The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on November 24, 1967 · 61
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The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma · 61

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Friday, November 24, 1967
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HINTON'S DASH SINKS HUSKERS By Volney Meece Staff Writer : LINCOLN Nebraska gave Oklahoma fits in savage, sleeves-up combat Thursday before surrendering the Big Eight Conference championship to the Sooners, who prevailed in a monumental 21-14 struggle on the passing of Bob Warmack, a 23-yard scoring sprint by Eddie Hinton early in the fourth quarter, the punting of Gordon Wheeler and a bushel of crucial defensive plays down the stretch. : The S o o n e r s deciding strike, capped by tailback Ron Shorts' running, pass (his first aerial of the year) to end Steve Zabel for two conversion points, was just the last comeback of the 50 degreeish afternoon; it wasn't the biggest one. ... Nebraska put on an eye-popping surge from behind in the second quarter. The Huskers erased a 13-0 deficit when Frank Patrick engineered offensives of 75 and 80 yards after OU had used two fumble recoveries and a short punt to set Friday,' Nov. 24, 1967 17 up Shotts' one-yard scoring buck and field goals of 20 and 43 yards by Mike Va-chon, who had hit only one of eight previously. And Nebraska might have jarred the Sooners off the fifth rung of the national rating ladder if they'd had a few more seconds at the tail end of the first half. The Turkey Day national television audience had seen and heard 60,048 live customers go slightly berserk as Patrick pitched to Ben Gregory for one touchdown, scored another himself and Bill Bomberger booted the Huskers ahead. The joint really got noisy on the ensuing kickoff when Hinton, who rushed for 69 yards and caught five passes for 59 more during the day, fumbled the ball to Harry Meager on OU's 28. Fortunately for the Sooners, only 40 seconds remained. Patrick, who destroyed most Husker single and seasonal passing records with a best - in - the - Big-Eight - this - year. 22-com-pletion, 290-yard barrage, lined a completion to end Dennis Morrison, who made a diving catch on the 13. 1 sMf-'-'Mk III I Eddie Hinton . . . brings OU home a champion '. On the next play, end Tom Penney pulled down a Patrick linedrive in the end zone, but the touchdown was wiped out by an illegal procedure call. That put Nebraska on the IS with 12 seconds remaining. Bomberger tried a field goal from the 26, but was short and slightly off to the loft. It was only his fourth miss in 11 attempts this autumn. Nebraska had no grounds for sobbing for the called back touchdown. The same thing had happened to OU just before the Huskers launched their go-ahead drive. After the first of safety Steve Barrett's three key -interceptions (monsterman Gary Harper also stole a Patrick pass), OU rolled from its 20 to the Huskers' 28. Warmack lobbed a strike to Hinton in the end zone, apparently padding the Sooner, advantage to 19-7. But an illegal procedure penalty also nullified that Point Parade FIRST QUARTER OU: FG Vacon 20Scor,n9 1 OU: Shotts 1 run CVac Game in Figures I Hinton Brightens Sooner Picture LINCOLN Along in the third quarter an unhappy man In Birmingham, Ala., called the Nebraska pross box to say his TV picture wasn't bright enough and would somebody please flip on the lights. Nebraska, It so happens, literally does not own any lights. Anyhow, it was not too much longer until Eddie Hinton, a football player from Oklahoma, turned 'em out figuratively with a 22-yard run which produced a 21-14 Sooner victory. It was the final scoring of a wild Thanksgiving afternoon that had you imagining this was a three ring circus and Barnum and Bailey were the coaches instead of Fairbanks and Devaney. Before you had time to say "pass the turkey" the Sooners had busted out on top, 13-0. Then the football game started. "I tell you what," said Chuck Fairbanks in a raspy voice, "I may not live long but it's fun while it lasts." This was the second time in five days Oklahoma had won when Robert FRANK BOGGS all the way." But since OU trailed H-13 until Hinton scored the touchdown, maybe It was Hinton' run. It was around left end. Quarterback Bob Warmack starts that direction, then pitches to the Lawton wingbaek. "As soon as I made the comer Ripley would have scoffed at such an Idea. Last Saturday Kansas was the betfcfed WW ttetWn and wow K had happened again In another Mgftty-emotional finish. tt was one of those days when the loser, whoever It was to be. had the right to know a Job had been well done. Bob Devaney said it was by far Nebraska's finest effort of the year. Nobody doubted him. there were 0,M8 sitting here and about the same number of key