The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on October 24, 1971 · 60
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The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma · 60

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Sunday, October 24, 1971
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Section D ! SUNDAY OKLAHOMAN loecfo O wen s I nf 6 Big Bruise Sf i Indestructible. That was the word for Steve Owens. He could carry the football '10 times on a Saturday afternoon for Oklahoma and go dancing that night. Anyone tackling him automatically qualified for a Purple Heart. It's said he once ran into a brick wall. The doctor treated the wall first. So, it was a trifle strange to see a bruised-up Owens hobble back into Norman last week. Looked like he was under contract to Johnson & Johnson instead of the Detroit Lions. He stopped off first at the OU- training room to let the team doctor check him over. There was a nasty scar on his left shoulder. It had been separated from the rest of his anatomy a year ago. The resulting surgery kept Steve out of action for eight games. Now, he wears a big bump on his right shoulder. "It's separated, too," he said. "But it's only a second degree separation. The other was a third degree. You can play with this." The upper part of his right leg was black and blue. "A groin pull," explained Steve as he massaged it with ice. "I couldn't walk all week but it loosened up on Saturday and I was able to play Sunday." Play, he did. The 215-pound Owens had run 20. times for 93 yards and two touchdowns as Deroit beat Houston. But that wasn't as painful, said he, as the bunged-up shoulder was against Atlanta. Shoulder or no, he gained 9S yards. BOB HURT "You find out you play with injuries you wouldn't have played with in college," said Owens. "Take our tight end, Charlie Sanders. In one game he had a hip pointer and a bad knee and he couldn't see out of one eye because someone stuck a finger in it. But ho played." Despite the long surgical layoff, Owens had a reasonable rookie year in 1970. It was capped in the 13th game when he scored two touchdowns to ramrod an upset over the Los Angeles Rams. But Owens seemed to be a forgottenman inpre-season practice. He playedbut not a lot. "I was kind of down;" he. admitted. .'''."' Mel Farr started at running back in Detroit's opener, a 15-13 loss to Minnesota. But then Farr was injured and Owens stepped back into a starting role. He has started four games and Detroit has won four games. Owens Is second loading rusher in the National Conference with 403,yards. The Lions -are tied for' the lead in the National Central Division, otherwise known as the "Black and Blue" division. "And it is that," said Owens. "Pro footballis a lot more physical. They're so darn big and they hit so much harder than in college. They're so big and strong. , It's the same game, just bigger people." Maybe pro football's head-hunters think a Heisman Trophy winner is an especially good target. " "Naw, it's just hard hits," said Owens. "In two years, I've had only a couple of cheap shots." Owens particularly recalls a fierce but clean blow he received from Atlanta linebacker Tommy Nobis. But, he wasn't eager to single out hard hits. He docsn't want the opposition trying to make Owens' Hit Parade ratings. . "Seems like everyone is tough," he said. "When they hit you they really shock you." He hasn't run into one of pro footall's leading shock troopers, Dick B.utkus. "I missed ...both of our. Chicago games," he said. "But I play against him this week." , " About that time, Sooner trainer Ken Rawlinsori came' by to inspect Owens'wounds. .? "Since I left you," Owen's told him, "I've been falling apart." But, he's still scoring touchdowns. 1 , 30th TOLEDO, Ohio (AP),,-Vorsatile Chuck .Ealcy, play in g only half 'the game,, passed for three j , r ( Game in Figures " j Dayton Toledo i uuerewioni oy Yards ctnaliitd ........ Nebraska's Power Routs Pokes, 41-13 Continued From Pago One ening range until Pounds, rushed strongly, threw behind Graham. Mason was there to field it for the Huskers and he loped 27 yards to make it 14-0. The Huskers marched 85 yards in seven plays for TD No. 3. The payoff was a delayed pass up the middle, the favorite NU weapon. List gathered it in and shrugged off Glenn Bonner en route to his 42-yard touchdown. Tagge, who hit 13 of 22 passes for 16 yards, paid a price. He was sacked four times for 3S minus yards in the first half. But the Huskcr quarterback was afforded better protection in the second half. It paid off with seven straight completions, and two third-period touchdowns. Rodgers started the sec- Brent Blackman Blackman 'Fine After Operation; He's Out 'til OU Oklahoma State quarterback Brent Blackman was reported "doing fine" after his Saturday afternoon urgery, a simple appendectomy performed by Dr. Lynn Roberts. Roberts said the normal recuperative time is four to five weeks, which would idle Blackman until the Oklahoma game in early December. But ho added that Blackmail should tin very well in recovering because he is "an exceptional young man" nnd might bp running in 10 days to two weeks.'" Funeral Tuesday For Sonny Keys STILLWATER Services will be held hero Tuesday for Howard 'Son-ny" Keys. 26, formrr Oklahoma State and Philadelphia Eacles football standout who died Thursday in a Cleveland. Ohio, hospitnl after abdominal surgery. Keys played at Oklahoma StaTf. during l$56-57-S and helped the CVmboys to a Biue Grfi'-s Bvl victoty ond-half splurge by sprint ing back 24 yards with a punt to the OSU 48. Ne-braska needed only three f0". -plays, plus a 22-yard pass interference call, to score Poundl ' from there. PlaV(!r Kinney -went over from the 12. O-State was able to in- Graham sert only three offensive PeTtis " plays before the Huskers fj'i0'... were again touchdown bound. Benien Nebraska moved 70 yards in 10 plays, six of them Tagge completions. The payoff was a six- yard toss to Rodgers, who "isr had delayed and then slipped over the middle. That made it 34-0 and Rodgers' long return upped it to 41-0 before O-State's final flurry. Oklahoma State, which has won three, lost two and tied one, plays at Kansas Saturday. 82 Brownson . . Damkruger Brownson Ust Rodosr" Oklahoma State RUSHING PASS RECEIVINO Nebraska RVSHiNG 7-8 A C Yds. PASS RECEIVING touchdowns and ran. for another tcr lead Toledo .to a 35-7 victory1 over Dayton Saturday night for 'its :30th straight win. The 30 straight, best; In the- nation, tied Toledo with 'the 1968-70 T$xas teams for the third lonest in .the, history of college football; ; t , Ealcy completed eight of 16 passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns ahd'thad run six. times for 38 yards, once to paydirt.. V A heavy downpour .that staxted. . during . .intermission turned the. field info a quagmire, arid; Ealey$vas removed ; from " the ; game early , in the third period. From .-then',, on. ; thewo teams just swashed "back and forth, with each scoring once. ' ' . Davlon 0 o. 7 "It 7 Toledo 7 Jl 7 10 JJ -.. ToU-Eeisv 2s run SKsIra kick) : . eiu- TfaB,hv Wcit) m (rom ' ty 3,K,lm Tol-schwartr 15. pin (rom Elv' (Kelm kTcK) . .. . . - . DavWhlirtead 4 run . (Trlnllt-.klck) K7AVS 'S ak snagged from behind by' Johnny-Roberhon as a K-Stata Teammata comes up to help. Prep Football : -t . ' tAMOfir ,".B'ueiovBt.t. 'b! Blackwell' B' V;.. 0 o..0i0 a Umont .....12. 0 o. Jo Laroonf Brown;. )1 pasj from, Earn-heart (kick Jailed . - -; Umortf Tibqw! S pass from UndU (run failed) ,r- Lanwnt Earnheart , 1J run (Brown , FAIRVIEW wAYNOKA Waynoka ,...,, 0 0 0 6 a Farul'r'lha 3 ru'n'iklc'kSafled) J M Fair Ewtonk 4 run (Ingram can from WliTltt) Falr-Oulrlno 3 run (Ward kick) VIAN it, TALIHINA U ' Vlan 3a i, t-it Tailhtes a 0.13-14 Tal-FG Jl Crank - . ' Via Brlgos 15 run (run Brlqos)' Via-Br sas 77 run run railed) '. Via Brlaoi 25 run (Brluos run), fjVIaySframbler 45 punt return(run "vfa-Brioos i run (run fallod) 1 Vla-Brlggs 1! run (run failed) ' Tal Ludlow 5 run (Crank kick) Vla-Brlooj 31 run (Phllllpi run) Tal-Ludlow 71 run (kick failed) ., SHATTUCK 44, ALVA B 0 Alva B 0 0 0 6 ShJlllfC .... .,..14 U i tU Sha Janti 7 run (run Howard) Unmael 7 run (run Howard) OU Shows Those Cats Sha-Howard 3 run,(run Howard) Shao-Halr 8 run (run failed) sha tSraham 37 run (run failed) Sha-Rodrlouez I run (Graham r Continued From Page One met- NCAA record of 645, posted by Texas-El Paso against New Mexico State in 1948. It cracked the Big Eight record of 551, achieved by Colorado against Utah in 195S. The 785 yards erases the Big Eight high of 675 by Colorado against Air Force last season. The NCAA single game total offense mark is 871. The 34 first downs by the Sooncrs and the 32 by K-Statc were both school records. Kansas State suffered a season-ending injury to one of its defensive starters. Ron Coppenbarger, a junior safety from Lawton, Okla., is lost, having sustained an injury to his Achilles tendon. Here's the touchdown-by-touchdown account of OU's brilliant offensive display: ONE Atfer K-State shocked the Sooners with pass completions of 23 and 55 yards for a four-play, RO-yard touchdown surge from the opening kickoff. the Sooners wore quick tn trot unlimbererl. P r u i t r went loft with a pitchout on OVt third play, didn't 2H much blocking, but mcd his explosive speed to ccwt 50 yards lo the Wildcat 13. Mildren scored from a yard out, but John Carroll's conversion try was wide, and K-Siate still led, 7-6. TWO Forcing the Cats to punt, the Sooners rambled 90 yards in Mx plays v.ith Pniitt tr.ini; 'he Inst 15. K.irly in the rlrive. "'! k-- I-,m I , nih recovered a Mi!f!:r- fumble M.