. He may have knocked it out of my hands, I just don’t know. I thought I had control of the ball but the referees said no. On the first TD pass it was a new play. We had two tight ends (Gary Haack was the other) in and they were looking for Woodard (George) up the middle. I was wide open. It was a good call. “I think we played well offensively today,” the San Antonio product said. “Texas was awfully good. On a couple of our fumbles I felt we really had somebody on our side because of the good bounces. Last year those same fumbles would have bounced into Texas’ hands.” PAT THOMAS, the vocal All-American comerback, was elated. “They could have had James Street in there at quarterback today and it wouldn’t have made any difference. We’ll go into the Arkansas game with (See AGS Page 3B) Uclans Win Trip ToRoses LOS ANGELES (AP - John Sciarra passed to tight end Don Pederson for two touchdowns and UCLA overcame 11 fumbles Friday to limp its way into the Rose Bowl with a hard- fought 25-22 victory over arch- rival Southern California. Sciarra, running the UCLA Veer attack mostly on the ground, completed just three passes. But his completions of 18 and 19 yards to the 6-foot-3 Pederson gave the Bruins a 2514 lead and UCLA’s often-maligned defense came up with the key plays as Southern Cal lost its fourth game in a row. Ricky Bell, the nation’s leading rusher, gained 136 yards to fall just six yards short of Ed Marinaro’s national collegiate record of 1,881 yards rushing in a season. But Bell’s one-yard run in the first period gave USC a 7-0 lead with just 4:04 gone. Eddie Ayers’ five-yard run with 34 seconds left in the first quarter put the Bruins behind 7-6. But then Southern Cal moved ahead 14-6 on quarterback Vince Evans’ four-yard (See UCLA Page 3B) Praises A&M BY BARRY DONNELLY Eagle Sports Writer COIXEGE STATION - If Darrell Royal has his way the next national champion will come from the Southwest Conference and it won’t be his Texas Longhorns. For the first time in eight years the ’Horns fell to the Texas Aggies and the tumble was far from a short one as the Kyle Field scoreboard showed the Ags a 20-10 winner. Royal was liberal in his praise of the Aggies which held the nation’s top scoring team which had been averaging 35.3 points to a mere 10 while the Aggie offense was busy putting 20 on the board. But according to Royal it could have been worse. “I thought our defense fought as valiantly as I have seen considering our offense did not put any points on the board and didn’t control the ball. If it had not been for an excellent defense effort it could have been worse,” added Royal. THE AGGIE offense dominated the game not only in the (See ROYAL Page 3B) TOUGH DEFENSE IT WAS this kind of defense that kept the Texas’ offense at bay most of the day. All-America comerback Pat Thomas (28) came diving in to upset Ted Constanzo (10), Longhorn quarterback. Thomas and the rest of the Aggie defense limited the explosive Longhorns to only 179 total yards. (Photo by Richard Henderson) New Phone Number Is 779-5402 COOL CUSTOMER (Photo by Richard Henderson) MIKE JAY, A&M quarterback, looks for room to run against the Texas Longhorn defense. Jay quarterbacked the Ags to a 10-t halftime ad­ vantage, before leaving the game with a back injury. Jay picked up 22 yards on six carries, before leaving the game. His GHRISTFDAS GIFT We’ve gone overboard with a fabulous round-up of gifts for every man. Here are shirts, ties, sportswear, slacks, sweaters, leatherwear and more. Hurry in with your list. Our staff is ready to help you / The Gentlemans Quarte» \ ui T~t I " m 1 ' . M . B ank A mericaro tfla mt ht if The Gentleman’s Quarter Town & Country Center 3705 E. 29TH OPEN 9-6 MON-SAT 846-1706 @S,

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