plays - so n got wild and six-pointer. OU made it to the 20 on a 13-yard completion to Mike Harper but, on fourth-and-three, a Warmack pass was too tall for Zabel. The Huskers, finishing 3-4 in the conference and 6-4 over-all, added 123 yards rushing to Patrick's passing totaJ. Oklahoma, which clinched the title with its sixth straight verdict and went 8-1 on the year, made only 124 running as Shotts and Steve Owens were limited to 26 apiece, and added 129 throwing. Warmack hit half of his 26 aerials with Zabel matching Hin-ton's five receptions and Mike Harper grabbing three more. But, the 666 yards in offense notwithstanding, the deciding factor in the fray was defense. Fumbles caused by bruising tackles helped OU break on top, 13-0, in slightly more than 13'3 minutes of play. Barrett's first interception stopped the Huskers after they had reached the 28. His second blunted a drive which had penetrated to the 24 before Patrick had been pinned back on the 34 by Jim Files, Dick Paaso and John Roller. But the defensive heroics were just starting, Nebraska had the ball five times after OU vaulted ahead. The first time Patrick heaves of 31 and 10 yards to Gregory netted a first down on the 35. But Davis, Hiskey, Lively Lead With 67s LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP Babe Hiskey and Bob Lively shot five-under-par 67a Friday for the first-round lead In the $10,000 Alviw Dark golf tournament. Ken HarreUon of (he Boston Red Sox shot a 73 for a four-shot lead over Philadelphia manager Gene Mauch In the baseball division of the Defensive end John Koller of Oklahoma swarms in on Nebraska quarterback Frank Patrick, striking the Husker's passing arm and forcing the fumble that set up an OU field goal early in the second quarter. Dallas Riddles Cards By Kay Soldan Game in Figures The display of sharp Assistant Sports Editor cowboys cardinals football came at. an oppor- DALLAS - Unleashing Rty.. ngi f tune time, since Dallas has such bombs as their long- E '? a dall? nex wcck 1,1 BaIt'- est pass play of the year ps .. :::::::::: s-j nt more against the undefeat- and the first punt return Vartg "eham4 ',V.'.'.V:.v: 4i is od Colts pro football's touchdown since 1964, the classiest team thus far in Dallas Cowboys mashed leaders now with a 1967. the St. Louis Cardinals, 2' i-game bulge flashed The 46 points were a sea- 46-21, before a Thanksgiv- for one of the few limes son high for Dallas and the ing Night crowd of G8.7&7 this season the form which biggest total given up by in the Cotton Bowl Thurs- carried the Cowboys to the St. Louis, which now finds day. NFL's Eastern Conference itself a full game behind The Capitol Division championship last season. pace-set ling Cleveland in Texags Rollin, In Tall Cotton COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Edd Hnr-gett's mighty pass to Bob Long brought Texas A&M from behind in the final minutes to a 10-7 victory over Texas Thursday and won the Aggies their first Southwest Conference football title in 11 years. It also sent ihe colorful Aggies into the Cotton Bowl New Year's Dny where they will meet Alabama, coached by Pnul Rustilna yardaat Paulng yardaio Jnjercpllon by Fumbles lost Yards ptnallied . "Bear" Bryant, who taught A&M coach Gene Slallings what he knows about football. The gripping game here, witnessed by 50,000 fans, saw the AgRles outplay Texas in Iho first half and go in at intermission with a 3-0 lead on Charley Riggs' 32-yard field goal. In the fourth period, Bill Bradley's passing and Ted Koy's running carried the Longhorns 56 yards to a touchdown that put Texas ahead 7-3. Bradley got the score with a two-yard smash. G Rio. 0 7- the Century Division of the .Eastern Conference. Dallas coach Tom Landry commented: "This is what we're looking for. We played like last year. This is by far our best game." Bob Hayes' blazing speed triggered the Dallas runaway. He took n punt 69 yards for the touchdown which put the Cowboys on lop for the first time at 14-7. Ho later caught. 5D and 34-yard scoring passes -from Don Meredith for his ' ninth and 10th touchdowns of the season. Hayes' punt return was Ihe first in throe pro seasons for ihe world's fastest: football player. Dallas' longest punt return this year before Hayes fielded the ball on his 31, squirmed free from two tacklors, ducked under nnoihor and set sail was 21 yards. Three Cardinals had an angle on Hayes in the run for the goal which probably would havo allowed I hem to pull down any other back in the league. Hnyes simply outrun them all. His 59-ynrd scoring pass was a quick flip of no more than a couple of yards beyond the line of scrimmage. Bui four blockers had formed in front of (Cominuod n Paw w, Column I) Saaaot aoatfetbet lob Wershtret listen while toeeH Cheek

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