-i-d up. ' l:e yard arrd Prur' rcn ;..iw-.-! -n ,y dler f, r 'he , , and C,V ,n at 14-7. THRKK - held in ". Mild- Statistics Oklahoma RUSHING Player c Yds. Pruitr 19 294 Mildren i?6 weich '"!"'.:'.;!'.;'.;;,';;";:;.!', 5 't Marshall t 3a Wvlle 7 37 Crosswhit 7 31 Dodo' 11 Stokelv .1 j PASSING P'aver a C Ydi Mildren .74 Stokelv l o 0 , -T- PASS RECEIVINO E'sY.,r C Ydf. Chalidlrr ' 2 Harrison !.,..'.'.. ' "9 Kansas Slate RUSHING F'7r C Yds. Butler 22 99 Holman " McLtna ' a Ai Jackson ? jj Camoun .. . 3 1? Thomas 1 t Morrison J -19 PASSINO fj'ver A c Yo-,. y?;;'"" 'm 317 Yarr.eli j q o PASS RECEIVING Player c Yds Merrill j7,vj Yarnell J '3 Bnltaln i A Holman J fj cww Goeroer ' I, Thomas i caihoun f PUNTING p,y,r K Ave Brandf J 47 S the OU 41 with Mark Dris-coll solving a fourth-down pass play by nailing the receiver for a seven-yard loss. Those 59 yards came in small hiies until the Sooners reached the K-Siate 24. Then Bell turned risht end with a pitchout for the TD and Carrol! converted, making it 21-7. FOUR K-State retaliated to trim the margin to 21-14, but it took OU just six plays to go SO yards when it got the football. Mildren sailed 65 yards to an apparent touchdown, but a clippimj penalty at the K-State 23 reduced his to 42 yards and planted the ball on the Wildcat On the next pr, Pniitt uncorked nr. undeccnbable touchdown da?h. lie changed direction in midair, but you'll have to pee the game films to believe it. That made it 2M 1. FIVK A lunging p.i.cs interception by John Shelley set the Sooner tip in husiress on the Wildcat tf. It took four plays to bag the touchdown which made it 35-14. Leon Crosswhite ran for 14 yards, Pruitt for five, Tim Welch for 15 and Pruitt for the last 15. Mild-ren's great blind pitchout while being hit made this one easy for Pruitt. . SIX K-Statc's second and last punt of the day gave the Sooners possession on their 29. Again only four plays were, required. Mildren passed 26 yards to Pruitt. He combined with Pruitt on a run-lateral play for 30 yards, passed nine yards to Jon Harrison and sent Bell right with a pitchout for. the las-t five yards, C a r r o 11 's kick missed, and It was 41-14 at intermission, SEVEN The Sooners started from their 18 with the second hall kickoff. The touchdown came nine playg later with Bell going three yards. Everett Marshall, who threw the key block on the scoring play, had galloped 24 yards to the K-State 18 and before that Pruitt clicked off an 18-yard mn and Mildren one for 29 yards. EIGHT K-Stato inserted its third touchdown into the Sooner string, cutting the gap to 4S-21. Another four-play explosion by the Sooners chewed up 61 yards and made It 54-21. Mildren kept around right end for a 42-yard scoring run. NINE Shelley's second interception gave the Sooners the ball at the OU 29. The 71 yards were covered in even plays. Pruitt galloped 42 to the K-State 17, but a clipping penalty set OU back to the 32. It j didn't matter, Bell gaining j 11 on a pitchout and Mildren lofting a 15-yard touch-dfn pass to Chandler to make the score 61-21 with 4S seconds gone in the fourth quarter. By thi 'ime OU alreadv onM the conference rushing record. TEN After K-State's last touchdown cut the gap to 61-28, the Sooners surged 70 yards, with Bell going the last 11. This made it 68-28. A 30-yard gain by Pruitt during this drive put him over the individual conference record of 283 held by Gale Sayers of Kansas and the OU school mark of 261 by Steve Owens. ELEVEN On OU's 11th possession, the re serves fumbled after making 10 yards In two plays. But Geoffrey Nordgren intercepted a pass on the next play and, given the second chance, the reserves sped 64 yards to a touchdown, b e a t i n g the clock by eight seconds. Marshall ran 30 yards to the seven and picked up the touchdown from six yards out. College Football RycWno-'':::::::.'.'::::::!? ? o !fcjS I (WYurCor, $088 1 11 OTHER PARTS EXTRA IF NEEDED I llill9HHffiHHHfflHHHHia m wumwutAwcowum svro 9tmiom I PRIZES IN EXCESS OF $100,000 FOR THE 1971 NATIONAL FINALS: RODEO'S WORLD SERIES! DEC.4-12,1971 STATE FAIR ARENA OKLAHOMA CITY Hi 1"""-m'"" III B II I II M

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